Self directed individual investor. I surpassed my own goals and expectations. I have been investing in the stock market since 1992. I used to day trade. Then I swing traded. Now I invest in dividend stocks with the focus on having the income exceed our needed expenses. I started investing in dividend stocks exclusively in 5/2011. I am ready to share my 22 years of experience in the stock market with young investors and retirees alike. I will share my mistakes and successes. Hopefully, I can help others avoid common mistakes. RETIREMENT PORTFOLIO UPDATED As Of 6/3/2016 Current Allocations for my Retirement Portfolio:1) MO = 100% I have taken ROTH distributions in 2016 of about $113,000. This is the first year that I have taken distributions, they are non taxable and penalty free. I currently have 96.5% of my stock market assets in ROTH IRA's. I will convert the rest of my MO (from my SEP IRA) in 2017 and 2018 into my ROTH IRA. My Retirement Portfolio's return since 1/1/2009 according to Schwab.com's Portfolio performance: Full Disclosure - All of my funds were at Schwab in 2009 and 2010, In 2011 I started a Roth IRA at Fidelity, in 2014 I transferred funds from Schwab to Fidelity and in 2015 I transferred some funds to E-TRADE. Most of my funds are still at Schwab. 2009- + 165.95% 2010- + 28.02% 2011- (-) 1.99% 2012- + 11.59% 2013- (-) 5.31% 2014- + 38.84% 2015- + 6.11% 2016- YTD as of 6/10/2016 close + 19.25% **************************************************************************************** My Portfolio performance from 1992 - 1/1/2009 was not good. I was starting from a negative return since I had contributed more than my accounts were worth. 2008 had dropped my account about 75%!!! Schwab.com's software does not have any data prior to 1/1/2009! They started the Portfolio performance function as of 1/1/2009.
I'm a long-time investor who has transitioned from 2,000+ trades a year, to a longer-term portfolio management method. I have an eclectic portfolio, as do many of you. I blend EXTREME INCOME holdings, PLUS lower-yield dividend growth stocks in our retirement accounts (buffered by significant cash reserves).
Recently I added a third leg--the weekly sale of covered calls on volatile stocks, gathering large premiums each week as the options expire (or roll them over...OR let the shares get called and start fresh the next Monday.). I often carry short positions to buffer downturns.
(I want to offer a "hat tip" to two special investors who have influenced my methods: "WmHilger1" and "GGjr", both on this site. You want to learn about Extreme Income investing, or selling covered calls on aggressive stocks? Read their posts and comments and come away a better investor.)
I want my OVERALL portfolio to grow via reinvested income; I spend some and reinvest some.
I'm agnostic as to the source of the income (as long as it's reasonably sustainable).
Most of the time, I use leverage to boost returns in my taxable accounts. This has hurt at times; most of the time it has been a positive. I try to stay under 50% margin; I'll exceed that on occasion. Note my accounts are at IB, which has dirt cheap margin rates.
For Extreme Income, I like various Pimco CEF's; selected other CEF's; NLY; ORC; STON; VGR; OKE. Most of these are "lifetime holds", unless some severe adverse development occurs.
In my "Plus" (DGI) retirement accounts, KO, GIS, GILD, JNJ, HSY, GSK, CL and others. These have a ten-year hold, with all dividends reinvested. It's our "Private Pension" for my wife, who is younger than I am and has more accumulation time than I do.
For the final leg of my 3-legged investment stool, I sell covered calls
each week to speculators who want to gamble on short-term stock price
movements; I play the bank for them. Many of these options expire
worthless. Some of the stocks I use are ETE, ETP, EPD, QCOM, WMT, BX and
others. For lower risk call selling in my wife's leveraged account, I
use ETF's like XLK, XLP, XLI and others with weekly options. This income
generation method takes more work than the others; it's worth it if
Note neither the holdings nor methods are recommended for others. They work for me.
NOTE: the formatting of my Profile is totally screwed up. It's not me; SA seems to be having trouble with its new, "better" site. Apologies for their issues here.
Ron Hiram currently manages investment portfolios and assists earlier stage companies in their capital raising efforts. He served as Chief Executive Officer of Cellnet Solutions, Ltd., a supplier of remotely managed networks of public wireless terminals providing voice as well as value-added data services in developing countries, from April 2008 until March 2010. From 2003 to May 2008, Mr. Hiram was a Managing Partner of Eurofund 2000 L.P., a venture capital fund focused on Israeli-related companies in the telecommunications, information technology and microelectronic spheres. Previously, from 2001-2002, Mr. Hiram co-headed TeleSoft Partners' investment activities in Israel. TeleSoft Partners is a Silicon Valley venture capital fund focusing on companies developing telecommunication-related technologies. Between1994-2000, Mr. Hiram served as Managing Director and Partner at Soros Fund Management LLC ("Soros"), an international hedge fund in New York, devoting the bulk of his time to private equity investments. Prior to joining Soros, Mr. Hiram worked at Lehman Brothers for thirteen years (also in New York), most recently serving as Managing Director of a workout and restructuring group. Mr. Hiram has served on the boards of directors of companies publicly listed in the U.S., including Ulticom, Inc. since January 2000 and Comverse Technology, Inc. from 1985-1986 and from 2001-2006 (including as chairman of the board from May 2006 to December 2006). Mr. Hiram also served on the board of TASE listed E. Wardinon Ltd. (2005-2007) and on the boards of numerous privately held companies. Mr. Hiram received an M.B.A. from Columbia University in 1981 and a B.Comm. from the University of Natal, Durban, South Africa, in 1979.
Castrese Tipaldi is a 45-year-old Italian investor and trader.
He has been researching, investing and trading the financial markets for the last 15 years.
Married for 15 years, Castrese has two wonderful sons who are the most important things in his life.
Check his work at his website: houseofmaedhros.wordpress.com
Capt. Spaulding spent 35 years in the research vineyards of Wall Street, primarily as a financial writer and editor specializing in economics, equities, and technical analysis. During that time, he learned that several adages are well worth keeping in mind. One is, don't buy it if you don't understand it. Another: numbers can, and often do, lie. A third: if something seems too good to be true, it is. And for good measure: don't fight the tape, especially on the downside. Capt. Spaulding is retired, and enjoys the challenge of trying to keep his head while those around him are losing theirs.
I am a young investor who is doing more with my money in investments than those of my generation.
Education and Investment Background
I have a Bachelors of Science in Computer & Electrical Engineering. I follow technology related companies as well as blue chip industrials and consumer products. I enjoy writing about technology companies, especially ones that I use and consume. Knowing the technical side of the products helps in my analysis of what the product impact is to consumers and the markets they reach. I'm interested in growth stocks but still have a portfolio of dividend growth companies to balance out risk.
I work for a technology contracting company doing configuration management. This entails automating workflows and delivery of developed code using change control and version control software. The sector of my work is governmental and deals with the department of health.
I previously worked in the IT field of the healthcare industry for a major teaching hospital and practice group. I worked mostly with integration engines for use with hundreds of systems as well as end user application access and security including single sign-on.
A Little About Me...
I enjoy a variety of hobbies including playing drums and building race cars made for the ice and asphalt. I raced nationally in college for Baja SAE and continue to build cars and race on a regional level both on road courses and frozen lakes.
BS Engineering from U. Arizona, MBA Thunderbird International Bus School; 30+years in metals, including large projects, over 15 years living and working in LatAm.
Back in Lima, Peru. Running my own investments full-time now.
Chris (email@example.com) is an Hon B.Sc graduate (with distinction) in Science and Economics with over 15 years in investing experience. He holds a PMP (Project Management Professional) designation. TipRanks Top 100 Blogger of 2015 (also 2013, 2014). Seeks undervalued, unappreciated value stock ideas. Follows Warren Buffet's mantra: do not lose money. For a better mobile experience on Seeking Alpha click on the top right menu icon on most browsers and select "request desktop site".
Licensed CPA for over 20 years. Primarily worked in IT in various industries (as an employee or consultant) including energy, transportation, credit card processing, manufacturing, retail, and insurance.
Charles Lewis Sizemore, CFA is the Chief Investment Officer of Sizemore Capital Management LLC, a registered investment advisor. He has been a frequent guest on Bloomberg TV and Fox Business News, has been quoted in Barron’s Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post and is a frequent contributor to Forbes Moneybuilder, GuruFocus, MarketWatch and InvestorPlace.com.
Charles holds a master’s degree in Finance and Accounting from the London School of Economics in the United Kingdom and a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance with an International Emphasis from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude and as a Phi Beta Kappa scholar.
I started investing some of my savings in the mid-1970s into the stock market as a High School student who had saved up some money from working odd jobs. I earned a college degree from Lehman College in 1981 and have been an avid follower of the US economy and the stock market since then.
I suffered through the serious bear market of 1980 – 1982 when interest rates spiked to double digits on US Treasury Debt. Then the bull market of my life started in August 1982 and thanks to President Reagan’s wise economic policies which encouraged saving for retirement through the creation of the Individual Retirement Account (IRA) and lowered tax rates which helped to spur economic growth. While working at the Social Security Administration in the 1980s I earned an MBA degree in Finance and Investments from Baruch College.
The stock market meltdown in 2008 really shook my confidence in long-term investing. I felt that my stock selections would be OK but seeing the prices plunge shattered my confidence in “buying and holding” and since then I have tried to be more nimble in trading. I have long looked at stock charts to see the longer term view of how a company has been doing and have tried short-term trading (including buying options) but have had mixed results in doing that.
I originally visited Seeking Alpha several years ago to read Conference Call Transcripts. Now I enjoy the lively debate that goes on through written articles and comments.
Retired Financial Analyst with an investment plan derived from Charles D. Ellis' book "Winning The Loser's Game". My "Winning Formula" is to invest in a worldwide capitalization-weighted index ETF such as Ticker:VT, or a similarly weighted subgroup of ETF's from Vanguard (VTI,VEA,VWO) or Schwab (SCHB, SCHF, SCHE) to lower the weighted average fee. Then fund my retirement spending by withdrawing the percentage of the portfolio as required by the IRS Rule-72(t) for early retirees using the "Required Minimum Distribution Method" as explained here: https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-drop/rr-02-62.pdf
Worked in legal for 24 years for UST before we were bought by Altria. Altria hired me, and I worked for them for four years before retiring in February 2013. Specialized in regulatory affairs (Federal, State, Local and International) and on new product development from the legal perspective -- what warnings to put on e-cigs, ingredients, etc.
I had my first passbook account in the 1960s, and lost money in the 1987 crash. Subsequently, I have run investor chat rooms and an investing blog. I also am a published author and write a film animation blog at animatedfilmreviews.filminspector.com.
I bought my first Manhattan property in 1993 and also own property in Colorado. I enjoy investing in real estate and writing about it. I invest in income stocks such as REITs and consider that my area of expertise.
Oh, and I was mentioned in "Scam Dogs And Mo-Mo Mamas: Inside the Wild and Woolly World of Internet Stock Trading" (2000), by Wall Street Journal reporter John R. Emshwiller, a good guy. It's about the bad old dot.com days.
I am publishing Instablogs focusing only on six general topics.
1. Regional Banks Basket Strategy
2. Equity REIT Basket Strategy
3. Healthcare Basket Strategy
4. CEF Portfolio Basket Strategy
5. Bonds and Equity Preferred Stock Basket Strategy
6. Portfolio positioning and management
I am not receiving compensation from SA or anyone else for my Instablogs and articles published at SeekingAlpha. I have never received any compensation for the posts published at my blog website. I am simply passing on what I have learned as an investor over 4+ decades free of charge.
In all of my 2000+ posts since early October 2008, the primary purpose was to provide a framework for rational and fact based investment decision making that will hopefully reduce the number of errors made.
My most basic investment strategy is to focus on income generating securities and then to invest the cash flow into more of the same, creating a compounding impact over a long period of time. I will invest in securities throughout the capital structure on a worldwide basis.
I am now and have always been a cautious total return investor (income + capital appreciation).
A focus on income generation simply means that income generation through interest or dividend payments is an important part of my total return objective.
I am no longer in an asset accumulation mode. Capital preservation is more important than capital appreciation.
Income generation is only one aspect of an objective evaluation of potential rewards balanced against potential risks.
After several decades of "turtle" investing, which sometimes requires me to pull my head back into the shell and to cease foraging in stock land (e.g. 1999), I am now admittedly absurdly diversified due largely to one of my risk management techniques that limits my monetary exposure to the securities of a single company.
My monetary exposure is largely dictated by a balancing of potential risks and rewards taking into consideration income generation and potential for capital appreciation.
As a risk control trading technique and in furtherance of my capital preservation emphasis, I will frequently use the natural volatility of a security to gradually build up a position, selling the highest cost shares on price spikes and buying back those shares when the purchase is lower than my average cost per share usually by more than 5%. The general idea is to lower my average cost per share over time with tax efficient share dispositions, thereby increasing my dividend yield for the remaining shares.
I have also been a practitioner of dynamic or tactical asset allocation that will be driven by my big picture views, including my Vix Asset Allocation Model, as well as my opinions about the relative risks and opportunities of various asset classes.
I was born in 1951, and started to invest in stocks when I was 16. I am not a financial advisor, but simply an individual investor who has been managing my own money for my adult life starting when I was a teenager. All of my brokerage accounts are cash accounts. I have never bought stock on margin. I have not added money to any of these accounts since 1984 and have used those accounts to fund my annual IRA contributions.
I started my web site, Stocks & Politics, in October 2008 to do whatever I can to help individuals become better investors, which requires a lot of hard work and effort. After over 2000+ blogs, mostly long ones, I came to a realization that my time consuming and laborious efforts have been mostly futile and have been rewarded at best with faint praise. I will no longer be posting there.
I would still emphasize that it is important for individuals to become as knowledgeable as possible before making any decision, with every individual taking full responsibility for their investment decisions and to prepare accordingly, which is what I try to do.
The Twitter Generation will need IMO far greater investment skills than previous generations given what I now perceived about future U.S. economic conditions.
If you got burned in the past at junior mining investments by overly positive newsletter writers, sell side analysts or other (paid) sources which more often than not avoid to mention (hidden) risks or critical flaws, The Critical Investor goes a few steps further, and might provide a fresh, more in-depth, unbiased and critical vision on things, hence the name. For examples of those risks or flaws just think of management overpromising and underdelivering, inactivity, shortfalls in cash, windowdressing, bad trackrecords, negative trends on AISC/cash flows/production grades, depleting reserves without renewal, tricky accounting, bad financing terms, permitting issues, commodity issues like possible equilibrium shifts, too much supply coming online, location issues (climate, local opposition, politics), infrastructure, currency effects, influence of investment groups behind the scenes, project economics not up to standards, companies being overvalued based on important but avoided metrics, etcetcetc.
Being an insider of the sector, talking frequently to industry participants (company management, analysts, fund managers, investment bankers, etc), provides for up to standard insights and useful feedback. By analyzing lots of technical reports, analyst reports, economic studies, interviews, articles and other sources, The Critical Investor has developed extensive knowledge about deposits and projects, which often proves to be useful for identifying threats or opportunities.
Avid and critical mining and mining related stock investor from Europe. Number cruncher, looking for high quality companies, mostly growth/turnaround/catalyst-driven to avoid too much dependence/influence of long term commodity pricing/market sentiments, and often additional long term deep value. About the new Subscriber service: I do write freely available analysis on a few portfolio stockpicks, but most of them are only accessible to subscribers.
Open to research assignments, individual portfolio advise, all related to mining.
Disclaimer: I am no certified financial advisor so always do your own due diligence on possible investments.
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Would you do if your were already wealthy? If you could do whatever you wanted for your career, what would you want to do?
This is what I would do. This is my self-actualiziation. There is nothing like analyzing an inefficient sector of the market and calling out the failures.
I am a senior business person that works in the real estate space largely dealing with stressed situations (not foreclosures) under court supervision. I am a licensed attorney with 45 years of business and investing experience. I manage a substantial portfolio of securities and properties and have been doing so for many years. I am not a technology whiz but use computers and smartphones and a tablet extensively. My interest in technology is based upon what can it do to make my life easier. That means that I seek out applications that do real world tasks as for example real estate management software. My activities are very document laden and hence, I have to do a great deal of writing, form completion, contract generation and review, etc. I have generally operated in the PC space and use a Samsung Galaxy II at present. My website is www.partitionlaw.com. I am fulfilling a long term dream and developing a winery which will have its first release in the fall of 2014.
Patrick Harden is a Certified Public Accountant with three years of experience in auditing publicly-traded real estate investment trusts and an additional nine years of involvement in the mortgage finance industry working at a publicly-traded U.S. bank. He has been closely following the mortgage REIT sector for over eight years now.
My husband plans to retire in 4 years (at age 67) and I plan to retire in 7 years (at age 62). We began focusing on dividend growth investing in 2013 but have been invested in mutual funds for decades. Our current DGI retirement portfolio is comprised of the following 64 DGI stocks: ABBV, ABT, AMGN, AVA, BBL, BMY, CAT, CBRL, CCP, CLX, CMCSA, COP, CVX, D, DEO, DLR, DUK, ED, EMR, EPD, GAS, GE, GILD, GIS, HCP, IBM, JNJ, KHC, KMB, KMI, KO, LMT, LNT, MCD, MMM, MMP, MO, MRK, MSFT, NEE, NOK, O, OHI, OMI, PEP, PFE, PG, PM, SCG, SEP, SO, SYY, T, TUP, UL, UPS, VTR, VZ, WEC, WMT, WPC, XEL, XOM, and ZBH.
Private investor. Bought first stock in 1965. Held on for 20 years, following dad's advice, The Bulldog Philosophy: "Bite on to something that's got some meat to it and hold on until they chain you down, shoot you in the head, and tear it away from you with your teeth still attached to the carcass." Ahem.
Been through it all: the Crash after LBJ called for Guns and Butter & raised taxes & spending; Nixon campaigning to the right and governing to the left (stocks crash); the fear-mongering claims of the late `60s and `70s that the earth was heading into another Ice Age and the whole planet would soon be frozen, and if that didn't get us, exponential population growth would; the Nifty Fifty Crash (the first media/big NY House promoted stock con & ensuing blowout);
the first time the media and the government told us the world was running out of oil and prices spiked and stocks tanked; the Carter Years: 20% interest rates, 70% tax rates, & stagflation; the October `87 Crash; the `80s real estate crash after "tax reform" and the ensuing S&L Blowout along with 2200 lending institutions busting out over the next 7 years;
the fear-mongering claims beginning in the late `80s and continuing today that the planet is heating up to the point of boiling over (seas overflowing; islands disappearing; parts of the US East Coast under water; massive starvation from heated grounds causing soil erosion; coral reefs dying; fish and animals dying; Florida gone!);
Papa Bush's sharp turn to the left: a huge tax increase, the multi-billion-dollar handicap bill that busted thousands of small businesses, and the sex discrimination law, all costing businesses billions and producing the ensuing bad economy and stock turn down (big boon for lawyers, per usual);
the Clinton Administration attacks on every business sector: cigs, pharms, techs, banks, etc.; the Asian Contagion; the Y2-K Con (over $650 billion spent for absolutely nothing according to CNN; never mentioned again by the media or the government; they simply moved on to other scary predictions: Saddam Hussein, e.g.); the March 10, 2000 Dotbomb Explosion and tech blood bath aftermath;
15 years of Greenspan's manic interest rate moves; 9-11; the government forcing lending institutions to create the subprime loan (beginning in the `90s under Clinton) and the ensuing Cash-Credit-Crunch Crash of `08; 5 years of constant threats and attacks against Wall St., investors, Banks, savers, entrepreneurs, all forms of natural earth fuels, and most business sectors by Obama. Still standing.
Not a broker. Never been one. Not a tout. Never been one.
Do not own or run a hedge fund. Never have. Do not own or run a mutual fund. Never have. Do not receive any type of compensation for bullish or bearish statements. Never have. Never will.
Traded futures for four years in the 1980s, mostly index futures, but some commodities. Quit. Too antzy to sit in front of a screen all day. To heck with the money; would rather be broke than bored.
Hate charts. Refuse to read one. Don't send or tell me about them. If you do I'll delete you and them from my life. Must therefore dig through financial records and study ratios and try to figure out whether a company is actually doing what it claims. Some really boring stuff, trust me.
Have no idea at any time which way markets are going. Don't ask me. When someone tries to tout me on market direction, I stick my thumbs in my ears. If you write an article predicting market direction, I'll put you on my inexperienced boob list or my sham-artist list, and will not read you anymore until you mature or turn honest, whichever the case.
Occupation: Never had one. A drunkard by nature. Played golf when a child. Poker when I still had the brain of one.
My First Finite Absolute in Stock Investing: Never, ever buy a stock because an emissary from one of the Big New York Houses or Big National Banks touts it. When they upgrade or tout one, stay far away from not only that company—but that entire sector. If you happen to be invested in that company, take a second look at your investment. For it may be time to flee. The reverse is true when they downgrade one: you might want to take a look at buying it. No exceptions!!
First rule I pass on to young investors: Be humble about your investing and trading abilities, for if you do not, markets will eventually make you so.
Second Rule: Learn from your successful elders. For if they are still standing in the investment world when they are past 55 (and are not mere salesmen or touts or novices) and are still investing, they had to be doing something right—because it is a cruel environment that few survive.
Third Rule: Understand that, as soon as you step onto the investing field, you are dealing with heartless predators who work 24-hours a day to find ways to get your money out of your pockets and into theirs. The only way you can stop them from doing that is to start an account at a conservative brokerage firm that doesn't send you fliers every week telling you how its brilliant employees can make money for you or manage your money for you. Invest your money in companies that have good products, well-established management, good balance sheets, and have proven they can make it through hard times—which are bound to come every few years or so. Put your shares in an account that does not charge you for holding them, and leave them there as long as possible. You're about as safe from predators as you can possibly be, if you follow this rule.
Fourth Rule: Get the idea of making money by trading stocks out of your head. You're not going to be able to do it. If you think you're that good of a trader, trade futures—where you have a tremendous amount of leverage. If you are as good a trader as you think, you can make more money trading futures than you can find a place to put it. Of course, about 98% of futures traders lose money, so don't get your hopes too high on replacing Mexico Slim on the Forbes 400.
Fifth Rule: Invest; don't trade. Invest; don't save.
I help friends and family with their investments—gratis. I'm sorry to say, however, they all have to have jobs.
I tend to focus on value oriented names.Areas of interest include great businesses that have great reinvestment opportunities, special situations such as spin offs, and generally beaten down value names.
Favorite investors include, Buffett, Marks, Lynch, Greenblatt, Klarman, Berkowitz, among others.
BA in Finance. CFA Charterholder.
I am a value investor, with special interests towards behavioral finance and business history. I am always learning more to improve my analysis to find those quality companies that we like to invest in.
If you have any questions, please send me a private message.