SM in OR from MBTA Red Line Kendall Station.
Stay at home Pops to special needs son & gifted daughter.
I invest when I see opportunities present themselves. Mostly long, some short term trading. I can go a month with no trades and then do 40 in a week. Plain vanilla calls and puts in options and LEAPS.
New to the market in 2009. Learned and gained in the long up swing. Portfolio slowly becoming lower beta, higher dividend. Still like to keep it lively with higher risk/reward plays. I have taken big hits on GILD and JUNO this year. Enjoy studying the market and individual stocks. I have managed to hit new highs with election rally, similar to market results.
Seeking Alpha is a site that I visit daily; it means that much to me. I'm almost 89 and only got into investing in individual stocks about 10 years ago; previously was only in mutual funds.
I'm a geologist by profession and decided several years ago to follow the advice of W. Buffett and stick to what I know something about. So my investments are nearly 100% in oil/gas, weighted about 50/50 in E&P companies and pipeline MLP's.
Robert Powell, on MarketWatch recently wrote that after age 60 our financial smarts erode quickly, and conclude that I must be a rare exception. I invest only through the internet, Vanguard's Brokerage service. Wish I had gotten into this 20 years ago: I'd probably be a millionaire now.
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?