My name is Scott Hopkins. I am the lead author and owner of Youthful Investor. I have been financially conscious and stock market savvy from a very young age. With a passion for writing, teaching and learning this blog has become a wonderful hobby, business and education.
I have received my degree in International Relations and History from Mount Allison University. Besides investing, I am academically active in writing and researching history.
You will notice that I am largely a student of Benjamin Graham, Burton Malkiel and Jeremy Siegel. However I do have a speculative, imaginative and intuitive side that sneaks out from time to time. Thus you will see I judge a security based largely on the fundamentals, not on technical analysis. Although you will see I am gaining a greater appreciation for technical analysis
I tend to disagree with the crowd and sway away from getting overly optimistic about a given stock.
I absolutely hate fees, commissions and expenses, doing everything in my power to prevent myself and my readers from paying them. That is why you will see that I am an active investor in direct stock purchase plans that offer fee free investing. I avoid moving around stocks as much as possible.
The root of my portfolio is in money management. Understanding this was absolutely essential before I made any positive strides in investing.
My Investment Accounts are as follows:
TD Ameritrade: Commission Free ETFs in fixed income and indexes.
BNY Mellon/ComputerShare Direct Stock Purchase Plans: Only incredibly cost effective and free plans like those from Eaton Corp., Biomed Realty Trust, CSX Corp., PNM Resources, etc. All of these holdings are dividend paying
TradeKing: More Speculative stocks that are not necessarily penny stocks
Money Market/Certificates of Deposit: Variety of online banks
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