I am a petroleum geologist by trade, a Little League coach by choice and a husband and father. I've Worked in the oil industry for 32 years (US, Indonesia, India, Thailand) and enjoy it now as much as whenI started; the thrill of discovery is still there!
I have over 35 years investing experience. I mostly invest in High-Yield Stocks, Closed-end funds (CEFs) and ETFs in my online brokerage accounts and IRAs, and Open-End Mutual Funds in my 457 and 403(b) accounts. I also like to acquire dividend growers and keep my portfolios well diversified within the realm of income producing investments. I am a yield hungry, dividend investor first with growth as a secondary goal. I subscribe to numerous monthly dividend investor newsletters and I read everything I can get my hands on concerning dividend/high-yield investing for income and growth. I am both retired military and retired law enforcement. My goal is to be sure I have an extremely large, lifetime monthly income to enjoy during retirement without the fear of going broke in old age. I am currently a full-time RVer living on the road with my wife, while also taking numerous trips on cruise ships and air travel to foreign lands. I love investing as both a hobby and a way to make lots of money!
I am a mathematics professor and try not to let that get in the way of making intelligent investment decisions. I am currently constructing a dividend growth portfolio with the goal of creating an income stream that grows at or better than inflation.
I'm a private investor looking for investment ideas for my personal retirement that will hopefully arrive in 2030. After hiring advisers and just barely breaking even for many years, I started taking control of my own investing in 2005. I started out learning from the Motley Fool Stock Advisor and Hidden Gems services. I learned a lot about basic investing, but found the recommendations very hit or miss. I fared pretty well during the great recession of 2008/2009 and had the fortitude to be a buyer instead of a seller. My portfolio recovered well, but as my portfolio grew I began to dread the earnings announcements of my high growth companies and their volatility. I started seeking an alternative way to invest and found Seeking Alpha and David Van Knapp, whose articles just made sense to me. Since 2010 have been focused on building a widely diversified dividend growth portfolio.
I am President and sole owner of a small corporation that performs Process Control/SCADA IT related consulting for the Oil and Gas industry. I also own a small number of rental properties.