First, the good stuff. Here's my portfolio ...Consumer Discretionary: MCD, NKE, SBUX, TGTConsumer Staples: COST, GIS, KHC, KO, MO, PEP, PG, PM, RAI, WBAEnergy: CVX, KMI, XOMFinancial: MAINHealth: ABBV, AMGN, GILD, JNJ, MCKIndustrial: BA, DE, EMR, LMT, MMMREITs: HCN, NNN, O, OHI, VTRTechnology: AAPL, MSFT, QCOMTelecom: BCE, T, TU, VZUtilities: AVA, D, SCG, SO, WECALSO: small stakes in 23 additional companies held in the Dividend Growth 50 portfolio (http://seekingalpha.com/article/2764265-its-new-its-nifty-its-the-dividend-growth-50): ADP, AFL, BAX, BDX, CAT, CL, CLX, COP, GE, GPC, HCP, HSY, IBM, KMB, MKC, NEE, SHPG, SJM, UTX, V, WFC, WMT.Now, a little about me:I am a 50-something former sportswriter who was sent on a permanent vacation during the Great Recession. That sucked, but my story is not a sad one. Unlike many folks who lost their jobs, I am not in financial distress, I am not depressed and I am not bored.My wife is a pediatric nurse with a bullet-proof job and decent benefits. So after supporting her and our two kids (now grown) for most of three decades, the least she can do is support my semi-retired keister!Because of Roberta's job situation, because we have zero debt (not even mortgage debt), because we no longer have any dependents and because we have been pretty diligent savers over the years, we are comfortable (though nowhere near rich).Although we hold some funds, bonds and cash, my investing philosophy leans heavily toward Dividend Growth Investing. By early next decade, we want to live entirely off of our income stream, Social Security and pension payments - and therefore will not have to spend down the principal one iota. To accomplish this, we invest mostly in blue-chip companies with long track records of growing dividends. As of mid-2016, we are well ahead of pace to reach our goal.When not researching investments and writing for Seeking Alpha and other Web sites, I coach middle-school girls basketball at Metrolina Regional Scholars Academy, the top charter school in the Charlotte metro area; in March 2016, we won the first conference championship in school history! I also umpire youth baseball and referee youth basketball. My wife and I dote on our 5-year-old pup, Simmie, and keep up on the doings of our now-grown kids, Katie and Ben. And we love to cheer on the basketball team of our alma mater, Marquette University, where we both majored in Journalism. Go Warriors! Also big fans of the Carolina Panthers.I still occasionally post to the blog I initiated in 2007 -- lots of sports stuff, some politics, some personal junk -- at www.TheBaldestTruth.com.
Mr. A. Paul Gill has been the CEO of Lomiko Metals Inc. TSXV: LMR, OTC: LMRMF since June 2009 and CEO of Lomiko Technologies private) since 2014. Mr. Gill developed significant experience in the strategic development of resource companies such as Norsemont Mining,Inc. (Bought by HudBay Minerals for $ 512 million). He has held the positions of President, Chief Financial Officer, Corporate Secretary and Vice-President of Business Development of Norsemont Mining Inc. and served as a co-founding director. Mr. Gill has been a Consultant of AJS Management private) since March, 2001 and a Director with Graphene 3D Lab TSXV: GGG, OTC: GPHBF, Graphene ESD and Epic Mining Corp.
I'm a writer for one of the country's largest pop-culture-type magazines and, at the same time, I am one of the world's worst investors. Did I sell an apartment in Manhattan's Flat-Iron district in late 1999, because I feared the Y2k problem? You bet I did. And so it has gone.
Even so, at the age of 60, I have managed to broom together quite a tidy little pile. And I hope to keep it. And grow it. Though I have my doubts, given my investment history, that any of this is possible in the long run. Or even the short.
Herein lies a chronicle of the life & times of my money.