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David J. Waldron is the founder and contributing editor of the blog and podcast series, The Self-Directed Investor.

David actively conducts research and manages investments for his family portfolio in real-time, ... more


The Elevator Pitch Value Proposition
Understanding a publicly-traded company's value proposition – as reflected in its products or services – is crucial to the fundamental analysis of a potential stock for the self-directed investor.
Portfolio Allocation Strategies For The Self-Directed Investor
Portfolio allocation is as important as asset allocation. This post discusses the two most common portfolio weighting mechanisms: market weight and equal weight. Plus, why automatically reinvesting dividends is not always the best strategy.
Finding Value: Determining The Equity Bond Rate From Shareholder Yields
Self-directed stock investors should measure shareholder yields beyond just dividends. Despite being out of favor on Wall Street, three traditional retailers are generating multiple shareholder yields that are exceeding the ten-year Treasury rate.
Eight Principles Of Profitable Self-Directed Investing
Here are eight principles of profitable self-directed investing that when consistently implemented can produce market-beating portfolios over an extended period


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America’s 1% Hasn’t Had This Much Wealth Since The Roaring Twenties
6 days ago

The author wrote: "As I’ve explained countless times (but nobody seems to listen)..."

Nobody's listening because Americans envy the wealthy. There is no other explanation of why the middle and working classes have been voting for tax cuts for the wealthy since the 1980s, despite the rich getting richer while the prospects of the middle/working classes have remained flat for close to 40 years.

Envy of the billionaire class leads to an ever-widening wealth gap and corresponding asset bubbles as much as anything.

Jesse, thanks for an excellent and timely piece.

Eight Principles Of Profitable Self-Directed Investing
1 month ago

Thank you, Susan. I am happy that you found the post helpful. This piece originally published on the MSVI blog (see my profile), but I do plan on submitting new material to TalkMarkets from my Finding Value series, in 2019. Happy New Year.

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The Self-Directed Investor
Founder & Contributing Editor
July 2016 - Present (2 years 8 months)

Blogger and podcaster of The Self-Directed Investor (formerly Main Street Value Investor), where do-it-yourself investors learn, practice, and share the art and science of building wealth from the magic of compounding protected by a wide margin of safety.


Brown University
2000 / 2001
The Practice of Management Program
Stockton University
1977 / 1981
Business Studies Grade Major: Marketing; Minor: Public Relations & Communications Activities and Societies: Served as writer/editor in the Office of Campus Life; elected chairperson of concert committee producing or assisting with live shows by The Kinks, Warren Zevon, Dixie Dregs, Little Feat, Robert Hunter, New Riders of the Purple Sage, Steve Forbert, Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes, Loudon Wainright III, and Robert Palmer.


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Powerful, yet practical foundation for goal setting that speaks to lifelong achievement in the areas of our personal and professional lives that matter most.

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