Website: www.DGIfortheDIY.com I am a Civil Engineer, who is married with three kids under the age of 5. In early 2013 I took a more active role in managing my IRA for retirement and decided to publicly share my experiences in building the portfolio. My hope is to provide a positive example for other young do-it-yourself investors as they save for retirement on a limited budget. My interest in investing mostly began in 2005 when I started up an investment club with a few friends from college and has accelerated as I've been reading and learning along the way. Since then, investing and the stock market has become a passion and favorite hobby and I've enjoyed writing about stocks and sharing ideas I have here on Seeking Alpha. My investing goals are to build a nest egg for retirement and fund college education accounts for my kids. I invest mainly in dividend paying stocks that have shown a history of consistent growth in earnings and dividend payouts.
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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), CSL (Carlisle Companies), 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), HAS (Hasbro), LEG (Leggett & Platt), PII (Polaris Industries), THO (Thor Industries), LYB (LyondellBasell Industries), WLK (Westlake Chemical), SCL (Stepan), INTC (Intel), QCOM (Qualcomm), TXN (Texas Instruments), TEL (TE Connectivity), LLTC (Linear Technology), KLAC (KLA-Tencor), LRCX (Lam Research), CSCO (Cisco), PB (Prosperity Bancshares), CFR (Cullen/Frost Bankers), CBSH (Commerce Bancshares), CBU (Community Bank System), OZRK (Bank of the Ozarks), GBCI (Glacier Bancorp), TROW (T. Rowe Price), FPI (Farmland Partners), DEA (Easterly Government Properties), MNR (Monmouth Real Estate Investment Corp). And I'm researching many other interesting candidates. Current Strategy: Favor adding to individual holdings versus broad funds, as market is not cheap. Certain companies are cheap or have significant long-term value, so I'm adding to these individual holdings as they become attractively priced.