My name is Mike McNeil and I’m the author of The Dividend Guy Blog along with the owner and portfolio manager over at Dividend Stocks Rock. I earned my bachelor degree in finance-marketing, own a CFP title along with an MBA in financial services. Besides being a passionate investor, I’m also happily married with three beautiful children. I started my online venture to educate people about investing and to be able to spend more time with my family. I used to struggle with the same issues millions of small investors deal with on a daily basis. Which stocks to buy? When to sell them? How to find the time to manage my portfolio? How to diversify? I wasn’t into dividend investing until I looked in depth at my portfolio returns and realized I was having difficulty keeping up with the market. The root of the problem was a very poorly built portfolio that lacked structure and the components required to build a sturdy base. I made good money from the stock market but I was taking unnecessary risk to achieve my investing goals. From that point on, I was determined to create a portfolio strategy that would allow me to benefit from dividend growth stocks as a solid foundation. Since then, I manage my portfolio with a stress free method that enables me to cash out dividend payments even when the market goes sour.
Owned three distinctly different businesses over my 40 year professional life. Recently sold my business and retired. Now, a Private Investor who has been in the stock market for approx. 50 years since I was 13 or so. Main focus now that I am retired is dividend paying equities which include CEF's, REIT's, BDC's and MLP's. Goal is to live on the income w/o touching (and hopefully growing) the principal.
I enjoy making money in the often manipulated markets in an effort to join the 1%. I consider myself a noob as I have lots to learn. I enjoy reading about everyone's investing style and outlooks from differing angles. SA contains alot of intelligent people and I'd like to thank those that contribute. Goals: Increase annual income by $300-400/mo while allocating 20% of my portfolio to growth and speculation. Thus far in 2016, my personal portfolio has crossed the $260K mark at the age of 33 (401K is through my employed, around 160k). My goals are to increase total div/dis income to >17000 this year and add another >3-6k every year thereafter. I tend to lean towards value stocks with a >3 year time horizon and high dividend/dis. stocks as well. Currently long AIG, BAC, BEP, EVA, LMRK, UPL, CLMT, BIP, MMLP, LNGLF, PEGI, CONE, SNR, PSEC, UAN, SFL, TLLP, CORR, NSA, LMRK, GSBD, MIC, STAG, SSW, VNR, NRF, NRE, QTS, DFT, and HASI among a few others. I contribute >4K/mo outside of my employer's 401k. Buy and hold works if you have grit and patience. I take capital gains after long periods of holding and typically see 100-300+% gains on those positions. The financial crisis helped. There is always misplaced value in the market. Stay away from talking heads on TV and anyone that has to push their product. Invest in yourself, ask questions, practice mental discipline and remind yourself of your goals on a continual basis.
I'm a retired mechanical technologist, graduate of Ryerson, 1952. My work was in machine, tool and product design. I also registered a number of inventions. One returned about $1,000,000 in royalties.
I was part of the Avro, Orenda Engines Group, and designed mechanical tset equipment for the Avro Arrow. After that truck trailers for Canadian Trailmobile, where I designed did the first production shipping containers made in Canada, also dump trailers, stake and rack, and numerous special purpose tralers. Following that I was chief engineer for Reynolds Extrusion Co., Later worked for two other aluminum companies where an assembly machine I designed won 1984 gold productivity ward. I retired in 1986 after setting up two plants for a Nigerian Co. Since then I have gradually got into investing, which
now provides about half of my income.