I am a self-educated investor with a great desire to achieve financial independence and secure a comfortable retirement savings. My education in criminal justice is where I learned to conduct research and analysis. I apply the techniques that I have learned in all aspects of my life and continue to learn and improve. In order to improve the life of my family financially, I began to learn about finances and I have developed a strong interest in investing in the stock market. I love and advocate the dividend growth investment technique. I have spent most of the free time I had learning about investing and the dividend growth technique from great authors found on Seeking Alpha. Although there is always more to learn, I continue to enjoy the challenge of acquiring more knowledge and experience. I enjoy applying what I have learned particularly in my writing here on Seeking Alpha. I also apply many of my analytic skills and thinking to my articles in order to stimulate discussion, challenge traditional thinking and obtain varying points of view. I seek broad knowledge in order to enhance my own opinion, perspective, and thought process.Accelerating Dividends Portfolio is the name I have given to my personal investment portfolio and business plan. This plan focuses primarily on US and Canadian Dividends to achieve financial independence. I also include some speculative investments such as small-cap, value and growth stocks to fuel the portfolio to purchase additional dividend stocks quicker.My intention is to share what I find, what I experience and what I see with readers here on Seeking Alpha and to contribute in a positive and meaningful way.
Near retirement and trying to build income to close the gap between social security income and my living expenses. Time horizon to retirement is only 5 years. Seeking Alpha provides research and analysis of dividend stocks that can provide the reliable, dependable income that I need.
I love staying informed of local & foreign news, managing my savings & investments, taking care of my cats, watching TV to relax, and playing computer games. Work takes up an immense amount of my time. Saving and investing is an interest, hobby, and obsession of mine. I favor value and dividends, and seek to find the best mutual funds, ETFs, and individual stocks to invest in. Current individual stock holdings: JNJ (Johnson & Johnson), AMGN (Amgen), ABT (Abbott Laboratories), MMM (3M), HON (Honeywell), UTX (United Technologies), BA (Boeing), GD (General Dynamics), RTN (Raytheon), EMR (Emerson Electric), ETN (Eaton), ITW (Illinois Tool Works), PH (Parker-Hannifin), DOV (Dover), CR (Crane), SWK (Stanley Black & Decker), CMI (Cummins), ROK (Rockwell Automation), GLW (Corning), DCI (Donaldson), CLC (Clarcor), CAT (Caterpillar), DE (Deere), OSK (Oshkosh), TRN (Trinity Industries), MSA (MSA Safety), ADM (Archer-Daniels-Midland), FLO (Flowers Foods), VFC (V.F. Corporation), LEG (Leggett & Platt), PII (Polaris Industries), THO (Thor Industries), INTC (Intel), QCOM (Qualcomm), TXN (Texas Instruments), TEL (TE Connectivity), LLTC (Linear Technology), CSCO (Cisco), PB (Prosperity Bancshares), CFR (Cullen/Frost Bankers), CBSH (Commerce Bancshares), CBU (Community Bank System), OZRK (Bank of the Ozarks), GBCI (Glacier Bancorp). And I'm researching many other interesting candidates. Current Strategy: Favor adding to individual holdings versus broad funds, as market is not cheap but certain companies are or have significant long-term value.