Held various positions in management including vice-president/manufacturing, plant manager, engineering manager, and quality manager in the industries of aerospace, automotive, and medical devices. Have BSIE and MSQE degrees from Illinois Institute of Technology and Leicester University, respectively. Taught engineering technology at Purdue University/Fort Wayne Campus. Currently retired.
I became an active investor when the market bottomed. Over the course of a year I changed the nature of my retirement accounts from mutual funds - held in an IRA and 401(k) - to stocks in a self-directed brokerage account. Thanks to a lot of CNBC watching and reading many insightful and educational articles on this website I'm doing very well and do also manage my husband's and my sister's retirement accounts.
Happy days at NSCC and S&P developing over-collateralization criteria for '40 Act Funds, rating a few CDOs; Hedged convertible bond, futures and options-on-futures as proprietary trader prior to that; Fondness for prudent risk management
Now: Due diligence
An individual investor focused on preservation of capital and generating dividend income. My strategy is to invest in quality, dividend paying companies, with simple business models, and, a long track record of increasing dividends. Like Nick Murray, I'm a believer in diversification, but not in asset allocation. I'm long 100% equities, all the time. I can live with any amount of volatility if I'm in quality companies. Since I live off dividends, the prices at any particular moment don't rattle me.
David Fish's CCC list is my primary watch list. The quality of the business model (simplicity, tenure), earnings track record and valuation are key principles in my book. Free cash flows and payout ratios are very important metrics.
When I first started investing in 1990, I gravitated to DGI - a book called "dividends don't lie" influenced me. I did not have a single losing position in 10 years. Then, I learned an expensive lesson in 2002 (60% loss of net worth at that time) when I lost my way and got into momentum/technology stocks. I lost track of understanding WHAT I was buying and HOW the company made it's money. I will never deviate from buying quality companies that have a long track record of paying dividends, at value, since I paid a high price to gain that knowledge.
A critical insight -- it is better to pay a fair price for an excellent company than an excellent price for a fair company (Buffett). I buy companies that I'd buy more of if prices were to drop. A second one, is to have a long term orientation (Klarman). In other words, buy and hold, allow compounding to work, and try not to "market time". SA DGI leaders such as Chuck Carnevale, Chowder, David Fish, David Van Knapp, Tim McAleenan, Part Time investor, Sure Dividend and several others have influenced my thinking.
It is not an exaggeration to say that SA has impacted my life. I'm a first generation American, and am very grateful for the opportunities provided by my adopted country.
33 companies make up 70% of my portfolio. In descending order of size.
PG, JNJ, KO, VZ,UTX,T,DEO,XOM, KMB, HSY, MCD, KHC, PEP, UL, CVX, WMT, EMR, PM, CMI, DIS, GE, MMM, IBM, NSRGY, GIS, UPS, HP, ORCL, AAPL, WPC, QCOM, SJM, UNP.
The other holdings are mini-ETFs (for example, 13 REITS that I treat as 1 diversified company).
The remainder, ~14 companies, (examples include: Ambev, CAT, DE, DVN, MUR, MRO) are ones I will slowly sell of and re-invest into my core holdings.
As of May 1, 2016 (aged 57 years) I have retired and live off my dividends.
I'm a dividend growth investor in my mid 30s. I invested in poorly performing mutual funds in my 20s, but in the last couple of years have transitioned towards equities. Although the bulk of my stocks produce income, I also invest in stocks which are more oriented towards capital appreciation. Since I switched to a more entrepreneurial career, I'm hoping to live off my current dividends until I can get a reliable income stream going again. Think of me as a young retiree!
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Mechanical Engineer - Global Development - Principal Level
Worked in Europe - Ireland - Germany -Scotland - Norway and Sweden
Worked Asia - Japan - Thailand - China
Worked No America - East and West Coasts - Mexico and Canada
Leading Companies in Internet Infrastructure and Testing
It's been quite a journey the past four years as I've learned about stocks, technical analysis, swing trading, dividend growth investing, and now options.
For 17 years, I home educated our children and tutored, while my husband supported the family. Once I worked myself out of that job, I had to decide what I should be when I grow up. Without a useful degree, my income is minimal, but I really enjoy my part-time jobs. I have used my jobs as a learning tool more than an income tool and they have been very profitable. I focus the rest of my time making my husband's income the most useful it can be, and managing our home. I enjoy playing with bookkeeping, finance, investments, taxes, and strive to be the best steward of all the resources (time, energy, health, family, money, stuff) we have.
The only purpose of my investing was to be able to afford to retire at a normal, reasonable age and hopefully to live off the dividends from those investments without needing to spend down the principal. As health concerns are forcing us to consider earlier retirement, the portfolio income may be needed at anytime. This does not worry me, it just changes the trajectory of the portfolio. I am very thankful for the gentle start into investing and am excited by what might happen in the future.
I’m so glad this website was recommended to me and I genuinely appreciate the contributors and their comments here and the growth that has happened through participation on the forum.
In case you're wondering about 'inzkeeper', I formerly managed an inn and the email moniker has stuck with me over the years.
I am a Civil Engineer, who is married with two young kids. In 2013 I took a more active role in managing my IRA for retirement and decided to publicly share my experiences in building the portfolio as an example for the dividend growth investing strategy.
My interest in investing mostly began in 2005 when I started up an investment club with a few friends from college and has accelerated as I've been reading and learning along the way. Since then, investing and the stock market has become a passion and favorite hobby and I've enjoyed writing about stocks and sharing ideas I have here on Seeking Alpha.
My investing goals are to build a nest egg for retirement and fund college education accounts for my kids. I invest mainly in dividend paying stocks that have shown a history of consistent growth in earnings and dividend payouts.