Mutual Fund Investor when 2008 struck, bailed at the bottom and decided if a well paid broker couldn't "break" the fall a bit I'd try it on my own. Studied stocks vigorously and went to online trading, making well over 100 trades in 2009. Learned a lot but pay day was small, not very good at catching faling knives. As 2010 rolled around I moved my focus into preferred's, ETF's and large dividend paying companies. The latest roller coaster rides haven't hurt nearly as much and the dividends keep coming. Always shopping for good long lasting value. My faith is in Jesus Christ, having money just makes life easier.
"Seasoned" professional now in retirement after successful careers in three fields, but still young enough to learn something new every day. Migrated from a buy-'n-hold investing style that worked well for awhile to now exploring a DGI approach. Holdings include (but are not limited to) COP, JNJ, KMI, MMM, PEP, PSX, RIO, SLB, and T. Suggestions are always welcomed.
Living life making multiplications is such an important hopefully, daily event. As it has been for decades now. Each day does bring different DATA / events which may pertain or not to each trading vehicle/vessel.
The Revenue Avenues are important in this stage in my Trading, and Life, now as well before personally and Professionally . Dividend Re-Investment especially with a Discount multiplies yours / mine quite well in the compounding . Monthly and/or Daily, IMHO, is best.
EG: One of my kin was the first Woman, ever, having seat(s) on the NYSE!
A Quaker. ( Who was she ?) SHe changed faith to be buried in Vt. next to her husband and have a tombstone , as Quakers do not believe in them.
We were the original S.O.E.S. ( Small Order Execution System ) which we set up to give an equal footing trading, common investor vs the behemoths ,also Member on the NYSE AMEX Exchanges , OTC, NASDAQ, BSX, PHX..TSE, I was..
Still American Fiscal Conservative and realist. American Republican as President Abraham Lincoln was our first!
US Major Gen. Benjamin Butler's monument so reads. "the true touchstone of civil liberty is not that all men are equal but that every man has the right to be the equal of every
other man - if he can."
" UK Premier Harold Wilson:"He who rejects change is the architect of decay. The only human institution which rejects progress is the cemetery."
GOD Bless the USA! GOD Bless you too!
OK, it's now about three years after I first started lurking around SA and one year into my retirement. Thanks to getting heavily back into the market in 2009 and jumping into the world of high div and high div growth stocks (MLPs, REITs, BDCs, CEFs, and some of the 4+% big cap div growth stocks), I can afford a few speculative trades now and then.
My timing was perfect with early to mid 2009 as a major entry point for me for 90% of my portfolio. However, my speculative trades and channel trades have not worked out so well timing wise, but I keep these trades to 5-10% of the total investment portfolio.
Currently, working on techniques to minimize risks to income from investments while minimizing the time required to maintain the stocks in the portfolio. Investment income and a pension from a high-tech company are more than enough to support my wife and I at 57 and 62 years, respectively, and we've decided not to draw social security early.
I continue to think SA is one of the best avenues around for learning and sharing about investing, and encourage everyone to always do their own DD. May one day become a contributor.