Raised in the homeland of Alien spacecraft, attended NMSU & UNM. Background in Physics and English Lit. — Missing the NM Mexican food ! Spent several years in the Air Defense Command, Weapons Control —North Bend, OR & Vietnam, and finished-up as a Capt in Logistics at Chanute AFB, Illinois. Trained afterwards as a jeweler and achieved Certified Master Watchmaker - worked for two businesses, started my own jewelry store- (no watches) did not get rich!— sold out to the partner I took on. Became a Registered Nurse- specialized in Neonatal Intensive Care- nothing like juggling newborns! —later became a telephone triage nurse. Jan 2 of 2014 -Oh Joy- RETIRED! Plan on continuing to work on the “fine art” painting I took up in ’10, hiking, photography, travel- US and abroad- mostly UK. Discovered SA late ’12 or early ’13 and am dedicated to converting my IRA rollover money to DGI in my IRA, ROTH and taxable accounts. It’s not easy to find those margin-of-safety div growers, but am working on it. I have added eREITs, BDCs and some others for a bump in dividends, but will try to moderate those and increase the tried and true CCC types as I can—along with IRA to ROTH conversions (tax bracket allowing). I have to wonder if I am the only DGI in Nevada— particularly Northern. — Live long and prosper Gary
An investor with circa 30 years of professional, managerial and financial experience, gathered through both private-individual activities as well as asset management type of roles.
I'm involved in running a leveraged fixed-income, absolute return, hedge fund that aims at providing its investors with double-digit returns, per annum. The fund runs a fast, frequent and furious trading strategy and it focuses on the very short term. Definitely not a Buy & Hold!
I'm also advising and consulting to private individuals, mostly HNWI that I had been serving through many years of working within the private banking, wealth management and asset management arenas. This activity focuses on the long run and it's mostly based on a Buy & Hold strategy.
Risk management is at the very core of our essence and while we normally take LONG-naked positions, we constantly hedge our positions, in order to protect the downside, that usually occurs at times when you least expect that to take place...
I cover all asset-classes though mostly focusing on cash cows and high dividend paying "machines" that may generate high (total) returns: Interest-sensitive, income-generating, instruments, e.g. Bonds, REITs, BDCs, Preferred Shares, MLPs, etc. combined with a variety of high-risk, growth and value stocks.
I believe and invest for the long run but I'm very minded of the short run too. While it's possible to make a massive-quick "kill", here and there, good things usually come in small packages; so do returns. Therefore, I (hope but) don't expect my investments to double in value over a short period of time. I do, however, aim at an annual double-digit returns on average, preferably on an absolute basis, i.e. regardless of markets' returns and directions.
Timing is Everything! While investors can't time the market, I believe that this applies only to the long term. In the short-term (a couple of months) one can and should pick the right moment and the right entry point, based on his subjective-personal preferences, risk aversion and goals. Long-term, strategy/macro, investment decisions can't be timed while short-term, implementation/micro, investment decision, can!
When it comes to investments and trading I believe that the most important virtues are healthy common sense, general wisdom, sufficient research, vast experience, strive for excellence, ongoing willingness to learn, minimum ego, maximum patience, ability to withstand (enormous) pressure/s, strict discipline and a lot of luck!...
My hobby is investing in stocks and options. I manage DivGro, a portfolio of dividend growth stocks created in January 2013. The primary goal of DivGro is to generate a reliable and growing dividend income stream. I use options to boost dividend income, primarily covered calls but also uncovered puts. My blog hosts a live and public spreadsheet with full details of DivGro so that readers can follow my investment journey. I write articles about dividend growth investing, options trading, investment decisions, stock selection, portfolio management, and passive income generation. I generate active income as an effects artist at a well-known animation studio in the Bay Area.
- Graduated from The State University of New York at Buffalo in 2012, with a bachelor's degree in Business Administration with a concentration in financial analysis.
- Passionately seeking knowledge.
- Dividend growth investor.
- I hope to help others by doing something I love.
"The individual investor should act consistently as an investor and not as a speculator." - Ben Graham
We've been investing in securities and bond markets for decades. We own or have held: stocks, bonds, inverse functioning securities, mutual funds, rental props, REIT's, CEF's, ETF's, MLP's, ETN's, baby bonds, etc. We do advise other traders, DGI's, non-DGI's, and manage monies for various other entities, in addition to managing our own. We're here to learn, participate in constructive commentary, share successes and failures, and contribute content. We've remained in the Cxx and/or executive level suites for a number of years at various corporations and LLC's, but like all of our fellow investor's, we started at the bottom of the totem pole with little investing experience & only a small handful of dollars. Our primary site: http://affinity4investing.com Alternatively, you can find additional articles published exclusively for TheStreet.com, over on their website.
Nearly 40-year, and now retired, CPA. Former experience includes audit and tax work with small and large CPA firms (including as a manager with a 'Big Eight' firm) as well as serving in various companies as controller/CFO capacities.
Spent the last 23 years prior to retirement with several municipalities as Finance Director (Former CPFO, CGFM, CNA) with background in all aspects of financial and treasury management. This included investment of a $25m portfolio in fixed income investments and issuances of SEC-registered municipal bonds, including a trip to Wall Street for bond rating and insurance meetings, (which included a cool visit on the floor of the NYSE during the trading day, pre 9/11). I also benefit from a series four week-long seminars on real estate economic development training via classes and tests to become certified as an Economic Development Finance Professional (EDFP). (Never used one bit of it in my career, but it sure helps to understand IRR for REITs now.)
Long-term strategic thinker and investor since the early 1980s focused on DGI of revenue-growing cash-flow cows. Three-tiered portfolio with a) majority in a foundation of core large-cap SWANs with no dividend cuts in the past one or two recessions, b) Mid- and small-cap growers in industries with long runways (such as data center reits), and c) willing to consider a nominal allocation where appropriate in speculatives for home runs (none currently).
As a retiree, I restrict investments to companies with 1) steady, monthly, growing top line revenue, 2) growing cash flow and income and dividends, 3) strong long-term runway for product/service demand, 4) with strong controls over expenses and little overhead %. Investing for both growing dividends and total return. These characteristics, particularly increasing dividends during hard times, build wealth over time by compounding including reinvestment in the Roth and traditional IRAs. I find many selective REITs to strongly fulfill these specific portfolio criteria more than many non-reits (particularly economic-sensitive including cyclicals and banks).
Owning companies with great fundamentals means few or no worries about the thousands of minute-by-minute price overreactions when Mr. Market has another bi-polar manic tantrum. I just remind myself that I own great companies with strong fundamentals in sound long-term growing businesses having growing cash flows and dividends. Selloffs are welcomed as the greatest of opportunities: value buying matters enormously, with overpaying being my biggest past mistakes and best lesson learned.
My career experience In accounting and finance provides critical skills sets for investing, of which one of the best is recognizing the exponential wealth-building power of reinvestment of divvies in deferred/tax free accounts. Some Einstein said compounding is the 8th wonder of the world. Dividend reinvestment with div growth is double compounding growth, and results in parabolic/exponential returns. I say double compounding is the 9th wonder of the world.
SA handle explanation: photo - Lennon Rickenbacker 350 model. former member of 60's/Beatles bands, harp, keyboards, backing vocals, occasional lead vocal. Met Paul in '74. Twice. At his home. #7 Cavendish Ave, St Johns Wood. A few blocks from EMI studios at Abbey Road (if you're going to London).
Investing for 20 years, emphasizing stock picking for the last ten. Long-only, driven by valuation relative to risk and growth prospects. My contrarian approach works well during periods of volatility, typically trailing market returns during bull runs.
I've been a Seeking Alpha member for about 3 years and decided to take a stab at writing a few articles. As a prior non-commissioned officer, I aim to take a different approach than most: I'll be focusing on investing while in the military and how to maximize the benefits available.
These articles are meant to enlighten civilians, guide young soldiers, and solicit advice, and different strategies. I'm not an expert on stock analysis, but I'll do a few write ups along the way. I'm sharing experiences, and looking to engage in conversation about investment vehicles and their application to military retirement. I'm a young investor and I have much to learn. I hope to do exactly that by writing these articles and engaging in conversation with Seeking Alpha members!
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.
Editor for The Biotech Forum (www.biotechforumsa.com), the #2 subscribed to Marketplace investment service offered through SeekingAlpha. Top 5% ranked analyst (TipRanks) 2013 through first half of 2015. Daily contributor for Real Money Pro. Hedge fund manager from 2008 to 2011. Previously technology executive at Fortune 100 firm for a decade. For Free weekly investment reports on small, attractive biotech stocks just register at www.bretjenseninvests.com
Mr. Leach spent his early years on a subsistence farm in western Michigan. He graduated at the top of his high school class which helped him land a scholarship to the University Michigan. Graduating magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in Nuclear Engineering and a minor in mathematics in 1981, Mr. Leach took his first professional job with Westinghouse Electric in Monroeville, PA.
Mr. Leach held several positions of increasing responsibility at Westinghouse, and Fluor Federal Services in Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Washington State. While in Washington State, Mr. Leach completed his master’s of science degree in Environmental Engineering graduating summa cum laude in 1997 from Washington State University.
In 2003 and 2004 with Fluor Federal Services, Mr. Leach worked as a civilian contractor for the US Department of Defense in various middle east locations and the Philippines. In 2005, Mr. Leach joined the AREVA Group and spent two years in France. After returning stateside in 2006, Mr. Leach held various positions of increasing responsibility with AREVA Federal Services in South Carolina and North Carolina. Mr. Leach left the AREVA group in 2014 at the age of 56 and is now quasi-retired and focuses on his wife, his 15 year old son, and his investment portfolio.
Mr. Leach has been a consistent, avid, and successful investor for more than 30 years. His investment style is conservative and he primarily invests in income oriented equities, bonds, preferred stocks and mutual funds. Mr. Leach has written more than 50 articles on Seeking Alpha and other websites.
Over 30 years of investing in individual stocks. Extensive business experience with small to mid-size companies, including as CEO. Many hundreds of blog posts on financial and economic matters since 2008. Focus on value with catalysts for upside price action. Background as a physician and pharmaceutical inventor and entrepreneur, however focus now is global and involves almost all economic categories.
Day trader whose strategy is based on arbitrages in preferred stocks and closed end funds.My group consists of 10 traders.We trade every single preferred stock or closed end fund that provides an arbitrage opportunity. Our research includes stocks that most of the people have not even heard. We have developed our own statistical tools that make most of our arbitrages statistically proven. As a trader I don't just analyse , I trade my analysis and pay the price when I am wrong.That is the main reason I respect opinions only when backed by taking the risk of being wrong.Words or opinions mean nothing in this business and the only person who is right about a certain situation is the one who makes money out of it.
Data Center Knowledge - Contributor: writing about data centers REITs -- a new and growing asset class -- attempting to bridge the gap between technology & traditional REIT investors.
Researching and writing at the corner of Main St. & Wall St. where real estate often intersects with trends in: technology, ecommerce, office/industrial, healthcare, cloud computing, energy infrastructure & green initiatives.
Recently covered breaking news and actionable ideas REIT ideas for Benzinga "REIT Beat," now Contributor/Sr. REIT Expert. Select articles featured on Investopedia.com, Seeking Alpha, and published on Yahoo! Finance, Google, MSN, Finviz and many other financial portals. Recent Select Freelance contributor for Motley Fool, writing about REITs and real estate topics for the Financial Bureau.
I have over 25 years of experience as a: developer of institutional quality office and industrial facilities, general contractor, homebuilder, managing general partner for private limited partnerships, and have performed consulting and transactional real estate services for others, including entitlements for planned commercial/office/industrial developments.
Past job experience included: V.P. of Energy Services for a Florida based Mechanical Contracting company, which subsequently was acquired by EMCOR (NYSE: EME). Responsibilities included development and "financial engineering" of projects to reduce energy consumption and total cost of ownership solutions, partnered with the two major Florida electric utilities, and private companies, (including Enron Energy Services!).
Education: UCLA - BA Economics, including graduate coursework in Real Estate Finance.
Masters Degree from St. Thomas University - Miami, FL
Seeking alpha has been one of the "go-to" sites for the investors in our family. We would like to strike a perfect balance between short term trading and long term investing, hence the name "Tradevestor".Good luck investing. In the interest of full disclosure, this is a group account handled by Father and Son. The Father was a trader for quite a few years years with mixed returns, while the son started out a few years ago with DGI and has slowly convinced the Patriarch towards investing rather than trading.
Disclaimer: Please do your own due diligence before buying or selling any stock. Ideas and thoughts presented in the articles are not professional recommendations.
I'm a retired electrical engineer and adjunct professor of math and engineering. I am also working on an engineering book.
I have been investing for over 30 years, starting off with stock index funds, bond funds, and stable value funds and later migrating in part to dividend paying stalwarts as retirement approached. I typically use a "buy and hold" strategy with an eye on the long-term.
I am a member of the "Apple cult" so until it is proven otherwise that Apple is not a great company that develops and sells great products that people love I will continue to buy their products and own their stock.
I joined Seeking Alpha as a Senior Editor in June 2012, and left to pursue other opportunities in late 2016. I managed the Dividends, Income & Retirement and Expert Insight platforms. D&I focuses on income investment strategies and dividend investment-focused content for investors from the accumulation stage to retirement. The purpose of Expert Insight is to expand and elevate the quality of Seeking Alpha's content by including articles from an industry insider's point of view, designed to help investors make more informed decisions as they consider specific sectors and trends within those sectors for their investing strategies, e.g., utilities or technology. Expert Insight articles offer more of a macro, 30,000-foot-view that goes beyond investment analysis or stock recommendations. I also curated the Dividends & Income Digest, a bi-weekly publication that takes a look at a question that is compelling and relevant to the community, showcases the responses of DI thought leaders, and serves as a round-up of top DI articles. I have a particular interest in retirement-related content, particularly with regard to using a dividend strategy to create a steady income stream for those golden years.
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!
.. boring Progressive, another Atheist, fading Proletarian, yes-LGBTQ, and usual DGIer .. **23 Jan Long Idea: KO** Last week I bought and sold none. This week I bought and sold none.
Core: GIS*/2x .. KMB*/2x .. KHC* .. HRL* .. PG* .. CLX .. MO*/2x .. PM*/2x .. KO* .. CCE* .. MCD .. JNJ*/2x .. XOM* .. CVX/2x .. T*/2x .. VZ* .. SO*/2x .. XEL .. SCG .. LNT .. D*/2x .. WEC* .. WTR* .. NEP* .. HCN* .. HCP .. VTR* .. O .. PSA .. MSFT .. UNP* .. GE .. COST .. V
* ... a position held by wife and me
2x ... a position which is at least twice that of other holdings
> Non-Core: BP .. COP .. KMI .. TU .. SJR
> Core / wife's - not in my Core: NEE .. SRE .. AWR .. NSC .. WPC .. NNN .. HSY .. PEP .. CL .. CHD .. CVS .. ABT .. CAH .. MCK .. SHW
-- 11Jan2017: Bought KMB. Added more to current position.
-- 09Jan2017: Bought JNJ. Added more to current position.
-- 04Jan2017: Bought HCN. New position(to match wife's full position at Fidelity)
-- 03Jan2017: Sold AGNC, MTGE, TCRD(to reduce exposure to new-President administration economic policy uncertainty).
-- 22Dec2016: Bought WEC. New 1/2 position(to match wife's full position at Fidelity).
-- 20Dec2016: Sold PAA(due to K-1's and future taxes). -18% total return w/o reinvestment of dividends for 36 months.
-- 08Dec2016: Bought SO. Added more, SO now a 2x.
-- 23Nov2016: Sold PSEC. +10% total return w/o reinvestment of dividends for 37 months.
-- 11Nov2016: Bought PM & KO. Added more, PM now at 2x and KO now at 1.5x positions.
-- 11Nov2016: Sold MAIN. +36.5% total return w/o reinvestment of dividends for 25 months.
-- 11Oct2016: Bought D. Added more, now a 2x position.
-- 06Oct2016: Bought PM. Added more, now a 1.5x position.
-- 03Oct2016: Sold QCOM. +2.25% cap gains(not div's) for 37 months.
-- 15Sep2016: Bought CHD & WEC. New full positions for wife's Fidelity.
-- 14Sep2016: Bought KMB & WTR. New full positions.
-- 09Sep2016: Bought KMB & WTR. New full positions for wife's Fidelity.
-- 26Aug2016: Trimmed MSFT +107% cap gains(not divs) & VTR +41% cap gains(not divs). Back to full positions.
-- 18Aug2016: Bought HRL. New full position.
-- 03Aug2016: Bought KHC. Added more to my current position.
-- 02Aug2016: Bought SHW. New full position for wife's Fidelity.
-- 01Aug2016: Sold CVX(to reduce raw energy exposure) +29.75 cap gains(not div's) for 10 months. Sold HCP(due to spin-off concerns) +9.75 cap gains(not div's) for 10 months. Sold CMI(to reduce industrial exposure) +9.4% cap gains(not div's) for 6 months. All 3 in wife's Fidelity.
--29Jul2016: Bought MO & HRL. New full positions for wife's Fidelity.
--28Jul2016: Sold BCE(due to no auto-reinvest @ Schwab). +2.75% cap gains(not div's) for 38 months.
-- 25Jul2016: Bought CCE. Added more to my current position.
-- 20Jul2016: Bought NEP. Added more to my current position.
-- 15Jul2016: Bought V. New position(cash from rare coin trade-in).
-- 13Jul2016: Sold RCI(due to no auto-reinvest @ Schwab). +2.25% cap gains(not div's) for 36 months.
-- 28Jun2016: Bought KO & PEP. New full positions for wife's Fidelity.
-- 27Jun2016: Sold ABBV(due to exposure to Humira and lack of moat-type replacements). In wife's Fidelity. +5% cap gains(not div's) for 9 months.
-- 24Jun2016: Bought CCE. New full position for wife's Fidelity.
-- 06Jun2016: Bought D. Added more to my current position. (cash came from CCE special dividend -- due to merger/buyout)
-- 10May2016: Bought PG. Added more to my current position.
-- 28Apr2016: Bought ABT & CAH. New full positions for wife's Fidelity.
-- 1Apr2016: Bought CVS. New full position for wife's Fidelity.
-- 28Mar2016: Bought KHC. Added more to wife's current Fidelity position.
-- 18Mar2016: Bought AWR. New full position for wife's Fidelity.
-- 17Mar2016: Bought KHC. New full position for wife's Fidelity.
-- 9Mar2016: Bought NEP. New 3/4x position for wife's Fidelity.
-- 19Feb2016: Bought NEP. New 3/4x position for my and wife's IRA.
-- 11Feb2016: Bought GIS, JNJ, UNP. Added more to my current positions.
-- 9Feb2016: Trimmed MO. Trim from 3.5x to a 2x position. +65% cap gains(not divs) for 30 months.
-- 4Feb2016: Bought GIS, PM, D. New full positions for wife's Fidelity.
-- 3Feb2016: Bought GIS, PM, D. Added more to my current positions.
-- 1Feb2016: Sold STR(due to cash buyout by D). +28.5% cap gains(not div's) for 43 days.
-- 28Jan2016: Trimmed T. Trim from 3x to a 2x position. +16.5% cap gains(not div's) for 48 months.
-- 4Jan2016: Bought JNJ & STR. Added more to my positions.
-- 30Dec2015: Bought D. New full position.
-- 17Dec2015: Bought STR & LNT. New 1/2 positions each.
-- 14Dec2015: Sold WPC(possible split-up of company). -2% cap gains(not div's) for 5 months.
-- 10Dec2015: Sold BAX/BXLT(company split / too low of dividend now). +19% cap gains(not div's) for 24 months.
-- 10Dec2015: Sold CCP(too low of credit rating: BB+). +6% cap gains(not div's) for 3 months.
-- 03Nov2015: Bought HSY & NNN. New full positions for wife's Fidelity.
-- 02Nov2015: Bought VTR. Added more to my current position.
-- 02Nov2015: Bought HCN. New full position for wife's Fidelity.
-- 27Oct2015: Bought STR. New full position for wife's Fidelity.
-- 12Oct2015: Bought CMI. New full position for wife's Fidelity.
-- 05Oct 2015: Bought ABBV. New full position for wife's Fidelity.
-- 17Sep2015: Bought PG, NSC. New full positions for wife's Fidelity.
-- 15Sep2015: Bought SO, T, VZ, CVX, NEE, VTR, WPC, KMI, SCG. New full positions for wife's Fidelity.
-- 10Sep2015: Bought XOM, JNJ, UNP, HCP. New full positions for wife's Fidelity.
-- 06Aug2015: Bought MAIN. Added more to my current position.
-- 22Jul2015: Bought WPC. This is a new position.
-- 10Jul2015: Bought UNP. Added more to my current position.
-- 6Jul2015: Bought KHC on first day of merger of Kraft & Heinz.
-- 6Apr2015: Bought JNJ. Added more to my current position.
-- 26Mar2015: Sold LO(did not want RAI). +50.47% cap gains(not div's) for 24 months.
-- 28Jan2015: Bought T. Added more to my current position.
-- 26Jan2015: Sold NHI(no credit rating). +43% cap gains(not div's) for 25 months.
-- 8Jan2015: Bought UNP as a new near full position. Added to CCE to make it a full position.
-- 2Jan2015: Sold LTC(failed to raise dividend). +16% cap gains(not div's) for 11 months.
** the sun is a star? we are primates? when I die I'm dead? --- relax.
I am a retired airline executive with legal and financial experience. I have a background in economics and finance with a focus on securities and securities analysis. I was in private practice for 10 years doing trial and appellate work prior to joining United Airlines where I did both transactions and litigation. I was with United for over 29 years, the last 17 as Assistant General Counsel. I now am a self directed investor, seeking to create cash flow to supplement our pensions and social security. I take a long term view focusing on securities that create a steady cash flow.
-I am an RIA located in NYC and have over 30 years of experience in the investment business from both the dealer and investor side of markets.
- I have developed an any asset class yield style using high yield municipal bonds, closed end funds, master limited partnerships, dividend stocks, and REITs.
-My focus in this style for clients is to obtain high cash flow after tax with an attractive risk profile.
- For retirement portfolios my investment style is less focused on income except where client preferences would dictate high cash flow. -In retirement accounts I usually invest in ETFs as my core style.
- A big focus of my investments in both cases is managing risk to match client's risk appetite and ability to take risk
I am a dividend investor and look for undervalued investments in the stock market. I identify misunderstood and undervalued equity investments and hold those securities until their price approximates my estimate of intrinsic value. I am a long-term investor only.
I am building a $100,000 high-yield income portfolio. I am running this portfolio as an experiment to see if long-term sustainable income can be generated from a diversified pool of high-risk, high-yield securities. I am willing to accept high risk in order to meet my performance goals.
Has 16 years of investment experience. Holds Bachelors Degree in Business and minor in Economics. Holds special interest in options trading and hedging strategies utilizing options. Resides in the USA
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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.
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Retired Pharmacist. Call me Rose. Nose= Knows enough to know I need to keep learning and keeping a great dividend paying nest egg growing upwards. I also enjoy total return, but it is not my primary goal, it just happens to follow when buying great quality companies.
My 86 stock portfolio is listed here by sector, largest holding by value is listed first. Updated 1/6/2017.
Consumer Defensive (14): KO, PM, GIS, MO, TGT, KMB, CVS, DEO, PG, PEP, MDLZ, CL, KHC, UL.
Consumer Cyclical (8): MCD, SBUX, GPC, NKE, HAS, MAT, VFC, HD -
Healthcare (8): JNJ, ABBV, AMGN, CAH, BDX , MDT, PFE, TEVA (new and small)-
Energy (6): XOM, CVX, OXY, VLO, RDS/B & A, BP -
Tech (2): ADP, CSCO -
Industrial(6): BA, UNP, MMM, CMI, GWW, LMT. -
Financial (8): NRZ, ARI,, LADR, BXMT (mREITs) TROW, MA, V,
BDCs (6): ARCC, HTGC, NEWT, PSEC, GAIN , MRCC (new & small)-
REAL ESTATE or Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs)
Healthcare eREITs (6) : OHI, VTR, HCN, NHI, CCP, SNR -
Equity Reits (11): WPC, DLR, O, CLDT, STAG, LXP, UBA, APLE, SPG, -STWD (hybrid mREIT)
Telecom (2): VZ and T -
Utility (9): SO, D, XEL, MGEE, WEC, DNP, LNT, CNP, FE -
DNP is a CEF which predominately holds Utilities.
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I am a young investor focused primarily on dividend growth stocks. Seeking Alpha, and more specifically, the dividend and income community that exists here, has played a significant role in my development as a portfolio manager. I am not a professional, though I do manage my family's finances. I enjoy the process; the research, the decision making, the strategic planning...and not paying a financial adviser to do the work for me. I've built what I believe to be a conservative, diverse, and balanced dividend growth portfolio currently consisting of 48 positions. Thus far, I've been able to meet by goals from income, income growth, and capital appreciation standpoints. I use a wide variety of metrics, both fundamental and technical, when establishing fair value when doing my due diligence on an individual company. All of my methods are discussed in my work here. I hope this work inspires debate, conversation, and education - this is why I write for Seeking Alpha, to give back to the community that has helped me so much and to hopefully contribute, in some way...even if its by posing a question, to the growth of others.
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