Individual, self-directed investor with over 20 years' experience, with a professional background in the healthcare field as a clinician, primarily focused in the clinical research trials process on several levels, and related consulting work. I use multiple strategies for long-term investing- capital appreciation, dividend growth, and income growth, while trading around positions. While I usually hold core positions, I enjoy using "Tactical Trading" and speculation around long-term holdings, and I employ macro, fundamental, technical, and sentiment trends and trend-advantaged buying and selling based in a combination of these inputs. I believe in both growth and value investing, and attempt to find both in individual equities. I invest in international stocks, keeping a 20-40% allocation. My success rate investing is approximately 80% winning investments. I try to recognize shorting opportunities but rarely use them, preferring to look for long term investments and solid trends within sectors, cycles, global trade, and new or fast-growing businesses. I also favor the mid-and-small cap spaces, although keeping a 30-60 shifting allocation model to anchor a portfolio with large and mega-cap companies. On Seeking Alpha: I find compelling analysis, wide coverage, and a wealth of ideas, and I admire both the SA team and platform, as well as the investing IQ of the readers. The comments section frequently generates great commentary and considerations that could take an individual years to discover on their own. My love of investing, business, the markets and economic/ macroeconomic trends has compelled me into becoming an SA contributor, and I will submit my best ideas, long, short, or any other approach. I also will include my own approach to any presented investing ideas and activity, as well as full disclosure to my past and current positions, profit or loss outcomes, and lessons I've learned from my successes and mistakes. My gratitude and Thanks goes to the SA staff, and most importantly, the valuable readers.
Retail Investor, Shareholder Advocate and Editor of Stocks DD blog. You are cautioned to read the disclaimer in Seeking Alpha before reading my articles. I am NOT a registered investment adviser. My articles are ONLY for informative purposes and should NOT be treated as investment advice.
My investment philosophy:
1. Invest in Strong businesses (high barriers to entry) 2. Invest in Management with excellent track record for shareholder value creation 3. Invest at undervalued prices
Invest in special situations (bankruptcy or other restructuring) or Drug development firms, where there is with an asymmetric reward/risk...where I have strong conviction on a reward event.
I am also interested in the shareholders topics in publicly listed companies:
1. Shareholder rights 2. Giving shareholders a voice incl shareholder participation in value creation 3. Improving board and management's accountability to shareholders
Be a shareholder advocate and work towards insuring boards and management "do the right thing for shareholders", maximizing and protecting shareholder's value.
More on my ideas can be found here:
An individual investor focused on preservation of capital and generating dividend income. My strategy is to invest in quality, dividend paying companies, with simple business models, and, a long track record of increasing dividends. Like Nick Murray, I'm a believer in diversification, but not in asset allocation. I'm long 100% equities, all the time. I can live with any amount of volatility if I'm in quality companies. Since I live off dividends, the prices at any particular moment don't rattle me.
David Fish's CCC list is my primary watch list. The quality of the business model (simplicity, tenure), earnings track record and valuation are key principles in my book. Free cash flows and payout ratios are very important metrics.
When I first started investing in 1990, I gravitated to DGI - a book called "dividends don't lie" influenced me. I did not have a single losing position in 10 years. Then, I learned an expensive lesson in 2002 (60% loss of net worth at that time) when I lost my way and got into momentum/technology stocks. I lost track of understanding WHAT I was buying and HOW the company made it's money. I will never deviate from buying quality companies that have a long track record of paying dividends, at value, since I paid a high price to gain that knowledge.
A critical insight -- it is better to pay a fair price for an excellent company than an excellent price for a fair company (Buffett). I buy companies that I'd buy more of if prices were to drop. A second one, is to have a long term orientation (Klarman). In other words, buy and hold, allow compounding to work, and try not to "market time". SA DGI leaders such as Chuck Carnevale, Chowder, David Fish, David Van Knapp, Tim McAleenan, Part Time investor, Sure Dividend and several others have influenced my thinking.
It is not an exaggeration to say that SA has impacted my life. I'm a first generation American, and am very grateful for the opportunities provided by my adopted country.
35 companies make up 72% of my portfolio. In descending order of size - Proctor & Gamble,Johnson & Johnson,Verizon,Cocal-Cola, AT&T,United Technologies,Exxon Mobil,Diageo.Kimberly-Clark,Hershey, Kraft Heinz
McDonalds Pepsico Unilever Chevron Wal-Mart Emerson Electric International Business Machines Phillip Morris Cummins General Electric
Nestle Disney Microsoft Cisco 3M Helmerich Payne GENERAL MILLS United Parcel Service QUALCOMM W P CAREY Wells Fargo Archer Daniels Midland Oracle Apple. All but three are rated as narrow or wide moats.
The other holdings are mini-ETFs (for example, 11 REITS that I treat as 1 diversified company).
The remainder, ~14 companies, (examples include: Ambev, CAT, DE, DVN, MUR, MRO) are ones I will slowly sell of and re-invest into my core holdings.
As of May 1, 2016 (aged 57 years) I have retired and live off my dividends.
I am an electrician who is currently studying for the series 7 exam. I've been investing since 2008 and maybe by some string of luck have been doing pretty well. For the past few months since reading on options it has been my main goal to learn as much about them as possible. My hobby as a music producer and an artist has been completely taken over with my research and studies on investing and options.
Own & operate a real estate firm & a leasing company. The real estate residential arm does business in multiple states & the commercial arm, we have found success primarily in the home state of the firm. The leasing company is used to shelter liability, but also is a residential landlord.
I am a long-term dividend growth & value investor that rebalance core holdings when I feel it is necessary. That's not to say fundamentals are everything, as technical analysis can play a role in my long-term investment decisions.
I think Seeking Alpha has many of brilliant minds if you sift through with your own due diligence & if you're not a member you're missing out on some extremely valuable insight other members have provided. Of course, SA cannot be the only resource, but it can be a foundation if used correctly to increase the probability of investing success.
(Note: In case it matters to anyone, I'm not a physician. I live in Maryland. This has caused confusion on some threads.)
Profile picture is the NASA GISS Global Surface Temperature Index, 1880-2012. If this were the DJIA, we'd call it a bull market. Instead, it's a disaster in the making. Do you have kids?
I invest for total return, through a combination of small-cap value stocks (typically held for months to a year), a core position of dividend stocks, a small selection of growth companies and a limited number of ETFs.
I have a diverse background in engineering, neuroscience research, statistical analysis, and software development.
I live in Manhattan, work too much and have little time to trade, hence downhill. Thinking of cutting my losses and rolling my IRA into Vanguard funds and ETFs. For now I'm in AAPL, TWTR, TSLA, ABBV, GPRO, HOV and VVUS. Mostly high flying losers! The heady days are over I guess. It's 2016 and volatility rules the days. I'm becoming a real sourpuss! :-(