Economist based in the UK. Earlier career in founding businesses and start-ups before a brief spell in academia (Warwick Business School); moved to high end economic consulting for leading firm of economists, before returning to help new businesses grow. Net estimated gain to client worth around $200m over the last decade. I have actively traded stocks since 2010 based on fundamental analysis and my own quantitative forecasting methods.
Somewhere between disaster and "more of the same" is the world we all live in today, and it may go on in this same state for our lifetimes. No black swan, no collapse, no implosion of the Republic. Because there is no knowing I have given up trying to know or predict.
I have one goal. Survival at a modest level under any foreseeable future.
Let it be noted, I am a tiny investor.
If all my Shearson Lehman deals hadn't gone south, I'd be a medium small investor.
Now I trust no one.
So. Really big companies. Really good divi histories. Really broad diversification.
Buy and hold. Usually.
Gold buried in my sister's yard. Cash under the mattress. Food in the basement. And a full expectation that we shall see a blistering correction before 2020. But, no telling.
Let's talk about the big companies. I like big, strong and smart.
I want a dividend that has history, a future, and a present.
I want, five years from today, all investments made today to be yielding at least 5% based on cost.
The higher today's yield, the lower the dividend growth rate can be. So I like the "Chowder Rule." Some examples of stocks in this category (I think) are T, SO, DUK, VZ, D, AEP, and so on. Based on my cost basis.
The other extreme are a companies whose dividend growth rate leads to a reasonable expectation that it will yield 5% in five years. WMT, MCD, KMB, CL, EMR, TGT, and JNJ all are of the type. More or less, as of this writing. They will have their ups and downs. Bought right, in general, they should fit the bill.
My third favorite category are resource oriented companies, mostly oil, whose history and business fit with my goals. OXY, COP, CVX, XOM, RDS, FCX, and BHP come to mind.
These three kinds of companies represent my "core" investments. Outside the core, about 10% of the portfolio is more adventurous.
To round out the stable with some diversity I also own some REITs; O, ADC, OHI.
I also hold a very small portfolio of energy related companies like LINE, VNR, etc.
And yes, I do own little tiny positions in a few gold and silver resources. While I fully expect metals to break below the floor they are forming here in late January, 2014, but I hold them as a little insurance.
No position is over 5% of the portfolio value. Oils are overweighted on purpose as a group, perhaps foolishly, since oil may see a decline this year. Most positions are 2-3% of the total.
I try and follow Chowder and Carnevale here on SA, and wish I had gotten the divi bug sooner in life, so I preach it ofter to others. As the markets unfold, I may of may not prove to have the mettle to be a buy and hold investor.
Spent over 30 years developing leading-edge software technology before getting 'involuntarily retired' several years ago. Still interested in software architectures, and personal research in advanced ontology architectures (I have rather idiosyncratic views on how these should be developed).
Having failed to pay attention to my retirement portfolio prior to 2008 (it was all in stock funds at the time), waited until early 2010 to get the main rebound. Then started to actively engage in my own financial planning and portfolio management. Started treating this as a 'full-time job' in 2011. Started to get comfortable with my portfolio management approach in 2012 - and managed to get almost 14% last year (2012) in my main IRA with a basically 'conservative' 65% bond funds to 35% equities model ;-)
Sadly, two smaller portfolios didn't do anything like that well, and I am working on understanding why - I believe it is largely because they were much less diversified, despite being nominally more aggressively allocated.
Started drawing pension this year, but still need to draw down the portfolio by around 15-20% a year (assuming no return) until I draw social security (target in around 4 years), at which point I should finally become cash-flow positive - yay!
As an independent trader, I focus on tradeable advice across a wide range of financial products and markets. After several years of short-term trading I now find the real challenge is to take a trade guided by macro views and only pick those trades that fit my trading personality. As a Psychologist I see the investment and trading world as a mirror of mass psychology and sentiment. Any ideas expressed are solely for educational and informational purposes.
I've been investing for nearly 30 years. I've lost a lot of money. I've made a lot of money. The school of hard knocks is rough sometimes, but you never forget the lessons. These days, I trade mostly volatility and momentum strategies.
An active investor trading largely through options, short/long stocks, IPOs, ETFs and Bonds.
Major company leadership background.
Currently an entrepreneur in the IT, Internet and Cloud space.
Also manage our Family Office - Excel Capital Ventures which invests in the US, Singapore and India Stock Markets as well as directly in PE deals with small/mid size companies.
Individual investor with the goal to maximize personal returns with controlled risks. Strategy includes investing in up-rising industry following long-term economy trend, betting on value stock with deep discount, utilizing simple threshold to trade short term waves (no day trade though), as well as leveraging option to maximize return and reduce risks.
I'm a Texan mother of five registered nurse, who recently married a hardworking-but-underemployed fifty-something wonderful guy, learning to invest my IRA, from which I make yearly (so far penalty and tax-free) withdrawals, a practice which will likely continue. I'm a formerly wealthy wife of a narcissistic MD, and I want to tell all you currently wealthy investors that the common folks out here barely making it financially. I hear people talk about living off of crows, squirrels and wild plants. When I cashiered at Wal-Mart last year, one young woman wept when she saw the total for her meager groceries. There are untapped sources of economic growth however: for example, Mexican immigrants are almost all shrewd and hard working, but completely ignorant of our system and resigned to being exploited economically. If they understood capitalism and had access to capital and had business knowledge, they would be entrepreneurial dynamos. If you want to invest in a business, I suggest mentoring and investing in a legal immigrant. This probably applies to refugees as well, of which Dallas alone has 80,000. Just a little input from an over-qualified housewife married to a highly educated Mexican immigrant.