I've been both a social-justice activist and iconoclast for most of my adult life. Since 2012, I've been a proud MLM-described "(illusory) dream stealer" and "loser", as well as a card-carrying fraud "hater". I'm nothing less and claim nothing more.
My current focus is on the consumer abuses endemic in MLM. I'm also an uncompensated member of the entirely self-funded International Coalition of Consumer Advocates (ICCA) and its steering committee.
I earned a BSBA at The University of Colorado in 1983, where I also studied philosophy and logic. I consider having no more advanced or current credentials a handicap. Nonetheless the formal education I do have gives me a foundation for my business analyses. I spent eight-and-a-half years observing four MLMs up close through family members. I also served in administrative support capacities for one of them. While I regret that history, it afforded me insight and understanding that is useful in my MLM analyses. I'm also retired after a twenty-five year EMT/paramedic career and a nine-year overlapping career in EMS education.
My only connection to investment markets is passive, through my pension fund. I'm here because SA's Herbalife-related articles and fora have essentially become central to the ongoing public debate vis-à-vis MLM.
I'm an Army veteran and former energy dividend writer for The Motley Fool. My goal is to help all people learn how to harness the awesome power of dividend growth investing to achieve their financial dreams, and enrich their lives. With 20 years of investing experience, I've learned what works and more importantly, what doesn't, when it comes to building long-term wealth and income streams. I'm currently on an epic quest to build a broadly diversified, high-quality, high-yield dividend growth portfolio that:
1. Pays 4-5% yield
2. Offers 9%-10% annual dividend growth
3. Pays dividends AT LEAST on a weekly, but preferably, daily basis
1. Navios Maritime Midstream Partners (NAP)
2. Golar LNG Partners (GMLP)
3. Dynagas LNG Partners (DLNG)
4. Suburban Propane Partners (SPH)
5. Ship Finance International (SFL)
6. KNOT Offshore Partners (KNOP)
7. Sunoco LP (SUN)
8. Summit Midstream Partners (SMLP)
9. Gaslog Partners (GLOP)
10. Triangle Capital (TCAP)
11. Seaspan (SSW)
12. CorEnergy Infrastructure Trust (CORR)
13. Energy Transfer Partners (ETP)
14. Fidus Investment Corp. (FDUS)
15. New Mountain Finance Corp. (NMFC)
16. Ares Capital (ARCC)
17. Annaly Capital Management (NLY)
18. Terra Nitrogen (TNH)
19. Monroe Capital (MRCC)
20. Hercules Capital (HGTC)
21. TPG Specialty Lending (TSLX)
22. Enviva Partners (EVA)
23. ONEOK Partners (OKS)
24. Hoegh LNG Partners (HMLP)
25. Jernigan Capital (JCAP)
26. Starwood Property Trust (STWD)
27. New Senior Investment Group (SNR)
28. Ladder Capital Corp. (LADR)
29. Compass Diversified Holdings (CODI)
30. Goldman Sachs BDC Inc (GSBD)
31. Ares Commercial Real Estate Corp. (ACRE)
32. AmeriGas Partners (APU)
33. Ciner Resources (CINR)
34. Care Capital Properties (CCP)
35. Genesis Energy Partners (GEL)
36. Landmark Infrastructure Partners (LMRK)
37. Blackstone Minerals (BSM)
38. Omega Healthcare Investors (OHI)
39. Tallgrass Energy Partners (TEP)
40. Xenia Hotels & Resorts (XHR)
41. Holly Energy Partners (HEP)
42. City Office REIT (CIO)
43. Gaming and Leisure Properties (GLPI)
44. Pattern Energy Group (PEGI)
45. Sunoco Logistics Partners (SXL)
46. Sabra Healthcare REIT (SBRA)
47. Community Healthcare Trust (CHCT)
48. Main street Capital (MAIN)
49. LaSalle Hotel Properties (LHO)
50. Energy Transfer Equity (ETE)
51. Chatham Lodging Trust (CLDT)
52. Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A)
53. Chesapeake Lodging Trust (CHSP)
54. Macquarie Infrastructure Corp. (MIC)
55. MPLX (MPLX)
56. Medical Properties Trust (MPW)
57. Apple Hospitality REIT (APLE)
58. 8Point3 Energy Partners (CAFD)
59. Brookfield Renewable Partners (BEP)
60. Stag Industrial (STAG)
61. NRG Yield (NYLD)
62. InfraREIT (HIFR)
63. VEREIT (VER)
64. Armada Hoffler Properties (AHH)
65. Spirit Realty Capital (SRC)
66. HollyFrontier Corp. (HFC)
67. Vodafone (VOD)
68. Hannon Armstrong Sustainable Infrastructure Capital (HASI)
69. Ford (F)
70. NextEra Energy Partners (NEP)
71. GM (GM)
72. PacWest Bancorp (PACW)
73. AT&T (T)
74. Easterly Government Properties (DEA)
75. Brookfield Property Partners (BPY)
76. ONEOK Inc (OKE)
77. W.P Carey (WPC)
78. MGM Growth Properties (MGP)
79. Preferred Apartment Communities (APTS)
80. Hersha Hospitality Trust (HT)
81. RLJ Hospitality Trust (RLJ)
82. Enterprise Products Partners (EPD)
83. Pebblebrook Hotel Trust (PEB)
84. Brookfield Infrastructure Partners (BIP)
85. Magellan Midstream Partners (MMP)
86. Iron Mountain (IRM)
87. National Health Investors (NHI)
88. EPR Properties (EPR)
89. Spectra Energy Corp. (SE)
90. Lazard Ltd. (LAZ)
91. Chevron (CVX)
92. Helmerich & Payne (HP)
93. Tallgrass Energy GP (TEGP)
94. Valero Energy Corp (VLO)
95. Maiden Holdings (MHLD)
96. EQT Midstream Partners (EQM)
97. Oceaneering International (OII)
98. Toronto-Dominion Bank (TD)
99. Invesco (IVZ)
100. ExxonMobil (XOM)
101. L Brands (LB)
102. Suncor Energy (SU)
103. Wells Fargo (WFC)
104. Gilead Sciences (GILD)
105. Bank of America (BAC)
Glen Bradford MBA is a born again independently wealthy accredited private investor and prior hedge fund titan that enjoys the process of discovering where and why he's wrong as soon as possible. He contributes to Seeking Alpha primarily to read people's negative feedback so that he can avoid generating unnecessary losses.
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Take upon yourself worth carrying and enjoy as your own.
"Uncertainty will certainly work for me." - Glen Bradford March 2009.
Richard Zeits is an Oil & Gas industry analyst and consultant. His background includes fourteen years as Energy industry-focused investment banker, portfolio manager and senior investment analyst with bulge bracket firms in New York. Zeits Energy Analytics use elaborate proprietary analytics and data bases to provide in-depth industry research, market intelligence, and forecasting.
Upon receiving my Masters degree in Music from Connecticut's Hartt School of Music, I took a job at a local Friendly's serving ice cream, where I perfected the disgruntled, comatose look, as seen in the photo at left. As a first-time participant in the American economy by way of fast-food, I noted the vileness and squalor into which our country was plummeting.
Now, as an SA commentator, I look forward to multiplying my earnings, once I get some, and settling down as a prime member of society, living out my remaining years in the luxury every red-blooded American deserves.
I currently live in a barn with my saxophones, watching America decline around me.
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Mike Holt is a Senior VP, Wealth Management Strategist with The MDE Group, an innovative Wealth Management Firm located in Morristown, NJ that manages over $1 billion for corporate executives and other high net worth individuals located across the US. Mike's diverse background includes auditing financial services firms in NY for a Big 4 CPA firm, a 3-year foreign assignment to Saudi Arabia during which he also travelled extensively, primarily in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia, and the provision of sophisticated income and estate tax services to partners, directors, and executives at ARAMCO, KKR, Citibank, Lloyds, Lehman Brothers, McKinsey & Co., and Pfizer among others.
He is also a CFP and a PFS, and since 1994 he has been helping clients of The MDE Group to accumulate wealth, and then to preserve that wealth against the backdrop of an increasingly uncertain economic and market environment. Mike's dedication to his clients has driven him to draw upon his broad experience and intense curiosity about the world to investigate global macro risks that have become increasingly relevant to both the successful management of their portfolios and, more importantly, their overall financial well being and that of their families.
Mike earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Cal State, Long Beach and participated in the MS Taxation program at Pace University in New York.
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I am a policy risk analyst with more than 25 years of experience in China's political economy. I believe in looking beyond the spreadsheet to identify the wider issues leading to policy change - and what that means for investment decisions in a market where the stock index is more responsive to the velocity of political gossip than the velocity of money.
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Founder/manager at Shih Investments. In early 2009, I quit my job as an engineering manager at Google, to start my company. That was right in the middle of the crash, and, it relates to my investment style - deep value when others are frightened. My preference is to be deeply analytical, scouring documents that many will by-pass, to come up with my investment ideas.
We are a small firm that focuses on investigative investing. We scan the market for indicators of financial shenanigans, dig deep into financial filings and other public information, and conduct detailed field work whenever possible and advantageous.
When evaluating equities, we approach all potential investments from a "red team" perspective by assuming that a company's management cannot be trusted and searching first and foremost for the unstated downside risk.
I'm a Georgia Tech industrial engineer with experience in the M&A department of a large German corporation. I've been investing my own money for 6 years quite successfully, and am currently working and studying my masters in consumer affairs in Munich.
Investment professional with umpteen years of experience in Greater China. Seen lots of dreams and scams, and a couple of real companies. What I do know? Trust nothing in China. There is always something else underneath the surface...
Investment professional and CFA charterholder. I write on Seeking Alpha as a personal hobby and to elicit feedback on specific ideas and topics, help organize my thinking, and connect with intelligent people.
Stephen Simpson, CFA, is a freelance financial writer and investor.
I have worked for both sell-side and buy-side firms (equities and fixed income), with the largest percentage of my working time spent in med-tech. At this point I am now effectively in a "working retirement".
I write because I find that the process helps me take better notes, be more disciplined about modeling, and come up with a more coherent investment view for my portfolio management needs. If I'm writing about a stock, it's generally because I'm interested in it as an investment prospect or I think there's an interesting story to tell.
I don't share my models, so please don't ask.
More of my writings can be found at my blog Kratisto Investing (kratistoinvesting.blogspot.com), or Twitter (@Kratisto_Invest).
Former private equity fund partner...over 10-years in Asia...seen a few scams, invested in a few scams...got burned by some...made money in others...do not take it personally...but the market is ultimately a zero-sum game...
Matt Stewart is a private investor, former vice president & director of RBC Dominion Securities Inc. in Toronto and holds an Honors BA from the University of Western Ontario and an MBA from the F.W. Olin School of Business at Babson College. Matt also represented all BCE common shareholders as the 'intervenor' in the BCE v. Bondholder's case argued before the Supreme Court of Canada in July, 2008.
I am a 29 year old who has been passionate about investing since my dad introduced me to this way of life at the age of 12. As I grew as an adolescent I used my life savings to try to earn my fortune in the thrilling world of high finance. Along the way I've made and lost several small fortunes through option speculation and aggressive growth investing and learned valuable lessons that I want to share. I am passionate about long-term, buy and hold, dividend focused investing. History teaches us that this approach is the most powerful means available to build long-term wealth and income. My goal is to teach my readers how to find, research and follow the kind of companies that will make their financial dreams come true.
I now write for The Motley Fool and you can follow my work here:
Muddy Waters, LLC is a pioneer in on-the-ground, freely published investment research. Muddy Waters peels back the layers, often built up by seemingly respected but sycophantic law firms, auditors, and venal managements. We assess companies’ true worths. Our research approach is to combine diverse talents–many of whom have hands-on experience running businesses in the US and emerging markets.