Doug K. Le Du is a preferred stock researcher, author of the book titled Preferred Stock Investing, syndicated writer and publisher of three monthly preferred stock newsletters. Doug has been studying the preferred stock marketplace since 2002. In 2006 he published the first edition of Preferred Stock Investing which has been updated and re-published regularly since then. Preferred Stock Investing teaches risk-averse investors how to screen, buy and sell the highest quality preferred stocks. The book lists all qualifying preferred stocks that have been issued since January 2001. The ten selection criteria from Preferred Stock Investing filtered out the 57 preferred stocks from the big banks that would be claimed by the Global Credit Crisis and let pass the 13 issues from the big banks that were saved by acquisition. In 70 out of 70 cases, a 100% success rate for almost two years running, the preferred stock selection criteria found in Preferred Stock Investing protected preferred stock investors. As a researcher, Doug researches the market price behavior of the highest quality preferred stocks and writes to you about trends and opportunities. His premium subscription service (described at www.PreferredStockInvesting.com) providers subscribers with email alerts of new preferred stock issues, access to his preferred stock catalogs and HotLists, a monthly newsletter just for premium subscribers and much more. Doug's academic background is in economics and statistics. Doug retired from his position as Managing Director at one of the world's largest management consulting firms in 2002 to focus on preferred stock research. Doug does not sell preferred stocks nor is he a stock broker or financial adviser.
I was born in 1957, and retired in Nov 2012 after 32 years in the telecom industry. We have 3 children, 34, 32, & 22. The retirement is being covered by a pension, a couple of annuities, some rental income, and investments. We are taking dividends from the after tax portfolio to supplement the pension, annuities, & rental income. Now that I am 59.5, we can tap dividend income from my IRA/401K investments, if needed. And, after that, at some time yet to be determined, we will get another boost in revenue from Social Security. The after tax portfolio we have is invested in higher yielding investments that have a track record of consistantly paying dividends, but not so much of a record of dividend growth. The IRA/401K portfolios are invested more in securities that have a better dividend growth record than high yield. Reading the articles in SA has re-enforced the strategy we are using in retirement, and provided ideas about additional investments to improve our portfolios. I enjoy fly fishing. I tie my own flies and build the occasional fly rod. I have a drift boat that I use on rivers with buddies to fly fish the western rivers. I also enjoy white water rafting, and have run several rivers out west, including the Colorado in the Grand Canyon (twice). My wife and I are preparing to spend a lot of time traveling. Our plans are to spend 4 to 6 months a year away from home. In 2016, we only managed to spend a month in Europe and another month in India....
I am a nimble trader\investor who has been investing all the way from 2000.
I can buy a stock then turnaround and sell the next day or hold it for a year, so holding period varies based on my conviction.
I follow Contrarian Investing with deep value buying as my basis to buy stocks.
9/2016. looks like growth in technology ( the cloud, artificial intelligence,self driving cars, VR, data cntrs) will continue to drive AVGO, NVDA, QCOM higher, but the best developing opportunity may be in eReits, as rates go up, many will find themselves under water on buys the last few yrs. On health care, while it would be hard to get a cap on drug prices through congress, a decrease in benefits via medicare and ACA, will accomplish the same thing, by giving people less to spend, so I am not interested in any new health care purchases, no matter what the story.