Writer, blogger, science teacher, avid biker and walker. I prefer technology stocks and its entrepreneurial stars as well as bank stocks. I've been trading stocks and commodities since 2007-08. I had nearly 20K in the market in 2008 just before the market meltdown. But I sold all positions before the bottom fell out. I regret I did not keep those Apple and Google positions. Education: B.S. Biology; M.A. Anthropology Writing and editing experience consists of technical editing (financial and accounting); blogging five years with blogcritics.org (politics, book and movie reviews mostly); maintained personal blog; textbook reviews; speech writing. As I approach retirement I've geared my scottrade portfolio toward dividend and value stocks from S&P, Nasdaq and the Dow. I am always on the lookout for bankrupt and undervalued stocks. My only mistake has been in not buying those rare finds in larger quantities.
Hi, my name is Dave. Retired Senior Manager after 35 years in Information Technology. Bachelor of Science in Mathematics, way back when. I'm managing my retirement dividend growth portfolio with an objective of higher than average current dividend yield coupled with annual dividend growth exceeding the long term rate of inflation. The goal is to use dividends to supplement my pension and Social Security income. I maintain a smaller,taxable growth oriented account to generate capital gains over the medium term to periodically refill a safe bank account for additional spending.
I have worked in the buy side at two major investment firms for the past 6 years. I trade my own accounts daily and am currently studying for part 2 of the CFA.
I am skeptical by nature, and there's nothing I trust less in this world than big gov't.
I am a true believer in Capitalism and the tremendous increases in standard of living we've had as a result. Why in the world people endorse socialist policies when they've never worked in history is beyond me.
You've also discovered another passion of mine...politics.
Anyway, I have an open mind. I try to use facts, logic, and historical precedence to frame my arguments and my beliefs. However, I'm a human being and emotion sometimes sneaks its way into my words. If you think I'm wrong, I invite you to use the same tools as me (facts, logic and historical examples) to try and change my mind. It wouldn't be the first time it's happened!