I've been working since I was 16, and only began to learn how to handle money in my mid 30's. Went from in-debt, to no-debt, to investment for growth, and now also for income. Money, the storehouse of work effort, has two jobs: To be exchanged for needs and wants, and as the bricks and mortar in building a permanent income stream. I am satisfied with the results of my efforts at present, being invested in a variety of blue-chips, REITs, and MLPs.
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Animal lover, all income from Seeking Alpha goes to my local Adams County SPCA.
I am the big 60. As a young man, construction worker on the bonus system, working 54 to 60 hours a week. Later a desk job. Allowed my wife to stay home for ten years and raise our daughters, then talked her into LPN nursing school. First home 1975. Paid for 1979. Bought 16 acres of bliss 1980. Could afford to self build my own house 1987. Wife went to work 1990. Debt free 1991 @ 37. Two daughters to college 1997 and 2001, all paid for in cash. Retired @ 49 for fifteen months. Not enough peace of mind, got my old job back, worked another three years, and called it quits for good at 54.
Barefoot in my BIG garden, a very good day. "A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and gets to bed at night, and in between he does what he wants to do."
― Bob Dylan
First fund in 1991. First stock 1993. Sold all funds in 1994. Always on my own. "Nobody cares as much about my money as I do."
IRA currently = 81% dividend stocks, ( some dividend growth, some high yield ) and 19% preferreds. I don't let trading costs determine my decisions. I'll trade one dividend stock for another in a heartbeat for total return, or to up income on my "dividend side".
I believe using the whole universe of dividend and income stocks will give a better return than the market and strict dividend growth over meaningful lengths of time.
I don't plan to ever need income from my IRA, so I am free to follow that belief.
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