I'm a former philosophy professor (University of Kentucky, East Carolina) who got an MBA and morphed into a software developer. These days I am semi-retired and manage investments for myself and other family members. I live in Fresno, CA.I am fortunate to have or have had the opportunity to manage three different types of portfolios -- an income-maximizing portfolio for my late mother, a blue-chip dividend growth portfolio which will pass to my nephews, and a blended portfolio for my wife and me. This has given me the invaluable experience of thinking concretely about different profiles of current yield, growth, and total return. Generally speaking, I believe that investors of all ages should partake of all parts of this spectrum, just in different proportions. The articles I have written for SA, and the ones I contemplate for the future, are focused on developing this concept.
Individual Investor. Focused on upcoming retirement (4-8 years from now, perhaps). Seeking a portfolio balance of secure/stable dividend growth stocks and capital growth potential stocks.
Professional Background: Business Insurance Underwriter (Property and Liability) and Risk Manager for a large University.
Biotech & Health Care: JNJ, PFE, CVS.
Consumer: MO, RAI, PM, DPZ, FIZZ, MNST, STZ, SBUX, KHC.
Tech and Content: FB, GOOGL, AMZN, AMD.
Small Caps: MGPI.
Utilities/Telcom: T, SO, D.
Industrial: LMT, RTN.
Financial Payment Processors: V, MC.
Investor since 1990, mostly index funds. Learning the art of value investing.
Education: B.A 1988 Tufts Univ., MBA 1994 Thunderbird School of Global Management
Career: Latin American Sales in Building Materials. Lived overseas 22 years.
I'm a writer for one of the country's largest pop-culture-type magazines and, at the same time, I am one of the world's worst investors. Did I sell an apartment in Manhattan's Flat-Iron district in late 1999, because I feared the Y2k problem? You bet I did. And so it has gone.
Even so, at the age of 60, I have managed to broom together quite a tidy little pile. And I hope to keep it. And grow it. Though I have my doubts, given my investment history, that any of this is possible in the long run. Or even the short.
Herein lies a chronicle of the life & times of my money.
Investing strategy: 1. Excellent company 2. High yield 3. Dividend growth 4. DRIP 5. Hold
Core positions (by core positions I mean stocks that I would hold through thick and thin):
MCD, KMR, KMI, T, COP, XOM, JNJ, KO, O, PG, SO
I would welcome any comment or suggestion!
Other interests: running, music, Homeland
"Seasoned" professional now in retirement after successful careers in three fields, but still young enough to learn something new every day. Migrated from a buy-'n-hold investing style that worked well for awhile to now exploring a DGI approach. Holdings include (but are not limited to) COP, JNJ, KMI, MMM, PEP, PSX, RIO, SLB, and T. Suggestions are always welcomed.