I have invested over the past 20 years in everything from mutual funds to options to individual stocks (both DRIPs and growth stocks). As I approach the "ten years before retirement" mark, I have settled in with a focus on high quality dividend growth companies. I am also committed to passing along what I've experienced to my children who are college age and beyond. My goal is to build a portfolio that can withstand the turbulence of up and down markets while achieving an income stream to provide 50% of my retirement income. I utilize the CCC work of David Fish while following various other DGI authors who have similar goals.