Prof. Barry Gilbert at the Wilson Lecture Series/ECE fall 2022 Colloquium
An Introduction To Investing In The Stock Markets
This seminar, a summarization of a five-part series, will offer a brief introduction to the reasons for personally investing in the equity markets, and to the mechanics of the investing process: a) creating an account at a brokerage and an example of a brokerage to work with; b) understanding how investment newsletters work, an introduction to three specific newsletters with multi-decade track records, and how to select individual companies from their lists; c) the process of investing online through a brokerage; d) monitoring your portfolio online and with self-created spreadsheets; and e) an initial discussion of investing “traps and pitfalls” (“avoid being exploited!”). The one-hour discussion is intended to introduce the audience to this approach, but is not comprehensive enough to begin the process—the full series will give the attendees all of the tools that they will need to improve their financial security, patiently and safely, over a number of years. Given sufficient audience interest, all five sessions can be presented at a later time.
About Professor Gilbert
Barry Gilbert is a Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Director of the Special-Purpose Processor Development Group at Mayo Clinic in Rochester MN, and an IEEE Life Fellow. He received a B.S. degree in electrical engineering from Purdue and a Ph.D. in biomedical engineering from U. Minnesota and Mayo Clinic. Since 1970 his research interests have been in the design of hardware for specialized supercomputers. His team has designed more than 450 integrated circuits, and has contributed to the development of more than two dozen special purpose computers, from chip-sized processors to cabinet-size supercomputers. Barry grew up in an investment-oriented family, where he absorbed information regarding the stock markets and other forms of investments. Since 1975 he has been an active investor, and has developed a safe approach to investing that has worked well, which will be described briefly.