I'm a retired individual investor. I retired at the end of 2013 after a 35 year career as a professor and research scientist at a major research university. So -- a career as a researcher and an educator, which is what I'd like to do here. Virtually every good teacher I've ever known says some version of "I learn more from teaching than my students do." There's a lot of truth in that, enough that there's an underlying selfish motivation for my writing here as I continue to learn about investing. My investing priorities are building and refining portfolios designed to provide income and capital growth: Income for my retirement needs, and capital growth for my estate. My investing interests are tax-advantaged income from a range of sources, portfolio strategies, information- and bio-technology, and strategic allocation. Why I Write for Seeking Alpha: I learned long ago that "writing is nature's way of letting you know how sloppy your thinking is." The line comes from a Guindon comic strip of many years ago. As an academic scientist I routinely published my research results. It's how I spent my working career, so it comes more or less naturally to me. It forces me to think about details I might otherwise overlook.Like all academics, I consider it an essential part of doing research. So, the writing I do here is as much for myself as for the reader. It also opens me to feedback from others who may draw quite different conclusions. As a research scientist I spent a career spanning four decades devoted to free exchange of information vetted by rigorous peer review. It's a concept I firmly believe in. So, I encourage and appreciate thoughtful comments, especially from those who disagree with me (although I will ignore obvious trolls and encourage others to do so as well). My Investment Philosophies and Strategies: I maintain two portfolios: one for income and one for growth. As I have passed the age where I have to take mandatory withdrawals from my IRAs,I have transitioned my taxable brokerage account to a nearly pure growth focus along with large holdings in tax-free municipal-bond CEFs. My goal for the IRA is to generate income to meet MRD levels. The remainder is held in a fairly defensive growth portfolio. I've reached a point where I'm more concerned about drawdowns than I am about beating the market. Finally, I've chosen to remain anonymous, which I feel obligated to address. First, I have no professional role in finance and nothing to sell, so there is no advantage to be gained by "making a name for myself' here. Second, I value my privacy and have kept my internet presence as low-key as my professional life allowed. But I do have a professional on-line presence which I'd prefer not to mix with my Seeking Alpha persona. I certainly want to avoid any possibility of some internet connection trying to track me down. Odds against that happening are, of course, outrageously long, but why take them on at all? Disclosures: I have no ties to the financial or security industries in any form. My interests are strictly personal. The banker part of the nym has absolutely no relationship to the profession of the same name. Readers should be aware that I am an investing novice, some might say dilettante, but when I write about something here, it's something that I have a personal financial stake in (perhaps a negative stake in that I'll tell you why I rejected it). I do not give advice; what I publish is much more in line with my research notebook. Anyone who finds anything of interest will necessarily want to do his or her complete research and due diligence. It would be foolish to rely on my conclusions without having done so.
I have finally come to the realization that being a long ball hitter in the market is just not what I am good at.( What is the adage --we grow to soon old and too late smart?)
New to dividend paying growth stocks.
Have short time frame to retirement--three years or so.
Just reached the fourscore mark, but still working
part time because the extra money comes in handy and
I like what do, teaching freshman college students
to write (or is it to think clearly?).
I have approximately 6 years until retirement with the expectation that I can pull it off at age 60. After a lot of research I am now changing my investment strategy to 3 pillars: 1/3 of the strategy to include dividend growth investing, 1/3 of the strategy to include growth stocks, and 1/3 of the strategy to include bonds. I can't go all in on any single strategy, I'm too conservative. So we will diversify via the three pillars and as well within each pillar. My DGI stocks are well known amongst the SA crowd so I won't go into any detail on them. My growth portfolio consists of multiple ETFs spread across different sectors: large cap (value and growth), small cap, mid cap, and foreign. Presently the bond pillar is in several ETFs that are short to medium in term length. I might consider adding a longer term bond fund once interest rates start rising.