I am an American, I spend a lot of time in China. I find being outside the US is a great way to expand my perspective on the world. I don't buy any Chinese stocks, the perspective I speak of is companies that sell into china. YUM and APPL happen to be amongst my largest holdings. I have been a Financial Advisor for 30 years. I invest in companies with around a minimum of 15 years of uninterrupted annual dividend increases, in steady non cyclical industries. I would make an exception as in the case of a company like COST. I would love to own COST if it's valuation drops, even though they only stand at 10 years increased dividends. I buy when the company's dividend yield is at the high end of its 5-10 year range, when everything else looks good of course. I own one speculative stock, SCTY.
Top 14 holdings in order of size. Most have been held for a at least 2 years.
SCTY (my one non dividend paying company)
AAPL is a unique investment for the portfolio in 3 ways. First, when I purchased in 2011 at around $50 (split adjusted) I overweighted heavily at around 12%. Second, AAPL did not pay a dividend when I purchased it (I only hold 1 non-dividend paying stock at a time). Third, now because of the increase in AAPL price of around $130, my overweight level has become 22%. This level of overweight is a concern.
A software developer in Silicon Valley with Engineering Physics degree from the University of Illinois and patents from several companies (Intel, Macrovision) currently working at a start-up. I see the smart-phone market from the perspective of a software developer and build apps on iPhone and Android for companies and my own projects.
I'm try to diversify my holding into energy (CVX), industrial(GE), financial(AIG) stocks and REITs(OHI) to seek stability, and seek alpha by investing in what I know, which is technology stocks.
I'm here to learn about good investment opportunities, and to occasional share my insights from a software developer's perspective.