Taught as a kid to read the stock quotes in the newspaper (remember having to wait until the next day to get the quotes?) by my dad. Now, a dividend growth investor that uses a garden analogy for my dividend portfolio. Love reinvesting dividends and premiums from covered calls on my positions.
Late 30's investor trying to adopt the dividend growth strategy. I have made some poor decisions in the past like not staying completely invested. I am currently almost all cash and would like to slowly invest my way back into the market.
I am tracking my progress of my real portfolio at our blog http://findependence2030.blogspot.com/
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ETFs : XLE AMLP
Funds: VWELX VWINX VGENX VGTSX
I'm a software engineer with an interest in investing and economics. I've been studying it on and off for 30 years.
I'm not a wiz at this as I don't study it too carefully. I've made my mistakes. In the aftermath of the dotcom bust, I realized that, not only don't I know how to buy growth stocks, but I also don't know how to sell them. So I settled for the more conservative buy-and-hold route of solid dividend stocks.
I was born in the Czech Republic. I am a graduate of The University of Finance and Administration in Prague. I spend most of my time following favorited companies and analyzing unexplored ones. I am interested in undervalued companies. I follow value investing approach of Warren Buffett. The first book I read on investing was Intelligent Investor by Benjamin Graham.
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I am 65 years old. I have been been both managing my portfolio and managing to live off of the capital gains and dividends for the past twenty years. My average yearly return has been 17% over this period. Constant vigilance, hard work and a lot of luck contributed to the results. Now that Social Security has kicked in, albeit not nearly covering my expenses I have decided to cut down both the time and intensity of my efforts. I am willing to give up the home-run stocks that appreciate 1000% although, I must admit, some lucky picks did goose my long term performance. I am now seeking a less volatile portfolio with a goal of returns of 10% a year. I am focusing on a core portfolio of "Quality Dividend Achievers" which are dominant in their industries, have A balance sheets and most, importantly, have raised their dividends for 20+ years. This is the increasing dividend stream section of my holdings. The other element are the "High Yielders". The key to this is that even if dividends don't grow, at least they won't be cut. Of course, no one position can be too large as, inevitably, some will be crash and burn. Losses can then be minimized. If any company in the Quality camp stops raising the dividend, it is sold. Likewise if a High-Yielder cuts the dividend it is sold.