My interest in the financial markets was piqued in 1996 after listening to a securities broker lecture on the fundamentals of Wall Street. Since that time I met two accountants; both accomplished intelligent men. One had purchased his home entirely from market gains, while the other contended that wanting more than a regular savings rate was “greedy” and fraught with danger. The latter accountant’s retirement was unimpressive for a lifetime of compounding savings. From that time I studied the teachings of Wall Street’s most successful investors, and applied those lessons to realize superior gains–even in the face of the receding markets. As an accounting major preparing to sit for the CMA exam, I don’t profess to know all there is about finding the greatest investments. My secret is to network with champion investors and further refine their selections down to the best companies.