I am a permanent amateur, an educated guesser. I have a BA from the University of Saskatchewan and an LLB and MBA from Dalhousie University. My investment opinions and decisions are my own, as are their consequences.
Old Geezer that listened to parents that lived through the Great Depression. Am a USAF veteran and proud grandpa of 13 grandkids. I am trying to learn enough to be a good investor and have met many great and tolerant (I ask a lot of questions) people here on SA.
I'm a facilities maintenance mechanic in the San Francisco bay area working for a drug company. I LOVE to play golf and hope break par someday. I ride a Harley touring bike whenever possible and collect classic convertibles. Hoping to retire early to play golf 5 days a week. Never been very good at investing!
I am an individual investor who cares a great deal about realistically analyzing companies. I generally disagree with the idea that the market is quick to 'price in' events correctly. If the market does react to events, I believe it tends to overreact, creating buying or selling opportunities. This philosophy tends to leave me slightly out of touch with the market, since it ebbs and flows to highs and lows that I find unjustifiable. I enjoy criticism, because it makes me a stronger investor with a clearer view of my goals in investing.
I work as a contractor for Verizon.
Equipment Operator, Journeyman Lineman (IBEW), Programmer, Systems Analyst, Network Engineer, IT Director, Owner/Operator for Alliant Tech Systems, Ensign Brickford Aerospace, General Dynamics, General Electric (various braches), Global Nuclear, Hewlett-Packard, High Test Labs, Intel, L3 Communications, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, Spectra Technologies, Trident Refit Facilities, United Launch Alliance, Vestas, Westinghouse.
I am now a Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT) in the state of Oregon. Need a massage?
Former long-time business editor of major US women's magazine and contributing editor at dozens of different "trade" and consumer publications. Author of over 3,000 print magazine articles in past 30 years.
Penn Ph.D., centrist Republican.
Please visit my blogsites:
Baby Boomers-The Angriest Generation http://angriestgeneration.wordpress.com
The Rest of U.S. (for and about political Centrists) http://newcentristera.wordpress.com
and my brand-new blog about Markets:
Capital Punishment-Markets Through the Looking Glass http://marketslookingglass.wordpress.com
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Proverbial Jack of all trades and master of none. Many interests, many children, and many confused ideas. Not afraid to hold three or four incompatible ideas in my head at the same time. Much too emotional to ever be any good at investing. Should really buy index funds and forget it, but I am absolutely enamored with the idea of owning companies that can give 300 % gains just by being patient, so I guess I'll keep losing money in stocks.
Mordecai Rosenberg has been interested in trading for seven years and has been trading for the last six. He trades stocks, futures, bonds, options and currencies.
He lives in Ireland with his wife and four children.
I have engineering background and have worked for 35+ years as a software engineer and a systems analyst in the computer field. I am over 60 and have retired recently. Over the years, I have invested in mutual funds and ETFs but was caught off-guard by the 2008 market crash. So, I decided to learn more about investments. Last year, I came across Seeking Alpha and found it of tremendous value. I realize that there are many people on the forum who are ready and willing to share their expertise and experiences with others. My investment approach seems to be be evolving, and my current approach is:
(1) Use ETFs or CEFs for the fixed-income part of the portfolio. The % for this may vary based on many factors.
(2) Invest in utility and energy preferred stocks.
(2) Invest in quality growth companies that provide dividends between 3% to 5% that have a history of increasing dividends by about 8% or more.
(3) Invest in REITs, MLPs, and gas/oil royalty trusts with dividends ranging from 5% to 8%.
(4) Invest a small portion of portfolio in oil, energy and high growth stocks, especially in the energy exploration area.
I like to position the portfolio with low volatility, stay abreast with the news and inputs from many SA authors, and thus make informed buy/sell decisions. Use both technical and fundamental analysis. The cash position is at least 10% or more to take advantage of various bargains for the quality stocks.
Though I see myself as a long-term investor, but I also like to take advantage of short-term opportunities in energy, metals, and agriculture areas. I have used Dollar Cost Averaging for purchasing quality stocks and have closed positions if the intended expectations were not met based on certain criteria.
I am currently learning about the 20/50/200 moving averages to put trailing stop losses for my various positions. I have been whip-sawed a few times and noticed that the stock price came back soon. For now, the intention is to leave the core portfolio alone and add to it during major market dips. Mostly I use 'limit order' approach for buying and trailing stop loss for selling.
I have many favorite SA authors whose writings I admire and am always learning from them. It is indeed a joy to be able to find this forum and to share investment ideas, tips, research, market news and sentiments, and utlize all this to make prudent investment decisions.
I am retired from Fresno County. I like to blog and comment on financial matters. I knew of the housing bubble in late 2005, way before Cramer. I believe that the central banking establishment set up excessive and damaging credit vehicles both for investors and for borrowers. Investors were swindled but no one goes to jail. Borrowers were given so much easy money that the loans themselves pushed the value of houses up to unsustainable heights. It is worthwhile to "fight" the lending abuses peacefully, with education and through legal means where possible.
I am not an investment counselor nor am I an attorney so my views are not to be considered investment advice. It seems from my understanding of the economy, that folks who fight the Fed are fighting a force that is powerful, capable of keeping interest rates low, etc.