Equipment Operator, Journeyman Lineman (IBEW), Programmer, Systems Analyst, Network Engineer, IT Director, Owner/Operator for Alliant Tech Systems, Ensign Brickford Aerospace, General Dynamics, General Electric (various braches), Global Nuclear, Hewlett-Packard, High Test Labs, Intel, L3 Communications, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, Spectra Technologies, Trident Refit Facilities, United Launch Alliance, Vestas, Westinghouse. I am now a Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT) in the state of Oregon. Need a massage?
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Just an ordinary retired guy. Worked thirty plus years for a Class I railroad as a financial analyst in the Engineering Department. Living on social security (or in my case RR Retirement) will not support my lifestyle, so investing demands profits to make up the difference.
Married. Two boys both married.
Vietnam 1968 Infantry
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I am a daily activist in the market. I hold a few great stocks for a long time and trade non great stocks daily. I believe one should only act in the market on information that they Know. Not what one Hopes will happen or what they Think will happen.
This simple philosophy has saved me from many losing propositions.
Independent Investor; Independent Thinker. I worked for the DoD for a decade; now in private industry.
I trade long and short, sometimes using pair trades. However, my specialty is Option Spreads using Calls/Puts, and various other Delta strategies. I seek "targets of opportunity" by trading (usually selling) into inflated volatility, thus taking advantage of what might be mis-priced "fear."
I also use my ample free time to research investment ideas and/or short term trading opportunities, wherever they may exist. My experience includes over two decades managing eight distinct portfolios for immediate family only.
If you have a trading idea and/or question, please feel free to 'PM' me.
I'm investing with both eyes on climate change and the math of future commodity shortages. Influences include Tom Konrad, Jeremy Grantham, and Jim Jubak. Major interests include heavy-duty vehicles--especially transit buses, biomethane, and combined heat and power.
Retired mechanical engineering designer. Specialized in clean air, water & process gases for semiconductor industry. Now I just piddle around designing PCB and mechanical contraptions for a local electrical inverter manufacturer and following the markets.
I'm a full time, long time Private Investor in under the radar high risk/reward stocks. I have also been a Portfolio Manager of a large fixed income and equities portfolio, Investment Advisor, Financial Consultant, and a Financial Analyst. Degree in Finance.
Spent over 30 years in computer systems work, many different functions. Owned my own business for awhile. Got tired of it (managing employees is not my baliwick) and stopped doing it professionally. Did other things, off and on, for some more years and finally bumped into this investing/trading stuff. "Looks like a challenge" said I and jumped in (I've found I'm happiest learning new things and overcoming challenges - this certainly qualifies as a challenge).
Still on the steep side of the learning curve, but with facilities like Seeking Alpha, internet availability of all sorts of information and dedication, I'm beginning to improve my performance.
As part of that learning, I've recently been working on learning technical analysis of charts.
I Have been using covered call options for a while and had good success with that, so I'm currently studying and playing with small positions using other option strategies.
Being interested in a lot of different things, I had a desire to check out natural gas, due to its environmental and potential cost benefits. Fortunately, before I dabbled in it, I had already learned to not trade on emotion and had started getting familiar with how I might more effectively use technical analysis of charts. My first foray into NG, using UNG, I made a small return in a short time, thanks to the charts.
As time goes on, I'm discovering additional resources. It looks like I might enjoy doing this for a long time.
Because of my background, I guess, I'm a big believer in "community knowledge". That is what any one of us knows is available to all the community members, except for those that need a serious "attitude adjustment".
I enjoy learning from all and sharing what I may have to contribute.
Not a high-falutin' Pee Aich Dee economist.
Just a lowly physician tryin' to make sense of these Interesting Times.
"The State is the great fiction through which everyone endeavours to live at the expense of everyone else." Frederic Bastiat, 1848
I am but a bemused and conjurepated skeptic in a world of majestic deceptions.
I write about emerging and frontier markets in Asia. I now primarily contribute work to Forbes Asia. My most recent work and my complete bio can be found on Forbes Asia's site:
If it is easier, you can find my recent work sorted by country on this Seeking Alpha blog:
You can follow me on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/FrontierWriter
You can find me on Linked In here (I accept 98% of connection requests): http://www.linkedin.com/pub/jon-springer/42/b15/844
I would like to thank Seeking Alpha's editorial staff for giving me a start in this profession. In particular I would like to thank George Moriarty and Eli Hoffman.
I will contribute still to Seeking Alpha from time to time as the opportunity presents itself.
The picture is a young man pole-vaulting a bull in Pamplona, Spain, as part of the festivities around the annual running of the bulls. "Play with the bull, avoid the horns."
I am a full-time trader and investor for my own proprietary accounts only. I have no direct or indirect interest in attracting clients of any kind. My primary investing interests reside in the equity markets of the US, Norway, Canada, Australia, and Singapore, with overweight positions in natural resources and energy-related companies.
After earning an MBA from the Harvard Business School, I held assignments in marketing, and later in line management, at several of the world's largest financial institutions. After the 2008 economic crisis, I also tried to help reform the U.S. lending industry by advancing the cause of covered bonds as an alternative to mortgage-backed securities. Those efforts included co-founding a specialized online news publication.
As you read my postings in Seeking Alpha, please bear in mind:
1) I describe what I am seeing from my own vantage point. My expression of views is not intended as "advice" to anyone. Not SA readers. Not friends. Not family members. I have never told anyone to buy, sell or hold anything in particular.
2) Any thought or opinion I share is solely with the intent to help a reader arrive at his or her own conclusions. My only motivation is to "give back" stock research ideas, in appreciation for what I have learned from so many SA commenters and authors.
3) I always make clear in comments when I have a long position in a stock. If I sell a stock I have commented on because I have developed new doubts about it, I try to make a new comment to that effect somewhere on SA. I am also direct about positions which I hold underwater. I do not take short positions on individual stocks.