John Dowdee

I am a retired engineer with a PhD in Engineering Science together with a Masters in Statistics. I currently manage my website www.superchargeretirementincome.com, where I use my math background to select high-return investments. I also love teaching so my website provides a number of tutorials about all aspects of investing. I am writing a book entitled "The Sleep Soundly Portfolio" and I post sections as they are written at the website, I am an avid reader and have read just about every book I could find on the stock market. I am still learning so I welcome comments and suggestions. Over the years I have learned that there is no “holy grail”; you cannot receive a good return without taking risks. However, you can choose your investments to reduce risks and those are the kind of investments I like to make. Although financial markets are my passion, engineering is my profession. I have spent the last 30+ years as a program manager at a large aerospace company, working on improving defenses for our U.S. Army customers.

General Information

John Dowdee
Fool Since:
March 25 2013

Investing Basics

Investing Experience:
Risk Tolerance:
Investing Style:
Motley (i.e. Anything goes!)
Portfolio Size:
Large (12 or more Stocks)
Types of Investments:
High Return with low volatility ETFs and closed end funds. Stocks with covered calls.
Stocks I Own:

Investing Favorites

materials, energy
superchargeretirementincome.com the Kirk Report

Investing Expertise

My Area of Expertise:
High return low risk portfolios
Greatest Investment:
Using ETFs and CEFs
Worst Investment:
2008 bear market
Money I Manage:
I mangage my own retirement account.

Education And Work Information

School(s) Attended
Duke University BXEE Florida Institute of Technology MS Statistics State Univ NY at Bullalo PhD Engineering
Job Title
Program Manager
Company / Organization
Supercharge Retirement Income
Former Jobs
Large Aerospace company


My Interests:
Investments, websites, travel

My Story

My name is John Dowdee (also known as Dr D). I am an engineer not an investment professional but I have spent the last 30+ years investing in all aspects of the market. This school of “hard knocks” has taught me plenty. Plus, being technically oriented, I have read every book I could find on the market (over 400 books and still counting). What did I find? Number 1 is that there is no “holy grail” to investing. If you believe that you can make tons of money without risk, then please send me an email—I have a bridge I would love to sell you. However, using my math skills and common sense I discovered some strategies that have a high probability of making money. Some are simple while others are a little exoteric, using derivatives and alternative investments. I am currently retired (but still actively consult). One of my loves that I didn’t get a chance to pursue while working full time was teaching. So I have started a website www.superchargeretirementincome.com You can also reach the site by using an alternative URL www.DrDReport.com. On this site, I share my market insight and also provide numerous tutorials. To publicize the site, I also submit articles to other high quality websites such as the Motley Fool.

How I Invest

I look for High Return Low Risk opportunities. I use my math skills to identify candidates and them combine them into a portfolio that has beat the S&P 500 over the last three years but with substantially less risk than the S&P>