One of the many things that makes human beings so interesting is the variety of hobbies we engage in, from Pooktre art to taphophilia, to carving eggshells. One of the potentially more profitable hobbies -- if done the right way -- is stock market investing, which is my primary hobby. Investing in stocks can be highly rewarding -- or excruciatingly costly and painful. As Warren Buffett, the world’s most successful value investor, once said, “Investing is simple, but not easy.”
It is not easy because we humans seem to have an innate desire to complicate it. Being capable of opening a discount brokerage account and executing our own trades is not the same as being able to effectively manage an investment portfolio. But it’s not that difficult. I manage my family’s investment portfolio. To help me do so, I spend a lot of time researching a plethora of investment topics, from behavioral finance to the MD&A's of potential investment candidates. I decided to record some of this research by writing articles for Seeking Alpha. I have been a daily reader of Seeking Alpha for as long as I can remember. The breadth and depth of authors represents an effective way to benefit from the “wisdom of the crowd.”
I also find that the comments from experienced, savvy readers can be as enlightening as the articles themselves. I have bachelor and master of engineering degrees and an MBA degree. I worked for more than 25 years in daily contact with global equities analysts as Vice President Investor Relations for five different leading companies. If interested, further information can be found on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/johnrlawlor?trk=nav_responsive_tab_profile
I am an individual investor with over 15 years experience in the stock and options markets. I focus on the precious metals, energy, and tech sectors. I believe that there are always opportunities in any kind of market, and I actively look for strategies to take advantage of these opportunities. My long-term outlook is that stock and commodity prices will go higher, and bond prices will go lower. Some of the investing principles that I follow include (1) taking what the market gives you, (2) investing where you have a competitive advantage, (3) having a plan in case a stock goes up or down, and (4) investing only when the odds are in your favor.
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Investor for some thirty years, sometime partly responsible for investing a large (multi-millions) institutional trust fund. I try particularly to have a global outlook and to concentrate on company fundamentals.
DividendMooch Passive Income Portfolio as of July 29, 2015
Consumer Defensive: KO, PG, DEO, ADM, SYY, TGT, UL, WMT
Watch List: PEP, BUD, BF/B, PM, MO, KMB
Consumer Discretionary: MCD
Watch List: SBUX
Technology: AAPL, IBM, INTC, MSFT, QCOM
Watch List: CSCO
Financials: RY, BNS, AXP, CB, TROW
Watch List: AXS, AWH, WFC
Energy: CVX, XOM, COP, KMI
Industrials: EMR, UTX, CAT, DE
Watch List: LMT, MMM, GPC
Healthcare: JNJ, BAX
Watch List: MDT, BDX, ABT, ABBV, CVS, WBA,
Watch List: VZ
Watch List: SO, DUK, WEC
REIT: No holdings YET
Watch List: O, HCP, OHI
After years of watching my portfolio languish - first under a basket of adviser managed mutual funds and then under my own ad hoc individual stock selections - I realized I needed to get serious and develop investment/trading systems that yielded better results. An ecologist by vocation, I began applying my background in pattern analysis and correlational statistics to investment strategy back-testing and simulations. I now consider myself a successful small 'q' quantitative investor. My investment program includes 2 systems - a 'passive', dividend growth system and an 'aggressive' small cap momentum system.
Mehran Nakhjavani is a partner at MRB Partners. He formerly managed global and emerging market equity portfolios for 10 years for the asset management division of a major Swiss bank. Prior to running money, his career was in independent investment research: for 8 years covering emerging market equities and fixed income and prior to that for 10 years covering oil and finance in the Middle East. His insights are driven by his training as a macro-economist, his experience as a stock picker and his omnivorous research interests.
A Canadian with numerous years of investment experience who has a BCom degree from a well respected Canadian university and has experience working in the wealth management industry.
Canadian Dividend Growth Investor primarily. For diversification, I have a significant percentage in US dividend growth companies as there are limited choices on the TSX. I also purchase undervalued companies with good growth prospects for short term gains.
Starks has worked for well-known energy companies in marketing, planning, and engineering. She brings this experience, along with extensive research and investing, to profiling energy companies by investing segment in her monthly newsletter.
Livio has over a decade of investment experience with venture resource and clean technology companies. He has assisted in raising capital, running IR campaigns, and has spent 8 years in business development roles with several venture technology companies. Livio is a passive investor in Canadian mining and technology companies, with a focus on clean technologies and “green” resources. Livio has specific interest in the lithium supply chain and emerging energy storage markets.
Livio is dedicated to educating young investors about the benefits of investing in dividend stocks over the long term.
Canadian Couch Potato's author is Dan Bortolotti, an investment advisor with PWL Capital in Toronto who has completed the FPSC Level 1 certification in financial planning. In addition to providing portfolio management (using the same strategies described on this blog) and planning services for clients, Dan and his colleagues offer a unique DIY Investor Service for those who need helping setting up index-fund portfolios they can manage on their own.
Dan is also a veteran journalist and author who has written about personal finance for many Canadian magazines, including MoneySense (where he is a columnist and consulting editor), Canadian MoneySaver and Financial Post. His articles have earned six National Magazine Awards nominations, and in 2013 he was named Journalist of the Year by the CFA Society of Toronto. Dan is also the author of The MoneySense Guide to the Perfect Portfolio, a complete guide to index investing in Canada, now in its third edition.
Markos N. Kaminis generated a 23% average annual return on "Strong Buy" stock selections over 5 years and ranked 2nd among a group of 60 analysts in-house as a Senior Equity Analyst over a seven-year period at Standard & Poor's. After proving his value in-house, he was promoted into a special role as an idea generator, supporting the portfolios of institutional clients as well as driving performance within S&P's recommended lists and portfolios. At times, Markos was responsible for up to 10% of the firm's entire "Strong Buy" list and is due a great deal of credit for the group's outstanding performance during his tenure.
Markos followed a group of 30-40 Small and Mid-Cap firms, and was charged with finding new buy and sell candidates across industry sectors. He generated a 23% average annual return over five years on his "Strong Buy" recommendations, and 26% over three years ended 2004. He was ranked 1st of 60 analysts in-house for his "Strong Buy" performance over 4 years (2nd over 5). Markos also authored IPO research and wrote for high-level newsletters, The Outlook, Equity Insights and Emerging Opportunities, as well as for BusinessWeek Online. He represented his firm as an analytical expert commentator for major media, including television, Internet and through quotes and interviews in reputable publications.
Besides predicting the stock market correction of 2015 through a series of prescient reports here in August. (see proof here: http://seekingalpha.com/article/3482226-investor-who-predicted-the-stock-market-correction-offers-an-update ), Markos also advised investors to buy stocks at the bottom of the market in mid-February 2016 and again post-Brexit at the trough, and to buy gold in January 2016 before the commodity started its move higher. While not perfect, over the years, Markos has made countless correct market and security calls for his followers, including forecasting the demise of J.C. Penney on the heralded CEO hire's disruptive plans, the bankruptcies of Washington Mutual and Pilgrim's Pride in the $30 and $20s, respectively, as well as the purchase of Facebook in the mid-$20s when it was considered a pariah post its IPO (today it is a market darling). Markos also warned of the real estate market collapse and the financial crisis in the early days of his blogging.
What I personally want you to know about my plans: After witnessing the worst of Wall Street firsthand and having the ideal vision of my childhood career choice corrupted by reality, I almost switched to full-time charity work at age 40 and still have plans for several non-profit endeavors. The future is somewhat unknown, and I am open to employment offers for portfolio management or other ideas. While continuing to publish regularly, I expect to begin work on several book ideas that I believe are important for business, for our nation and for society.
I may put my stock selection skills, earned through blood, sweat and tears, to better use, and to make my own way. I would like to give investors something rare, a dignified partner who can manage money with integrity and a clear conscience about the degree of due diligence behind investment decisions... someone who cares more about your money than your wife. I hope readers will become followers of my column here & at my blog, so that when our numbers are substantial, we might start an investment fund or two.
Prior to his Wall Street career, Mr. Kaminis spent time in the back-office, as a mutual fund accountant, where he managed for a time the work of two men. Before this, from age 11 to age 25, he worked as a carpenter's apprentice and carpenter with his father, in both commercial and residential projects. Mr. Kaminis has an intimate knowledge of the real estate (undergraduate degree in Real Estate and Finance) and construction market, as well as the restaurant industry.
However, as a generalist stock analyst, he showed the ability to learn any and the most complicated of industries in short time - and he gamed every challenge presented to him. Mr. Kaminis earned his MBA at the Katz Graduate School of Business at the University of Pittsburgh, and his BA at Temple University in Philadelphia. However, Markos has been studying the stock market since age 13, when he determined his career path.
He made his first investment at age 16, and funded much of his undergraduate education with the proceeds of his investing success. Mr. Kaminis continues to keep busy forecasting the economic path and securities market activity. Markos is considering the eventual start-up a long/short capital appreciation hedge fund. Such a fund would limit risk through beta reduction, using a diversification strategy targeting sector & industry and long & short position inclusion. At the same time, Markos' theoretical fund would seek maximum capital appreciation through the exploitation of Mr. Kaminis' inherent economic & market discernment gift and proven stock selection skills.
Mr. Kaminis also has a team of a select few analysts, technicians, strategists and economists that he has been impressed by over the years, which he expects to tap for the project when the time is right. Mr. Kaminis welcomes your interest in such a potential forward effort, and looks forward to discussing his plans with those appropriate and within legal constraints.
Markos toys with very early stage entrepreneurial efforts in the testing of certain business models, all of which he intends to tie to a planned non-profit project serving the most helpless among us. The tie will be that the businesses will give employment opportunity to individuals who would otherwise have difficulty finding gainful employment. It will house and heal the homeless, ex-convicts, those completing rehabilitation efforts for drug and other addictions, and others in need of help.
Markos is currently Directing the widely syndicated blog he founded, "Wall Street Greek," and is writing for other well-known publications besides advancing several big ideas. Markos' column is syndicated across sites like the Boston Globe, Kiplinger Magazine, UPI and other reputable newspaper and TV websites, as well as private networks, Amazon Kindle, iPhone and more. In the past, he has written for RealMoney.com, Motley Fool and others.
Requests to research specific companies are welcome, as we serve our readers. You may contact us via this blog's contact info. Mr. Kaminis welcomes you to follow him here at Seeking Alpha, where he is proud to be a long-time contributor to this strong team of writers. He considers the Seeking Alpha team and management close friends, and for you, people worth knowing and following. Visit his site: Wall Street Greek (http://www.wallstreetgreek.blogspot.com/)
I am entering 2nd year of the BBA program at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.
I currently manage my parent's retirement portfolio, investing in long-term dividend oriented stocks. For the 2 years that I have taken over the portfolio, the value has increased by over 20% including dividends.
I also have a personal portfolio that I currently manage.
“Only buy something that you’d be perfectly happy to hold if the market shut down for 10 years.” - Warren Buffet
David Baskin & Barry Schwartz are the lead Portfolio Managers at Baskin Financial Services in Toronto, Canada. David and Barry appear frequently on national television and radio and are quoted widely in the press.
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.
Dave Fish is Executive Editor for The Moneypaper and co-manager (since 1999) of the MP 63 Fund (Symbol: DRIPX), a fund that invests exclusively in companies that offer Direct Investment (or Dividend Reinvestment) Plans. He is also the author of the U.S. Dividend Champions spreadsheet (and PDF), which is updated at the end of each month...and lists companies that have increased their dividend payout for at least 25 consecutive years. (Separate tabs list "Contenders" that have increased their payouts for 10-24 years and "Challengers" that have increased their payouts for 5-9 years.) http://dripinvesting.org/Tools/Tools.asp
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
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.
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.
Author of the value investing newsletter detailing the formation of the "Punch Card Portfolio" (http://valueinvestorcanada.blogspot.com/). Devon Shire is an accountant and an investor with 15 years experience managing a private portfolio. Devon Shire's preferred portfolio management style is a concentrated approach, investing only when finding opportunities that offer a sufficient discount to the intrinsic value of a business. Devon can be contacted at email@example.com.
I am a retired bank executive with a masters/undergraduate degrees in economics/finance from a Tier 1 institution, with a finance designation. I am a full time active investor with a focus on Canadian Small cap stocks.
My name is Avrom, and I live in Vancouver B.C. I work part-time in health care, ran a web design company for over six years, and now enjoy writing for the Dividend Ninja. I’m a contributing editor for Canadian MoneySaver Magazine, and have written articles for other finance and investing sites. I’m not selling an online course or a book, nor am I a financial advisor or certified financial planner. Just writing about my journey into dividend stocks and what I’ve learned…
Disclaimer: The Dividend Ninja is not a professional financial advisor, investment dealer, or a certified financial planner and does not offer professional or financial advice, and is intended to provide general information only. The Dividend Ninja is not responsible for the investment decisions you make. You should consult with your financial advisor before making any investment decisions. Be prudent and cautious. Do your own research, and invest in what you understand.
I'm a value investor and always on the lookout for new ideas. Unlike some investors, I don't limit myself to any sector.
I found opportunities in various sectors including financials, energy, consumer staples, industrials, technology, and consumer discretionary. Although I'm not a top-down investor, I do look at macro factors to give me clues. Because I live in Canada and have a portfolio that is denominated in CAD, I mostly write about Canadian companies (in the TSX index). However, I'm quite knowledgeable abut many S&P500 companies as well.
Please follow my blog if you like my work.
I immigrated to the US in 2006. I started investing in India in 1999 just when the Indian markets were taking off. India had its share of Irrational Exuberance and eventually I lost quite a bit in Tech stocks from 1999 to 2002. After that I slowly moved on to cyclical (capital goods, manufacturing) and financial services stocks. I didn't have any money in the US earlier so started investing only in late 2007 - almost at the peak. And that too in REITs and finance stocks because they gave good dividend yields. We all know too well what happened to those stocks in 2008.
Now, I am trying to invest in other areas and build a steady stream of income and growth. I hold more than 60 stocks and more than 90% of my holdings are dividend growth stocks. I am short TSLA, NFLX, CRM and AMZN.