Five Plus Investor is business owner and an avid follower of the stock market, managing seven different types of portfolios for family and friends. Five Plus Investor invests in multiple types of investments, with the goal of achieving relatively high dividend yield that has a reasonable margin of safety. She enjoys contributing to Seeking Alpha as she has time, with her core audience being new investors and retirees.
Retiring to Maine seemed like the American Dream back then:
Today I would picture myself sipping cold brewed Starbucks in LL Bean slippers in front of the Vermont Casting gas fireplace in the sunroom. Later a little snowshoeing in the woods before a lobster Mac and cheese lunch followed by a nap in the Lazy boy recliner.
“If you just sign the payroll deduction form we can get your retirement started all with the help of American Funds”, the broker/adviser said. He made it sound so easy.
Thirty years later reality sets in. The broker is on his sail boat and I'm wondering where my yacht is. Must be docked with the other customer's yachts.
Today, I’m trying to convert a very modest assortment of American Funds into a dividend paying portfolio that will beat my RMD and supplement SS.
Enter SA and the “new achievable” American Dream. With the help of some very knowledgeable SA authors and a bit of luck we will make it and SWAN too.
In the spirit of full disclosure, we have all the goodies described in the first paragraph plus our yacht is a 12 foot Carolina skiff. It still is nice to grab a quick NCL cruise to Bermuda or a longer one to the Caribbean using some of those delicious dividends.
I was once an investment advisor but switched careers and became an Elementary Reading Teacher. I don't have to deal with the compliance dept. as a RIA which is a good thing. They made it impossible to purchase anything but open-ended mutual funds. That is no fun and it limits profits!
Hi, my name is Dave. Retired Senior Manager after 35 years in Information Technology. Bachelor of Science in Mathematics, way back when. I'm managing my retirement dividend growth portfolio with an objective of higher than average current dividend yield coupled with annual dividend growth exceeding the long term rate of inflation. The goal is to use dividends to supplement my pension and Social Security income. I maintain a smaller,taxable growth oriented account to generate capital gains over the medium term to periodically refill a safe bank account for additional spending.
Retired @ 57, 2011
Part time investor.
US citizen, live in the Pacific NW,
Building a portfolio primarily with dividend growth stocks and CEF's
Long only: KO, MSFT, JNJ, PG, ED, CINF, LMT, ITW, NWN, GD, RTN, PEP, AFL,T, EMR, IBM, XOM, RDS/B, GE, GSK, BP, ARCC, FFC, PDT, ETO, FLC, PFO, HPF, PCI, PDI, PFL, PCN, PTY, PKO, CEN, GLQ, AMLP, GDX and others.
Philip O’Connell holds a BE in Civil Engineering from the National University of Ireland Galway, a MSc in Project Management from the UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School and is currently working in a business transformation role in London. Although coming from a non-traditional investment background, his strong analytical skills, business acumen, and multi-disciplinary approach equip him with a unique skill set for investing. He has recently passed the CFA Level 1 exam and is a Candidate for Level 2 in June 2017.
Philip has traveled to more than 22 countries worldwide and has worked in three of those. He enjoys surfing, hiking, running and adventure riding.
Value investing - open to all techniques and approaches.