I'm a self-directed investor who shares my experience in investing. I read, learn, and apply every day. I write about value & dividend investing from the perspective of a Canadian. I invest in individual stocks on the US stock exchanges and the Toronto Stock Exchange. As I write, I reflect on my own actions and results, which is an amazing exercise. I encourage individual investors who enjoy writing to try it. I appreciate the work done by SA staff & authors and love the community that engages in meaningful discussions.
Living in the Swiss mountains, in a remote village, I am preparing for retirement. Trying to manage our family's retirement money and to make it grow a bit, so we can leave some money to our sons after we're gone... At the moment mainly into dividend generating stocks. As a Swiss, I hold mostly shares of internationally important Swiss companies (Nestle, Roche, Zurich Insurance, Swiss Re, Swisscom, SGS are the core), then US and European shares.
I enjoy making money in the often manipulated markets in an effort to join the 1%. I consider myself a noob as I have lots to learn. I enjoy reading about everyone's investing style and outlooks from differing angles. SA contains alot of intelligent people and I'd like to thank those that contribute. Goals: Increase annual income by $300-400/mo while allocating 20% of my portfolio to growth and speculation. Thus far in 2016, my personal portfolio has crossed the $340K mark at the age of 34 (401K is through my employer, around 160k). My goals are to increase total div/dis income to >17000 this year and add another >3-6k every year thereafter. I tend to lean towards value stocks with a >3 year time horizon and high dividend/dis. stocks as well. Currently long AIG, BAC, BEP, DIS, SBUX, EVA, LMRK, UPL, CLMT, BIP, MMLP, LNGLF, PEGI, CONE, SNR, BG, ZTS, UAN, SFL, TLLP, CORR, NSA, LMRK, GSBD, MIC, SSW, VNR, QTS, DFT, and HASI among a few others. I contribute >4K/mo outside of my employer's 401k. Buy and hold works if you have grit and patience. I take capital gains after long periods of holding and typically see 100-300+% gains on those positions. The financial crisis helped. There is always misplaced value in the market. Stay away from talking heads on TV and anyone that has to push their product. Invest in yourself, ask questions, practice mental discipline and remind yourself of your goals on a continual basis.