My name is Ted Leach. I'm a 65-year-old investor focused on dividends in a Retirement Income Portfolio. I'm not yet in the distribution phase of retirement. After serving as a pastor for 40 years, I'm in a second career and I have two part-time jobs. As Director of Community & Property Care, I'm part of a management team that oversees 123 residential retirement units in multiple locations for a non-profit organization. I also serve a large congregation as a part-time associate pastor.
I've been a member of the National Association of Investment Clubs (NAIC) since 1982, which now operates as BetterInvesting.org. For many years as a volunteer I helped lead workshops to teach tools developed by NAIC to educate investors about how to do basic fundamental stock analysis. I continue to have a strong interest in investor education.
NAIC's historic "four principles" have been very helpful to me:
1) invest regularly throughout your lifetime;
2) invest in growth companies;
3) reinvest earnings and profits;
4) diversify by industry and size.
Bill Bengen's "4% Rule" concept inspired me to set a goal to create a retirement income portfolio of individual dividend growth stocks as a way to tap only dividend income from the portfolio as long as possible rather than selling assets.
Here is my current 25-stock portfolio:
- 5 stocks each with a 5.2% target allocation: JNJ, XOM, MSFT, PG, MMM
- 5 stocks each with a 4.4% target allocation: WMT, MRK, IBM, CMI, GPC
- 5 stocks each with a 3.6% target allocation: EMR, SO, WEC, CNP, HCP
- 5 stocks each with a 3.0% target allocation: PEP, T, O, EPD, WPC
- 5 stocks each with a 2.4% target allocation: UNP, NNN, STAG, MAIN, EVA.
Helpful mentors and colleagues include:
- Charles Allmon, former columnist for Better Investing, taught me to look for growth stocks
- Ben Graham's The Intelligent Investor taught me the importance of intrinsic value
- Peter Lynch instilled confidence that the average citizen can win in the stock market
- Louis Rukeyser demonstrated how to ask probing questions about market conditions
- Brad Thomas introduced me to a host of real estate investment trusts
- Bob Wells' analytical discipline keeps me focused on dividend growth
- Lowell Miller's The Single Best Investment helped me focus on quality and safety
- David Van Knapp's holistic style of portfolio building helps me see the big picture
- David Fish and Factoids inspire me to keep digging for data
- Chowder reminds me that each buy is the purchase of a business
- BDC Buzz has helped me sift through business development companies
- Tom Konrad opened my mind to alternative energy investments
- George Fisher is a helpful "lookout" scanning the horizon for utility opportunities
- The Seeking Alpha community--both veterans and young contributors.
Ronnie Moas is the Founder & Director of Research at Standpoint Research and Founder of www.philanthropyandphilosophy.com. Ronnie has given more than 50 television, radio, magazine and newspaper interviews in the last year and was recently ranked # 1 versus 3,795 analysts at TipRanks. Standpoint Research currently advises and sells its research to pension funds, hedge funds, day-traders and asset management firms. Mr. Moas spent 1998-2003 developing and back-testing a 155-variable equity valuation and diagnostic model. The model has been run more than 1000 times since development was completed in June 2003. The model has since then built an exceptional track record of more than 800 recommendations. In 2002, he wrote a 284-page research report back-testing more than one-dozen different trading strategies on 20 years of data. In 2003, Mr. Moas was one of the first analysts on Wall Street to forecast bull markets in commodities, Brazil, Russia, India and China. He also exited (mid-2007) and re-entered (late-2008) in a timely manner. Ronnie has issued more than 800 stock recommendations since July 2003. Standpoint Research is ranked # 1 beating the S&P-500 by at least 500 bps with 67% of their (494) recommendations (2008-2015). Bloomberg and Dow Jones have both time-stamped all recommendations made by Standpoint Research since 2008. Ideas are generated by a 155-variable computer model Ronnie developed (1998-2003). Recommendations are made only after heavy fundamental and subjective overlays are applied. Standpoint Research covers all ten sectors. Standpoint Research is now widely recognized as one of the top equity research firms in the US and internationally. Ronnie has made multiple appearances on Bloomberg, Fox and CNBC and is quoted frequently in The Wall St. Journal, Fortune magazine, The New York Times, BusinessWeek, and Barron’s (among many others). Mr. Moas received a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Business with Honors from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, and a Masters degree in Finance and Investments from Baruch College, City University of New York. Mr. Moas was born in New York and lived in Israel from 1983-1994. He returned to New York after completing a three-year Israeli military service in artillery and intelligence with rank of Sergeant. Before returning to the United States in 1994, Ronnie worked at Shuki Weiss International Concert Productions where a few of his production credits included the Haifa Seaport Blues Festival, Bob Dylan, Radiohead, Buddy Guy and Suede. Ronnie has traveled to more than 50 countries on six continents since 2007, he designed the Standpoint Research web site, is the owner of an articulate African Grey Parrot and a very large music collection of 1,500 cds.
Michael Lee, founder of Epsilon in Chico, California, is a passionate business professional who has helped establish successful businesses and uses this experience to meet the needs of businesses, non-profits, and individuals with whom he works. The backgrounds of Lee and his consulting staff include finance, accounting, investing, business development, design, and marketing.
Also the developer of The Stock Advisor smartphone apps, a series of apps that deliver recommendations and investment education to its users, Epsilon has successfully outreached its services to clients around the world and continues to look for better ways to assist individuals and businesses achieve their financial goals.
More information can be found at www.epsilonfbd.com or by searching for "The Stock Advisor" in your smartphone's app store.
Invest. Manage risk. Communicate. Educate yourself. Make profits. .
My name is Todd Johnson. I’m a family man, sports fiend, health nut, technology buff, long-time stock investor, and a very lucky mountain climber, all of which has shaped my philosophy as a professional investor for the last 30 years. As my interests might suggest, I am always looking for the upside while striving to minimize risks.
My new passion, which I have realized through DividendLab.com project, is helping other investors learn more about investing; investing in stocks and other assets that are subject to wide price swings can actually enhance their returns when the right investment strategy is applied. To that end, I read company 10k and 10q statements so they can skip them. I compile and analyze the market research that isn’t always at their fingertips. And I don’t make any investment recommendation without committing my own funds first, which is the purest form of accountability.
Robert Lewis has been a practicing attorney in New York since 1972. Prior to become an attorney Robert worked as a stock broker for an over the counter trading firm known as M.L. Lee & Co.. Although he has a successful practice, Robert's primary source of accumulated wealth has always been from finding market niches. His prior area of interest had been the publicly held limited partnerships promoted in the 1980s.
Robert has been a member of The New York Board of Trade, Comex, American Stock Exchange, Philadelphia Stock Exchange, Minneapolis Grain Exchange, Chicago Stock Exchange and the Winnipeg Commodities Exchange. He has passed the Series 3, 7, 63 and 65 exams and is presently registered as an Investment Advisor.
Robert has been focused on closed end funds for the past 3 years, although he has been following and investing in them for over 30 years. Robert feels strongly that CEFs offer great opportunity and are superior to Hedge Funds or Private Equity as an alternative asset investment. Closed End Funds offer great opportunity with reduced risk.
Robert Lewis has been involved in investment management for others for the past five years. All funds are segregated into seperate brokerage accounts, designated and set up by the client. Most clients have elected to use Fidelity, Vanguard or Schwab as their brokers. A fee of one (1%) per cent per annum is charged with the client being billed quarterly. There are no minimum account sizes.
He can be reach at:
Robert L. Lewis
7 Penn Plaza - Suite 1602
New York, N.Y. 10001
212-721-7353 Extension 230
Barry Randall is the Chief Investment Officer of Crabtree Asset Management. Barry founded Crabtree in 2008 following a 15-year Wall Street career as an equity analyst and portfolio manager specializing in growth stocks. In 2007, Barry earned a Wall Street Journal Category King award for his co-management of the MTB Small Cap Growth Fund in 2006. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and an MBA from the University of Texas, Austin. Crabtree Asset Management is a registered investment adviser based in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Formed in 2008, Crabtree offers traditional advisory services to individuals and families. The firm has a specialization in growth stocks in general and technology stocks in particular. However, Crabtree clients' needs are addressed based solely on their unique situation and investment goals.
Brad Thomas is a research analyst and he currently writes weekly for Forbes and Seeking Alpha where he maintains research on many publicly-listed REITs. In addition, Thomas is the Senior Analyst at iREIT Forbes and Editor of the Forbes Real Estate Investor, a monthly subscription-based newsletter.
Thomas has also been featured in Forbes Magazine, Kiplinger’s, US News & World Report, Money, NPR, Institutional Investor, GlobeStreet, and Fox Business. He was the #1 contributing analyst on Seeking Alpha in 2014 (as ranked by TipRanks) and he is currently writing a book on the legendary investor Donald Trump. In addition, Thomas is co-authoring a book (The Intelligent REIT Investor) that will e published in August 2016.
Thomas received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business/Economics from Presbyterian College where he played basketball. He resides in South Carolina with his wife and kids.
Mr. Dwyer is a Silicon Valley, California lawyer who was former Associate Editor of the Stanford Law Review (1988-1989), with a A.B. in Economics from Stanford University (1986). He follows technology, gambling and emerging markets.
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