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I am a retired accountant and business manager who has 30 years of experience studying markets, investing, and trading futures and stocks. I have made and lost money during my investing career, and those successes and losses have taught me about timing markets, risk management, government created inflation, and market crashes. I currently invest for the long term, and I swing trade (in a trade from one to four weeks) stocks and ETFs using both fundamental and technical analysis. I offer opinions and commentary, but not investment advice.
Years ago I did graduate work in physics (all but dissertation) so I strongly believe in analysis, objective facts, and rational decisions based on hard data. I currently live in Texas with my wife. Previously, I spent 20 years in Barrow, Alaska, the northernmost community in the United States, 330 miles north of the Arctic Circle.
There are many parallels between surviving in the arctic and investing for substantial gains in today’s market. For example:
- Preparation for surviving arctic weather is critical, just as preparation is essential when investing.
- There is little room for delusional thinking when you are subjected to a 40 degrees below zero blizzard while facing 30 mph of wind. Similarly, dangerous markets will punish delusional thinking.
- There is much to learn about survival in the arctic, considerably more than just "wear more clothes." Markets appear less complicated and easier to understand than they actually are. Underestimating either arctic conditions or the complexity of markets can be deadly.
- Temperatures in the arctic gradually move from dreadfully cold to mildly warm. Markets seem chaotic in the short term but gradually move up and down in long cycles.
- One can experience the "midnight sun" for several months in the arctic. During that time, it seems like the sun will last forever. It does not, and several months later you will live through two months of darkness. Bull markets feel like they will rally forever. They do not and are followed by bear markets, regardless of what the Wall Street cheerleaders wish us to believe.
on Nov. 19, 2012 :
GE Christenson has written a concise and informative guide to understanding the gold and silver metals landscape. His insight in this topic is of particular value to novice investors with concern for surviving the coming financial chaos. Those of us living on fixed incomes and limited retirement resources are at great risk during this time of unprecedented lack of wisdom, lack of fiscal planning ability, and lack of understanding of the consequences of ignoring lessons from history by our federal government. What the Deviant Investor has done is to view beyond the message of our governmental financial advisors to the patterns of their destructive actions. He has then analyzed the patterns of recent financial history, compiled his findings in a coherent manner, and shared them in a format that states clearly and succinctly what I have needed to learn to make appropriate decisions to protect our limited resources and even expand their value in the immediate future. Deviant behavior is not always a good thing, but given the irresponsible actions – past, present, and future – of our various levels of government to manage our financial resources wisely, deviating from their courses of action may well mean our ability to survive imminent financial (and related social) collapse.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
on Nov. 15, 2012 :
The Deviant Investor is against the grain! And you should give credence to the analysis, and scenarios included here. With the political atmosphere we have today (remember, America has the Government it deserves....as we keep voting the clowns into office), it is assured your investment strategies HAVE to change from the prior 30 years. The investing environment is just not the same, and conventional theories do not work. I loved the straightforward analysis included here. It will force you to change your thinking, and take action.
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)
on Nov. 10, 2012 :
I try to keep up with and understand financial markets as well as I can, especially given the extreme nature of the financial crisis that we are living in these days. But to be honest it's hard to piece it all together succinctly with all the different news sources and opinions out there. With this book Mr. Christenson has written an excellent primer on our current economic situation and how to best survive it. He lays out the facts in such a way that even someone like me who does not have a background in finance or accounting can understand. We all hear about how pretty much all governments are printing money more than ever before, and this book explains how that happens and how it affects and will continue to affect our lives in very negative ways. It also offers sensible and easy to understand ways for you to protect yourself financially as governments continue to create money out of thin air at faster and faster rates, something that simply cannot go on forever and will likely end only with a lot more financial pain and suffering for the middle and lower classes of society. Do yourself and your family a favor and read this book.
(reviewed 12 days after purchase)