My investing experience dates back to high school years when I was first introduced to the stock market in economics classes and when I became fascinated by financial accounting. My first investing experience was rather painful: I lost a few thousand dollars on FOREX and penny stocks as I did not have a mentor or anybody knowledgeable about finance by my side. I still remember that time in details. After high school, I went to study economics with an emphasis on accounting at the University of Toronto. Four years later, with a finance degree under my belt, a decent experience gained in a few internships (where I got thanks to my soft skills, not my marks by any degree), I moved to Russia to work in investment banking, which I had decided was my passion a few years prior to that. I now live in Moscow, Russia, working as an Associate in Financial Advisory. Due to the ongoing economic crisis in Russia, invoked by the sanctions, the country's financial industry has found itself in a pathetic state. Hence, things have gotten slow at work which is why I have a lot of free time to develop my services on Seeking Alpha (I started back in 2013, my final year of school). I am a number-cruncher by nature. Hence, my analyses almost always involve financial modeling and various financial metrics' calculations. I feel that my job on Seeking Alpha is to identify investment opportunities among the smid-cap (small and medium cap) players in North America and Europe. Occasionally, I analyze a number of companies in a specific market segment in order to get a general idea about what is going on there as a whole. Sometimes, I write fairness opinion articles (I think nobody else on Seeking Alpha does that) on recent M&A transactions. I think that I bring value to my followers and other Seeking Alpha members by building analyses that are conservative in nature and present long-term views on individual companies. In my opinion, hard numbers are of more use to investors than tips, rumors, and guesstimates. Feel free to contact me here or through my email: email@example.com. You may also check my Linkedin: ru.linkedin.com/in/avaltsev/ and Twitter: twitter.com/av_banker
I AM A NUMBER DUMMY!!
A term I use for the general public MIDDLE CLASS. We are the financially uneducated, unexposed to the stock market and financial investments. Most of us don't even know what the fiscal cliff is. One woman thought it was 70 ft. tall! WOW!
I for one, think we should start teaching our kids financial responsibilities in schools, at an early age. How about a REAL education for once.
Why we need classes like home eck is beyond me. Cooking & sewing?? Read the box & microwave it! I for one support a small tax on investment income to support financial education in public schools. Could help save America.
I'm coming to the game late, so I'm quite aggressive towards growth.
My thoughts on the fiscal cliff?? Shove ur scare tactics where the sun don't shine!!
As for investing, I shoot from the hip. I go with my gut. Common sense goes along way. I don't buy hype. EPS what? What ticker is that?
HISTORY; 20 yrs. prototype machinist. 12 yrs. construction labor, management, owner.
Current; Investments & gardening (yes, profitable..gardening that is ;)
I am retired and trade daily. I manage about 60% of my net worth and have the pro's manage the rest. They used to manage about 90% but I was doing as well as they were - if not better.so I took over more funds to manage. I would much rather be taking a motorcycle trip to the Florida Keys like I have in previous years but this winter's weather in NJ is just intolerable.. Plus I have a MC trip planned for the summer to Alaska. I think I trade to keep my brain active and I may be a trading junkie..
Founded and wrote the first Internet based investment newsletter. Stock picks were reported on Dow Jones News Wire as news. Developed technical analysis trading system. Contributed to Technical Analysis investment books. Co-developed formulas used in technical analysis programs. Improved chart indicator with Alex Elder. Asked to write a book about equilibrium but chose not to reveal strategy. Great investment strategy ideas work for about two or three years or until Mr Market figures out how to trade against it. Discontinued newsletter due to trading restrictions in my portfolio as a result of extreme price movement in reported stocks. The market is simple, we make it too complicated.