My job has nothing to do with the financial world, on the contrary - I have a college education and a Ph.D. in science and I work for a large cooperation in the German industry. I bought my first stocks almost 20 years ago, starting with investments in DAX companies (the German large cap index) and have continuously broadened my horizon geographically and to other equity classes since then. My main ambition is to obtain financial independence and the admittedly challenging ultimate goal is to retire at the age of 50 (or at least in the mid-fifties). Let’s see how this turns out…
Current employed as a General Manager in the Hospitality industry. Have been contributing to my 401K since 2000 and in 2014 opened a separate account with my discretionary income.
At first I didn't have a clear plan for this account, which did hurt and set me back a bit. Last year after really using SA as a tool for investment ideas and strategy's, I set out to build a Income generating dividend portfolio.
My goal is to build this portfolio around strong dividend paying stocks along with stocks with strong dividend growth prospects.
Currently I am Long: SBUX, AAPL, BAC, EPR, VER, CLDT, STAG, VZ, DIS and KMI
My Current Watch list: MO, CSCO, FUN, T and VTR
Note: Disney doesn't really fit in with my investment strategy and will swap into one on my watch list in the near future.
Thank you for reading and any comments will be greatly welcomed.
Stock investors are always asking what is the catalyst for value to be realized? I originally thought like this which lead me to take too much risk. I now focus on being patient, controlling risk, and minimizing permanent capital losses. These steps have lead to significantly better returns. Even when there is no clear catalyst, an undervalued stock is eventually its own catalyst.
I think the benefits of communicating on Seeking Alpha are enormous. Many times I have a strong financial view of a company but do not understand the specific industry or industry competitive dynamics. I can often interact and read insightful comments from engineers, scientists, and technology experts. These experts offer great free advice and I try to add value in my specific areas of expertise. One area that I have been specifically helped is the energy sector.
While some investors are very negative of people who short, I view shorting stocks and posting factual information as noble. The focus of course is on truthfulness and accuracy of this information. Anyone who is posting rumors, lies, or other unscrupulous behavior (long or short) to manipulate a stock should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
I graduated from the University of Arizona in 2002 with a BS in Finance. From 2002-2006 I worked in the Wealth Management Group at Bank of America. I left Bank of America to manage family/friend money in long/short equity strategies. I also helped start-up two internet retail businesses.
I don't post much on twitter but think it is another great resource. I can be followed at https://twitter.com/jrhUofA
I currently live in Phoenix, AZ. If you live in the area and are a serious investor, please send me a note as I would be happy to meet and exchange our best ideas.
I am a retired veterinarian. I have been investing in stocks since the early eighties. During the earlier years of that time frame, I concentrated on small value stocks but now, since I retired, I mostly invest in large dividend payers.