I have been researching and investing in stocks and options in my own accounts since 2006. I finished my MBA in 2007 and then worked as the Finance Manager at a start up for 7 years. I currently design solar projects with Ideal Energy, one of Iowa's oldest solar developers and installers.I've found that my skill lies in taking the time to read 10-K and 10-Q reports carefully and being able to then create realistic future projections. As a value investor I tend to look at cash flow as much as if not more than earnings and revenues.My investment horizon is typically at least 5-10 years, and ideally I place my money into investments which I could see myself holding through retirement. That said, I do also enjoy allocating a small portion of my account to short term options plays.In our free time, my wife and I lused to travel the world. We've each been to over 45 countries and relish the opportunity to see how people live all around the world. Now we enjoy seeing our young son grow day by day.