My purpose is to purchase great companies at great value. My goal is to assemble a portfolio of dividend growth stocks that will continue to pay and increase their dividends annually in order to achieve my goal of financial independence. Financial independence for me is to have my dividends cover my living expenses come retirement (or sooner would be better!).
I have called my portfolio the Accelerating Dividends Portfolio. My portfolio consists of the following stocks right now:
Core: HAS, OHI, SBUX, CAH
Supportive: LYB, EXR, WYN, ABBV
Speculative: TGT, T
I am still working on my investment plan and when it is ready I will share it with you.
As for myself, I am a part-time, self-educated investor who works a full-time day job as a criminal intelligence analyst. I bring my thought process from my job with me to much of my daily life. I like to ask questions, particularly some that are hard and not really talked about. I like to find data and do analyses in order to support or refute my ideas and answer my questions.
I came across the dividend growth investing model when I was searching for a better way to invest my money. I love and advocate the dividend growth investment model because it has touched me the most and helps me to sleep well at night.
I have been enthralled over the last few years with finances (if I could change careers, I would move to financial advising in order to pursue this interest full-time). This interest has stirred within me a great desire to learn and although there is always more to learn, I continue to enjoy the challenge of acquiring more knowledge and experience. I enjoy applying what I have learned particularly in my writing here on Seeking Alpha. I also apply many of my analytic skills and thinking to my articles in order to stimulate discussion to get many points of view. This helps me enhance my own opinion, perspective, and thought process. I hope that what I share will be of worth to the Seeking Alpha community.
I hope you will follow me along this journey towards financial independence and accelerating dividends!
I was a software engineer for a little over 21 years before I decided to call it quits to the corporate world when I was 45 years old (in 2014). I have always dreamed of retiring early, but I didn't plan to retire until I was 50 years old. When I realized my investment portfolio could generate the income I needed to free my life from the shackles of the corporate world, I quit my job and never looked back.
I did not win the lottery, inherited large sums of money, nor got lots of stock options from a company that I worked at that IPO'ed. It was all very hard-earned. I lived below my means and saved a substantial percentage of my take-home pay ever since the third year of my professional life.
I've been a lurker on SeekingAlpha for years, and finally decided to become a contributor to document my journey as an early retiree.
It's hard to categorize me as an investor. Although I'm mostly "dividend growth" minded, I also dabble in growth, deep value, speculation, as well as a little hedging now and then with options.
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 retired clinical psychologist, and administrator and owner of a rehabilitation clinic we founded 40 years ago. For over 55 years I have managed several portfolios composed of investments accumulated over our professional careers. Since the financial crisis of 2008, I have employed specialized, customized dividend growth strategies aimed at enhancing and growing a dividend income stream.
Since December 24, 2014, I have demonstrated on Seeking Alpha the ongoing construction and portfolio management of the Fill-The-Gap Portfolio aimed at highlighting strategies investors may utilize to close the gap between an average Social Security benefit and the much greater costs faced in retirement.
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I am the investment manager for Darkravenwind LLC, a small software development consulting firm. 20% of our pre-tax revenue is my responsibility to invest and grow. I also help moderate the "Value Investing" group on Facebook. My hobbies include fighting the Fed, martial arts, and old video games.
I have been using value investing techniques as first described by Benjamin Graham since approximately 2005. I was wasting my life up to that point. My specialty, over and above corporate valuation, is analyzing people. Human behavior is remarkably consistent and can lead to huge gains when you understand what motivates them.
In my own portfolio, I have a diversified income focus with a preference for long term earnings and dividend growth. When a good opportunity comes along, I'll focus a large percentage of assets into that single holding. I'm also maintaining an income portfolio with a little over 180 high yielding companies inside of it as a bit of an experiment.
I was mostly self taught, but do have a partially completed business degree behind me as well. In 2008, I quadrupled my money in the crash, and saw numerous opportunities that I jumped on throughout the next few years. By 2012 my total portfolio was over 50,000% higher than when I had first started.
I was previously an employee at Countrywide Financial Corp., and was present during the mortgage meltdown. I saw firsthand how the company was falling apart from the inside while management continued to believe the organization could be rescued. Because of that experience, I have made bond analysis and studying the effects of inflation a specialty of mine.
Market direction is irrelevant. I look for value. Profitable companies that are low or even fairly priced, so long as the results are dependable. Intrinsic value is subjective, but earnings power matters. I am absolutely fearless of the future and do not make political views a part of my investment process.
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Civil engineer using nurtured logical predictive ability to increase my retirement accounts and thereby recover somewhat from the one two punch of a divorce (in 2007 I borrowed to settle and keep real estate) and real estate downturn (2008 my real estate went underwater).
Started investing in stocks in mid-2013 with $100k in a Roth IRA. Dropped to $69k, up to $500k, down to $105k, up to $670k, down to $315k, up to $850k. Goal is $4m by end of 2015. I am more than half way there having achieved an 8.5 bagger (end of 2015), I only need another 5 bagger to exceed my goal. TAX FREE.
"A man who follows an independent and contrary path has no guarantee of making money… but a man who follows the great mass of conventional wisdom is practically guaranteed that he will not."
Riches are made through focus and concentration on a few stocks. Riches are kept through diversification . . .
Current investments: RiteAid and Intel LEAPS
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COO, proud Canadian from Scottish and Irish heritage. Spent most of my carreer in manfacturing and as such, I know the pratfalls of this economy and the cost to the country by outsourcing to 3rd world countries... jobs are threatened until we realize foreign standards are not ours and the pendelum will shift back to being made here or in the States.. does anyone remember Made in Japan .. Toyota the once mighty has fallen and for me, I am buying all the Ford stock I can get!
Specialize in the investment in and trading of "deep-value" high-yield securities, including debt, preferred shares, common shares, put/call options, and ETF's, for my own and family accounts only. Have over seventeen years experience personally directing our personal and family accounts on a mostly full-time basis.
Was previously an international-business executive, general manager and entrepreneur in the medical-technology industry. Also provided consulting, related to general management, new-venture formation and acquisition of venture capital.
Education: Brown University, School of Engineering (Sc. B. '71); University of Virginia, Darden School of Business Administration (MBA '73).
Present Home: Sarasota, FL
Previous Homes: New York City, Mountain View, CA
Hometown: Baltimore, MD
I am a former Ada County (Boise, Idaho and surrounding area) commissioner with a strong interest in strategic and tactical planning and implementation, innovation, collaboration, and public policy advancement. Of particular interest to me are health care reform, waste-to-energy projects, and emergency management.
I own each of the 353 stocks listed below. Data is from early November. Retired at age 60, currently age 63. Living off pensions and social security. I do not intend to draw on dividends before 2017. Total Portfolio yield 3.30%.
Percentage of portfolio allocation based on dividend yield:
Growth yield, 0%: 13.0%
Growth and Income yield, 0.1% - 2.7%: 30.0%
Slow Growth and Income yield, 2.71% - 5.0%: 40.0%
Income yield, 5.1% and up: 17.0%
FastGraph Total Value Data if $10K was invested with all dividends reinvested for 19 year time frame unless stated other wise if you invested in that stock for that entire time:
Symbol : Descrip : Yield : Total Value : # yrs of accumulation
AAPL : APPLE INC : 2.0400 : $1,499,172 : 19
ABBV : ABBVIE INC : 4.3400 : $18,691 : 5
ABC : AMERISOURCE : 1.8600 : $131,147 : 19
ABT : ABBOTT LAB : 2.7300 : $24,463 : 19
ACN : ACCENTURE : 2.0300 : $98,348 : 17
ADNT : ADIENT : 0.0000 : xxxxxxx : 0
ADBE : ADOBE SYS : 0.0000 : $213,667 : 19
ADP : AUTOMATIC : 2.3700 : $75,117 : 19
AEP : AMERICAN EL : 3.9900 : $39,335 : 19
AFL : AFLAC : 2.4200 : $76,219 : 19
AGN : ALLERGAN : 0.0000 : $86,787 : 19
AGR : AVANGRID : 4.4700 : $10,281 : 1
AHGP : ALLIANCE GP : 7.3900 : $26,175 : 12
AIG : AMERICAN INTL : 1.9200 : $86,787 : 19
ALGN : ALIGN TECH : 0.0000 : $67,318 : 16
AMAT : APPLIED MAT : 1.2600 : $106,283 : 19
AMGN : AMGEN : 2.7700 : $110,490 : 19
AMP : AMERIPRISE : 2.6400 : $30,189 : 12
AMT : AMERI TOW : 2.0400 : $48,905 : 19
AMTD : TD AMERITRADE : 1.6400 : $370,212 : 19
AMZN : AMAZON : 0.0000 : $5,033,670 : 19
ANET : ARISTA NET : 0.0000 : $14,102 : 3
ANTM : ANTHEM : 1.8400 : $62,533 : 16
AOS : AO SMITH : 1.0000 : $100,660 : 8
APD : AIR PROD : 2.4600 : $71,341 : 19
APH : AMPHENOL : 0.9300 : $521,038 : 19
APU : AMERIGAS LP : 8.1600 : $99,635 : 19
ARCC : ARES CAP : 9.6300 : $26,695 : 12
ARLP : ALLIANCE LP : 7.4500 : $210,304 : 17
ASIX : ADVANSIX : 0.0000 : xxxxxxxxxx : 0
ATVI : ACTIVISION : 0.7000 : $356,873 : 17
AVA : AVISTA : 3.3300 : $44,824 : 19
AVGO : BROADCOM : 1.1000 : $104,413 : 7
AVY : AVERY DEN : 2.2900 : $33,390 : 19
AWK : AMERIC WAT : 2.0200 : $42,372 : 9
AZO : AUTOZONE : 0.0000 : $252,295 : 19
BA : BOEING CO : 2.9200 : $39,033 : 19
BABA : ALIBABA : 0.0000 : $10,982 : 3
BAC : BANK OF AMER : 1.4800 : $11,625 : 19
BAX : BAXTER : 1.1300 : $33,476 : 19
BBL : BHP BIL : 4.6300 : $34,194 : 19
BCE : BCE : 4.7300 : $37,915 : 19
BCR : CR BARD : 0.5000 : $191,509 : 19
BDX : BECTON : 1.5700 : $107,662 : 19
BERY : BERRY PLAST : 0.0000 : $30,551 : 5
BFB : BROWN FOR : 1.5700 : $127,127 : 19
BGS : B & G FOODS : 4.4100 : $52,980 : 10
BIDU : BAIDU : 0.0000 : $203,050 : 11
BIG : BIG LOTS : 1.7.000 : $21,556 : 19
BIIB : BIOGEN : 0.0000 : $699,797 : 19
BIP : BROOKFIELD : 4.7300 : $64,689 : 9
BLK : BLACKROCK : 2.4600 : $299,257 : 18
BLL : BALL : 0.6700 : $99,257 : 19
BMO : BANK OF MONT : 3.8900 : $89,049 : 19
BMY : BRISTOL MYERS : 2.6900 : $37,289 : 19
BNS : BANK NOVA : 4.0700 : $54,296 : 19
BP : BP : 6.8900 : $20,618 : 19
BPL : BUCKEYE : 7.5500 : $118,312 : 19
BRKB : BERKSHIRE : 0.0000 : $24,345 : 12
BSX : BOSTON SCI : 0.0000 : $14,374 : 19
BUD : ANHEUSER : 3.4100 : $34,511 : 8
BURL : BURLINGTON : 0.0000 : $25,846 : 4
BWLD : BUFFA WILD : 0.0000 : $129,657 : 14
BYDDY : BYD COMP : 0.0000 : $14,3614 : 10
C : CITIGROUP : 1.1400 : $4,511 : 19
CAH : CARDINAL : 2.5600 : $32,423 : 19
CB : CHUBB : 2.1800 : $90,977 : 19
CBRL : CRACKER BARL : 2.8200 : $77,950 : 19
CE : CELANESE : 0.0000 : $56,508 : 19
CELG : CELGENE : 0.0000 : $2,231,715 : 19
*CEQP : CRESTWOOD : 11.0600 : $1,695 : 19
CERN : CERNER : 0.0000 : $270,039 : 19
CHD : CHURCH & DWIGHT : 1.5800 : $289,220 : 19
CHTR : CHARTER COMM : 0.0000 : $63,734 : 8
CIM : CHIMERA INVEST : 11.9500 : $5,597 : 9
CINF : CINCINNATI FINAN : 2.5500 : $67,030 : 19
CL : COLGATE : 2.3500 : $87,914 : 19
*CLMT : CALUMET : 0.0000 : $3,555 : 11
CLX : CLOROX : 2.7500 : $77,447 : 19
CMCSA : COMCAST : 1.5900 : $61,211 : 19
CMG : CHIPOTLE : 0.0000 : $77,953 : 11
CNC : CENTENE : 0.0000 : $168,412 : 16
COF : CAPTIAL ONE : 1.8100 : $89,689 : 19
COR : CORESITE : 3.0200 : $53,075 : 7
COST : COSTCO : 1.1800 : $184,380 : 19
CRM : SALESFORCE : 0.0000 : $185,115 : 13
CSCO : CISCO : 3.4800 : $50,685 : 19
CSL : CARLISLE : 1.2400 : $95,348 : 19
CTAS : CINTAS : 1.1600 : $68,637 : 19
CTSH : COGNIZANT : 0.0000 : $2,072,423 : 19
CVS : CVS HEALTH : 2.3100 : $94,814 : 19
CVX : CHEVRON : 3.9100 : $61,838 : 19
D : DOMINION : 3.8300 : $90,601 : 19
DEO : DIAGEO : 3.0900 : $46,418 : 19
DG : DOLLAR GEN : 1.2600 : $29,796 : 8
DHR : DANAHER : 0.6400 : $137,744 : 19
DIS : WALT DISNEY : 1.4500 : $54,656 : 19
DLPH : DELPHI AUTO : 1.7300 : $33,625 : 6
DLR : DIGITAL REALTY : 3.8300 : $111,079 : 12
DLTH : DULUTH : 0.0000 : $23,338 : 1
DLTR : DOLLAR TREE : 0.0000 : $193,610 : 19
DNKN : DUNKIN : 2.2400 : $20,380 : 5
DPM : DCP MIDSTREAM : 9.0500 : $29,089 : 12
DPS : DR PEPPER : 2.4200 : $37,527 : 9
DRE : DUKE REALTY : 3.0800 : $41,163 : 19
DUK : DUKE ENERGY : 4.6300 : $20,124 : 19
DY : DYCOM INDUST : 0.0000 : $140,099 : 19
EA : ELECTRONIC ARTS 0.0000 : $85,854 : 19
EADSY : AIRBUS : 1.6600 : $13,171 : 9
ED : CONSOLIDATED ED : 3.8100 : $40,834 : 19
EEFT : EURONET WORLDWIDE : 0.0000 : $56,760 : 19
EEP : ENBRIDGE : 9.6100 : $37,843 : 19
EFX : EQUIFAX : 1.1300 : $45,677 : 19
EPD : ENTERPRISE : 6.3100 : $79,927 : 12
ESRX : EXPRESS SCRIPT : 0.0000 : $605,298 : 19
ETE : ENERGY TRANSF : 6.4200 : $36,772 : 19
ETP : ENERGY TRANSF : 11.9900 : $38,328 : 19
EW : EDWARDS LIFE : 0.0000 : $264,348 : 17
EXPE : EXPEDIA : 0.8200 : $26,616 : 19
EXR : EXTRA SPACE : 4.4700 : $62,034 : 19
FB : FACEBOOK : 0.0000 : $40,794 : 19
FBHS : FORTUNE BRAN : 1.1300 : $44,096 : 19
FDS : FACTSET : 1.2400 : $387,984 : 19
FDX : FEDEX : 0.8500 : $91,770 : 19
FISV : FISERVE : 0.0000 : $179,873 : 19
FIVE : FIVE BELOW : 0.0000 : $12,113 : 5
FIZZ : NATIONAL BEV : 0.0000 : $117,020 : 19
FL : FOOT LOCKER INC : 1.5000 : $35,724 : 19
FLO : FLOWERS FOODS : 3.9600 : $109,025 : 16
FTV : FORTIVE : 0.5100 : xxxxxx : 0
GAIN : GLADSTONE : 9.2700 : $9,673 : 11
GD : GENERAL DYNAMICS : 1.7900 $99,132 : 19
GE : GENERAL ELECT : 2.9500 : $26,247 : 19
GILD : GILEAD SCIENCES : 2.5200 $961,090 : 19
GIS : GENERAL MILLS : 3.0600 : $51,761 : 19
GLP : GLOBAL LP : 11.4200 : $16,185 : 19
GNTX : GENTEX : 1.9600 : $78,232 : 19
GOOGL : ALPHABET : 0.0000 : $152,604 : 13
GPC : GENUINE PARTS : 2.7100 : $39,766 : 19
GRUB : GRUBHUB : 0.0000 : $11,842 : 2
GS : GOLDMAN SACHS : 1.2300 : $36,945 : 19
HAIN : HAIN CELESTIAL : 0.0000 : $177,150 : 19
HBI : HANESBRANDS : 1.8200 : $50,384 : 11
HCA : HCA HOLDINGS : 0.0000 : $22,243 : 6
HCN : WELLTOWER : 5.5100 : $108,937 : 19
HD : HOME DEPOT : 2.1100 : $131,250 : 19
HEINY : HEINEKEN : 1.6900 : $72,956 : 19
HELE : HELEN OF TROY : 0.0000 : $90,849 : 19
HEP : HOLLY ENERGY : 7.0600 : $51,834 : 12
HFC : HOLLYFRONTIER : 4.5000 : $264,301 : 19
HII : HUNTINGTON INGALLS : 1.3400 : $36,799 : 6
HOLX : HOLOGIC : 0.0000 : $54,400 : 19
HON : HONEYWELL : 2.3600 : $49,885 : 19
HP : HELMERICH : 4.0300 : $73,828 : 19
HRL : HORMEL : 1.9000 : $177,018 : 19
HRS : HARRIS CORP : 2.0400 : $81,833 : 19
HSY : HERSHEY : 2.5300 : $69,865 : 19
HUM : HUMANA : 0.55000 : $119,922 : 19
ICE : INTERCONTIN EXC : 1.2500 : $87,562 : 12
ICLR : ICON : 0.0000 : $119,922 : 19
INCY : INCYTE : 0.0000 : $80,877 : 19
INGN : INOGEN : 0.0000 : $32,861 : 2
INGR : INGREDION : 1.7000 : $103,711 : 19
INTC : INTEL : 2.9300 : $29,385 : 19
INTU : INTUIT : 1.2000 : $266,692 : 19
IP : INTERNATIONAL PAPER : 3.450 : 23,720 : 19
ISRG : INTUITIVE SURG : 0.0000 : $355,719 : 11
ITW : ILLINOIS TOOL : 2.0900 : $82,240 : 19
JAZZ : JAZZ PHARMA : 0.0000 : $64,437 : 10
JCI : JOHNSON CONTROLS : 2.5600 : $95,264 : 19
JNJ : JOHNSON & JOHNSON : 2.8400 : $73,057 : 19
JPM : JP MORGAN : 2.4400 : $40,066 : 19
KHC : KRAFT HEINZ : 2.8500 : $10,891 : 1
KKR : KKR COMPANY : 4.1500 : $22,917 : 7
KMB : KIMBERLY CLARK : 3.2100 : $41,885 : 19
KMI : KINDER MORGAN : 2.2800 : $8,240 : 6
KO : COCA COLA : 3.3800 : $24,960 : 19
KR : KROGER : 1.4300 : $36,782 : 19
LB : L BRANDS : 3.3900 : $58,340 : 19
LBRDA : LIBERTY BROADBAND : 0.0000 : $13,199 ; 2
LBTYA : LIBERTY GLOBAL : 0.0000 : $32,782 : 12
LEA : LEAR : 0.9300 : $40,627 : 8
LEG : LEGGETT & PLATT : 2.7600 : $37,194 : 19
LKQ : LKQ CORP : 0.0000 : $145,157 : 14
LLY : ELI LILLY : 2.6800 : $18,859 : 19
LMT : LOCKHEED MARTIN : 2.7500 : $70,742 : 19
LNT : ALLIANT ENERGY : 3.2500 : $56,216 : 19
LOW : LOWES COMPANIES : 1.9600 : $125,213 :19
LXP : LEXINGTON REALTY : 6.7200 : $27,622 : 19
LYB : LYONDELLBASELL : 3.8800 : $42,046 : 19
MA : MASTERCARD : 0.7200 : $239,522 : 11
MAIN : MAIN STREET : 6.2100 : $46,833 : 9
MANH : MANHATTAN ASSOC : 0.0000 : $88,786 : 19
MAS : MASCO : 1.2300 : $19,129 : 19
MBLY : MOBILEYE : 0.0000 : $8,536 : 2
MCD : MCDONALDS : 3.1400 : $72,085 : 19
MCK : MCKESSON : 0.7900 : $31,241 : 19
MDLZ : MONDELEZ : 1.7500 : $20,493 : 16
MDT : MEDTRONIC : 2.2000 : $40,627 : 19
MELI : MERCADOLIBRE : 0.3600 : $57,647 : 11
MFA : MFA FINANCIAL : 10.2400 : $54,231 : 19
MHK : MOHAWK : 0.0000 : $79,068 : 19
MHLD : MAIDEN : 3.6100 : $25,130 : 9
MIDD : MIDDLEBY CORP : 0.0000 : $1,301,751 : 19
MKC : MCCORMICK : 1.8500 : $95,179 : 19
MLM : MARTIN MARIET : 0.7600 : $127,396 : 19
MMM : 3M COMPANY : 2.5800 : $62,832 : 19
MMP : MAGELLAN MID : 4.8600 : $237,472 : 16
MNST : MONSTER BEV : 0.0000 : $11,935,569 : 19
MO : ALTRIA : 3.800 : $42,603 : 19
MOMO : MOMO : 0.0000 : $19,591 : 1
MPC : MARATHON : 2.970 : $26,810 : 5
MPWR : MONOLITHIC : 0.9500 : $80,246 : 13
MRK : MERCK : 3.0500 : $28,069 : 19
MSEX : MIDDLESEX : 1.9800 : $87,494 : 19
MSFT : MICROSOFT : 2.5500 : $94,213 : 19
MTCH : MATCH GROUP : 0.0000 : $12,375 : 1
MXIM : MAXIM INTEGRAT : 3.2900 : $65,23 : 19
NDAQ : NASDAQ : 1.9500 : $58,979 : 11
NDSN : NORDSON : 0.9900 : $95,386 : 19
NEE : NEXTERA : 3.0600 : $106,667 : 19
NFLX : NETFLIX : 0.0000 : $1,285,861 : 18
NHI : NATIONAL HEALTH : 5.0200 : $80,333 : 19
NKE : NIKE INC : 1.3900 : $84,144 : 19
NNN : NATIONAL RETAIL : 4.3300 : $107,952 : 19
NOC : NORTHROP : 1.4500 : $84,511 : 19
NS : NUSTAR ENERGY : 9.2100 : $46,972 : 19
NTES : NETEASE : 1.2900 : $3,157,907 : 17
NUE : NUCOR : 2.4100 : $59,420 : 19
NVDA : NVIDIA : 0.6000 : $453,736 : 19
NVEE : NV5 GLOBAL : 0.0000 : $37,338 : 4
NVO : NOVO : 3.0100 : $247,842 : 19
NWBI : NORTHWEST BANC : 3.3000 : $91,721 : 19
O : REALTY INCOME : 4.2800 : $166,197 : 19
OA : ORBITAL ATK : 1.4000 : $11,455 : 2
OHI : OMEGA HEALTH : 8.4800 : $35,165 : 19
OKE : ONEOK : 4.6000 : $133,150 : 19
OKS : ONEOK PART : 7.5200 : $118,498 : 19
ORLY : O REILLY AUTO : 0.0000 : $80,543 : 19
OXY : OCCIDENTAL : 4.3900 : $100,639 : 19
OZRK : BANK OF OZARK : 1.3700 : $427,854 : 19
PAA : PLAINS ALL AMERI : 6.9200 : $102,084 : 19
PANW : PALO ALTO NET : 0.0000 : $25,902 : 6
PAYC : PAYCOM SOFT : 0.0000 : $28,417 : 3
PAYX : PAYCHEX : 3.2000 : $75,046 : 19
PCLN : PRICELINE : 0.0000 : $28,643 : 17
PEP : PEPSICO : 2.9300 : $55,142 : 19
PF : PINNACLE FOODS : 2.2600 : $25,164 : 4
PFE : PFIZER : 3.8300 : $38,599 : 19
PG : PROCTER & GAMBLE : 3.2400 : $55,382 : 19
PHK : PIMCO HIGH INCOME : 3.9800 : $24,577 : 10
PLNT : PLANET FITNESS : 0.000 : $11,633 : 2
PM : PHILIP MORRIS : 4.6200 : $27,495 : 9
PPG : PPG INDUSTRIES : 1.6600 : $56,392 : 19
PRAH : PRA HEALTH : 0.0000 : $24,804 : 2
PRGO : PERRIGO : 0.6600 : $97,018 : 19
PSA : PUBLIC STORAGE : 3.9000 : $128,499 : 19
PSEC : PROSPECT CAP : 12.4200 : $21,462 : 11
PSX : PHILLIPS 66 : 2.9700 : $25,573 : 4
PTY : PIMCO CORPOR : 10.9400 : $27,629 : 11
PYPL : PAYPAL : 0.0000 : $10,569 : 1
QCOM : QUALCOMM : 3.1000 : $330,987 : 19
QSR : RESTAURANT BRAND : 1.4200 : $12,534 : 2
RAI : REYNOLDS AMERI : 3.3700 : $410,081 : 18
*RDSA : ROYAL DUTCH SHELL : 7.4100 : $15,005 : 19
REGN : REGENERON : 0.0000 : $211,717 : 19
RH : RESTORATION HARDWARE : 0.0000 : $7,721 : 5
RMD : RESMED : 2.1200 : $643,066 : 19
ROP : ROPER TECH : 0.6500 : $199,471 : 19
ROST : ROSS STORES : 0.7800 : $646,662 : 19
RSG : REPUBLIC SERVIC : 2.3100 : $42,055 : 19
RTN : RAYTHEON : 1.9800 : $66,491 : 16
RY : ROYAL BANK : 3.7200 : $145,614 : 19
SABR : SABRE CORP : 2.0100 : $14,543 : 4
SAM : BOSTON BEER : 0.0000 : $152,976 : 1
*SAN : BANCO SANTA : 3.8000 : $25,759 : 19
SBUX : STARBUCKS : 1.7500 : $322,871 : 19
SCG : SCANA : 3.2400 : $64,170 : 19
SCHW : SCHWAB : 0.7200 : $266,692 : 19
SE : SPECTRA ENERGY : 3.8600 : $21,614 : 10
SEP : SPECTRA ENERGY : 6.1600 : $24,032 : 10
*SFL : SHIP FINANCE : 12.3700 : $29,242 : 13
SHW : SHERWIN WILLIAMS : 1.2500 : $123,392 : 19
SJM : JM SMUCKER : 2.3600 : $98,205 : 17
SKX : SKECHERS : 0.0000 : $57,000 : 18
SLB : SCHLUMBERGER : 2.4500 : $41,159 : 19
SNA : SNAP ON INC : 1.6600 : $72,192 : 19
SO : SOUTHERN CO : 4.7100 : $46,857 : 19
SODA : SODA STREAM : 0.0000 : $11,654 : 6
SPB : SPECTRUM BRANDS : 1.2300 : $56,836 : 10
SPH : SUBURBAN PROPANE : 11.8600 : $74,504 : 19
SPR : SPIRIT AEROSYSTEM : 0.7000 : $18,319 : 11
SQ : SQUARE : 0.0000 : $10,116 : 1
SRCL : STERICYCLE : 0.0000 : $267,339 : 19
SRE : SEMPRA ENERGY : 3.0100 : $69,516 : 19
STZ : CONSTELLATION BRAN : 1.0200 : $615,275 : 9
SUN : SUNOCO LP : 15.5200 : $13,815 : 5
SWK : STANLEY BLACK : 1.9200 : $70,583 : 19
SWKS : SKYWORKS : 1.4100 : $89,001 : 13
SXL : SUNOCO LOGIST : 8.5800 : $168,621 : 15
SYF : SYNCHRONY FINANC : 1.5300 : $10,942 : 3
SYK : STRYKER : 1.3700 : $180,354 : 19
SYY : SYSCO : 2.4400 : $90,787 : 19
T : AT&T : 5.0800 : $33,478 : 19
TAP : MOLSON COORS : 1.6400 : $155,283 : 19
TCEHY : TENCENT : 0.2400 : $201,966 : 9
TCP : TC PIPELINES : 6.9100 : $113,642 : 18
TD : TORONTO DOMINION : 3.4600 : $143,469 : 19
*TEF : TELEFONICA : 10.5600 : $8,355 : 19
TEVA : TEVA PHARMA : 3.0600 : $82,836 : 19
TGT : TARGET CORP : 3.0800 : $104,612 : 19
THO : THOR INDUSTRIES : 1.4900 : $226,604 : 19
*TICC : TICC CAPITAL : 18.3000 : $15,490 : 19
TJX : TJX COMPANIES : 1.3100 : $387,491 : 19
TLP : TRANSMONTAIGNE : 6.5500 : $35,730 : 12
TMO : THERMO FISHER : 0.4200 : $36,562 : 19
TMUS : T-MOBIL : 0.0000 : $25,473 : 3
TOT : TOTAL SA : 5.7700 : $51,600 : 19
TRGP : TARGA RESOURCES : 7.0200 : $21,576 : 7
TSCO : TRACTOR SUPPLY : 1.2900 : $537,178 : 19
TSM : TIAWAN SEMI : 3.2000 :$114,295 : 19
TSN : TYSON FOODS : 1.5300 : $46,199 : 19
TSRA : TESSERA : 1.7700 : $27,218 : 13
TWO : TWO HARBORS : 11.1800 : $21,438 : 8
TWX : TIME WARNER : 1.7400 : $173,438 : 19
TXN : TEXAS INSTRU : 2.6900 : $108,485 : 19
UA : UNDER ARMOUR : 0.0000 : $112,269 : 12
UL : UNILEVER : 3.3600 : $30,266 : 18
ULTA : ULTA SALON : 0.0000 : $66,717 : 10
UNH : UNITED HEALTH : 1.6400 : $272,596 : 19
UNP : UNION PACIFIC : 2.4100 : $84,760 : 19
UVE : UNIVERSAL : 2.2200 : $576,776 : 19
V : VISA : 0.8300 : $54,981 : 19
VFC : VF CORP : 2.8900 : $102,960 : 19
VGR : VECTOR GROUP : 7.4500 : $478,103 : 19
VLO : VALERO ENERGY : 3.6800 : $109,531 : 19
VNTV : VANTIV : 0.0000 : $29,572 : 5
VRSN : VERISIGN : 0.0000 : $125,130 : 19
VTR : VENTAS : 4.8200 : $57,492 : 19
VZ : VERIZON : 4.6700 : $34,081 : 19
WAGE : WAGE WORKS : 0.0000 : $65,824 : 4
WBA : WALGREEN : 1.7900 : $111,721 : 19
WEC : WEC ENERGY : 3.5000 : $86,883 : 19
WES : WESTERN GAS PART : 6.0000 : $50,092 : 9
WFC : WELLS FARGO : 2.9100 : $68,050 : 19
WM : WASTE MANAG : 2.3600 : $30,562 : 19
WMT : WALMART : 2.8500 : $69,818 : 19
WPC : WP CAREY : 6.6700 : $93,342 : 19
WPZ : WILLIAMS PART : 9.0900 : $7,828 : 1
WSO : WATSCO : 2.8600 : $102,665 : 19
WTR : AQUA AMERIC : 2.4800 : $106,028 : 19
XEL : XCEL ENERGY : 3.4600 : $45,184 : 19
XOM : EXXON MOBIL : 3.4600 : $55,031 : 19
YY : YY INC : 0.0000 : $31,073 : 5
ZBH : ZIMMER BIOMET : 0.9500 : $36,587 : 16
++SPY : S&P 500 : 2.1 : $31,405 : 19
++SPY added as a comparison benchmark.
* Indicates stocks that I might sell.
In general there seems to be a correlation between high yield and substandard stock price performance (total return).
If the returns for each stock are added up it totals $63,131,123 for $10K invested in each stock. If only $200 was invested in each stock the $70,600 invested the value would be $1,262,622. This is about a 15.9% annual compounded return.
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First, the good stuff. Here's my portfolio ...
Consumer Discretionary: MCD, NKE, SBUX, TGT
Consumer Staples: COST, CVS, GIS, KHC, KO, MO, PEP, PG, PM, RAI, WBA
Energy: CVX, KMI, XOM
Health: ABBV, AMGN, GILD, JNJ, MCK
Industrial: BA, LMT, MMM
REITs: HCN, NNN, O, OHI, VTR
Technology: AAPL, MSFT, QCOM
Telecom: BCE, T, TU, VZ
Utilities: AVA, D, SCG, SO, WEC
ALSO: small stakes in 25 additional companies held in the Dividend Growth 50 portfolio (http://seekingalpha.com/article/2764265-its-new-its-nifty-its-the-dividend-growth-50): ADP, AFL, BAX, BDX, CAT, CL, CLX, COP, DE, EMR, GE, GPC, HCP, HSY, IBM, KMB, MKC, NEE, QCP, SHPG, SJM, UTX, V, WFC, WMT.
Now, a little about me:
I am a 50-something former sportswriter who was sent on a permanent vacation during the Great Recession. That sucked, but my story is not a sad one. Unlike many folks who lost their jobs, I am not in financial distress, I am not depressed and I am not bored.
My wife is a pediatric nurse with a bullet-proof job and decent benefits. So after supporting her and our two kids (now grown) for most of three decades, the least she can do is support my semi-retired keister!
Because of Roberta's job situation, because we have zero debt (not even mortgage debt), because we no longer have any dependents and because we have been pretty diligent savers over the years, we are comfortable (though nowhere near rich).
Although we hold some funds, bonds and cash, my investing philosophy leans heavily toward Dividend Growth Investing. By early next decade, we want to live entirely off of our income stream, Social Security and pension payments - and therefore will not have to spend down the principal one iota. To accomplish this, we invest mostly in blue-chip companies with long track records of growing dividends. As of mid-2016, we are well ahead of pace to reach our goal.
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Have made bundles in rust belt. Have made-- and lost-- bundles in high tech.
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I retired as CEO of an Automotive Parts supplier, and manage an investment portfolio for myself and family. I have a BA in History from Royal Military College of Canada and an MBA from the University of Western Ontario. My first career was as a fighter pilot in the RCAF, and, following my MBA I joined McKinsey & Company, Inc. leaving them for Canadian GE. I left CGE as a Vice President in 1984 and founded The Enfield Corporation Limited ("Enfield") which grew from 243 employees in 1984 to over 10,000 in 1989 when Enfield was taken over and I was replaced as CEO. In 1989, I acquired control of Algonquin Mercantile Corporation, renamed Automodular Corporation in the late 1990's when I turned it to focus exclusively on automotive parts sub-assembly. Along the way, Algonquin turned a few ageing drug stores into Pharmx Rexall Drug Stores Ltd., sold to Katz group in 1997 and today a major Canadian drug store chain. I have been a private investor since 1971 both directly and through a private company controlled by myself and members of my family.
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Retiree interested in stocks and financial instruments, especially dividend producing stocks. In the 20th century, I was an electrical engineer with Dominion Resources. I use a dividend growth investment style. Quick rules of thumb for complex questions, like fair value p/e using the Gordon model, price = growth and total liabilities/total assets ratio for leverage calculations provide a starting point for my investment decisions. As a retiree, preservation of capital is paramount.
On October 31st, 2014, I retired. Turned in the keys to the company car, gave them my computer and my account lists and joined the ranks of those who "slipped off into the sunset." I never thought in retirement that I would be this busy. It's fun. Time with the grandkids, time to perfect my cooking skills, and time to travel and check off the things on my bucket list. I should have done this a long time ago.
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A man-with-a-plan, I am utilizing knowledge gained from my business degree 25+ years in the business world and a similar number of years of investing experience, to manage my investments.
I have created and maintain a stable and growing portfolio of individual US listed dividend growth stocks, over 30% of which are non-US based but headquartered in Canada, Great Briton, the Netherlands and Australia.
I believe that asset allocation is the primary decision an investor must make considering his objectives, time frame and risk tolerance. I am fully invested and 90% of that is in stock.
I believe that the small individual investor is often best served by low cost index funds. Stock picking, attempted market timing and frequent trading usually work to the disadvantage of the average small investor. However, you may define small as you like and nothing prevents any investor from emulating the market greats of our time such as Warren Buffett or Peter Lynch. Greater rewards can be obtained by buying and holding individual securities if one has background, the interest, the time and the disciplne to do so in an effective way.
There are many ways to make money in the stock and bond markets. My approach to is to take ownership positions in successful large cap companies and hold them a number of years. Dividend Growth Investing is a conservative approach which involves lower than average risks and higher than average rewards.
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