Retired Registered Nurse with no financial background .
After getting slaughtered in 2008 when I had all my $$ locked up in an IRA run by professionals skimming 1.5% annually I decided I could have a lot more fun losing my money myself and I could skip the fee.
It's been fun! I love learning about the markets and money. I have the luxury of putting in at least two hous a day of study and research.
I've done well since the fateful day in March 2009 that I decided to jump all in ( yes, dumb beginners luck).
I'm a little more educated now thanks to the SA community.
My husband is impressed enough to entrust me with running all our retirement funds so the heat is on.
I know nothing is a sure thing in this shaky world of ours with profligate governments and demanding citizens all run by professional politicians only concerned about their reelection but at least I actually care about our money certainly more than any of the professional money managers ever did.
Hi, I'm a retired electrician, trying to survive this economy. I bought my first IRA in my late 20s, a Fidelity mutual fund.I contributed to it off and on for the next 30 yrs. in a pretty inconsistent casual manner. In 99 I got caught up in the dot com frenzy and saw some exciting growth. My portfolio grew in value by about 200%, only to give it all back when the bubble burst. Now at age 65, trying to live on S S and what little my IRA can generate without erroding the principal, I'm trying to learn all I can about SAFE income producing investments with descent yields and low vulnerability. Thank you all for sharing your knowledge and opinions. bmaxxx