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TMFkodyk123

Kody Kester

General Information

Name:
Kody Kester
Fool Since:
April 23 2019
Aliases:
CMFkodyk123 (7/27/2021), kodyk123 (7/26/2021)
Gender:
Male

Investing Basics

Investing Experience:
Medium
Risk Tolerance:
Medium
Investing Style:
Dividend Reinvestor
Portfolio Size:
Large (12 or more Stocks)
Types of Investments:
A healthy blend of value-oriented and growth-oriented dividend stocks.
Stocks I Own:
AAPL, ABBV, ABT, AEP, AFL, ALB, AMGN, AMT, AVGO, AWK, BA, BAM, BLK, BMY, BP, BTI, CAH, CAIBX, CCI, CLX, CMI, CSCO, CVS, D, DLR, DUK, EMN, EPD, ET, ETRN, FAST, GD, GIS, GPC, GSK, HD, HRL, HSY, IBM, IRM, ITW, JNJ, JPM, KEY, KMB, LEG, LHX, LMT, LOW, MAIN, MCD, MDT, MMM, MMP, MO, MRK, MSFT, NEE, NNN, NSC, O, OKE, OMC, ONL, PEP, PFE, PG, PM, PNW, PPL, PRU, RDS.B, RTX, SBUX, SJM, SKT, SO, SPG, STOR, T, TROW, TXN, UNH, UNP, UPS, V, VICI, VTR, VTRS, VZ, WEC, WFC, WPC, WSM, WTRG, XOM

Investing Favorites

Stocks:
ABBV, AVGO, BLK, LHX, LMT, LOW, MO, O, PM, WSM
Industries:
Pharma, real estate, and tobacco
Books:
The Millionaire Next Door
Blogs:
Mr. Free At 33, Joshua Kennon, The Conservative Income Investor, Dividend Diplomats

Investing Expertise

Greatest Investment:
WSM
Worst Investment:
GEO

Education And Work Information

School(s) Attended
Lakeland University

My Story

Hi, my name is Kody. I'm 24 years old and live in Central Wisconsin. I graduated from Mid-State Technical College in Summer 2017 with an Associate's degree in Accounting. I completed my Bachelor's of Arts degree in Accounting from Lakeland University in 2019 and worked as an accountant at a local law firm. Recently, I transitioned to writing full-time for The Motley Fool and Seeking Alpha. From the time I was roughly 10 years old or so, I've always enjoyed personal finance. It wasn't until about 5 years ago that I discovered the concept of Financial Independence Retire Early (FIRE) and the Dividend Growth Investors (DGI) community, that I took that passion to the next level and began to avidly follow blogs, such as The Conservative Income Investor, Joshua Kennon, MrFreeAt33, and many other fantastic blogs that have molded my views into what they are today. I was always a fairly sensible person when it came to finances, but it was upon discovering these blogs, that I began to internalize that my life didn't have to follow the cookie cutter mold of working 40+ years at a job I didn't particularly enjoy to purchase consumer goods that I didn't need, all to impress people that I barely know. As a result of this, I began investing in dividend stocks at 20 years old in September 2017.

How I Invest

I aim to diversify my dividend portfolio across a mix of lower yield, higher growth dividend stocks (i.e. LOW, MSFT, V, and WSM), moderate yield, moderate growth dividend stocks (i.e. AEP, JNJ, PEP, WEC), and higher yield, lower growth dividend stocks (i.e. MAIN, NNN, VZ, WPC) in order to achieve a satisfactory blend of yield for immediate income and growth to beat inflation.

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