Bill Gunderson @billgunderson is the CEO and Chief Market Strategist of Gunderson Capital Managment in San Diego, CA.
He is also a professional money manager, former research analyst, author of Best Stocks Now, and developer of the Best Stocks Now smartphone app.
He offers four free weeks to his weekly Best Stocks Now to Seeking Alpha readers at gundersoncapital.com
He also hosts a daily stock market radio show that is syndicated nationwide on the Salem Broadcast Network.
Bill has appeared on the Fox Business Channel and on Bloomberg Radio numerous times .His articles have been published in Barron's, Forbes, TheStreet.com and numerous other publications.
He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (855)611-BEST.
Named by Fortune as one of its "50 Great Investors". Acknowledged as Cash Flow From Operations (CFFO) expert by WSJ, Fortune, Forbes.com and Smartmoney.com after developing a CFFO algorithm that predicts bankruptcies for seemingly healthy large NYSE and NASDAQ traded companies. Markowski also has CFFO algorithms that identify severely undervalued companies.
In September 2007 Equities Magazine column predicted the 2008 collapses for all five of the U.S. major brokers including Lehman, Bear Stearns and Merrill Lynch. Wholesale sell recommendations for the five based on macro-analysis of brokerage industry's negative cash flow due to "sub-prime mortgage revenue".
Founded: TrophyInvesting.com (2016), Dynastywealth.com (2014), Onlinefinancialsector.com (2007), StockDiagnostics.com (2002).
Currently: Analyst for Dynasty Wealth (focused on finding and covering disruptor companies that have 100X to 1,000X potential within 5 years).
Passion is recommending shorts for hyped companies that have inherently flawed negative CFFO models and ten baggers for those which are extremely undervalued based on their CFFO. Does not trade the markets and is instead a buy and holder.
Began career with Merrill Lynch in 1977 and was employed in early years by Oppenheimer and Donaldson Lufkin & Jenrette. Became CEO of a firm in 1990 that subsequently went out of business due to the firm’s having a net capital deficiency on January 15, 1991, the day before the first Gulf War broke out.
Markowski voluntarily left the broker industry in 1991. Most of his activities since have been in the financial information industry. The SEC and the NASD subsequently barred Markowski in 1995 from associating with a broker dealer. The bar related to activities that occurred in 1990, and before the war's breaking out which caused a severe lack of liquidity for the markets resulting in the firm's going out of business. Markowski appealed his bar to the U.S. Supreme Court which denied to hear his appeal. Markowski was not barred from being a registered investment advisor (RIA). However, Markowski chose not to pursuit a career as a RIA.
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
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.
Visit my website, Dividend Growth Investor (http://www.dividendgrowthinvestor.com/)
I'm a computer programmer and teacher of computer programming. I am self-employed, and manage my own SEP/IRA and investments for retirement.
My personal investing goal is to own a portfolio of dividend growth companies such that:
1) The overall portfolio dividend income is sufficient to pay for all of my routine retirement expenses. I do not ever want to be forced to sell something to produce cash, especially when my asset prices are down. [I have no objection to occasionally choosing to sell something to pay for a one-time expense such as a vacation or a gift.]
2) The overall portfolio dividend income rises each year by more than the rate of inflation, so that my purchasing power does not erode over time.
I invest primarily in David Fish's lists of Dividend Champions, Dividend Contenders, and Dividend Challengers. See http://www.dripinvesting.org/tools for those lists.
I do not invest in MLP's or BDC's or CEF's or preferreds.
I maintain a free web site that contains dividend histories for all of David Fish's Dividend Champions, Contenders and Challengers: http://www.tessellation.com/dividends
so far, I have 4 sources of income.
1) A business
2) A carefully curated, never to be sold dividend growth portfolio
3) Value investments rebalanced quarterly
4) Quick day trades, scalps, and swing trades
I stock-talk in SA about category #4. ALL EQUITIES HAVE RISK. BE CAREFUL OUT THERE.
I own each of the 350 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 3.32%.
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
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
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
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 $61,617,911 for $10K invested in each stock. If only $200 was invested in each stock the $70,000 invested the value would be $1,232,358. This is about a 15.9% annual compounded return.
I'm an Army veteran and former energy dividend writer for The Motley Fool. My goal is to help all people learn how to harness the awesome power of dividend growth investing to achieve their financial dreams, and enrich their lives. With 20 years of investing experience, I've learned what works and more importantly, what doesn't, when it comes to building long-term wealth and income streams. I'm currently on an epic quest to build a broadly diversified, high-quality, high-yield dividend growth portfolio that:
1. Pays 5% to 6% yield
2. Offers 9%-10% annual dividend growth
3. Pays dividends AT LEAST on a weekly, but preferably, daily basis
Eternal Daily Dividend Growth Endeavor (EDDGE)
Projected Long-Term Dividend Growth: 10.0%
Projected Long-Term Total Return: 14.5%
Portfolio FCF Margin: 21.0%
Real Estate: 28.2%
Consumer Discretionary: 6.9%
Consumer Staples: 4.3%
Business Services: 3.5%
Basic Materials: 1.4%
Auto, Tire, Truck: 0.9%
Industrial Products: 0.7%
1. Icahn Enterprises (IEP): 1.09%
2. Seaspan (SSW): 1.01%
Individual investor. My formal educational background is engineering, having obtained a BSEE degree. My professional background is primarily engineering, although I've dedicated a significant amount of time investing in the financial markets and increasing my financial IQ.
Grew up an Air Force brat. Lived in various places around the world and country as a result. Started a career in telecom right out of college. Walked away from a 10 year career in telecom to pursue a career in finance, as it has proved to be the only thing to keep my interest for any length of time. Currently working on attaining the CFA designation while keeping an eye open for new opportunities in finance.
CFA Level 2 Candidate
A few years ago, I was looking through my 401k statement and noticed a rather glaring reality – the mutual funds that I had the option to invest in were all underperforming their peers, while dwarfing their expense ratios.
I had the sneaking suspicion that I could do better myself. And I have largely been right. However, with three kids now five and under, I simply don’t have the time to study technicals and look for golden crosses or reverse head-and-shoulders. What I really needed was a portfolio which could handle a largely hands-off approach. And so I have started the journey to make my portfolio focused on an ever-increasing income stream (usually called Dividend Growth Investing), rather than an overwhelming focus on percentages ("Income pays the bills; percentages don't"). And since I am 37, I have the time horizon needed to make this compounding approach really work for me.
The moves I make and the portfolio I share is real. Here’s what I hold as of 7/11/16:
CLDT - cost basis $21.85; CVX – cost basis $105.27; F - cost basis $12.87; GILD - cost basis $82.87; HSY - cost basis $92.76; JNJ – cost basis - $99.27; LTC - cost basis $46.45; MSFT – cost basis - $35.50; O – cost basis - $45.50; OXY – cost basis - $80.38; PH – cost basis $115; SO - cost basis $49.00; STAG - cost basis $16.86; WFC - cost basis $45.45.
I don’t have the time or see the point in having a “model” portfolio, because nothing about a model portfolio ultimately matters. As a result, every word of my writing here is based on what I really do with my real money in my real portfolio(s).
If you follow me, you will get my efforts to find high-quality companies (whether hidden or in plain sight) to own, updates and rationale for all the moves I make, as well as rearview analysis on my life as an investor – what I have learned and the mistakes I have made – so that you can avoid making them as well. All of this without having to whip out your credit card.
Join me, won’t you? I wish you good luck and great investing!
I am a Civil Engineer, who is married with three kids under the age of 5. In early 2013 I took a more active role in managing my IRA for retirement and decided to publicly share my experiences in building the portfolio. My hope is to provide a positive example for other young do-it-yourself investors as they save for retirement on a limited budget.
My interest in investing mostly began in 2005 when I started up an investment club with a few friends from college and has accelerated as I've been reading and learning along the way. Since then, investing and the stock market has become a passion and favorite hobby and I've enjoyed writing about stocks and sharing ideas I have here on Seeking Alpha.
My investing goals are to build a nest egg for retirement and fund college education accounts for my kids. I invest mainly in dividend paying stocks that have shown a history of consistent growth in earnings and dividend payouts.
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.
When not researching investments and writing for Seeking Alpha and other Web sites, I coach middle-school girls basketball at Metrolina Regional Scholars Academy, the top charter school in the Charlotte metro area; in March 2016, we won the first conference championship in school history! I also umpire youth baseball and referee youth basketball.
My wife and I dote on our 5-year-old pup, Simmie, and keep up on the doings of our now-grown kids, Katie and Ben. And we love to cheer on the basketball team of our alma mater, Marquette University, where we both majored in Journalism. Go Warriors! Also big fans of the Carolina Panthers.
I still occasionally post to the blog I initiated in 2007 -- lots of sports stuff, some politics, some personal junk -- at www.TheBaldestTruth.com.
My wife and I are now retired. We live off SS and the income from our portfolio. My investments are all income producers and include dividend growth stocks like T and MO, some higher yielding low growth issues like PNNT. and others in between. About 25% of my income comes from fixed income preferred issues. When I was younger I was more into growth, but my goal was to switch to income and live off that. So that is what I have achieved today. I also work as a tax preparer for the 4 months of tax season.
My husband plans to retire in 3 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, CAH, CBRL, CCP, CLX, CMCSA, COP, CSCO, CVX, D, DEO, DLR, DUK, ED, EMR, EPD, 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, UTX, VTR, VZ, WEC, WMT, WPC, XEL, and XOM,
In addition, I manage our millennial daughter's dividend growth retirement portfolio of the following 34 stocks: AAPL, ABBV, ABT, AMGN, BMY, CAH, CBRL, CCP, CSCO, D, DIS, DLR, EMR, GILD, JNJ, KMB, KO, MCD, MMM, MMP, MSFT, OMI, PEP, PFE, PG, PM, SCG, SO, T, V, VTR, VZ, WEC, and XOM.
I'm a former philosophy professor (University of Kentucky, East Carolina) who got an MBA and morphed into a software developer. These days I am semi-retired and manage investments for myself and other family members. I live in Fresno, CA.
I am fortunate to have or have had the opportunity to manage three different types of portfolios -- an income-maximizing portfolio for my late mother, a blue-chip dividend growth portfolio which will pass to my nephews, and a blended portfolio for my wife and me. This has given me the invaluable experience of thinking concretely about different profiles of current yield, growth, and total return. Generally speaking, I believe that investors of all ages should partake of all parts of this spectrum, just in different proportions. The articles I have written for SA, and the ones I contemplate for the future, are focused on developing this concept.
An investor with circa 30 years of professional, managerial and financial experience, gathered through both private-individual activities as well as asset management type of roles.
I'm involved in running a leveraged fixed-income, absolute return, hedge fund that aims at providing its investors with double-digit returns, per annum. The fund runs a fast, frequent and furious trading strategy and it focuses on the very short term. Definitely not a Buy & Hold!
I'm also advising and consulting to private individuals, mostly HNWI that I had been serving through many years of working within the private banking, wealth management and asset management arenas. This activity focuses on the long run and it's mostly based on a Buy & Hold strategy.
Risk management is at the very core of our essence and while we normally take LONG-naked positions, we constantly hedge our positions, in order to protect the downside, that usually occurs at times when you least expect that to take place...
I cover all asset-classes though mostly focusing on cash cows and high dividend paying "machines" that may generate high (total) returns: Interest-sensitive, income-generating, instruments, e.g. Bonds, REITs, BDCs, Preferred Shares, MLPs, etc. combined with a variety of high-risk, growth and value stocks.
I believe and invest for the long run but I'm very minded of the short run too. While it's possible to make a massive-quick "kill", here and there, good things usually come in small packages; so do returns. Therefore, I (hope but) don't expect my investments to double in value over a short period of time. I do, however, aim at an annual double-digit returns on average, preferably on an absolute basis, i.e. regardless of markets' returns and directions.
Timing is Everything! While investors can't time the market, I believe that this applies only to the long term. In the short-term (a couple of months) one can and should pick the right moment and the right entry point, based on his subjective-personal preferences, risk aversion and goals. Long-term, strategy/macro, investment decisions can't be timed while short-term, implementation/micro, investment decision, can!
When it comes to investments and trading I believe that the most important virtues are healthy common sense, general wisdom, sufficient research, vast experience, strive for excellence, ongoing willingness to learn, minimum ego, maximum patience, ability to withstand (enormous) pressure/s, strict discipline and a lot of luck!...
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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Rather than post details about my investment background and history that might easily have been misremembered--I'll provide a true personal story that captures my view on the pursuit of stockpicking alpha:
At the completion of my first year as a starting pitcher in Little League, I had an undefeated pitching record and top strikeout tally. Nobody could hit my curve ball. I was admired by the league's coaches and my peers alike. The next year, my hubris caused me to ruin my arm throwing far too many curve balls, thus ending my baseball dreams. Meanwhile, my best friend in Little League diminished his early success because he never threw curve balls. His parents wouldn't allow it. In spite of his early disadvantage, he ended up an MLB All Star and World Series winning pitcher. Most kids have big, improbable dreams. Yet I've known only one person who actually achieved his big childhood dream. What does this have to do with investing?
In the investment world, there are constant displays of confidence and bold claims of superior methodologies. Yet I've not found one nonprofessional investor who could prove that he had beaten a benchmark index for a 10-year period. The professional investors who've beaten the appropriate benchmark for a 25-year period can probably fit on a school bus. Like my Little League success, nearly all investment outperformance reverses course. I believe that the odds an investor will beat an appropriate benchmark for an entire lifetime are no greater than a Little Leaguer becoming an All-Star with a World Series ring.
The Market News tracker is my favorite part of this website. Otherwise, I see the website mainly as a social media venue for aspirational stock hobbyists & advisors who are 110% certain that they're endowed with special investing skill. Never mind that almost none can provide a meaningful, long-term record of outperformance. Fortunately for the authors, the website is very supportive. Comments critical of articles are often removed, and bloggers can trumpet good luck and misremember blunders without troublesome fact checking. The unconditional love enables bloggers to achieve popularity with skillful self-promotion, gravitas, and a likable persona. An ambitious subscription stock-tip blogger would be well advised to study the techniques of Tony Robbins and Deepak Chopra rather than Warren Buffett and Ben Graham.
"You make more money selling the advice than following it."
I have been a software engineer developing applications in various fields for nearly 30 years. I began investing in mutual funds for my 401(k) back in 1988.i started investing outside of my retirement account a little over 15 years ago. I used to follow a value oriented strategy, but after I saw how that worked less well than I liked during the financial crisis, I began to switch over to a more income based approach. I had always thought that dividends were important but didn't have a systematic way to evaluate stocks that paid them until I found SA and DGI. Starting around 2010, I have switched my portfolio to a DGI strategy. One of my most profitable picks turned out to be Freddie Mac, which I originally chose because I liked the dividend and because I once worked there. When it first ran into problems I increased my holdings because it still looked like a good value to me. I eventually managed to buy several thousand shares at a cost of $0.50 (I knew that was a good value) and eventually exited the stock at a price that was $5 a share above my average share cost. My biggest miss was when I sold out my 100 shares of Apple shortly after Steve Jobs returned but before he had done much to improve the companies outlook. My holdings include : ABBV CMI CVX DLR EMR LTC F GIS INTC JNJ KMI KO KHZ LMT MCD MO MSFT O OHI PG T VGR WEC XOM
I am a retired nurseryman, who is trying to grow my net worth. Looking to profit from the market's idiocies. Trying to find out what the market doesn't understand, and how I can benefit. The bulk of my income is from my investments since I have no other income except Social Security.
I am trying to grow my income through investments in stocks, stock mutual funds and bond funds.
Time management is essential to monitoring a 47 position portfolio. My 1st comment concludes with "Rich-unck:xx hrs"; I uncheck from the article to avoid repetitive comments, nonsense, and (most) arguments. I extend another XX hrs when I respond to a question or comment...I also respond to all PMs.
BACKGROUND My journey as a self-directed investor (SDI) began in 1973, and resulted in financial independence at age 52, which also allowed me to retire from corporate life the following year (Feb 1995).
I have no special knowledge not attainable by others who also dedicate themselves to the study of the economy, market, and stocks...I could cease all portfolio management today, and place it with a professional manager; however, I enjoy the psychic and financial rewards. Alternatively, I could become a passive investor via mutual funds and/or index ETFs (those works too! ). With few exceptions, As a rule, Rich only discusses his IRA here--it is only a portion of his and Joyce’s investment assets.
INVESTMENT PHILOSOPHY If you ‘lived for today’ over the past 5 or 6 decades, you better invest in lottery tickets. The most probable path to a financially secure retirement is the product of an investment program (either active or passive) started when relatively young; living on less than all your after-tax income (saving means delayed gratification); and either self-directed or via professional management, adopting a sensible strategy suitable to age and comfort zone. There is wisdom in flexibility, diversification, and not being life-long wed to any strategy. It is appropriate to take greater risk for greater rewards (sensible growth stocks) when younger, as those are our lowest earnings years combined with our highest expense years--in the years between early investment and retirement, investments in solid growth companies can double 8 times or more.
There is time to adjust allocations to a more conservative strategy when closer to retirement. Never assume you have an information edge over the professionals. Time-in-the-market is your principle advantage. When/if you become interested in dividend stocks, never forget both price return and dividends compound, and price more so.
Financial independence is achieved when one has sufficient confidence his/her lifestyle will not change significantly, regardless of the potential depth or breadth of decline suffered by their portfolio--including a prolonged series of bear markets such as 1929-37. True, the recent 18-month bear market ending mid-2009, was deep--but also too brief to consider its lack of widespread dividend cuts to be as proof a portfolio of dividend-payers won't suffer income losses in a more prolonged decline (i.e., no portfolio is "dividend bulletproof").
The balance of this profile is lengthy, and likely not helpful to passive investors who simply go along for the ride, their portfolios bobbing up and down like flotsam in the ocean; their course always subject to the whims of winds, waves, and trends...THIS IS YOUR ONLY WARNING!
PORTFOLIO GOALS Now in my 70s, it’s no longer appropriate to engage in the growth strategies applied in wealth accumulation. As a more conservative investor, 100% of his portfolio consists of dividend-payers. 95% of positions have investment grade credit ratings (the lone exception is a REIT).This combination, along with having companies in 10 of the 11 S&P GICS sectors (none in Materials at this time) provide a measure of diversification. This IRA portfolio holds no bonds, though bonds and other investments are held elsewhere.
Maximizing total return and wealth preservation are mutually exclusive. A key observation: Having the capacity for risk is not the same as having the tolerance for it!
Rich’s objective is now a ‘smoother-ride’ that levels out the market’s peaks and valleys (limit losses, trim notable excess valuation). That smoother ride in an all-equity portfolio cannot be achieved without active management and continuous monitoring of positions--therefore TIME is an essential input to his portfolio management. Active management does not’ means frequent changes, as it is not unusual for a quarter or more to pass between a trimming or sale (nonetheless, when a company fundamentals change, or a mistake is made, corrective action is taken.)
STRATEGY SINCE 2008 Rich targets both legs of TOTAL RETURN (distributions + price change). His Growth & Income strategy often focuses on VALUE investing tactics applied to dividend-payers. Value investors seek out unpopular, companies most investors are avoiding (i.e., fundamentals have declined but credit rating is strong, BoD has implemented a rational recovery plan, and the dividend not in danger). Value investors seek to be paid to wait for other investors to recognize the stock’s value and assign it a greater share price. In any event, value stock or growth stock, Rich always seeks a ‘margin of safety’--no shares are bought at prices >FV, and his margin of safety is derived from dividends paid, price appreciation, and rising FV over time.
In all cases, value or growth, Rich selects well-established dividend-paying companies having a high-probability of growing earnings (growth of earnings is ESSENTIAL to growth of price and dividends). He tends to be flexible, forward looking, reactive to changing fundamentals, and willing to admit a mistake so action follows.
SDI is not easy, success is not assured, and in recent decades, advice from academics, and investment coaches, almost universally recommend index funds. Those NOT having the prerequisite time and interest are unlikely to develop the requisite skills for stock investing--thus the probability strongly suggests most newbies would be better served by indexing (Ben Graham wrote favorably of indexing). However, when done successfully, self-directed stock investing can offer rich psychic and financial rewards.
CORE PORTFOLIO Presently, +/-30 equities. Core holdings dominate at about 65% of total portfolio positions. Favored are traditional, large- and mid-cap, low-beta, best/near-best in class, institutional-owned, moaty, dividend-paying, value and growth stocks, having investment-grade debt ratings, and representing the consumer staples, healthcare, utilities, and telecom sectors.
OPPORTUNISTIC PORTFOLIO The remaining 15+ positions consist of equally well-known dividend-payers found among widely-owned cyclicals, such as financial, industrials, consumer discretionary, technology, real estate, and energy sectors are sensitive to the economy. In an expanding economy, cyclicals typically grow their earnings (and dividends) faster than do the typically slower-growing core companies. But because the reverse is also true, in a contracting economy, these positions are intended to be heavily trimmed to preserve gains as the economy peaks and shows evidence of decline. Some are susceptible to quite significant price declines when Mr. Market assumes their will suffer reduced earnings, and sometimes dividend-freezes/cuts, in anticipation of those events.
Rich is sometimes fully-invested, but unlike some, observes no such rule. Building a large cash cushion at the front-end of a correction/bear market (-20%) provides the dry powder required to both cushion the market's decline, and also creates the cash required to purchase excellent companies at below FV prices (without having to sell a position he wants to keep!).
TRIMMING POSITIONS When positions in either portfolio become significantly overvalued, they are trimmed by 5-10%, and the proceeds applied to fairly valued companies before the (almost always) temporary gift of over-valuation reverts to the price mean. If the position continues to advance, and absent other information, the position will be trimmed again. Added benefits to selective trimming include (1) serves as a more sensible method of rebalancing (as opposed to automatic--professionals do not use such a meat cleaver); (2) reduces the position's remaining Capital at Risk (which may suggest room for additional shares within an otherwise full position), and (3) provides the necessary dry powder to buy other shares at FV or below.
OTHER INTERESTS As we age, the importance of family grows. Rich has long volunteered in his community; over the years has served with distinction as member/chair of a number of advisory committees. Assisting others on SA is also a source of satisfaction and fulfillment.
Finally, having been blessed by years of excellent investment performance, Joyce and Rich have long been avid world travelers, and have visited over 60 countries over a span of 30 years (his SA avatar reflects the Taj Mahal in his sun glasses). They reside in Michigan--for 9 months of beauty, bliss, and family, and thoroughly enjoy wintering in equally beautiful Naples FL--for 3 months of sunny warmth and relaxation.
Life is good--it's been an unbelievably awesome ride!
I have never been a dancer, but some might accuse me of being a diva. I liked the alliterative properties of the name and was reading a book about dancers at the time of my Seeking Alpha signup.
Born in "da Bronx" in 1956, now living in California, I spend much of my time managing the family finances, researching and trading stocks. I'm retired (as is my spouse); my background is in economics, with expertise in grains analysis. During the almost 20 years I worked for a grains exporter, a major food company and a couple of brokerage firms - always in grains analysis. In my last job, I was given the go-ahead to trade. Trading grain futures is a great way to build wealth but I've seen too many others lose it quickly, so I walked away from it in 1997 (to the surprise of many) and transferred that passion to stock analysis in 2005, several years after our son was born. The slower pace of the stock market is better suited to our advancing ages and desire for capital preservation.
What I enjoy most about the markets is the continuous learning process and read Seeking Alpha in pursuit of actionable knowledge.
I am a 40-something year old retired US lawyer living as an expat in Lisbon, Portugal. I publish articles here on SeekingAlpha, and have an expanded group of articles and posts on my webpage, TheInvestorUnderground.com.
Mr. Billings manages three large personal stock portfolios utilizing a unique investment strategy. The strategy is called Invest.Trade Praxis and combines the elements of investing in blue chip dividend stocks, disciplined investing and periodic trading. He has published a book titled "Main Street Stock Investor", which is available at Amazon books.