I just recently caught the investing bug and started taking an active interest in my (presently meager) portfolio in October, 2011. Turns out I'm not too bad at making my own picks, and I really enjoy doing my own research. So far my picks have significantly outperformed those of my high-priced broker (by about 10X). I've only got about 17 years left before I'll have to retire, and I've gotta get a move on if I want to enjoy my Golden Years and not end up having to work as a WalMart greeter on the graveyard shift. Seeking Alpha and The Motley Fool have helped me learn a great deal in a short period of time, but I've got a long way to go. I'm currently focused on building a portfolio of solid, stable dividend growth ... More stocks, with some pure growth (speculative) positions thrown in. At present I have 30 positions that yield an average of 5.3% in dividends. I'm hoping to learn more about options and save enough on the side so I can start playing with trading options; I'm looking forward to actively managing my portfolio in my retirement, and want to get really good at it before then.
Greg Wardson is a long term individual investor. An Associate Professor of Piano at Berklee College of Music, he has been avidly interested in investing since 1983. In addition to he and his wife's personal retirement accounts, Greg actively advises and manages the investment accounts of several family members.
Retirement age but still working, want to invest part of my savings in long term income earning stocks and part in some speculative growth stocks. New to investing online, have some stocks handled buy a broker, which is underwater now. Canadian citizen, now living in Hong Kong.
3/4 of the way there! Trying to figure out how to get to the "ent" from our retirement that we had originally planned.
We hold shares in AAPL, ABBV,BA, BAC, BIP, BK, BP, BX, CAG, CL, CG, CSCO, COST,CX, DOW, FPI, FTR, GE, GLW, GS, GSK, HD, HTM, JNJ, KMI, KO, LMT, MFC, MMM, MS, NKE, PCP, PEP, PMD, SFL, SLF, STB, STKL, TAL, TEF, UL, UPS, UTX, V, VALE, VOD, VZ, WILN, WPRT, WRN on the American side and mostly financials and commodities on the Cdn exchanges.
Love dividends, but still dabble a wee bit in "spec"
An investor with circa 30 years of professional, managerial and financial experience, gathered through both private-individual activities as well as asset management type of roles.
I'm involved in running a leveraged fixed-income, absolute return, hedge fund that aims at providing its investors with double-digit returns, per annum. The fund run a fast, frequent and furious trading strategy and it focuses on the very short term. Definitely not a Buy & Hold!
I'm also advising and consulting to private individuals, mostly HNWI that I had been serving through many years of working within the private banking, wealth management and asset management arenas. This activity focuses on the long run and it's mostly based on a Buy & Hold strategy.
Risk management is at the very core of our essence and while we normally take LONG-naked positions, we constantly hedge our positions, in order to protect the downside, that usually occurs at times when you least expect that to take place...
I cover all asset-classes though mostly focusing on cash cows and high dividend paying "machines" that may generate high (total) returns: Interest-sensitive, income-generating, instruments, e.g. Bonds, REITs, BDCs, Preferred Shares, MLPs, etc. combined with a variety of high-risk, growth and value stocks.
I believe and invest for the long run but i'm very minded of the short run too. While it's possible to make a massive-quick "kill", here and there, good things usually come in small packages; so do returns. Therefore, I (hope but) don't expect my investments to double in value over a short period of time. I do, however, aim at an annual double-digit returns on average, preferably on an absolute basis, i.e. regardless of markets' returns and directions.
Timing is Everything! While investors can't time the market, I believe that this applies only to the long term. In the short-term (a couple of months) one can and should pick the right moment and the right entry point, based on his subjective-personal preferences, risk aversion and goals. Long-term, strategy/macro, investment decisions can't be timed while short-term, implementation/micro, investment decision, can!
When it comes to investments and trading I believe that the most important virtues are healthy common sense, general wisdom, sufficient research, vast experience, strive for excellence, ongoing willingness to learn, minimum ego, maximum patience, ability to withstand (enormous) pressure/s, strict discipline and a lot of luck!...
Retired; seeking investment wisdom. Have invested (collected?) in stocks for almost five decades. Several years ago decided that professional management made sense (what was I thinking?). A few years later accepted that the 'pros' [a] aren't better investors than I am; [b] are a lot more expensive than I am; and [c] prosper (get paid) regardless of whether my assets and income therefrom increase or decrease.
Pigeon hole: DG investor. But, still refining exactly what that means.
Semi-retired corporate executive. Interested in investing for income (dividend paying stocks, municipal bonds, master limited partnerships, etc.) Emphasis on buy-and-hold securities. Seeking to receive those elusive medium-to-high rewards in exchange for taking medium-to-low risks. Willing to accept relatively high price volatility for slow but steady-continual income growth.