I was first interested in stocks and investing while in High School. With my first job I saved a significant portion of that and put it into various instruments i.e. Roth IRA and stocks mostly. I started college for Business Administration and continued teaching myself principles of investing and savings and good personal finance. I graduated with an MBA in Financial Planning from California Lutheran University in May of 2011. I have not worked in any capacity as a financial analyst but have significant experience in stock analysis mainly using fundamental methods but have recently started using technical analysis as well. A significant portion of my free time is spent with this hobby and I have a lot at stake as I have been investing roughly 40% of my salary for the last 16 years. I have a significant nest egg at the moment and hope to be partially retired within 5 years by 2019. I have been building a property rental and investment business and continue to build that and expand that. What does the future bring for me? I hope to continue building and growing my business as well as publish articles on investing and start a blog in the future as well.
Early Retiree (in 2013 at age 48) living in Costa Rica. My goal is to generate income from dividend stocks to cover 50% of annual expenses. The remaining 50% is from cash and cash equivalents. I use a "three bucket" strategy. Admittedly, when I started my career of managing my personal investments I chased yield. It was 2012 and everything worked. Over time I have become more conservative, however, I am still targeting a 6% overall portfolio yield from dividend stocks. I use the tactics of Cash Secured Puts and Covered Calls to boost income with a goal of 10%. I also use the tactics of a 25% trailing stop and position sizing of 4% to limit risk.
I am a keen dividend growth investor with a new found passion in the stock market and buying income on sale.
Although a fan of the lower risk DGI method, I am all in for financial freedom and attempting to retire by 30. I am therefore willing to take on more risk to get there and I am now investing into higher yield stocks predominantly MReits, BDCS and Reits. I firmly believe that this approach will get me there faster alongside investing in undervalued dividend growth stocks that will compound better in the long run.
I am looking at a complete 50/50 split of DGI growth stocks for stability and 50% high yield alternatives. I am now looking into Reits, MReits and BDC's for my journey to financial freedom.
Former financial adviser turned IT enthusiast. Still extremely interested in the market's machinations and how we derive value going forward from an individual equity investment standpoint. I hope the articles I write are helpful given my years in the business, and provide you with ideas to think about for your investment strategy(ies) going forward!
I am an individual investor nearing retirement (within the next 10 years). My portfolio is diversified among a 401k, an IRA, and a retail trading account.
I manage my 401k by tactically rotating between a varying mix of stock and bond mutual funds using momentum and trend-following strategies..
My IRA is managed by an outside firm who maintains it in a balance of dividend-paying stocks and ETFs, with an overlay of covered-call strategies. A portion is also maintained in cash to take advantages of opportunities as they arise.
I manage my retail trading account trading options based on overall market volatility using underlying vehicles such as VIX, VXX, XIV, and SVXY.