I have been a dividend investor since my retirement in late 2003. I diversify by sector, domestic vs. international, and by cap size. I do not invest in stocks that don't pay dividends. I am risk averse and limit my investment in a single equity to 1% of my total assets or less. As a result of this 'rule', I have more than 100 equities in my portfolio.
I am young investor who has invested in individual stocks for over three years. I beat ms. Market since my start in late 2011. I am living in central Europe. I hold masters in computer science and I work as Security Software Engineer for large corporate software company, that will remain unnamed.