Early 40's, Project Manager State Agency in California. Self direct investor for nearly a decade. No financial education/employment background whatsoever. Been following the SA site almost daily since opening the brokerage account and building my knowledge base for investing slowly but surely. SA has been an immeasurably valuable tool in my toolbox as far as investing goes and has helped lead me to other resources online and elsewhere. Family member suggested a DGI approach prior to me opening the brokerage account and have found the strategy fits my timeline, personality and goals. Mistakes might provide some of the best lessons but of course I would prefer to skip those classes. Long: ABT AAPL CVS D DUK EMR HRL JNJ KMB KO LEG LMT MAIN MO O OHI ORI PG SO T TGT UL XOM SCHD SPHD...and looking to add to, and expand ;)
I am an engineer in late 30's. Been an Index investor throughout my adult life. Recently have started transitioning to Individual stocks (by mid 30's). For the past 2-3 years have been patiently allocating my $$ from index funds to individual dividend growth stocks.
I have been an ordained minister for 30 years, but in the last 10 years my life and ministry focus took a different turn. I left full time church ministry to run my own non-profit outreach for at risk young kids (www.nightlifecenter.org) in my town (Sarasota, FL) For the last 8 years i also have focused on becoming a full time Investment Strategist by day, Unconventional pastor by night.