I have a business school education in Finance and immediately after the university worked for a NYSE firm in Beverly Hills, California . Experience has made me much more of a technically based "buy the dips" and "sell the rips" type of investor/trader rather than relying on fundamental analysis. I would describe my investing style as based on volatility theory rather than traditional portfolio theory. It is a quite mechanical style so therefore does not require a large time investment. I get emails from individuals when I post at SA on just what I do to make my returns. In essence, I use a number of oversold/overbought indicators to sell greed and buy fear. Investments generally return to their intrinsic value and CEFs are a great way to take advantage of oversold and overbought conditions in different market sectors because of the investor profile that is unique to CEFs. Of course the other benefit is in a sideways market CEFs generally provide a comparatively high steady return, often for months. I call my work Black Swan CEFing. As some of you probably know, there are an average of 3 dips of 10% or more every 2 years in the S&P. Buying these dips has proven to be a significant contributor to my lifestyle. My primary influence comes from following the S & P. When it is oversold or overbought I am on high alert. I may trade the SPXL long or short to make profits on these fear and greed conditions. I am occasionally using margin when buying a dip, and then I am first buying the CEFs and then SPXL. I use protective stops at all times, even on the CEF portfolios. As my target pricing becomes overbought I am first selling off the SPXL to totally eliminate margin exposure. I do not keep ultra tight stops with the CEFs as I am getting a nice return while waiting for them to also reach a target oversold pricing. I may tighten stops, based on market overvaluation. A sideways market doesn't bother me when I've bought a dip. It is one of the reasons I love CEFs and it is very empowering to be in a profitable position and not worried if you are stopped out of a long holding because you are booking a nice profit. My priorities are protecting capital with stop loss orders, then just trying to always be profitable. My 3rd priority is considering tax consequences and making tax advantaged money. As far as which particular CEFs I buy "on the dips", this varies. I generally find them by using CEF Connect where I'm looking for deeply discounted CEFs on a NAV basis with good volume. These can be in 'out of favor' categories. I always have a watch list ready for a 'buy the dips' opportunity in my taxable income portfolio and for my IRA portfolio. In general I don't like more than 4 to 6 positions in a portfolio. In very overbought markets I use a short of SPXL in the taxable portfolio and HDGE in the IRA as hedges. I have no problem holding cash in any of my portfolios. You really have a whole different perspective when you are generally always holding profitable positions, which is a true peace of mind benefit to this methodology. Although I always use stop loss orders for holdings when the S & P is oversold, I really don't worry about just selling and booking a profit when the market is showing a really oversold indication, rather than trying to squeeze everything out of a position (greed). I scale in and out of almost all positions trying to start with only 1/4th of an eventual complete position. This 'awakening' about trading the markets has allowed me to have other interests which include high end fitness, attending classic rock music concerts around the globe, and luxury level travel to over 75 countries. After all, someone has to support the classic rock and roll legends in the luxurious lifestyles they've become accustomed to! ... :-) ... I also enjoy some Jim Beam Signature Craft Bourbon Whiskey 12 YO on occasion. Good Luck To All! OH ... :-) ... how does this methodology work out? (the work I do is a bit more complicated than the above with different overbought/oversold indicators for leveraged CEFs, option CEFS, commodity CEFs, etc.) ... my return on capital was 34% in 2014, 31% in 2015, and looks to be even better in 2016 with the increased volatility. Everyone's tax situation is different so govern yourself accordingly.
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A full time investor in stocks, bonds, options, and real estate who previously worked as a financial/investment journalist/analyst. Previous industry stints include privately held SageOnline Inc. - where he held multiple positions - as well as Multex.com, acquired by Reuters, where he was an equity research editor. Aloisi is a cum laude graduate of Penn State University, currently residing in native South Central Pennsylvania with his wife and 2 children.
Income investing has become his focal interest due to the challenges that the ZIRP environment presents. Not an advocate of any single portfolio strategy, he promotes a "go anywhere" philosophy predicated on value, forward thinking, sustainability, and personal objectives. While the past may be instructive, Aloisi cautions on over reliance.
In his free time he likes to talk politics, play the piano, garden, and go antiquing. Mr. Aloisi was recently elected to a 4-year term on his local school board, garnering the most votes out of 6 candidates.
Day trader whose strategy is based on arbitrages in preferred stocks and closed end funds.My group consists of 10 traders.We trade every single preferred stock or closed end fund that provides an arbitrage opportunity. Our research includes stocks that most of the people have not even heard. We have developed our own statistical tools that make most of our arbitrages statistically proven. As a trader I don't just analyse , I trade my analysis and pay the price when I am wrong.That is the main reason I respect opinions only when backed by taking the risk of being wrong.Words or opinions mean nothing in this business and the only person who is right about a certain situation is the one who makes money out of it.
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.
Who I Am: I'm a retired individual investor. I retired at the end of 2013 after a 35 year career as a professor and research scientist at a major research university. So -- a career as a researcher and an educator, which is what I hope to continue here. Virtually every good teacher I've ever known says some version of "I learn more from teaching than my students do." There's a lot of truth in that, enough that there's an underlying selfish motivation for my writing here as I continue to learn about investing.
My professional life involved multiple international projects and collaborations, so I traveled extensively over those 35 years. I plan to continue doing so in my retirement. One consequence is that I'm liable to disappear from the site for extended periods. How can you miss me if I don't go away?
My investing priorities are building and refining portfolios designed to provide income and capital growth: Income for my retirement needs, and capital growth for my estate. My investing interests are tax-advantaged income from a range of sources, portfolio strategies, information- and bio-technology, and momentum-based strategic allocation.
Why I Write for Seeking Alpha: I learned long ago that "writing is nature's way of letting you know how sloppy your thinking is." The line comes from a Guindon comic strip of many years ago, and could not be more true in my case. When I did research professionally, I learned that writing it up forces me to think about details I might otherwise overlook. It's how I spent my working career, so it comes more or less naturally to me. I consider it an essential part of doing any research. So, the writing I do here is as much for myself as for the reader. As I started to contribute articles here, they grew out of research for my personal investment portfolios. They're based on things I've uncovered that are of interest to me and may be of interest to others of like mind. My primary purposes in writing them are to help clarify my thinking and to get feedback from others who may have very different opinions. It's those thoughtful comments that make Seeking Alpha such an important resource.
I try to actively engage myself in the comment streams in my articles, contributing what I can and learning from others. As a research scientist I spent a career spanning four decades devoted to free exchange of information vetted by rigorous peer review. It's a concept I firmly believe in. I hope to bring that approach to my interactions and contributions on Seeking Alpha and welcome critical commentary on anything I may contribute here. I especially encourage and appreciate thoughtful comments from those who disagree with me (although I will ignore obvious trolls and encourage others to do so as well). So, go ahead, start a conversation in the comment threads. It's one of the best things about Seeking Alpha.
My Investment Philosophies and Strategies: I maintain two portfolios. My income portfolio is a taxable account. I try to keep it separate from the growth portfolio which is housed in a series of IRAs, traditional and Roth. My income focus is on tax-advantaged income. In 2016 I face minimum required withdrawals from my tax-deferred accounts, so tax efficiency is an important consideration. The IRAs I see as my estate and are focused on generational wealth building. That means the growth portfolios have a long-term horizon, well beyond what an investor of my age might be expected to maintain.
Who Is Left Banker? Ah yes, the name. When I first joined Seeking Alpha I had no intention of being anything but an occasional reader. I saw it as another research site. So, I just ported a name I've used on other sites. I spent some of the best times of my life living on the left bank of the Seine and am always thrilled to be back in La Belle Paris. Add that I also like it because I find several subtle word plays there; I'll leave it to you to decipher that comment.
Finally, I've chosen to remain anonymous, which I feel obligated to justify. First, I have no professional role in finance and nothing to sell, so there is no advantage to be gained by "making a name for myself' here. Second, I value my privacy and have kept my internet presence as low-key as my professional life allowed. I certainly want to avoid any possibility of some internet connection trying to track me down. Odds against that happening are, of course, outrageously long, but why take them on at all?
Disclosures: I have no ties to the financial or security industries in any form. My interests are strictly personal. The banker part of the nym has absolutely no relationship to the profession of the same name. Readers should be aware that I am an investing novice, some might say dilettante. I do not give advice; what I publish is much more in line with a research notebook. Anyone who finds anything of interest will necessarily want to do his or her complete research and due diligence. It would be foolish to rely on my conclusions without having done so.
My education is a tier 1 Economics undergrad, MBA and masters in Finance for grad school.
I spent several years in the military after my undergrad studies and then managed operations at several fortune 50 companies before striking out on my own as a small business owner.
Currently, seeking to retire very early as an expat preferably to a warm, sunny location in the next few years.
I write covered calls and cash secured put as well as focus on dividend income from a diversified portfolio of closed end funds.
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.
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I am a retired engineer with a PhD in Engineering Science (mostly exotic math) together with a Masters in Statistics. I currently manage my website www.superchargeretirementincome.com, where I use my math background to select high-return, low-volatility investments. I also love teaching so I also provide a number of tutorials about all aspects of investing. I am an avid reader and have read just about every book I could find on the stock market. I am still learning so I welcome comments and suggestions. Over the years I have learned that there is no “holy grail”; you cannot receive a good return without taking risks. However, you can choose your investments to reduce risks and those are the kind of investments I like to make. Although financial markets are my passion, engineering is my profession. I have spent the last 30+ years as a program manager at a large aerospace company, working on improving defenses for our U.S. Army customers.
George Spritzer, CFA is a registered investment advisor at Southland Investments and specializes in managing closed-end funds for individuals.
George uses the following investment strategies:1) Opportunistic Closed-end fund investing: Buy CEFs at larger than normal discounts to NAV and sell them when the discounts narrow. 2) Exploit special situations: tender offers, fund terminations, fund activism, rights offerings etc.