I am a general partner in an stock investment partnership that was first organized in 1987. I blog on Seeking Alpha about our partnership's experience. Our partnership owns a portfolio of individual publicly traded stocks that we have researched for ourselves using primarily fundamental analysis (using tools available through betterinvesting.org), with a little technical magic mixed in. I have always been an intermediate- to long-term investor, though I have been known to sell out of disasterous investments a day or two after buying in. I never go short, and have only dabbled in options. I was initially educated (and have B.S. and M.S. degrees) geology. Later, I took MBA courses (never completed a degree) in economics and finance and eventually shifted my career to oil & gas and energy economics and commercial analysis, which I have been doing for about 10 years.
I am a retired college faculty in Philosophy, with specializations in Ethics, Socio-political Theory and Rational Choice/Decision Theory. My teaching focus was on Business Ethics, Medical Ethics and Logic. After retirement I freelanced as a Grant Writer/Fund Raising Consultant. I have taught at Washington University in St. Louis, the University of Missouri - St. Louis, and St. Louis Community College.
I believe that potential investments ought to be evaluated through an examination of their fundamentals - i.e., fundamental analysis. Those investments can then be analyzed with respect to whatever criteria an investor may wish to bring to bear, but at least the investments they make will be more or less fundamentally sound. For me, one of the more important features of an investment (after fundamentals are satisfied) is dividend yield. I expect my investment to earn money for me.
I also believe that the day of the "traditional" investment strategy based on one's age/proximity to retirement is over. To be sure, one wants to put one's money in places where it is more secure, but in the day and age of internet-based investment services, a variety of ETFs, and reasonably safe investment vehicles, there is no need for retired people to stick the bulk of their assets in relatively unprofitable treasury notes and bonds.