We've asked each of our bloggers to introduce themselves and talk a little about why they love the market and what positions they call their own. We encourage our bloggers to own common stock and abide by a common code of conduct.
Who are you, and why are you passionate about stocks?
My name is Matt Himler and I am a sophomore at Amherst College where I plan to major in economics and political science and play on the school's varsity lacrosse and squash teams.
I am passionate about stocks and the factors that influence their share price. I enjoy seeing how earnings, new products, bad news and strategic partnerships can influence a company's stock price.
What was the first stock you owned?
The first stock I purchased was Apple back in December around $49. Since then I have watched it climb all the way up to the mid-80s and fall back down to the mid 50s. I still own the stock and am looking to purchase more because I believe Apple has the best products out there.
What is your worst investment ever?
I know down the line I will be able to answer this question, but as of now I can't really answer because Apple is my only stock. However, on a side note, I just deposited some of my summer's pay in my account looking to purchase more stocks and diversify my portfolio.
What do you own now?
Right now I own only Apple. After tonight's transactions I may own a few other stocks ranging from Cisco Systems to Starbucks. I'll keep you posted!