I hold a Ph.D. in economics and teach macroeconomics and statistics at a Canadian east coast university. I actively follow the markets both in my spare time and as part of my research agenda. I have been investing approximately fifteen years and consult with a small Canadian venture capital firm. My comparative advantage in the marketplace is Canadian finance, utility, and sometimes real-estate sector companies, though I'm happy to dip into American waters when opportunities present themselves. I focus on underfollowed trades usually driven by value and the balance sheet that are meant to be held for at least a medium-term duration - I want to stay as far away from the professionals as I can. Alpha is a lot easier with less competition.