I am a mid Forties Canadian. Like most I am looking to provide for myself and family when it comes time to retire. I have been investing for a couple of years now, played with options, chased some of the hot stocks of the time - rare earth minerals etc; but have since come to know myself, more importantly i have learned what type of investing works best for myself. My goals at this point are to create a stable income providing portfolio, and to grow it to the point where will have a comfortable reitirement. Trying to learn about how to achive the above goal is why I am on this site as much as I am.