1987, BA University of Windsor, History. 1990, MBA University of Detroit, Finance. 2010, MA Wayne State University, Teaching. 1998-2005, Bright Trading LLC, Trader, Listed Equities Desk. 2005-2006, RBC Dominion Securities, IA 2007-Present, High School Teacher. 2009-Present, Co-founder, www.longrundata.com.
Going to school for a degree in Finance.
I enjoying learning about investing, and have a passion for knowledge and life, and literature and the collected thoughts and wisdom of others.
Helping people understand their financial choices in life and how it impacts their future is one of my main driving forces within my own life and a major goal to improve upon.
I am a Civil Engineer, who is married with three kids under the age of 5. In early 2013 I took a more active role in managing my IRA for retirement and decided to publicly share my experiences in building the portfolio. My hope is to provide a positive example for other young do-it-yourself investors as they save for retirement on a limited budget.
My interest in investing mostly began in 2005 when I started up an investment club with a few friends from college and has accelerated as I've been reading and learning along the way. Since then, investing and the stock market has become a passion and favorite hobby and I've enjoyed writing about stocks and sharing ideas I have here on Seeking Alpha.
My investing goals are to build a nest egg for retirement and fund college education accounts for my kids. I invest mainly in dividend paying stocks that have shown a history of consistent growth in earnings and dividend payouts.
I am a Blue-Collar worker that has been investing for over twenty years. I will invest across all types of investments: Tech, growth, dividends, bonds, & options. I believe that people can invest on their own and in due time can build a portfolio of stocks that will easily surpass many mutual fund pros. With a little bit of learning and practicing good investment ideas, along with action, there is no way to avoid being wealthy.
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My real name is Frederick Bruckman. ("Paimon" is depicted in the Ars Goetia as a "King of Hell" and expert in the mysteries of the mind--but is also a truly awful pun.) I've completed a B.A. in Economics at the University of Illinois at Chicago, "class of 2013" (enrolled 1989-2012!). I try to buy stocks that are making new highs.
I am a software engineer for hire. It has been my trade since my first gig ca. 1985, and as a full-time employee and as a consultant during and since my C.S. degree. This profession requires continuous and independent learning to keep up with the fresh college graduates.
I am a financial engineer of necessity, should I hope to ever become financially independent. I apply the same learning approach to economic and financial matters that I use to keep up my employment-related knowledge and skills.
I read everything. Company reports, Fed publications, financial times, scientific journals, economic papers, the wsj, mother earth news, and much more covering agriculture, automotive, aviation, botany, chemistry, construction, economics, electronics, firearms, geology, hvac, history, irrigation, law, medicine, physics, plumbing, wiring, yeast, and a bunch more are on the bookshelf and nightstand just behind my right shoulder. My short-term goal is to know about everything, with more about what I need or want to learn at present. My long-term goal is to know everything about everything.
While history may not repeat exactly the same, I believe it does rhyme. Thus the importance of Cicero's, "Not to know what happened before one was born is always to be a child."
History has led me to invest in companies with a history of growing their dividend. Capital gains are only useful once you turn them into cash flow. History shows you get better results if you skip the conversion. So I invest for cash flow, not for capital gains.
Thru my study of science, history, economics and sociology, I've found the Austrian school of economics to have the most valid explanations of why it happened, how it happened, and what will happen. Because of that I know that silver and gold are money, and so part of my portfolio has long been in Ag and Au for diversification, and part for insurance against history rhyming as pointed out by Mises:
There is no means of avoiding the final collapse of a boom brought about by credit expansion. The alternative is only whether the crisis should come sooner as a result of the voluntary abandonment of further credit expansion, or later as a final and total catastrophe of the currency system involved. --Ludwig von Mises
I don't see any sign of "the voluntary abandonment of further credit expansion."
For those who think everyone but them thinks like lemmings: I do not watch fox news or cnn or msnbc or TV. I listen to the radio 0.75-1.0 hours per day while I commute. Over 90% of that time the station tuned is rock -- alternative, classic, hard, ... but sometimes country. Less than 10% of the time is split between country and a local ABC affiliate for local news and traffic. I'll sometimes listen to time-shifted recordings of financial-related talk shows while working. For entertainment/variety sometimes while working and while I fall asleep I listen to time-shifted recordings of Coast to Coast AM which have the ads removed, typically 4-6 weeks after they air. ("time-shifted" so I can skip the annoying segments be they callers or guests.) I also like to watch the children or the cows or the cat or the birds or the deer or the fox. (The chickens are gone. Gave the last two away as the fox was getting far too bold.)
1987, BA University of Windsor, History.
1990, MBA University of Detroit, Finance.
2010, MA Wayne State University, Teaching.
1998-2005, Bright Trading LLC, Trader, Listed Equities Desk.
2005-2006, RBC Dominion Securities, IA
2007-Present, High School Teacher.
2009-Present, Co-founder, www.longrundata.com.
My philosophy ...
*) Don't take unnecessary debt. Sometimes debt *is* a necessity (e.g. housing, education, transportation).
*) Educate for your talent. If you are good at what you do, an education will compound that talent into wealth (even if you have to go into debt).
*) Eliminate debt as soon as possible.
*) Be the bank (when possible).
Me personally ...
At 45 (2011), I realized I needed to get serious about planning for a retirement.
Met with a financial advisor and asked him, "what will it take for me to retire at 55".
He thought I was nuts, but ...
My "ignored investments" that I only really added to while 25-35, plus the cap gains after selling my house, provide a base to build from.
I now have a significant income stream to contribute because of the "philosophy" above.