Hi, Confidentially, I could be classified as a model who loves tranquility! As an investor I am interested in securities and properties. I am also a contrarian so you will find that I do read up and I do write down what I think. :-) Bella
Spent over 30 years developing leading-edge software technology before getting 'involuntarily retired' in mid-2006. Still interested in software architectures, and personal research in advanced ontology architectures (I have rather idiosyncratic views on how these should be developed).
Having failed to pay attention to my retirement portfolio prior to 2008 (it was all in stock funds at the time), waited until early 2010 to get the initial rebound. Then started to actively engage in my own financial planning and portfolio management. Started treating this as a 'full-time job' in 2011.
As of February 2017: still learning, but starting to feel increasingly confident with my chosen strategy of 'intermediate-term trend following'. I have learned much of what I know about this from Chris Ciovacco, but I read my own charts, with more of a focus on longer-term (5 year) charts and weekly moving averages (20,50,100,150, 200).
One of Chris's many great sayings is that "harder markets are followed by easier markets" - and after the challenging conditions of the last 18 months, the recent breakout has been most welcome. I am currently fully invested in a mix of individual stocks and equity ETFs. I maintain a balance between low-volatility and more aggressive sectors (currently significantly overweight technology).
Other Seeking Alpha authors who I particularly respect - and whose weekly updates I consider 'required reading' are Jeff Miller and Fear & Greed Trader.
I am fortunate to have a reasonable corporate pension, but supplement that with drawdowns from my IRA until I choose to take Social Security. At that point I will become cash-flow positive (yay!), and will probably choose to spend a lot more time focused on things other than the markets ;-)