I started on investing around 1990/91 because co-worker was looking up stocks and said to me, "When you retire, you have no more income and wouldn't you rather be in the park feeding the pigeons by choice?" Commissions were $30 & I went to Charles Schwab to buy KO, PEP, AT&T & C. My father retired several years ago before dying & tried his hand at stocks. He made about $15k in one year and then said to me that he finally understood that I wasn't crazy and appreciated making money without actually working hard but for a few hours of research.
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09/30/98: Started newsletter Explore Portfolio with $100,000. By 12/31/18 that portfolio, with 60% stocks reached $903,451, a 12.1% APR. Better performance with far less risk than 100% in S&P500. ---------
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Starting as a summer intern in 1978, Kirk worked for 20 years as a scientist and engineer at Hewlett Packard's research and development department (R&D) designing solid state devices and components for optical communication. While he was at HP, Kirk invested ten to twenty percent per year of his salary. He made some mistakes early on (starting with paying high fees for "expert" advice that under performed) but soon he learned to invest his own money well enough to afford a life of "semi-retirement" to work for himself. In a way, since leaving HP in 1998, Kirk became his own "angel investor" using his his own money and investing success to finance his lifestyle in Los Altos, California to invest in a new career on the internet helping others do the same. More at http://kirklindstrom.com/About.html