Some of my more recent background lies in having directed the investor relations department for a tiny privately held energy company in Houston, Texas. I was the "inside" director/VP. In IR parlance, this means I was at the beck and call of the Chairman and President of the firm. Something I learned over the years: It's very easy to present the numbers while saying nothing of meaning or value! These days I scrutinize SEC filings with extreme caution, looking for items intentionally omitted or distorted.....before considering any investment. If I've learned anything, it's to look past the numbers and THINK every step of the way despite what others have to say. Stated business models and 6 or more consecutive quarters of results will usually tell me most of what I need to know. Meaningful momentum comes from "constantcy." Hi-yield plays are the mainstay of my portfolios but there's a lot of venture capitalist in me. Thus I'm always playing a handful of penny stocks. Because they seldom boast great historical numbers, they're ripe pickings for my more instinctual type of analysis. I make money on most. I get slaughtered on a few but accept it all on balance. Stock work is fascinating, great fun and has forced me to better understand who I am. If you can't see me, take the garlic out of the room.