About

Mark RiddixMy name is Mark Riddix and I started Buy Like Buffett back in 2008. I am the founder of New Horizons Financial Consulting,  an independent investment advisory firm that provides personalized financial consulting services in investment and asset management. My degree is in finance and I have worked in investment management for over 7 years. I have written articles for numerous financial sites and been featured in several national magazines.

Buy Like Buffett is followed by Seeking Alpha. I have written a personal finance column for Baltimore and Washington metropolitan newspapers.  I have been published by the following national sites:

  • The Wall Street Journal
  • Forbes
  • Black Enterprise
  • Investopedia
  • New York Daily News
  • San Francisco Chronicle
  • Yahoo Finance
  • Google Finance
  • Minyanville
  • Ehow Money Featured Content

This site is designed to teach you how to build wealth by investing in the stock market.

Buy Like Buffett aims to follow the investing strategy of the world’s greatest investor Warren Buffett. On Buy Like Buffett I will discuss my thoughts, strategies and ideas for making money investing. I will also discuss moves that I am making in my own portfolio. I welcome any suggestions or tips from readers. Please remember that all posts are my own personal opinion and not necessarily suited to your needs. Always make sure that each suggestion or idea fits your own personal situation.

Be sure to pick up a copy of my free ebook, 10 Things To Look For When Buying A Stock.

You can contact me by using the contact page.

Regards,

Mark

Contributors

Buy Like Buffett has grown over the past three years and now features contributions from several experts in the field of personal finance. These articles cover content ranging from  investing strategies to finding ways to eliminate debt.

Michael Riddix

Michael is an expert in the field of real estate investing and has several years of experience in buying and selling residential real estate properties. He shares information on finding the best ways to get involved in the real estate market. This includes buying tangible real estate properties and real estate investment trusts. Mike enjoys teaching others about how to buy distressed properties and negotiate home loan financing.

 

Raymond Wilcox

Raymond is a highly skilled investor who has knowledge of asset classes ranging from stocks to bonds to mutual funds. He has a MBA degree in finance and has worked in the corporate finance arena for the past five years. Ray possesses great insight about investing in growth stocks and small cap stocks that have the ability to generate outsized returns. He has extensive experience in financial modeling and valuation techniques.

 

Robert Maxwell

Robert has a MBA degree with a concentration in finance. He has worked in corporate finance for the past decade and specializes in efficient money management. Robert loves writing on topics that range from being financially responsible to money management for married couples. He has a fresh take on many personal finance topics and likes to share his ideas with other money minded individuals.

 

Cedric Baker

Cedric Baker specializes in writing on topics related to debt reduction and debt eradication. He has written numerous articles dealing with strategies and methods for reducing credit card debt, student loan debt, and mortgage debt. He shares many of his own personal experiences and strategies that he used to pay down debt in his personal life. Cedric has several years of experience trading currency in the Forex market.

26 Responses to “About”

  1. avatar tory says:

    Great site Mark!!! Keep it up, you will have as much money as Buffett!!
    !! Do you know of any GOOD agents that could sit with Kevin and I and start our quest for credit rebuilding and first home buyers?

  2. avatar Mark says:

    @tory
    Thanks. I can find someone. I knew Ugo who was in the business. I can try to contact him.

  3. avatar Alex MacGregor says:

    Hi Mark, nice blog. We recently started our own stocks blog and I like the quality of your posts. Would you be interested in writing some posts for us?

    I have added you blog to our links page. We’re sort of aiming our content at the general part-time investor.

    Regards,
    Alex

  4. avatar Marvin says:

    LEAPs are a great way to manage risk in 2009. Make sure you understand the rules of the road before you load up on them.

  5. avatar anonymous says:

    Have a question about your site. How can I contact you directly? Email/phone

  6. avatar Mark says:

    @anonymous
    My email address is listed above.

  7. avatar Alexander says:

    Hi!
    I enjoy reading your blog and would be interested in hearing your opinion about the following site and its stock valuation model: http://www.istockresearch.com/
    Alexander

  8. avatar John Spence says:

    Mark,
    I enjoyed your article on athlete money “screw ups”. However, you listed “car washes” as one of Lenny Dystra’s failed businesses. In following the Dykstra story, it seems that the car wash business was the one thing that he was very successful in. I understand he sold that business at a huge profit. Nevertheless, it is an interesting story.

    John

  9. avatar Mark says:

    @John Spence
    Thanks John. I listed the car wash business because he is being sued by family members for not sharing profits from the car wash. He is also accused of having ripped off $500,000 from a Nigerian doctor for another car wash venture.

  10. avatar Oliver Galang says:

    Hi Mark,

    I’m not sure if you got my previous e-mail; however, I just wanted to say that I enjoyed reading your article, “Seven costly pro athlete screw-ups.” I just wanted to say that I was in the same boat. You can google my name, “Oliver Galang.” I used to be a high roller and although I didn’t make millions, I made several thousand.

    I don’t know. I guess I’m writing you to tell you that these athletes are just normal people, too. I mean, I used to think I was smarter than everybody, but then I lost it all. You see, athletes are just physically talented. They don’t know how to manage money. In my case, I thought $5,000 a hand on blackjack was nothing. Now, it means everything!

    I was hoping you can do a little article about me, so people don’t gamble. I wrote two books. One about how card counting doesn’t work and the other one about my life.

    Thanks for your time,

    Oliver Galang
    Author of Card Counting: The Real Truth in Blackjack and My Life: Gambling, Strippers, Bankruptcy and Suicide.

    e-mail: batmn911@yahoo.com

  11. avatar Laura Pagles says:

    Hi Mark,

    I’m having a hard time tracking down your email, so hopefully, this comment will reach you. I’ve been enjoying your recent posts and would like to correspond about possibly guest blogging on our site.

    Please send me a note,

    Laura Pagles
    @fatwallet
    laura.pagles@fatwallet.com

  12. avatar Laura Pagles says:

    Hi Mark,

    Thanks for emailing. Unfortunately, my responses to your note have been bouncing back. I’m assuming that when you emailed me originally, my email was added to your address list. So I’m not sure where the fail is. Let me know if you get this and add me to your book.

    Laura Pagles
    @fatwallet

  13. avatar Mark says:

    @Laura Pagles
    Hi Laura,

    I tried to reply but the email bounced back.

  14. avatar janet sheekey weiss says:

    Good morning,

    When I asked Google “Does Buffett have an interest in WM,” Buy Like Buffett was at the top of the page. What a brilliant idea. I was always in my own PR business in NYC, but due to physical problems, I had to stay home most of the time. I HAD to pay the rent, therefore, I started trading with Wells Fargo Advisors last March ’09 (beginner’s luck!)

    When Buffett made $180 million in one day on AMEX, and I made about $2K, I decided something was wrong. Naturally, I do not have his kind of money to invest, but I decided to follow his lead, listen to him more (I did read his mentor’s (Graham) book, which he insisted on CNBC one day that everyone read if they were going into the bus.) I, therefore, decreased the number of stocks in my portfolio, investing more in each.

    I am now down to 3: BRK-b, TEVA and JPM.

    I am looking to build now even though I am going back into my PR bus — and when I heard online that Buffett and Gates had “interests” in WM and Republic, I decided to do my homework.

    Mazel Tov on this idea for a blog.

    What do you mean when you say, “My blog is followed by Seeking Alpha?” I have the highest respect for Seeking Alpha; it is one of the reasons I invested so much in TEVA.

    My very best,

    Janet

  15. avatar Jeff says:

    Mark,

    Can you explain in great detail the reasons why you think RAD, and BGP are going under ? RAD is up almost 200% in stock price from a year ago, and BGP is up over 205% in a year. If these companies were going under wouldnt their stock prices be in the toilet ?

  16. avatar Mark says:

    @janet sheekey weiss
    Janet,

    It looks like you have three solid stocks in your investment portfolio. When I say my blog is followed by seeking alpha; that means some of my best posts are picked up and posted in the site. I don’t have to submit them. Thanks for the kind words! Congratulations on the PR business.

  17. avatar Mark says:

    @Jeff
    I think that Borders is going under because of its huge debt load and obsolete business model. You may be able to trade the stocks on a short term basis but investing in them for the long haul is dangerous. Borders stock rose because the company has been able to buy itself more time by pushing back its long term debt. The only hope for Borders is to be acquired by a larger competitor.

    Rite Aid is a different case all together. The drugstore chain business is not dead, just overcrowded. Wal-Mart, Walgreens, CVS, and Target are all performing better than Rite Aid. Rite Aid’s biggest problems are too much debt and no profits. Rite Aid has $6.37 billion in debt and not enough profits to earn their way out of their long term debt problems. They just announced that the loss for 2011 will be even greater than 2010’s losses. I believe that the long term future is bleak for both companies.

  18. avatar Mike says:

    Hey Mark, I just reached out to Horizon with a request to get in touch with you. I would like to speak with you about the article that Yahoo! just ran. Can you get back to me when you have a bit of time? Thanks!

    Mike

  19. avatar DrowsyJay says:

    concerning: http://www.istockanalyst.com/article/viewarticle/articleid/4048540#

    ATVI Call duty franchise is in jeopardy, also World Of War-craft ‘s consumer base slowly dying.

    ERTS is better positioned and has decent roots planted in the Emerging Social gaming market(F2P).- F2P will make W.O.W like revenue in the near future. (i’m not a big ERTS fan)

    I would look into comparing positions among the giants vs long term stability.

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  23. avatar Tomoko says:

    Hi Mark,
    I’m curious to know (and I’d love to hear from your readers as well) if there really is a decent living to be made managing my own personal trading account. I am currently employed at a large asset management firm and the more I learn how things work, the less a lot of the conventional wisdom makes sense. B/C i work for a FINRA, NASD, SEC regulated firm I have very tight restrictions for trading on my personal account. Basically I can ride a stock all the way down before I get compliance’s OK to trade :o(

    It seems like there are a few people out there who can make a decent living as a trader. Then the other 90% seem like get rich quick schemes to sell you information you already knew.

    What techniques do you (and your readers) use in your analysis?

    What are the cold, hard realities of being a private trader?

    I know this are a lot of questions but any insights or stories you or your readers could share would be greatly appreciated.

    Best of luck with your blog!
    Tomoko

  24. Hey Mark,

    Can you shoot me an e-mail again and remind me when you joined the Yakezie? I’d like to get you in the mix sooner.

    Cheers,

    Sam

  25. avatar Michael says:

    Mark,

    I read your article that was posted to yahoo today. While I agree with most of your views, your description and analysis of reverse mortgages was not accurate. The bank in no way takes ownership of the home. Your statements are made in a negative light that at best confuses the reality of the product to the average consumer. Please research this further before taking aim at this product. Thanks

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