I am a 25 year old construction manager, investing small amounts of income since 2011. My main investing focus is large cap, blue chip staples that pay a healthy, increasing dividend, and have a long history of doing so. My strategy has always been to buy and hold great companies.
Going forward, i hope to increase my portfolio in size, and eventually have a steady monthly income from dividends being paid out by my holdings.
Portfolio Holdings: MCD, GE, JNJ, PG, VZ, MO, SIRI, CVX
65 year old retired physician living almost exclusively on dividends. Don't like the way we are sacrificing our country for our own selfish purposes. The opposite of the values I was raised with.
A physician/investor.....been an investor longer than a physician...practicing only 27 years and 8 years of medical training before that. Investor since i was an Intern.
....Work hard for your money and then let your money work for you.
.....Model attributed to Lee Travino:
Live on 1/3rd, Send 1/3rd to the governement and save 1/3rd for later.
.....First three rules of investing: Don't waste capital, Don't waste capital, Don't waste capital
Investing became a passion and hobby several years ago. Since then, my style has certainly matured and advanced, primarily due to my own mistakes and misjudgments at the beginning - nothing serves as a better learning curve than losing money! (Every day should teach us something new in the markets.) Although I'm not finance professional or adviser, I've been able to educate myself to the point that I can consistently outperform the markets. My strategy is simple... invest (and trade) where money can be made. See? Simple!
Retired from teaching @ Universities in NE, IA, MO & KS & retired too from other areas of self employment. (painting, photography, poetry) Also several years of living, working & traveling in Europe. Many grants & residencies here working in prisons & with children with & without disabilities in schools. I've lived in a convent with Nuns several years & for the past 25 years on a farm in the Glacial Hills overlooking the Missouri River enjoying the beauty, drama & tranquility of nature. Recently moved to town & trying to adjust to traffic & noisy human nature.
I'm a self directed investor attempting to survive day to day with dividend growth & income stocks.
My philosophy ...
*) Don't take unnecessary debt. Sometimes debt *is* a necessity (e.g. housing, education, transportation).
*) Educate for your talent. If you are good at what you do, an education will compound that talent into wealth (even if you have to go into debt).
*) Eliminate debt as soon as possible.
*) Be the bank (when possible).
Me personally ...
At 45 (2011), I realized I needed to get serious about planning for a retirement.
Met with a financial advisor and asked him, "what will it take for me to retire at 55".
He thought I was nuts, but ...
My "ignored investments" that I only really added to while 25-35, plus the cap gains after selling my house, provide a base to build from.
I now have a significant income stream to contribute because of the "philosophy" above.
I'm a private investor looking for investment ideas for my personal retirement that will hopefully arrive in 2030. After hiring advisers and just barely breaking even for many years, I started taking control of my own investing in 2005. I started out learning from the Motley Fool Stock Advisor and Hidden Gems services. I learned a lot about basic investing, but found the recommendations very hit or miss. I fared pretty well during the great recession of 2008/2009 and had the fortitude to be a buyer instead of a seller. My portfolio recovered well, but as my portfolio grew I began to dread the earnings announcements of my high growth companies and their volatility. I started seeking an alternative way to invest and found Seeking Alpha and David Van Knapp, whose articles just made sense to me. Since 2010 have been focused on building a widely diversified dividend growth portfolio.
I am President and sole owner of a small corporation that performs Process Control/SCADA IT related consulting for the Oil and Gas industry. I also own a small number of rental properties.