My name is James Neat. Ninteen days after graduating from high school in Cape Coral, Florida, I began my enlistment in the United States Navy. I served 6 years as an aviation electronics technician. In 1987 I left the Navy as a Second Class Petty Officer. I started college and graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of North Florida in 1991 with a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration with a major in Accounting. After working as an accountant in the banking industry and in state and local government, I decided to try teaching. After obtaining the necessary certifications, I became a high school math teacher in 1998. I am still serving in that capacity.
One of my hobbies is investing. I bought my first share of stock (Florida Power and Light) when I was 17 and still in high school. The idea of having my money work for me, with the idea that someday I wouldn't have to physically go to work, excited me. I didn't have a lot of money to invest back then, and prior to discount brokerages and the internet, commissions were a huge barrier to success. But things have changed, and I have been investing more seriously since about 2004.
Sometimes in the course of teaching math, investment topics come up. And it amazes me how little students today know about personal financial topics. For example, many of my students do not even uderstand how the basic banking system and interest works. Let alone what corporate stock is and how money can be earned by investing in it! Yet these same students will have to rely more on their own investments than my generation, and generations prior to that. Social Security is on the brink of insolvency, and defined benefit plans are essentially an idea of the past.
It is for this reason that I have created higheronthehog.com. I hope to be able to help educate young people such as my students who have shown an interest in investing while at the same time helping anyone else, of any age, learn more about investing if they are interested. I also want to create and provide a few tools for investors because I have seen the need for them and cannot find adequate tools that have already been developed.
I do not consider myself an expert. I am still striving to learn more every day. However, I do not consider myself a mathematician either. But that has not stopped me from successfully teaching math since 1998. I am committed to helping those who I have something to offer, and continuing to learn from those who have something to offer me. I am always open to suggestions for my website. If you have something you would like to see included, please let me know.