Hey all, sorry its been a while since I’ve posted. If you’ve followed me on Seeking Alpha you’ve noticed my activity there has picked up a bit of late with several new articles over the last 3 weeks.
It was a busy Tuesday in the Landis household, as I had my first day back at work after Christmas vacation, and with my son’s 5th birthday coming up tomorrow, we needed to make a Costco run to pick up some supplies for his big day.
After making the trek through the store with my two sons in tow, getting the loot loaded into the mini-van, and then freezing my ears off filling gas in sub-zero wind chills, I got a nice surprise when I checked my phone and saw an alert from Twitter.
Enclosed was a message from Lewys Thomas and a link to his blog post highlighting his picks as the Top 100 Blogs For Dividend Investors That Will Drive Returns. To my surprise, he called me out as #25 on the list, along the likes of some of my favorite authors including: Brad Thomas, Jason Fieber, Chuck Carnevale, and Mr. Money Mustache.
To say that I feel honored to be mentioned among them is quite an understatement. Never in my wildest dreams did I think my passion for investing, and interest in sharing my thoughts on it, would earn me notoriety or any sort of following. It was simply a way for me to continue learning about the market and hopefully make a few bucks a month to pay for my fantasy sports habit.
Now, nearly four years after penning my first piece, I have over 3,000 followers on Seeking Alpha, 99 published articles that have generated a half-million pages views, and this sparkling new website. All I’ve ever wanted to do was share my passion about the stock market with others, and I am humbled and ecstatic that people value my work.
I’m hopeful that this website can live up to my dream for it (and the ranking bestowed to it by Lewys), and that it can prove useful to others trying to build up the courage to start their own portfolios.
We all start from scratch, here’s to continued learning and making the most of what we’re blessed with!
Hello, this is Eric Landis, creator of DGIfortheDIY.com. I am a professional engineer who has developed a passion for investing in the stock market. As a result, I’ve decided to share my thoughts on the subject, first on Seeking Alpha, and now with a personal investment website.
I’m in my late 30’s, married, and have three kids of age 5 and under. In that respect, I think I’m in a similar situation to many other investors out there who want to save for retirement and my kids’ education, and to do so in an intelligent and conservative manner.
As one would expect, with a growing family I don’t have much for extra cash to invest in the market, but I’m still able to scrap together enough for a $500 investment in my retirement account every few months. My experience shows that even with just a few hundred dollars a month, you can still be successful in building a portfolio of individual companies.
When I first started investing in individual stocks I didn’t have a plan or method of stock selection, and as a result ended up with a hodgepodge of “hot” and “story” stocks as well as speculative energy and materials companies. Needless to say, that didn’t turn out all that well for me.
However, in early 2013 I came across Seeking Alpha and began reading about the Dividend Growth Investing strategy, or DGI for short. Soon later I sold out of my mutual funds and speculative stocks and jumped headfirst into the world of dividend paying companies, and built a 50 stock portfolio that I continue to write about to this day.
D.G.I. for the D.I.Y. is my attempt to share what I have learned about investing in dividend growth companies, and to teach others who are interested in taking control of their portfolios to focus on the growing income stream that they can provide.
My goal is to create a site chocked full of info about the top dividend growth companies in the market, and a resource base where investors can learn about some of the important metrics they should be looking at when selecting them for their portfolios.
Thanks for reading, and Happy Investing!
I’ve been burning the midnight oil and am beginning to make progress on getting content added to the site. Tonight I finished creating an archive of the different sector-based watch list articles that I’ve published on Seeking Alpha. These can be found under the “Watch Lists” pull-down menu at the top of the site.
Additionally, I populated the “My Portfolio” section with links to all of the quarterly updates for my public DGI portfolio.
Next up I plan to begin putting together a list of articles covering the “DGI Basics” such as dividend reinvestment, portfolio construction, sector weighting, and yield vs. growth.
I also hope to add several more sites under the “DGI Resources” section. If anyone has a favorite website they feel is a “must-have” for that section, I’d love to hear about it.
Welcome to D.G.I. for the D.I.Y., a new blog dedicated to Do-It-Yourself, Dividend Growth Investors.
In the coming days and weeks I will be adding content to the site and work towards building a library of information relevant to the Dividend Growth Investing methodology.
Some content I look forward to sharing are my personal, sector-based watch lists covering the best dividend paying companies in the stock market. I also plan to create an organized outlay of some of the articles I’ve written about on DGI.
I will also create an index of my favorite educational articles from some of the top writers on Seeking Alpha and elsewhere, as well as links to some of my favorite sites I use in my own research.
Finally, I hope to write frequent updates about dividend news from some of my favorite stocks, and share my ideas on possible good buys in the market.
I’m excited about the potential for this site, and hope it comes close to meeting my expectations. My goal is to create the “go-to” site for self-directed individuals interested in learning about Dividend Growth Investing.