I am a busy surgeon with a particular interest in personal finance and investing. My father, a retired financial advisor, taught me discipline and the power of dividends and compound interest. I do not feel it is necessary to employ expensive, self-motivated brokers or managers to invest one's money.
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Hong Kong SFC licensed professional in investment advisory and asset management. Over 35 years combined experience in investment banking and fund management business, specialising in Hong Kong/China as well as Asia ex-Japan equity
Independent retail investor. Interested mainly in acquiring solid DGI stocks for the long term, employing a smaller portion of funds to higher risk/yield securities. Occasionally employ options to enhance returns or manage risk.
I plan to retire this year after working many years as an engineer in the Oil and Gas industry. I am currently focusing on optimizing my investment income for retirement.
I have several accounts to manage, including: a 401-K from my current employer which has limited choices and, with retirement imminent, is presently very conservatively invested; a self-invested traditional IRA; and my Roth IRA which has been built up through conversions from the traditional IRA over the past few years. Taxes on the conversions have been substantial, but mostly have been paid out-of-pocket.
I now have a tax free income stream from the Roth equal to my Social security payments at retirement, sufficient for "spendable" income equal to my current salary, with the understanding that about 1/4 of my salary currently goes to savings and when I stop saving and start spending, I will have the same disposable income.
I think of the Roth IRA as an income engine, powered by leveraged ETNs such as MORL, DVHL, BDCL, SMHD, and LMLP in more or less equal weights. If all goes as planned, the Roth will provide sufficient monthly earnings income, while conservative core holdings in the IRA and 401-K funds drop down earnings income through Roth conversions. These taxed funds will provide supplemental income that will in part be used to fund a growing tax free income stream from the Roth. The traditional funds will not distribute capital, only earnings each year, and will function as a life insurance policy / emergency fund to be used if needed.