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 a long-time investor who has transitioned from 2,000+ trades a year, to a longer-term portfolio management method. I have an eclectic portfolio, as do many of you.
I blend EXTREME INCOME holdings, PLUS lower-yield dividend growth stocks in our retirement accounts (buffered by significant cash reserves). Recently I added a third leg--the weekly sale of covered calls on volatile stocks, gathering large premiums each week as the options expire (or roll them over...OR let the shares get called and start fresh the next Monday.). I often carry short positions to buffer downturns.
(I want to offer a "hat tip" to two special investors who have influenced my methods: "WmHilger1" and "GGjr", both on this site. You want to learn about Extreme Income investing, or selling covered calls on aggressive stocks? Read their posts and comments and come away a better investor.)
I want my OVERALL portfolio to grow via reinvested income; I spend some and reinvest some. I'm agnostic as to the source of the income (as long as it's reasonably sustainable).
Most of the time, I use leverage to boost returns in my taxable accounts. This has hurt at times; most of the time it has been a positive. I try to stay under 50% margin; I'll exceed that on occasion. Note my accounts are at IB, which has dirt cheap margin rates.
For Extreme Income, I like various Pimco CEF's; selected other CEF's; NLY; ORC; STON; VGR; AMZA; and others.
In my "Plus" (DGI) retirement accounts, KO, GIS, GILD, JNJ, HSY, GSK, CL and others. These have a ten-year hold, with all dividends reinvested. It's our "Private Pension" for my wife, who is younger than I am and has more accumulation time than I do.
For the final leg of my 3-legged investment stool, I sell covered calls each week to speculators who want to gamble on short-term stock price movements; I play the bank for them. Many of these options expire worthless. I'll use any stocks that work; lately energy stocks like CHK and MRO have proven fruitful. This income generation method takes more work than the others; it's worth it if done right.
August 2016 note: I believe precious metals are at the beginning of a new bull market. I've been involved in GDX since January, having bought it and sold covered calls against it. I recently added a cross-section of metals stocks to it, and hold them uncovered. Some names are PVG, IVN.to, SAND, SLW, FNV AND RGLD. The royalty companies are hugely attractive. Do your own research here; the wild swings in this sector will make your stomach churn.
Note neither the holdings nor methods are recommended for others. They work for me.
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.