Director at a Fortune 25 company until a major downsizing. With decent financial skills and the gift of time, I retired early (early 50's), took a break from corporate life, stopped paying for "expert" investment advice (and fees unrelated to performance), and educated myself to self-direct our retirement portfolio. The goal: to live off (reliable and growing) portfolio income and spouse's Social Security. I'm not yet eligible for SS, and we have no pensions. But we contributed faithfully to 401(k) plans, now in rollover IRA's, and contributed after-tax funds to a brokerage account. As of June 2016: 87% equities (>90% investment grade), 3% bonds, 10% cash. Style is primarily Dividend Growth Investing (with a balanced mix of yields and dividend growth rates), but open to complementary approaches that meet goals and provide sleep-well-at-night peace of mind. The intent is to live off the portfolio income (and one social security) and not be forced to sell our underlying investments.Have exceeded that goal each of the past 4 years, and am reinvesting the excess to accelerate compounding. Portfolio-level equity metrics: investment income that exceeds 2/3 of inflation-adjusted annual expenses; blended yield >= 4.0%, 3 year dividend growth rate > 6.5% and portfolio-level beta < .75.