I did it in June. I looked at all the different slants on retiring early vs. working longer for a bigger monthly payment, and decided to retire (and work PT) while I was still healthy enough to enjoy it. For me it wasn't a financial decision, but a life decision.
I am a computer software consultant and a University Professor. I am interested in numerical prediction and simulation of scientific phenomena, developing and studying computer algorithms and constructing computer imaging software systems.
I am at least a part-time investor with a strong interest in developing investment strategies for generating aggressive income over five to ten year time intervals. I am devoting more time and effort to investing and portfolio development.
I'm trying to achieve financial independence, primarily via a dividend income and reinvestment strategy, but leaving some space for high-conviction value plays that can feed new dividend positions, and even allowing for the occasional short-term trade to spice things up.
I have worked extensively in trade and investment promotion, and as a public policy analyst, and this has provided a lot of contextual knowledge that is useful for personal portfolio management.
Looks like I can't change my user name without creating a whole new profile.....
So, for those who want to chat..... I'm Michael - nice to meet you! :-)
I'm a small time investor with basic investment knowledge, always learning with each passing day.
I read a lot and make decisions based on a variety of sources as well as nods from my adviser.
Most of my portfolio is focused on dividend income as I am building what I hope to be a sustainable retirement income stream.
Yes, I make wine as an annual family event and am happy to talk about that at length
I'm a self-employed technical translator, German --> English. I have the NI pension and a SIPP pension fund, plus some dividend-bearing stocks, which will enable the transition from earned income to unearned income. I'm also interested in potential large capital gains, but without jeopardizing my baseload income.