I was a Financial Advisor and worked at Morgan Stanley. I have 3 Graduate Degrees In Finance and Economics. I am daily in tune with the markets around the world From Stocks Bonds Options Currencies Commodities Futures and had licenses to trade for others and now I trade and invest for myself both long and short positions. Then holdings for the long term . Eisenhower warned the American People in his outgoing speech to NEVER let Corporate Interest sway Americas Political Views with our VAST "Industrial Military Complex" the words he created as the only General to become President of The United States of America in the 20th Century. He even said future Presidents may not be aware of what may come but he did say it would be our Great Nations Demise. Im sure you can find it on youtube. Here we are 50+ years later that he worried this may happen. Now we rank 17 in the most Corrupt Nations in the World with Senators & Congress with their BS Foundation & Organizations with contributions from Corporations which is EXACTLY what Eisenhower warned about. I am daily in tune with Domestic and Geopolitical news and The Geopolitical landscape that I see changing right before my eyes and it scares me. New alliances are being born and America has done nothing GREAT as a Beacon of Light & Hope which i pray will happen. I consider myself on both sides of the coin and I understand Wall Street but I have my own Business on Main Street. I can only say no matter what any trader, hedge funds, high frequency traders, or a technical or fundamental trader, broker, financial advisor or anybody else for that matter who is touting their plays on CNBC or Bloomberg giving 30 opinions and 50 different scenarios and looking at Macro Views from every different angle and having guests and contributors giving their own thesis which has not changed since I left. There is a key element about the Financial Models which by the way are being rewritten as we go. We are globalizing in unchartered territory. America needs a REAL GAME CHANGER. we need to create the LARGEST SMART GRID INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECT the world has ever seen. We are vulnerable in many areas. We need to do a complete OVERHAUL for The Nations Security in our Energy and Americas Ecosystem for the People and By The People. THE most Important thing to always remember is you can NEVER calculate the Evolution of the Human Spirit and the Will of the People.
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Oisin Breen: The interplay of systems has long been a fascination of mine, from the way in which all seemingly discreet entities are in fact involved in a continuing dialogue, to the real world impact of this reality. No event is without ramifications, and it is up to us whether we choose to understand this fact, analyse it, profit from it, or be overwhelmed by it. The latter, of course, is not an option, profit however is. I began my working career in the field of management in the marketing sector, running sales teams, setting targets, and training, and, while it surprised me at the time, what really pulled me in was analysis. Even with a team of completely different personalities, from the first moment they meet, there is a constant dynamic process of interaction, out of which the whole, the team, emerges, and understanding what this dynamic is, and finding the moments in which it exists, is what led me to continuously advance. Since then I have worked a series of jobs, I have been a teacher, I undertook an MA in Literature, I have been a writer, and a fundraising manager in the North of Britain. I have also undertaken consultancy work in the same sector with regard to staff training, development, and compliance. Now, while doing an MSc in which my dissertation topic will be the relationship between narrative and system's theory, I remain a teacher, a writer, and have a keen interest in the global economy, its systems, and its narrative. My research interests include systems theory, emergence, philosophical linguistics, narratology, and dynamic growth. Additionally, I have long had a significant interest in the broader macroeconomic developments of the financial world and am especially interested in identifying overall trends, and their underlying causes. Indeed, I've heard it said that every trade tells a story, and as a literary researcher involved in the interaction of dynamic systems, my analysis is focused on broad trends and their relationship to the day's events.
Mike Scrive: Louis Pasteur famously said that “Fortune favors the prepared mind”.
How true! Although I originally intend to be fitted with a degree in electrical engineering, I had, as they say, ‘a moment of clarity’ and realized that mathematics was my ‘forte’. I was awarded a B.A. from the City College of the City University of New York in June of 1981.
Getting through college on one’s own, in New York City no less, presents a multitude of challenges. Thus, I cobbled together a multitude of jobs: selling children’s books, commercial real estate research, recruiting nurses for a temp nursing service, and the inevitable and occasional ‘final exam tutoring help’.
The recession of 1981 side tracked me but fortunately I was prepared. It just the beginning of the digital revolution, and opportunities were abundant for (ironically) electronics technicians. That’s where the money was and I was well prepared to learn. Hence, it was back to the books.
The skills I learned as a technician eventually lead me to the early internet (bulletin board system) and the early on line brokers and have since made a lifetime study of macroeconomics, investment vehicles and trading. In particular, equity and index options, theories and strategies. I did it the ‘hard way’, with my own capital my own confidence.
So here I am today, happily (early) retired with a lot of really good and useful information to share. I hope I may convey my life lessons, as well as the accumulate knowledge I’ve picked up along the way.
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Retired. We try to avoid debt. We downsized prior to retirement, so our railroad retirement and pension cover our normal expenses. That allows us to buy mostly dividend growth stocks for our accounts. We look for dividend growth stocks with good credit ratings, sustainable business positions or moats, that are priced below fair value. We also use no-commission ETFs from Fidelity and Schwab for funds not invested in DGR stocks. We employ a momentum strategy with the ETFs to provide some downside protection during market down trends, while staying in our core DGR stocks, and participate in market up trends.
Software architect and developer. More than 25 years in the information technology field employed in the medical (human implantable devices), manufacturing, inventory control and order processing, financial (online credit card management), and Microsoft. I have no financial expertise. I simply invest in products and companies I believe in and personally use, but focus on technology since that is what I know.
Evaluation of the dominant assumptions and an understanding of the dynamics of the economic engine is the basis of an approach to asset allocation that provides for both a rational determination of value and an understanding of sentiment in the form of price as a measure of the irrational nature of the operational environment, an approach that is intended at once to avoid unnecessary risk while at the same time enable gradual rebalance of assets as a means to increase net worth via optimization of appreciation and long term yields. Let's call that buy low and fly high just for fun.
I am a Financial Analyst and maintain my own Site http://www.everythingaboutinvestment.com where i put the articles regarding investment so that it can help each and everyone around the globe to get an detail insight into Investing and Investment.
John-Erik Horn has a background in IT and engineering. He completed vocational training at Deutsche Telekom to become a certified telecommunications technician and moved on to study electrical engineering, achieving an MSEE. Later on he also completed his MBA degree. He has spent most of his life outside of his home country of the USA, living and working 20+ years in Europe, mostly in Germany. Currently he works in China. Despite his non-financial background he has always had a strong interest in financials and is an occasional investor. He is highly interested in macro-economic factors and their effects on financial markets and enjoys a solid discussion on these subjects matters.
I have been trading stocks and options for about 20 years. I own my own business and don't like watching the news anymore. Manipulation in the market is out of hand. You just have to hope your on the side of the manipulation.
Small tool and die shop owner
Conservative / cautious outlook
Have aversion to any type of debt
Looking to solidify my portfolio in preparation for D-day / next crisis
Area of interest : PM, nat gas, oil and some manufacturing