I retired from elementary school teaching in May, 2011. Today I'm an avid low desert gardener, researching varieties of peaches, plums, pears, apples and tomatoes that can survive and produce fruit in Arizona's 105˚+ summer heat. Now I'm researching dividend growth investing to find ways that invested savings can yield dividends the way orchards and gardens yield fruit. The real question is whether a beginner can successfully select stocks with dividends that can survive the ups and downs of today's economy. To find out, I rolled my tiny 403(b) over into an IRA and bought my first shares of MCD in May 2012. July, 2013: I've sold most of the mutual funds in my IRA and invested the proceeds into dividend paying stocks: AAPL, INTC, MCD, PAYX, ABT, JNJ, AEP, PEG, CAT, COP, PG, GIS, KO, O, AFL, NSRGY, ABBV, and KRFT. The one year total return is a tad above 6%, the dividend yield is about 3.3%, and the portfolio's Beta is 0.7 In the garden, I'm trying to grow three varieties of blackberries, two papaya seedlings, a pummelo seedling, tromboncino squash, and miniature butternut squash vines.
Current vocation - low-level retail management (auto parts). College educated (English, math, CIS), oddly enough. Married, father of one. I am a DRIP investor only, and no longer 'trade'. Almost completely out of the market due to a entrepreneurial venture me and the love of my life are undertaking. What I've learned from 20+ years of investing is that there are few forces in the universe as powerful as compounding. That is the train I plan to ride to easy street.
Hobbies include carpentry (general construction all the way to finish work), computers, spreadsheeting (just about everything!), gardening, "fixing stuff", and doting on my wife.
Two dogs - a lab/rott mix, and a Karelian Bear Dog.
Love Tennessee after spending most of our lives in WI/IL. Never going back!
I am retired and live in San Francisco’s quaint Sunnyside neighborhood; I live just five short blocks from San Francisco’s only wilderness park: the world renowned Glen Canyon Park!
My investment approach is based on my belief that the US economy is transitioning from a currency based economic system to an earnings/wealth creation based economic system.
I think we are now in the middle stages of this transition: the dollar is still used as global legal tender, but there is vocal group of central bankers advocating changing the global currency system. And indeed, even among our friends, the dollar is losing its luster as a global tender. Our ongoing budget deficits, our ongoing trade deficits, and our ongoing commitment to deficit financing to finance whatever. Our policy wonks decisions makes many conclude that we are no longer in control of our money supply! Can we control expenses? The end will come because we cannot stop printing more money to pay for things;, our expenses must be paid for through revenues, not credit.
The only questions is how and when the end will occur: I think the global currency system will change quickly, with the dollar users simply abandoning the dollar: they will wake up one morning and decide it is no longer prudent to use the dollar as global legal tender. I think there is a strong possibility that the dollar users will abandonment the dollar in panic, like how the Dutch tulip traders abandon their stockpile of tulips, they woke up one fine morning and understood that the tulip is a beautiful flower but not worth the money they paid for it. Panic ensued, with tulip holders trying to sell their tulip stockpile for any price!
I doubt that the dollar abandonment (or the euro, the Yen, or other national currencies used as global legal tender) will occur slowly, simply because the last ones to unload their dollar holding will lose money big time.
So my thinking is that the global currency system will change suddenly, with both domestic and foreign dollar holders taking a loss, with the foreign dollar holders taking the biggest loss.
I pray that the global community will see this currency upheaval as an opportunity to work together to develop a global currency system that is fair and equitable to all players.
Gene lives in the second degree, nothing much he says should be taken at face value. He studied economics and international finance at NYU-Stern, and has worked in the banking and media sectors, mostly outside the US. A fervent Buddhist, he hopes to be reincarnated as sharon stone’s bicycle seat.
just turned 60. retired at 55. investing since 1980.. mentor young people financially to get them started on the right foot. value investor. learned from michael price.favorite people to have lunch with-- michael price, cramer and rick santelli.
Evaluation of the dominant assumptions and an understanding of the dynamics of the economic engine is the basis of an approach to asset allocation that provides for both a rational determination of value and an understanding of sentiment in the form of price as a measure of the irrational nature of the operational environment, an approach that is intended at once to avoid unnecessary risk while at the same time enable gradual rebalance of assets as a means to increase net worth via optimization of appreciation and long term yields. Let's call that buy low and fly high just for fun.
I live in beautiful British Columbia! As an outdoor enthusiast raised by an uncle and a father who were avid BC outdoors people, BC is a perfect home for myself. My uncle a geologist travelled around the province for his work, and sometimes took an excited me with him, to go on adventures! He had a great regard for geology, investing, sustainable resource development, was involved in the development and success of several British Columbia mining projects and he loved and admired BC wildlife! A percentage of his capital gains he donated to wildlife rehabilitation centres throughout BC, a tradition I continue. He had a marvellous collection of wildlife photos, including photos of very shy/elusive, gorgeous animals such as the lynx. Today I continue his tradition of donating some of my investment proceeds, for wildlife conservation/rehab ie. injured animals or for instance orphaned bear cubs from sports hunting, which is primarily hunting animals for fun (it is illegal in several nations i.e. Kenya, Botswana, Costa Rica...) not sustenance. In my spare time I actively research companies seeking value added opportunities in well managed companies with growing EPS, whose management is shareholder friendly, ie. dividends but also invests in innovation and R&D for future growth. I also consider sustainability practices such as in house recycling and other responsible/progressive practices. I studied economics and environmental science at Simon Fraser Univ. and have worked in venture capital lending for new technology start-ups in BC. Due to a personal commitment to ongoing learning I often upgrade my work skills, take more courses ect... and personal development workshops. I like to inspire others to do the same. I like researching and the due diligence process of selecting stocks to trade/invest in however I do have a very focused outlook on long-term profitability and dividend growth. I hold or have held shares in Apple, Hains, Micron, Lennar, Delta Airways, Wells Fargo, Whole Foods and many others. Financial health is important but so is physical/emotional health to overall wellness, so please all remember to exercise regularly it is fun, eat healthy, and drink lots of water. When you are healthier your cognition improves, ie. exercise increases blood and oxygen flow to the brain key for clear thinking. The key is research, facts and learning from other people such as other traders and investors on Seeking Alpha. All the best! Erica Denison
I'm an Independent investor with a passion for equity research. I'm usually long term minded, but occasionally engage in short term trades.
My trading style focuses primarily on fundamentals, with short term technicals occasionally commanding my attention. I believe that making money in the market requires forward thinking investment objectives, patience, confidence, and a trading ethic that embraces the opportunities presented by short term downtrends.
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