I'm a retired individual investor. I look for investments that pay dividends. I tend to buy and hold a stock as long as it doesn't cut the dividend. Sometimes, rarely, I might buy a stock that doesn't pay dividends just to take a profit if I'm convinced the price will run up in a short time or if it is an IPO that will soon pay a dividend. I retired in 2015 at 62.I believe research is paramount! Long: HCP, PG, GE, GOOD, MAIN, T, VZ, CMS, O, PEG, COP, ED, OHI, VTR, STAG, WFC.