I have been investing for over 40 years, evolving from investor to trader. The bear part comes from my degree from Cal: Go Bears! From 1982 to 2000, I managed a 17% return trading mutual funds on the basis of relative strength. This success was, of course, helped by an historic bull market, but there were challenges, such as the Crash of ’89. In 2000, as a high-tech sales and marketing exec with Hewlett-Packard, I made money on many .com stocks, helped by doing business with them. When the bubble began to break, my experience with trading and sell rules got me out with relatively little damage. Since that period, the market has become more volatile as trading became more electronic, and buying and selling mutual funds evolved into trading ETF’s. I continue to invest in ETF’s and leading stocks. I encourage criticism as a means of having great conversations, and continuing life-long learning. I am a short-term trader, but I let profits run as long at the stock or ETF remains in an uptrend. I use strict rules for determining when a trend breaks. I also trade options, specializing in an iron condor strategy that I call "trading for yield."