The author is Australian with a long term interest and personal stake in financial planning and management. He is a Registered Financial Adviser, is a member of the FPA Australia, and is a Certified Gold Seeking Alpha Contributor. Prior professional background of 20 years in military & international logistics, strategic planning and management. He has lived and worked extensively in Australia, the UK, the Middle East, and the USA. He is an advocate for easy access to quality financial advice and opinion that is honest, transparent, and which offers a contrarian position to mainstream media.
I am a Long term investor attempting to create an income stream for retirement. I focus on dividend growth investing.
I am a Clinical Laboratory Scientist with over 20 years experience in clinical labs. I went back to school and obtained a business degree. I now work in healthcare IT focused on R&D.
Just an ole boy trying to retire one day and leave something for my kids. I'm in my late thirties and actively investing for about 3 years now. 20-25 year plan.
Long: AAPL, AMLP, BBL, BND, BRK.B, CCP, CSX, CVX, DE, EMR, GE, GILD, HP, HSY, JNJ, KHC, KMI, KO, MAIN, MCD, MO, NSRGY, O, PEY, PG, PM, RTN, SBUX, SDIV, SO, T, UL, VEA, VIG, VNQ, VTI, VTR, VWO, VZ, WFC, WTR, XLE, XOM
I'm a 65-year-old investor focused on dividends in a Retirement Income Portfolio. I'm not yet in the distribution phase of retirement.
I've been a member of the National Association of Investment Clubs (NAIC) since 1982, which now operates as BetterInvesting.org. For many years as a volunteer I helped lead workshops to teach tools developed by NAIC to educate investors about how to do basic fundamental stock analysis. I continue to have a strong interest in investor education.
NAIC's historic "four principles" have been very helpful to me:
1) invest regularly throughout your lifetime;
2) invest in growth companies;
3) reinvest earnings and profits;
4) diversify by industry and size.
Bill Bengen's "4% Rule" concept inspired me to set a goal to create a retirement income portfolio of individual dividend growth stocks as a way to tap only dividend income from the portfolio as long as possible rather than selling assets.
Helpful mentors and colleagues include:
- Charles Allmon, former columnist for Better Investing, taught me to look for growth stocks
- Ben Graham's The Intelligent Investor taught me the importance of intrinsic value
- Peter Lynch instilled confidence that the average citizen can win in the stock market
- Louis Rukeyser demonstrated how to ask probing questions about market conditions
- Brad Thomas introduced me to a host of real estate investment trusts
- Bob Wells' analytical discipline keeps me focused on dividend growth
- Lowell Miller's The Single Best Investment helped me focus on quality and safety
- David Van Knapp's holistic style of portfolio building helps me see the big picture
- David Fish and Factoids inspire me to keep digging for data
- Chowder reminds me that each buy is the purchase of a business
- BDC Buzz has helped me sift through business development companies
- Tom Konrad opened my mind to alternative energy investments
- George Fisher is a helpful "lookout" scanning the horizon for utility opportunities
- The Seeking Alpha community--both veterans and young contributors.
Formerly known on SA as use "HighOnDividends".
Focus on blue chip (dividend Aristocrats and constituents of David Fish's CCC list), REIT, and energy holdings.
Diversified portfolio with 80+ positions, primarily focused on US, CA, and UK/AU/CH/IL (ADRs).
Created my own mini mutual fund without all the BS and MER and various stacked-on other fees imposed by funds and full-service brokers. I am my own personal mutual fund manager. How great is that!
Change for 2014/2015: Strategy continued the shift to more sustainable stocks with lower beta, high credit ratings (A- or better), and companies that have paid increasing dividends for a minimum of 10 years. And slowly away from lower quality energy/gas/oil names to the largest ones with the highest quality (retreat to safety).
Companies in portfolio must be profitable (i.e. positive net profit and EPS), dominant (i.e. market cap minimum $5 Billion), easy-to-understand, relatively recession-proof, with a current high yield or lower yield and high dividend growth rate (I follow the Chowder Rule explained here on SA).
Change for 2016: Stopped DRIPing after many years and now re-deploy dividends into new companies for further international diversification. Do not want to DRIP into full positions, because that inflates them to over-full positions. Dividends are re-deployed into new positions or to fill existing positions to Full status.
Moderate yield plays. Buy, hold + monitor strategy. Goal is to live solely off dividends in retirement.
Early retirement thanks to dividends, 2016. To those who said dividends don't work, u so wrong.
Short nothing. No options trading.
No fear, no ETFs, no mutual funds, no financial planners (all fired many years ago), no nonsense.
Keep it simple.
A corporate Lawyer with masters in Islamic Banking and finance, PhD scholar and researcher in finance with interest in Islamic Finance. Originally from Pakistan, working in Malaysia. Love beaches, cats and gardening.