Originally Posted by white cat lover
I'm in retail. I love the work part of my job, just not most of the co-workers, environment, pay, or hours.
Nat - you're too much!
I love these threads - it's always so interesting!
DH and I work together and have since 1994. It's always been equity research, and he's been Chief (Market) Strategist or Chief Investment Officer at most of the firms where we've worked. I've been Sr. Equity Analyst, and I have a lot of licenses and a C.F.A. (Chartered Financial Analyst designation).
In 2007 we started our own Equity Research firm. We conduct, write, and publish research (stock recommendations) on publicly traded companies. Gary also publishes economic research. Our client base is institutional (the people who manage hedge funds and mutual funds). We additionally distribute our research through several larger broker-dealers, so our work reaches a wide audience.
We also do several different kinds of consulting work:
1) for our institutional money management clients - they basically outsource research to us sometimes;
2) for small companies in various capacities. We provide marketing and advice to them (their company, not their specific products); we also help them secure financing; and we work with a larger group to help create "market awareness" programs.
3) This isn't really consulting, but we do manage money (equity investments) for a few people.
Gary has some health issues, so doing our own thing but working with larger firms (as opposed to working for larger firms) is perfect for us. Besides... we were never good at being politically correct when we don't like a company or management LOL.
We've been doing a lot of consulting work lately, but we did just publish our first new initiation of coverage in a while yesterday morning. The stock was up 8% yesterday - and as of right now, it's up 9% today.
...before Gary's health issues, we started doing a lot of cat rescue and TNR in 2002. We co-founded and funded the start-up of a no-kill cat shelter, and we created a fund at the vet to help Seniors with cats in need. We don't volunteer for a shelter, and with Gary's health issues we're not as active as we were, but we do trap when necessary, still do TNR and still have a places to go to get kitties fostered and adopted out.