Tom Smicklas, a native of Berwyn, IL, has been an avid investor in stocks, bonds and real estate for over thirty-five years. A classically-trained woodwind musician and retired High School Principal, Tom does what pleases him, which includes advising real estate investors, property management in three states, property acquisition, volunteer credit counseling,managing his own real estate holdings and a passion for studying and investing in securities worldwide. He holds two master's degrees and blogs at investingfromtheright (http://www.investingfromtheright.blogspot.com/). Tom has been featured in the New York Times and other publications. Smicklas resides near Akron, Ohio. He has four children, three of whom are military officers.
I am a young investor, currently in my mid-twenties, hoping to take valuable advantage of the long-term time frame that sits between me and my comfortable retirement. I have graduate with a BA in Economics and a Minor in Finance and am currently employed at a large investment bank. I am about to embark on my Graduate Studies to earn a Masters in Finance. I am an avid student of investing and the interconnectedness of the global economy. While the Crash of 2008 and the subsequent Great Recession have undoubtedly wreaked havoc on the global economy and millions of individuals and families around the world, I must say that I am fortunate to have been studying Economics and Finance during such an interesting and once in a lifetime period. My college curriculum was supplemented and enhanced because of the ever changing economic environment that was captivating news headlines and I must say that my love for the field was born out of such interesting times. I am proponent and student of value investing and have developed a hybrid strategy of value and dividend growth investing principles.
In my early 30s with a growing family. Have invested in mutual funds for many years in both retirement and taxable accounts but am not completely satisfied with the returns. Have recently turned to dividend-paying stocks as my investment vehicle of choice for the all too small amount of money I have left over every month.