I am a retired (as of September 2001) IT manager. While I have always followed the markets, during my IT career my market research time was limited. Upon retiring, I have focused full-time on the markets and my own market education and growth. I have evolved my investment/trading strategy over the years to the point that I am comfortable with my approach, both from a suitability standpoint and from a results standpoint. In addition to reading and re-reading numerous investment classics, my education has been augmented by my experience, particularly the market declines of 2000-2002 and 2008-2010. I make money from dividends, occasional stock sales, and option sales, either covered calls or cash-covered puts. I only own dividend-paying stocks, and I usually am about 75% invested. I base my investment decisions on both fundamental and technical analysis. While I refer to numerous financial web sites, I spend more than 50% of my research time at Seeking Alpha. In recent years, I have expanded my knowledge to encompass U.S. Income Taxation of investment income, and from there to US Income Taxation overall. As of October 2015, I am an Enrolled Agent, which is recognition granted by the IRS to a tax practioner who has passed three Special Enrollment Examinations (SEE). The articles I submit will illustrate "hands-on, real world" investment experiences based on my own activities as an independent, small investor, my purpose being to share what I've learned that hopefully will be helpful to others. I will strive to present my thoughts in relatively easy-to-understand terms, and will usually focus on the practical rather than the theoretical.
9/2016. looks like growth in technology ( the cloud, artificial intelligence,self driving cars, VR, data cntrs) will continue to drive AVGO, NVDA, QCOM higher, but the best developing opportunity may be in eReits, as rates go up, many will find themselves under water on buys the last few yrs. On health care, while it would be hard to get a cap on drug prices through congress, a decrease in benefits via medicare and ACA, will accomplish the same thing, by giving people less to spend, so I am not interested in any new health care purchases, no matter what the story.
Retired July 2015. Until then was passive, mutual funds investor in 401K's and IRA's. Since then have been actively switching to an income producing portfolio. Started primarily dgi but has evolved to a hybrid approach including:
DGI type stocks -- JNJ, T, XOM, CVX, HCP, IBM, STX, ADM, EMR, MAIN, OHI, ABBV, AMGN, AAPL, PG, KMI, WMTCEF's -- EOS, PDI, JPC, PDT, ETJCovered calls and cash covered puts