I hold a PhD in Electrical Engineering (Control Theory) from Stanford University and a Masters Degree in Engineering-Economic Systems (now called Management Science and Engineering at Stanford). I have been fascinated by the stock market since I was 14 (that is 37 years ago at writing). It has always struck me as the place to be. In the last 10+ years I moved from what I would call the "herd mentality" to a more educated process. In particular, my years as a Principal Software Engineer in a derivatives software development company, interacting closely with Financial Engineers, showed me clearly the simple science behind this: "Mean Reversion is All We Know about the Game!"
I am a retired computer scientist (HP) and am enjoying researching new medical treatments and the associated companies. I believe that carefully understanding and researching the underlying science will help understand the chance for success of clinical trials (side effects and key factors like delivery for mRNA).
Since I am always the last person on any Titanic musical chair game of investment, I learned the importance of capital preservation and winning by not losing.
I have invested in Iridium, Enron, Novastar, Bear Stearns, Lehman Brothers, and numerous companies with unethical managements. None of these companies survived their managements. Such is the power of the dark side. Survive I must, by Way of the Cavy I must. Such is the power of the meek.
Former scientists and consultants doing trading and investing for side income. We like to develop and improvise rational frameworks to evaluating stocks and like looking for inefficiencies in the market. We like to identify the key value drivers and like developing easy to understand investment and trading strategies. See Seeking Alpha's policy on anonymous authors (http://seekingalpha.com/page/policy_anonymous_contributors).
I have watched, listened, learned and played the markets for about 25 years. At first my interest reflected a natural curiosity about business, but after legal training I graduated into a more educated and holistic view of the market as a reflection of litigation, law, news, market share, patents, finance, share volume, competition, competent management, philosophy and data.
I have been a self directed private investor since Charles Schwab made it possible in the 1970s. I have had a lot of ups and downs due to my focus on technology stocks. But, in spite of the volatility in that segment, I have managed to hit a few home runs. Even as I enter into retirement, I remain about 95% in equities and equity funds. Nowadays I am more focused on dividend stocks with a goal of covering IRA RMDs with dividends rather than selling shares. That has led me to my current focus on high yield Business Development Companies.