I am a retiree who enjoys investing Long-Term. I reside in California. My careers were as an announcer and a U.S. Postal Service clerk. I have stocks plus other investments. I try to be respectful. I look for investment opportunities that are not as well-known as others. If I read something that a Seeking Alpha contributor mentions and it looks attractive for my investment style, then I will buy it, and give credit to the writer. I am more of a support person than a contributor; at my age, I do not need the pressure of deadlines; trying to find solid investments is enough of a challenge. This Bio was edited September 4, 2012.
I am a buyside analyst with a medium-sized asset management firm and have been in the investment business for several decades, the majority of that time on the sell side of the business. For my own account, I am a long-term investor and trade my own account infrequently, as I look for either best-of-breed companies trading at depressed prices due to cyclical but temporary factors or small-to-medium-sized companies with promising "disruptive" technologies that have superior growth potential.
Richard is the managing principal of QVM Group LLC, a fee-based investment advisor based in Connecticut, with clients across the country. . QVM manages portfolios uniquely designed for each client on a flat fee basis through the client’s own accounts at Schwab; and provides investment coaching to "do-it-yourself" investors on an hourly fee basis. The investment approach is based on value, asset allocation, expense control, risk management, customizing portfolios to each client's specific circumstances, and regular communication about strategy and absolute and benchmark performance. Richard's extensive experience includes serving having served as a Board Director of Phoenix Investment Counsel, a U.S. pension and mutual funds manager, now Virtus Investment Partners (New York Stock Exchange: VRTS http://www.virtus.com); as Managing Director of Phoenix American Investment in London; and as a Board Director Aberdeen Asset Management PLC in Aberdeen Scotland (London Stock Exchange: ADN http://www.aberdeen-asset.com). He has been a Trustee of a $500 million pension fund, and was a charter investor and member of the Board of Directors of several internet companies, including Lending Tree (NASDAQ: TREE http://www.lendingtree.com) prior to its IPO. He is a 1970 graduate of Dartmouth College. QVM Group LLC is a Registered Investment Advisor. Visit the QVM Group website. (http://www.qvmgroup.com). Follow him on Twitter: @QVMinvest
During the IPO season Francis Gaskins, editor of IPOdesktop.com & director of research for Equities.com, regularly appears on CNBC TV, Bloomberg, thestreet.com & other financial cable channels. On the day of the Visa IPO he appeared on four cable TV financial shows including Bloomberg & CNBC.
Over the past five years he has been quoted over 500 times by such financial media as the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, Reuters, Associated Press, USA Today among others. Those quotes are available at IPOdesktop.com.
His varied personal interests include violin playing. For example, he is concertmaster of the Palisades Symphony. He also holds an MBA from Harvard Business School (finance) and an AB from Princeton University (economics).
My bio got deleted somehow...this is just a short one so I can send PMs...will update when I have more time. Began in 2012 and have a mix of 55 assets. Goal is to create steady, increasing income -- generated through dividends --- ready to withdraw as supplemental earnings within 8-10 years.
PRIMARY OBJECTIVE: ... Income Replacement!
Escape velocity is the speed that an object needs to be traveling to break free of the planet's gravitational pull and leave it without further propulsion.
This portfolio is looking for the point where the income being generated can allow the holder of this portfolio to escape the gravitational pull of the market and economic forces of worrying about share prices.
The objective is to generate enough income from assets that the only selling of shares will become an option, not a necessity to survive. Therefore, with enough income being generated, it minimizes the fear of meaningful market corrections as dividends are based on the number of shares owned, not the share price.
Doug Meeks is a Registered Investment Advisor in Plano, Texas. He is the Principal Advisor for Pier LLC, an investment management company. The focus at Pier is to build and manage income-producing portfolios for our clients. We provide individual service to those who are inclined to see their money working for them. Growth and income do not have to be different parts of your portfolio.
Individual investor, started personnel trading after the crash, figured since the pro's didn't do me any good I could probably figure it out. Primarily invest in real estate and single stocks, always looking for insight and advice.
Nicholas Marshi is the Chief Investment Officer of Southland Capital Management (SCM). The Company is a Registered Investment Adviser in Santa Monica, California. SCM's principal expertise is in the area of publicly traded leveraged finance to U.S. private companies, including the Business Development Company industry ("BDC"), high yield bonds and floating rate loans.
SCM manages two "hedge funds" devoted to equity investments in BDCs and other specialty finance lenders. The Company's first fund-BDC II-was launched in October 2009, and a second fund-BDC III- in January 2011.
Mr Marshi also edits the leading website devoted to regular updates on the BDC industry entitled the BDC Reporter, with regular analysis on over 36 companies and on trends in this under-known sector. Check out www.bdcreporter.com.
Prior to forming Southland Capital Management with Mr Hansen, Mr. Marshi managed two private equity firms: Kensington Capital Corporation ("KCC") and Southland Capital Partners "SCP"). Starting in 1990 and 1995 respectively , both firms were active in acquiring lower middle market private companies, principally in Southern California, in leveraged buy-out transactions.
Before founding KCC, Mr Marshi was the head of the Los Angeles office of Kleinwort Benson Limited, a British merchant bank, from 1987-1990. Mr Marshi was involved in leading investment banking, lending and principal investing activities (both directly in middle market companies and in funds managed by Kleinwort Benson and other institutions). Prior to joining Kleinwort Benson, Mr Marshi held various positions with Citibank at locations worldwide including Athens, Dubai, Puerto Rico and London.
Mr Marshi is a graduate of Tufts University (B.A.) and Harvard University (M.A.).
I am a mid-westerner and computer science grad helping to launch a start-up medical service company. I've worked on medical intake including XML delivery, medical instrumentation imaging, tissue ablation micro-imaging and MEMs device modeling.
I know biotech, which I prefer to call biopharmaceuticals. Period. I love investing and I write when I can!
First of all, let me state that I am NOT a CPA, attorney, nor financial planner. I am just a relatively savvy stock investor who wants to help the general public find their way through some of the maze of stock investing.
I am 85 years young, although you might not think so from my accompanying newest picture. Yes, that is reallly me, age 84 and 11 months. I have been investing in stocks and bonds for about 60 of those years. It is now my main hobby. I invest mainly in high-yield stocks rated A- or lower down to B. I got stung a few years ago when Lehman Brothers, rated AAA, went down the tubes, costing me over $25,000, so decided to never again get involved with highly rated (over-rated) stocks that paid only small dividends. I prefer the high-yield stocks like BDCs, REITs, and MLPs from which I can get paid NOW, even though I actually expect to last another 20 years or so. I have developed my own stock investing system that I call MRHY (medium risk, high yield).
I took early retirement in 1987 from a job as manager of a Computer Systems and Programming department at a large life insurance company. I am the holder of a CDP (Certificate in Data Processing) from the Data Processing Management Association (DPMA). During my working years, I frequentlly worked closely with the company actuaries and accountants. I even took some actuarial classes to be able to work with the actuaries in their own language and skills. Those experiences, plus my computer skills and high IQ, have alllowed me to build my stock portfolio from less than $300,000 in 1987 to over $600,000 in 2007. I also have the benefits of ~95% long term retention of whatever I read or hear, which is very useful in stock market investing. I inherited $everal hundred thou$and in 2011, which I have invested in medium-risk, high-yield stocks (MRHY), so that my total stock portfolio is now well over $1.25 million.
The above Bio was posted a couple of years ago and has now (October, 2015) been updated. My stock holdings are now over $1.5 Million and my annual dividend income is now just
over $175,000. I also collect income from SSA, 3 annuities that my deceased wife and I started receiving when we retired, and a restaurant seating about 120 that I bought in November, 2014, for a total annual income of about $240,000.
Folks, if I can do it, you can too. All that it requires is a good brain with an understanding of the financial world, mathematics, and a little actuarial science, plus a high risk tolerance!
David Zanoni is ranked in the top 1% of blogging analysts on Tipranks.com for performance and accuracy. He focuses on growth & momentum stocks that are reasonably priced and likely to outperform the market over the long-term. David is a graduate of Rutgers University with a B.S. in Management. He is an independent long term investor of quality stocks and uses options for strategy. David believes in the power of innovation, capitalism, and the characteristics of the American spirit: intellect, fortitude, and adaptability to lead our country and the world to growing prosperity. His wants to help make people money by investing in high-quality growth stocks.
Over forty five years of investing experience. Three Master's degrees. Retired, except for some rental real estate. Serve on three professional boards dealing with property management and regional symphony orchestras. Play in a super regional symphony orchestra and regional professional concert band. On SA to learn, have fun and tweak some egos..especially progressive dimwits.
Disciple of Harry Browne's portfolio system (income, permanent and speculative) with real estate and other income streams. It works.
Time management is essential to monitoring a 47 position portfolio. My 1st comment concludes with "Rich-unck:xx hrs"; I uncheck from the article to avoid repetitive comments, nonsense, and (most) arguments. I extend another XX hrs when I respond to a question or comment...I also respond to all PMs.
BACKGROUND My journey as a self-directed investor (SDI) began in 1973, and resulted in financial independence at age 52, which also allowed me to retire from corporate life the following year (Feb 1995).
I have no special knowledge not attainable by others who also dedicate themselves to the study of the economy, market, and stocks...I could cease all portfolio management today, and place it with a professional manager; however, I enjoy the psychic and financial rewards. Alternatively, I could become a passive investor via mutual funds and/or index ETFs (those works too! ). With few exceptions, As a rule, Rich only discusses his IRA here--it is only a portion of his and Joyce’s investment assets.
INVESTMENT PHILOSOPHY If you ‘lived for today’ over the past 5 or 6 decades, you better invest in lottery tickets. The most probable path to a financially secure retirement is the product of an investment program (either active or passive) started when relatively young; living on less than all your after-tax income (saving means delayed gratification); and either self-directed or via professional management, adopting a sensible strategy suitable to age and comfort zone. There is wisdom in flexibility, diversification, and not being life-long wed to any strategy. It is appropriate to take greater risk for greater rewards (sensible growth stocks) when younger, as those are our lowest earnings years combined with our highest expense years--in the years between early investment and retirement, investments in solid growth companies can double 8 times or more.
There is time to adjust allocations to a more conservative strategy when closer to retirement. Never assume you have an information edge over the professionals. Time-in-the-market is your principle advantage. When/if you become interested in dividend stocks, never forget both price return and dividends compound, and price more so.
Financial independence is achieved when one has sufficient confidence his/her lifestyle will not change significantly, regardless of the potential depth or breadth of decline suffered by their portfolio--including a prolonged series of bear markets such as 1929-37. True, the recent 18-month bear market ending mid-2009, was deep--but also too brief to consider its lack of widespread dividend cuts to be as proof a portfolio of dividend-payers won't suffer income losses in a more prolonged decline (i.e., no portfolio is "dividend bulletproof").
The balance of this profile is lengthy, and likely not helpful to passive investors who simply go along for the ride, their portfolios bobbing up and down like flotsam in the ocean; their course always subject to the whims of winds, waves, and trends...THIS IS YOUR ONLY WARNING!
PORTFOLIO GOALS Now in my 70s, it’s no longer appropriate to engage in the growth strategies applied in wealth accumulation. As a more conservative investor, 100% of his portfolio consists of dividend-payers. 95% of positions have investment grade credit ratings (the lone exception is a REIT).This combination, along with having companies in 10 of the 11 S&P GICS sectors (none in Materials at this time) provide a measure of diversification. This IRA portfolio holds no bonds, though bonds and other investments are held elsewhere.
Maximizing total return and wealth preservation are mutually exclusive. A key observation: Having the capacity for risk is not the same as having the tolerance for it!
Rich’s objective is now a ‘smoother-ride’ that levels out the market’s peaks and valleys (limit losses, trim notable excess valuation). That smoother ride in an all-equity portfolio cannot be achieved without active management and continuous monitoring of positions--therefore TIME is an essential input to his portfolio management. Active management does not’ means frequent changes, as it is not unusual for a quarter or more to pass between a trimming or sale (nonetheless, when a company fundamentals change, or a mistake is made, corrective action is taken.)
STRATEGY SINCE 2008 Rich targets both legs of TOTAL RETURN (distributions + price change). His Growth & Income strategy often focuses on VALUE investing tactics applied to dividend-payers. Value investors seek out unpopular, companies most investors are avoiding (i.e., fundamentals have declined but credit rating is strong, BoD has implemented a rational recovery plan, and the dividend not in danger). Value investors seek to be paid to wait for other investors to recognize the stock’s value and assign it a greater share price. In any event, value stock or growth stock, Rich always seeks a ‘margin of safety’--no shares are bought at prices >FV, and his margin of safety is derived from dividends paid, price appreciation, and rising FV over time.
In all cases, value or growth, Rich selects well-established dividend-paying companies having a high-probability of growing earnings (growth of earnings is ESSENTIAL to growth of price and dividends). He tends to be flexible, forward looking, reactive to changing fundamentals, and willing to admit a mistake so action follows.
SDI is not easy, success is not assured, and in recent decades, advice from academics, and investment coaches, almost universally recommend index funds. Those NOT having the prerequisite time and interest are unlikely to develop the requisite skills for stock investing--thus the probability strongly suggests most newbies would be better served by indexing (Ben Graham wrote favorably of indexing). However, when done successfully, self-directed stock investing can offer rich psychic and financial rewards.
CORE PORTFOLIO Presently, +/-30 equities. Core holdings dominate at about 65% of total portfolio positions. Favored are traditional, large- and mid-cap, low-beta, best/near-best in class, institutional-owned, moaty, dividend-paying, value and growth stocks, having investment-grade debt ratings, and representing the consumer staples, healthcare, utilities, and telecom sectors.
OPPORTUNISTIC PORTFOLIO The remaining 15+ positions consist of equally well-known dividend-payers found among widely-owned cyclicals, such as financial, industrials, consumer discretionary, technology, real estate, and energy sectors are sensitive to the economy. In an expanding economy, cyclicals typically grow their earnings (and dividends) faster than do the typically slower-growing core companies. But because the reverse is also true, in a contracting economy, these positions are intended to be heavily trimmed to preserve gains as the economy peaks and shows evidence of decline. Some are susceptible to quite significant price declines when Mr. Market assumes their will suffer reduced earnings, and sometimes dividend-freezes/cuts, in anticipation of those events.
Rich is sometimes fully-invested, but unlike some, observes no such rule. Building a large cash cushion at the front-end of a correction/bear market (-20%) provides the dry powder required to both cushion the market's decline, and also creates the cash required to purchase excellent companies at below FV prices (without having to sell a position he wants to keep!).
TRIMMING POSITIONS When positions in either portfolio become significantly overvalued, they are trimmed by 5-10%, and the proceeds applied to fairly valued companies before the (almost always) temporary gift of over-valuation reverts to the price mean. If the position continues to advance, and absent other information, the position will be trimmed again. Added benefits to selective trimming include (1) serves as a more sensible method of rebalancing (as opposed to automatic--professionals do not use such a meat cleaver); (2) reduces the position's remaining Capital at Risk (which may suggest room for additional shares within an otherwise full position), and (3) provides the necessary dry powder to buy other shares at FV or below.
OTHER INTERESTS As we age, the importance of family grows. Rich has long volunteered in his community; over the years has served with distinction as member/chair of a number of advisory committees. Assisting others on SA is also a source of satisfaction and fulfillment.
Finally, having been blessed by years of excellent investment performance, Joyce and Rich have long been avid world travelers, and have visited over 60 countries over a span of 30 years (his SA avatar reflects the Taj Mahal in his sun glasses). They reside in Michigan--for 9 months of beauty, bliss, and family, and thoroughly enjoy wintering in equally beautiful Naples FL--for 3 months of sunny warmth and relaxation.
Life is good--it's been an unbelievably awesome ride!
Hello Folks at Seeking Alpha. For the last three years or so I have been reading and enjoying many of the articles offered here at SA
At the age of almost 76, I'm a bit old to be playing around in the market but here I am anyway.
I made my first stock purchase at age 21 or 22. My father died in 1959 and left me his life insurance policy valued at $5,000.00. Year 1961. Knowing that I might just put the money in the bank and spend it I asked my parents' lawyer to give me advice. These were his recommendations:
1000.00 in GM
1000.00 in IBM
1000.00 in Stand Oil of NJ, which is now Exxon
2000.00 in second trusts
When my children reached the age of 12 or 13, I returned to work at EPA (1974). But didn't start doing much investing until IRA's were offered in 1981. By 1986 I was also able to contribute to the government's TSP plan.
Since I was rather young, I tired to follow my mother's sage advice: Set up a budget plan with different categories, dividing total income among each categories each payday.
She and my dad's philosophy was this: Pay God (or charity) first at 10% and yourself (meaning savings or investments) second also at 10% . The remainder to be divided among such categories as: housing, transportation, children, dogs/cats, gifts other than charities, food, personal, entertainment, and emergencies.
This method has helped me sleep at night.
I graduated from Penn Hall Prep School in 1958, attended GW University.
During my teen years I worked most summers in the Alexandria/Arlington VA area.
I went to work for the Joint Chiefs of Staff in late 1958, then at DIA in 1961. Our first child was born in late 1963 and I resigned from DIA in early 1964.Our second son was born in 1965.
My husband is retired from the Air Force and the Postal Service. We have been married 52 years.
I retired from the Environmental Protection Agency in 1995 (early out).
All Accounts Percentage of Holdings as of 2016-03-31 by Sector
Sectors..............................................% of Portfolios
Sector: Consumer Discretionary
CRACKER BARREL (CBRL)........0.62
GENUINE PARTS CO (GPC)........1.80
HOME DEPOT INC (HD)..............0.36
JOHNSON CONTROLS (JCI).......0.42
MC DONALDS CORP (MCD........1.91
ROSS STORES INC (ROST).......0.64
STARBUCKS CORP (SBUX)........0.95
Sector: Consumer Staples
ALTRIA GROUP INC (MO)..........2.06
COCA COLA CO (KO)................2.62
COLGATE PALMOLIVE (CL).......0.39
COSTCO WHOLESALE (COST).1.23
CVS HEALTH CORP (CVS).........0.57
GENERAL MILLS INC (GIS)........1.61
KIMBERLY CLARK (KMB)...........1.22
KRAFT HEINZ CO (KHC)............1.36
PEPSICO INC NC (PEP)..............0.97
PHILIP MORRIS INTL INC (PM)....3.68
PROCTER & GAMBLE (PG)........2.61
UNILEVER PLC ADS (UL)...........0.59
CHEVRON CORP (CVX)..............2.25
ENERGY TRANSFER PT (ETP)...0.42
ENTERPRISE PROD PR (EPD.....0.87
EXXON MOBIL CORP (XOM)........0.28
...PARTNERS LP (MMP)...............0.38
PHILLIPS 66 COM (PSX)..............1.21
AFLAC INC (AFL)........................1.25
JPMORGAN CHASE (JPM)..........1.76
WELLS FARGO & CO (WFC)......1.01
ABBVIE INC COM (ABBV)............1.78
AMGEN INC (AMGN)....................0.51
BAXALTA INC COM (BXLT)..........0.51
CARDINAL HEAL INC (CAH)........0.92
GILEAD SCIENCE (GILD)............0.82
JOHNSON & JOHNSON( JNJ).......3.02
PFIZER INC (PFE).......................1.69
3M COMPANY (MMM)................0.46
CATERPILLAR INC (CAT)...........1.30
CSX CORP (CSX).......................0.82
FASTENAL CO (FAST)...............0.54
GENERAL ELECTRIC (GE)........2.01
EMERSON ELECTRIC (EMR).....0.92
GENL DYNAMICS (GD................0.53
LOCKHEED MARTIN (LMT)........0.61
RAYTHEON CO (RTN)................2.30
STANLEY BLACK &
UNION PACIFIC CORP (UNP)......0.43
Sector: Info Tech
APPLE INC (AAPL)......................2.77
INTEL CORP (INTC)....................2.31
INTL BUSINESS MACH (IBM).......2.49
MASTERCARD INC (MA).............0.52
QUALCOMM INC (QCOM) .........0.76
VISA INC CL A (V).......................0.31
AIR PROD & CHEM (APD)............0.84
SPDR GOLD TR GOLD (GLD).....0.25 ETF
Sector: Multi-Sector (ETF)
GABELLI DIV & INCM TR (GDV).1.00
REALTY INCOME (O)..................1.61
VENTAS INC (VTR)......................0.87
AT&T INC (T)................................2.59
VERIZON COMM (VZ)...................1.76
AMER ELECTRIC POW (AEP).......0.90
DOMINION RES INC (D).................2.11
DUKE ENERGY CORP (DUK)........0.54
SCANA CORP (SCG).....................0.90
SEMPRA ENERGY (SRE)..............0.29
SOUTHERN CO (SO).....................1.81
WEC ENERGY GROUP (WEC)......0.32
Total % of Holdings........................79.45
Muni Bonds: Total % of Holdings.....4.09
Mutual Funds Total % of Holdings....12.21
Annuities: Total % of Holdings..........4.15
Cash: Total % of Holdings................0.10
I'm a dividend growth investor but not in the sense that most investors would consider to be dividend growth stocks. I prefer owning companies that are still considered young growth stocks that are in the early stages of growing dividends. I would rather own a company like Costco over Wal-Mart, YUM over McDonalds or even a company like Monsanto or Post Holdings versus Kellogg or General Mills. Don't get me wrong, I don't mind sprinkling in companies like WMT, PG, GIS, K, and so on into my portfolio but only if they are selling at very, very, very cheap valuations. If those blue-chip stocks are not selling at a discount then I would just much rather stick with companies like YUM, COST, PM, MON, CVS, POST, ENR, etc. I don't mind paying up for the growth since I believe that I get more bang for my money in the long run versus overpaying for a blue-chip. Happy investing everyone.
Five Plus Investor is business owner and an avid follower of the stock market, managing seven different types of portfolios for family and friends. Five Plus Investor invests in multiple types of investments, with the goal of achieving relatively high dividend yield that has a reasonable margin of safety. She enjoys contributing to Seeking Alpha as she has time, with her core audience being new investors and retirees.
Retired in 1994 with twenty plus years of military service. After military service I spent six years working in the paper manufacturing industry and then an additional 12 years as a government services contractor supporting the US Army and the Centers for Disease Control.
I started investing in mutual funds around 1980. After military retirement, I invested in workplace savings plans and "growth" stocks recommended by various brokers. Got busted in the dot bomb explosion like most other novices. After the big bust, investing was on the back burner as I changed jobs and concentrated on making money for my employer while maxing out my 401k.
I am semi-re-retired now due to the reduction in government contracting and a recently corrected health issue. In March/April of 2012 I decided that I could manage my money better than a financial adviser. It took two months to find Seeking Alpha and another week to realize that I am a Dividend Growth Investor at heart.
Retired, self-directed individual investor. Retired at 56 in March 2007 after 30 years with CA Superior Court with a modest lifetime pension and a small IRA now converted to a Roth. Native Californian, raised in the USAF and lived in various countries around the world, now reside in Sacramento, CA.
Discovered Seeking Alpha in late 2011 when I was ready to invest my IRA. I started using a method I dubbed DGI Lite using the Dogs of the CCCs lists for Dividend Growth. I changed over to high-yielders such as REITs and BDCs when I needed more income to move closer to family and buy a new home in 2013. Best move I could have made.
Retirement *is* all it's cracked up to be -- it's the best gig I've ever had!
i am a retired village idiot. founder of the Agrippa Society for the Skeptically Self-Aware.
"philosophy is a top on a cereal box; religion, a lie in the fog . . . what i am is what i am and what you are . . . is not."
Bob is retired from a career in law enforcement including more than 20 years as an instructor of Investigative Interviewing. He is a Dividend Growth investor using dividend yield from low beta stocks for income and preservation of capital. Bob has self managed his portfolio since early in 2011. He hopes to encourage discussion among those already in retirement and receiving income from their portfolios.
My curent portfolio is available here: http://seekingalpha.com/article/3969664-difference-quarter-can-make-1st-quarter-portfolio-review?source=all_articles_title
I believe that everyone needs a portfolio business plan. Here's a copy of ours:: http://seekingalpha.com/article/2426965-our-retirement-portfolio-business-plan-legacy-edition-part-two
A list of Dividend Growth Safety Superstars for the past decade is available here: http://seekingalpha.com/article/2255863-a-review-of-the-dividend-safety-superstars http://seekingalpha.com/article/2266863-a-current-review-of-dividend-safety-superstars-part-two
I am a retired college faculty in Philosophy, with specializations in Ethics, Socio-political Theory and Rational Choice/Decision Theory. My teaching focus was on Business Ethics, Medical Ethics and Logic. After retirement I freelanced as a Grant Writer/Fund Raising Consultant. I have taught at Washington University in St. Louis, the University of Missouri - St. Louis, and St. Louis Community College.
I believe that potential investments ought to be evaluated through an examination of their fundamentals - i.e., fundamental analysis. Those investments can then be analyzed with respect to whatever criteria an investor may wish to bring to bear, but at least the investments they make will be more or less fundamentally sound. For me, one of the more important features of an investment (after fundamentals are satisfied) is dividend yield. I expect my investment to earn money for me.
I also believe that the day of the "traditional" investment strategy based on one's age/proximity to retirement is over. To be sure, one wants to put one's money in places where it is more secure, but in the day and age of internet-based investment services, a variety of ETFs, and reasonably safe investment vehicles, there is no need for retired people to stick the bulk of their assets in relatively unprofitable treasury notes and bonds.
Update, Thanks to the many much more experienced members here and their vast storehouses of knowledge I've been able to overcome my early investing mistakes and turn things around. Not an easy thing to do these past 2+ years. Thanks Guys and Gals!
Laid-off 2 yrs ago, forced into trying to manage and make money from my IRA (formerly 401k).
paying my dues in the market as I slowly learn the art of successful investing and trading. IRA does not allow day-trading w/o SEC violations so I am relegated to trying to develop a successful weekly (or partial wkly) to monthly trading strategy based on technicals and market trends. No easy task.
Focus is on High Dividend earners, mReits being number 1 at this point, also trying to take short term 5-10% gains from undervalued stocks when they run-up (ie: S) suddenly.
I appreciate the knowledge base of the many fine authors here & I hope to learn much from all of you.
I am a consultant doing load testing of web sites and other large user applications (not MMORPH games though..pity). I analyze very large amounts of data in that role. I have been investing in stocks since my first job in 1979 because of an employee stock purchase plan. I primarily work investments in my IRA and ROTH IRA these days looking toward stable income when I retire 15+ years from now.
I grew up around Pittsburgh, not much of a sports fan, which for Pittsburgh PA means all my black and gold cloths and such are neatly put away in the closet and drawers to be brought out as necessary for social occasions like Superbowl/Playoff parties...
I am fiscally conservitive but middle of the road independant on most else. I thanked service folks, comming back from Vietnam, for thier service long before it was cool to do so. I was not drafted nor have I served in any branch of the military. I do not use illegal drugs or legal ones in a questionable or illegal way. I do not smoke or drink, by personal choice and preference, but I have friends and socialize with those who do. I fear radicals of any stripe, religious or not, because I am likely on the list of those they would not mind seeing die or suffer for thier cause. New facts, a good argument/debate, or even just growing older and seeing things longer term - can change my opiniion, my actions, and sometimes even my attitude. I like animals, I like nature and I have a desire to protect it. I will NOT ever throw blood on someone because they do not agree with my opinion about it.
I just recently caught the investing bug and started taking an active interest in my (presently meager) portfolio in October, 2011. Turns out I'm not too bad at making my own picks, and I really enjoy doing my own research. So far my picks have significantly outperformed those of my high-priced broker (by about 10X). I've only got about 17 years left before I'll have to retire, and I've gotta get a move on if I want to enjoy my Golden Years and not end up having to work as a WalMart greeter on the graveyard shift. Seeking Alpha and The Motley Fool have helped me learn a great deal in a short period of time, but I've got a long way to go. I'm currently focused on building a portfolio of solid, stable dividend growth ... More stocks, with some pure growth (speculative) positions thrown in. At present I have 30 positions that yield an average of 5.3% in dividends. I'm hoping to learn more about options and save enough on the side so I can start playing with trading options; I'm looking forward to actively managing my portfolio in my retirement, and want to get really good at it before then.
I run the long-term dividend investing website: www.theconservativeincomeinvestor.com
I spend most of my time reading through annual reports looking for a small-cap stock to feature in my monthly edition of "The Conservative Investor Digest." That is where you can find my best work, and that is where I focus my research.
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