New to investing in stocks. I have always made good use of my money buying and selling tangible items. I have a comparatively small amount of capital to invest and it is not "Do or Die" money, so there is a compulsion to swing for the fences to some extent and to protect it at the same time. My strategy is to take about 2/3 of my portfolio and invest in long term holdings of stocks with modest diversification. The other 1/3 in speculative, short term trades. My more conservative holdings include mutual funds in the emerging Asian Sector (MAPIX), the Healthcare sector (PRHSX) and in a large capital dividend focused fund (VEIPX). These funds have had historically great returns. Other holdings are focused on dividend producing stocks from smaller companies that provide moderate and aggressive annual yields (defined as above 7% and up to 22%.) The speculative third includes penny stocks (TEWI), a unique gold mining stock (DRD), A gold exploration stock (NG), some in the Chinese sector (CBPO, HNP, SHI), a video game maker that might take off with Real Money Gambling via mobile devices (GLUU), short etf;s (DUST, TBT, and SQQQ, MZZ) and the like. I am currently trying to position myself for a short duration pullback of the markets and buy in to gold mining companies and leveraged ETF's for some hopefully nice gains when they reach bottoms as I believe are yet to form. I would like to learn the intricacies of options trading. I have subscriptions to several analyst rags, Real Wealth, Uncommon Wisdom, Dividend Superstars and use them as a guide for my own investing, but don't follow to the letter. I do a lot of research through the internet and other online media sources. I am really impressed with the Seeking Alpha platform and intend to get much more involved.