Michael William Sunner, Ph.D. SUNNER & ASSOCIATES Michael William Sunner was a senior manager at Treasury for over 23 years and was responsible for overall compliance with Treasury’s auction program and risk management activities. Previously he was responsible for Treasury’s financing operations, which includes auctions and buybacks of Treasury marketable debt securities and operational oversight of the Federal Reserve’s “Fedwire Securities Service,” which issues, holds, maintains, transfers, and redeems Treasury marketable debt securities (i.e., the National Book-Entry System). He helped lead the Treasury-Federal Reserve Project Team that implemented Treasury’s Automated Auction Processing System (TAAPS) in 1993, and was the key person responsible for the codification of Treasury’s auction rules in that same year. He was project manager for Treasury’s Inflation-Indexed Securities, which were implemented in 1997, and he also was responsible for developing and implementing Treasury’s buy-back program and its comprehensive auction compliance program. He was the lead in the redesign and engineering of Treasury’s auction processes in order to implement a 2-minute auction, and has had management responsibility for Treasury’s systems development and design teams for over 15 years. These project groups developed, enabled, and deployed two separate versions of TAAPSLink (TL v1 and TL v2). The version TL v2, provided Primary Dealers access over a Virtual Private Network using frame relay, which supports a web-based browser bidding system and was used exclusively by Primary Dealers to submit bids for Treasury’s marketable debt auctions. This basic infrastructure is still used today with the current TAAPS, which was deployed after 5 years of design and development work on April 7, 2008. He led Treasury’s 2004 Auction Enhancement Project which involved changing Treasury’s pricing convention to 6-decimals in all auction automated systems, providing for negative yield bidding for TIPS, zero-filling rates/yields for all bids submitted with less than 3 decimals, and providing the news services with additional auction statistics electronically using XML technology. The project also implemented raising the noncompetitive bid and award limits for Treasury bills to $5 million. Michael has worked in various federal, state, and local government programs for over 30 years. He joined the Treasury in 1988, and he holds a Master's and Ph.D. in Political Science with specialties in Public Administration, Constitutional, International, and Public law. His doctoral dissertation topic was on Newsmen’s Privilege, and First Amendment rights. He has published several articles on debt collection and Treasury debt financing (1985-1995), and co-authored an article (1999) explaining the fungibility of Treasury interest payments for inflation-indexed securities (TIPS). In May 2004, he published an article on “Continuous Improvement in Treasury’s Debt Management Program.” His most recent publication was released in October 2007 in the Journal of Securities Compliance, Volume 1, Number 1, “U.S. Treasury Auction Compliance: How Dealer Visits are Conducted, What is Discussed and Treasury Expectations for Auction Participation.” He is currently working on a publication that takes the reader from the 1990’s Salomon debacle to present day Treasury auctions. Publication date is expected to be in March 2011. Over his years of service, he advised staff on improving Treasury’s automated auction systems especially with respect to managing operational risk, security, and regulatory compliance. As part of furtherance of a global risk management strategy, he established an additional Treasury auction contingency site in 2003, which is now fully operational. Dr. Sunner worked closely with the primary dealer community to ensure that auctions and settlement of Treasury securities would continue in the event of a major disaster event. Toward that end, he developed a Strategic Plan for Business Continuity, agreed to by the United States Treasury, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, and 18 Primary Dealers. He was a regular speaker at industry conferences sponsored by SIFMA and the Global Investment Operations group. He also participated regularly on SIFMA’s Operations Committee. Dr. Sunner’s new book, Borrowing Through the U.S. Treasury’s “Fast Money Tree,” The Need to Balance Austerity and Growth in the 21st Century is available through Amazon and Borders.
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.
As a researcher and technical writer, I frequently write for SeekingAlpha where I present my bullish or bearish case on a stock that I own or sell short. I have worked in the Canadian financial industry (fully licensed, providing services to high net worth individuals and families).
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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.
Don Dion (email@example.com, @DRDInvestments) is the owner and Chief Investment Officer of DRD Investments, LLC, based in Naples, FL. and Williamstown, MA., a family office focused on managing a long/short hedge fund, real estate assets, venture capital, and various other financial assets for the Dion family. Don no longer manages money for other families or institutions after selling Dion Money Management to NYC-based Focus Financial Partners in September of 2007 prior to the Great Recession. Don remains one of the largest individual shareholders of Focus Financial Partners.
Mr. Dion is the managing trustee of the Dion Family Foundation, which focuses on helping individuals with tuition assistance at Catholic Institutions for grammar school, high school, and college education. The foundation also helps individuals by supporting health care institutions, particularly Massachusetts General Hospital. Don is on three leadership and advisory committees at Massachusetts General Hospital and the Home Base Program (a partnership between Mass General and the Red Sox Foundation). Don consults with Saint Dominic's Academy and served on the executive committee as a trustee of Saint Michaels College.
In addition, Mr. Dion is the retired publisher of the Fidelity Independent Adviser (http://www.fidelityadviser.com/) family of newsletters, which provided a broad range of investor commentary on the financial markets, with a specific emphasis on mutual funds and exchange-traded funds. With more than 90,000 subscribers in the United States and 29 other countries, Fidelity Independent Adviser published two monthly newsletters and one weekly newsletter. Its flagship publication, Fidelity Independent Adviser, was published monthly for 16 years and reached over 60,000 subscribers.
Mr. Dion is the sole founder and retired C.E.O. of Dion Money Management (http://www.dionmm.com/), a fee-based investment advisory firm for affluent individuals, families and nonprofit organizations, where he was responsible for setting investment policy, creating custom portfolios, and overseeing the performance of client accounts. Founded in 1996 and based in Williamstown, Massachusetts and Naples, FL., Dion Money Management managed over $900 million in assets for clients in 49 states and 11 countries, He fortunately sold the company to Focus Financial Partners on September 1, 2007 prior to the Great Recession.
Mr. Dion was the Chairman and C.E.O. of Litchfield Financial Corp. "LTCH" a NASDAQ listed company which he founded with Summit Partners in 1988. LTCH went public in 1992 and was acquired by Textron Corp. "TXT" in 1999 for $183M of cash consideration.
Don was the Executive Vice President, C.F.O., shareholder and General Counsel for Bluegreen Corp. "BXG" a NYSE company from 1986 to 1988.
Mr. Dion graduated with honors from Saint Michaels College in 1976 with a B.S. degree in Economics and Business Administration. He received his J.D. degree from the University of Maine Law School in 1979 and his LL.M. degree from Boston University Law School in 1982.
After law school, Mr Dion was employed as a tax and estate planning lawyer with the Boston firm of Warner and Stackpole from 1983 to 1985 and Ernst and Young as a C.P.A. from 1979 to 1983.
Recently, Don has been spending some of his time researching and strategizing about IPOs, building on his prior experience of successfully taking companies public and six strong years of U.S. IPO returns (2009 to 2015).
Mr. Dion can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Chris DeMuth Jr. is the founder of Rangeley Capital LLC. Rangeley is an investment firm that focuses on event driven, value-oriented investment opportunities. Rangeley Capital and his value investing forum, Sifting the World (StW), search the world for misplaced bets. Rangeley exploits them for its investors and then Mr. DeMuth writes about them on StW.
I live in beautiful British Columbia! As an outdoor enthusiast raised by an uncle and a father who were avid BC outdoors people, BC is a perfect home for myself. My uncle a geologist travelled around the province for his work, and sometimes took an excited me with him, to go on adventures! He had a great regard for geology, investing, sustainable resource development, was involved in the development and success of several British Columbia mining projects and he loved and admired BC wildlife! A percentage of his capital gains he donated to wildlife rehabilitation centres throughout BC, a tradition I continue. He had a marvellous collection of wildlife photos, including photos of very shy/elusive, gorgeous animals such as the lynx. Today I continue his tradition of donating some of my investment proceeds, for wildlife conservation/rehab ie. injured animals or for instance orphaned bear cubs from sports hunting, which is primarily hunting animals for fun (it is illegal in several nations i.e. Kenya, Botswana, Costa Rica...) not sustenance. In my spare time I actively research companies seeking value added opportunities in well managed companies with growing EPS, whose management is shareholder friendly, ie. dividends but also invests in innovation and R&D for future growth. I also consider sustainability practices such as in house recycling and other responsible/progressive practices. I studied economics and environmental science at Simon Fraser Univ. and have worked in venture capital lending for new technology start-ups in BC. Due to a personal commitment to ongoing learning I often upgrade my work skills, take more courses ect... and personal development workshops. I like to inspire others to do the same. I like researching and the due diligence process of selecting stocks to trade/invest in however I do have a very focused outlook on long-term profitability and dividend growth. I hold or have held shares in Apple, Hains, Micron, Lennar, Delta Airways, Wells Fargo, Whole Foods and many others. Financial health is important but so is physical/emotional health to overall wellness, so please all remember to exercise regularly it is fun, eat healthy, and drink lots of water. When you are healthier your cognition improves, ie. exercise increases blood and oxygen flow to the brain key for clear thinking. The key is research, facts and learning from other people such as other traders and investors on Seeking Alpha. All the best! Erica Denison