A native Floridian who is retired and spends his time reading newspapers, magazines, playing with his Macs, gardening and doing very little that is truly useful. I have always had a broad interest in a wide variety of areas. I've always had an interest in investing. Up until a few years ago, my investments were mainly in mutual funds, ETFs, Apple and a few other companies.
I'm retired, and so is my spouse. I spent my career in computers & software; she, in health care and pharma. We were pretty much in mutual funds in our IRAs/401-K, and got hosed in the great recession sell-off.
Started buying dividend stocks, and got hosed again by DOW, Phizer, BOA, GE dividend cuts and the great BP debacle. Also learned about "high dividend foreign stocks" with German nuclear utilities, French telecom, and Veolia.
Got a little smarter (maybe) with MLPs, REITs, bonds I would hold to maturity if they didn't get called. Still holding Joel Tillinghast and Will Danoff funds, which I harvest when they are up 20%. Bought a bit of Doubleline and Pimco which are throwing off monthly income.
The funds are the only assets that represent more than 2% of our holding.
Let's see, Veteran (Vietnam era), Commercial Artist, picture framer, industrial engineer & corporate executive (once upon a time), small business owner and operator, Ayn Rand fan, Libertarian (and no, its not a synonym for "Republican" or "Conservative"), and history buff. Serious investor, I need to earn money from my assets, and I'm of the age where I pull money out to help put food on the table. I like to fish, but just as with my investing, I am a "meat fisherman", I only kill what I plan to consume.