I am a retired civil servant whose success in life can best be described by the fact that I retired at 55 thinking I was open to double dip my way to wealth. After, retiring I gave myself a year off before going to seek my new career. I learned that this wonderful thing called the internet provided me with online trading for long term investments as well as access to the love of my life short term investments in the most magnificent of animals the thoroughbred race horse. This will explain the gambling references in a lot of my commentary. Having no college degree should not diminish ones thoughts of my abilities as I left the government as a gs-13 manager and would have been in line for the gs-14 had I remained. Oh yes, I forgot the point which is I never did need or seek the second dip. I do not have a formal college degree as after 5 years of college in which I was extremely misguided from middle school on and 4 changes of majors I decided it was easier and necessary to seek employment instead of the degree. Don't let this confuse you though as many of those college credits are in the field of economics under some pretty savvy professors. My retirement was based on my life experiences of fair interest and dividends on my hard worked for nest egg. Due to god awful performance by all levels of our elected officials and the current economic policy to screw the retired savers in favor of bailing out the irresponsible bankers from the highest stakes poker game ever with taxpayer money I find myself constantly monitoring and trying to protect my nest egg. Therefore the best answer to my market investment interest is survival. At the present time I am extremely anti Wall Street based on the many stocks I have owned which over pay management while shanking share holders. It was bad enough having stocks that went sideways for years with no dividend increase and it got even worse when the shareholders had to suffer value losses due to the many law suits against the overpaid executives. (Isn't this a wonderful world in which they cheat and you pay) Throw in the Marie Antoinette attitude (Let them eat cake) you can readily hear directly from such management on the FOX saturday business block and it is very difficult to put my hard earned money into the hands of these idiots.
I'm a Peter Lynch guy. I try to keep it simple, and "buy what I know." I regularly read Seeking Alpha, and comment far less than I read. I find significant value in the discourse that arises out of the articles. I used to post under "Tucker Kirk," but somehow "got lost" when I changed computers, which probably means I am not much of a computer whiz! I posted and predicted frequently on Motley Fool under the name "tuckman52." However, I now use SA almost exclusively as the starting point for all my research. I also invest in rental real estate, and have for many years. (Same for stocks.)
I have really only been paying attention to investing for the past 2-3 years and have only really been trying to craft my own portfolio since Fall 2013. I am hear to learn from those who have come before me.
I am a 40 year old meat cutter/ trophy husband from Kansas. I am trying to learn as much as possible about investing and my ultimate goal is to retire at the age of 55. I tend to buy large cap companies with good dividends and my hope is to generate enough dividend income to fund our retirement. My wife and I have been debt free since 2006, (including our mortgage) which we are very proud of. When most Americans were running up credit cards and buying gas hogging suv's, we were pinching pennies and buying a hybrid. I don't have any friends or family that are interested in investing to bounce ideas off of so it has been hard for me to know if I am headed in the right direction. I have been learning a lot from a select few people on Seeking Alpha and have changed my investing style because of them.
Retired HR administrator.
Financially and politically Conservative
Thoroughly disgusted with the current chaotic economic climate, as well as the overwhelmingly self-serving and irresponsible tax-and-spend whackaloons of every political stripe with whom we are presently afflicted.
Longterm buy-and-hold DRIP stock investor.
Old Geezer that listened to parents that lived through the Great Depression. Am a USAF veteran and proud grandpa of twelve grandkids. I am trying to learn enough to be a good investor and have met many great and tolerant (I ask a lot of questions) people here on SA.
Let's see, Veteran (Vietnam era), Commercial Artist, picture framer, industrial engineer & corporate executive (once upon a time), small business owner and operator, Ayn Rand fan, Libertarian (and no, its not a synonym for "Republican" or "Conservative"), and history buff. Serious investor, I need to earn money from my assets, and I'm of the age where I pull money out to help put food on the table. I like to fish, but just as with my investing, I am a "meat fisherman", I only kill what I plan to consume.
I have my name back, Still looking for a Purrfect picture. I have friends. Time to restart.
SA isn't perfect but then I'm not either. But Life is far too short, and as the Roman Gladiators used to say: Eat, drink and make merry because tommorow, you may die.
Why hasten your demise, don't worry, what goes around, comes around.