Hi everyone I have been into investing for about 3 years now and I am trying to learn more about it every day. 4 years ago I did not even know what stocks were. I went to my local bank to ask if I could open an account to buy stocks. My bank director assured me that there were no costs for opening nor for keeping the account. So I thought I would give it a shot. I had a ridiculous budget of about 100 euros (about 136 dollars) and just bought a couple of cheap stocks that appeared on the first page (at least back then I thought they were cheap because they were trading below 1 Euro). Some of the stocks went up over 100 percent, some went down to close to zero. To make a long story short.. I was getting interested in the stock market. I started to read every book I could get my hands on and now I can honestly say that I am doing a lot better (agreed not too difficult considering the fact that I was picking stocks at random but still). My focus is on the long run and I personally prefer dividend growth stocks. I must admit though that I allocate some 10 percent of my capital to rather risky stocks bought at a significant discount. Happy investing and enjoy the read. Kind regards, Michiel Derboven Disclaimer: I am not a professional investor and do not intend to give professional advice. Everything I write represents my own personal opinion and should be regarded as such. Every investor should do his own due dilligence before making any investment.
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I am mostly a buyer of high quality dividend stocks, with solid competitive advantages. My holding period is forever, as long as the dividend is at least maintained. I tend to concentrate my efforts on stocks which grow earnings and dividends, which provides outstanding total returns over time. I only focus my attention to stocks with sustainable dividend payments. I am also a firm believer in diversification accross sectors and geographic locations.
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I was first interested in stocks and investing while in High School. With my first job I saved a significant portion of that and put it into various instruments i.e. Roth IRA and stocks mostly. I started college for Business Administration and continued teaching myself principles of investing and savings and good personal finance. I graduated with an MBA in Financial Planning from California Lutheran University in May of 2011.
I have not worked in any capacity as a financial analyst but have significant experience in stock analysis mainly using fundamental methods but have recently started using technical analysis as well. A significant portion of my free time is spent with this hobby and I have a lot at stake as I have been investing roughly 40% of my salary for the last 16 years. I have a significant nest egg at the moment and hope to be partially retired within 5 years by 2019. I have been building a property rental and investment business and continue to build that and expand that.
What does the future bring for me? I hope to continue building and growing my business as well as publish articles on investing and start a blog in the future as well.