Spent over 30 years developing leading-edge software technology before getting 'involuntarily retired' several years ago. Still interested in software architectures, and personal research in advanced ontology architectures (I have rather idiosyncratic views on how these should be developed). Having failed to pay attention to my retirement portfolio prior to 2008 (it was all in stock funds at the time), waited until early 2010 to get the main rebound. Then started to actively engage in my own financial planning and portfolio management. Started treating this as a 'full-time job' in 2011. Started to get comfortable with my portfolio management approach in 2012 - and managed to get almost 14% last year (2012) in my main IRA with a basically 'conservative' 65% bond funds to 35% equities model ;-) Sadly, two smaller portfolios didn't do anything like that well, and I am working on understanding why - I believe it is largely because they were much less diversified, despite being nominally more aggressively allocated. Started drawing pension this year, but still need to draw down the portfolio by around 15-20% a year (assuming no return) until I draw social security (target in around 4 years), at which point I should finally become cash-flow positive - yay!
Retired investor, focused on DGI (including REITS), invested in SWANs and moats w strong balance sheets/cash flows that are steady growers. With these investments, holding period is long-term making it easier to own a great company issuing dividends regardless of manic-depressive Mr. Market correction/bear market gyrations. Currently reinvesting divvies in deferred accounts. Compounding, 8th wonder, but div reinvestment with div growth = exponential returns = 9th wonder!
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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.
I graduated with a BSEE from NCSU. Following technology companies and developments is a hobby of mine when I have free time. A few years ago I started investing, and have tremendously enjoyed it. I try and share a unique view from an engineering vice an investor standpoint, and enjoy learning from others in the SA community.
Ashraf Eassa is a technology specialist with The Motley Fool. He writes mostly about technology stocks, but is especially interested in anything related to chips -- the semiconductor kind, that is.
Just an average investor... primarily in American equity and bonds.
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