Professor Ferdinand E. Banks (BA,MSc,PhD) is the leading academic energy economist in the world. He has published prolifically, and has lectured at eminent universities and institutions in over a dozen countries, currently serving as visiting professor of oil and gas economics at the Asian Institute of Technology, in Bangkok, Thailand. Former posts include senior lecturer at the United Nations, econometrician and commodity economist with UNCTAD, and professorial fellow at the Reserve Bank of Australia, among many others. Professor Banks has twelve books published internationally, including his latest, The Political Economy of World Energy: An Introductory Textbook (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/9812700366).
Upon receiving my Masters degree in Music from Connecticut's Hartt School of Music, I took a job at a local Friendly's serving ice cream, where I perfected the disgruntled, comatose look, as seen in the photo at left. As a first-time participant in the American economy by way of fast-food, I noted the vileness and squalor into which our country was plummeting.
Now, as an SA commentator, I look forward to multiplying my earnings, once I get some, and settling down as a prime member of society, living out my remaining years in the luxury every red-blooded American deserves.
I currently live in a barn with my saxophones, watching America decline around me.
Attended Texas Tech University 97-02, I began trading the stock market a few years back and I must say, im addicted. I love learning and reading everyone's opinions and research articles. Keep up the good work.
Just a working stiff that has finally emptied the nest. Years of single parenting and getting hosed by re-organizations, downsizing, right-sizing, layoffs and other corporate shenanigans have left me short of my plans for retirement. So, the bulk of my holdings that came from the 401k's and buyouts have been rolled into professionally managed care to comply with the criminals at the IRS. (I was too busy to even attempt to read their rules) And now that I've taken a job overseas that pays me well for my years of professional technical experience, I am building/managing my own portfolio via free trades in my brokerage account at my bank. The goal is to build cash, buy smart, grow the bottom line and be diversified enough that market ups and downs are no biggie. The plan is to pinch the pennies and stuff the basket so somewhere around 2020 I can go fishing.
Charterred Accountant in Canada
Was a professional in the investment business in Canada in corporate finance, as a security analyst, as a stockbroker, founded a short term, technical analysis based trading fund and ran it for 5 years, retired in 1994.
Played golf until arthritis ended my ability to play
In 2011 resumed my trading system, is now a work in progress.
Am presently trading ETF's, stocks and options, go long, short and hedge
I'm a 26-year-old retiree, enjoying some time to pursue passion projects after hustling with 18-20 hour workdays for years. After having a medical scare last year that had me hospitalized, I decided it was time to sell the business and focus more on putting my money to work for me rather than the other way around.
I now spend most of my time reading, writing, and enjoying life.