Hello Folks at Seeking Alpha. For the last six years or so I have been reading and enjoying many of the articles offered here at SA At the age of 78, 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 2016-12-30 By Sector for SA CONSUMER DISCRETIONARY:..% of Port Cracker Barrel CBRL 0.68Genuine Parts GPC 1.69Home Depot HD 0.35Mc Donald's MCD 1.80Nike NKE 0.26Ross Stores ROST 0.69Starbucks SBUX 0.84Target TGT 0.38Total:.6.69---------------------------------------CONSUMER STAPLES:% of Port Altria MO)........................3.24Coco Cola KO.................2.72Colgate Palm CL.............0.34Costco COST ..................1.20CVS Parma CVS .............0.62General Mills GIS ............1.51Kimberly Clark KMB .........1.00Kraft Hines KHC ..............1.45Pepsi PEP ............... ........0.95Philip Morris PM ................3.32Procter & Gamble PG ........2.92Unilever PLC UL ...............0.51Total:..................................19.78 ENERGY.......................% of PortChevron CVX ....................2.68Enterprise Prod Pt EPD......0.94Exxon Mobil XOM...............0.30Total:................................... 3.92FINANCIALS: ..........% of PortJP Morgan JPM .................2.45Wells Fargo WFC ...............1.41Total:....................................3.86 HEALTHCARE: % of Port Abbott Labs ABT ...............0.30Abbvie ABBV.......................1.89Amgen AMGN.................0.57Cardinal Health CAH...........0.98Johnson & Johnson JNJ .....3.12Medtronic Plc Shs MDT........0.28Pfizer Inc PFE .....................1.80Shire Plc Adr SHPG ............0.30Stryker SYK .........................0.78Total:.....................................10.02 Industrial......% of Port 3M Co MMM .......................0.48 Caterpillar CAT ....................1.51 Emerson Elect EMR ............0.93 General Elect GE ...............1.93 Genl Dynamics GD ..............0.68 Lockheed Martin LMT ..........0.66 Raytheon RTN .....................2.19 Stanley Black & Decker SWK0.30 Union Pacific UNP ................0.55 Total:.......................................9.23 Information Tech % of Port Apple AAPL ............................2.53 Intel Corp INTC ......................2.50 Intl Bus Mach IBM ..................2.67 Mastercard Cl A MA .............0.54 Microsoft MSFT .......................0.32 Qualcomm QCOM ....................0.94 Visa Inc Cl A V ..........................0.30 Total:...........................................9.80Materials:% of Port Air Products APD ......................0.80 Spdr Gold Tr Gold Shs GLD ......0.23 Versum Mats VSM .....................0.08 Total:...........................................1.11Multi Sectors:% of Port Gabelli Div & Incm Tr GDV ......1.04Total:..........................................1.04 Real Estate/REITs: % of Port Realty Income O ........................1.32Ventas Inc VTR ..........................0.83Total:............................................2.15 Telecoms: % of Port AT&T T .....................................2.80 Verizon VZ .................................2.01Total:..........................................4.81Utilities % of PortAmer Elect Pow AEP ...............0.83Dominion Res D ......................2.72Duke Energy DUK ...................0.81Nextera Energy NEE ...............0.47Scana Corp SCG .....................0.90Sempra Energy SRE.................0.27Southern Co SO .......................1.96WEC Energy Gp WEC .............0.31Total:..........................................8.27 ETFs (Captured under Stocks)% of Portfolio: 1.26 % of Portfolios Stocks........79.39 ETFs............1.26 Muni-Bonds..3.82 Mutual Funds ...& Bonds....11.73 Annuities........3.75 Cash...............0.05 Total:............100.00
Mr. Berger is the creator and developer of the YDP screening tool, a chart system and its analysis for screening and monitoring dividend income equity investments. The recipient of Seeking Alpha's Outstanding Performance Award, he also has been Seeking Alpha's #3 ranked Author for Income Investing Strategy & #4 for Utilities.
20 years of sitting in the board room gives me unique insights into Oil & Gas investments and corporate deal making in general. Additionally, he offers a Premium Research subscription service for boosting income while reducing market risk using covered option writing on a dividend income equity portfolio.
Residing in Brazil gives me a local's inside view on the pulse of its economy, politics, investment climate and breaking news. A view of my front yard is available here.
A former Chief Operating Officer, Director, Vice President and General Manger of Oil and Gas for Southern Pacific's Oil and Gas Operations, Business owner, geologist, and cribbage player, I've been an investor for over 48 years (started young at 13) and learned my lessons the way that makes them stick, by hard knocks and both big and little mistakes. Hopefully I can share some of those lessons with others.
I am an American expatriate that decided to retire at age 57 in 2009 and now live in Brazil. As an early retiree I invest for income and manage portfolio risk by screening for strong and reliable historic data along with favorable fundamental and technical current trends.
I spend 6 months/year living at home in Brazil and 6 months/year traveling the world. I have structured my financial positions so that I live virtually tax free with much of my income exempt from US tax since I live ex patriot and a lot of my US derived income over the annual ex-patriate exemptions is held in my tax free ROTH and tax deferred IRA/SIMPLE plans. This enables my tax savings to pay for my 6 months of annual traveling :) .
My investing is for income and appreciation with a balance of low to moderate short term risk and low long term risk. To accomplish this I use quality dividend payors with a long track record of steady or increasing dividends along with slowly appreciating equity prices. I target a 6 to 9 % yield and almost exclusively require a minimum history of 5 years of steady/increasing dividends and no decreases in dividend ever or at least past 10 years. I diversify through sector, country and currency unit the stocks are traded in, and security type (equity, royalty trust, REIT, mlp, etf, and ADRs).
I use covered call writing to enhance my portfolio yield with no added risk. In fact, it lowers the risk substantially. Once I identify a stock I want to own and an entry price for it, I write cash covered puts at or below that entry price (with a minimum of 1%/month time premium. Thus i obtain at least a 12% annualized yield before compounding just from the option premium.
Likewise, I use the sale of cash covered puts to generate income and and generally get an entry point at 5 to 10% below my acceptable entry level price if/when the put stock does get presented. Thus my strategy provides a 12% pre compound yield on cash and entry into stock purchases at a 5 to 10% discount from "retail".
Because I only select stocks that I am willing to hold long term for their reliable dividend yields of > 6%, I am not concerned much with market volatility or short/midterm risk. Indeed, market volatility is my friend since it increases the premiums paid on the options I sell. I also selectively sell covered calls on positions I hold long so as to add to my yield that way while not taking on any additional risk.
This strategy has kept me happily living off my portfolio income and traveling 1/2 the year while my portfolio has been slowly increasing in value even after my harvesting income for living expenses. Of course my income will incrementally increase when social security kicks in for me in a few more years and I may then slightly mofidy my goals and strategies.
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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.
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I am a retired clinical psychologist, and administrator and owner of a rehabilitation clinic we founded 40 years ago. For over 55 years I have managed several portfolios composed of investments accumulated over our professional careers. Since the financial crisis of 2008, I have employed specialized, customized dividend growth strategies aimed at enhancing and growing a dividend income stream.
Since December 24, 2014, I have demonstrated on Seeking Alpha the ongoing construction and portfolio management of the Fill-The-Gap Portfolio aimed at highlighting strategies investors may utilize to close the gap between an average Social Security benefit and the much greater costs faced in retirement.
This portfolio has outperformed all of the broad market indexes by a very wide margin, growing dividend income and total portfolio value consistently while the broader indexes struggle in negative territory all year.
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Roger Conrad needs no introduction to individual and professional investors, many of whom have profited from his decades of experience uncovering the best dividend-paying stocks for accumulating sustainable wealth.
Roger Conrad founded and ran the Utility Forecaster and Canadian Edge newsletters before leaving to form his own publishing company, Capitalist Times (www.CapitalistTimes.com). During his almost 30-year tenure at Utility Forecaster, Hulbert Financial Digest routinely ranked the publication as one of the best investment newsletters.
His new publication, Conrad’s Utility Investor (www.ConradsUtilityInvestor.com), continues his in-depth coverage and analysis of more than 200 essential-services stocks, primarily utilities and telecoms. Roger Conrad is also an expert on master limited partnerships (MLP) and the Canadian energy sector, which he covers for Energy & Income Advisor (www.EnergyAndIncomeAdvisor.com).
He’s also an independent trustee of Miller/Howard High Income Equity Fund and the author of Power Hungry: Strategic Investing in Telecommunications, Utilities and Other Essential Services. Although he spends a good deal of time in front of a Bloomberg terminal or reading 10-K and 10-Q reports, he’s also an avid outdoorsman and baseball fan.
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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.
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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 5% to 6% yield
2. Offers 9%-10% annual dividend growth
3. Pays dividends AT LEAST on a weekly, but preferably, daily basis
Eternal Daily Dividend Growth Endeavor (EDDGE)
Projected Long-Term Dividend Growth: 10.0%
Projected Long-Term Total Return: 14.8% (63% above S&P Historical norm)
Portfolio FCF Margin: 21.8% (vs S&P 500 4.24%)
Portfolio PE: 15.82 (15% below S&P 500)
Real Estate: 27.5%
Consumer Discretionary: 6.4%
Consumer Staples: 4.1%
Business Services: 3.3%
Basic Materials: 1.3%
Auto, Tire, Truck: 0.8%
Industrial Products: 0.6%
1. Icahn Enterprises (IEP): 1.63%
2. Dynagas LNG Partners (DLNG): 0.98%
3. Gaslog Partners (GLOP): 0.97%
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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:
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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 GIS SO VZ D HD CVS MMM JNJ SBUX HRL TGT CAH MKC SJM BDX
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
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.
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.
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 Bachelor's degree in Computer Science with a minor in Economics from the University of Delaware and lives with his wife and two children.
Come check me out at dividendderek.com!
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, and left to pursue other opportunities in late 2016. I managed 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 curated 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 have a particular interest in retirement-related content, particularly with regard to using a dividend strategy to create a steady income stream for those golden years.
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.
First of all, let me state that I am NOT a CPA, attorney, nor financial planner. I am just a relatively savvy stock investor who wants to help the general public find their way through some of the maze of stock investing. I am 85 years young, although you might not think so from my accompanying newest picture. Yes, that is reallly me, age 84 and 11 months. I have been investing in stocks and bonds for about 60 of those years. It is now my main hobby. I invest mainly in high-yield stocks rated A- or lower down to B. I got stung a few years ago when Lehman Brothers, rated AAA, went down the tubes, costing me over $25,000, so decided to never again get involved with highly rated (over-rated) stocks that paid only small dividends. I prefer the high-yield stocks like BDCs, REITs, and MLPs from which I can get paid NOW, even though I actually expect to last another 20 years or so. I have developed my own stock investing system that I call MRHY (medium risk, high yield). I took early retirement in 1987 from a job as manager of a Computer Systems and Programming department at a large life insurance company. I am the holder of a CDP (Certificate in Data Processing) from the Data Processing Management Association (DPMA). During my working years, I frequentlly worked closely with the company actuaries and accountants. I even took some actuarial classes to be able to work with the actuaries in their own language and skills. Those experiences, plus my computer skills and high IQ, have alllowed me to build my stock portfolio from less than $300,000 in 1987 to over $600,000 in 2007. I also have the benefits of ~95% long term retention of whatever I read or hear, which is very useful in stock market investing. I inherited $everal hundred thou$and in 2011, which I have invested in medium-risk, high-yield stocks (MRHY), so that my total stock portfolio is now well over $1.25 million. The above Bio was posted a couple of years ago and has now (October, 2015) been updated. My stock holdings are now over $1.5 Million and my annual dividend income is now just over $175,000. I also collect income from SSA, 3 annuities that my deceased wife and I started receiving when we retired, and a restaurant seating about 120 that I bought in November, 2014, for a total annual income of about $240,000. Folks, if I can do it, you can too. All that it requires is a good brain with an understanding of the financial world, mathematics, and a little actuarial science, plus a high risk tolerance!
I am focussed on building passive income through dividend investing. My path to progress is smart saving, sound investing and income through dividends.
My blog can be found at financiallyintegrated.com.