Spent over 30 years in computer systems work, many different functions. Owned my own business for awhile. Got tired of it (managing employees is not my baliwick) and stopped doing it professionally. Did other things, off and on, for some more years and finally bumped into this investing/trading stuff. "Looks like a challenge" said I and jumped in (I've found I'm happiest learning new things and overcoming challenges - this certainly qualifies as a challenge).
Still on the steep side of the learning curve, but with facilities like Seeking Alpha, internet availability of all sorts of information and dedication, I'm beginning to improve my performance.
As part of that learning, I've recently been working on learning technical analysis of charts.
I Have been using covered call options for a while and had good success with that, so I'm currently studying and playing with small positions using other option strategies.
Being interested in a lot of different things, I had a desire to check out natural gas, due to its environmental and potential cost benefits. Fortunately, before I dabbled in it, I had already learned to not trade on emotion and had started getting familiar with how I might more effectively use technical analysis of charts. My first foray into NG, using UNG, I made a small return in a short time, thanks to the charts.
As time goes on, I'm discovering additional resources. It looks like I might enjoy doing this for a long time.
Because of my background, I guess, I'm a big believer in "community knowledge". That is what any one of us knows is available to all the community members, except for those that need a serious "attitude adjustment".
I enjoy learning from all and sharing what I may have to contribute.
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A man-with-a-plan, I am utilizing knowledge gained from my business degree 25+ years in the business world and a similar number of years of investing experience, to manage my investments.
I have created and maintain a stable and growing portfolio of individual US listed dividend growth stocks, over 30% of which are non-US based but headquartered in Canada, Great Briton, the Netherlands and Australia.
I believe that asset allocation is the primary decision an investor must make considering his objectives, time frame and risk tolerance. I am fully invested and 90% of that is in stock.
I believe that the small individual investor is often best served by low cost index funds. Stock picking, attempted market timing and frequent trading usually work to the disadvantage of the average small investor. However, you may define small as you like and nothing prevents any investor from emulating the market greats of our time such as Warren Buffett or Peter Lynch. Greater rewards can be obtained by buying and holding individual securities if one has background, the interest, the time and the disciplne to do so in an effective way.
There are many ways to make money in the stock and bond markets. My approach to is to take ownership positions in successful large cap companies and hold them a number of years. Dividend Growth Investing is a conservative approach which involves lower than average risks and higher than average rewards.
My writing experience began when I was a senior in high school. I was a local stringer for Maine's largest newspaper and covered school and amatuer sports. Concurrent with a successful career in the business world I wrote magazine articles, journal articles, short fiction, poetry and a devotional book.
A long time student of security markets I immensely enjoy the opportunity to write for Seeking Alpha, which is a very high quality well run organization with excellent editorial support. It is also possibly the best business forum on the internet and I am proud to be a part of it.
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Author of the value investing newsletter detailing the formation of the "Punch Card Portfolio" (http://valueinvestorcanada.blogspot.com/). Devon Shire is an accountant and an investor with 15 years experience managing a private portfolio. Devon Shire's preferred portfolio management style is a concentrated approach, investing only when finding opportunities that offer a sufficient discount to the intrinsic value of a business. Devon can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Harry C. Johnson
Highlights 1978 - 1995
Founder and CEO of Red Eagle Resources Corp., Oklahoma City, OK., an oil and gas exploration and production company listed on the American Stock Exchange. Experience includes private and public offerings, taxation, litigation, and the solution of problems attendant to a 400-employee work force. In 1980, started 11 rig drilling company, heavy oil field trucking company and an oil well service company. Merged Red Eagle and subs with small public company in 1987 and listed Red Eagle Resources on American Stock Exchange. In 1995, sold Red Eagle to Range Resources (formerely Lomac Petroleum).
1976 – 1977 President and CEO of Shawnee Oil and Gas Corp., an independent oil company in Oklahoma City, OK, owned by Swiss and West German investors.
1975 President of Brighthaven Exploration Partners, New York City, NY., specializing in tax sheltered investments.
1970 – 1974 Partner in charge of Corporate Finance*, Advest, Hartford, CT.
1964 – 1969 Vice President & Commercial Loan Officer*, Liberty National Bank, Oklahoma City, OK.
1955 – 1963 Senior Evaluation Engineer, Mergers & Acquisitions, Headquarters Staff* Humble Oil and Refining Co. (Now ExxonMobil) Houston, TX.
*Position at Time of Resignation
January 1955 Received Bachelor of Science Degree in Petroleum Engineering University of Oklahoma. Member Pi Epsilon Tau, Petroleum Engineering Honor Society.
1953 – 1955 Worked as a roughneck on drilling rigs for various contractors in Texas, Oklahoma, and Wyoming, and as an oil field roustabout in Texas and Oklahoma, during school years and summers.
At various times between 1960 and 2001, served as a director of the following companies:
Consolidated Production Corp.
Deer Trail Mines, Inc.
Knight Industries, Inc.
Red Eagle Resources Corp.
Shawnee International, S.A.
Thor Energy Corp.
Zydeco Energy, Inc.
Cleary Petroleum Corp.
Lakeshore Bank, N.A.
Lear Motors, Inc.
Pacific Energy Corp.
Red Earth, Inc.
Humble Employees Federal Credit Union
1980 – 1987 Board Chairman and founder of Cimarron Helicopters, Inc., Oklahoma City, OK.
Organized and managed helicopter operating company with ten light helicopters, charter, EMS, and TV News transport. Sold in 1987 due to drop in charter business and loss of EMS contracts.
1980 – 1998 Board Chairman, MillionAir Oklahoma City.
Purchased fixed-base operator at Oklahoma City’s Wiley Post Airport. Later converted to Million-Air franchise offering ramp services, jet charter, and related aviation specialties. Sold to partners.
1986 – 1991 Board Chairman and owner of Lakeshore Bank, N.A. Oklahoma City, OK.
Purchased failing bank, recapitalized it (without government assistance), returned it to profitability, and sold it to larger bank.
1980 – 1987 Farmer/Stockman, Oklahoma.
Operated 4,000 acres of cattle ranches with 400 mother cows, and 1,200 acres of wheat farms. Sold farming assets to meet the capital needs of Red Eagle Resources after change in tax laws in 1986 jeopardized Red Eagle’s capital sources.
Commercial Instrument Pilot with Multi-Engine Jet & Single-Engine Helicopter Ratings.
Formerly a Registered Principal with the NASD and an Allied Member of The New York Stock Exchange.
Registered Professional Engineer In Texas & Oklahoma.
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:
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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.
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I am a lawyer and assistant professor living in New York. My work focuses on the intersection of energy policy and the economic feasibility of energy pathways. In addition to Seeking Alpha, my articles on renewable energy have been published by media sites including US News & World Report, Newsweek, The Huffington Post, and IFL Science. From a financial perspective I cover a variety of energy companies ranging from renewable energy to fossil fuels. While I discuss legal issues relating to these companies on occasion, my articles do not provide legal advice and nothing that I write on Seeking Alpha should be considered as such.
John is a lawyer and accountant with over three decades of corporate finance, due diligence, M&A advisory and related legal services for manufacturers, innovators and investors in the energy storage and renewable energy sectors.
Over the last eight years John has earned a global following for his articles on the energy storage and alternative energy sectors. He has contributed to AltEnergyStocks, Seeking Alpha, The Street, NASDAQ.com and Batteries International Magazine and InvestorIntel.
John is a 1979 graduate of the Notre Dame Law School and a 1976 graduate of the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University. He was admitted to the bar in 1980 and licensed to practice as a CPA in 1981. John’s diverse experience in corporate finance, natural resource development and energy storage give him a unique and sometimes unsettling perspective on the technical, economic and supply chain challenges of the battery industry.