David Sims is the managing member of RidgeHaven Capital LLC. We prefer distressed equities and value investing. The firm was established to manage wealth with an eye on fundamental value, but also an understanding of technical trends and market behavior.
David is a Certified Public Accountant and previously worked as an auditor at a Big 4 accounting firm, SEC Reporting Analyst and financial systems administrator at a small private company.
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Very active investor- Primary interest is in high yield: Mortgage REITS, BDCs, MLPs etc. Also high yield bonds via Closed end funds, which I like for their leverage.
My reasoning: If you invest for growth, without income, you have no mitigation of loss if principal comes down, whereas with dividends and interest you do have some mitigation, and are at least being paid to wait for principal recovery.
Would like to correspond and exchange ideas with like minded investors.
When will long-term investors have any cash to deploy? If you believe in their mantra, most of them think people should be nearly fully invested nearly all of the time - it is rare to have a long term Buy and Hold investor to keep 30% in cash for buying opportunities. How much of a loss are you willing to suffer waiting for a recovery? 10%, 20%, 30%? Do the numbers and see what kind of gain you will need to recoup to the break even point on several loss levels to get an idea of how long you may need to wait. For example a 30% loss requires a 43% gain to get back to the break even. A 20% loss takes a 25 % GAIN to get back to even.$100,000 - 20% = $80,000 . 80k X 25% = 20,000 +80k =100K There are few assets like PM's that are liquid and have NO counterparty risk. If you know of any that perform that function please post it for all to see. The fact of the matter is that some people ONLY save any money because of Precious Metals. If it were not for their gold and silver many would not have any money saved or invested. They would have Beanie babies or some other fad item. The people that buy Silver Eagles are much happier ten years later when they bought those coins made of PM's for their grandchildren (or whomever) when they find out the $8 - $12 bucks they spent is worth more than they paid.And the recipient learns a valuable lesson from it. There are good gifts and not so good gifts. Silver Eagles rank near the top of the list. Don't underestimate the power for people to develop good savings habits using PM's . It's fundamental. Our welfare system is a huge drain on the economy .Those of us working for a living instead of voting for a living see huge holes in our paychecks every week. As unfortunate as it is to know that cuts to foodstamps and welfare will likely cause a bit of suffering, it’s not the job of the government to forcibly remove money from the pockets of hard working Americans in order to take care of those who won’t work. Granted, there are some people who genuinely need the help, and those folks get dragged into the mud with the abusers, which isn’t fair to them. Now, just because the government shouldn’t be “helping” those in need, doesn’t mean we as Americans should forego kindness and charity. Quite the opposite. Americans are some of the most generous people on the planet, but unfortunately, that generosity gets quelled when the government is involved.Without the government in the way, regular every day individuals like you and me need to step up and start helping those who are in dire straits. That’s how this country used to be long before all of the social welfare programs, and it’s what made our nation so wonderful. If the government insists on being “helpful,” they can start by reducing taxes and ridiculous regulations that overburden small business owners, which will free them up to expand their companies and hire new workers.
....................................................................................................................................................... Let's say 50 years ago, 1964, your grandfather bequeathed you an inheritance worth $1,000, which he put in a pretty box with your name on it. At this moment, you are about to open that box… Would you be happy to find his personal check dated 1964 made payable to you; would you rather find ten $100 Federal Reserve Notes; or would you prefer to find that thousand bucks in the form of 4,000 silver quarters, the steady constant value of 715 ounces of silver, with a current dollar number north of $12,500? Would your choice be the same if you were putting your wealth away today for an heir to receive in ten, twenty, or fifty years?
..................................................................................................... Financial contagion happens at both the international level and the domestic level. At the domestic level, usually the failure of a domestic bank or financial intermediary triggers transmission when it defaults on interbank liabilities and sells assets in a fire sale, thereby undermining confidence in similar banks. An example of this phenomenon is the subsequent turmoil in the United Statesfinancial markets. International financial contagion, which happens in both advanced economies and developing economies, is the transmission of financial crisis across financial markets for direct or indirect economies. However, under today's financial system, with large volume of cash flow, such as hedge fund and cross-regional operation of large banks, financial contagion usually happens simultaneously both among domestic institutions and across countries. The cause of financial contagion usually is beyond the explanation of real economy, such as the bilateral trade volume.
Semi-retired marketing and sales executive with a second career in the travel business. Actively invest an upper six digit portfolio in half a dozen mutual funds as well as a couple of stock brokerages accounts, most of it IRA. Primary goal is income with some appreciation potential.
I'm a writer for one of the country's largest pop-culture-type magazines and, at the same time, I am one of the world's worst investors. Did I sell an apartment in Manhattan's Flat-Iron district in late 1999, because I feared the Y2k problem? You bet I did. And so it has gone.
Even so, at the age of 60, I have managed to broom together quite a tidy little pile. And I hope to keep it. And grow it. Though I have my doubts, given my investment history, that any of this is possible in the long run. Or even the short.
Herein lies a chronicle of the life & times of my money.
I'm Gene Baugh and I've been studying the stock market and the economy since before I went to The University of Texas at Arlington to earn a Bachelors in Finance. Class of '83.
One day as I was listening to a Jim Rogers interview and the reporter asked him if he was buying any oil stocks right now. His reply was "Only for my kids."
My son was sixteen at the time. This made me ask myself alot of questions.
I had always been a mutual fund trader and a 'macro' kind of guy sometimes moving from fully invested to a 100% cash allocation (back when money market funds actually paid you something). Occasionally (like 1986 through the '87 crash) I would move from cash into a bond mutual fund for long periods of time.
I can do that... but I can't expect my son to! How would I invest for HIM? How would I TEACH HIM to invest?
Although he is the beneficiary on everything I have, I suddenly felt the need to get him some investing experience of his own. An early start can be a critical component of success!
So, I opened up a UGMA (Uniform Gift to Minors Account) and went out and got myself a part time job with the intent of splitting my paychecks with him to build us both an investment program to share and have in common.
I wanted to show him what a couple of hundred bucks a month could do over time.
First I decided I wanted him to have the experience of being a direct investor in companies rather than an indirect holder via mutual funds. The most dangerous game in the world of investing.
At first I was leaning toward 'widow and orphan' investing and considered the DGI approach.
Eventually I rejected that philosophy because it was too capital intensive for our small portfolios. It would simply require too much money to produce a material cash flow. He is young and I feared a 3% yield on a $500 position would not exactly captivate his attention.
I wanted his portfolio to have a meaningful and material effect in his life NOW, as soon as possible. The idea is not to make him 'rich one day' in the 'far, far off future, but to give him a little extra passive income to help pay the bills in this very expensive world.
I am reinvesting the dividends now while the account is in trust but when he comes of age (after college) he will be able to access whatever cash flow I can produce for him over the next few years.
So, I decided to invest for income using alternative investment vehicles. And I decided to focus on monthly payers. I don't want to challenge his attention span waiting three months for any "action" in his portfolio. We will end up "Staggering some Quarterlies" eventually,,, but to start out, we are going with the monthly payers as a practical matter.
That word "practical" kept coming to mind in every move I considered. If I were to name this portfolio, the way many SA Contributors do, I would call it:
"The Practical Monthly Income Portfolio."
I also do institutional portfolio research I follow the portfolio of the Queen of England and others.