I'm a private investor looking for investment ideas for my personal retirement that will hopefully arrive in 2030. After hiring advisers and just barely breaking even for many years, I started taking control of my own investing in 2005. I started out learning from the Motley Fool Stock Advisor and Hidden Gems services. I learned a lot about basic investing, but found the recommendations very hit or miss. I fared pretty well during the great recession of 2008/2009 and had the fortitude to be a buyer instead of a seller. My portfolio recovered well, but as my portfolio grew I began to dread the earnings announcements of my high growth companies and their volatility. I started seeking an alternative way to invest and found Seeking Alpha and David Van Knapp, whose articles just made sense to me. Since 2010 have been focused on building a widely diversified dividend growth portfolio. I am President and sole owner of a small corporation that performs Process Control/SCADA IT related consulting for the Oil and Gas industry. I also own a small number of rental properties.
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).
Michael Hooper is a freelance writer and value investor. Hooper was previously business editor of The Topeka Capital-Journal for nearly 10 years, then worked four years as a trust officer. He has been a stock market investor since 1993.
I'm a self-directed investor who shares my experience in investing. I read, learn, and apply every day.
I write about value & dividend investing from the perspective of a Canadian. I invest in individual stocks on the US stock exchanges and the Toronto Stock Exchange.
As I write, I reflect on my own actions and results, which is an amazing exercise. I encourage individual investors who enjoy writing to try it.
I appreciate the work done by SA staff & authors and love the community that engages in meaningful discussions.
I have little experience with stocks. My theory is to be like a turtle, slow and steady until I can make it to the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.
I only buy 1 or 2 stocks a year. My stocks have to have a dividend and I only sell if the dividend goes to zero.
Investor since 1990, mostly index funds. Learning the art of value investing.
Education: B.A 1988 Tufts Univ., MBA 1994 Thunderbird School of Global Management
Career: Latin American Sales in Building Materials. Lived overseas 22 years.