The Yield Hunter is published (and has been since 2006), by me, Tim McPartland and I am helped on occasion by various members of my family.
My background in investing started in 1971, when I was 17, when I bought my first common shares (I think the company went broke) and has continued ever since.
My credentials for publishing this site are essentially simply that I have over 40 years of experience investing and a voracious appetite for devouring news on all things stock, bond and economy related.
I graduated from Minnesota State University-Mankato in Minnesota in 1976 with a Bachelors Degree in Business and along the way picked up about half a masters degree in finance (can you do that?), before figuring out that I didn’t really have any need for a Masters degree.
After college I worked for The Pillsbury Company (now part of General Mills) for almost the next 20 years, living in Twin Falls, Idaho 1st, then on to Rockford Illinois, back to Twin Falls, Idaho and then to Le Sueur, MN. In the mid 90’s I closed a plant for Pillsbury and fired myself. Not too much later I went to work for a Morgan Stanley predecessor, although this was not destined to be a long term relationship as our investing philosophies were not exactly in sync–I was about keeping retirement investment funds safe and growing while they were about getting investments bought regardless of suitability.
After floating around for a couple of years I decided to become a property appraiser, which I have been for the last 15 years. Now the only full time appraiser in my county as well as surrounding counties.
The Yield Hunter likely reflects my age and situation. I am married with 5 kids ranging in ages from 25-39. Fortunately none still living with us. My wife worked 30 years for General Mills and we both are drawing decent pensions from them at this time–in addition to both working fulltime. Our investable funds are primarily in retirement accounts–thus we tend to not worry about taxes in our investing as we do not draw from these accounts and it is likely to be at least 5 years (2019) before contemplating dipping into these accounts.
The model portfolios we build in The Yield Hunter typically reflect our situation. For instance we don’t worry about whether dividends are ‘qualified’ or ‘non qualified’. Thus models you see may not be even close to what some of our readers may prefer, but we present most of the available information for income investors to do some basic research.