Hello Folks at Seeking Alpha. For the last five years or so I have been reading and enjoying many of the articles offered here at SA At the age of 77, I'm a bit old to be playing around in the market but here I am anyway. I made my first stock purchase at age 21 or 22. My father died in 1959 and left me his life insurance policy valued at $5,000.00. Year 1961. Knowing that I might just put the money in the bank and spend it I asked my parents' lawyer to give me advice. These were his recommendations: 1000.00 in GM 1000.00 in IBM 1000.00 in Stand Oil of NJ, which is now Exxon 2000.00 in second trusts When my children reached the age of 12 or 13, I returned to work at EPA (1974). But didn't start doing much investing until IRA's were offered in 1981. By 1986 I was also able to contribute to the government's TSP plan. Since I was rather young, I tired to follow my mother's sage advice: Set up a budget plan with different categories, dividing total income among each categories each payday. She and my dad's philosophy was this: Pay God (or charity) first at 10% and yourself (meaning savings or investments) second also at 10% . The remainder to be divided among such categories as: housing, transportation, children, dogs/cats, gifts other than charities, food, personal, entertainment, and emergencies. This method has helped me sleep at night. I graduated from Penn Hall Prep School in 1958, attended GW University. During my teen years I worked most summers in the Alexandria/Arlington VA area. I went to work for the Joint Chiefs of Staff in late 1958, then at DIA in 1961. Our first child was born in late 1963 and I resigned from DIA in early 1964.Our second son was born in 1965. My husband is retired from the Air Force and the Postal Service. We have been married 52 years. I retired from the Environmental Protection Agency in 1995 (early out). All Accounts Percentage of Holdings as of 2016-063-301 by Sector Sectors..............................................% of Portfolios Sector: Consumer Discretionary CRACKER BARREL (CBRL)........0.68 GENUINE PARTS (GPC)...............1.78 HOME DEPOT (HD)......................0.34 MC DONALDS .(MCD).................1.77 ROSS STORES INC (ROST)..........0.60 STARBUCKS (SBUX)...................0.87 Total:...............................................6.04 Sector: Consumer StaplesALTRIA (MO)................................2.21COCA COLA CO (KO)..................2.47COLGATE PALMOLIVE (CL)......0.38 COSTCO (COST)............................1.18 CVS HEALTH CORP (CVS)..........0.50 GENERAL MILLS INC (GIS) 1.74 KIMBERLY CLARK (KMB)..........1.20 KRAFT HEINZ CO (KHC).............1.48 PEPSICO INC NC (PEP).................0.97 PHILIP MORRIS INTL (PM).........3.66 PROCTER & GAMBLE (PG).........2.93 UNILEVER PLC ADS (UL)...........0.61 Total:.............................................19.99 Sector: EnergyCHEVRON CORP (CVX)..............2.42 ENERGY TRANSFER PAR(ETP).0.49 ENTERPRISE PROD PAR (EPD)..1.03 EXXON MOBIL CORP (XOM).....0.30 MAGELLAN MIDSTR (MMP)......0.41 Total:..............................................4.65 Sector: FinancialsAFLAC INC (AFL)........................1.37JPMORGAN CHASE (JPM)..........1.77WELLS FARGO & CO (WFC)......0.96Total:..............................................4.10 Sector: HealthcareABBVIE INC (ABBV)...................1.88AMGEN INC (AMGN).................0.49CARDINAL HEALTH (CAH)......0.86GILEAD SCIENCE (GILD)..........0.71JOHNSON & JOHNSON (JNJ).....3.27PFIZER INC (PFE)........................1.94SHIRE PLC ADR (SHPG)..............0.33Total:..............................................9.48 Sector: Industrials3M (MMM).....................................0.47CATERPILLAR INC (CAT)...........1.25CSX CORP (CSX)..........................0.82EMERSON ELECTRIC (EMR)......0.86GENERAL ELECTRIC (GE)..........1.92GENL DYNAMICS (GD)..............0.55LOCKHEED MARTIN (LMT)......0.66RAYTHEON CO (RTN)................2.47STANLEY BLK & DECK (SWK)..0.29UNION PACIFIC (UNP).................0.47Total:...............................................9.76 Sector Information Tech APPLE INC (AAPL).......................2.34INTEL CORP (INTC)....................2.28INTL BUSINESS MACH (IBM)....2.43MASTERCARD INC (MA)............0.46MICROSOFT CORP (MSFT).........0.27QUALCOMM INC (QCOM)..........0.78VISA INC (V).................................0.29Total:..............................................8.85 Sector: Materials AIR PROD & CHEM (APD)..........0.80SPDR GOLD TR GOLD (GLD).....0.26Total:..............................................1.06Sector: Multi Sectors GABELLI DIV&INCM TR (GDV).1.00 Total:..............................................1.00 Sector: REITs REALTY INCOME(O)..................1.76 VENTAS INC (VTR).....................0.98 Total:..............................................2.74 Sector: Telecom A&T T.............................................2.81VERIZON COMM (VZ).................2.08 Total:...............................................4.89 Sector: Utilities AMER ELECTRIC POW (AEP).....0.92DOMINION RES INC (D)..............2.75DUKE ENERGY CORP (DUK)......0.56SCANA CORP (SCG).....................0.93SEMPRA ENERGY (SRE).............0.30SOUTHERN CO (SO) ....................1.84WEC ENERGY GROUP (WEC)....0.34Total:...............................................7.64 Total...............................................79.21Equities..........................................79.21%Muni Bonds....................................4.03%Mutual Funds & Bond Funds......11.34 % Annuities.........................................4.15 % Cash Total:.....................................1.27% TOTAL........................................100.00%
I'm retired. Bought the farm -- literally (in NE Texas).
I'm a boomer, not a depression era kid (it was my parents who lived through that mess). So I'm exaggerating a bit when I state that the "Great Depression" ran into the late 50's where I grew up (the Appalachia of the West). But I did go to bed hungry, dreaming of food, because there was literally nothing to eat. The family's grocery problem was eventually solved through the good graces of a religious charity, the assistance of friends and neighbors, the perseverance of my parents, and more than a little luck.
I believe those early lean times provided a wee-bit of incentive to not let those circumstances repeat themselves... I really dislike going hungry.
But I was lucky. I had clothes; usually ate on a regular basis; got a bath once a week in a tin wash tub, whether it was needed or wanted; got medical treatment for the slices, dices and broken bones that would have crippled me, treatment for the diseases that, left untreated, would have killed me; and had the opportunity to go to school. That was an opportunity I seized with both hands and did not let go.
I am by nature inherently lazy... given the choice between digging ditch with pick and shovel at $0.10/hour or sitting behind a desk writing software at hundreds of times that hourly rate... I decided not to dig ditches.
Now that I'm retired and own the farm, I dig ditches for free.
As a kid I read constantly... pretty much everything on just about anything. Cleaned out the local libraries (it was a very small town). "The Richest Man in Babylon", biographies of Hughes, Carnegie, Rockefeller, and others, histories, westerns, mysteries, SF. Remembered various parables about being unable to grasp opportunities because one had wasted his resources.
Can't say I always succeeded, but I tried. Towards the end of my career, managed to live on about 1/3 of my gross, saving and investing what was left after taxes and insurance, and still had opportunities for fun, recreation, travel and friends.
As a NASA Engineer, I wrote a large variety of software. Some of the more notable items were:
* an email management system for the Agency and its contractors (the project included writing the procedures; reporting and correcting third party data errors;
* designing, writing and testing the software; designing and implementing the database schema and queries; navigating inter-center politics; etc);
* a moving map software that flew twice aboard the Shuttle and displayed alternate landing sites in the event of a launch emergency;
* post landing wheel-tire-brake analysis software for the Shuttle (STS-1 to final-flight);
* a graphical, real-time dynamic software simulator for a 7-joint robot;
* a FMEA/CIL data processing system (software and procedures) for Return-to-Flight after the Challenger disaster; data structures &
* translation software for the Shuttle's Wake Shield Experiment; and
* a Shuttle-Station docking simulator.
Also designed, developed, tested and used a simulation language, a graphics processing language, and various computer language processing and analysis tools.
And then there was the "fun" NASA stuff... logging 40 minutes of zero-G time (and 40 minutes of 2G time), riding a 6-DOF shuttle simulator, working (and biking) with a handful of astronauts, SCUBA-ing in the WETF whilst observing astronauts using the tools my group designed, witnessing a Shuttle launch, doing Shuttle post-landing ground penetrometer studies at Edwards AFB, simulating shuttle tile repair whilst mounted horizontally on an air-bearing floor, mentoring younger engineers, and working with some of the best and brightest people I've met in my life.
In my free time:
* I developed commercial library management, scheduling and reporting software packages, wrote the user manuals, made onsite visits and learned a lot of humility;
* guest lectured and taught software development at universities.
* lived for years in various locales in northern Japan, participated in a traditional Japanese marriage ceremony (my own), helped my father-in-law with a bit of traditional Japanese construction near Sendai, and played Shogi whenever possible (Shogi is the Japanese version of chess. The local shogi master's shocked expression of total surprise when I beat him at the game was priceless ... To the master I was just an idiot "gaijin" [foreigner] and not worth his full attention. He won the next game.);
* lived for three months in Hawaii;
* made brief excursions to Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean.
While at one time I could read, write, think, dream, and speak (without accent) in standard Japanese and could understand a bit of the Tsugaru and Zuzu-ben dialects, I don't practice much anymore.
My time in the US Army made me appreciate my MOS (a retired crypto sub-specialty) was not 11B.
I've been a Seeking Alpha member for about 3 years and decided to take a stab at writing a few articles. As a prior non-commissioned officer, I aim to take a different approach than most: I'll be focusing on investing while in the military and how to maximize the benefits available.
These articles are meant to enlighten civilians, guide young soldiers, and solicit advice, and different strategies. I'm not an expert on stock analysis, but I'll do a few write ups along the way. I'm sharing experiences, and looking to engage in conversation about investment vehicles and their application to military retirement. I'm a young investor and I have much to learn. I hope to do exactly that by writing these articles and engaging in conversation with Seeking Alpha members!
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I manage the capital of only a handful of families and I see it as my number one job to protect their financial security. They don’t pay me to sell them investment products, beat an index, abandon true investing for mindless diversification or follow the Wall Street lemmings down the primrose path. I manage their money exactly as I manage my own so I don’t take any risk at all unless I strongly believe it is worth taking.
Blogging here on SA is part of my research. I write to find out what I think.
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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.
Contributing columnist for Real Money and TheStreet.com. BA in History from Bemidji State in Minnesota. I went on to learn Chinese at National Taiwan University in Taipei.
I worked in mortgage sales at Countrywide and Bank of America until 2010 when I decided to relocate to Taiwan.
Investing for 20 years, emphasizing stock picking for the last ten. Long-only, driven by valuation relative to risk and growth prospects. My contrarian approach works well during periods of volatility, typically trailing market returns during bull runs.
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. Ship Finance International (SFL)
5. KNOT Offshore Partners (KNOP)
6. Sunoco LP (SUN)
7. Summit Midstream Partners (SMLP)
8. Gaslog Partners (GLOP)
9. Triangle Capital (TCAP)
10. Seaspan (SSW)
11. Fidus Investment Corp. (FDUS)
12. New Mountain Finance Corp. (NMFC)
13. Ares Capital (ARCC)
14. Annaly Capital Management (NLY)
15. Terra Nitrogen (TNH)
16. Monroe Capital (MRCC)
17. Hercules Capital (HGTC)
18. TPG Specialty Lending (TSLX)
19. Enviva Partners (EVA)
20. Hoegh LNG Partners (HMLP)
21.. Jernigan Capital (JCAP)
22. Starwood Property Trust (STWD)
23. New Senior Investment Group (SNR)
24. Ladder Capital Corp. (LADR)
25. Compass Diversified Holdings (CODI)
26. Goldman Sachs BDC Inc (GSBD)
27. Ares Commercial Real Estate Corp. (ACRE)
28. AmeriGas Partners (APU)
29. Ciner Resources (CINR)
30. Care Capital Properties (CCP)
31. Genesis Energy Partners (GEL)
32. Landmark Infrastructure Partners (LMRK)
33. Blackstone Minerals (BSM)
34. Omega Healthcare Investors (OHI)
35. Tallgrass Energy Partners (TEP)
36. Xenia Hotels & Resorts (XHR)
37. Holly Energy Partners (HEP)
38. City Office REIT (CIO)
39. Gaming and Leisure Properties (GLPI)
40. Pattern Energy Group (PEGI)
41. Sunoco Logistics Partners (SXL)
42. Sabra Healthcare REIT (SBRA)
43. Community Healthcare Trust (CHCT)
44. Main street Capital (MAIN)
45. LaSalle Hotel Properties (LHO)
46. Energy Transfer Equity (ETE)
47. Chatham Lodging Trust (CLDT)
48. Chesapeake Lodging Trust (CHSP)
49. Macquarie Infrastructure Corp. (MIC)
50. MPLX (MPLX)
51. Medical Properties Trust (MPW)
52. Apple Hospitality REIT (APLE)
53. 8Point3 Energy Partners (CAFD)
54. Brookfield Renewable Partners (BEP)
55. Stag Industrial (STAG)
56. NRG Yield (NYLD)
57. InfraREIT (HIFR)
58. Armada Hoffler Properties (AHH)
59. Spirit Realty Capital (SRC)
60. HollyFrontier Corp. (HFC)
61. Hannon Armstrong Sustainable Infrastructure Capital (HASI)
62. Ford (F)
63. GM (GM)
64. Brookfield Property Partners (BPY)
65. W.P Carey (WPC)
66. Preferred Apartment Communities (APTS)
67. Hersha Hospitality Trust (HT)
68. RLJ Hospitality Trust (RLJ)
69. Enterprise Products Partners (EPD)
70. Pebblebrook Hotel Trust (PEB)
71. Brookfield Infrastructure Partners (BIP)
72. Iron Mountain (IRM)
73. National Health Investors (NHI)
74. EPR Properties (EPR)
75. Spectra Energy Corp. (SE)
76. Lazard Ltd. (LAZ)
77. Maiden Holdings (MHLD)
78. Invesco (IVZ)
79. Wells Fargo (WFC)
Baby Boomers with modest nest egg who got tired of watching our low yielding mutual funds lose money and decided to take over managing our portfolio in 2009. In 2013, after reading a number of investing books and countless articles on SA, we decided DGI gave us to best chance at meeting our goals with reasonable risk. Goals: retire by 2022 (2023 at latest) with a minimum of 12k/yr (1k/mo) in dividends to supplement pension and SS. Challenges: Modest initial capital and income (under 45k) limits Roth contributions, relatively new to investing on my own (late 2009), new to DGI (2013). Limited time and money may prevent me from reaching much past my minimum goals. 12k/yr may not be enough to make a significant enough difference depending on medical insurance costs. Strategy: DGI, take divs in cash and invest in best possible opportunity, contribute as much as possible to our Roths until retirement. Minimum IY of 3%. Try to apply Chowder rule to all new investments. I occasionally employ cash secured puts or covered calls when entering or exiting a position. Progress: Began transitioning to DGI mid-2013. Portfolio yields about 7.5k/yr as of early 2015. I have a much better grasp of what and how I can reach my goals. I had reached the 12k/yr goal in 2014, but only by using a high yielding CEF with a large portion of the portfolio. That CEF announced a 50% cut to distribution and the position was closed with a nice gain. I have since redeployed those funds into DG stocks albeit at a lower yield. Progress to 1k/mo goal: 72%
Simply Safe Dividends helps conservative dividend investors increase current income, make better investment decisions, and avoid risk. Brian Bollinger, CPA, runs Simply Safe Dividends and previously worked as an equity research analyst at a multibillion-dollar investment firm.
I'm a Managing Director at A North Investments (ANI), a quantitative hedge fund based in New York. Those who'd like to contact me, private message me here or email me at email@example.com.
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Brian Nelson is the President of Equity Research at Valuentum Securities, an investment research firm serving individual and institutional investors, as well as financial advisors. Before founding Valuentum, Mr. Nelson worked as a director at Morningstar, where he was responsible for training and methodology development within the firm's equity and credit research department. Prior to that position, he served as a senior industrials securities analyst, covering aerospace, airlines, construction and environmental services companies. Before joining Morningstar in February 2006, Mr. Nelson worked for a small capitalization fund covering a variety of sectors for an aggressive growth investment management firm in Chicago. He holds a Bachelor's degree in finance and a minor in mathematics, magna cum laude, from Benedictine University. Mr. Nelson has an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and also holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.
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Brian is frequently quoted in the media and has been a frequent guest on Nightly Business Report, Bloomberg TV, and the Money Show.
Mr. Nelson is very experienced in valuing equities, developing Morningstar's discounted cash-flow model used to derive the fair value estimates for the company's entire equity coverage universe.
Brian worked on a small cap fund and a micro cap fund that were ranked within the top 10th percentile and top 1st percentile within the Small Cap Lipper Growth Universe, respectively, in 2005.
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I am a 29 year old father of three, active duty US Marine. I began investing with my retirement in mind and mostly focus on reliable dividend paying companies. I enjoy writing for Seeking Alpha to share my ideas and create discussions with fellow investors. I firmly believe that investing should be made more approachable to the masses and strive to keep my articles simple yet informative. Being on a "fixed" but stable income and lone "breadwinner" in the house creates interesting dynamics and greatly impacts my investing approach. I currently hold in no particular order:
PFE, CMI, AAPL, RTN, OA, BAESY, NKE, UA, DIS, CSX, EMR, F, O, MO, UL, SBUX, EML, CGNX, HRC, DOW, XOM, T, VOD, CSCO, SYF, ORI, GLW, TATT, KTOS, JOUT, GLBL.
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I like writing about all sorts of companies in all sorts of sectors. Recently I've been focusing my writing and even investing dollars on micro/small cap defense facing companies. I will always try to keep it simple and understandable, please hit "Follow" if you would like to read my articles in the future.
DISCLAIMER: I am not an investing professional. As a result anything that I write should not be taken as investment advice as it is my personal opinion at the time. In addition, I am not your fiduciary nor do I understand your personal financial situation. Please perform your own due diligence on any potential investment decisions.
Self-directed, began in mid 90s in drips. Then employer 401k. Rolled to self in 2010, invested in all div stocks.
Buy and hold (so far), I am a dividend-lover that has always aspired to live off my divs.
My Roth includes some hedges that began as experiments: 2 TIPS funds out of sheer curiosity , 2 govt bond funds (med and LT), and one bond index ETF. I have always been 90%+ stocks (or stock funds in 401k) , currently 98% equities. I let the workplace 401k handle international exposure and otherwise diversify within each portfolio, and across entire holdings.
Each stock owned in only one acct; multiple portfolios taxable and retirement; position sizes and start/add dates vary widely, not all positions receive new money:
Dividend growth investor since 1978.
Portfolio: ALE WFC MCD PG T LOW UNP CBRL CVX GIS SO VZ D HD CVS MMM JNJ SBUX HRL TGT CAH
Lived on cruising sailboats for over 30 years. Now living ashore in North Carolina. Married. Elderly.
I am a dividend growth investor, with once-in-a-while option strategies limited to covered calls, writing puts for stocks I want, and buying puts on the S&P 500.
I prefer companies with proven track records. IMO the best ones have been around since before WW2, or even WW1. for example, T and JNJ have been around since the 1800s. Here are my favorite stocks:
ABT, ADP, AMGN, BDX,
CL, CNI, D,
GE, ITW, JNJ, LMT,
MMM, NDSN, PH, PM,
SBUX, T, UL, WTR.
I like 2 growth stocks, GERN and REGN, which do not pay dividends
Retired at age 60, currently age 62. Living off pensions and social security. I will not draw on dividends before 2017. Portfolio positions as of 29 Sept 2016. Portfolio yield 3.62%.
The stock performance for each stock was extracted from FastGraphs on the day that I filed by Proxy Vote or when the stock was added to my portfolio which ever was sooner. Depending when the person bought the stock their stock, the Personal Rate of Return (PRR) would be different. For example a stock with low 2 year price return could actually have a much higher PRR.
Symbol : Yield % : 5 yr price perf : 2 yr price perf : Rating : % Portfolio
AAPL : 2.1300 : 18.50% : 24.6% : AA+ : 0.80%
ABBV : 3.5300 : 22.90% : 12.48% : A : 1.14%
ABC : 1.5800 : 23.59% : 22.82% : A- : 0.15%
ABT : 2.4000 : 10.45% : 8.85% : A+ : 0.59%
ACN : 1.9200 : 15.87% : 13.57% : A+ : 0.17%
ADP : 2.3700 : 12.81% : 3.52% : AA : 0.19%
AEP : 3.4400 : 15.80% : 15.45% : BBB : 0.45%
AFL : 2.2300 : 7.24% : 6.04% : A- : 0.28%
AGN : 0.0000 : 32.09% : 5.34% : BBB- : 0.14%
AHGP : 8.7500 : -6.63% : -35.24% : NA : 0.40%
AMGN : 2.3300 : 26.22% : 16.65% : A : 0.21%
AMP : 3.0300 : 12.80% : -2.60% : A : 0.17%
AMZN : 0.0000 : 27.68% : 34.58% : AA- : 0.57%
ANTM : 2.0900 : 17.22% : 22.84% : A : 0.17%
AOS : 0.9900 : 29.64% : 31.79% : NR : 0.21%
APD : 2.2100 : 11.10% : 9.40% : A : 0.18%
APU : 8.1500 : 0.36% : -2.08% : NR : 0.43%
ARCC : 9.4400 : 4.98% : 2.63% : BBB : 0.26%
ARLP : 8.4100 : -6.88% : -34.26% : NA : 0.39%
AVA : 3.3200 : 14.45% : 16.98% : BBB : 0.56%
AVGO : 1.1300 : 36.46% : 57.16% : NR : 0.33%
AVY : 2.1200 : 23.60% : 29.20% : BBB : 0.17%
AWK : 1.9900 : 21.43% : 25.01% : A : 0.16%
AZO : 0.0000 : 24.83% : 55.01% : BBB : 0.23%
BA : 3.2800 : 14.06% : 3.28% : A : 0.31%
BABA : 0.0000 : xxxxxx : -3.10% : A+ : 0.09%
BAC : 1.8900 : -1.07% : -11.90% : BBB+ : 0.18%
BAX : 1.1000 : xxxxxx : 38.60% : A- : 0.18%
BBL : 5.6100 : -20.47% : -40.82% : A+ : 0.20%
BCE : 4.3800 : 9.20% : 7.70% : BBB+ : 0.27%
BCR : 0.4700 : 15.87% : 17.69% : A : 0.18%
BDX : 1.4900 : 13.13% : 17.17% : BBB+ : 0.25%
BERY : 0.0000 : 34.60% : 33.30% : BB- : 0.18%
BFB : 1.3300 : 15.90% : 4.40% : NR : 0.24%
BGS : 3.5300 : 18.60% : 23.90% : BB- : 0.17%
BIG : 1.6400 : 10.10% : 8.20% : BBB : 0.16%
BIIB : 0.0000 : 30.16% : -4.16% : A- : 0.14%
BIP : 4.8800 : 14.72% : 1.96% : BBB+ : 1.16%
BLK : 2.4500 : 20.0% : 8.6% : AA- : 0.18%
BMO : 3.9500 : 2.55% : -3.58% : A+ : 0.21%
BMY : 2.5900 : 23.80% : 18.51% : A+ : 0.51%
BNS : 4.1800 : -2.04% : -12.10% : A+ : 0.19%
BP : 6.9500 : -7.25% : -18.27% : A : 0.38%
BPL : 6.9500 : 6.70% : 0.90% : BBB- : 0.27%
BRKB : 0.0000 : 11.65% : 7.88% : AA : 0.43%
BSX : 0.0000 : 27.10% : 36.40% : BBB- : 0.17%
BUD : 3.1700 : 19.95% : 13.39% : A- : 0.19%
BURL : 0.0000 : 36.14% : 38.23% : BB- : 0.17%
BWLD : 0.0000 : 20.66% : -2.70% : NA : 0.09%
C : 1.3500 : 0.20% : -1.70% : BBB+ : 0.17%
CAH : 2.2500 : 19.00% : 7.10% : A- : 0.17%
CB : 2.1700 : 14.30% : 11.40% : A : 0.18%
CBRL : 2.9400 : 25.19% : 24.32% : NA : 0.17%
CCE : 3.1000 : 14.90% : 9.70% : BBB+ : 0.18%
CELG : 0.0000 : 27.70% : 17.00% : BBB+ : 0.15%
*CEQP : 11.4000 : xxxxxx : -54.30% : NA : 0.03%
CERN : 0.0000 : 14.00% : 7.90% : NA : 0.09%
CHD : 1.4200 : 19.60% : 19.30% : BBB+ : 0.26%
CHTR : 0.0000 : 28.40% : 17.60% : NA : 0.18%
CIM : 11.7400 : 4.00% : 9.90% : NA : 0.49%
CINF : 2.4800 : 17.21% : 17.92% : BBB+ : 0.18%
CL : 2.0900 : 13.25% : 5.21% : AA- : 0.76%
*CLMT : 0.0000 : 4.98% : -9.14% : B+ : 0.07%
CLX : 2.4300 : 17.54% : 23.68% : BBB+ : 0.51%
CMCSA : 1.6800 : 21.33% : 11.92% : A- : 0.19%
CMG : 0.0000 : 10.07% : -11.39% : NA : 0.16%
CNC : 0.0000 : 35.01% : 43.29% : BB : 0.17%
COP : 2.3600 : -4.80% : -21.40% : A- : 0.07%
COR : 2.7000 : 36.90% : 53.75% : NA : 0.19%
COST : 1.1000 : 17.35% : 18.07% : A+ : 0.18%
CRM : 0.0000 : 16.90% : 25.60% : NA : 0.17%
CSCO : 3.2900 : 5.57% : 9.93% : AA- : 0.18%
CSL : 1.3400 : 17.30% : 11.30% : BBB : 0.17%
CTAS : 0.9000 : 28.90% : 34.90% : BBB+ : 0.18%
CTSH : 0.0000 : 8.10% : 12.90% : NR : 0.18%
CVS : 1.8300 : 25.04% : 17.04% : BBB+ : 0.15%
CVX : 4.1900 : 2.46% : -3.37% : AA : 0.97%
D : 3.7000 : 13.00% : 19.10% : BBB+ : 0.16%
DEO : 2.9600 : 10.00% : 0.60% : A- : 0.06%
DG : 1.2900 : 21.08% : 21.25% : BBB : 0.15%
DHR : 0.7800 : 13.34% : 13.55% : A : 0.14%
DIS : 1.5000 : 22.21% : 19.32% : A : 0.17%
DLPH : 1.6400 : 35.08% : 6.88% : BBB : 0.16%
DLR : 3.5000 : 11.76% : 31.37% : BBB : 0.19%
DLTR : 0.0000 : 23.30% : 30.50% : BB+ : 0.21%
DPM : 9.2300 : 3.01% : -11.43% : BB : 0.28%
DPS : 2.2700 : 20.24% : 27.78% : BBB+ : 0.76%
DRE : 2.5600 : 12.28% : 16.54% : BBB : 0.23%
DUK : 4.2500 : 12.50% : 12.70% : A- : 0.06%
DX : 11.4100 : 3.62% : -1.28% : NR : 0.31%
DY : 0.0000 : 30.14% : 43.01% : BB : 0.17%
EA : 0.0000 : 24.20% : 42.60% : BBB- : 0.17%
ED : 3.5600 : 10.56% : 16.59% : A- : 0.23%
EEP : 9.9700 : 0.67% : -5.48% : BBB : 0.30%
EPD : 6.0200 : 7.44% : -9.87% : BBB+ : 0.40%
ESRX : 0.0000 : 5.68% : -1.00% : BBB+ : 0.14%
ETE : 6.2700 : 8.60% : -22.67% : BB : 0.51%
ETP : 10.5300 : -2.21% : -18.34% : BBB- : 0.31%
EW : 0.0000 : 18.80% : 44.30% : BBB- : 0.17%
EXPE : 0.9500 : 18.72% : 20.52% : BBB- : 0.16%
EXR : 3.8700 : 36.50% : 36.20% : NR : 0.15%
FB : 0.0000 : 38.80% : 31.80% : NR : 0.59%
FBHS : 1.0000 : 40.63% : 15.67% : BBB : 0.17%
FDX : 0.9700 : 16.60% : 6.50% : BBB : 0.18%
FIVE : 0.0000 : 12.00% : 12.30% : NA : 0.16%
FL : 1.6600 : 26.42% : 14.76% : BB+ : 0.16%
FLO : 4.2000 : 11.46% : -4.11% : BBB : 0.16%
GAIN : 8.1300 : 8.20% : 8.50% : NA : 0.26%
GD : 1.9900 : 14.17% : 14.29% : A+ : 0.17%
GE : 2.9300 : 11.65% : 12.26% : AA+ : 1.17%
GILD : 2.4100 : 36.79% : 20.26% : A : 0.47%
GIS : 1.6400 : 18.90% : 15.10% : AAA : 0.84%
GLP : 12.2900 : -0.39% : -25.64% : B+ : 0.20%
GNTX : 2.0000 : 8.40% : 12.10% : NA : 0.15%
GOOGL : 0.0000 : 21.30% : 15.70% : NA : 0.60%
GPC : 2.5000 : 14.74% : 7.87% : NA : 0.17%
HAIN : 0.0000 : 22.70% : -10.97% : NA : 0.22%
HBI : 1.6200 : 30.60% : 4.80% : BB : 0.17%
HCA : 0.0000 : 23.10% : 8.70% : NA : 0.17%
HCN : 4.4700 : 9.78% : 11.85% : BBB : 0.18%
HD : 2.0400 : 30.78% : 31.90% : A : 0.48%
HEP : 7.2400 : 6.24% : 1.43% : BB : 0.38%
HFC : 5.1200 : 11.64% : -9.31% : BBB- : 0.10%
HII : 1.2000 : 34.40% : 26.40% : BB+ : 0.17%
HOLX : 0.0000 : 9.36% : 26.65% : BB : 0.17%
HON : 2.0300 : 14.00% : 6.12% : A : 0.19%
HP : 4.4700 : -1.08% : -23.03% : BBB+ : 0.17%
HRL : 1.5100 : 27.47% : 35.15% : A : 0.18%
HRS : 2.2900 : 15.51% : 14.05% : BBB- : 0.17%
HSY : 2.2100 : 15.70% : 12.70% : A : 0.17%
ICLR : 0.0000 : 23.30% : 19.30% : BBB- : 0.17%
INGN : 0.0000 : xxxxxx : 62.662 : NA : 0.18%
INTC : 2.9300 : 12.43% : 15.18% : A+ : 0.65%
ISRG : 0.0000 : 11.40% : 22.50% : NA : 0.16%
ITW : 2.1600 : 15.90% : 15.16% : A+ : 0.28%
JCI : 2.5500 : 16.00% : -1.20% : BBB+ : 0.17%
JNJ : 2.6700 : 16.26% : 10.03% : AAA : 1.24%
KHC : 2.7100 : xxxxxx : xxxxxx : BBB- : 0.91%
KKR : 5.6100 : 6.83% : -15.73% : A : 0.12%
KMB : 2.8600 : 17.57% : 11.88% : A : 1.10%
KMI : 2.3000 : -2.35% : -17.60% : BBB- : 0.82%
KO : 3.2200 : 8.22% : 9.19% : AA : 0.56%
KR : 1.4800 : 24.10% : 23.30% : BBB : 0.17%
LB : 3.1200 : 20.91% : 20.15% : BB+ : 0.18%
LEA : 1.0400 : 18.72% : 16.42% : BBB- : 0.17%
LEG : 2.6000 : 16.77% : 23.28% : BBB+ : 0.17%
LKQ : 0.0000 : 22.67% : 13.01% : BB : 0.18%
LLY : 2.6000 : 19.70% : 17.10% : AA- : 0.65%
LMT : 2.7000 : 25.31% : 20.36% : BBB+ : 0.64%
LNT : 3.0700 : 15.01% : 13.35% : A- : 0.16%
LOW : 1.8100 : 24.46% : 25.51% : A- : 0.24%
LXP : 6.3600 : 4.90% : 3.09% : BB+ : 0.43%
LYB : 4.0900 : 17.80% : -7.70% : BBB+ : 0.17%
MA : 0.7900 : 28.30% : 14.30% : A : 0.22%
MAIN : 6.4400 : 16.82% : 4.03% : BBB : 1.28%
MANH : 0.0000 : 46.39% : 27.39% : NA : 0.16%
MBLY : 0.0000 : xxxxxxxx : 6.50% : NA : 0.17%
MCD : 3.0800 : 13.40% : 16.83% : BBB+ : 0.82%
MCK : 0.6100 : 18.00% : 0.90% : BBB+ : 0.16%
MDLZ : 1.7700 : 6.95% : 13.94% : BBB : 0.37%
MDT : 1.8500 : 15.90% : 13.05% : A : 0.27%
MFA : 10.4600 : 6.40% : 4.91% : NA : 0.35%
MHK : 0.0000 : 25.90% : 19.47% : BBB : 0.18%
MHLD : 4.0300 : 14.59% : 5.27% : BBB- : 0.19%
MKC : 1.6800 : 15.60% : 16.76% : A- : 0.37%
MMM : 2.4600 : 14.32% : 13.68% : AA- : 0.52%
MMP : 4.6700 : 23.29% : 5.26% : BBB+ : 1.06%
MNST : 0.0000 : 35.60% : 50.30% : NA : 0.29%
MO : 3.6900 : 21.53% : 30.33% : A- : 4.09%
MPWR : 1.0500 : 35.40% : 28.50% : NA : 0.18%
MRK : 2.9200 : 14.47% : 3.08% : AA : 0.19%
MSEX : 2.2500 : 16.60% : 29.70% : A : 0.15%
MSFT : 2.4800 : 15.88% : 21.04% : AAA : 0.46%
MXIM : 3.2300 : 14.60% : 20.40% : BBB+ : 0.17%
NDSN : 1.0800 : 13.30% : 11.50% : NA : 0.17%
NEE : 2.8400 : 17.87% : 11.32% : A- : 0.27%
NHI : 4.4600 : 11.19% : 10.16% : NR : 0.41%
NKE : 1.0900 : 22.40% : 25.30% : AA- : 0.17%
NNN : 3.6200 : 14.65% : 17.07% : BBB+ : 0.40%
NOC : 1.6900 : 28.04% : 30.17% : BBB+ : 0.39%
NS : 9.1300 : -2.49% : -1.08% : BB+ : 0.20%
NUE : 3.0300 : 4.32% : 1.97% : A- : 0.29%
NVO : 2.0400 : 18.44% : 11.38% : AA- : 0.15%
NWBI : 3.9000 : 6.90% : 8.90% : NA : 0.18%
O : 3.6400 : 14.66% : 24.35% : BBB+ : 1.12%
OHI : 6.5900 : 13.60% : 4.70% : BBB- : 1.08%
OKE : 5.1900 : 6.05% : -31.20% : BB+ : 0.19%
OKS : 7.9700 : -0.49% : -22.65% : BBB : 0.61%
ORLY : 0.0000 : 35.75% : 33.68% : BBB+ : 0.27%
OXY : 3.9000 : -3.45% : -7.77% : A : 0.20%
OZRK : 1.6500 : 25.80% : 9.90% : NA : 0.17%
PAA : 9.7700 : 2.17% : -26.15% : BBB+ : 0.43%
PANW : 0.0000 : 24.90% : 29.00% : NA : 0.17%
PAYX : 3.0300 : 11.41% : 10.42% : NA : 0.17%
PCLN : 0.0000 : 17.70% : 3.80% : BBB+ : 0.19%
PEP : 2.7900 : 12.05% : 13.33% : A : 0.62%
PF : 2.2400 : 27.10% : 23.07% : BB- : 0.17%
PFE : 3.4200 : 13.30% : 4.98% : AA : 0.27%
PG : 3.0300 : 9.30% : 5.50% : AA- : 0.74%
PHK : 12.4200 : 1.61% : -9.95% : NA : 0.34%
PM : 4.0700 : 5.86% : 12.76% : A : 1.43%
PNNT : 14.2000 : -0.77% : -14.84% : BBB- : 0.37%
PPG : 1.4900 : 19.06% : 4.49% : BBB : 0.16%
PRGO : 0.6300 : 4.45% : -19.65% : BBB- : 0.16%
PSA : 3.1900 : 19.20% : 23.70% : NA : 0.15%
PSEC : 11.8100 : 2.60% : -8.47% : BBB- : 0.68%
PSX : 3.1900 : 29.23% : 9.16% : BBB+ : 0.21%
PTY : 10.5300 : 0.07% : -4.68% : NA : 0.18%
PYPL : 0.0000 : xxxxxx : 28.90% : BBB : 0.15%
RAI : 3.6800 : 24.59% : 36.25% : BBB- : 4.15%
RDSA : 7.5600 : -2.30% : -13.80% : A+ : 0.19%
REGN : 0.0000 : 45.40% : 14.60% : NA : 0.17%
RH : 0.0000 : 9.57% : -28.75% : NA : 0.13%
ROP : 0.6700 : 15.90% : 13.50% : BBB : 0.18%
ROST : 0.8600 : 26.79% : 26.65% : A- : 0.41%
RSG : 2.5200 : 10.97% : 18.05% : BBB+ : 0.16%
RSO : 12.6200 : 1.50% : -10.00% : NA : 0.16%
RTN : 2.0700 : 24.00% : 19.60% : A : 0.24%
RY : 4.0600 : 2.64% : -6.67% : AA- : 0.28%
SABR : 1.8600 : 26.00% : 4.10% : NA : 0.17%
SAM : 0.0000 : 11.32% : -18.77% : NA : 0.18%
SAN : 3.8800 : -9.81% : -24.95% : A- : 0.12%
*SBR : 5.6600 : -7.02% : -23.96% : NA : 0.17%
SBUX : 1.4100 : 30.68% : 28.63% : A- : 0.27%
SCG : 3.2300 : 14.64% : 18.37% : BBB+ : 0.34%
SE : 4.5300 : 6.37% : -4.46% : BBB : 0.35%
SEP : 5.7700 : 10.58% : 5.19% : BBB : 0.31%
SFL : 11.7800 : 8.20% : 2.20% : NR : 0.16%
SHW : 1.1700 : 25.72% : 19.33% : A : 0.17%
SJM : 2.1200 : 16.30% : 20.90% : BBB : 0.34%
SKX : 0.0000 : 37.90% : 52.10% : NR : 0.13%
SLB : 2.4600 : 2.60% : -11.90% : AA- : 0.17%
SNA : 1.5700 : 21.80% : 16.00% : A- : 0.17%
SO : 4.3600 : 9.21% : 10.10% : A- : 0.42%
SPH : 10.5400 : -6.24% : -16.92% : BB- : 0.24%
SQ : 0.0000 : xxxxxx : 17.67% : NR : 0.14%
SRE : 2.8800 : 16.50% : 5.20% : BBB+ : 0.16%
STZ : 0.9600 : 47.00% : 34.20% : BB+ : 0.30%
SUN : 10.8100 : 20.11% : 9.95% : BB : 0.11%
SWK : 1.8800 : 10.50% : 15.30% : A : 0.19%
SWKS : 1.4900 : 17.39% : 45.24% : NA : 0.09%
SXL : 6.6400 : 15.22% : -19.71% : BBB : 0.71%
SYF : 1.9100 : xxxxxx : 9.90% : BBB- : 0.15%
SYK : 1.3100 : 13.43% : 16.79% : A : 0.18%
SYY : 2.3700 : 9.39% : 9.89% : A- : 0.33%
T : 4.6800 : 8.88% : 8.82% : BBB+ : 1.61%
TAP : 1.5900 : 16.77% : 28.56% : BBB- : 0.30%
TCAP : 8.9600 : 11.49% : -1.16% : NA : 0.23%
TCP : 7.0500 : 4.87% : 10.45% : BBB- : 0.31%
TCPC : 8.7800 : 9.07% : 4.42% : BBB- : 0.20%
TCRD : 13.3900 : 3.40% : -0.80% : NA : 0.19%
TD : 3.7800 : 3.08% : -5.06% : AA- : 0.18%
TEF : 9.0300 : -10.90% : -14.70% : BBB : 0.09%
TEVA : 2.2800 : 4.70% : 6.23% : BBB+ : 0.15%
TGT : 3.3800 : 12.40% : 16.60% : A : 0.37%
TICC : 18.1300 : -1.23% : -11.39% : NA : 0.12%
TJX : 1.3200 : 22.90% : 12.80% : A+ : 0.17%
TLP : 6.3500 : 1.11% : -15.37% : NA : 0.36%
TMO : 0.3900 : 19.90% : 15.90% : BBB : 0.19%
TOO : 8.2100 : -12.52% : -49.45% : NA : 0.09%
TOT : 5.6700 : -0.40% : -12.90% : A+ : 0.23%
TRGP : 8.2600 : 6.85% : -31.95% : BB- : 0.30%
TSCO : 1.1300 : 25.50% : 19.10% : NA : 0.15%
TSN : 0.7900 : 30.81% : 29.26% : BBB : 0.18%
TWO : 11.0200 : 6.23% : -1.78% : NA : 0.17%
TWX : 2.0300 : 23.5% : 24.1% : BBB : 0.17%
TXN : 2.1700 : 13.6% : 16.70% : A+ : 0.17%
ULTA : 0.0000 : 31.10% : 53.10% : NA : 0.18%
UNH : 1.8200 : 22.90% : 34.60% : A+ : 0.17%
UNP : 2.2900 : 14.57% : 0.07% : A : 0.17%
UVE : 2.3200 : 30.10% : 14.30% : NA : 0.17%
V : 0.6900 : 34.23% : 17.68% : A+ : 0.28%
VFC : 2.3100 : 19.70% : 0.90% : A : 0.17%
VGR : 7.2300 : 15.19% : 9.73% : B : 1.22%
VLO : 4.3100 : 17.15% : 9.87% : BBB : 0.18%
VRSN : 0.0000 : 30.40% : 19.40% : BB+ : 0.15%
VTR : 3.9700 : 6.40% : 4.77% : BBB+ : 0.35%
VZ : 4.3000 : 9.40% : 6.91% : BBB+ : 0.63%
WBA : 1.8700 : 16.72% : 21.55% : BBB : 0.74%
WEC : 3.2800 : 15.77% : 13.26% : A- : 0.15%
WES : 6.4900 : 10.30% : -11.06% : BBB- : 0.97%
WFC : 3.0700 : 11.90% : 3.53% : A : 0.45%
WM : 2.5500 : 12.10% : 20.10% : A- : 0.19%
WMT : 2.8000 : 7.10% : -4.40% : AA : 0.22%
WPC : 5.8900 : 16.90% : 6.90% : BBB : 0.19%
WPZ : 9.0900 : xxxxxx : -53.62% : BBB : 0.22%
WSO : 2.3000 : 21.40% : 28.60% : NA : 0.17%
WTR : 2.4700 : 12.92% : 12.95% : NA : 0.17%
XEL : 3.2600 : 13.28% : 16.58% : A- : 0.17%
XOM : 3.4200 : 3.67% : 2.38% : AA+ : 0.54%
++SPY : 2.00000 : 13.30% : 7.80%
++SPY added as a comparison benchmark.
* Indicates stocks that I might sell.
I also own stock FTV but there is no data available for this stock since it just spun off from DHR. Other new additions JAZZ, MAS, SPR, VNTV, THO, FISV, AMT, QCOM, AMAT, ATVI and NVDA..
In general there is a correlation between high yield and substandard stock price performance (total return).
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!
Professionally, I have done a bit of everything in my long life, from playing rock and roll, to developing software, and running a successful entrepreneurial business. But I am best known as a writer of bestselling books about business and health. I write under a pseudonym here on Seeking Alpha because that way I know readers will evaluate my work strictly on the basis of what I actually said rather than who I am.
PRIMARY OBJECTIVE: ... Income Replacement!
Escape velocity is the speed that an object needs to be traveling to break free of the planet's gravitational pull and leave it without further propulsion.
This portfolio is looking for the point where the income being generated can allow the holder of this portfolio to escape the gravitational pull of the market and economic forces of worrying about share prices.
The objective is to generate enough income from assets that the only selling of shares will become an option, not a necessity to survive. Therefore, with enough income being generated, it minimizes the fear of meaningful market corrections as dividends are based on the number of shares owned, not the share price.
I'm an advisor 4...myself occasionally helping out a few relatives avoid the hype of the finance industry. Long term investor no interest in trading, fads or hot stock tips.I think alpha is very very hard to find but I'm curious to see if anyone has found it here
Derek Getz is an individual investor seeking to navigate the investment world in order to provide a wealthy and stable retirement for his family. His aim is to help fellow investors, notably younger investors, establish a plan to produce a growing stream of income. Derek holds a degree in Computer Science from the University of Delaware and lives with his wife and two children.
I am the author of Guiding Mast Investments monthly newsletter, focused on timely dividend paying stocks. In addition, my services include a review of individual portfolios along with education of portfolio management techniques.
I have been a Registered Investment Advisor, financial author, and entrepreneur. I bring a variety of expertise to my clients, from personal investment planning and management to stock market analysis skills. I am the creator of the investment newsletter Power Investing with DRIPs focused on timely selections of dividend paying stocks. I have also published two books through McGraw Hill, All About DRIPs and DSPs, and The StreetSmart Guide to Overlooked Stocks.
My work experience covers a variety of fields.Prior to being a RIA, I spent 15 years as a corporate manager at Georgia-Pacific Corp before venturing out on my own, operating several businesses from manufacturing to export marketing management. President Ronald Reagan appointed me to the National Advisory Council overseeing the Small Business Administration from 1988 to 1991.
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I'm a Nifty-Fifties individual investor with about 10 years before I decide whether to retire.
I've been in the market in one form or another for over 30 years. Spent the first 20-something years chasing growth stocks but got tired of the constant watching of my holdings and timing buys and sells. I tried the Modern Portfolio Theory, balancing my investment between many classes of investments, but never felt I had much control nor made the progress I wanted. Did the "tech bubble" thing following the hot Internet stocks and lost quite a bit of money. I've commented here about riding MSFT, CSCO and others down to a nice loss in the 2001 recession. Then I found Seeking Alpha and the dividend growth investing concept. I've finished working on rebuilding my portfolio with a dividend income stream and now am content to monitoring it, make adjustments as cash is available and watching the dividend checks coming in. Going forward, I'll just adjust here & there to keep advancing my portfolio income stream. Now I am helping my wife build her retirement portfolio and her dividend income stream. Maintaining Grandma's portfolio has been added as another task on the "HoneyDo" list.
I write here on Seeking Alpha for several reasons:
1.) We are not blessed with high incomes yet I've been able to build an income stream that will help us through retirement. My goal is to encourage others of modest means like us to take the steps necessary to build a portfolio for retirement.
2.) Writing forces me to take an analytical approach to research using the methods I find agree with my learning style. It's been said that "there are many ways to skin a cat" so if my analysis methods don't help you, I'm sure there are other authors that may. If something I discuss helps you in the decision making process, I'm glad I could help.
3.) Getting constructive feedback tempers any unwarranted enthusiasm when I analyze a company. Seeking Alpha has plenty of educated investors willing to share their opinions and makes me rethink my theses.
I get frustrated adding "me too" comments with nothing useful to add to the really great authors' articles and comments so I'll offer my appreciation here (in no particular order) to Chuck Carnevale, Bob Wells, Jeff Paul, David Fish, David Crosetti, David Van Knapp, Tim McAleenan, Eddie Herring, chowder, Bob Johnson, Robert Allan Schwartz, Dividends4Life and Norman Tweed. I thought I'd keep adding names here but, after reading a lot here, I've found comments from many that helped shape my thinking, taught me a thing or two or clarified something. So, the above list were the major authors that have influenced my investing philosophy but there are many more that write or add a comment or two that I appreciate. Thank you too.
Formerly: John Galt.
The majority of my capital is invested in Dividend Growth stocks. I also enjoy searching for the next big thing.
To grade my investment decisions: I've usually been able to "buy low", but I've often sold out too early. I'm firmly against losing money. I have no problem with building up my portfolio slow and steady. After the 2008 Financial crisis I've been much more macro focused instead of being more of a stock picker.
I love a good stock debate, looking at the best bull case, best bear case and picking my side. I believe in doing your own due diligence! I enjoy reading finance/stock market books among other things.
Love traveling, and always have my eye out for the next investment idea when at home or abroad.
I joined Seeking Alpha as a Senior Editor in June 2012. Currently, I manage the Dividends, Income & Retirement and Expert Insight platforms. D&I focuses on income investment strategies and dividend investment-focused content for investors from the accumulation stage to retirement. The purpose of Expert Insight is to expand and elevate the quality of Seeking Alpha's content by including articles from an industry insider's point of view, designed to help investors make more informed decisions as they consider specific sectors and trends within those sectors for their investing strategies, e.g., utilities or technology. Expert Insight articles offer more of a macro, 30,000-foot-view that goes beyond investment analysis or stock recommendations.
I also curate the Dividends & Income Digest, a bi-weekly publication that takes a look at a question that is compelling and relevant to the community, showcases the responses of DI thought leaders, and serves as a round-up of top DI articles.
I hope to continue to discover new voices and thought leaders through insightful articles and conversations in the comments threads. My goal is to draw a large, diverse audience to Seeking Alpha, and make our community THE go-to place to participate in investing research and exchange lucrative, unique, exciting investing knowledge and ideas. I'm always looking for new ideas and contributors, so please feel free to reach out to me. I'm eager to hear your thoughts and discover how we can work together to make Seeking Alpha the best site for investors on the web.
I have been an investor for a number of years but it's only in the last couple of years that I have made dividends and, perhaps more importantly, the growth of them, the focus of my investment approach. My priority will therefore be on stocks that either pay stable and high dividends and/or are increasing them at a high rate.