I spent my youth growing up on a farm in western North Dakota and graduated from NDSU. After graduation, I entered the USAF through ROTC and spent 20 years in the Air Force, mostly as a meteorologist. I graduated from the US Naval Post Graduate School with a M.S. in Meteorology. I also am a CFP, but do not work in the industry. I am an investor and trader -- lots of similarities between trading markets and meteorology. You are trying to determine the future.
I was born in 1980, became fascinated with stocks when first encountering a book about Warren Buffett in a bookstore in Zurich in 2000. I have been investing ever since. I hold a degree in economics. Have been working in the banking industry since 2005.
My goal is to achieve financial independence through ownership of dividend stocks one can hold forever.
I am a Level III candidate in the CFA program. I have passed the Level I exam in June 2014 and the Level II exam in June 2015.
Outside of my interest in investing and stock analysis (which I currently do in my free time,) I am an IT project manager for a large multi-national firm. With my background in technology I have particular interest and stronger circle of competence in tech stocks, although I venture from this domain to certain other industries as well where I feel the businesses are simple and understandable or where I have particular first hand knowledge.
I consider myself a value investing enthusiast, following a bottom up fundamental analysis style approach. My value investing approach is quite simple - I look to "figure out the value of something, and pay a lot less".
I do not consider Growth and Value stocks as mutually exclusive, and in fact my favorite investments are:
small cap companies with good long term growth prospects,
strong business fundamentals
low financial leverage,
trading at an attractive valuation, and with some sort of short term difficulties that have caused the market perception to be negative in the short term.
To value companies I use a variety of techniques, sometimes heavily favoring traditional value metrics like P/B, and also I like good business (ROIC, ROE) trading at attractive multiples against EBITDA. I do discounted cash flow analysis where appropriate, and in some cases favor heavily on comparative valuation.