Just an ordinary retired guy. Worked thirty plus years for a Class I railroad as a financial analyst in the Engineering Department. Living on social security (or in my case RR Retirement) will not support my lifestyle, so investing demands profits to make up the difference. Married. Two boys both married. Vietnam 1968 Infantry
~ 30 years working with information technology.
I have worked in the DOE / DOD, private industry and higher education IT fields.
I strive to be a lifelong learner.
I believe in doing your research and making well informed, carefully reasoned decisions.
Risk Hunter (formerly known as Retired Aviator) earned a BBA in Finance, Investment & Banking from a national top ten (public) business school—the University of Wisconsin at Madison. He then went on to earn a BFA (with Honors) in 1992. After that, however, his one year of working in the corporate world was enough for him to realize that it was not his cup of tea. He decided he needed more freedom and daily variety than any Finance position could offer, so he went to work for himself. Determined to somehow achieve financial independence without the grind, he worked as many as four part-time jobs concurrently to obtain seed cash for investing. He devoted much of his non-working time to studying investments and "real world" Economics (as opposed to the academic variety), refining several workable theories along the way. For years he plowed every spare nickel into investing. Using only his relatively modest sources of income as an investing base, over time he was able to multiply his savings and thus achieve his dream of retiring by his mid-forties in 2009. Today he enjoys pursuing a variety of recreational interests, researching, writing, and has several ideas in the works for new books. He has one book published in 2009 debunking the popular theories during the financial panic that QE would cause massive price inflation i.e. a massive and imminent devaluation of the dollar's purchasing power. At the time policymakers embraced basically one of two schools of thought, either 'austerity now' or 'stimulate now, print money and kick the can down the road." Nobody else really argued that you could print a lot of money without big consequences, and as it turns out that is what has come to pass. The value of the dollar was, he argued, that of mass psychology, not so much determined quantitatively as was presumed. And large deficits and QE tend to self correct over time, not spiral out of control. We have seen that as well.
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.
Nearly 35 years in Real Estate development, marketing, sales, property management in Georgia, SC, Florida. Day trader, interest in energy, politics. Believer in the immeasurable strengths of free people seeking market driven solutions for personal gain and improvement.
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.
Old Geezer that listened to parents that lived through the Great Depression. Am a USAF veteran and proud grandpa of 13 grandkids. I am trying to learn enough to be a good investor and have met many great and tolerant (I ask a lot of questions) people here on SA.
Equipment Operator, Journeyman Lineman (IBEW), Programmer, Systems Analyst, Network Engineer, IT Director, Owner/Operator for Alliant Tech Systems, Ensign Brickford Aerospace, General Dynamics, General Electric (various braches), Global Nuclear, Hewlett-Packard, High Test Labs, Intel, L3 Communications, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, Spectra Technologies, Trident Refit Facilities, United Launch Alliance, Vestas, Westinghouse.
I am now a Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT) in the state of Oregon. Need a massage?
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.