I have been an investor for many years. Settled on REIT's as a retirement strategy in 2007. Since I am retired and I can spend a great deal of time tracking a considerable amount of data on current holdings and potential purchases. My focus is not on the current value of my portfolio since I do not plan on selling stock to live on. The focus is on the dividends and the number of shares I hold that pays those dividends. Even in 2008-2009, when the value of my holding dropped in half, I still had excellent dividend payouts. I made over 300 trades in 2008 and 2009 buying and selling and by the time the market started to recover in mid 2009, I had doubled the number of shares I owned. Good thing since my percent payout went from 25% in 2008 to 13.7% in 2009. Now it is running a little over 15%.
My first bad experience was in Oct 1987, whenI lost my shirt but kept my pants. Every day I learn. Like to give a shout out to Apple for an unpleasant relearning of the importance of margins.
Some trading is based on dividend ex-dates and valuations. Also do a fair amount of trading in energy stocks. Always have a sense of the macro investment environment and look for stocks in the sectors with an advantage.
I like open minded investors, who will buy a stock based on the valuation.
Follow SEC form 4 fillings and keep watch lists based on insider buying - like to see a cluster of insider buying or a lot of insider purchases over a long term. Like lots of cash and no debt on balance sheet.
Will buy almost anything if it is cheap enough and there seems to be a catalyst.
Look at the financial statements very carefully.
As an investor I have a lot more failure than success under my belt. I'm a poster child for how not to do it. I'm still seeking that ultimate trading strategy which will have a measure of automation and the perfect balance between risk and reward...
Currently own ARR, MFA and PSEC.