I am an electrical engineer and have been a minor partner in a local business for the past several years, where I keep the books. I have followed and studied the stock market for over 30 years, developing a trading style which suits my personality. My style changes with my perception of the market. During the 'crisis' of 2008 I utilized trades that last about a month on average. Starting in late 2008 and early 2009 I have been more of an intermediate term holder of precious metals miners and explorers, which have done very well for me thus far. Since 2010 I have been transitioning into a Dividend Growth style with a great deal of assistance from the Seeking Alpha DGI community. I keep tabs on the economy and the market by perusing the headlines and some articles of interest on a routine basis. The more I study, the more I begin to see how much more I need to learn. I like to think that I've picked up a thing or two, but there's always more. Several years ago I 'discovered' Austrian economic thought. It forms the framework for my economic and market analysis. It seems to work for me.
have ben trading stocks (actively) for about 14 years. have learned quite a bit! but i am sure i will learn a lot more but i will look more n 2 my education of the stock market. 2 which i have been doing for the last 8 years.
Became heavily invested since 2009 and I'm trying to learn as much as I can. Age 29. Graduate of University of Minnesota with a Bachelor's in History that specialized on US Economics. Currently working on a Master's in Public Policy, UMN. VFW of OIF x 2 yrs. Currently serving as a ARNG Logistics Officer.
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.
Self-taught investor who's passionate about building wealth by investing in companies with strong fundamentals who pay exceptional dividends. I'm also an options trader. My blog is Investment Hunting, which can be found at http://www.investmenthunting.com
My blog has one primary goal: Serve as a step-by-step history of what I did to achieve financial independence to be shared with my children and grandchildren. On occasion I share my personal posts with the SA community.
I am a retired Electrical Engineer since 2012 and a Registered Financial Consultant (RFC) since 2010. I have been investing in equities, in the form of stocks & options, since the early 80’s and more recently in mutual funds, and ETF’s.
My current investments consist of a DGI, 10 stock portfolio +7 ETF portfolio for my supplemental retirement income and a second portfolio of mutual funds, ETF’s, & stocks primarily focused on growth. This is how I keep my income strategy separate from my growth strategy.
My passion is to reach young and old investors alike who are apprehensive about investing their money in the market and show them that investing does not have to be complicated, but you do need to spend a little time at it, but with the proper tools this can be made relatively easy.
Everyone needs to come up with a strategy that works for them, and I do not claim my strategies will work for everyone (or anyone other than myself,) but offer them merely as something to consider.
All money from any of these articles is donated to one of my favorite charities by Seeking Alpha.
Building a portfolio of dividend-paying high-quality stocks to create a reliable and growing income stream starting in 2014.
For anyone starting out new on this path, I suggest reading everything written by following folks: Chowder, David Crosetti, Dividend Dynasty, Mike Nadel, David van Knapp, Robert Schwartz, Six, RichJoy, Bob Wells, and David Fish (CCC list).
Also read Single Best Investment by Lowell Miller (free pdf available using Google search), The Most Important Thing Illuminated by Howard Marks, get access to MorningStar Dividend Newsletter and ValueLine reports (both usually free at your local library).
Every incumbent out of Congress. EVERY. No exception. Yes. It's that simple.
"I don't have to tell you things are bad. Everybody knows things are bad. It's a depression. Everybody's out of work or scared of losing their job. The dollar buys a nickel's worth, banks are going bust, shopkeepers keep a gun under the counter. Punks are running wild in the street and there's nobody anywhere who seems to know what to do, and there's no end to it. We know the air is unfit to breathe and our food is unfit to eat, and we sit watching our TVs while some local newscaster tells us that today we had fifteen homicides and sixty-three violent crimes, as if that's the way it's supposed to be. We know things are bad - worse than bad. They're crazy. It's like everything everywhere is going crazy, so we don't go out anymore. We sit in the house, and slowly the world we are living in is getting smaller, and all we say is, 'Please, at least leave us alone in our living rooms. Let me have my toaster and my TV and my steel-belted radials and I won't say anything. Just leave us alone.' Well, I'm not gonna leave you alone. I want you to get mad! I don't want you to protest. I don't want you to riot - I don't want you to write to your congressman because I wouldn't know what to tell you to write. I don't know what to do about the depression and the inflation and the crime in the street. All I know is that first you've got to get mad. ...I'm as mad as hell and I'm not going to take this anymore." - H. Beale (P. Chayefsky), 1976
You shouldn't have to put up with this. However we do not have a national legislative body that will do what MUST be done. Even worse, they fail to OVER AND OVER. New handout? New earmark? New tax and inflation assault on the soft targets of society? Watch our Congress. Because they "get theirs," and the soft targets are robbed. Yes - those who pay their bills instead of running away, who save, who don't extort credit cards, mortgagers and governments because of inability to pay. And those who are children or even unborn will be stuck with this horror, this nightmare Congress has permitted. All I know is that there is a simple step that will fix a countless number of corrupt and irresponsible economic actions, which are killing us now and will kill us FAR WORSE down the line. And it's simple, laughably simple. VOTE OUT EACH AND EVERY INCUMBENT FROM CONGRESS. You thus impose by order of the people a mandatory one-term limit. For all of them. No exceptions. Everyone of you needs to be together on this. If e.g. you think Republicans are okay, well, sorry, that's tough - EVERY INCUMBENT, OUT OF CONGRESS, as soon as the next vote occurs. EVERY incumbent - OUT. Not just Pelosi and Frank. EVERY incumbent - OUT - all the way down to even Dr. Ron Paul. You cannot imagine what a paradigm shift that will cause in our representation and our future. But try *to* imagine it. And join the cause. It's simple. Laughably simple. You can save the world.
I am an experienced investment consultant providing institutions with insight and discipline for their investment programs. While my profession gives me a broad perspective on many different investment strategies, Seeking Alpha helps me stay informed at the individual security level and stay connected with individual investor approaches.
My stock portfolio is most about trying to capture tiny slices of ownership in the dominant publically traded companies in the world (in most sectors and industries) and not overpaying for that little piece of future earnings. I want to pay at most fair-valuation (although sometimes I try for bargain prices) as long the company appears solid and I think the company will be around 10 years and more. That is what I found produce the best total returns. I am mostly focussed on mature companies that pay dividends, but I do make exceptions, for leading companies in some industries - even if their dividend yield is low. I appreciate diversification and risk-management by not putting too much cash into each stock.
My portfolio has a spreadsheet on http://tiny.cc/tarkin