I write for self-directed individual investors. My books are step-by-step guides that present a straightforward system for picking, valuing, and managing stocks.
I am a former business executive, legal analyst, and rocket scientist (literally). I am a successful individual investor. I retired early, in 2001, to research and write my first book, SENSIBLE STOCK INVESTING: How to Pick, Value, and Manage Stocks (March, 2008, iUniverse Star). Click on the cover image to the right for a complete description of this book.
I am firmly convinced that famed investor Peter Lynch was correct when he said that “the amateur investor has numerous built-in advantages that, if exploited, should result in his or her outperforming the experts, and also the market in general.” All individual investors should take heart from Lynch's sentiments.
I have also written six eBooks on dividend investing:
TOP 40 DIVIDEND GROWTH STOCKS FOR 2014: A Sensible Guide to Dividend Growth Investing...click the cover image to right for more information
TOP 40 DIVIDEND GROWTH STOCKS FOR 2013: A SENSIBLE GUIDE TO DIVIDEND GROWTH INVESTING...no longer available.
TOP 40 DIVIDEND GROWTH STOCKS FOR 2012: How to Create and Maintain a Dividend Growth Portfolio...no longer available.
TOP 40 DIVIDEND-GROWTH STOCKS FOR 2011: How to Create Wealth or Income from Dividend-Growth Stocks...No longer available.
THE TOP 40 DIVIDEND STOCKS FOR 2010: How to Generate Wealth or Income from Dividend Stocks...No longer available.
THE TOP 40 DIVIDEND STOCKS FOR 2009: Dividend Investing for the Long Haul...No longer available.
THE TOP 40 DIVIDEND STOCKS FOR 2008: How (and Why) to Build a Cash Machine of Dividend Stocks...No longer available.
I hold an undergraduate degree in physics from Holy Cross College and earned my JD from Georgetown University Law Center in 1974. I received formal business training in the MBA program at Rochester Institute of Technology and also in the executive development program at INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France, one of the world’s leading graduate business schools.
Career and Experience
My "first career," prior to law school, utilized my physics degree in positions as a rocket scientist and systems engineer.
My "second career," following law school, included positions as a legal analyst, author, and editor; editor-in-chief; general manager with profit-and- loss responsibilities; and business development and strategic planner. My employer—a global information and publishing company—supplied "must- have" information to lawyers, accountants, scientists, and the investment community.
These two careers contributed greatly to the successful stock investment methodologies that I have developed. I know how to integrate information from disparate sources and to think critically and analytically. I understand how public companies strategize, decide what projects or acquisitions to pursue, deal with financial issues, and compete. I understand what separates great companies from mediocre ones.
As a published analyst and author, I have extensive experience in taking complex subjects, often involving contradictory points of view, and blending them into a reasonable and readable presentation.
Finally, I am a successful individual investor. I developed the principles, step-by-step approaches, and investment tools through years of research and practical experience. They work.
I can be reached at this email address: dave.vanknapp@SensibleStocks.com