Ian Bezek worked for 3 years as an analyst at a New York-based hedge fund. He's currently living in Mexico, pursuing some entrepreneurial opportunities.
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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 do not intend to draw on dividends before 2017. Portfolio positions as of 8 October 2016. Portfolio yield 3.64%.
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%
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%
*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 : 1.90000 : 13.30% : 7.80%
++SPY added as a comparison benchmark.
* Indicates stocks that I might sell.
New additions JAZZ, MAS, SPR, VNTV, THO, FISV, AMT, QCOM (previously owned), AMAT, ATVI, NVDA, FDS, FTV (spin-off), ASIX (spin-off), VSM (spin-off), and NVEE. Total positions held 302.
In general there seems to be a correlation between high yield and substandard stock price performance (total return).
My husband plans to retire in 4 years (at age 67) and I plan to retire in 7 years (at age 62). We began focusing on dividend growth investing in 2013 but have been invested in mutual funds for decades. Our current DGI retirement portfolio is comprised of the following 66 DGI stocks: ABBV, ABT, AMGN, AVA, BBL, BMY, CAH, CBRL, CCP, CLX, CMCSA, COP, CVX, D, DEO, DLR, DUK, ED, EMR, EPD, FLO, GE, GILD, GIS, HCP, IBM, JNJ, KHC, KMB, KMI, KO, LMT, LNT, MCD, MMM, MMP, MO, MRK, MSFT, NEE, NOK, O, OHI, OMI, PDCO, PEP, PFE, PG, PM, SCG, SEP, SO, SYY, T, TUP, UL, UPS, UTX, VTR, VZ, WEC, WMT, WPC, XEL, XOM, and ZBH.
In addition, I manage our millennial daughter's dividend growth retirement portfolio of the following 33 stocks: AAPL, ABBV, ABT, AMGN, BMY, CAH, CCP, D, DIS, DLR, EMR, FLO, GILD, HCP, JNJ, KO, MCD, MMM, MMP, MSFT, OMI, PFE, PG, PM, SCG, SO, T, UNP, V, VTR, VZ, WEC, and XOM.
Motto: I invest in undervalued (i.e. cheap) well-established companies trading at a below market multiple.
The companies that I invest in are large stable companies with proven track records. My goal is the highest total return possible with the least amount of risk.
Professional Background: I am a healthcare practitioner with extensive experience in the pharmaceutical sector. I have a passion for investing honed over the past twenty years through various market cycles.
Brian Nelson is the president of equity research and ETF analysis at Valuentum Securities.
He is the architect behind the company’s research methodology and processes, developing the Valuentum Buying Index rating system, the Economic Castle rating, and the Dividend Cushion ratio. Mr. Nelson has acted as editor-in-chief of the firm’s Best Ideas Newsletter and Dividend Growth Newsletter since their inception.
Before founding Valuentum in early 2011, Brian 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.
Brian is frequently quoted in the media and has been a frequent guest on Nightly Business Report, Bloomberg TV, CNBC, and the MoneyShow.
Mr. Nelson is very experienced valuing equities, developing discounted cash-flow models used to derive the fair value estimates for companies in the equity coverage universes of two of the largest independent investment research firms.
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.
Brian led the charge in developing Morningstar's issuer credit ratings, creating and rolling-out one of the firm's proprietary credit metrics, the Cash Flow Cushion.
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.
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It's been quite a journey the past five years as I've learned about stocks, technical analysis, swing trading, dividend growth investing, and now options. For 17 years, I home educated our children and tutored, while my husband supported the family. Once I worked myself out of that job, I had to decide what I should be when I grow up. Without a useful degree, my income is minimal, but I really enjoy my part-time jobs. I have used my jobs as a learning tool more than an income tool and they have been very profitable. I focus the rest of my time making my husband's income the most useful it can be, and managing our home. I enjoy playing with bookkeeping, finance, investments, taxes, and strive to be the best steward of all the resources (time, energy, health, family, money, stuff) we have. The only purpose of my investing was to be able to afford to retire at a normal, reasonable age and hopefully to live off the dividends from those investments without needing to spend down the principal. As health concerns are forcing us to consider earlier retirement, the portfolio income may be needed at anytime. This does not worry me, it just changes the trajectory of the portfolio. I am very thankful for the gentle start into investing and am excited by what might happen in the future. I’m so glad this website was recommended to me and I genuinely appreciate the contributors and their comments here and the growth that has happened through participation on the forum. In case you're wondering about 'inzkeeper', I formerly managed an inn and the email moniker has stuck with me over the years.
Acting Man has been named after the title of the first chapter of Ludwig von Mises' book "Human Action" - the best treatise on economics ever written. The blog's main author is Pater Tenebrarum, an independent analyst who has been involved with financial markets for 34 years and is writing economic and market analyses for independent research organizations and a European hedge fund consultancy. Acting Man presents articles on the markets and the economy, a mixture of commentary on current events as well as economic theory and history, mainly from an Austrian School of Economics viewpoint. As more authors have joined the site, we have begun to broaden our palette a bit, but our orientation remains the same: pro-free market, anti-state, pro peace.
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Retired Project Manager - 38 years with a national utility. Married 38 years and have 3 wonderful kids. USAF Veteran. Investing primarily in solid dividend paying companies with focus to generate income, capital appreciation is of secondary concern but still important.
As an SA Contributor I write about dividend investing general principles and strategies. I'll also write about concepts that apply across the investment spectrum but my focus is generally directed to dividend paying companies.
I tend to be conservative in investing approach. I invest and trade so as to increase my "discretionary" income. I live off my retirement pension and want to increase my account to provide additional income in future years. I'm 63 but haven't made a determination as to when I'll start using the additional income, preferring to remain flexible.
As a side note the profile picture is not me, it's my great grand-dad who was born in 1833, fought in the Civil War, fathered 11 children (the last one born when he was 67), worked hard as a farmer to take care of them, and died in 1910. I use it as inspiration to remind myself not to get lazy. I am fortunate to have been raised by great parents who set a great example for work ethic and taught me that we can accomplish much if we're willing to apply ourselves. That's why I invest my own money rather than depending on someone else.
I am a medical professional, but I have been studying investing for many years so that I can control my own portfolio. DGI seems to be the best way for me to invest for my retirement while being able to sleep at night.
I have also been successfully trading cash secured puts for extra income. I share my experience on my websites, Tradingcsps.com and my blog Tradingputs.com.
Welcome to my author's site.
I hope you find my articles interesting and informative.
A man-with-a-plan, I am utilizing knowledge gained from my business degree 25+ years in the business world and a similar number of years of investing experience, to manage my investments.
I have created and maintain a stable and growing portfolio of individual US listed dividend growth stocks, over 30% of which are non-US based but headquartered in Canada, Great Briton, the Netherlands and Australia.
I believe that asset allocation is the primary decision an investor must make considering his objectives, time frame and risk tolerance. I am fully invested and 90% of that is in stock.
I believe that the small individual investor is often best served by low cost index funds. Stock picking, attempted market timing and frequent trading usually work to the disadvantage of the average small investor. However, you may define small as you like and nothing prevents any investor from emulating the market greats of our time such as Warren Buffett or Peter Lynch. Greater rewards can be obtained by buying and holding individual securities if one has background, the interest, the time and the disciplne to do so in an effective way.
There are many ways to make money in the stock and bond markets. My approach to is to take ownership positions in successful large cap companies and hold them a number of years. Dividend Growth Investing is a conservative approach which involves lower than average risks and higher than average rewards.
My writing experience began when I was a senior in high school. I was a local stringer for Maine's largest newspaper and covered school and amatuer sports. Concurrent with a successful career in the business world I wrote magazine articles, journal articles, short fiction, poetry and a devotional book.
A long time student of security markets I immensely enjoy the opportunity to write for Seeking Alpha, which is a very high quality well run organization with excellent editorial support. It is also possibly the best business forum on the internet and I am proud to be a part of it.
Most of my articles focus on several topics:
Income Portfolio Strategy
Canadian Banks and Telecoms
Best regards and good luck!
-- Bob J
First, the good stuff. Here's my portfolio ...
Consumer Discretionary: MCD, NKE, SBUX, TGT
Consumer Staples: COST, GIS, KHC, KO, MO, PEP, PG, PM, RAI, WBA
Energy: CVX, KMI, XOM
Health: ABBV, AMGN, GILD, JNJ, MCK
Industrial: BA, DE, EMR, LMT, MMM
REITs: HCN, NNN, O, OHI, VTR
Technology: AAPL, MSFT, QCOM
Telecom: BCE, T, TU, VZ
Utilities: AVA, D, SCG, SO, WEC
ALSO: small stakes in 23 additional companies held in the Dividend Growth 50 portfolio (http://seekingalpha.com/article/2764265-its-new-its-nifty-its-the-dividend-growth-50): ADP, AFL, BAX, BDX, CAT, CL, CLX, COP, GE, GPC, HCP, HSY, IBM, KMB, MKC, NEE, SHPG, SJM, UTX, V, WFC, WMT.
Now, a little about me:
I am a 50-something former sportswriter who was sent on a permanent vacation during the Great Recession. That sucked, but my story is not a sad one. Unlike many folks who lost their jobs, I am not in financial distress, I am not depressed and I am not bored.
My wife is a pediatric nurse with a bullet-proof job and decent benefits. So after supporting her and our two kids (now grown) for most of three decades, the least she can do is support my semi-retired keister!
Because of Roberta's job situation, because we have zero debt (not even mortgage debt), because we no longer have any dependents and because we have been pretty diligent savers over the years, we are comfortable (though nowhere near rich).
Although we hold some funds, bonds and cash, my investing philosophy leans heavily toward Dividend Growth Investing. By early next decade, we want to live entirely off of our income stream, Social Security and pension payments - and therefore will not have to spend down the principal one iota. To accomplish this, we invest mostly in blue-chip companies with long track records of growing dividends. As of mid-2016, we are well ahead of pace to reach our goal.
When not researching investments and writing for Seeking Alpha and other Web sites, I coach middle-school girls basketball at Metrolina Regional Scholars Academy, the top charter school in the Charlotte metro area; in March 2016, we won the first conference championship in school history! I also umpire youth baseball and referee youth basketball.
My wife and I dote on our 5-year-old pup, Simmie, and keep up on the doings of our now-grown kids, Katie and Ben. And we love to cheer on the basketball team of our alma mater, Marquette University, where we both majored in Journalism. Go Warriors! Also big fans of the Carolina Panthers.
I still occasionally post to the blog I initiated in 2007 -- lots of sports stuff, some politics, some personal junk -- at www.TheBaldestTruth.com.
Executive at a privately held materials science company engaged in the development of new materials for promising energy related applications.
From the midwest (Go Blue!), but lucky enough to live in a nice climate today. Great family with three kids - when I'm not coaching or watching their numerous activities, enjoy surfing, mountain biking, and shooting.
I've read much about investing over the years; I've always been a value investor, now getting into dividend growth strategy.
Founder and publisher of Mr. Free at 33. Founder of Dividend Mantra. Writer, investor, entrepreneur, introvert, pragmatist, fitness enthusiast, minimalist, humanist, philosopher, urbanist, frugalist, philanthropist.
I could put on this bio my education, work experience, investment strategy, and a nice thin (if I can find one) picture of me in a suit looking *smart*. Sorry but that's not my intent here. Sure I invest, help family make financial decisions, and make a ton of mistakes along the way. But my time spent here is to give all a formula for a well rounded view of fellow investors ideas and recommendations.
My goal is to have posters and investors educate one another so that eventually everyone has the opportunity to make money !! We should all have that same end game. Put the daily noise aside and think "outside the box" !!
I find investments are very different and difficult in these extremely Interesting Times!! We hear whispers of manipulation. QE'S that have never been done before. Then we have a template experiment in Cyprus to see the worlds reaction. I just ask everyone to sit back and ask themselves " 10 years ago would we even have thought a Cyprus could occur? "
Tossing ideas around is always fun....Authors posting their links on our blog is welcomed as well. Newbies with questions are urged to post. Either you learn from the answers or have asked a question no one has thought of . Either way that is EDUCATING !!
So feel free to join us !!
I am an individual investor and the author of seven eBooks on dividend growth investing. I try to help self-directed individual investors profit from stock investing. I contribute articles and studies to both Seeking Alpha and Daily Trade Alert. I hold an undergraduate degree in physics from Holy Cross College and a JD from Georgetown University. My wife Sue and I live in beautiful Canandaigua, NY.
Larry Swedroe is director of research for Buckingham Asset Management (www.investmentadvisornow.com), a Registered Investment Advisor firm in St. Louis, Mo and an independent member of the BAM ALLIANCE (www.thebamalliance.com). He is also director of research for BAM Advisor Services, LLC (www.bamservices.com), a service provider to investment advisors across the country, most of whom are affiliated with CPA firms. Previously, Larry was vice chairman of Prudential Home Mortgage. Larry holds an MBA in finance and investment from NYU, and a bachelor’s degree in finance from Baruch College.
To help inform investors about the passive investment approach, he was among the first authors to publish a book that explained passive investing in layman’s terms — The Only Guide to a Winning Investment Strategy You'll Ever Need. He has authored seven more books: What Wall Street Doesn't Want You to Know (2001), Rational Investing in Irrational Times (2002), The Successful Investor Today (2003), Wise Investing Made Simple (2007), Wise Investing Made Simpler (2010) and The Quest for Alpha (2011), and Think, Act, and Invest Like Warren Buffett (2012).
He also co-authored five books: The Only Guide to a Winning Bond Strategy You’ll Ever Need (2006, with Joe Hempen), The Only Guide to Alternative Investments You’ll Ever Need (2008, with Jared Kizer) and The Only Guide You’ll Ever Need for the Right Financial Plan (2010, with Tiya Lim and Kevin Grogan), Ivestment Mistakes Even Smart Investors Make (2011, with RC Balaban) and Reducing the Risk of Black Swans (2013 with Kevin Grogan). He writes the blog Wise Investing for CBS’s personal finance Web site http://www.cbsnews.com/search/author/larry-swedroe, He also writes for IndexUniverse.com http://www.indexuniverse.com/sections/index-investor-corner.html and you can follow him on Twitter (http://twitter.com/larryswedroe).
Elliott Gue knows energy. Since earning his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of London, Elliott has dedicated himself to learning the ins and outs of this dynamic sector, scouring trade magazines, attending industry conferences, touring facilities and meeting with management teams.
For seven years, Elliott Gue shared his expertise and stock-picking abilities with individual investors through a highly regarded, energy-focused research publication. Elliott Gue’s knowledge of the sector and prescient investment calls prompted the official program of the 2008 G-8 Summit in Tokyo to call him “the world’s leading energy strategist.”
He has also appeared on CNBC and Bloomberg TV and has been quoted in a number of major publications, including Barron’s, Forbes and the Washington Post.
In October 2012, Elliott Gue launched the Energy & Income Advisor (www.EnergyandIncomeAdvisor.com), a semimonthly online newsletter that’s dedicated to uncovering the most profitable opportunities in the energy sector, from growth stocks to high-yielding utilities, royalty trusts and master limited partnerships.
The masthead may have changed, but subscribers can expect the same in-depth analysis and rational assessments of investment opportunities in the energy sector.
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!
Sorry I hide my true identity but I'm a physicist/engineer, native contrarian and idea generator. I am an eclectic dividend investor with motto "In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash" applied to companies I invest in.
I like to read /and read a lot - did you look on my SA photo 8-)? / including popular and academic investment books and papers. After 200+ books I concluded that many (but not all) finance academics failed to delivery a good science because they usually are more concerned about match between their models and limited (in time and place) data-sets than about underlying assumptions of their models. On another hand, finance practitioners such as fund managers have different goals than I (for example, they want to outperform or replicate market each single year while my goal is to have smooth income from my investment and I don't worry to underperform in a bull market) and to some extend more limited in their choices than I (for example, with micro- and nano-cap stocks). It gives a chance for me as amateur investor to compete successfully with professionals in niche strategies such as dividend investment (see http://seekingalpha.com/instablog/725729-sds-seductive-dividend-stocks/266502-why-i-m-a-dividend-zealot-jan-31-2012).
My real portfolio consists of more than 100 dividend growth (DG) and high yield (HY) high quality stocks of USA and foreign companies with good history of dividend payments. I cherry-picked these stocks from the end of XX century in accordance with my ideas on diversification for income-equity investors ( http://seekingalpha.com/instablog/725729-sds-seductive-dividend-stocks/4183595-an-estimation-of-dividend-growth-portfolio-size). I also maintain artificial so-called "poor"folio of dividend stocks I use for self-education about market.
I understand that DGI is mostly trust in company's Board of Directors consistency and that HYI is mostly disagreement with market sentiment but both styles fit my goals and mentality,
My investor edges are
i) critical scientific approach (used in natural science rather than in liberal sciences) to finance academics ideas and strong selection between useful and worthless findings;
ii) quite predictable proprietary model of dividend reductions forecast in near future (couple years) that I have delivered from mix of hardware engineering ideas and physics concepts with finance data and behavior signals that allows me to sell stocks before such unpleasant event, and that I continue to polish;
iii) independence in time frames and market exposures forbidden for many finance practitioners;
iv) analyses of companies that are too small for institutional investors.
I have couple excellent ideas in dividend investing I'd like to capitalize, so serious requests are welcome.
I rather put my thoughts and ideas in SA Instablog and comments than in articles (I'm pretty busy/lazy/English-incompetent to perfect an article) but in all cases all standard disclaimers are applied. One of good things I have learned in Intel, that decision should be data driven. So I try to supply my ideas and thoughts with most relevant data. I love old Russian writer and dramatist Anton Chekhov principle "Brevity is the sister of talent" and think it is even more important nowadays with ocean of information in front of any investor. So, I try to follow this principle in my SA instablog and comments but please remember that "If I have more time, I would have written shorter".
Being a scientific journals referee I have a bad habit to find few weak points in almost any manuscript, so I probably too critical in some comments but I hope the article authors excuse me. I prefer communicate via SA email rather than inside comments (I usually turn off "Track new comments on this article" feature SA has). So send me a SA email if you have a question or would like to discuss my point of view.
A full time investor in stocks, bonds, options, and real estate who previously worked as a financial/investment journalist/analyst. Previous industry stints include privately held SageOnline Inc. - where he held multiple positions - as well as Multex.com, acquired by Reuters, where he was an equity research editor. Aloisi is a cum laude graduate of Penn State University, currently residing in native South Central Pennsylvania with his wife and 2 children.
Income investing has become his focal interest due to the challenges that the ZIRP environment presents. Not an advocate of any single portfolio strategy, he promotes a "go anywhere" philosophy predicated on value, forward thinking, sustainability, and personal objectives. While the past may be instructive, Aloisi cautions on over reliance.
In his free time he likes to talk politics, play the piano, garden, and go antiquing. Mr. Aloisi was recently elected to a 4-year term on his local school board, garnering the most votes out of 6 candidates.
Individual investor focused upon a limited number of diversified stocks. Seeks stocks selling below fair value; favors dividend growth. Advocates fundamental investment analysis, supplemented by the technical charts. Options strategies primarily employed to generate additional income or hedge risk.
Tony Abbate, CFA is founder and Managing Director of Granite Value Capital, a Hanover, NH based investment management firm.
Tony received his BBA in Finance and Business Economics from University of Notre Dame in 1992. He received his Chartered Financial Analyst designation in 1997. Prior to starting Granite Value Capital, he worked for nine years as a Portfolio Manager in Fleet/Bank of America's Private Wealth Management division.
Tony has thoroughly studied the teachings of the value investment philosophy set forth by Benjamin Graham during the 1930s and 1940s and expanded upon by Warren Buffett and other investors in the second half of the 20th century. In 2000 he completed a study of every publicly traded company with a minimum market capitalization of $25 million (over 5,000 companies) in the United States. From this study he created a universe of about 1,500 stocks that he continuously monitors.
Tony's equity investment selection process focuses on minimizing three elements of risk: business risk, balance sheet/bankruptcy risk, valuation risk. Tony looks at stock ownership as owning an interest in a business. His goal is to own a portfolio of companies with return and risk characteristics that are superior to the broader market.
Eli Inkrot is a writer. Check out his website: thecurrencyoftime.com, his articles here on Seeking Alpha or his book - "You Don't Have A Money Problem" - on Amazon.com.
Additionally, here is a quick bio:
Eli has held the title of Vice President and Portfolio Manager at EDMP Inc. - a money management firm - along with Vice President for F.A.S.T. Graphs - a financial software company.
Prior to that, he began his investment career as an analyst in private real estate for a public pension fund. During his time in real estate he was the lead for a variety of accounts with net asset values totaling nearly two billion dollars. Eli received a Master’s in Finance from the University of Tampa where he earned “highest honors” whilst receiving the distinction of being named the “most outstanding graduate student.” He also holds undergraduate degrees in both Economics and Business Administration from Otterbein University, graduating “magna cum laude” with distinct honors in each major. During his tenure at Otterbein, Eli was a member of the varsity golf team, held the departmental Senator position for Business, Economics and Accounting and studied abroad in the Netherlands.
Husband, father of three, grandfather of three and long time investor. Bought my first stock at 16 years old, it was called Unishops and it went bankrupt. I kept on investing and now have a decent size portfolio. Best investing book I ever read was "The Future for Investors" by Jeremy Siegel. I believe in companies that pay dividends, have strong cash flow and have some type of moat.
Bob is retired from a career in law enforcement including more than 20 years as an instructor of Investigative Interviewing. He is a Dividend Growth investor using dividend yield from low beta stocks for income and preservation of capital. Bob has self managed his portfolio since early in 2011. He hopes to encourage discussion among those already in retirement and receiving income from their portfolios.
My curent portfolio is available here:
I believe that everyone needs a portfolio business plan.
Here's a copy of ours:: http://seekingalpha.com/article/2426965-our-retirement-portfolio-business-plan-legacy-edition-part-two
A list of Dividend Growth Safety Superstars for the past decade is available here: http://seekingalpha.com/article/2255863-a-review-of-the-dividend-safety-superstars