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Former financial analyst - CFA (inactive), portfolio manager and research director with over forty years of investment experience. Media credentials/experience includes daily radio commentaries, weekly newspaper columnist and Internet video host. Also a published business/financial markets author.
It's been quite a journey the past six years as I've learned about stocks, technical analysis, swing trading, dividend growth investing, and options. For 17 years, I home educated our children and tutored, while my husband supported the family. Once I worked myself out of that job, I took on several finance-related part-time jobs. I have used my jobs as a learning tool more than an income tool and they have been very profitable. I focus the rest of my time making my husband's income the most useful it can be, and managing our home. I enjoy playing with bookkeeping, finance, investments, taxes, and strive to be the best steward of all the resources (time, energy, health, family, money, stuff) we have. When I started in 2011 with a sub-$10k portfolio the only purpose of my investing was to be able to afford to retire at a normal, reasonable age. By 2017 the portfolio income is as much as we need to survive (not ample) should income end - not because I was a brilliant stock picker, but because I had caught the vision of living off the dividends from investments without needing to spend down the principal. More than half of the portfolio was saved from income and carefully managing expenditures plus the sale of our house . My primary interests have now moved on (somewhat) and I'm not likely to continue writing for SA. Recently part of the portfolio (keeping core holdings - yes I still have NWL) was sold to invest in other asset classes. Moving from how will we ever retire to financial security has been wonderful and I am very grateful for all that I learned here on SA.
Efsinvestment.com website offers simple do-it-yourself type of investment ideas. You can download excel files that can easily calculate the Fair Value of a stock, along with O-Metrix score and Margin of Safety.
Investment philosophy is to first determine the maximum loss, and invest accordingly. Like many value investors, we prefer to invest in stocks with the highest dividend yields, and highest EPS growth potentials. Telecommunication and energy stocks in emerging markets are among the favorites.
Seeking Alpha offers a great opportunity to become a part of a strong finance network. Based on extensive quantitative analysis, in any market, going short is risky. Statistical analysis shows that technical indicators work only if they are strong enough to convince the majority of the investors. Do not buy a stock at the top, do not sell a stock at the dip.