Hi everybody, Jeff Yastine here.
I wanted to take a few minutes today to introduce myself, and tell you a little about my background and my investing philosophy — and why you can come to me for sound, smart investing advice.
I’ve also included a video down below if you’d like to place a face with the name and hear a bit more about my story and background.
You see, like many of you, I’m a self-taught trader and successful investor. I had the same learning curve, and I’ve made all the same mistakes.
But I had one early advantage not available to most Main Street folks…
For 17 years between 1994 and 2010, I was an Emmy-nominated anchor and correspondent at PBS’ “Nightly Business Report.” I wound up covering companies that turned out to be hugely successful, massively profitable enterprises.
I was already a casual investor, but in between interviewing the likes of Warren Buffett, Bill Gates, Michael Dell, Sir Richard Branson, Steve Forbes and many other entrepreneurs and financial titans, I caught a serious case of the investing and trading bug.
I soon found myself reporting by day and doing my own stock research at night. I read books and downloaded annual reports — you name it, I consumed it. I also found myself wanting to know more… a lot more — likely just like you right now.
As a financial journalist, I could reach out by phone and pick the brains of Wall Street analysts whenever I had a news story in the works.
From them I received an informal MBA in valuing a company — which is as much an art as it is a science — analyzing a balance sheet, checking out cash flows, gross margins and all sorts of metrics that go into a Wall Street research report.
In the course of my job, I covered conventions with folks who trade options and futures. In the 1990s and early 2000s, the industry was changing fast, as old-style “pit” trading gave way to electronic ordering systems and computers.
So I learned plenty from them about the day-to-day mechanics of the markets.
Slowly, all of the pieces came together. I saw steady gains in my own portfolio, and eventually embarked on a new career — helping Main Street investors like you achieve the same kinds of successes.
Finally, I’m proud that my work as a journalist helped inform the broader public about financial education and important issues of the day. One of the most important lessons I’ve learned through the years is that to profit from the future, we have to learn from the past.
I’ve been on that never-ending journey for more than 30 years, with plenty of success.
Join me so you can take that first step toward achieving your financial goals today.