Pushing 50, and in spite of a poor and late start in retirement investing, I am determined to retire in less than 10 years. To that end, taking advantage of every investing opportunity - maxing new employer's 401K, company match, and ESOP. Rolled former employer's 401K into an IRA in which I am allocating buckets to DGI, Growth Stocks, Microcap "Shadow" stocks, and a small (but significant enough to affect overall portfolio performance) allocation to CANSLIM strategies. So far so good, but the cyclical bull market we're in may be misleading - time and the portfolio's first exposure to the secular bear that's yet to run its course will be the real test of how well the strategies, and my reaction to watching price performance graphs move in the wrong direction will hold up under duress. That said, I'm maintaining 10%-15% in cash and/or low volatility issues to take advantage of buying opportunities expected at the next significant pullback - whenever it happens.
I am a Civil Engineer, who is married with three kids under the age of 5. In early 2013 I took a more active role in managing my IRA for retirement and decided to publicly share my experiences in building the portfolio. My hope is to provide a positive example for other young do-it-yourself investors as they save for retirement on a limited budget.
My interest in investing mostly began in 2005 when I started up an investment club with a few friends from college and has accelerated as I've been reading and learning along the way. Since then, investing and the stock market has become a passion and favorite hobby and I've enjoyed writing about stocks and sharing ideas I have here on Seeking Alpha.
My investing goals are to build a nest egg for retirement and fund college education accounts for my kids. I invest mainly in dividend paying stocks that have shown a history of consistent growth in earnings and dividend payouts.