Joseph Sirota Electrical engineer, from Brooklyn NY - came to southern Calif to work at Hughes Aircraft for several years, then went to USC to move toward the Business/Finance world. Have a Master Of Science of Quantitative Business Analysis (and then, since no one knew what taht was back in the 60's -went back and added an MBA in Finance Have worked as manager of budgeting, Director of Financial analysis, Controller and CFO for several corps. For Fun - have also Freelance written for Television and number of Writers Guild for 30+ years. Also have been a Reviewer of Theater Films, musicals and other shows -- approx 700 reviews published over the last 15-20 years. Live in Southern California -- Not On the Beach - but fairly close enough to enjoy it.
I write about dividend growth stocks on my website www.dividendgrowthinvestor.com.
I am mostly a buyer of high quality dividend stocks, with solid competitive advantages. My holding period is forever, as long as the dividend is at least maintained. I tend to concentrate my efforts on stocks which grow earnings and dividends, which provides outstanding total returns over time. I only focus my attention to stocks with sustainable dividend payments. I am also a firm believer in diversification accross sectors and geographic locations.
I have been focusing my attention particularly to companies that regularly increase dividends to their shareholders on my website. On my blog I share my thoughts on investing in dividend paying stocks that have consistently increased their payments over time and tips on growing my dividend income. I hope that my blog will serve as an inspiration for my readers and that it would change their financial lives for the better.
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Started off career serving in the Navy with science expeditions to the Arctic and serving on the Admiral Byrd Expeditions to the antartic [including additional service in the reserves for a additional 8-yr period]. After the Navy, I worked in a electronic's testing environment, testing electronic equipment for sound/noise levels [db's], as well as radio frequency noise testing [RFI], shock testing, and then supervising calibration/repair and the incoming inspection departments. Later became a 1401 Computer programmer and developed skills for intricate programming programs and having computers talk to each other [Tymeshare]. Worked later as a senior quality engineer in the developement of the P3c, SRAM E2c, and EA6B and other aerospace fire control systems and later as a Quality Engineering supervisor working extensively with MIT, and the Airforce in developing their first Global Positioning Satellite and the added other follow on's after our initial success of GPS1. Later served as Director of Quality Assurance, Director of Program Manager Programs, and then Vice President of Engineering for Aircraft, shipboard communication products. FAA hardware upgrades, as well as working on [NASA] space satelites and extensively on the Navy's new SeaWolf nuclear submarine program....
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Hi I am a Arizona State University business finance student currently working on my undergraduate degree. I work as a Leads Specialist for De Rito Partners Inc; the largest private commercial real estate company in AZ. I am currently in the process of getting my real estate license to become a retail broker. I am also CEO of asuchat.com which is a social network for Arizona students 18+ with the goal of bringing together the community through events, news, local business and of course, chat rooms.
I invest in aggressive growth stocks with a value-investor mentality, focusing at entering my positions at a low enough level that my investments are protected by a margin of safety. I purchase stocks with dominant market share or high probable future gain with low downside. My primary sectors of focus are: Technology, Pharmaceutical & Medicinal, Energy,and Real Estate. My portfolio consists of positions long in ATVI, HAL, ONVO, SSYS, AAPL, NOK, MSFT, SLB, CJES, VIVHY, VNR.
Hao Jin is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Charterholder, Certified Management Accountant (CMA), and currently works as an IT professional for a media brokerage firm in Wall Street area, doing data mining, data warehouse and analytic reports. He graduated from SUNY Stony Brook’s Harriman School for Management and Policy in 1993.
Kapitall is the online finance platform for the next generation, where investing is as easy as drag, drop and trade. With an intuitive and playful user experience, Kapitall offers tools that make it easy to build virtual and real brokerage portfolios, share ideas and research stocks and funds.
When I was a kid I was fascinated with the stock market and had planned on becoming a stock broker or analyst. While still in college earning my Finance degree, the internet changed the way people bought, sold, and analyzed stocks. This realization, as well as an internship at a large brokerage, turned me off from my original career goals. Since then, finance and investing has become my hobby instead of my career. I've always enjoyed discussing investments and giving friends and family investing advice.
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
Friedrich is the name given to our algorithm for analyzing companies that trade on the global stock markets. In creating Friedrich we concentrated on analyzing each company’s Main Street operations through various established ratios, along with our own unique ratios that we developed over the last 30 years. What we came up with is a final "Main Street" price per share based on Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), which is a framework of accounting standards, rules and procedures defined by the professional accounting industry, which has been adopted by nearly all publicly traded U.S. companies. We feel that our Main Street price result is what each company would need to trade at in order to be attractive to a businessperson on Main Street looking to buy at a bargain.
Since the only constant in the universe is change, the results for each company fluctuate by varying degrees. No company is an island unto itself, but each operates in a world of constant change and at times in areas where Chaos is the norm. By analyzing a company’s Main Street operations over time, Friedrich is able to give the potential investor a decade long analysis (opinion) as well as offering a Trailing Twelve Month (TTM) analysis (opinion), as well. Thus our readers will not only get as close to a real time view of operations on Main Street as is possible, but then can measure the consistency of the company’s operations over time to determine if s/he should invest or not.
Through our Friedrich algorithm we can analyze ten years of Balance Sheet, Income Statement and Cash Flow Statement data for each company all at once and generate one final result in seconds. Friedrich was designed to be ultra-conservative and thus will cut zero slack to any company under analysis and will do so with zero emotion. Companies must be exceptional in order to get an attractive Main Street valuation and the ideal investments according to our backtesting are the ones that have been consistent over time.
By being so ultra conservative Friedrich is designed to identify bargains that Wall Street investors may have overlooked. Companies shares may trade on the stock market but the companies themselves operate on Main Street, so Friedrich is designed to generate a Main Street price per share first and only then does he go to Wall Street and see the price for which Benjamin Graham’s “Mr. Market” is offering the shares.
Zack Buckley is the founder and President of Buckley Capital Partners, a value-focused long/short equity hedge fund. BCP employs a fundamental approach that is research intensive and concentrated, generally with 10-15 core positions focused primarily in small cap equities. While BCP is long-biased, the fund occasionally shorts companies in situations with highly asymmetric risk-reward potential. Mr. Buckley is a contributing writer for Thestreet.com and Seekingalpha.com. Prior to launching Buckley Capital Partners, Mr. Buckley was an analyst at Baker Street Capital Management.
David Hunkar (pseudonym) holds a Masters Degree in Finance and Economics. He is a part-time consultant for a financial consulting firm where he manages portfolios for manages portfolios for self and family. He has been an investor for the past ten years. David focuses on foreign stocks trading in the US markets including the OTC market. He concentrates on high dividend yield and dividend growth stocks. ETFs are his another favorite investment vehicle. In addition to his contributions here at Seeking Alpha, you can also visit him at his blog www.topforeignstocks.com