I'm a computer programmer and teacher of computer programming. I am self-employed, and manage my own SEP/IRA and investments for retirement. My personal investing goal is to own a portfolio of dividend growth companies such that: 1) The overall portfolio dividend income is sufficient to pay for all of my routine retirement expenses. I do not ever want to be forced to sell something to produce cash, especially when my asset prices are down. [I have no objection to occasionally choosing to sell something to pay for a one-time expense such as a vacation or a gift.] and 2) The overall portfolio dividend income rises each year by more than the rate of inflation, so that my purchasing power does not erode over time. I invest primarily in David Fish's lists of Dividend Champions, Dividend Contenders, and Dividend Challengers. See http://www.dripinvesting.org/tools for those lists. I do not invest in MLP's or BDC's or CEF's or preferreds. I maintain a free web site that contains dividend histories for all of David Fish's Dividend Champions, Contenders and Challengers: http://www.tessellation.com/dividends
Regulatory oil and gas attorney just beginning to learn to invest for myself. I've already made some mistakes, but learning more everyday, especially that I no longer want to pay someone else to manage my money. "Long" AAPL, ABBV, ADM, AMGN, AMNF, AWR, CAH, CAT, CL, COP, CORR, COST, CSCO, CSVI, CSX, CVS, DIS, DLR, EMR, F, GD, GILD, GIS, GWW, HCP, INTC, IP, JNJ, KO, LOW, MAIN, MMM, MO, MSFT, MYD, NKE, NRZ, O, OHI, PH, QCOM, RY, SBUX, SO, STAG, SYK, T, TD, TGT, UA, UL, UNP, UTG, UTX, VGR, VTR, WEC, WMT, WPC, XOM.
Simply Safe Dividends helps conservative dividend investors increase current income, make better investment decisions, and avoid risk. Brian Bollinger, CPA, runs Simply Safe Dividends and previously worked as an equity research analyst at a multibillion-dollar investment firm.
Early retired 18 months ago. Now full time putterer and bum living off and managing personal investments. Kayak, motorcycle touring, hike, golf, wino, sailing. Miss the paycheck and comfort it affords but glad that burned out feeling is gone. Loving it!