I am a 40 something year old software engineer passionately working from home for the company I founded over a decade ago on a shoe string. Now I balance raising three terrific kids with coding and investing and brewing my own craft beer and meade. I shoot mostly from the hip on the market, a mix of a little bit of brains with a lot of dumb luck.
Retired President and Vice Chair of Securian Financial Group, a diversified financial services company founded in 1880. MBA in Quantitative Finance. 50 years experience in personal investing.
I managed large box retail stores for 30 years. I then retired from retail, studied for several years and opened a financial services firm. I was a registered representative for ten years and recently sold my financial services business. Core holdings: EPD, MMP, APTS, BIP, HASI, BX, COR, CVS, DLR, CELG, AMGN, HTGC, JNJ, LMT, MAIN, MHLD, NEWT, NRZ, OHI, RTN, UNP, WPZ, OAK, SIR, SXL, SRLP, TEP, UTX, WPC, MPW, and BIF. As a former Registered Rep, I now own zero mutual funds after seeing how they were destroyed in 2008.
I try to carefully trade weekly & monthly stock options with expertise in mining companies & traditional manufacturers. Speak & write fluent Portuguese and speak good Spanish. Resided twice in Brazil and once on Guam Island. Employed at the same large foreign-owned Distribution Center the past 15 years & completely 100% Pro-NAFTA. Smart individual investing is the preferred solution to improving one's economic future, as opposed to vast & vague government handouts. Seeking Alpha is the #1 best financial blog because of honest opinions & superb organization.
"Much more than we let philosophies guide our lives, we allow obsessions to drive them; and there is no doubt which has been the great driving obsession of the last one hundred and fifty years. It is money." - John Fowles, The Aristos (1964)
Husband, designer/developer, artist, gardener, sailor, reader.
Dutch, unemployed 50yr old carpenter. Former social community worker. Now amateur investor with too much time on his hands. Goldbug because I don't trust politicians and (their) my pensionplan. Totally paranoid about the Euro and the Dollar. Mainly trading on the Canadian Venture Exchange. I am long BRD.WT, CSI.WT.A, SSL.WT.A, P.WT, FNV.WT.A, NGD.WT.A, GCM.WT, KOR, TOM, CRK.WT, CKG, CBI, ECC and AZX.