I am currently retired after many years as a software product development manager. I purchased my first shares of stock while in the sixth grade. I have followed investments ever since, though I took a few decades off while raising 7 children. I considered hiring a financial consultant to manage my investments, but found that I need to have total control of my investments. I look at long term trends in business and politics and invest accordingly. I am a degreed electrical engineer, not a financial planner, so use my content as input, but use your own research and due diligence before making any investment decisions.