My first investments were in Ford and McDonalds equities when Ford spun off Associates First Capital back in April 1998. Making a nice gain from this spin-off hooked me on the stock market ever since. My interest in financial analysis began shortly thereafter during the era of the dot.com bubble burst and the Enron scandal. I wanted to be sure my investments were underscored by sound, financial analysis. I wanted to dig into company financials myself to find out what is really happening with my business investments. I consider my market scrutinization as a cross between fundamental and technical analysis. The underlying theme of my analysis is caveat emptor. I hold a bachelor's degree in Information Technology and MBA with an emphasis in IT business management from WGU. My favorite sector of the market is technology. I have worked in the IT field for nearly a decade with intimate knowledge of most hardware and software company products. My passion is financial analysis with an accent in technology and the IT world of business. Since other sectors of the market tie into technology there is a need to have a detailed knowledge of the equities and commodities markets as a whole. My philosophy is that a broad knowledge and understanding of the market is imperative for comprehensive analysis and research into any company.
I am a DIY investor investing in dividend growth stocks and trading options (covered calls and naked puts) to generate income. My goal is to reach a sustainable and ever growing income so I can quit the rat race.
I started trading in 1996, but I wasn't very successful. After some substantial loses I decided to stop trading and studying more. In 2006 I returned to the market. I still believed I could beat the market by trading (swing trading). It didn't work.
In 2012 I decided to change the strategy. Besides trading I bought a handful of dividend paying stocks, just for fun. But compared to my trading, these stocks were making me money (capital gains) and paid dividends. I had my strategy under my nose the whole time and didn't see it. I was still pursuing trading. Then it came to me and I changed into dividend investing.
Since then I am a happy dividend investor, finally making money on the market. I blog about my trades and ideas. Although I started my blog in 2006 I actually started really blogging in 2102 and my secondary goal is to convert my blogging into money making machine too. But I have never imagined how difficult task this is.
I live in Colorado in Rocky Mountains and have a family of two girls. It is yet another challenge in my life to provide for them and teach them to be financially responsible. Unlike the stock market, unfortunately, with your kids you do not have the luxury of trial and error. You have to be right the firs time.
I work as a mechanical engineer (which is said to be the worst combination for investing in the stock market). I love my work, but investing in the stock market has ever been my passion and if I ever change my career, it definitely be investing.
Living in southern Ontario (Canada) in a city of 120,000.
Working in higher-ed for the past 30 years.
Certified accountant and experienced in IT but always interested in economics and investments.
Always pretty conservative investor, but gradually become moreso as retirement nears.
I'm a retired ex-university-professor and software entrepreneur who is enjoying learning to manage a diverse portfolio focused almost entirely on producing income. I get a great deal of really actionable information from Seeking Alpha which is why I read its articles religiously. I've begun writing a series of articles for SA that chronicle my learning how to be a wise investor in the hope that other investors, particularly retirees, will be able to profit from my mistakes.