Post-grad degree in Econ and Stats; qualifications, and long career, in computer programming and business analysis. No special expertise in accounting or finance. Just another retail investor.
I am a student of Graham, Buffett and more modern value investors. I seek ideas that have the potential to generate long-term value for a buy and hold investor, as well as special situations that offer asymmetric risk reward scenario's. My approach is methodical screening combined with deep research into the parts of annual reports and filings most investors prefer to skip. I do not limit myself to any sector or region because I believe the world and financial markets are fluid and boom-bust cycles create opportunities in different areas every day.
I'm a private, full time trader interested in both long and short ideas. My training and background are in engineering including a decade of consulting engineering practice. I've since switched over to investing/trading which I've done full time for 15+ years and to which I bring a contrarian style. I've also recently become interested in writing and have published editorials at Forbes, PJM, and a few legacy newspapers.
I am a Portuguese independent trader, analyst and algorithmic trading expert, having worked for both sell side (brokerage) and buy side (fund management) institutions.
I've been trading professionally for about 20 years and also launched www.thinkfn.com in 2004. Thinkfn (Think Finance) carries thousands of educational articles on finance and the markets.
I trade futures, stocks from the long and short side, forex and options. I trade both discretionary and fully automated systems (Metatrader, Quantshare and others).
I can be reached at paulo.santosATthinkfn.com or followed on Twitter at twitter.com/ThinkFinance999