Evolution of an Investor: 5 Years in Results Begin to Materialize
by Bradley Voight on 03/04/17
In October of 2014 I wrote a piece called Evolution of an Investor, Lessons from the First Three Years. Those first three years were trying to say the least! Wading through all the lies and myths and trying to gain the necessary knowledge to get a foot in the door and actually make money from owning stocks. Trade is in the name of nearly every online broker leaving the unwitting to think trading is the only way to make any profits. Options or mathematical mysticism, whatever you wish to call them, are way over the heads of almost everyone, me included and I sort of understand them! Mutual Funds, the only way for the "common man" to diversify and manage risk, I found to be over-diversified dividend eating monsters relentlessly mashing up the dividends of their holdings and spitting out a small sliver for you, the mutual turtle shareholder.
Today, after 5 1/2 years of nearly all of my waking hours spent learning and researching, results are coming in. My wife has come on board after her first pick, Kroger, went from 33 to 77. We bought 100 shares for $3300. When the dust settled a year and a half later, our $3300 was $7400 and my wife was convinced that individual stock ownership was for us. We bought Kroger because the company was buying back shares and reducing the amount on the open market and same store sales growth was up for ten years running. We have closed our Kroger position with a $4100 profit. Next came Republic Services. Bill Gates bought over $200 million worth in the spring and summer of 2015 and we bought 100 shares with him @ $38. Republic is now at $61. I sold 30 shares @ $55 for $1650 and now have 70 remaining shares earning 2.32% in dividends. In December of 2016 I bought 50 shares of Nvidia corporation @ $33 selling 25 shares @ $66 for a profit of $800. Meanwhile the stock continued to run up as high as $120 and I am holding. The reason I bought Nvidia is because their chips are in big in gaming and autonomous vehicles and because they are a major player in the internet of things or IoT. Three examples of how paying attention and doing a little research can make you money that you never actually "worked" for.