After more than 4 decades in the financial markets, Robert P. Balan has retired. Education in mining engineering, computer science, finance, and training in economics led to a commodity analysis career during the commodity boom of the early 1970s. Robert made a switch to global macro focus in the early 1980 when the commodity bull market waned, with specialization in foreign exchange. Robert wrote a very high profile daily FX analysis while Geneva-based in the mid-1980s (the first FX commentary with a real global readership, "most accessed" in the Reuters and Telerate networks from 1988 to 1994). He worked for Swiss Bank Corp and Union Bank of Switzerland (precursors of today’s new UBS) as head of technical research and as proprietary trader in various major finance centers (London, New York, and subsequently head of proprietary trading in Toronto, respectively) from late 1980s to mid-1990s. A stint at Bank of America as head of global technical research (in London and New York) followed in late 1990s to early 2000s. Robert did technical analysis for Saxo Bank (Denmark) in the mid-200s based in New York. He returned to Switzerland in 2004 as head of technical research and strategy, and FX and commodity market analyst for Swiss Life Asset Management in Zurich. He joined Diapason Commodities Management in 2008 as senior market strategist, and subsequently as Chief Market Strategist, utilizing fundamental macroeconomic drivers, and structural/technical data in modeling asset price and sector movements. Robert wrote a book on the Elliott Wave Principle in 1988, which was hailed by the London Society of Technical Analysts as “the best book ever written on the subject”. Robert is a member of the National Association for Business Economics (NABE), USA.
Time management is essential to monitoring a 47 position portfolio. My 1st comment concludes with "Rich-unck:xx hrs"; I uncheck from the article to avoid repetitive comments, nonsense, and (most) arguments. I extend another XX hrs when I respond to a question or comment...I also respond to all PMs.
BACKGROUND My journey as a self-directed investor (SDI) began in 1973, and resulted in financial independence at age 52, which also allowed me to retire from corporate life the following year (Feb 1995).
I have no special knowledge not attainable by others who also dedicate themselves to the study of the economy, market, and stocks...I could cease all portfolio management today, and place it with a professional manager; however, I enjoy the psychic and financial rewards. Alternatively, I could become a passive investor via mutual funds and/or index ETFs (those works too! ). With few exceptions, As a rule, Rich only discusses his IRA here--it is only a portion of his and Joyce’s investment assets.
INVESTMENT PHILOSOPHY If you ‘lived for today’ over the past 5 or 6 decades, you better invest in lottery tickets. The most probable path to a financially secure retirement is the product of an investment program (either active or passive) started when relatively young; living on less than all your after-tax income (saving means delayed gratification); and either self-directed or via professional management, adopting a sensible strategy suitable to age and comfort zone. There is wisdom in flexibility, diversification, and not being life-long wed to any strategy. It is appropriate to take greater risk for greater rewards (sensible growth stocks) when younger, as those are our lowest earnings years combined with our highest expense years--in the years between early investment and retirement, investments in solid growth companies can double 8 times or more.
There is time to adjust allocations to a more conservative strategy when closer to retirement. Never assume you have an information edge over the professionals. Time-in-the-market is your principle advantage. When/if you become interested in dividend stocks, never forget both price return and dividends compound, and price more so.
Financial independence is achieved when one has sufficient confidence his/her lifestyle will not change significantly, regardless of the potential depth or breadth of decline suffered by their portfolio--including a prolonged series of bear markets such as 1929-37. True, the recent 18-month bear market ending mid-2009, was deep--but also too brief to consider its lack of widespread dividend cuts to be as proof a portfolio of dividend-payers won't suffer income losses in a more prolonged decline (i.e., no portfolio is "dividend bulletproof").
The balance of this profile is lengthy, and likely not helpful to passive investors who simply go along for the ride, their portfolios bobbing up and down like flotsam in the ocean; their course always subject to the whims of winds, waves, and trends...THIS IS YOUR ONLY WARNING!
PORTFOLIO GOALS Now in my 70s, it’s no longer appropriate to engage in the growth strategies applied in wealth accumulation. As a more conservative investor, 100% of his portfolio consists of dividend-payers. 95% of positions have investment grade credit ratings (the lone exception is a REIT).This combination, along with having companies in 10 of the 11 S&P GICS sectors (none in Materials at this time) provide a measure of diversification. This IRA portfolio holds no bonds, though bonds and other investments are held elsewhere.
Maximizing total return and wealth preservation are mutually exclusive. A key observation: Having the capacity for risk is not the same as having the tolerance for it!
Rich’s objective is now a ‘smoother-ride’ that levels out the market’s peaks and valleys (limit losses, trim notable excess valuation). That smoother ride in an all-equity portfolio cannot be achieved without active management and continuous monitoring of positions--therefore TIME is an essential input to his portfolio management. Active management does not’ means frequent changes, as it is not unusual for a quarter or more to pass between a trimming or sale (nonetheless, when a company fundamentals change, or a mistake is made, corrective action is taken.)
STRATEGY SINCE 2008 Rich targets both legs of TOTAL RETURN (distributions + price change). His Growth & Income strategy often focuses on VALUE investing tactics applied to dividend-payers. Value investors seek out unpopular, companies most investors are avoiding (i.e., fundamentals have declined but credit rating is strong, BoD has implemented a rational recovery plan, and the dividend not in danger). Value investors seek to be paid to wait for other investors to recognize the stock’s value and assign it a greater share price. In any event, value stock or growth stock, Rich always seeks a ‘margin of safety’--no shares are bought at prices >FV, and his margin of safety is derived from dividends paid, price appreciation, and rising FV over time.
In all cases, value or growth, Rich selects well-established dividend-paying companies having a high-probability of growing earnings (growth of earnings is ESSENTIAL to growth of price and dividends). He tends to be flexible, forward looking, reactive to changing fundamentals, and willing to admit a mistake so action follows.
SDI is not easy, success is not assured, and in recent decades, advice from academics, and investment coaches, almost universally recommend index funds. Those NOT having the prerequisite time and interest are unlikely to develop the requisite skills for stock investing--thus the probability strongly suggests most newbies would be better served by indexing (Ben Graham wrote favorably of indexing). However, when done successfully, self-directed stock investing can offer rich psychic and financial rewards.
CORE PORTFOLIO Presently, +/-30 equities. Core holdings dominate at about 65% of total portfolio positions. Favored are traditional, large- and mid-cap, low-beta, best/near-best in class, institutional-owned, moaty, dividend-paying, value and growth stocks, having investment-grade debt ratings, and representing the consumer staples, healthcare, utilities, and telecom sectors.
OPPORTUNISTIC PORTFOLIO The remaining 15+ positions consist of equally well-known dividend-payers found among widely-owned cyclicals, such as financial, industrials, consumer discretionary, technology, real estate, and energy sectors are sensitive to the economy. In an expanding economy, cyclicals typically grow their earnings (and dividends) faster than do the typically slower-growing core companies. But because the reverse is also true, in a contracting economy, these positions are intended to be heavily trimmed to preserve gains as the economy peaks and shows evidence of decline. Some are susceptible to quite significant price declines when Mr. Market assumes their will suffer reduced earnings, and sometimes dividend-freezes/cuts, in anticipation of those events.
Rich is sometimes fully-invested, but unlike some, observes no such rule. Building a large cash cushion at the front-end of a correction/bear market (-20%) provides the dry powder required to both cushion the market's decline, and also creates the cash required to purchase excellent companies at below FV prices (without having to sell a position he wants to keep!).
TRIMMING POSITIONS When positions in either portfolio become significantly overvalued, they are trimmed by 5-10%, and the proceeds applied to fairly valued companies before the (almost always) temporary gift of over-valuation reverts to the price mean. If the position continues to advance, and absent other information, the position will be trimmed again. Added benefits to selective trimming include (1) serves as a more sensible method of rebalancing (as opposed to automatic--professionals do not use such a meat cleaver); (2) reduces the position's remaining Capital at Risk (which may suggest room for additional shares within an otherwise full position), and (3) provides the necessary dry powder to buy other shares at FV or below.
OTHER INTERESTS As we age, the importance of family grows. Rich has long volunteered in his community; over the years has served with distinction as member/chair of a number of advisory committees. Assisting others on SA is also a source of satisfaction and fulfillment.
Finally, having been blessed by years of excellent investment performance, Joyce and Rich have long been avid world travelers, and have visited over 60 countries over a span of 30 years (his SA avatar reflects the Taj Mahal in his sun glasses). They reside in Michigan--for 9 months of beauty, bliss, and family, and thoroughly enjoy wintering in equally beautiful Naples FL--for 3 months of sunny warmth and relaxation.
Life is good--it's been an unbelievably awesome ride!
Late 50's physician who now is in private practice after years of working for state government, ultimately as state director for large Developmental Disability agency and full time faculty at a state medical school. Retired from full time in 2012, now teach just part time while seeing pilots for the FAA. Grew up as oldest of five children, mother was a school librarian after our father "bailed out" and left family. Worked hard, compulsive saver/ investor (maybe too compulsive?), married, three children ages 26,24,18. Twenty six year old has cerebral palsy/ developmental disabilities, hence my interest in that area of medicine. Basically more of a buy and hold investor, lean towards value stocks, especially strong companies with "wide moats", that reward investors with rising dividends. Now managing a very large portfolio of primarily DG stocks, as well as mutual funds, all through Vanguard. Large Cap exposure is through dividend growth stocks. Mid/ small cap as well as Foreign/ Emerging Markets stock exposure is nearly all through Vanguard index funds, with both index and "value index" funds.
Retired Pharmacist. Call me Rose. Nose= Knows enough to know I need to keep learning and keeping a great dividend paying nest egg growing upwards. I also enjoy total return, but it is not my primary goal, it just happens to follow when buying great quality companies.
My 86 stock portfolio is listed here by sector, largest holding by value is listed first. Updated 1/6/2017.
Consumer Defensive (14): KO, PM, GIS, MO, TGT, KMB, CVS, DEO, PG, PEP, MDLZ, CL, KHC, UL.
Consumer Cyclical (8): MCD, SBUX, GPC, NKE, HAS, MAT, VFC, HD -
Healthcare (8): JNJ, ABBV, AMGN, CAH, BDX , MDT, PFE, TEVA (new and small)-
Energy (6): XOM, CVX, OXY, VLO, RDS/B & A, BP -
Tech (2): ADP, CSCO -
Industrial(6): BA, UNP, MMM, CMI, GWW, LMT. -
Financial (8): NRZ, ARI,, LADR, BXMT (mREITs) TROW, MA, V,
BDCs (6): ARCC, HTGC, NEWT, PSEC, GAIN , MRCC (new & small)-
REAL ESTATE or Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs)
Healthcare eREITs (6) : OHI, VTR, HCN, NHI, CCP, SNR -
Equity Reits (11): WPC, DLR, O, CLDT, STAG, LXP, UBA, APLE, SPG, -STWD (hybrid mREIT)
Telecom (2): VZ and T -
Utility (9): SO, D, XEL, MGEE, WEC, DNP, LNT, CNP, FE -
DNP is a CEF which predominately holds Utilities.
Free Download of the Book by Lowell Miller here:
I own each of the 353 stocks listed below. Data is from early November. Retired at age 60, currently age 63. Living off pensions and social security. I do not intend to draw on dividends before 2017. Total Portfolio yield 3.30%.
Percentage of portfolio allocation based on dividend yield:
Growth yield, 0%: 13.0%
Growth and Income yield, 0.1% - 2.7%: 30.0%
Slow Growth and Income yield, 2.71% - 5.0%: 40.0%
Income yield, 5.1% and up: 17.0%
FastGraph Total Value Data if $10K was invested with all dividends reinvested for 19 year time frame unless stated other wise if you invested in that stock for that entire time:
Symbol : Descrip : Yield : Total Value : # yrs of accumulation
AAPL : APPLE INC : 2.0400 : $1,499,172 : 19
ABBV : ABBVIE INC : 4.3400 : $18,691 : 5
ABC : AMERISOURCE : 1.8600 : $131,147 : 19
ABT : ABBOTT LAB : 2.7300 : $24,463 : 19
ACN : ACCENTURE : 2.0300 : $98,348 : 17
ADNT : ADIENT : 0.0000 : xxxxxxx : 0
ADBE : ADOBE SYS : 0.0000 : $213,667 : 19
ADP : AUTOMATIC : 2.3700 : $75,117 : 19
AEP : AMERICAN EL : 3.9900 : $39,335 : 19
AFL : AFLAC : 2.4200 : $76,219 : 19
AGN : ALLERGAN : 0.0000 : $86,787 : 19
AGR : AVANGRID : 4.4700 : $10,281 : 1
AHGP : ALLIANCE GP : 7.3900 : $26,175 : 12
AIG : AMERICAN INTL : 1.9200 : $86,787 : 19
ALGN : ALIGN TECH : 0.0000 : $67,318 : 16
AMAT : APPLIED MAT : 1.2600 : $106,283 : 19
AMGN : AMGEN : 2.7700 : $110,490 : 19
AMP : AMERIPRISE : 2.6400 : $30,189 : 12
AMT : AMERI TOW : 2.0400 : $48,905 : 19
AMTD : TD AMERITRADE : 1.6400 : $370,212 : 19
AMZN : AMAZON : 0.0000 : $5,033,670 : 19
ANET : ARISTA NET : 0.0000 : $14,102 : 3
ANTM : ANTHEM : 1.8400 : $62,533 : 16
AOS : AO SMITH : 1.0000 : $100,660 : 8
APD : AIR PROD : 2.4600 : $71,341 : 19
APH : AMPHENOL : 0.9300 : $521,038 : 19
APU : AMERIGAS LP : 8.1600 : $99,635 : 19
ARCC : ARES CAP : 9.6300 : $26,695 : 12
ARLP : ALLIANCE LP : 7.4500 : $210,304 : 17
ASIX : ADVANSIX : 0.0000 : xxxxxxxxxx : 0
ATVI : ACTIVISION : 0.7000 : $356,873 : 17
AVA : AVISTA : 3.3300 : $44,824 : 19
AVGO : BROADCOM : 1.1000 : $104,413 : 7
AVY : AVERY DEN : 2.2900 : $33,390 : 19
AWK : AMERIC WAT : 2.0200 : $42,372 : 9
AZO : AUTOZONE : 0.0000 : $252,295 : 19
BA : BOEING CO : 2.9200 : $39,033 : 19
BABA : ALIBABA : 0.0000 : $10,982 : 3
BAC : BANK OF AMER : 1.4800 : $11,625 : 19
BAX : BAXTER : 1.1300 : $33,476 : 19
BBL : BHP BIL : 4.6300 : $34,194 : 19
BCE : BCE : 4.7300 : $37,915 : 19
BCR : CR BARD : 0.5000 : $191,509 : 19
BDX : BECTON : 1.5700 : $107,662 : 19
BERY : BERRY PLAST : 0.0000 : $30,551 : 5
BFB : BROWN FOR : 1.5700 : $127,127 : 19
BGS : B & G FOODS : 4.4100 : $52,980 : 10
BIDU : BAIDU : 0.0000 : $203,050 : 11
BIG : BIG LOTS : 1.7.000 : $21,556 : 19
BIIB : BIOGEN : 0.0000 : $699,797 : 19
BIP : BROOKFIELD : 4.7300 : $64,689 : 9
BLK : BLACKROCK : 2.4600 : $299,257 : 18
BLL : BALL : 0.6700 : $99,257 : 19
BMO : BANK OF MONT : 3.8900 : $89,049 : 19
BMY : BRISTOL MYERS : 2.6900 : $37,289 : 19
BNS : BANK NOVA : 4.0700 : $54,296 : 19
BP : BP : 6.8900 : $20,618 : 19
BPL : BUCKEYE : 7.5500 : $118,312 : 19
BRKB : BERKSHIRE : 0.0000 : $24,345 : 12
BSX : BOSTON SCI : 0.0000 : $14,374 : 19
BUD : ANHEUSER : 3.4100 : $34,511 : 8
BURL : BURLINGTON : 0.0000 : $25,846 : 4
BWLD : BUFFA WILD : 0.0000 : $129,657 : 14
BYDDY : BYD COMP : 0.0000 : $14,3614 : 10
C : CITIGROUP : 1.1400 : $4,511 : 19
CAH : CARDINAL : 2.5600 : $32,423 : 19
CB : CHUBB : 2.1800 : $90,977 : 19
CBRL : CRACKER BARL : 2.8200 : $77,950 : 19
CE : CELANESE : 0.0000 : $56,508 : 19
CELG : CELGENE : 0.0000 : $2,231,715 : 19
*CEQP : CRESTWOOD : 11.0600 : $1,695 : 19
CERN : CERNER : 0.0000 : $270,039 : 19
CHD : CHURCH & DWIGHT : 1.5800 : $289,220 : 19
CHTR : CHARTER COMM : 0.0000 : $63,734 : 8
CIM : CHIMERA INVEST : 11.9500 : $5,597 : 9
CINF : CINCINNATI FINAN : 2.5500 : $67,030 : 19
CL : COLGATE : 2.3500 : $87,914 : 19
*CLMT : CALUMET : 0.0000 : $3,555 : 11
CLX : CLOROX : 2.7500 : $77,447 : 19
CMCSA : COMCAST : 1.5900 : $61,211 : 19
CMG : CHIPOTLE : 0.0000 : $77,953 : 11
CNC : CENTENE : 0.0000 : $168,412 : 16
COF : CAPTIAL ONE : 1.8100 : $89,689 : 19
COR : CORESITE : 3.0200 : $53,075 : 7
COST : COSTCO : 1.1800 : $184,380 : 19
CRM : SALESFORCE : 0.0000 : $185,115 : 13
CSCO : CISCO : 3.4800 : $50,685 : 19
CSL : CARLISLE : 1.2400 : $95,348 : 19
CTAS : CINTAS : 1.1600 : $68,637 : 19
CTSH : COGNIZANT : 0.0000 : $2,072,423 : 19
CVS : CVS HEALTH : 2.3100 : $94,814 : 19
CVX : CHEVRON : 3.9100 : $61,838 : 19
D : DOMINION : 3.8300 : $90,601 : 19
DEO : DIAGEO : 3.0900 : $46,418 : 19
DG : DOLLAR GEN : 1.2600 : $29,796 : 8
DHR : DANAHER : 0.6400 : $137,744 : 19
DIS : WALT DISNEY : 1.4500 : $54,656 : 19
DLPH : DELPHI AUTO : 1.7300 : $33,625 : 6
DLR : DIGITAL REALTY : 3.8300 : $111,079 : 12
DLTH : DULUTH : 0.0000 : $23,338 : 1
DLTR : DOLLAR TREE : 0.0000 : $193,610 : 19
DNKN : DUNKIN : 2.2400 : $20,380 : 5
DPM : DCP MIDSTREAM : 9.0500 : $29,089 : 12
DPS : DR PEPPER : 2.4200 : $37,527 : 9
DRE : DUKE REALTY : 3.0800 : $41,163 : 19
DUK : DUKE ENERGY : 4.6300 : $20,124 : 19
DY : DYCOM INDUST : 0.0000 : $140,099 : 19
EA : ELECTRONIC ARTS 0.0000 : $85,854 : 19
EADSY : AIRBUS : 1.6600 : $13,171 : 9
ED : CONSOLIDATED ED : 3.8100 : $40,834 : 19
EEFT : EURONET WORLDWIDE : 0.0000 : $56,760 : 19
EEP : ENBRIDGE : 9.6100 : $37,843 : 19
EFX : EQUIFAX : 1.1300 : $45,677 : 19
EPD : ENTERPRISE : 6.3100 : $79,927 : 12
ESRX : EXPRESS SCRIPT : 0.0000 : $605,298 : 19
ETE : ENERGY TRANSF : 6.4200 : $36,772 : 19
ETP : ENERGY TRANSF : 11.9900 : $38,328 : 19
EW : EDWARDS LIFE : 0.0000 : $264,348 : 17
EXPE : EXPEDIA : 0.8200 : $26,616 : 19
EXR : EXTRA SPACE : 4.4700 : $62,034 : 19
FB : FACEBOOK : 0.0000 : $40,794 : 19
FBHS : FORTUNE BRAN : 1.1300 : $44,096 : 19
FDS : FACTSET : 1.2400 : $387,984 : 19
FDX : FEDEX : 0.8500 : $91,770 : 19
FISV : FISERVE : 0.0000 : $179,873 : 19
FIVE : FIVE BELOW : 0.0000 : $12,113 : 5
FIZZ : NATIONAL BEV : 0.0000 : $117,020 : 19
FL : FOOT LOCKER INC : 1.5000 : $35,724 : 19
FLO : FLOWERS FOODS : 3.9600 : $109,025 : 16
FTV : FORTIVE : 0.5100 : xxxxxx : 0
GAIN : GLADSTONE : 9.2700 : $9,673 : 11
GD : GENERAL DYNAMICS : 1.7900 $99,132 : 19
GE : GENERAL ELECT : 2.9500 : $26,247 : 19
GILD : GILEAD SCIENCES : 2.5200 $961,090 : 19
GIS : GENERAL MILLS : 3.0600 : $51,761 : 19
GLP : GLOBAL LP : 11.4200 : $16,185 : 19
GNTX : GENTEX : 1.9600 : $78,232 : 19
GOOGL : ALPHABET : 0.0000 : $152,604 : 13
GPC : GENUINE PARTS : 2.7100 : $39,766 : 19
GRUB : GRUBHUB : 0.0000 : $11,842 : 2
GS : GOLDMAN SACHS : 1.2300 : $36,945 : 19
HAIN : HAIN CELESTIAL : 0.0000 : $177,150 : 19
HBI : HANESBRANDS : 1.8200 : $50,384 : 11
HCA : HCA HOLDINGS : 0.0000 : $22,243 : 6
HCN : WELLTOWER : 5.5100 : $108,937 : 19
HD : HOME DEPOT : 2.1100 : $131,250 : 19
HEINY : HEINEKEN : 1.6900 : $72,956 : 19
HELE : HELEN OF TROY : 0.0000 : $90,849 : 19
HEP : HOLLY ENERGY : 7.0600 : $51,834 : 12
HFC : HOLLYFRONTIER : 4.5000 : $264,301 : 19
HII : HUNTINGTON INGALLS : 1.3400 : $36,799 : 6
HOLX : HOLOGIC : 0.0000 : $54,400 : 19
HON : HONEYWELL : 2.3600 : $49,885 : 19
HP : HELMERICH : 4.0300 : $73,828 : 19
HRL : HORMEL : 1.9000 : $177,018 : 19
HRS : HARRIS CORP : 2.0400 : $81,833 : 19
HSY : HERSHEY : 2.5300 : $69,865 : 19
HUM : HUMANA : 0.55000 : $119,922 : 19
ICE : INTERCONTIN EXC : 1.2500 : $87,562 : 12
ICLR : ICON : 0.0000 : $119,922 : 19
INCY : INCYTE : 0.0000 : $80,877 : 19
INGN : INOGEN : 0.0000 : $32,861 : 2
INGR : INGREDION : 1.7000 : $103,711 : 19
INTC : INTEL : 2.9300 : $29,385 : 19
INTU : INTUIT : 1.2000 : $266,692 : 19
IP : INTERNATIONAL PAPER : 3.450 : 23,720 : 19
ISRG : INTUITIVE SURG : 0.0000 : $355,719 : 11
ITW : ILLINOIS TOOL : 2.0900 : $82,240 : 19
JAZZ : JAZZ PHARMA : 0.0000 : $64,437 : 10
JCI : JOHNSON CONTROLS : 2.5600 : $95,264 : 19
JNJ : JOHNSON & JOHNSON : 2.8400 : $73,057 : 19
JPM : JP MORGAN : 2.4400 : $40,066 : 19
KHC : KRAFT HEINZ : 2.8500 : $10,891 : 1
KKR : KKR COMPANY : 4.1500 : $22,917 : 7
KMB : KIMBERLY CLARK : 3.2100 : $41,885 : 19
KMI : KINDER MORGAN : 2.2800 : $8,240 : 6
KO : COCA COLA : 3.3800 : $24,960 : 19
KR : KROGER : 1.4300 : $36,782 : 19
LB : L BRANDS : 3.3900 : $58,340 : 19
LBRDA : LIBERTY BROADBAND : 0.0000 : $13,199 ; 2
LBTYA : LIBERTY GLOBAL : 0.0000 : $32,782 : 12
LEA : LEAR : 0.9300 : $40,627 : 8
LEG : LEGGETT & PLATT : 2.7600 : $37,194 : 19
LKQ : LKQ CORP : 0.0000 : $145,157 : 14
LLY : ELI LILLY : 2.6800 : $18,859 : 19
LMT : LOCKHEED MARTIN : 2.7500 : $70,742 : 19
LNT : ALLIANT ENERGY : 3.2500 : $56,216 : 19
LOW : LOWES COMPANIES : 1.9600 : $125,213 :19
LXP : LEXINGTON REALTY : 6.7200 : $27,622 : 19
LYB : LYONDELLBASELL : 3.8800 : $42,046 : 19
MA : MASTERCARD : 0.7200 : $239,522 : 11
MAIN : MAIN STREET : 6.2100 : $46,833 : 9
MANH : MANHATTAN ASSOC : 0.0000 : $88,786 : 19
MAS : MASCO : 1.2300 : $19,129 : 19
MBLY : MOBILEYE : 0.0000 : $8,536 : 2
MCD : MCDONALDS : 3.1400 : $72,085 : 19
MCK : MCKESSON : 0.7900 : $31,241 : 19
MDLZ : MONDELEZ : 1.7500 : $20,493 : 16
MDT : MEDTRONIC : 2.2000 : $40,627 : 19
MELI : MERCADOLIBRE : 0.3600 : $57,647 : 11
MFA : MFA FINANCIAL : 10.2400 : $54,231 : 19
MHK : MOHAWK : 0.0000 : $79,068 : 19
MHLD : MAIDEN : 3.6100 : $25,130 : 9
MIDD : MIDDLEBY CORP : 0.0000 : $1,301,751 : 19
MKC : MCCORMICK : 1.8500 : $95,179 : 19
MLM : MARTIN MARIET : 0.7600 : $127,396 : 19
MMM : 3M COMPANY : 2.5800 : $62,832 : 19
MMP : MAGELLAN MID : 4.8600 : $237,472 : 16
MNST : MONSTER BEV : 0.0000 : $11,935,569 : 19
MO : ALTRIA : 3.800 : $42,603 : 19
MOMO : MOMO : 0.0000 : $19,591 : 1
MPC : MARATHON : 2.970 : $26,810 : 5
MPWR : MONOLITHIC : 0.9500 : $80,246 : 13
MRK : MERCK : 3.0500 : $28,069 : 19
MSEX : MIDDLESEX : 1.9800 : $87,494 : 19
MSFT : MICROSOFT : 2.5500 : $94,213 : 19
MTCH : MATCH GROUP : 0.0000 : $12,375 : 1
MXIM : MAXIM INTEGRAT : 3.2900 : $65,23 : 19
NDAQ : NASDAQ : 1.9500 : $58,979 : 11
NDSN : NORDSON : 0.9900 : $95,386 : 19
NEE : NEXTERA : 3.0600 : $106,667 : 19
NFLX : NETFLIX : 0.0000 : $1,285,861 : 18
NHI : NATIONAL HEALTH : 5.0200 : $80,333 : 19
NKE : NIKE INC : 1.3900 : $84,144 : 19
NNN : NATIONAL RETAIL : 4.3300 : $107,952 : 19
NOC : NORTHROP : 1.4500 : $84,511 : 19
NS : NUSTAR ENERGY : 9.2100 : $46,972 : 19
NTES : NETEASE : 1.2900 : $3,157,907 : 17
NUE : NUCOR : 2.4100 : $59,420 : 19
NVDA : NVIDIA : 0.6000 : $453,736 : 19
NVEE : NV5 GLOBAL : 0.0000 : $37,338 : 4
NVO : NOVO : 3.0100 : $247,842 : 19
NWBI : NORTHWEST BANC : 3.3000 : $91,721 : 19
O : REALTY INCOME : 4.2800 : $166,197 : 19
OA : ORBITAL ATK : 1.4000 : $11,455 : 2
OHI : OMEGA HEALTH : 8.4800 : $35,165 : 19
OKE : ONEOK : 4.6000 : $133,150 : 19
OKS : ONEOK PART : 7.5200 : $118,498 : 19
ORLY : O REILLY AUTO : 0.0000 : $80,543 : 19
OXY : OCCIDENTAL : 4.3900 : $100,639 : 19
OZRK : BANK OF OZARK : 1.3700 : $427,854 : 19
PAA : PLAINS ALL AMERI : 6.9200 : $102,084 : 19
PANW : PALO ALTO NET : 0.0000 : $25,902 : 6
PAYC : PAYCOM SOFT : 0.0000 : $28,417 : 3
PAYX : PAYCHEX : 3.2000 : $75,046 : 19
PCLN : PRICELINE : 0.0000 : $28,643 : 17
PEP : PEPSICO : 2.9300 : $55,142 : 19
PF : PINNACLE FOODS : 2.2600 : $25,164 : 4
PFE : PFIZER : 3.8300 : $38,599 : 19
PG : PROCTER & GAMBLE : 3.2400 : $55,382 : 19
PHK : PIMCO HIGH INCOME : 3.9800 : $24,577 : 10
PLNT : PLANET FITNESS : 0.000 : $11,633 : 2
PM : PHILIP MORRIS : 4.6200 : $27,495 : 9
PPG : PPG INDUSTRIES : 1.6600 : $56,392 : 19
PRAH : PRA HEALTH : 0.0000 : $24,804 : 2
PRGO : PERRIGO : 0.6600 : $97,018 : 19
PSA : PUBLIC STORAGE : 3.9000 : $128,499 : 19
PSEC : PROSPECT CAP : 12.4200 : $21,462 : 11
PSX : PHILLIPS 66 : 2.9700 : $25,573 : 4
PTY : PIMCO CORPOR : 10.9400 : $27,629 : 11
PYPL : PAYPAL : 0.0000 : $10,569 : 1
QCOM : QUALCOMM : 3.1000 : $330,987 : 19
QSR : RESTAURANT BRAND : 1.4200 : $12,534 : 2
RAI : REYNOLDS AMERI : 3.3700 : $410,081 : 18
*RDSA : ROYAL DUTCH SHELL : 7.4100 : $15,005 : 19
REGN : REGENERON : 0.0000 : $211,717 : 19
RH : RESTORATION HARDWARE : 0.0000 : $7,721 : 5
RMD : RESMED : 2.1200 : $643,066 : 19
ROP : ROPER TECH : 0.6500 : $199,471 : 19
ROST : ROSS STORES : 0.7800 : $646,662 : 19
RSG : REPUBLIC SERVIC : 2.3100 : $42,055 : 19
RTN : RAYTHEON : 1.9800 : $66,491 : 16
RY : ROYAL BANK : 3.7200 : $145,614 : 19
SABR : SABRE CORP : 2.0100 : $14,543 : 4
SAM : BOSTON BEER : 0.0000 : $152,976 : 1
*SAN : BANCO SANTA : 3.8000 : $25,759 : 19
SBUX : STARBUCKS : 1.7500 : $322,871 : 19
SCG : SCANA : 3.2400 : $64,170 : 19
SCHW : SCHWAB : 0.7200 : $266,692 : 19
SE : SPECTRA ENERGY : 3.8600 : $21,614 : 10
SEP : SPECTRA ENERGY : 6.1600 : $24,032 : 10
*SFL : SHIP FINANCE : 12.3700 : $29,242 : 13
SHW : SHERWIN WILLIAMS : 1.2500 : $123,392 : 19
SJM : JM SMUCKER : 2.3600 : $98,205 : 17
SKX : SKECHERS : 0.0000 : $57,000 : 18
SLB : SCHLUMBERGER : 2.4500 : $41,159 : 19
SNA : SNAP ON INC : 1.6600 : $72,192 : 19
SO : SOUTHERN CO : 4.7100 : $46,857 : 19
SODA : SODA STREAM : 0.0000 : $11,654 : 6
SPB : SPECTRUM BRANDS : 1.2300 : $56,836 : 10
SPH : SUBURBAN PROPANE : 11.8600 : $74,504 : 19
SPR : SPIRIT AEROSYSTEM : 0.7000 : $18,319 : 11
SQ : SQUARE : 0.0000 : $10,116 : 1
SRCL : STERICYCLE : 0.0000 : $267,339 : 19
SRE : SEMPRA ENERGY : 3.0100 : $69,516 : 19
STZ : CONSTELLATION BRAN : 1.0200 : $615,275 : 9
SUN : SUNOCO LP : 15.5200 : $13,815 : 5
SWK : STANLEY BLACK : 1.9200 : $70,583 : 19
SWKS : SKYWORKS : 1.4100 : $89,001 : 13
SXL : SUNOCO LOGIST : 8.5800 : $168,621 : 15
SYF : SYNCHRONY FINANC : 1.5300 : $10,942 : 3
SYK : STRYKER : 1.3700 : $180,354 : 19
SYY : SYSCO : 2.4400 : $90,787 : 19
T : AT&T : 5.0800 : $33,478 : 19
TAP : MOLSON COORS : 1.6400 : $155,283 : 19
TCEHY : TENCENT : 0.2400 : $201,966 : 9
TCP : TC PIPELINES : 6.9100 : $113,642 : 18
TD : TORONTO DOMINION : 3.4600 : $143,469 : 19
*TEF : TELEFONICA : 10.5600 : $8,355 : 19
TEVA : TEVA PHARMA : 3.0600 : $82,836 : 19
TGT : TARGET CORP : 3.0800 : $104,612 : 19
THO : THOR INDUSTRIES : 1.4900 : $226,604 : 19
*TICC : TICC CAPITAL : 18.3000 : $15,490 : 19
TJX : TJX COMPANIES : 1.3100 : $387,491 : 19
TLP : TRANSMONTAIGNE : 6.5500 : $35,730 : 12
TMO : THERMO FISHER : 0.4200 : $36,562 : 19
TMUS : T-MOBIL : 0.0000 : $25,473 : 3
TOT : TOTAL SA : 5.7700 : $51,600 : 19
TRGP : TARGA RESOURCES : 7.0200 : $21,576 : 7
TSCO : TRACTOR SUPPLY : 1.2900 : $537,178 : 19
TSM : TIAWAN SEMI : 3.2000 :$114,295 : 19
TSN : TYSON FOODS : 1.5300 : $46,199 : 19
TSRA : TESSERA : 1.7700 : $27,218 : 13
TWO : TWO HARBORS : 11.1800 : $21,438 : 8
TWX : TIME WARNER : 1.7400 : $173,438 : 19
TXN : TEXAS INSTRU : 2.6900 : $108,485 : 19
UA : UNDER ARMOUR : 0.0000 : $112,269 : 12
UL : UNILEVER : 3.3600 : $30,266 : 18
ULTA : ULTA SALON : 0.0000 : $66,717 : 10
UNH : UNITED HEALTH : 1.6400 : $272,596 : 19
UNP : UNION PACIFIC : 2.4100 : $84,760 : 19
UVE : UNIVERSAL : 2.2200 : $576,776 : 19
V : VISA : 0.8300 : $54,981 : 19
VFC : VF CORP : 2.8900 : $102,960 : 19
VGR : VECTOR GROUP : 7.4500 : $478,103 : 19
VLO : VALERO ENERGY : 3.6800 : $109,531 : 19
VNTV : VANTIV : 0.0000 : $29,572 : 5
VRSN : VERISIGN : 0.0000 : $125,130 : 19
VTR : VENTAS : 4.8200 : $57,492 : 19
VZ : VERIZON : 4.6700 : $34,081 : 19
WAGE : WAGE WORKS : 0.0000 : $65,824 : 4
WBA : WALGREEN : 1.7900 : $111,721 : 19
WEC : WEC ENERGY : 3.5000 : $86,883 : 19
WES : WESTERN GAS PART : 6.0000 : $50,092 : 9
WFC : WELLS FARGO : 2.9100 : $68,050 : 19
WM : WASTE MANAG : 2.3600 : $30,562 : 19
WMT : WALMART : 2.8500 : $69,818 : 19
WPC : WP CAREY : 6.6700 : $93,342 : 19
WPZ : WILLIAMS PART : 9.0900 : $7,828 : 1
WSO : WATSCO : 2.8600 : $102,665 : 19
WTR : AQUA AMERIC : 2.4800 : $106,028 : 19
XEL : XCEL ENERGY : 3.4600 : $45,184 : 19
XOM : EXXON MOBIL : 3.4600 : $55,031 : 19
YY : YY INC : 0.0000 : $31,073 : 5
ZBH : ZIMMER BIOMET : 0.9500 : $36,587 : 16
++SPY : S&P 500 : 2.1 : $31,405 : 19
++SPY added as a comparison benchmark.
* Indicates stocks that I might sell.
In general there seems to be a correlation between high yield and substandard stock price performance (total return).
If the returns for each stock are added up it totals $63,131,123 for $10K invested in each stock. If only $200 was invested in each stock the $70,600 invested the value would be $1,262,622. This is about a 15.9% annual compounded return.
First, the good stuff. Here's my portfolio ...
Consumer Discretionary: MCD, NKE, SBUX, TGT
Consumer Staples: COST, CVS, GIS, KHC, KO, MO, PEP, PG, PM, RAI, WBA
Energy: CVX, KMI, XOM
Health: ABBV, AMGN, GILD, JNJ, MCK
Industrial: BA, 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 25 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, CAT, CL, CLX, COP, DE, EMR, GE, GPC, HCP, HSY, IBM, KMB, MKC, NEE, QCP, SHPG, 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.
I am a retired investor with market experience going back to the 1960s. I was a software engineer for 42 years, and currently do some part-time consulting, which lets me contribute to a Roth IRA. I am not an accountant and not a financial professional.
My wife and I have established a set of guiding principles for our investment life:
• Change is the only constant in life. Everything in this plan is subject to change.
• Never touch your principal. Wealth is built and maintained by not spending it. Wealth is the primary buffer between ourselves and blind chance.
• Exploit folly, do not participate in it (thank you, Chuck Carnevale). Do not follow the crowd, which is more often than not wrong.
• A portfolio is like a bar of soap – the more you touch it, the smaller it becomes. Do not be a trader.
• Own assets, avoid liabilities. Assets generate income. Liabilities generate expenses.
Based on these principles, we have established two investing goals: 1) sufficient current income with a comfortable buffer, and 2) increasing future income to maintain our buffer.
Our primary investing goal is to generate sufficient current income to cover that part of our living expenses not covered by pensions, with a comfortable buffer. We are retired and depend on investment income to meet a significant minority of our living expenses.
As we age and get closer to the end, current income becomes ever more valuable, and future income becomes ever less valuable. This reality informs all of our investing decisions. However, we know that inflation will cause our income needs to rise, so we also plan for increased future income, which is our second investing goal.
To meet our current and future income needs, we rely on 2 Social Security pensions, 1 private pension, a consulting retainer, income generated by investments, and fully paid up long term care insurance.
It is common to allocate a retirement investment portfolio with some percentage in stocks and the balance in fixed income, such as 60/40. We look upon our pension income as the equivalent of fixed income, with the added benefit that Social Security is indexed to the CPI. In the past we owned no fixed income and had no plans to do so in the future. The future has arrived and we have discovered baby bonds and preferred stocks, and we like the higher current income we can get from these investments. We have therefore started to redirect some of our investment capital into these investments, and as a result our investment income is now greater than it would have been otherwise.
We categorize dividends and interest as income, and capital gains as return of capital, not income. Therefore, our goals are to be met from dividends and interest only.
Investment income currently meets our primary investing goal. We invest in a blend of mostly medium yield (3%-6%) stocks with medium dividend growth, a few high yield (>6%) stocks with no dividend growth, low yield (<3%) stocks with high dividend growth, and fixed income securities with yields in the range of 5%-8% with no growth.
We expect our medium yield and low yield stocks to provide the income growth needed for the future, our second investing goal.
We currently own common stocks, preferred stocks, and bonds. Our portfolio requires regular attention to avoid possible dividend cuts and deletions. As we age, our mental faculties are in decline, and we will become increasingly less able to perform portfolio monitoring intelligently. There will come a time when we will need to use some form of income oriented index ETFs to carry the income generating burden.
We want to behave like landlords and collect rents, but without the risks and demands of owning real estate directly. Dividends and interest are our rental income, and as once-removed landlords we expect to own real estate investment trusts (REITs).
We want our non REIT income to be generated by long-lived, steady companies that provide products and services that we all need regardless of the economy, and thus can be relied upon to provide steady, and steadily growing, income. This requirement points primarily at consumer staples stocks. We own some of the best consumer staples stocks, such as mighty MO, and plan to own one or more ETFs that concentrate on the consumer staples sector of the S&P 500. Our preferred shares are mostly in the REIT sector, with the major exception of the CHS preferreds (CHSCL etc).
• Some of my investing history
During much of my working years I used technical analysis (TA) to invest in individual stocks (I was an early fan of Joseph Granville and I bought an Apple II in 1980 because Granville brought out OBV software for the Apple at that time), and I speculated with short selling and commodity trading. Those were not the best investing decisions I ever made. Later I invested in stock mutual funds and ETFs for total return, with inconsistent results, and no comprehensive plan. Being a software engineer in a lead position left little time or energy for serious investing skills development. In 2005 I had pretty much given up on getting market beating results, and felt that I was getting too old and too close to retirement to continue swinging for the fences, so I decided to buy a variable annuity that guaranteed a minimum return of 6% per year, compounded, with the upside limited only by the performance of the mutual funds offered for investment. I decided to let the insurance company bear the market risk for me. I also had a 401k plan at work to which I contributed the maximum and got the company match. A year or so before 2008 I used a retirement investing projection tool provided by Fidelity, which said the worst returns I could expect in retirement were positive but not spectacular, and the best were indeed spectacular. At that time I was invested in mutual funds and ETFs through my 401k and the variable annuity and had not directly owned stocks since shortly before the start of the great bull market in 1982 (Granville famously missed the whole thing). I thought, with a bit of skepticism but not much, that I was set. We all know what happened in 2008-09. That experience put me off Monte Carlo simulations and Modern Portfolio Theory for life.
When I retired I converted my 401k to a rollover IRA brokerage account and invested in ETFs. I thought I was being appropriately conservative but also ready to capture capital gains by investing in VIG and VCSH.
Then I found Seeking Alpha, and then - thank my lucky stars - David Van Knapp, and the DGI light went on. I had spent most of my adult life thinking I was smarter than most people by relying on TA, and then later letting the insurance company assume market risk. I remember learning about the 200 DMA when I was in my 20s, which is a long time ago, and thinking how revolutionary this idea was and how I should be able to use it to my advantage. Fortunately for me and my family, I also was pretty good at software engineering, so I had a reasonable retirement nest egg accumulated when the time came. With the concepts and methodology of dividend growth investing, and more recently REITs, I now have sleep well at night investments that just keep on churning out increasing income, something that could never be said about using TA.
I started with DGI too late in life to commit totally to low yield, high growth stocks. I hope to capture the double compounding of DRiP investing with that part of my portfolio that is low yield, high growth.
We have recently (Nov 2014) rolled over all of the variable annuities into brokerage accounts. We now believe that we can get sufficient income from our dividend investing strategy, and we want to retain ownership of the annuity capital.
• Tools and Teachers
Tools I use include the CCC list, F.A.S.T. Graphs, Morningstar Premium, the EDGAR web site, and Excel. I get ideas from the many informative articles by (among others) the following (in no particular order): Bill Stoller, Chuck Carnevale, Brad Thomas, Ron Hiram, David Van Knapp, David Fish, Robert Allan Schwartz, Dividend Growth Investor, Dividends4Life, David Crosetti, Tim McAleenan Jr., Reel Ken, Bret Jensen, Alan Brochstein, Chowder, Dane Bowler, Bob Wells, BDC Buzz, Scott Kennedy, Bill Maurer, Darren McCammon, Richard Shaw, Bruce Miller, Preferred Stock Trader, Norman Roberts. Favorite commentators who are not yet authors include Elliot Miller, Paul Leibowitz, mbkelly75, surfgeezer.
I use FAST Graphs heavily for valuation research. Since my pivot toward REITs, FAST Graphs has done a similar pivot. I never consider an investment before first consulting FAST Graphs. Thank you Chuck.
The best investment advice outside of Seeking Alpha have been 'The Intelligent Investor', ‘Securities Analysis’, and 'The Single Best Investment'.
• Some historical portfolio stuff
My DGI portfolio was started on 2011/4/20 with CTL, which I have since sold. It was a beginner's mistake. Subsequent mistakes were MLPs, and to a lesser extent, mortgage REIT common. I did not allow for any circumstance that could cause WTI to fall as far and as fast as it has, so I lost money on MLPs. The prolonged flattening of the yield curve, plus the persistent markdown from NAV for the mortgage REIT commons, has made these unappealing as long term investments. Now I keep my distance from anything that is dependent on commodity pricing, and I invest very carefully in the carry trade. A glaring mistake was selling JNJ when it languished for several years.
Subsequent to my disenchantment with mortgage REIT common, I discovered mortgage REIT preferreds, along with preferreds and baby bonds in general. I have decided that mREIT preferreds are a reliable source of steady income and I own some.
• Some ongoing portfolio stuff
The target dividend growth rate for our entire portfolio was formerly 5%. With our pivot to higher current income at the expense of higher future income, this target is not realistic, and I now hope for 3-4% growth.
I use yield on cost to allocate our investments so that each position in aggregate generates approximately the same amount of income. I learned the basic methodology from a comment on a SA article. SA is a wonderful resource! I have published an SA Instablog that describes the method: http://seekingalpha.com/instablog/902946-be-here-now/4581516-portfolio-allocation-for-equal-income-from-each-position-using-excel
• Current portfolio:
equity REIT: we recently sold some of our health care REITs in favor of data center REITs, which leaves us with: CONE, DFT, DLR, EPR, LTC, NSA, O, OHI, STAG, WPC
consumer staples: we recently sold our positions in most consumer staples to invest in preferreds with much higher current yields, leaving the one stock that should never be sold: MO
financial: GBDC, GSBD, HTGC, MAIN, TCPC
baby bonds: HTGX, NEWTL, TCCA, TPVZ
preferred: AGNCB, AGNCP, AHT-F, AHT-G, CHSCL, CYS-B, DFT-C, DLR-F, GAB-G, GGZ-A, HT-D, LXP-C, MNR-C, NLY-C, STAG-B, VER-F
Prospective additions: none currently; I plan to buy more CHSCL at the right price
Learning more about personal finance every day and sharing my investment ideas with others. My goal in writing for Seeking Alpha is to provide only what I consider helpful analysis on stocks that interest me, and hopefully others. My primary focus is on long-term growth, dividend-growth stocks. I trade options occasionally.
I am a real estate manager in New York City. I graduated from NYU's School of Journalism and Mass Communications. My eBook entitled 'Growth Investing: Finding the Perfect Stock for You' was released in December 2012 for Amazon Kindle.
I have been actively managing my own portfolio for five years. I am currently long UA, CMG, TSLA, DIS, SBUX (from largest position to smallest, as of December 2014)
I am also a freelance contributor to The Motley Fool.
I write about dividend growth stocks on my website www.dividendgrowthinvestor.com.
I am mostly a buyer of high quality dividend stocks, with solid competitive advantages. My holding period is forever, as long as the dividend is at least maintained. I tend to concentrate my efforts on stocks which grow earnings and dividends, which provides outstanding total returns over time. I only focus my attention to stocks with sustainable dividend payments. I am also a firm believer in diversification accross sectors and geographic locations.
I have been focusing my attention particularly to companies that regularly increase dividends to their shareholders on my website. On my blog I share my thoughts on investing in dividend paying stocks that have consistently increased their payments over time and tips on growing my dividend income. I hope that my blog will serve as an inspiration for my readers and that it would change their financial lives for the better.
Visit my website, Dividend Growth Investor (http://www.dividendgrowthinvestor.com/)
The Parsimony community is made up of thousands of do-it-yourself dividend and income investors working toward one common goal...generating consistent income!
Our strategy is simple:1. Buy great dividend stocks at reasonable prices.2. Enhance income with conservative option strategies.3. Manage risk through diversification and exit strategies.
Our research (which includes dividend stock rankings, single stock Buy Zone reports, stock screens, and model portfolios) will give you all the tools you need to build and monitor your own DIY Dividend Portfolio and super charge that portfolio with conservative option strategies (cover calls and cash-secured puts).
For more information about our subscription services click the links below: - DIY Dividend Portfolio
- Triple Income Portfolio (stocks + options)
I was trained in finance, but work in strategy. I invest very infrequently, and balance my portfolio once a year. I buy and hold hold indices and volatility ETFs. I trade a little bit on the side, but that's pure gambling, for fun.
Mr. McIntosh is the author of the three investment books including the newly released "The Snowball Effect, "The Sector Strategist", and also "The Bear Market Survival Guide". He writes a daily dividend blog www.thedividendmanager.com. He serves as the Chief Investment Officer of SIPCO. He is the portfolio manager for the firm's U.S. Value Leaders and U.S. Corporate Bond Portfolios. He also served as a Professor of Finance at Eckerd College from 1998 to 2008.He has been featured in such notable publications as the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, USA Today, Investment Advisor, Fortune, and The St. Petersburg Times. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics from Florida State University, a Master of Business Administration (M.B.A) from the University of Sarasota, and a Master of Public Health Degree (M.P.H) from the University of South Florida. He and his wife and two boys reside in Tampa, Florida.
Charles (Chuck) C. Carnevale is the creator of F.A.S.T. Graphs™. Chuck is also co-founder of an investment management firm. He has been working in the securities industry since 1970: he has been a partner with a private NYSE member firm, the President of a NASD firm, Vice President and Regional Marketing Director for a major AMEX listed company, and an Associate Vice President and Investment Consulting Services Coordinator for a major NYSE member firm. Prior to forming his own investment firm, he was a partner in a 30-year-old established registered investment advisory in Tampa, Florida. Chuck holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics and Finance from the University of Tampa. Chuck is a sought-after public speaker who is very passionate about spreading the critical message of prudence in money management. Chuck is a Veteran of the Vietnam War and was awarded both the Bronze Star and the Vietnam Honor Medal.
I spend most of my time reading through annual reports looking for a small-cap stock to feature in my monthly edition of "The Conservative Investor Digest." That is where you can find my best work, and that is where I focus my research. You can become a subscriber here: https://gumroad.com/l/HmqJx
I run the long-term investing website "The Conservative Income Investor" which can be found at: www.theconservativeincomeinvestor.com
I retired in 2010, at age 64, following 40+ years in accounting and corporate finance. My most recent positions were as CFO of a number of middle-market companies in the fashion and home furnishings businesses.
My principal objective is to maintain a portfolio of income producing common stocks, preferred stocks, MLP's, and bonds that will support my life style and provide an adequate hedge against inflation.
I spent most of my life in the northeast, in the New York and Philadelphia metro areas, and currently live in Florida. My real name is Sheldon; cpa28761 is my New York State license number.
Husband, father of three, grandfather of three and long time investor. Bought my first stock at 16 years old, it was called Unishops and it went bankrupt. I kept on investing and now have a decent size portfolio. Best investing book I ever read was "The Future for Investors" by Jeremy Siegel. I believe in companies that pay dividends, have strong cash flow and have some type of moat.
I have been an active investor for almost 20 years. My main focus is on high-yield stocks, particularly MLPs, and high-growth oil companies in the Eagle Ford shale. I have a portion of my portfolio allocated to short-term trading, with a focus on over-reactions to company news and directional plays on VIX-based ETFs. I am happy to answer just about any question sent my way, especially from those new to the stock market.
On October 31st, 2014, I retired. Turned in the keys to the company car, gave them my computer and my account lists and joined the ranks of those who "slipped off into the sunset." I never thought in retirement that I would be this busy. It's fun. Time with the grandkids, time to perfect my cooking skills, and time to travel and check off the things on my bucket list. I should have done this a long time ago.
Dave Fish is Executive Editor for The Moneypaper and co-manager (since 1999) of the MP 63 Fund (Symbol: DRIPX), a fund that invests exclusively in companies that offer Direct Investment (or Dividend Reinvestment) Plans. He is also the author of the U.S. Dividend Champions spreadsheet (and PDF), which is updated at the end of each month...and lists companies that have increased their dividend payout for at least 25 consecutive years. (Separate tabs list "Contenders" that have increased their payouts for 10-24 years and "Challengers" that have increased their payouts for 5-9 years.) http://dripinvesting.org/Tools/Tools.asp
I am an individual investor and the author of seven eBooks on dividend growth investing. I try to help self-directed individual investors profit from stock investing. I contribute articles and studies to both Seeking Alpha and Daily Trade Alert. I hold an undergraduate degree in physics from Holy Cross College and a JD from Georgetown University. My wife Sue and I live in beautiful Canandaigua, NY.
Bob is retired from a career in law enforcement including more than 20 years as an instructor of Investigative Interviewing. He is a Dividend Growth investor using dividend yield from low beta stocks for income and preservation of capital. Bob has self managed his portfolio since early in 2011. He hopes to encourage discussion among those already in retirement and receiving income from their portfolios.
My curent portfolio is available here:
I believe that everyone needs a portfolio business plan.
Here's a copy of ours:: http://seekingalpha.com/article/2426965-our-retirement-portfolio-business-plan-legacy-edition-part-two
A list of Dividend Growth Safety Superstars for the past decade is available here: http://seekingalpha.com/article/2255863-a-review-of-the-dividend-safety-superstars
Jeff is the President of NewArc Investments Inc., manager of both individual and institutional investments. Jeff is a registered investment advisor, and portfolio manager for NewArc's investment programs. Jeff is a former college professor with a hands-on, real world attitude. His quantitative modeling helped inform state and local officials in Wisconsin for more than a decade. A Public Policy analyst, he taught advanced research methods at the University of Wisconsin, and analyzed many issues related to state tax policy. Jeff began in the financial business as Research Director for trading firm at the Chicago Board Options Exchange. He investigated anomalies in the standard option pricing models, taught classes for beginning options traders, and developed new forecasting techniques. In 1991 he established a general research consultancy, working with professional traders at all of the Chicago financial exchanges. In 1998 he started NewArc Investments, Inc. Jeff has a commitment to the specific needs of individual investors. It is not a one-size-fits all approach, but one that emphasizes the unique circumstances of each client. Jeff also serves on the board of two small technology companies (currently Chairman at one). He is occasionally as an expert witness in legal cases involving financial markets and hedging.