I am a 40 year old meat cutter/ trophy husband from Kansas. I am trying to learn as much as possible about investing and my ultimate goal is to retire at the age of 55. I tend to buy large cap companies with good dividends and my hope is to generate enough dividend income to fund our retirement. My wife and I have been debt free since 2006, (including our mortgage) which we are very proud of. When most Americans were running up credit cards and buying gas hogging suv's, we were pinching pennies and buying a hybrid. I don't have any friends or family that are interested in investing to bounce ideas off of so it has been hard for me to know if I am headed in the right direction. I have been learning a lot from a select few people on Seeking Alpha and have changed my investing style because of them.
My hobby is investing in stocks and options. I manage DivGro, a portfolio of dividend growth stocks created in January 2013. The primary goal of DivGro is to generate a reliable and growing dividend income stream. I use options to boost dividend income, primarily covered calls but also uncovered puts. My blog hosts a live and public spreadsheet with full details of DivGro so that readers can follow my investment journey. I write articles about dividend growth investing, options trading, investment decisions, stock selection, portfolio management, and passive income generation. I generate active income as an effects artist at a well-known animation studio in the Bay Area.
I am a Civil Engineer, who is married with three kids under the age of 5. In early 2013 I took a more active role in managing my IRA for retirement and decided to publicly share my experiences in building the portfolio. My hope is to provide a positive example for other young do-it-yourself investors as they save for retirement on a limited budget.
My interest in investing mostly began in 2005 when I started up an investment club with a few friends from college and has accelerated as I've been reading and learning along the way. Since then, investing and the stock market has become a passion and favorite hobby and I've enjoyed writing about stocks and sharing ideas I have here on Seeking Alpha.
My investing goals are to build a nest egg for retirement and fund college education accounts for my kids. I invest mainly in dividend paying stocks that have shown a history of consistent growth in earnings and dividend payouts.
I am a cat. I invest so I can retire early to focus on my passions of sitting around all day and chasing laser pointers. I wouldn't read too much into what I say.
Although, even a cat is smart enough to avoid Amazon with a PE (ttm) of 873.40, the 3D printing stock bubble, etc., when there are perfectly profitable multi-billion dollar companies with either reasonable price/earnings ratios or growth catalysts. I love catnip as much as the next cat, but that doesn't mean catnip is the best investment option available. That would be dog pounds.
If you aren't already, I strongly recommend following:
* BDC Buzz
* Brad Thomas
* Bret Jensen
* Chris DeMuth, Jr.
* DAG Investments
* Russ Fischer
Dividend Growth Investing:
* Chuck Carnevale
* David Fish
* Regarded Solutions
* Cam Hui
* Lance Brofman
SeekingAlpha has a wealth of information available if you're willing to do the work.
I follow earnings reports and market news to help identify opportunities in the market.
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I am a retired civil servant whose success in life can best be described by the fact that I retired at 55 thinking I was open to double dip my way to wealth. After, retiring I gave myself a year off before going to seek my new career. I learned that this wonderful thing called the internet provided me with online trading for long term investments as well as access to the love of my life short term investments in the most magnificent of animals the thoroughbred race horse. This will explain the gambling references in a lot of my commentary. Having no college degree should not diminish ones thoughts of my abilities as I left the government as a gs-13 manager and would have been in line for the gs-14 had I remained. Oh yes, I forgot the point which is I never did need or seek the second dip.
I do not have a formal college degree as after 5 years of college in which I was extremely misguided from middle school on and 4 changes of majors I decided it was easier and necessary to seek employment instead of the degree. Don't let this confuse you though as many of those college credits are in the field of economics under some pretty savvy professors.
My retirement was based on my life experiences of fair interest and dividends on my hard worked for nest egg. Due to god awful performance by all levels of our elected officials and the current economic policy to screw the retired savers in favor of bailing out the irresponsible bankers from the highest stakes poker game ever with taxpayer money I find myself constantly monitoring and trying to protect my nest egg. Therefore the best answer to my market investment interest is survival.
At the present time I am extremely anti Wall Street based on the many stocks I have owned which over pay management while shanking share holders. It was bad enough having stocks that went sideways for years with no dividend increase and it got even worse when the shareholders had to suffer value losses due to the many law suits against the overpaid executives. (Isn't this a wonderful world in which they cheat and you pay) Throw in the Marie Antoinette attitude (Let them eat cake) you can readily hear directly from such management on the FOX saturday business block and it is very difficult to put my hard earned money into the hands of these idiots.
Eli Inkrot is a writer. Check out his website: thecurrencyoftime.com, his articles here on Seeking Alpha or his book - "You Don't Have A Money Problem" - on Amazon.com.
Additionally, here is a quick bio:
Eli has held the title of Vice President and Portfolio Manager at EDMP Inc. - a money management firm - along with Vice President for F.A.S.T. Graphs - a financial software company.
Prior to that, he began his investment career as an analyst in private real estate for a public pension fund. During his time in real estate he was the lead for a variety of accounts with net asset values totaling nearly two billion dollars. Eli received a Master’s in Finance from the University of Tampa where he earned “highest honors” whilst receiving the distinction of being named the “most outstanding graduate student.” He also holds undergraduate degrees in both Economics and Business Administration from Otterbein University, graduating “magna cum laude” with distinct honors in each major. During his tenure at Otterbein, Eli was a member of the varsity golf team, held the departmental Senator position for Business, Economics and Accounting and studied abroad in the Netherlands.
I am twenty-something investor who has a great interest in Dividend Growth Investing. Currently I am in the process of rebalancing my portfolio to more of a DGI approach. I began investing (admittingly foolish investing) when I was 20 and have learned so much in a short span of five years. I hope to bring a fresh take to the DGI contributor scene in the future as most contributors steer their work toward the baby boom and Gen X SA readers.
I enjoy reading articles written by DVK, Chuck Carnevale, RAS, RS, Bob Wells and all the others I am following. I truly appreciate the articles written by the younger SA contributors such as Tim McAleenan, Eli Inkrot and DGM.
Doug Meeks is a Registered Investment Advisor in Plano, Texas. He is the Principal Advisor for Pier LLC, an investment management company. The focus at Pier is to build and manage income-producing portfolios for our clients. We provide individual service to those who are inclined to see their money working for them. Growth and income do not have to be different parts of your portfolio.
Founder and publisher of Mr. Free at 33. Founder of Dividend Mantra. Writer, investor, entrepreneur, introvert, pragmatist, fitness enthusiast, minimalist, humanist, philosopher, urbanist, frugalist, philanthropist.
I'm a Nifty-Fifties individual investor with about 10 years before I decide whether to retire.
I've been in the market in one form or another for over 30 years. Spent the first 20-something years chasing growth stocks but got tired of the constant watching of my holdings and timing buys and sells. I tried the Modern Portfolio Theory, balancing my investment between many classes of investments, but never felt I had much control nor made the progress I wanted. Did the "tech bubble" thing following the hot Internet stocks and lost quite a bit of money. I've commented here about riding MSFT, CSCO and others down to a nice loss in the 2001 recession. Then I found Seeking Alpha and the dividend growth investing concept. I've finished working on rebuilding my portfolio with a dividend income stream and now am content to monitoring it, make adjustments as cash is available and watching the dividend checks coming in. Going forward, I'll just adjust here & there to keep advancing my portfolio income stream. Now I am helping my wife build her retirement portfolio and her dividend income stream. Maintaining Grandma's portfolio has been added as another task on the "HoneyDo" list.
I write here on Seeking Alpha for several reasons:
1.) We are not blessed with high incomes yet I've been able to build an income stream that will help us through retirement. My goal is to encourage others of modest means like us to take the steps necessary to build a portfolio for retirement.
2.) Writing forces me to take an analytical approach to research using the methods I find agree with my learning style. It's been said that "there are many ways to skin a cat" so if my analysis methods don't help you, I'm sure there are other authors that may. If something I discuss helps you in the decision making process, I'm glad I could help.
3.) Getting constructive feedback tempers any unwarranted enthusiasm when I analyze a company. Seeking Alpha has plenty of educated investors willing to share their opinions and makes me rethink my theses.
I get frustrated adding "me too" comments with nothing useful to add to the really great authors' articles and comments so I'll offer my appreciation here (in no particular order) to Chuck Carnevale, Bob Wells, Jeff Paul, David Fish, David Crosetti, David Van Knapp, Tim McAleenan, Eddie Herring, chowder, Bob Johnson, Robert Allan Schwartz, Dividends4Life and Norman Tweed. I thought I'd keep adding names here but, after reading a lot here, I've found comments from many that helped shape my thinking, taught me a thing or two or clarified something. So, the above list were the major authors that have influenced my investing philosophy but there are many more that write or add a comment or two that I appreciate. Thank you too.
It's been quite a journey the past six years as I've learned about stocks, technical analysis, swing trading, dividend growth investing, and now options. For 17 years, I home educated our children and tutored, while my husband supported the family. Once I worked myself out of that job, I had to decide what I should be when I grow up. Without a useful degree, my income is minimal, but I really enjoy my part-time jobs. I have used my jobs as a learning tool more than an income tool and they have been very profitable. I focus the rest of my time making my husband's income the most useful it can be, and managing our home. I enjoy playing with bookkeeping, finance, investments, taxes, and strive to be the best steward of all the resources (time, energy, health, family, money, stuff) we have. The only purpose of my investing was to be able to afford to retire at a normal, reasonable age and hopefully to live off the dividends from those investments without needing to spend down the principal. As health concerns are forcing us to consider earlier retirement, the portfolio income may be needed at anytime. This does not worry me, it just changes the trajectory of the portfolio. I am very thankful for the gentle start into investing and am excited by what might happen in the future. I’m so glad this website was recommended to me and I genuinely appreciate the contributors and their comments here and the growth that has happened through participation on the forum. In case you're wondering about 'inzkeeper', I formerly managed an inn and the email moniker has stuck with me over the years.
I spend most of my time reading through annual reports looking for a small-cap stock to feature in my monthly edition of "The Conservative Investor Digest." That is where you can find my best work, and that is where I focus my research. You can become a subscriber here: https://gumroad.com/l/HmqJx
I run the long-term investing website "The Conservative Income Investor" which can be found at: www.theconservativeincomeinvestor.com
First, the good stuff. Here's my portfolio ...
Consumer Discretionary: MCD, NKE, SBUX, TGT
Consumer Staples: COST, CVS, GIS, KHC, KO, MO, PEP, PG, PM, RAI, WBA
Energy: CVX, KMI, XOM
Health: ABBV, AMGN, GILD, JNJ, MCK
Industrial: BA, LMT, MMM
REITs: HCN, NNN, O, OHI, VTR
Technology: AAPL, MSFT, QCOM
Telecom: BCE, T, TU, VZ
Utilities: AVA, D, SCG, SO, WEC
ALSO: small stakes in 25 additional companies held in the Dividend Growth 50 portfolio (http://seekingalpha.com/article/2764265-its-new-its-nifty-its-the-dividend-growth-50): ADP, AFL, BAX, BDX, CAT, CL, CLX, COP, DE, EMR, GE, GPC, HCP, HSY, IBM, KMB, MKC, NEE, QCP, SHPG, SJM, UTX, V, WFC, WMT.
Now, a little about me:
I am a 50-something former sportswriter who was sent on a permanent vacation during the Great Recession. That sucked, but my story is not a sad one. Unlike many folks who lost their jobs, I am not in financial distress, I am not depressed and I am not bored.
My wife is a pediatric nurse with a bullet-proof job and decent benefits. So after supporting her and our two kids (now grown) for most of three decades, the least she can do is support my semi-retired keister!
Because of Roberta's job situation, because we have zero debt (not even mortgage debt), because we no longer have any dependents and because we have been pretty diligent savers over the years, we are comfortable (though nowhere near rich).
Although we hold some funds, bonds and cash, my investing philosophy leans heavily toward Dividend Growth Investing. By early next decade, we want to live entirely off of our income stream, Social Security and pension payments - and therefore will not have to spend down the principal one iota. To accomplish this, we invest mostly in blue-chip companies with long track records of growing dividends. As of mid-2016, we are well ahead of pace to reach our goal.
When not researching investments and writing for Seeking Alpha and other Web sites, I coach middle-school girls basketball at Metrolina Regional Scholars Academy, the top charter school in the Charlotte metro area; in March 2016, we won the first conference championship in school history! I also umpire youth baseball and referee youth basketball.
My wife and I dote on our 5-year-old pup, Simmie, and keep up on the doings of our now-grown kids, Katie and Ben. And we love to cheer on the basketball team of our alma mater, Marquette University, where we both majored in Journalism. Go Warriors! Also big fans of the Carolina Panthers.
I still occasionally post to the blog I initiated in 2007 -- lots of sports stuff, some politics, some personal junk -- at www.TheBaldestTruth.com.
Individual investor interested in dividend growth stocks and building an income producing portfolio to cover my yearly expenses. Also, interested in minimizing my expenses by practicing frugality, carefully planning my spending, and staying debt free.
Dr. Price writes about stocks, options, and the financial markets every weekday on Real Money Pro, a subscription site at The Street, and here, with Arrow Loop Partners at Seeking Alpha.
Paul has been a speaker at the International Traders Expo in New York City and the Options and Forex Expo in Las Vegas. He also gives investment seminars for subscribers of The Street's multiple subscription sites.
Dr. Price is also a featured contributor for Guru Focus.com, and here on Seeking Alpha.
Retired Project Manager - 38 years with a national utility. Married 38 years and have 3 wonderful kids. USAF Veteran. Investing primarily in solid dividend paying companies with focus to generate income, capital appreciation is of secondary concern but still important.
As an SA Contributor I write about dividend investing general principles and strategies. I'll also write about concepts that apply across the investment spectrum but my focus is generally directed to dividend paying companies.
I tend to be conservative in investing approach. I invest and trade so as to increase my "discretionary" income. I live off my retirement pension and want to increase my account to provide additional income in future years. I'm 63 but haven't made a determination as to when I'll start using the additional income, preferring to remain flexible.
As a side note the profile picture is not me, it's my great grand-dad who was born in 1833, fought in the Civil War, fathered 11 children (the last one born when he was 67), worked hard as a farmer to take care of them, and died in 1910. I use it as inspiration to remind myself not to get lazy. I am fortunate to have been raised by great parents who set a great example for work ethic and taught me that we can accomplish much if we're willing to apply ourselves. That's why I invest my own money rather than depending on someone else.
F.A.S.T. Graphs™ is a powerful research tool providing “essential fundamentals at a glance” on over 17,000 symbols. F.A.S.T. Graphs™ empowers the user to research stocks deeper and faster by allowing them to exploit the undeniable relationship and functional correlation between long-term earnings growth and market price. Warren Buffett, the greatest capital allocator of all time, said; “there are only two things that investor needs to know; how to value a company and how to think about stock prices.” With the F.A.S.T. Graphs™ at their disposal, users are able to perform both of these critical tasks… FAST. F.A.S.T. is an acronym for Fundamentals Analyzer Software Tool that takes all the hours of manual graphing of business fundamentals and reduces it to seconds, giving you critical information in an instant. With one glance you know a lot about the business you are graphing and its past, present and future value. F.A.S.T. Graphs™ should be the first step in every research project. Each graph is worth 1,000 words in describing a company’s growth, consistency and valuation.
I just recently caught the investing bug and started taking an active interest in my (presently meager) portfolio in October, 2011. Turns out I'm not too bad at making my own picks, and I really enjoy doing my own research. So far my picks have significantly outperformed those of my high-priced broker (by about 10X). I've only got about 17 years left before I'll have to retire, and I've gotta get a move on if I want to enjoy my Golden Years and not end up having to work as a WalMart greeter on the graveyard shift. Seeking Alpha and The Motley Fool have helped me learn a great deal in a short period of time, but I've got a long way to go. I'm currently focused on building a portfolio of solid, stable dividend growth ... More stocks, with some pure growth (speculative) positions thrown in. At present I have 30 positions that yield an average of 5.3% in dividends. I'm hoping to learn more about options and save enough on the side so I can start playing with trading options; I'm looking forward to actively managing my portfolio in my retirement, and want to get really good at it before then.
Bob is retired from a career in law enforcement including more than 20 years as an instructor of Investigative Interviewing. He is a Dividend Growth investor using dividend yield from low beta stocks for income and preservation of capital. Bob has self managed his portfolio since early in 2011. He hopes to encourage discussion among those already in retirement and receiving income from their portfolios.
My curent portfolio is available here:
I believe that everyone needs a portfolio business plan.
Here's a copy of ours:: http://seekingalpha.com/article/2426965-our-retirement-portfolio-business-plan-legacy-edition-part-two
A list of Dividend Growth Safety Superstars for the past decade is available here: http://seekingalpha.com/article/2255863-a-review-of-the-dividend-safety-superstars
I am an individual investor and the author of seven eBooks on dividend growth investing. I try to help self-directed individual investors profit from stock investing. I contribute articles and studies to both Seeking Alpha and Daily Trade Alert. I hold an undergraduate degree in physics from Holy Cross College and a JD from Georgetown University. My wife Sue and I live in beautiful Canandaigua, NY.
Dave Fish is Executive Editor for The Moneypaper and co-manager (since 1999) of the MP 63 Fund (Symbol: DRIPX), a fund that invests exclusively in companies that offer Direct Investment (or Dividend Reinvestment) Plans. He is also the author of the U.S. Dividend Champions spreadsheet (and PDF), which is updated at the end of each month...and lists companies that have increased their dividend payout for at least 25 consecutive years. (Separate tabs list "Contenders" that have increased their payouts for 10-24 years and "Challengers" that have increased their payouts for 5-9 years.) http://dripinvesting.org/Tools/Tools.asp
Retiree interested in stocks and financial instruments, especially dividend producing stocks. In the 20th century, I was an electrical engineer with Dominion Resources. I use a dividend growth investment style. Quick rules of thumb for complex questions, like fair value p/e using the Gordon model, price = growth and total liabilities/total assets ratio for leverage calculations provide a starting point for my investment decisions. As a retiree, preservation of capital is paramount.
On October 31st, 2014, I retired. Turned in the keys to the company car, gave them my computer and my account lists and joined the ranks of those who "slipped off into the sunset." I never thought in retirement that I would be this busy. It's fun. Time with the grandkids, time to perfect my cooking skills, and time to travel and check off the things on my bucket list. I should have done this a long time ago.