I am two days away from being 77 years old and consider myself an equal of John McCain, who is five months younger than I am. I love trading stocks but have been highly unsuccessful, losing significant amounts of money in the Dot.Com debacle and the aftermath of Lehman's going under. I am retired now and can devote full time to investing but I am going to need help from my Seeking Alpha colleagues. I am very rusty at this point. In circa 2001, I bought stocks and watched them run up and run down. In 2006/2007 before Lehman's went down, I accumulated $200K playing options in technology and energy stocks, and again didn't realize the effect that Lehman's would have on my options trading strategies. For around a grand a year, I was getting advice from option traders but didn't always protect my investments from a downturn like they did. Now I have a significant long term capital loss that I would like to reduce.
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In search of a better constructed, more efficient, easily replicable portfolio that is properly risk-balanced for growth with lower downside risk. Also scanning the market for high-quality assets at a discounted price.
Investment horizon is always medium- to long-term (12 months or more), and will often act as a contrarian to short-term consensus in order to identify the best longer-term investment opportunities. Tend to focus on technology and energy services sectors.
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Individual investor focused upon a limited number of diversified stocks. Seeks stocks selling below fair value; favors dividend growth. Advocates fundamental investment analysis, supplemented by the technical charts. Options strategies primarily employed to generate additional income or hedge risk.
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