I've had some great teachers throughout the years, both in school and out of school. Like Mr. Grayson for example who, during lunch breaks, would run over pages and pages of our literary books, assisting me in the memorization of pages of Shakespeare for an upcoming play. Or my violin teacher Tirza who would often run my violin lessons late in order to ensure I had the perfect intonation with every single solitary note prior to a stage performance. I sure miss their tenacity for teaching.
To be quite honest, it's rare to find individuals who will go out of their way to selflessly better the lives of individuals in our community without asking much in return. There are many investors in the Seeking Alpha community who, just like my responsible mentors noted above, go out of their way to selflessly educate us about the markets and provide an earnest and honest opinion about the state of affairs.
Here on the Seeking Alpha boards, Chuck Carnevale is as close as we're going to get an amazing resource.
For the three of you out there who don't know who he is, Mr. Carnevale is the co-founder of an investment management firm and creator of the ever-popular F.A.S.T. Graphs and has worked in securities for over four decades. Despite having a resume so long that it might intimidate even the wittiest scholar, Mr. Carnevale is personable, kind and even very responsive to the Seeking Alpha members. It's incredible rare to have a resource like Chuck here on the boards.
In one of his more recent articles (and one of the best I've seen around), 43 Dividend Champions On Sale: A Rare Opportunity, Mr. Carnevale highlights his positive view for stocks, such as Aflac (NYSE:AFL), Dover (NYSE:DOV), and Target (NYSE:TGT) in 2012 and presents 43 Dividend Champions he believes are "on sale" using various metrics found in his incredibly useful F.A.S.T. Graphs depictions. He then continues to explain why many stocks have attractive valuations and even gives specific F.A.S.T. Graphs examples of various stocks to further argue the idea that many stocks have significant long-term potential.
Having written over 200 high-quality articles here on Seeking Alpha and also having read many of them over the years, Mr. Carnevale's unique and educational, scholarly writing style -- along with his incredible ability to back up his genuine ideas with research -- are two of the main reasons I continue to check back daily here at Seeking Alpha. Simply put, he's an incredible inspiration to me and I look forward to joyfully reviewing his ideas for many years to come.
I've learned that in this world it's often a rare opportunity to find an individual who will go out of his way to selflessly educate others and, in turn, make the world a better place for us all. Truthfully, I feel Mr. Chuck Carnevale is among this select group of people who deserve this type of recognition. Thanks so much for all you do, Chuck.