Sasha, academic, social sciences, dividend (growth) focus, long only, at SA since 2013 . Objective 2016: increase passive income by (1) continuous investments [approx. 1260$/month] and (2) dividend growth. If (1) seems impossible: Spend less! Live a frugal (but happy) life.. Objective 2015: increase passive income by (1) continuous investments [approx. 1200$/month] and (2) dividend growth. If (1) seems impossible: Spend less! Live a frugal (but happy) life.. Objectives for 2015 achieved. Portfolio yield y-o-y (14-15) approx. +16%, approx. +8% when excluding dividends from additional investments. Even when controlling for additional investments, overall portfolio value has increased slightly (but that's tertiary).. Long: AAIGF, AAPL, APTS, ARCC, BOSSY, BRG, CCLP, CCP, CORR, CPOKY, EIFZF, ETJ, ETY, IRT, LVS, LXP, MAIN, MPW, NRZ, OHI, SBUX, SNH, TCEHY, WPC, VER . Most recent purchases [latest on top] [see StackTalks]: ETJ (initiated) CPOKY (initiated) SBUX (initiated) BOSSY (initiated)OHI (added) APPL (added) NRF (initiated)NRZ (initiated)ETY (initiated)NRE (added) NRE (initiated) HCP (initiated again) CCP (initiated) VER (added) AAIGF (initiated) TCEHY (initiated) SCHD (added) EMR (added) OHI (added) WPC (added) MAIN (added) MPW (added) OHI (added) BRG (added) STOR (initiated) MAIN (added) EMR (added) EMR (initiated) LVS (initiated) AAPL (initiated) SNH (added) CORR (added) O (back again, took profits in January 2015) IRT (back again, took profits during recent sell-off in June 2015) STAG (added) WPC (first time + added) OHI (back again, took profits in January 2015 + added) . Most recent sales [latest on top] [see StackTalks]: BRG (trimming to take some profits)NRF/NRE (no promising development, loss) HCP (dividend future blurry, profit) O (great company, but overvalued, I'll be back, profit)STOR (taking profits) UHT (HCP provides better opprtunities now, profit) HASI (I take the profits, wait for correction, profit) FSIC (air is getting thinner, still good company, profit) KMI (good company, but do not fight the market, profit) HCLP (good company, but do not fight the market, loss) BACHF (situation unclear, profit) HCP (situation unclear, profit) O (love it, but overvalued, I'll be back, profit) OHI (love it, but overvalued, I'll be back, profit)
Investor and trader since 1982. Semi-Retired Broadcasting Engineer. Investing in income and growth stocks in IRA, using options for hedging during corrections. Trade more actively and speculatively in non IRA account.
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Close to retirement age but plan to keep working for some time to come. Have invested in stock market sporadically, mostly confused and scared. It hasn't worked very well. Have a lot to learn, learn a lot from many SA folks and enjoy the sharing here.
Historically about 60% invested (minority is stocks along with a lot of "other") with 40% cash. Aiming at this stage to put more of the cash to work, and since I'm underweight in stocks/bonds, am focused there, especially but not only DGI.
Expect that I can avoid taking much if any income out for 15-20 years (except tax and the RMD), unless something unexpected happens--not a long compounding period but better than not at all.
I am an individual investor nearing retirement (within the next 10 years). My portfolio is diversified among a 401k, an IRA, and a retail trading account.
I manage my 401k by tactically rotating between a varying mix of stock and bond mutual funds using momentum and trend-following strategies..
My IRA is managed by an outside firm who maintains it in a balance of dividend-paying stocks and ETFs, with an overlay of covered-call strategies. A portion is also maintained in cash to take advantages of opportunities as they arise.
I manage my retail trading account trading options based on overall market volatility using underlying vehicles such as VIX, VXX, XIV, and SVXY.
Retired investor, ex-Navy, ex-Big Oil, ex-French manufacturer.
My interest in investing came from both my grandfather/father and my boss at work. When my grandfather retired in the late 50's he spent his days either with some cronies watching the tape at the local ML office, fishing, or tending his flower shrubs. I didn't know what he was investing in until after he died which is normal as I was still in school and more interested in school than my future life. My grandmother started talking about the different companies and what was happening to them (buyouts, spinoffs, etc.). Then when she died and my mother inherited the portfolio I saw that it consisted of first quality dividend paying stocks. Until my mother's death the process continued without any significant purchases or sales -- nor any dividend reinvestments. The money was accumulated and invested in good mutual funds my dad liked.
My dad was a doctor and knew nothing about investing but a kind patient ( a crony of my grandfather) bought some stock for him in the late 50's with the comment "pay me when you can or give them back to me at anytime". He repaid him. The patient did this again about 2 years later. Same result. This small investment in a Louisiana land and oil and gas company (which no longer exists) paid for a new house and our educations, etc. My dad then started investing in mutual funds and dividend reinvesting. He loved Magellan and the Neuberger funds. He had them until his death.
My boss got me interested in AAII then when I moved to the home office I joined a small local investment club. Eventually I kept the club "sheet" -- the monthly tally of investments with relevant information (yield, gains/losses, tracking against the 500, etc.) . It was complex but fun. I stayed with that club even after moving away and kept their sheet too for almost 20 years. I joined a new club and repeated the process.
Now, I don't have any club but I continue to discuss stocks with friends.
The "dot com bubble" really crushed me and turned me into a DGI.
Now I have about half in stocks (COP, CVX, KMI) and half in funds/ETFs (Health Care, Small Cap, Medium Cap, Energy, Primecap, VNQ, VDC -- all Vanguard).
I want the portfolio to act as it did for my grandfather and mother. Hence, I am trying to educate our daughter in how this works. She's not investment savy but she is extremely smart and a quick learner in medicine so the process won't be too difficult.
Seminal reading: Atlas Shrugged, The Fountainhead, Think & Grow Rich, The Bible
RE attorney retired. Now receive more interest income than dividends. Began investing in 1970s with RE, bonds and preferred stocks; shifting to dividend stocks in 2010, 11 & 12. No mutual funds. No longer use options. Average 1 hours/day researching (reading SA) where ever I am unless market is active ... then more. Enjoy other hobbies more than investing, but personal management is critical. I am envious of all you young DGIers because of the opportunities out there and your ability to access them via the internet, and evaluate them via your computers. Ever do a spreadsheet in pencil?
I am retired as of September 30 2013. In 1986 I left my job at a computer services company -- burnt out after 14 years of 14 hour days. I spent a year taking art courses at various community colleges. Then, as personal computers began to take hold for ordinary people, I starting helping friends set up their PC's. This led to self-employment when I stopped refusing payment. Now I spend my time looking for great dividend payers that I plan to hold forever. I try to buy in 100 share lots when I can afford it, So far long DTE, MAIN, PLOW
Semi-retired marketing and sales executive with a second career in the travel business. Actively invest an upper six digit portfolio in half a dozen mutual funds as well as a couple of stock brokerages accounts, most of it IRA. Primary goal is income with some appreciation potential.