I have a total of about 5 years of experience as an investor. I have been investing in the Indian stock markets since 2011 and have been generating positive returns. I have also been constructing and trying out different trading strategies using Investopedia's stock simulator since 2011.
Before selecting a stock, I spend a number of days learning the company and combine it with my own technical analysis of the stock. This is how I generally decide the type of security and the holding period.