I have always been a worker and a saver. In 2008, at age 21, I moved my savings out of CDs and started dabbling in the stock market. After opening up an account, setting up my ACH relationship, and making a deposit, the money cleared on a particular Thursday late in November 2008. I made a couple of buys that day that still anchor my portfolio. I enjoy investing on a lot of different levels, and have been able to help family members and friends begin investing for themselves. My investing strategy focuses on total return, and minimizing costs along the way. My portfolio consists of mostly dividend growth-type companies, but once again I focus on total return prospects in all of my purchases.