I have been a hard working person in the Las Vegas Casino Industry for almost 30 years. Dating back to the days when the "Boys" ran the gambling halls(casinos). Those were the good old days when money flowed like water. I started proper investing at the ripe old age of 35 & have been doing it now for 30 years. Picking individual stocks that paid good dividends so I could & did reinvest those dividends. I wasn't that smart early on and did make some mistakes with my choice of stocks. Knowing that I had many years to build my retirement fund, I accepted the losses & moved forward. I now have a good retirement portfolio with a value in the high 6 figure range. More importantly to me was the amount of total annual dividends on these stocks which by the end of 2015 will reach the mid 5 figure range almost $50k To me the most important key in investing is "DISCIPLINE". Treating your regular investment payment as a monthly bill that must be paid every month. I still remember & preach this statement that was given to me by a very wise old man more the 40 years ago, "When you receive your paycheck, always 'Pay Yourself First' before everyone else gets their share." Remember to do this & you will never be broke. I still tell this to people even today even though it does not apply to me anylonger since I am now retired early at a very comfortable age of 60 and living off my dividends & Social Security Disability checks since I have a terrible illness called "leukemia". Remember one last thing. Never invest in Mutual funds! Don't let someone else control your investments. They will always look out for themselves first & you second. LEARN how to invest in individual stocks that pay a dividend.
Have a home in southwest Ohio; work remote for a large private consulting company; love sports (Buckeyes, Reds, and Steelers); Long-term investor - split $$$ with a CFP, 401k, and my DRIP portfolio; CFP is former college neighbor who is ultra successful. Planning retirement in W A R M weather location in 8 years. enjoy the real-life experiences shared on SA - especially some veterans who share potholes to avoid !
Diversified portfolio of quality dividend stocks:
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I am a former small business owner, with an interest in farming and agriculture. I live in a mid-western city. Currently trying to invest what's left of my business equity and recapture my losses of the great recession. At 49 years old I'm trying to curb my naturally aggressive investment style so I don't get destroyed again during the "next" downturn. I find SA interesting but still trying to sift through the huge volume of data and opinions to find investing success and peace of mind.
Single male 60,retired for now,. IRA HOLDINGS: AAPL,AFL,,,COP,,KMI,KO,MO,NNN,OHI,PM,T,VZ,CVX. DGI HOLDINGS: GIS,HCP,K,KRFT,O,AEP,CL,COP,XOM,HCN,JNJ,KMB,,PFE,RAI,SO,SBUX,PG,,WEC,DUK,VZ,MMM,PEP,
EMR,QQQ,BRK/B,BMO,RY,BCE,UL,,VTR,WPC,WMT,BOA,HON,ADM.XLV DI HOLDINGS: COP,CVX,DOW,ETJ,ETV,JFR,MAIN,NUV,O,PCN,PPL,T,TUP,VKI,PGF,PGX UPDATED 3/15/16
Mast is a retired self directed investor. Relatively new to world of self directed portfolio. Mast worked for a Fortune 10 Company for 30+ year. The goal is to manage her and husband portfolio effectively so that they can live of the dividend income. Actively investing as a self directed investor since 2008. Mistakes has been made along the way, but did not experience a lost just did not optimized the Portfolio.
Growth & Income. There are two Portfolio.
Husband's portfolio consist of low-beta dividend-growth stocks found in the Consumer Staples, Healthcare, Utilities, and Telecom sectors sprinkle with a few REITs.
Mast portfolio consist of Dividend income growth stock along with higher beta stocks. However, the two portfolio are looked at holistically to ensure