Paul Wagner is a seasoned stock investor with a long background in financial analysis and portfolio management. His career in credit and financial analysis began in 1967 at Dun & Bradstreet while he was still attending North Park College in Chicago. After a stint in the U.S. Army he began a 25-year career with Heller Financial, a premier secured lender to middle market companies. In 1997, he left his position there as the senior credit executive of Heller's Current Asset Management Group to create and manage his own portfolios of public securities. Paul's book is available here.
Focused on upcoming retirement (4-8 years from now). Seeking a portfolio balance of stable dividend growth stocks and capital growth potential stocks.
Professional Background: Business Insurance Underwriter (Property and Liability) and University Risk Manager.
Biotech & Health Care: JNJ, CAH, MDT.
Consumer Staples: MO, CVS, KHC, MCD.
Consumer Disc: DPZ, FIZZ, MNST, STZ, SBUX,
Tech: GOOGL, AMZN, FB, MSFT.
Small Caps: MGPI. (produces grain for hard liquor manufacturers)
Industrial Cyclical: LMT, RTN, BA.
I'm a writer for one of the country's largest pop-culture-type magazines and, at the same time, I am one of the world's worst investors. Did I sell an apartment in Manhattan's Flat-Iron district in late 1999, because I feared the Y2k problem? You bet I did. And so it has gone.
Even so, at the age of 60, I have managed to broom together quite a tidy little pile. And I hope to keep it. And grow it. Though I have my doubts, given my investment history, that any of this is possible in the long run. Or even the short.
Herein lies a chronicle of the life & times of my money.
Mark buys companies with strong brand recognition, strong earnings relative to price, and at a discount.
Mark obtained a M.Eng. in industrial engineering from the University of Louisville and worked extensively in the automotive industry.
Mark's documented picks on Seeking Alpha include: LKQ (alpha), SYY (alpha), WYN (losing)
Mark's largest three holdings are AAPL, C, and GM.
Apple: 1. Low P/E relative to peers 2. Strong balance sheet 3. Strong brand recognition C. Over dependent on one product
General Motors: 1. Low P/E relative to peers 2. Increasing profits 3. Returning cash to shareholders C. Has not demonstrated it can generate returns at bottom of cycle
Citi: 1. Low P/E relative to peers 2. Discount to book value 3. Increasing profits C. Regulations restricting company from returning significant cash to shareholders
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 write for Seeking Alpha to transfer the investment ideas and concepts cluttered in my head onto paper. I'm also currently a CFA candidate (testing level II). I passed the level 1 exam in June 2015.
I'm managing editor for SA PRO. I work primarily on our PRO product, though also in support of our marketplace product and in a few other areas on the site. I'm always happy to hear from readers and contributors, whether to help with questions, hear your feedback, or learn how you're using the site. I've been working at SA since September 2012.
I've been investing for 6 years. I used to write articles for Seeking Alpha before becoming an editor (while I'm proud of the work I did, it probably would not have been up to our PRO standards, which is a good thing). I am probably one of SA's most frequent users, and have learned an immense amount from contributors, readers, and SA employees.
Beyond the market, I like reading, travel, writing, playing/writing/listening to music, and learning languages. Probably most relevant to ask me about SA, but you're welcome to get in touch on anything else as well.
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Entrepreneurial-spirited professional, leveraging nearly 30 years of proven business leadership, as both a consultant, global executive (Nestle,Colgate- Palmolive, Kraft Foods, Coca-Cola, Fonterra Foods, Business and Marketing Consulting Group and as an entrepreneur in Portugal. Graduate of Syracuse University Whitman Business School, University of Lisbon ISCTE Business School with a Master of Science in International Management, and a post management degree (ADP) from the London Business School. Worked in Argentina during hyper-inflationary period and during the implementation and collapse of the Currency Board economic Plan, moved to Atlanta to work for KO as a regional director for non carbonated beverages them to Europe with Fonterra Dairy to lead strategic initiatives in continental Europe, North Africa and Russia . After leaving the consultancy world and corporate, set up with two partners a end to end marketing and sales company in Lisbon Portugal; clients included General Mills, Hellmann´s sauces and other leading European branded companies. In Portugal, experienced once more economic uncertainties and learning what not to do in Business and economics. In March 2015 , my first book was published, " Competencies for International Managers", available through FNAC in Europe and in Amazon though an e-book.Sold my shares in the company and moved back to the USA, St Augustine Florida in November 2015.
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David is CEO of New Constructs (www.newconstructs.com), an independent research firm that leverages proprietary technology to find key insights from the Financial Footnotes of 10Ks and 10Qs. Having analyzed over 70,000 annual reports and their Financial Footnotes, New Constructs helps protect clients from the red flags/unknowns in SEC filings.
David is a distinguished investment strategist and corporate finance expert. He is a member of FASB's Investors Advisory Committee, and he is author of the Chapter “Modern Tools for Valuation” in The Valuation Handbook (Wiley Finance 2010).
David's insights into the markets and his stock picks have been popular with a wide variety of media outlets.