Living life making multiplications is such an important hopefully, daily event. As it has been for decades now. Each day does bring different DATA / events which may pertain or not to each trading vehicle/vessel. The Revenue Avenues are important in this stage in my Trading, and Life, now as well before personally and Professionally . Dividend Re-Investment especially with a Discount multiplies yours / mine quite well in the compounding . Monthly and/or Daily, IMHO, is best. EG: One of my kin was the first Woman, ever, having seat(s) on the NYSE! A Quaker. ( Who was she ?) SHe changed faith to be buried in Vt. next to her husband and have a tombstone , as Quakers do not believe in them. We were the original S.O.E.S. ( Small Order Execution System ) which we set up to give an equal footing trading, common investor vs the behemoths ,also Member on the NYSE AMEX Exchanges , OTC, NASDAQ, BSX, PHX..TSE, I was.. Still American Fiscal Conservative and realist. American Republican as President Abraham Lincoln was our first! US Major Gen. Benjamin Butler's monument so reads. "the true touchstone of civil liberty is not that all men are equal but that every man has the right to be the equal of every other man - if he can." " UK Premier Harold Wilson:"He who rejects change is the architect of decay. The only human institution which rejects progress is the cemetery." GOD Bless the USA! GOD Bless you too!
Semi-Retired marketing executive. I have been actively investing in the markets for 30+ years and manage my portfolio consisting of around a 50/35/15 blend of mutual funds, equities and fixed type assets. I have been following Seeking Alpha since 2009.
Manage numerous Family taxable accounts.
My profile is most uninteresting to those mired in the continued practice of their mistakes.
Enjoy spending the rest of my life with my beloved!!!
GOD BLESS MAKING AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!!
Retired investor, ex-Navy, ex-Big Oil, ex-French manufacturer. My interest in investing came from both my grandfather/father and my boss at work. When my grandfather retired in the late 50's he spent his days either with some cronies watching the tape at the local ML office, fishing, or tending his flower shrubs. I didn't know what he was investing in until after he died which is normal as I was still in school and more interested in school than my future life. My grandmother started talking about the different companies and what was happening to them (buyouts, spinoffs, etc.). Then when she died and my mother inherited the portfolio I saw that it consisted of first quality dividend paying stocks. Until my mother's death the process continued without any significant purchases or sales -- nor any dividend reinvestments. The money was accumulated and invested in good mutual funds my dad liked. My dad was a doctor and knew nothing about investing but a kind patient ( a crony of my grandfather) bought some stock for him in the late 50's with the comment "pay me when you can or give them back to me at anytime". He repaid him. The patient did this again about 2 years later. Same result. This small investment in a Louisiana land and oil and gas company (which no longer exists) paid for a new house and our educations, etc. My dad then started investing in mutual funds and dividend reinvesting. He loved Magellan and the Neuberger funds. He had them until his death. My boss got me interested in AAII then when I moved to the home office I joined a small local investment club. Eventually I kept the club "sheet" -- the monthly tally of investments with relevant information (yield, gains/losses, tracking against the 500, etc.) . It was complex but fun. I stayed with that club even after moving away and kept their sheet too for almost 20 years. I joined a new club and repeated the process. Now, I don't have any club but I continue to discuss stocks with friends. The "dot com bubble" really crushed me and turned me into a DGI. Now I have about 25% in stocks (JNJ, PSXP, V, BRK.B) and 75% in funds/ETFs (Health Care, Small Cap, Medium Cap, Energy, Primecap, VNQ, VDC -- all Vanguard). I want the portfolio to act as it did for my grandfather and mother. Hence, I am trying to educate our daughter in how this works. She's not investment savy but she is extremely smart and a quick learner in medicine so the process won't be too difficult. Seminal reading: Atlas Shrugged, The Fountainhead, Think & Grow Rich, The Bible
I spent many years as an executive in corporate America, but I have always been an investor focused on long term investment in promising small cap companies. Now I spend most of my time reading about stocks and investing in small cap companies
I'm retired. Bought the farm -- literally (in NE Texas).
I'm a boomer, not a depression era kid (it was my parents who lived through that mess). So I'm exaggerating a bit when I state that the "Great Depression" ran into the late 50's where I grew up (the Appalachia of the West). But I did go to bed hungry, dreaming of food, because there was literally nothing to eat. The family's grocery problem was eventually solved through the good graces of a religious charity, the assistance of friends and neighbors, the perseverance of my parents, and more than a little luck.
I believe those early lean times provided a wee-bit of incentive to not let those circumstances repeat themselves... I really dislike going hungry.
But I was lucky. I had clothes; usually ate on a regular basis; got a bath once a week in a tin wash tub, whether it was needed or wanted; got medical treatment for the slices, dices and broken bones that would have crippled me, treatment for the diseases that, left untreated, would have killed me; and had the opportunity to go to school. That was an opportunity I seized with both hands and did not let go.
I am by nature inherently lazy... given the choice between digging ditch with pick and shovel at $0.10/hour or sitting behind a desk writing software at hundreds of times that hourly rate... I decided not to dig ditches.
Now that I'm retired and own the farm, I dig ditches for free.
As a kid I read constantly... pretty much everything on just about anything. Cleaned out the local libraries (it was a very small town). "The Richest Man in Babylon", biographies of Hughes, Carnegie, Rockefeller, and others, histories, westerns, mysteries, SF. Remembered various parables about being unable to grasp opportunities because one had wasted his resources.
Can't say I always succeeded, but I tried. Towards the end of my career, managed to live on about 1/3 of my gross, saving and investing what was left after taxes and insurance, and still had opportunities for fun, recreation, travel and friends.
As a NASA Engineer, I wrote a large variety of software. Some of the more notable items were:
• an email management system for the Agency and its contractors (the project included writing the procedures; reporting and correcting third party data errors;
• designing, writing and testing the software; designing and implementing the database schema and queries; navigating inter-center politics; etc);
• a moving map software that flew twice aboard the Shuttle and displayed alternate landing sites in the event of a launch emergency;
• post landing wheel-tire-brake analysis software for the Shuttle (STS-1 to final-flight);
• a graphical, real-time dynamic software simulator for a 7-joint robot;
• a FMEA/CIL data processing system (software and procedures) for Return-to-Flight after the Challenger disaster;
• data structures & translation software for the Shuttle's Wake Shield Experiment; and
• a Shuttle-Station docking simulator.
Also designed, developed, tested and used a simulation language, a graphics processing language, and various computer language processing and analysis tools.
And then there was the "fun" NASA stuff... logging 40 minutes of zero-G time (and 40 minutes of 2G time), riding a 6-DOF shuttle simulator, working (and biking) with a handful of astronauts, SCUBA-ing in the WETF whilst observing astronauts using the tools my group designed, witnessing a Shuttle launch, doing Shuttle post-landing ground penetrometer studies at Edwards AFB, simulating shuttle tile repair whilst mounted horizontally on an air-bearing floor, mentoring younger engineers, and working with some of the best and brightest people I've met in my life.
In my free time:
• I developed commercial library management, scheduling and reporting software packages, wrote the user manuals, made onsite visits and learned a lot of humility;
• guest lectured and taught software development at universities.
• lived for years in various locales in northern Japan, participated in a traditional Japanese marriage ceremony (my own), helped my father-in-law with a bit of traditional Japanese construction near Sendai, and played Shogi whenever possible (Shogi is the Japanese version of chess. The local shogi master's shocked expression of total surprise when I beat him at the game was priceless ... To the master I was just an idiot "gaijin" [foreigner] and not worth his full attention. He won the next game.);
• lived for three months in Hawaii;
• made brief excursions to Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean.
While at one time I could read, write, think, dream, and speak (without accent) in standard Japanese and could understand a bit of the Tsugaru and Zuzu-ben dialects, I don't practice much anymore.
My time in the US Army made me appreciate my MOS (a retired crypto sub-specialty) was not 11B.
My name is Chris and I'm a former portfolio manager looking to share my ideas with others. I trade emini futures live everyday at http://www.stocksandstocks.com and give away all educational information for free. I cannot read minds so if you have a question feel free to ask me.
Former long-time business editor of major US women's magazine and contributing editor at dozens of different "trade" and consumer publications. Author of over 3,000 print magazine articles in past 30 years.
Penn Ph.D., centrist Republican.
Please visit my blogsites:
Baby Boomers-The Angriest Generation http://angriestgeneration.wordpress.com
The Rest of U.S. (for and about political Centrists) http://newcentristera.wordpress.com
and my brand-new blog about Markets:
Capital Punishment-Markets Through the Looking Glass http://marketslookingglass.wordpress.com
Living life making multiplications is such an important hopefully, daily event. As it has been for decades now. Each day does bring different DATA / events which may pertain or not to each trading vehicle/vessel.
The Revenue Avenues are important in this stage in my Trading, and Life, now as well before personally and Professionally . Dividend Re-Investment especially with a Discount multiplies yours / mine quite well in the compounding . Monthly and/or Daily, IMHO, is best.
EG: One of my kin was the first Woman, ever, having seat(s) on the NYSE!
A Quaker. ( Who was she ?) SHe changed faith to be buried in Vt. next to her husband and have a tombstone , as Quakers do not believe in them.
We were the original S.O.E.S. ( Small Order Execution System ) which we set up to give an equal footing trading, common investor vs the behemoths ,also Member on the NYSE AMEX Exchanges , OTC, NASDAQ, BSX, PHX..TSE, I was..
Still American Fiscal Conservative and realist. American Republican as President Abraham Lincoln was our first!
US Major Gen. Benjamin Butler's monument so reads. "the true touchstone of civil liberty is not that all men are equal but that every man has the right to be the equal of every
other man - if he can."
" UK Premier Harold Wilson:"He who rejects change is the architect of decay. The only human institution which rejects progress is the cemetery."
GOD Bless the USA! GOD Bless you too!