I am Tom Roberts. I am 36 years old and a normal guy. I am not rich, don’t drive a fancy car and I don’t have expensive tastes. I only have a passion for dividend stocks and my private wealth optimization. I don’t work for other people and don’t give any advice on buying or selling stocks. Since I started investing, I lost money, but I earned much more over a long period of time. Dividends protected my wealth and dividend growth lifted me up to new dimensions. As of today, my net worth is four-times higher after I gave up my permanent occupation. I do not search other jobs anymore; I live from dividend payments and have achieved my first goal of financial independence. My current annualized dividend income is in the five-figure region and my portfolio dividend yield is around three percent. I plan to double my investments every five to ten years. This represents a yearly return (dividends included) of 7-15 percent. Over the most recent 13 years, I realized such a return rate. Summarized, I would be happy to die with a balance in the double-digit millions, but this is a long and hard path.
I love staying informed of local & foreign news, managing my savings & investments, taking care of my cats, watching TV to relax, and playing computer games. Work takes up an immense amount of my time. Saving and investing is an interest, hobby, and obsession of mine. I favor value and dividends, and seek to find the best mutual funds, ETFs, and individual stocks to invest in. Current individual stock holdings: JNJ (Johnson & Johnson), AMGN (Amgen), MDT (Medtronic), ABT (Abbott Laboratories), MMM (3M), HON (Honeywell), UTX (United Technologies), BA (Boeing), GD (General Dynamics), RTN (Raytheon), OA (Orbital ATK), EMR (Emerson Electric), ETN (Eaton), ITW (Illinois Tool Works), PH (Parker-Hannifin), DOV (Dover), CR (Crane), ITT (ITT), SWK (Stanley Black & Decker), CMI (Cummins), ROK (Rockwell Automation), GLW (Corning), DCI (Donaldson), CLC (Clarcor), CAT (Caterpillar), DE (Deere), OSK (Oshkosh), TRN (Trinity Industries), MSA (MSA Safety), ADM (Archer-Daniels-Midland), BG (Bunge), FLO (Flowers Foods), VFC (V.F. Corporation), LEG (Leggett & Platt), PII (Polaris Industries), THO (Thor Industries), LYB (LyondellBasell Industries), WLK (Westlake Chemical), INTC (Intel), QCOM (Qualcomm), TXN (Texas Instruments), TEL (TE Connectivity), LLTC (Linear Technology), CSCO (Cisco), PB (Prosperity Bancshares), CFR (Cullen/Frost Bankers), CBSH (Commerce Bancshares), CBU (Community Bank System), OZRK (Bank of the Ozarks), GBCI (Glacier Bancorp). And I'm researching many other interesting candidates. Current Strategy: Favor adding to individual holdings versus broad funds, as market is not cheap but certain companies are or have significant long-term value.
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.
Hi, I am new to investing and I have just learned the basics of financing. I am a follower of Warren buffet who is one of the best in the financial world(in my Opinion). I am 24 years old and I started my journey after reading articles on Warren buffet. I am here to help you find value and improved investments from all around the world. Hope you guys will enjoy reading my blog.
I am 66 years of age and have been happily married for 38 years. We have 2 wonderful children, jim and Grace. I graduated from Drake Law School in 1970. I practice by myself in a plaintiff's trial firm in Davenport, Iowa
Backpacking, canoeing, and wildlife photography are my recreational passions.
I have been investing in stocks since 1970 when I purchased Dictaphone with a student loan. I was sent to Viet Nam. When I returned most of my investment was gone, but from this loss and many more losses, an investment philosophy developed.
I retired six years ago at age 62 when I realized that I was no longer 30. At age 40 I got interested in the markets & started investing as a hobby. I can't tell you all how much fun it was. I was newly single & met with friends once or twice a week to discuss the markets. There was a broker from Smith Barney,a couple who were in futures, options were discussed & the best part was that nobody tried to sell there opinion.
Now with Washington running my financial life, I have had to trade as a lifeline & it has become a job. I trade my wife's & mine joint account to add to our living expences, & use my IRA to generate dividend & growth with quality bonds that pay monthly along with equities & closed end funds that also produce growth & an income source.
What bothers me most is that people in Washington control my life & what was a hobby is now a full time job. They take a 6-10 thousand dollar pay raise in 2010 & freeze my Social Security for 2010 & 11,& now have kids with business degrees telling me how to utilize my Medicare.
We grew up understanding that the American dream was working hard your whole life,serving your country in the military,paying your taxes & in appreciation America will help take care in our Golden Years. Guess what? It was all a LIE !
Please forgive me for ramberling but Bernie Madorff was small change when you compare him to our leaders!