OK, it's now about three years after I first started lurking around SA and one year into my retirement. Thanks to getting heavily back into the market in 2009 and jumping into the world of high div and high div growth stocks (MLPs, REITs, BDCs, CEFs, and some of the 4+% big cap div growth stocks), I can afford a few speculative trades now and then.
My timing was perfect with early to mid 2009 as a major entry point for me for 90% of my portfolio. However, my speculative trades and channel trades have not worked out so well timing wise, but I keep these trades to 5-10% of the total investment portfolio.
Currently, working on techniques to minimize risks to income from investments while minimizing the time required to maintain the stocks in the portfolio. Investment income and a pension from a high-tech company are more than enough to support my wife and I at 57 and 62 years, respectively, and we've decided not to draw social security early.
I continue to think SA is one of the best avenues around for learning and sharing about investing, and encourage everyone to always do their own DD. May one day become a contributor.
Seeking Alpha is a site that I visit daily; it means that much to me. I'm almost 89 and only got into investing in individual stocks about 10 years ago; previously was only in mutual funds.
I'm a geologist by profession and decided several years ago to follow the advice of W. Buffett and stick to what I know something about. So my investments are nearly 100% in oil/gas, weighted about 50/50 in E&P companies and pipeline MLP's.
Robert Powell, on MarketWatch recently wrote that after age 60 our financial smarts erode quickly, and conclude that I must be a rare exception. I invest only through the internet, Vanguard's Brokerage service. Wish I had gotten into this 20 years ago: I'd probably be a millionaire now.
Online marketing guru. Occasional investor. I've worked in online marketing for the last decade plus. I've spoken at a number of conferences, and pay attention to the public companies in the space. I usually focus on very small cap stocks that are unloved by the street.
I'm investing with both eyes on climate change and the math of future commodity shortages. Influences include Tom Konrad, Jeremy Grantham, and Jim Jubak. Major interests include heavy-duty vehicles--especially transit buses, electrification, and biomethane (renewable natural gas).
Not a high-falutin' Pee Aich Dee economist.
Just a lowly physician tryin' to make sense of these Interesting Times.
"The State is the great fiction through which everyone endeavours to live at the expense of everyone else." Frederic Bastiat, 1848
I am but a bemused and conjurepated skeptic in a world of majestic deceptions.
I write about emerging and frontier markets in Asia. I now primarily contribute work to Forbes Asia. My most recent work and my complete bio can be found on Forbes Asia's site:
If it is easier, you can find my recent work sorted by country on this Seeking Alpha blog:
You can follow me on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/FrontierWriter
You can find me on Linked In here (I accept 98% of connection requests): http://www.linkedin.com/pub/jon-springer/42/b15/844
I would like to thank Seeking Alpha's editorial staff for giving me a start in this profession. In particular I would like to thank George Moriarty and Eli Hoffman.
I will contribute still to Seeking Alpha from time to time as the opportunity presents itself.
The picture is a young man pole-vaulting a bull in Pamplona, Spain, as part of the festivities around the annual running of the bulls. "Play with the bull, avoid the horns."
Just an old guy with a varied background in automotive, physics, materials, social services, land & business planning.
Love the outdoors, especially in the Pacific Northwest. Live in an urban setting, but have had visits from couger and bears in my trees. Bust and tote (70lbs) my own wood for heat and can debate with any about any. Know lots and yearn for more!
Investing is a new game for me, but manageing money has been my forte all my life.
A super liberal, realist, with some conservative fiscal leanings.
Since I am scared of few, Ron is another of my aliases.
My wife and I have been living full time in a motor coach since 1998; we travel around the USA chasing good weather and adventure. We also park the coach from time to time in order to jump on a jet for some foreign adventures. I am an independent investor.
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!