12 years of individual investing & wealth management experience.
I am 49 years old, and self-employed in the construction industry.
I have an advisor who manages half of my money, and the other half I invest on my own. My investments are primarily in low-cost index ETFs, but about 15% of my funds I invest in individual equities - typically out-of-favor dividend equities that have solid fundamentals and growth potential. My favorite strategy is to sell enough shares of an equity to get my original investment back, and let the "free" shares ride.
I have been an investor in various forms for the past 30 years. I try to be flexible and go with what appears good at the time. I have managed more positive results than negative. I used to own lots of single family homes, but managed to sell most of them before the real estate crash,(how I managed to see it and people making millions more than me did not, remains a mystery). I now am invested in gold and energy and I appreciate the work of many of the folks here who share their knowledge. My best investments have come from the hard work of others. I just try to synthesis there knowledge into action.
I try to carefully trade weekly & monthly stock options with expertise in mining companies & traditional manufacturers. Speak & write fluent Portuguese and speak good Spanish. Resided twice in Brazil and once on Guam Island. Employed at the same large foreign-owned Distribution Center the past 15 years & completely 100% Pro-NAFTA. Smart individual investing is the preferred solution to improving one's economic future, as opposed to vast & vague government handouts. Seeking Alpha is the #1 best financial blog because of honest opinions & superb organization.
I am the Portfolio Manager for the RETIREE INCOME PORTFOLIO, DIVIDEND OVERDRIVE PORTFOLIO, and the OIL & GAS INCOME PORTFOLIO at PortfolioChannel.com. I am also the creator of the Cash Flow Retirement Replacement Ratio© used in retirement and investment planning. A Chartered Financial Analyst and Certified Financial Planner, I have spent over two decades managing high-net worth individual and institutional accounts, working as a portfolio manager and analyst. I have also had several stints working for a pair of Private Banks managing balanced, fixed income, and equity accounts.