I have been an individual investor for nearly 25 years. My professional background is in finance and investing owning a Bachelor's degree from Michigan State University. Currently, I focus on retirement and dividend income strategies primarily through the use of funds and ETFs. If you're interested in learning more about dividend income strategies, retirement and ETF analysis, please consider following me by clicking on the "Follow" button at the top of this page next to my name. In addition, you can find me on: Twitter - @david_dierking LinkedIn - David Dierking Website - Bull Market Analytics
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Would you do if your were already wealthy? If you could do whatever you wanted for your career, what would you want to do?
This is what I would do. This is my self-actualiziation. There is nothing like analyzing an inefficient sector of the market and calling out the failures.
Carolyn Pairitz joined the Seeking Alpha Editorial Team September '13 and covers the ETFs and Financials vertical. Before joining, Carolyn was a contributor at ETFdatabase, Commodity HQ, and Dividend.com.
Carolyn graduated from DePaul University March '13 with a double BS in Finance and Economics along with a minor in Graphic Design she expects to never use. She is a Chicago native but currently resides in Boston, trading in bitter cold for mountains of snow.
First, the good stuff. Here's my portfolio ...
Consumer Discretionary: MCD, NKE, SBUX, TGT
Consumer Staples: COST, GIS, KHC, KO, MO, PEP, PG, PM, WBA
Energy: CVX, KMI, XOM
Health: ABBV, AMGN, GILD, JNJ, MCK
Industrial: BA, DE, EMR, LMT, MMM
REITs: HCN, NNN, O, OHI, VTR
Technology: AAPL, MSFT, QCOM
Telecom: BCE, T, TU, VZ
Utilities: AVA, D, SCG, SO, WEC
ALSO: small stakes in 23 additional companies held in the Dividend Growth 50 portfolio (http://seekingalpha.com/article/2764265-its-new-its-nifty-its-the-dividend-growth-50): ADP, AFL, BAX, BDX, BXLT, CAT, CL, CLX, COP, GE, GPC, HCP, HSY, IBM, KMB, MKC, NEE, SJM, UTX, V, WFC, WMT.
Now, a little about me:
I am a 50-something former sportswriter who was sent on a permanent vacation during the Great Recession. That sucked, but my story is not a sad one. Unlike many folks who lost their jobs, I am not in financial distress, I am not depressed and I am not bored.
My wife is a pediatric nurse with a bullet-proof job and decent benefits. So after supporting her and our two kids (now grown) for most of three decades, the least she can do is support my semi-retired keister!
Because of Roberta's job situation, because we have zero debt (not even mortgage debt), because we no longer have any dependents and because we have been pretty diligent savers over the years, we are comfortable (though nowhere near rich).
Although we hold some funds, bonds and cash, my investing philosophy leans heavily toward Dividend Growth Investing. By early next decade, we want to live entirely off of our income stream, Social Security and pension payments - and therefore will not have to spend down the principal one iota. To accomplish this, we invest mostly in blue-chip companies with long track records of growing dividends. As of mid-2016, we are well ahead of pace to reach our goal.
When not researching investments and writing for Seeking Alpha and other Web sites, I coach middle-school girls basketball at Metrolina Regional Scholars Academy, the top charter school in the Charlotte metro area; in March 2016, we won the first conference championship in school history! I also umpire youth baseball and referee youth basketball.
My wife and I dote on our 5-year-old pup, Simmie, and keep up on the doings of our now-grown kids, Katie and Ben. And we love to cheer on the basketball team of our alma mater, Marquette University, where we both majored in Journalism. Go Warriors! Also big fans of the Carolina Panthers.
I still occasionally post to the blog I initiated in 2007 -- lots of sports stuff, some politics, some personal junk -- at www.TheBaldestTruth.com.
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I am a retired clinical psychologist, and administrator and owner of a rehabilitation clinic we founded 40 years ago. For over 55 years I have managed several portfolios composed of investments accumulated over our professional careers. Since the financial crisis of 2008, I have employed specialized, customized dividend growth strategies aimed at enhancing and growing a dividend income stream.
Since December 24, 2014, I have demonstrated on Seeking Alpha the ongoing construction and portfolio management of the Fill-The-Gap Portfolio aimed at highlighting strategies investors may utilize to close the gap between an average Social Security benefit and the much greater costs faced in retirement.
This portfolio has outperformed all of the broad market indexes by a very wide margin, growing dividend income and total portfolio value consistently while the broader indexes struggle in negative territory all year.
Aside from free articles available to the general public, additional early-access, value-added ideas and deep-dive articles are offered to paid subscribers on my premium SA platform, "Retirement: One Dividend At A Time"
Let me show you how to build and grow your portfolio and dividend income, step by step, towards a comfortable and secure retirement.
I'm the lead investment research analyst for income and dividend investing at Investors Alley, an independent investment research service. My primary role is editor of several investment advisories bringing deep dive research and actionable income and dividend investment recommendations to investors. These advisories include The Dividend Hunter, 30 Day Dividends, and Tax-Smart Income Hunter.
Prior to joining Investors Alley, I was a stock broker, a Certified Financial Planner, and an F-16 fighter pilot and flight instructor with the United States Air Force. In addition to my primary duty of flying the F-16 to defend our nation's skies I was an instructor in the F-16 Flying Falcon as well as the OV-10 Bronco. During my time in the service I was stationed at various military locations in including Osan AB, Korea, Patrick AFB, Florida, and Nellis AFB in Las Vegas. I graduated from the United States Air Force Academy with a degree in mathematics.
It was during those years when I was a Certified Financial Planner and helping families and individuals plan their finances and make wise investment decisions that found my second passion in life: investment research. (Flying was and still is my first.)
My area of specialty is evaluating income generating investments to find the combination of sustainable and growing dividends, special dividend opportunities, and share price appreciation driven by management's commitment to dividend growth. I have a particular emphasis on master limited partnerships, business development corporations, and real estate investment trusts.
I've previously written for USA Today, The Motley Fool, eHow, SFGate, Chron.com, Wikinvest.com, Moneynews.com, iStockAnalyst, among others, and have contributed vast firsthand research to a major provider of data on master limited partnerships, another area of extreme interest to me. Along with my duties with Investors Alley I'm a regular contributor to Seeking Alpha.
In addition to the articles posted here on Seeking Alpha you can find my investment analysis on the Investors Alley website and the weekly newsletter, The Market Cap.
L&F Capital Management, LLC, is a quantitative investment management group located in San Diego, California. Our investment strategy comprises a mix of earnings momentum investments and long-term value investments, utilized together to maximize profit in both short and long term scenarios. We maintain consistency in portfolio mix through our long-term value holdings, but stress flexibility in portfolio mix from our daily earnings momentum investments. We believe this mix of flexibility and value generates both short and long term profits while reducing exposure to market volatility. We strive to generate optimal portfolio asymmetry. L&F also provides Equity Research through Seeking Alpha. For more information, visit www.lfcapitalmanagement.com.
Andrew Shapiro is Founder, President and Portfolio Manager of Lawndale Capital Management, an investment advisor that has managed activist hedge funds focused on small- and micro-cap companies for over 23 years, one of the longest periods of experience deploying an activist/relational investment strategy today. Mr. Shapiro’s proactive ownership approach has been effective in directly creating and unlocking shareholder value in Lawndale’s portfolio companies and has contributed to Lawndale’s activist funds often being ranked among the top event-driven and small-cap value funds in peer databases for long-term performance. In addition to leading Lawndale, Mr. Shapiro has also served as a Director or Observer on portfolio company boards and debt and equity bankruptcy committees. Mr. Shapiro is a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) and, via Lawndale, has been a long-time Sustaining Member of the Council of Institutional Investors (CII).
Mr. Shapiro has more than two decades of portfolio management and analytically varied experience from a number of "buy-side" positions, employing a rare combination of credit, legal and equity analytic and workout skills. Prior to founding the Lawndale organization in 1992, Mr. Shapiro managed the workout and restructuring of large portfolios of high-yield bonds, distressed equities and risk arbitrage securities for the Belzberg family's entity, First City Capital. Before joining First City, Mr. Shapiro was involved in numerous highly leveraged corporate acquisition and recapitalization transactions for both Manufacturers Hanover Trust and the Spectrum Group, a private equity firm.
Mr. Shapiro received his JD degree from the UCLA School of Law where he was an Olin Fellow, an MBA from UCLA's Anderson Graduate School of Management where he was a Venture Capital Fellow and a BS in Business Administration from UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business, where he has taught finance courses and frequently guest lectures.
Mr. Shapiro was recently selected to the 2012 NACD Directorship 100, a list of the most influential leaders in the boardroom and corporate governance community. He is often quoted on matters of corporate governance, fiduciary duty and activist investing and has been the subject of several articles, including a Business Week article in 2000 calling him “The Gary Cooper of Governance”. Mr. Shapiro frequent speaks and panels on corporate governance and activist investing issues at a broad range of prestigious forums that include the Council of Institutional Investors, National Association of Corporate Directors, American Society of Corporate Secretaries, SEC Advisory Committee on Small Public Companies, and the Director’s education programs of Stanford Law School, UCLA Anderson Grad. School of Mgmt., the Wisconsin Business School and Yale’s Millstein Center for Corporate Governance, among others. Mr. Shapiro is a Contributing Author at Seeking Alpha.
Mr. Shapiro started Lawndale’s funds in 1993 with only $188,000 under management and through performance and added capital has grown the firm’s managed assets substantially. Lawndale applies a private equity approach through active and relational ownership of public company securities. In most investments, Lawndale plays a constructive relational role by actively working with boards and management teams to help them achieve their strategic and operating goals. In other instances, Lawndale is a direct value-unlocking catalyst, utilizing a range of tools that include aggressively promoting improvements in a company's governance and operational structures, proxy actions, asserting shareowner’s legal rights and taking active roles in restructuring and buyout proposal negotiations..
Andrew Left's Citron Research (http://www.citronresearch.com/) (formally known as Stocklemon.com) seeks to expose companies whose management is in some way misleading investors. Left digs into SEC filings, financials, management histories and other data to uncover such situations, and he is usually short the stocks he writes about. Mr. Left has been publishing for 7 years and has created a track record that is unrivaled in short selling. Mr. Left has been cited in Barron's, Wall St Journal, CNBC and other major publications repeatedly for his work. Mr. Left was also an invited speaker at the reknown Master Investor Conference.
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My name is Alan I have qualifications in town planning and and an MBA. I have been actively developing land and investing in shares and foreign currencies for the last 25 years. My specialty is that I analyse investment opportunities within the framework of real estate and business cycles after the work of Henry George, Homer Hoyt, Fred Harrison and Phillip Anderson.
Holmes Osborne has been principal of Osborne Global Investments since 2004. Holmes holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation and a degree in finance from Syracuse University. He has been featured three times in the Wall Street Journal and once in Fortune Magazine and Investors' Business Daily. Holmes has written financial columns for Seeking Alpha, the Motley Fool, and theStreet.com. Client assets are held at Charles Schwab. He lives with his wife Jennifer and daughters Adelaide and Emily.
Millennial value investor focusing on dividend paying companies that have low P/B and low P/FCF ratios. With a long term investing horizon (30+ years), I'm looking to patiently add stocks and refrain from selling in the unjustified market panics. My focus is on REITs, Utilities, Dividend Aristocrats and other income producing assets.
Dhierin is the developer of the AeroFuel and Cost Model, which is used in some articles as well and is freely available to premium members on AeroAnalysis. With his Aerospace Engineering background he has a more indepth knowledge about Aerospace products, so most of his articles will be about companies in the aerospace industry or airline industry, comparing products and looking at market outlooks.
Dhierin has accumulated over 650,000 views never failing to spark healthy and thoughtful discussions for investors and aerospace professionals.
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Brian Burns is an investor, option trader, and author of "Trading Stock Options". He holds a BS in Business Finance. He currently works as an accountant and auditor for a private CPA firm. His background in accounting influences his investing style as he focuses on valuing stocks from a fundamental perspective.
A degree in Economics started a meandering path that saw a few years employment as a computer programmer, a few years thinking about giving it all up for Seminary, a few months of intense reflection on the nature of humanity, which of course led to a keen interest in the most intense desire of people: making their money grow.
I have ten-years experience in several facets of the airline industry, along with countless hours spent studying and analyzing market patterns and trends and, of course, the crazy human element that goes along with it. I have been published on an eclectic range of subjects, and meet the old mantra of a writer: knowledgeable on many subjects, but expert in none.
I don't have any secret one size fits all series of magical mathematical manipulators that will tell either you are me when the market is going up or when it is going down, or any special insider insight in order to strain the laws of the equities trade and give us all an unfair advantage (and if I did - no offense - I wouldn't share it with you). I do, however, know what the limitations are with regards to investment strategies, and I have an ever expanding arsenal of tools in the investing toolbox.
I will act as though I know when I only suspect, and I will not suggest that you take my word for it or that ANYTHING is a sure thing when it comes to equities, commodities, or even cash. What we should always strive to do is to analyze the data - technical and fundamental - and make the best decision that we can, while never deluding ourselves into thinking that investment is solely about skill and know-how; it is, rather, about diligence, patience, opportunism, and above all an immediate readiness to admit when it becomes clear that an investment decision has gone wrong, and adjust accordingly.
Making money in the market is a reality, and it does not require anything other than an interest and a little bit of knowledge. What it does require is sobriety (at least while you are investing) and a steady hand. Good returns can be had when you first recognize the particular tools that will provide for the most effective strategy during different market conditions, and employ them with a steady hand. Successful returns are had through a persistent grind, but the satisfaction in obtaining them is tremendous. So work hard, love hard, save wisely, invest shrewdly, and spend your golden years lavishing your riches of experience in acts of good deed, provided for by your final financial security.
Two guys who love Investing, Dividends, Frugality, Passive Income & attempting to Reinvest Our Dividends to one day achieve Financial Freedom! Follow us on your journey towards a work-free life!
Daniel is currently the manager of Avaring Capital Advisors, LLC, a registered investment advisor that oversees one hedge fund. His primary focus is on finding businesses that are trading at a significant discount to their intrinsic value by employing a combination of Benjamin Graham's investment philosophy and a contrarian approach to the market and the securities therein.
I am a private investor based out of Toronto, Canada and I have been investing since 2003. After 8 years in Corporate Finance with a Canadian Telecom company I have decided to dedicate myself full-time to the capital markets. I write on Seeking Alpha to demonstrate my financial analysis and writing skills across a variety of industries and to take advantage of any story-based trading opportunity that may arise. My passion and greatest depth of knowledge is on Canadian small cap stocks and I consider my blog posts to be some of my best work. I am interested in any freelance opportunities that may arise outside of Seeking Alpha on Canadian or American listed stocks.
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Rocco Pendola is an associate editor at Seeking Alpha focusing on technology and the sectors it overlaps with.
In addition to technology, I am interested in dividend growth and income investing.
I make references to music I'm obsessed with (e.g., Old 97s, Elliott Smith, Bruce Springsteen) in my writing. If you notice any of these references, it makes me happy.
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I am a retired broker from TD Ameritrade (series 7,63,24 & 4)as of January 1st (2010). However, I have worked in general management in manufacturing and business logistics as well as railroading for a number of Fortune 500 companies. My earliest post college experiences included 2 years in the US Army (Staff Sergeant) in the 1st Infantry Division in South Vietnam. My degree is in Economics from the University of Maryland and I hold an MBA as well. My current activities, besides day trading include projects associated with the Texas Master Naturalist and the Texas Bluebird Society - 2013 Texas Bluebirder of The Year, getting back into shape (recently hit my goal after losing 35 lbs), jogging, swimming, resistance training and following the exploits of my children and grandchildren.
My investment strategy is built around the creation of an income stream that will provide me with long term flexibility. I believe there are many ways to accomplish this goal from buying stocks that have an income component at value, to cash flow generating real estate investments to bond and bond equivalents. Each investor must know where they're trying to get to, then create a formula that works best for them. I choose to focus on income because it allows me to sleep more comfortably.
Hi, I'm Sarfaraz A. Khan. I have got an MBA from University of Aberdeen, located in the heart of UK's oil industry. My specialties lie in energy and materials stocks, but I occasionally cover services sector, emerging markets and ETFs. My work appears mainly on TheStreet and Seeking Alpha.
Contact: Seeking Alpha message or sarfarazis[at]yahoo[dot]com
Travis primarily invests in smid-cap stocks for long term positions, but partakes in some event driven activity: IPO, biotech run-ups, corporate restructuring, etc. As an investor, he is looking for value stocks that Mr. Market has overlooked (J.Greenblatt). The style with light analysis on trailing-financial statistics, paired with consumer trends, legal review, and CVs.
He utilizes a multifaceted writing and research discipline; a professional background from public school teaching to government investigation. Reviewing SEC forms, SCOTUS decisions, and various law journals lends to supplemental insights for stock analysis.
At the height of 2015 performance, Travis' stock picks placed him in top tiers. Out of all experts, including institutional analysts, he was ahead of approximately 85% of the field. Visit his TipRanks profile for real-time updates.
Website: DIY Stock Investor
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Adam Gana is the managing partner of Gana LLP. His practice focuses on all aspects of securities arbitration, and complex business and commercial litigation. As a seasoned trial lawyer, Mr. Gana’s experience includes litigation and arbitration in both State and Federal Courts as well as in various alternative dispute resolution venues. He has tried more than twenty cases to verdict before the state and federal trial and appellate courts, FINRA, AAA, NFA and JAMS.
Mr. Gana was ranked AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale - Hubbell™ (the highest honor offered by the organization), ranked by the National Trial Lawyers as one of the Top 100 attorneys in the state of New York, and named in the New York Super Lawyers Rising Stars® for three straight years.
Owner and Editor of Artemis.bm the leading website on catastrophe bonds, insurance linked securities, reinsurance linked investments and risk transfer.
Tracking the catastrophe bond market and the development of insurance-linked securities and collateralized reinsurance since 1996.
I’m pleased to have spent my entire professional career with independent financial advisory firms where our interests are aligned with those of our clients. Since 1998, I have helped clients with a range of matters, from personal budgeting to sophisticated investment and tax planning.
In addition to advising individuals and families as part of our financial planning team at Financial Alternatives, Inc., I oversee trading and operations. I also guide firm-wide investment policy alongside Jim Freeman, CFP®.
Certifications: Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA); CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™
Specialties: Integrated Wealth Management; Investment Management; Financial Planning; Asset Protection; Life, Tax, and Estate Planning.