My name is Chris and I am 28 years old. I have a job that provides an average salary for a college graduate with a Bachelor’s degree in engineering. I have a wife and a one year old and own a modest house in Western NY. Working in the corporate world at a large company for about 4 years now, I have realized that I would like to exit this environment much sooner than a 35 year sentence that most have to serve in order to set themselves up for retirement. After quite a bit of reading (sources used are listed in resources section) we have come to the conclusion that the Dividend Growth Investment strategy is the one for us. In the past 4 years my wife and I have been aggressively saving enough money in our emergency fund to provide safety if any major expenses or job loss occurs (all those who own houses can sympathize with this I’m sure). When I first started my job I enrolled in an employee stock purchase plan that I had set for automatically dividend reinvestment. I monitored this fund throughout the years, never sold, reinvested dividends and it grew to about seven thousand dollars. Since we reached our goal with our emergency fund and we established a plan to move forward with our DG portfolio, I sold all of my company stock (did not fit current investment criteria) to start researching quality dividend paying companies and slowly pick some long term winners. Thanks for checking out my website and I wish all of you best of luck on the journey to financial independence.
I am a baby boomer who decided to do it himself after my commissions from White Weld became bothersome. That decision has saved me lots and cost me lots over the intervening decades. I do believe I have learned quite a bit in the process. I am looking forward to learning a lot more ... with, I hope, a lesser portion of the hard knocks.
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