My advice for people who haven't been trained or gifted in finance, is to carefully choose a few hyped up companies that regularly receive attention. Learn it's patterns before deciding to invest. Spontaneity is statistically more likely to fail.
I'm a Due-Diligence(DD) Fanatic. I NEVER EVER trade a position without serious DD. It all starts and ends with a call to Investor Relations(IR).
I take tremendous pride in finding things out about companies that others are afraid to ask...;)
** I do not respond ** Former Equity Research Analyst.
Equity Strategist for Zacks Investment Research
I manage Home Run Investor, a buy and hold service of ~20 small cap stocks with great growth potential.
I am breaking all the diversification rules right now by keeping almost 90% of my money in AIG. I used to hold ARR or AGNC, but I have switched to AIG in Sept 2012.
Portfolio contents at 12/31/2013
AIG (92%) BAC(4%) BRK.B(2%), AGNC (2%) ARR(1.5%)
Vice President for the American Association of Individual Investors and AAII Journal Editor. Speaker, WSJ Expert Panelist, regular guest on Your MoneyLife (@MoneyLifeShow), author of Better Good than Lucky, and KU alum.