Civil engineer using nurtured logical predictive ability to increase my retirement accounts and thereby recover somewhat from the one two punch of a divorce (in 2007 I borrowed to settle and keep real estate) and real estate downturn (2008 my real estate went underwater).
Started investing in stocks in mid-2013 with $100k in a Roth IRA. Dropped to $69k, up to $500k, down to $105k, up to $670k, down to $315k, up to $850k. Goal is $4m by end of 2015. I am more than half way there having achieved an 8.5 bagger (end of 2015), I only need another 5 bagger to exceed my goal. TAX FREE.
"A man who follows an independent and contrary path has no guarantee of making money… but a man who follows the great mass of conventional wisdom is practically guaranteed that he will not."
Riches are made through focus and concentration on a few stocks. Riches are kept through diversification . . .
Current investments: RiteAid and Intel LEAPS
LEAPS for Fun and Profit: service only available to family and close friends :-)
Don't try what I am doing without your own extensive research.
Hi - I'm a database analyst and web site designer by trade, but I've been forced into an early retirement by health issues. (Fortunately I live in Canada, so I am not bankrupt.)
I invest in tech because I know something about it. I cut my programming teeth on FORTRAN, PL/1 and APL, and learned BASIC on an Osborne (I was young and strong back then). I missed MS-DOS completely and first encountered Microsoft with Win 3.1. I switched to Apple about 10 years ago. Oh, yeah, Unix, too, throughout my career.
If I sold my SUNW at $75 (or whatever it was) and my Nortel at $120, I'd have bought myself a small island or a helicopter by now. Alas, I am still trying to recreate my past unrealized glory.
I'm a former software engineer (now a small business owner). In my previous vocation, I worked on spreadsheets and databases, and I developed an affinity for number crunching. I've been invested in stocks for 20 years, but really only actively managing my portfolio for the last 10 or so. I generally prefer to mitigate risk in the form of dividends to provide some return while I grit my teeth at the ups and downs of the market, although I will invest in tech growth stocks if I envision a long term trend (e.g. Mobile devices, Robotics, 3D printing, renewable energy, etc.).
Individual investor. Generally using index Mutual Funds or ETFs. Trying to diversify more (foreign in particular). Pick up tips & concepts, & learn more.
I'm at alpha to keep a finger on the current moods & predictions... and so I notice up coming big financial news events before they impact.
See you around! Feel free to write me!
RE attorney retired. Now receive more interest income than dividends. Began investing in 1970s with RE, bonds and preferred stocks; shifting to dividend stocks in 2010, 11 & 12. No mutual funds. No longer use options. Average 1 hours/day researching (reading SA) where ever I am unless market is active ... then more. Enjoy other hobbies more than investing, but personal management is critical. I am envious of all you young DGIers because of the opportunities out there and your ability to access them via the internet, and evaluate them via your computers. Ever do a spreadsheet in pencil?
I am Seeking Alpha's CEO and Editor-in-Chief. My love for the stock markets goes back to when I was a kid. Who else remembers combing through the stock quotes at the back of the business section of your local paper?
I joined Seeking Alpha in 2006 and launched Wall Street Breakfast and Market Currents, our top-of-class short-form breaking news for investors. In 2010 I became editor-in-chief and in 2015 I became CEO.
I live in Jerusalem with my wife and a bunch of exceptional kids. Most days, you'll find me making the commute from Jerusalem to Raanana. Occasionally I get to work from my home-office, from where I keep an eye on the beautiful Judean Hills.
To contact me, send me a direct message, or email me at email@example.com.
BA Philosophy with a focus on epistemology. I have only been investing since March of 2013. I'm self taught. Anything I may write here on Seeking Alpha is purely to inform others and is not meant as investing advice.
Finished CFA level 1 & CAIA level 1 in a breeze. Looking forward to CAIA level 2 and CFA level 2. Made top 1% on the Bloomberg BAT, but was a black sheep at my mediocre college, and I was foolish to let it affect me. (non-traditional student)
Hope to write some quality articles in the coming year.
I was playing with fire my first year in the market, using a lot of call options. It was easy to make 50+% gain in 1st yr, summer '13 to summer '14 (thank you bull mkt). This past half year has been a little rough; I wish I had acted more decisively on material information about the energy market and the movement of the Ruble ($YNDX is a favorite).
I remember announcing the probably course of events to family the morning after OPEC's Thanksgiving's Day announcements, and I regrettably decided to wait it through b/c our professors chided us to take a buy and hold approach, and b/c I had bought some quality energy names at very fair prices in October. In retrospect, I realize the importance of optionality or in a sense, degrees of freedom.
In this case, I realize I am too committed to a base scenario (energy stocks recovering in the next year) that has too much opportunity cost. If the price adjustment cycle lasts longer than the expected scenario, then I will be unhappy with the opportunities lost. An equal weight short position would have been an ideal temporary maneuver, expressing my short-term thesis, while not causing commitment angst in the present, hoping for the long-term adjustment to blow over.
I was entrusted with a fresh 100K family capital this past summer, and I plan to be more prudent and thorough (obviously with minimal leverage or derivatives). This market is a little dangerous with high debt loads in China, somewhat high valuation levels (horrible Schiller CAPE ratio, but not sure if that matters as much), and jitters over rate hike, Ukraine, terrorism, epidemics, difficulty of private sector adjusting to Obamacare, and possible fiscal & monetary stimulus tapering.
I think low energy prices is a great stimulus, but the possibilities of a perfect storm with semi-hard landing in China or Europe, a serious violent flare-up with Russia or the Terror War, and disease outbreak could somehow happen at just the wrong time (perhaps, right after a rate hike).
I've read a fair amount of Buffett. But I love the tech industry mostly. To humor Buffett (a tech dinosaur), I bought a tiny bit of IBM. It has been working hard to transform its whole business, and actually has some top-notch talent and product portfolios with a fairly conservative valuation. The market is probably right that is a long-shot that IBM will grow significantly again, despite its immense technology assets and partnerships. Recent comment: feel lucky to have exited IBM at a small gain; mulling a re-entry and annoyed that I missed the recent Google explosion. Google is solidifying its reach and ecosystem, but at steep multiples.
I've been away from investing for much of the past half year (now dec'15), partly because I was getting cyberattacks on my twitter account, my computer, and broker connection was being intercepted, which made me very uncomfortable. My car also very suddenly needed an engine replacement that same week, despite a thorough check-up a month prior. I'm having a hard time moving forward, after severe blacklisting after-effects, (too long & weird to discuss).
CAIA & CFA level 1s were super-easy even though I was underprepared. I look forward to embracing the challenge. I will end up working in Europe or abroad, if I have to. Lucky to get tons of invites from Bloomberg recruitment due to top notch scores, but haven't really applied b/c of crummy school issues. Plan to work on Wall Street Prep & hopefully some SA articles.
Dreamjob: working for a hedge fund focussing in equities, preferably with a multicultural bunch (I'm half european / half asian american)
Long-term dream job: top-notch hedge fund manager
My favorite time horizon: 3mo to 18mo, b/c best chance of having a direct connect with news & analysis. market moves too fast to be primarily buy & hold, albeit such a mid-term outlook forfeits the benefit of effective interest-free loan in the the form of deferred taxes (as Buffett makes use of) as well as benefit of a capital gains rate, but on the other hand, a mid-term outlook maximizes flexibility. I'm trying to stay more grounded in fundamentals, flesh out the invest case for a quite a handful of stocks, and balancing risks in wide portfolio. Plan to explore ETF's more.
This is a pseudonym. Started my career in structured finance, moved into corporate debt, and now equities. My investment style is focus on the fundamentals and figure out what the company is worth. Writing is a way for me to gather feedback and information, rather than convincing someone else to buy or sell. Please feel free to message me. thanks
I'm a retired hobbyist who's trying to trying to absorb as many new things about stock selection and investing as I can, with the goal of developing a process to outperform the market long term with reasonable risk.
I'm unsure if I'm up to the task. ;-)
Brian has extensive experience in research, writing and editing in the medical area. He is an author on multiple scientific papers. He greatly enjoys designing and running clinical translational projects. Brian graduated magna cum laude with a B.S. in Physiology and Neurobiology from the University of Maryland. He is currently an MD/PhD student in Integrative Biology and Disease at the University of Southern California, performing exercise physiology research. As part of his achievements, he is first author on 2 oral presentations at national conferences, Experimental Biology and American College of Sports Medicine, and published over 5 poster presentations including USC/Caltech and American Physician Scientist Association along with 3 publications with more in preparation. Brian greatly enjoys writing on all things and sharing his viewpoints on the latest tech and science.