Individual investor focused on long term investments in proven companies that pay increasing dividends. Particular interest in companies with enduring brands capable of withstanding economic ebbs and flows. Primary objective with investments is steady accumulation of wealth for the long term security of my family.
Background: 30+ years with Coca-Cola including roles at most every level of the company... Was able to see the company from every perspective, bottom to top. Those experiences have left me with a very positive bias towards this company...one for which I do not apologize... the company earned it.
Top Holdings: KO, BDX ,WFC, JNJ, XOM, BUD, MMM, CVX, MCD, IBM, NSRGY, K, DEO, KMI, COP, GIS, PG, AXP
Retired and interested in learning more on investing. Although I am not intelligent and educated enough to do stock analyses, one thing I can do: find people who are smarter than me and go after them. Lucky to have found some of you guys here who I follow! I am so sad that I haven't found you earlier in my life: I only have 10+ years to compound and grow! Until then (and after that) I will persue my personal interests: fitness (walking, running, mountain bike) and music: Mike Oldfield and Vivaldi. And build a foundation using gold, silver and costly stones that survive the fire, i.e doing things that has eternal value each day.Investing strategy: 1. Excellent company 2. High yield 3. Dividend growth 4. DRIP 5. Hold
Tortoise #1 retired as a salesman in the Food Industry in January 1998 and became a full-time investor with the goal of generating more income from our investments. As I studied the stocks that we had owned for 20, 25, 30 & 35 years, I saw a correlation between the increasing dividends and the higher prices of the underlying stocks! And, this correlation has continued with the Dividend-Growth stocks that we have added since 1998.
Now 88 years old and married to Mrs.Tortoise for 65 years come 10/01/2014, our steady and growing dividend income has allowed us to live comfortably in retirement.
I read something years ago that I want to share with all of you who are preparing for a financially secure retirement: The purpose of this preparation is not to be rich although that certainly would be desirable. The realistic purpose is not to be poor as we approach and enter a long retirement!
I try to carefully trade weekly & monthly stock options with expertise in mining companies & traditional manufacturers. Speak & write fluent Portuguese and speak good Spanish. Resided twice in Brazil and once on Guam Island. Employed at the same large foreign-owned Distribution Center the past 15 years & completely 100% Pro-NAFTA. Smart individual investing is the preferred solution to improving one's economic future, as opposed to vast & vague government handouts. Seeking Alpha is the #1 best financial blog because of honest opinions & superb organization.