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No One Cares More About Your Money Than You Do!

Fri, Apr 24, 3:29 PM ET, by Scott V. Nystrom, PhD

Welcome to the Self Directed Investor. Our mission at the Self Directed Investor is to provide original analysis, valuable information, timely commentary, and useful educational material to help inform your personal investment strategy.

My name is Scott Nystrom founding partner, President, and Editor of this web site. I am also a self directed investor with a 12 year average return of about 16 percent per year from 1997-2008.

Analyzing global financial markets, researching economic trends, developing investment strategies, and performing due diligence on companies are among my favorite activities. One result of this interest is that I have been somewhat successful using an asset concentration strategy with so-called high risk investments. This approach was comfortable for me because of my safe investments including my education (Ph.D.), experiences (White House OMB and Capitol Hill), analytical skills, love of markets, and a small defined benefit pension at age 62.

For the past 25 years, I have worked in the public and private sectors as a policy analyst, economist, scholar, professor, manager, and consultant in the Washington DC area. The issue areas I have worked on include health care, taxes, budgeting, Social Security, pensions, aging, energy, health diplomacy and international trade.

The reason these personal items are mentioned is to impress upon you that every self directed investor possesses:

        different strengths;

        different limitations;

        different goals;

        different interests;

        different levels of risk tolerance; and,

        different endowments of human capital (the stock of skills, knowledge, and experiences you possess to produce goods and services that consumers value in the marketplace)

Yes, we are all different and that means different approaches to investing are better suited for some people than others.

In short, we need to recognize one investment approach may not work for other investors and there is no foolproof recipe for making money in the markets. And not every investment, trade, or strategy produces positive returns. But it is important to remember that there are baseline financial concepts and information that can help to improve your returns in the market.

In part, my losses in 2008 motivated me to create this website. During this time, I was fortunate to be a member of the ValueForum, a subscription-based online community of 1,300 self directed investors with different gifts, talents, and viewpoints who share ideas with one another.

ValueForum gave me two advantages over most self directed investors. First, there is nothing like critical feedback received in the open marketplace of ideas for tempering our irrational biases about the economy, markets, and companies. Second, the analysis offered by other experienced investors has helped me to better understand what happened in 2008 and to develop strategies to rebuild my investment portfolio.

Another motivation for this website is to let investors know that you are not alone. You should know that global wealth destruction during 2008 totaled at least $50 trillion according to the Asian Development Bank an amount equal to almost one year of worldwide economic output. This financial tsunami hit a broad swath of investors around the globe from the super-rich to the middle class.

The most stunning fact of 2008 is that the smartest investment gurus who were supported by extraordinary resources also lost huge shares of their wealth including Warren Buffet who reportedly lost almost 40 percent of his net worth in 2008.

As an educator, I am also motivated to educate investors, share investment ideas, and promote financial literacy across the generations.

We hope you will enjoy this educational website and benefit from being exposed to valuable content, ideas, and tools designed for self directed investors.

Remember, no one cares more about your money than you do.

Scott V. Nystrom, PhD

Editor, Self Directed Investor

 

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6 Comments

 BOL Scott. This sounds like fun.

-- vf-Bob
Tue, May 19, 10:13 AM ET

 neat website

-- james
Wed, May 20, 12:10 PM ET

 Scott, I'm looking forward to an endless stream of high value, high payoff, insightful ideas which I know you will deliver. Powerful start on a most useful website. You are absolutely right..........I need to make myself competent and responsible for my own financial prosperity. Your website will assist me to that end. Jon Rosenbaum

-- Jon Rosenbaum
Fri, May 29, 11:52 PM ET

 I was referred to you website by an member of the Value Form and look forward to you comments. I need all the help I can get.

-- Bob B
Sat, May 30, 8:35 AM ET

 Scott, I'm really pleased to learn of your website and think it's a great idea. I wish you the best of luck and offer any and all the support I am capable of providing. I will also inform Jesse and Karl at incNETWORKS of the website. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me at your convenience.

-- Marvin Wilkinson
Tue, Jun 9, 11:08 AM ET

 dear scott:
where the hell are you and your gang of theives hiding out?
bermuda, the seyschelles? anyway it would give your outfit some cachet if you made less of secret as to where your buisness office is located although few would check but might want to know they can
gert
ps good informative site until the sales pitch depths in menu.s are reached

-- gert
Mon, Dec 5, 11:51 PM ET

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