I share my experiences (good and bad) in trading stocks and results of thousands of trading simulations in my books. My primary book is Complete The Art of Investing. My best sellers are Momentum Investing, Sector Rotation and Profit from 2017 Market Crash.My blog is http://tonyp4idea.blogspot.com.Retired early from IT and work full-time in investing. Develop strategies to trade. It is my passion to check out why some strategies work and why some only work in certain market conditions.
I retired from elementary school teaching in May, 2011. Today I'm an avid low desert gardener, researching varieties of peaches, plums, pears, apples and tomatoes that can survive and produce fruit in Arizona's 105˚+ summer heat. Now I'm researching dividend growth investing to find ways that invested savings can yield dividends the way orchards and gardens yield fruit. The real question is whether a beginner can successfully select stocks with dividends that can survive the ups and downs of today's economy. To find out, I rolled my tiny 403(b) over into an IRA and bought my first shares of MCD in May 2012.
July, 2013: I've sold most of the mutual funds in my IRA and invested the proceeds into dividend paying stocks: AAPL, INTC, MCD, PAYX, ABT, JNJ, AEP, PEG, CAT, COP, PG, GIS, KO, O, AFL, NSRGY, ABBV, and KRFT. The one year total return is a tad above 6%, the dividend yield is about 3.3%, and the portfolio's Beta is 0.7
In the garden, I'm trying to grow three varieties of blackberries, two papaya seedlings, a pummelo seedling, tromboncino squash, and miniature butternut squash vines.
"Why not go out on a limb? That's where the fruit is."
I tend to invest in high-yield, high-risk, but I believe my purchases are long term holdings.
-- Working as a tax guy in Orange County, CA.