52, trying to save for retirement, college for teenager, and a few fun family activities. Long many of the usual suspects (GIS, DUK, HSY, MMM, CMI, SO, GE, CVS, WAG, among others) and trying to increase savings. Burned by BAC, TYC, and GE and a couple of others while chasing yield; still smarting but learned from those hard lessons and doing much better now. Finally off the mutual fund racket except for a 401k that doesn't allow investment in individual stocks. Firm believer in buying and holding and DGI. No options.
Light trader interested in dividend growth stocks. I own every S&P dividend aristocrat, and then some. The aristocrats form the foundation. I have ownership of more companies that I have placed on that foundation. I have several general rules about stocks. Rule #1: Do not buy a stock to sell it. Rule 2: Do not sell a stock you bought. Rule 3: If I am unsure if I should sell a stock, see Rules 1 & 2. Rule 4: If I really am going to sell a stock (fundamentals change, dividend frozen or cut, etc.,), then just sell it and do not look back. Rule 5: no foreign tax withholding (I do not want the money back later, I want it re-investing now, There are plenty of US and British dividend companies) and Rule 6: drip. drip. drip.