I am individual investor who has been tracking and trading stocks since the late 1990's. I work in the high tech arena and I have worked at companies like Symantec, McAfee, Microsoft and HP. I currently work for a high tech software company. Since I work in the high tech area I have always like to try to bet on high tech stocks I think have a future. However, my grandfather who was a ticket runner on wall street in the 1960's and 70's was a big investor in utilities and railroads; pretty much anything that was steady and threw off a good dividend. When my grandmother passed away in 2010 I inherited a small portion of their portfolio. He died in 1983 and that portfolio kept Grandma happy for nearly 20 years afterwards, so in that spirit I have expanded into railroads, utilities and other dividend stocks.