Retired for 7 years, AAPL Long for 15+ years. All trust and IRA accounts for my wife and myself are 100% invested in AAPL and have been for the past 10-12 years.
Thanks to Apple restarting the dividend program in August of 2012, our current yearly AAPL dividends > 2X(my pension+wife's pension+my Social Security). In the 3+ years that Apple has been paying dividends, that's amounted to a total of $1,320,696.82.
The only AAPL shares we sell are to meet RMD requirements of my IRAs or for travel, etc.
Note: The photo was taken a few years ago (late '40's)
I have worked for almost 30 years in the custody end of financial services in the Midwest USA. My interests are personal investing to earn income and prepare for retirement and more contribution to the church and society.
I look for companies with average or high earnings growth and try to buy them at a discount their fair value or their growth rate. I look at earnings growth first, then PE compared to historic norms and peers, analysts earnings estimates, rev growth, debt, outstanding shares, and dividend info if the company pays one.
MSFT, AFL, CTSH, IBM, DTV, ORCL, BRLI, CA, ESRX, EBAY, QCOM, JAZZ, PRU, BBBY, HII, ARRS, NXPI, and several others.
401K: 60% FDGRX, 20% FDIVX, 20% FFFAX
I also follow about 60 dividend growth stocks but don't buy into the idea of building an income stream instead of focusing on total return. Beta doesn't equal risk to me. It is opportunity. I plan to continue investing for total return until I get closer to retirement and then switch to a dividend growth plan.
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