Retired Registered Nurse with no financial background . After getting slaughtered in 2008 when I had all my $$ locked up in an IRA run by professionals skimming 1.5% annually I decided I could have a lot more fun losing my money myself and I could skip the fee. It's been fun! I love learning about the markets and money. I have the luxury of putting in at least two hous a day of study and research. I've done well since the fateful day in March 2009 that I decided to jump all in ( yes, dumb beginners luck). I'm a little more educated now thanks to the SA community. My husband is impressed enough to entrust me with running all our retirement funds so the heat is on. I know nothing is a sure thing in this shaky world of ours with profligate governments and demanding citizens all run by professional politicians only concerned about their reelection but at least I actually care about our money certainly more than any of the professional money managers ever did.
Recently retired... I retired from the US Navy (1995), retired as the Director of New England Operations of a Fortune 150 Defense contractor (2015). Currently doing limited consulting work on projects I find interesting. Pretty much a buy and hold guy, love big blue chip dividend paying holdings. I, probably like many people on this site can spend hours studying/researching stocks!
I don't swing for the fences, I am a very methodical investor. Have been investing since the late 1980s, and only wish I had the sense then that I do now. I was always going for the big score, got lucky a few times but unlucky on a few others (can you say Lucent!). My portfolio generates about $3000/month in dividends, but I expect that to grow to $5000/month by the time I am 67.
I am long BRKb, T, AAPL, JNJ, PG, BA, SO, MMM, MO, IBM, WMT, VFC, AMGN, CVX, O, STAG, XOM, GE, PFE, LMT, JPM, WFC, QCOM, GIS and CSCO.
Hi, my name is Dave. Retired Senior Manager after 35 years in Information Technology. Bachelor of Science in Mathematics, way back when. I'm managing my retirement dividend growth portfolio with an objective of higher than average current dividend yield coupled with annual dividend growth exceeding the long term rate of inflation. The goal is to use dividends to supplement my pension and Social Security income. I maintain a smaller,taxable growth oriented account to generate capital gains over the medium term to periodically refill a safe bank account for additional spending.
Worked in oil and gas industry since 1973 mostly with fortune 500 companies, Enron,Texaco,Ocean Energy and Northern Natural Gas to name a few.
1. All a person has is his credibility.
2. The way to not lose an argument is to keep your mouth shut if you do not know what you are talking about.
Amateur investor, fell into managing my own retirement portfolio after dissatisfaction with the repeated rebranding of my investment brokerage in the consolidation of the investment banking industry and stagnant investment performance. I ran the list on sources of advice, have taken to listening to selected voices in SA and a few proprietary sources of investment data.
Out of necessity and desperation, a new hobby has grown, but with the underlying compulsion to secure a safe retirement.
I have settled on a dividend growth strategy in a broad sense, as a means to focus my attention on companies who have a track record of growth in both revenue and payment to owners, as well as to assist me in assessing value at purchase.
Just a small town guy in flyover country who likes to think about economics and finance, ever since taking a course from Larry Meyer in Washington U. in St. Louis many years ago...before he became a big Fed-head. He personally scammed me out of a dollar to "save the whales," and I've been intrigued ever since.
Professional Investor, I know my shit. I will put my year over year returns up against anyone's. So many "experts" here try to talk the talk but are morons along with their CNBC Jim Cramer style loser investing skills!
Brad Thomas is a research analyst and he currently writes weekly for Forbes and Seeking Alpha where he maintains research on many publicly-listed REITs. In addition, Thomas is the Senior Analyst at iREIT Forbes and Editor of the Forbes Real Estate Investor, a monthly subscription-based newsletter.
Thomas has also been featured in Forbes Magazine, Kiplinger’s, US News & World Report, Money, NPR, Institutional Investor, GlobeStreet, and Fox Business. He was the #1 contributing analyst on Seeking Alpha in 2014 (as ranked by TipRanks) and he is currently writing a book on the legendary investor Donald Trump.
Thomas has co-authored a book (The Intelligent REIT Investor) that is available on Amazon.
Thomas received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business/Economics from Presbyterian College where he played basketball. He resides in South Carolina with his wife and kids.
Just a small time private investor that is currently investing in oil & gas related energy names from Canada in order to generate dividends and income in case I ever get to retire. Still trying to find those monthly dividend payers for future income.
Semi-retired marketing and sales executive with a second career in the travel business. Actively invest an upper six digit portfolio in half a dozen mutual funds as well as a couple of stock brokerages accounts, most of it IRA. Primary goal is income with some appreciation potential.