Global political and economic events influence financial markets over the long term. The downturn of March 2009 should convince everyone that professional money managers cannot do the job for you. You have to stay informed of key events and have a significant role in the management of your portfolio. I have a Bachelor's and Master's degree in Electrical Engineering, and an MBA in International Management from Thunderbird School of Global Management. I am a member of Beta Gamma Sigma, Pi Sigma Alpha and Phi Sigma Iota honor societies.