I find the subject of investing fascinating. I first started my journey many years ago thinking I was investing while in fact I was mostly speculating, not knowing what I was really doing I lost time and money in that process until I finally understood the concept of growth and value. I hold a blend portfolio of growth and dividend stocks. I buy mainly undervalued DG stocks and undervalued Growth stocks. Buying great companies at great price is a joyful adventure for me.
Executive at a privately held materials science company engaged in the development of new materials for promising energy related applications. From the midwest (Go Blue!), but lucky enough to live in a nice climate today. Great family with three kids - when I'm not coaching or watching their numerous activities, enjoy surfing, mountain biking, and shooting. I've read much about investing over the years; I've always been a value investor, now getting into dividend growth strategy (2011). Areas where I have some modest expertise: auto industry, steel industry, plastics and injection molding, lithium ion batteries and related industries, material science research, start ups, and venture capital.
I buy and sell based on earnings potential and valuation looking out 5-10 years and have been actively investing for 15 years.
Here on SA, I've been following the ladies and gentlemen of the DG community as well as some of the more provocative writers- a balanced diet - since 2007.
In the public markets, I currently have approximately 50 positions across multiple portfolios with a goal to reduce this number to a more manageable 30-35 as I've gotten to "know" those positions that I'd like to deepen. I typically buy in thirds, slowly building a position while I get to know the company better. The majority of these holdings are individual equities (approx 85%) with a smattering of bonds and cash equivalents.
Because of the importance I ascribe to the importance of dividends as an indicator, 90% of equity positions pay a dividend. The remaining positions, approximately 10%, do not pay a dividend - these are PCLN, AMZN, LNKD, GILD and BRK.B and a few other very small speculative positions.
Ray 69 worked as a supplier of marketing goodies to the international pharma industry for his whole working life. Retired wealthy by taking candy from the dummies that populate the industry. Even now while they proclaim to know the big pharma model is bust they still haven't got the guts to make the radical jump into the new world
On October 31st, 2014, I retired. Turned in the keys to the company car, gave them my computer and my account lists and joined the ranks of those who "slipped off into the sunset." I never thought in retirement that I would be this busy. It's fun. Time with the grandkids, time to perfect my cooking skills, and time to travel and check off the things on my bucket list. I should have done this a long time ago.
Invest. Manage risk. Communicate. Educate yourself. Make profits. .
My name is Todd Johnson. I’m a family man, sports fiend, health nut, technology buff, long-time stock investor, and a very lucky mountain climber, all of which has shaped my philosophy as a professional investor for the last 30 years. As my interests might suggest, I am always looking for the upside while striving to minimize risks.
My new passion, which I have realized through DividendLab.com project, is helping other investors learn more about investing; investing in stocks and other assets that are subject to wide price swings can actually enhance their returns when the right investment strategy is applied. To that end, I read company 10k and 10q statements so they can skip them. I compile and analyze the market research that isn’t always at their fingertips. And I don’t make any investment recommendation without committing my own funds first, which is the purest form of accountability.
Always encouraging shareholders to remember that they are the boss. Studied investing since I was a child. Mowed lawns as a kid to earn money to buy stocks. Business degree in finance.
I'm a dividend growth investor in my mid 30s. I invested in poorly performing mutual funds in my 20s, but in the last couple of years have transitioned towards equities. Although the bulk of my stocks produce income, I also invest in stocks which are more oriented towards capital appreciation. Since I switched to a more entrepreneurial career, I'm hoping to live off my current dividends until I can get a reliable income stream going again. Think of me as a young retiree!