Born and raised in Arizona. Joined Air Force in the waning days of Vietnam War. Served 8 1/2 years stateside and in Alaska as a Radar and Satellite tracking technician. Afterward, I worked in the semi-conductor industry and computer maintenance industry for a short time. Later, I did some commerical Salmon fishing in Alaska, before I started a career at an oil refinery near Kenai, Alaska. In 2009 I took an early retirement to make a move to Washington state to be close to family. I have been investing on my own for many years. In the past I invested mainly in mutual funds. Now I use mostly individual stocks and ETF's. I closely follow many of the Dividend Growth Investor authors on this site.
I am a 62-year old man who has invested in the market since my early 20's. I am an avid student of the market. My primary source of information today is from internet sites including SA, Morningstar and Yahoo Finance. I avoid CNBC with all the hype and drama and lean toward Bloomberg if I need background noise. I have been a good saver, lived conservatively and have built a sizeable portfolio. In hind sight like so many I have made some dumb investment decisions usually when I followed someone else’s investment advice including the talking heads on television.
I have been a practicing psychotherapist (LCSW) for over 40 years and market behavior fascinates me. I try to remain in the "rational mode" when making investment decisions but have come to believe it is almost humanly impossible for but a select few who are hard wired in such a way.
I recently retired to working two days a week. I love my work just want to enjoy the freedom to pursue my other passions such as golf and spending more time with family and friends. Having a saving and investing plan at an early age has allowed me the freedom to use my time as I wish.
My investment goals are to preserve capital and generate enough income that I don’t have to spend down my principal.