Thank you for stopping by my little corner of the investment world to learn more about me and my investment philosophy. I’m a mid-40’s Internet entrepreneur that launched several dot coms with varying success in each. At the very least my living has been made online for the past 18 years and at the most I had a fun time in each venture.
I began seriously investing for dividend income around 2007 when my business, at the time, was literally falling off a cliff, as most of the world was starting to as well, when my need for another income stream became more apparent. I have always known the benefits of dividends from my very first stock purchase back in 1988 but wasn’t yet sold on the concept of tying up my money indefinitely purely for a dividend income stream. It was around that time that I learned about Dividend Aristocrats and Dividend Champions when it all just made sense. I could literally see the effects of compounding dividends from these select companies and thought a nice diversified portfolio could provide me with a decent to excellent income stream decades down the road. And so it began, in my mid 30’s, my first dividend stock purchases for my long term holding which I feel is about 25 to 35 years. But don’t get me wrong… I’m not just about dividend investing. To me life has a lot more to offer.
I find that life is a balance and that you are young only once and while working hard, smart and living in a frugal manner is wise, nothing in life is guaranteed, especially your future, and so you must balance that diligence with some fun. I do not spend money on clothes, cars, fancy zip codes, but do have one true passion… travel. I highly suggest everyone travels and sees as much of the world as they can before it is too late or worse your life comes to an untimely end.
To date my country visit list is:
USA (Arizona, California, Washington, Oregon, Utah, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, Florida, Georgia, Ohio, Michigan, New York, Maryland, D.C., Hawaii), Canada, Mexico, Belize, Panama, Dominican Republic, Aruba, Grenada, Barbados, Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Ecuador, Fiji, Korea, China, Japan, Russia, Estonia, Latvia, Hungary, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Austria, Netherlands, Belgium, Italy, Iceland, Israel, Finland, Corfu (Greece), Ibiza (Spain).
To be sure, this is not a complete list. There is a whole lot more I want to see. Remember, “live smart” but don’t forget the key word, “live.”
The goal of this site is to inform and entertain as I wish to educate my readers about stock investing in a simple and easy to read manner. For those that are interested, I make all my purchases through CapitalOne Investing (formerly Sharebuilder) and pay a grandfathered commission rate of $2 per trade under a promotion Sharebuilder had for Costco members. My normal trades are $800 and up so as to minimize my commission percentage. Orders that are less than $800 occur from time to time when I have free trades available to me. Much dividend success!