25-year veteran of the stock market and self-taught on most financial topics. Classically trained as an engineer, but ended up in management. Retired early to focus on investments. I lean toward value investing with an emphasis on dividends and dividend growth. I manage my own portfolio and I also assist / coach several family members and friends with their individual holdings.
I am a new member to SA. As some of you, I am struggling to find a way to invest for my retirement. I learned a lot from this site. Now I am focus on the articles and advise on retirement saving. When I was 30, I used to say I could tolerate RISK and always picked up aggressive portfolio from banks mutual fund. Now I am 50, I found out that I did not make much money, and my money just like roller coaster. I realize now that I could not tolerate any loss. That is why I joined this site and mainly focus on value investment. My first goal is no loss, with 5% return. Why 5%, according the the assessment done by financial adviser from bank, if I can get 5% return with my current asset and same amount of contribution, then I can retire with 60% of current income.
I like Regarded solutions and Larry Smith for their idea of dividend growth investment.
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.
I suspect that most preferred income investors are conservative by nature. I am. I don't believe I have any special talent or gift for trading, a crystal ball, or any access to insider information. Consequently, I have little expectation of prospering by consistently buying low and selling high. In fact, prior to becoming a fixed income investor, my trading history boasted the opposite, buying high and selling low. Tis sad but true, over those years, I've given more to the market than I've taken from it. However, that's yesterday's news, and of no real interest. Of importance is that I'm patient, analytical, organized, pretty good at math, and always looking for that angle, strategy, or edge to help guarantee my market success. The Art & Science of Preferred Dividend Investing details my history, education and growth as a preferred investor and the lessons I learned along the way. I want to share that knowledge by introducing you to this effective, profitable, and safe way to invest in preferred equities.