Data Center Knowledge - Contributor: writing about data centers REITs -- a new and growing asset class -- attempting to bridge the gap between technology & traditional REIT investors.
Researching and writing at the corner of Main St. & Wall St. where real estate often intersects with trends in: technology, ecommerce, office/industrial, healthcare, cloud computing, energy infrastructure & green initiatives.
Recently covered breaking news and actionable ideas REIT ideas for Benzinga "REIT Beat," now Contributor/Sr. REIT Expert. Select articles featured on Investopedia.com, Seeking Alpha, and published on Yahoo! Finance, Google, MSN, Finviz and many other financial portals. Recent Select Freelance contributor for Motley Fool, writing about REITs and real estate topics for the Financial Bureau.
I have over 25 years of experience as a: developer of institutional quality office and industrial facilities, general contractor, homebuilder, managing general partner for private limited partnerships, and have performed consulting and transactional real estate services for others, including entitlements for planned commercial/office/industrial developments.
Past job experience included: V.P. of Energy Services for a Florida based Mechanical Contracting company, which subsequently was acquired by EMCOR (NYSE: EME). Responsibilities included development and "financial engineering" of projects to reduce energy consumption and total cost of ownership solutions, partnered with the two major Florida electric utilities, and private companies, (including Enron Energy Services!).
Education: UCLA - BA Economics, including graduate coursework in Real Estate Finance.
Masters Degree from St. Thomas University - Miami, FL
Full-time individual investor primarily in REITS (esp Commercial REITS); Business Development Cos (BDC's); Master Limited Partnerships (MLP's); Dividend Income Compounding; Some Writing Calls and also Put Selling; Main Sector interests include-Energy, Utilities, Retail, Financial, Healthcare (Medical Device Cos; Pharmaceuticals; Generics); Railroads; Insurance (Property and Casualty; Reinsurance); Consumer Staples (mainly Grocery and Food Cos); and Commodoties (Ags-Softs; Grains; and Ag Conglomerates).
Goal is to achieve a minimum return over the long-haul of 1% per month (compounded) while also adding to available investing funds on a monthly basis and my investment is long-term (am in no rush to reach a certain goal within a specific time frame.
Am a conservative dividend-focused long-term investor who is focused on dividend growth and reinvestment of all dividends received. Have been investing full-time since July 1, 2001, and was an insurance agent prior to that. 3 of my best stocks have been Simon Property Group (SPG); Perrigo (PRGO); and Kroger Grocery (KR).
Investing my money my way. Have no use for advisors who all recommend all mega-caps with 2% yields and insist that diversification means owning bonds, stocks (US), international stocks etc all the time no matter what is going on. Buy low sell high- if bonds or stocks or anything is way up, sell some. If it goes higher sell some more. If you sell all your stuff wait till it comes down again..way way down, and buy. Low. Dividends are good. Cash is good. Long term Debt is bad almost always. That's me.
Dell Benford @dellbenford is the CEO and Chief Market Strategist of Sovereign Investment Advisory in Atlanta, GA. He is also a professional money manager, research analyst, and professional trader. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (404)965-3923.
35 years as a "ranch hand" supporting the Operations of a Radio-isotopic Chemical Separation Facility. 35 Years married to THE best wife. Just trying to make it through life the best way I know how. Personal Investor on and off for the last 45 years. Only recently began to have success after I joined Seeking Alpha and was able to glean some great information from the absolutely wonderful authors and members. Very appreciative of the advice provided.
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I am italian independent investor and living in Rome.
I have a strong interest in tactical strategies, and have developed quantitative investment methods through rigorous backtesting and numerical analysis.
I love charting and swing trading! My interest are in economics (macro/micro) I'm both long & short the markets! I don't care much for fundamentals, or storytelling--that is unless you can put pen-to-paper and prove it! With that being said Disclaimer: The information received by subscribers is for their personal use. Investing involves a great deal of risk, including the loss of all or a portion of your investment, as well as emotional distress. Nothing contained herein should be construed as a warranty of investment results. All risks, losses and costs associated with investing, including total loss of principal, are your responsibility.
Equity research analyst, investment writer, and entrepreneur. Value, growth, momentum and market timing.
My investing style is influenced by Ben Graham, Warren Buffett, Peter Lynch, Geoff Gannon, Philip Fisher, Joel Greenblatt, William O'Neil, Mark Minervini, and Jesse Livermore.
I am presently a PhD Candidate in marketing at the Schulich School of Business in Toronto, Canada (is.gd/weO3eP). I've been investing since 2005 and am an avid reader of (and occasional commenter on) Seeking Alpha. I think Seeking Alpha and its contributors offer great ideas on and insights into both how and where to invest.
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I'm a 50-ish, mid- to upper-level manager in healthcare publishing. I live in a small town in the midwest. My goal is to invest in individual stocks and do better than my retirement savings (mutual funds) have done in the past 30 years (average 8%). I am a value investor who has developed my own stock screens and also love to start with companies with officer inside purchasing. I saw a golden opportunity to dive in to the individual-stock market in late 2008, at the peak of the doomsday talk and press, and have been plowing extra money into stocks since the early months of 2009. So far, so good.
I am a long time buy-and-hold investor from Cleveland, Ohio, with approximately 6 years investing experience.
I primarily target Value stocks, but on occasion am open to "growth at a reasonable price."
Ideally I prefer to invest in Mid-Cap stocks over large-cap or small-cap.
I believe the two best sectors to invest in during the next two decades will be Health Care for growth and Financials for value.
I tend to ignore the opinions of hedge-fund managers or so-called "experts"....rather, my investment philosophy values the opinion of simple minds that come from humble backgrounds.
I am always on a look-out for secular trends; I look for companies that benefit from aging baby boomers, rising interest rates, organic eating, and increased adoption of electronic payment systems.
I tend to pay more attention to a company's qualitative aspects rather than quantitative.
My top 10 stock holdings:
1. PayPal (PYPL)
2. Opko Health (OPK)
3. Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.B)
4. Markel Corp (MKL)
5. Canadian National Railway (CNI)
6. U.S. Bancorp (USB)
7. Visa (V)
8. Wells Fargo (WFC)
9. CVS Health Corp (CVS)
10. WhiteWave Foods (WWAV)