I am a former sell-side analyst -- UBS 1996-2002, Needham 2002-2006 and ThinkEquity 2006-2008. These days I review automobiles and other technology products, as well as analyze the automotive and technology industries, and coming up with long/short ideas. I also continue to write (less frequently) on macroeconomics and politics.
I have a technology background but have worked on Wall St for over ten years in front/back office roles of large investment banks as well as a leading edge HFT company.
As an investor, I believe fundamentals will triumph in the long run. At this point in my life, I tend to favor stable companies with attractive p/e ratios and dividend yields.