High Yield Dividend Portfolio; I target a minimum 10% return on price *and* a minimum 5% for dividend yield. Early retiree, father, and grandfather. Seeking alpha n00b. Opinionated SOB. Radical liberal conservative libertarian (I VOTE FOR NONE OF THE ABOVE!). I'm actually a Marxist - of the Groucho variety!
Raised in the homeland of Alien spacecraft, attended NMSU & UNM. Background in Physics and English Lit. — Missing the NM Mexican food ! Spent several years in the Air Defense Command, Weapons Control —North Bend, OR & Vietnam, and finished-up as a Capt in Logistics at Chanute AFB, Illinois. Trained afterwards as a jeweler and achieved Certified Master Watchmaker - worked for two businesses, started my own jewelry store- (no watches) did not get rich!— sold out to the partner I took on. Became a Registered Nurse- specialized in Neonatal Intensive Care- nothing like juggling newborns! —later became a telephone triage nurse. Jan 2 of 2014 -Oh Joy- RETIRED! Plan on continuing to work on the “fine art” painting I took up in ’10, hiking, photography, travel- US and abroad- mostly UK. Discovered SA late ’12 or early ’13 and am dedicated to converting my IRA rollover money to DGI in my IRA, ROTH and taxable accounts. It’s not easy to find those margin-of-safety div growers, but am working on it. I have added eREITs, BDCs and some others for a bump in dividends, but will try to moderate those and increase the tried and true CCC types as I can—along with IRA to ROTH conversions (tax bracket allowing). I have to wonder if I am the only DGI in Nevada— particularly Northern. — Live long and prosper Gary
Retired Jan. '12 so I'm focused on a paycheck replacement income stream that will grow at least 3.5% annually. Our IRAs and 401k were converted from mutual funds to div stocks starting Aug. '10. We needed a 5% withdrawal at retirement, so that cut out the MCD and KO type DGR stocks. Portfolio consists of 23 equally weighted positions, originally 3 debt funds and the rest dividend stocks. The portfolio targets are simple: increase both distributions and "paycheck" withdrawals by 3.5% annually. (There is also a soft target to increase the portfolio value by 3.5% annually, but a lot of year-to-year fluctuation is expected.) The "paycheck" withdrawal plus social security, is more than adequate to our needs. Before long I tired of tracking each of the individual stocks, reviewing their financials, and trying to figure out if their price fluctuations were signs of serious problems, normal market fluctuations, or shorts playing their games. Also, not something my spouse is prepared to do when I am no longer able. Recently converted many individual stocks to carefully selected CEF funds, mostly those that have recovered, or on track to recover, their NAVs and dividends following the Great Recession. They are easier to monitor. Several have increasing dividends. Current portfolio: PDI, JRO, GOF, ETO, ETY, JCE, JTD, GEQ, BUI, UTF, KYN, RQI, STAG, OHI, IVR, MCC, TAL, THQ, and AAPL. Recently added a small position in FPF. A few double positions (KYN, AAPL), but no more than 20% in any sector. The KYN replaced a double position in KMR after the KMI consolidation announcement due to the future income reduction. The double AAPL position is historical, left over from when I worked there. Like it too much to reduce it.
TAL will likely be replaced with a CEF when prices/discounts look good. The REITs will be kept as I find no suitable REIT CEFs. That will leave only two high-yield stock positionss to monitor, IVR, MCC, which will also be replaced with fixed income CEFs in time.
Although there is significantly more dividend risk than a typical CCC-style DGR portfolio, the current dividend/distribution income (8+%) exceeds the paycheck withdrawal by 1/2, giving a 33% cushion to potential distribution cuts. That cushion is backed by a cash reserve equal to at least 18 months of withdrawals that could be used to supplement distributions if they fall below withdrawals. This would have been adequate to traverse the 2008 recession and recovery. In the absence of huge dividend cuts, excess distributions are reinvested, as needed, to meet the distribution growth target. Excess beyond that can be taken as an annual bonus and added to the cash reserve which can be skimmed for large expenses: travel, home remodeling, new car, contributions to grandkids college funds, etc.
Many thanks to SA authors David Fish, David Van Knapp, Brad Thomas, BDCBuzz, Left Banker, and Doug Albo for their education and advice; to Regarded Solutions, Five Plus, and Miz Magic DiviDogs for their enjoyable prose and good sense; to Jeff Miller for his weekly market sanity; to the multitude of SA readers that take the time to intelligently comment; and special thanks to Chuck Carnevale for F.A.S.T. and his level-headed approach to valuation. I couldn't do this without each of you.
I am an individual investor in my early 50's and focus on investing in dividend-paying and dividend-growing stocks with a long-term horizon. My goal is to generate at least 50% of my retirement income from dividends and rest from other investments like real-estate (rental) etc. I have been investing for the last 20 years and consider myself a reasonably experienced investor. I plan to share my experiences by way of writing one or two articles a month.
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September on the Henry's Fork is magical. Early in the month you can get some terrestrial action at Harriman Park. The mahogany duns come off in September, and midges and blue winged olives are aplenty just about everywhere. The daytime weather is warm and sunny, and the nights are cool as it heads towards fall.
I enjoy fishing the entire river, but my favorite stretch is from just above the Highway 20 bridge down to the Fun Farm. There's a big flat rock a bit above the bridge where you can stand and cast to rising fish when the water drops. I once stood there and caught about 50 in an afternoon. There wasn't one above 10 inches, but I didn't care. The weather was beautiful and I was alone on my rock.
My wife and I moved from Southeast Idaho in 2011. Now I fish the Henry's and the South Fork of the Snake when I go back to visit. It's a great place to be during the summer and fall, but I don't enjoy living in a cold weather climate, and we now live in the Southwest.
I realize this profile so far has been about fishing, not investing. To that I say that fishing is a big part of my life, so it's part of my profile.
Fishing is like investing. You have to be patient and be able to adapt to changing conditions, but you also have to have specific knowledge and good technique. I can say with confidence and without arrogance that, at least on my own waters, I'm a good fisherman. I hope to use the same skillset to become a good investor.
I started out my working career after I received a degree in Business Admin. I got a CPA certificate and worked as an auditor for a couple of years, then went into the insurance industry.
In my early 30's I started work as a support contractor to the Department of Energy. I spent most of that time in Idaho, then moved to Tennessee in 2011. As far as what I actually did, I spent my time in support funtions - Internal Audit, Finance, Program Management and Project Controls.
Somehow wherever I was, I seemed to be the guy that got stuck with the job no one else wanted, usually because no one could figure it out. It was usually something like "we haven't reconciled this bank account since we started issuing 12,000 checks per month over a year ago. Can you do it?" Or, "we're setting up service centers on our new integrated accounting system. Are you up for do that?"
I always was, and I was somehow able to stay employed for a long time. Now I'm not. I spend a lot of time on Seeking Alpha looking for interesting ways to help me manage our money better. I've made plenty of mistakes, although lately I feel better about the results. Maybe I'm getting better at reading the investment waters.
When I'm not managing our money, my wife and I spend a lot of time riding our bikes, walking, and enjoying our time together.
The picture was taken at the Warm River boat launch. There's a concrete box across the river from the launch, and my friend Schubert took this picture of me and my grandson Sam standing on it. Sam's now 15 and as tall as me, but I have fond memories of that day and will always treasure this photo.
Scott Grannis was Chief Economist from 1989 to 2007 at Western Asset Management Company, a Pasadena-based manager of fixed-income funds for institutional investors around the globe. He was a member of Western's Investment Strategy Committee, was responsible for developing the firm's domestic and international outlook, and provided consultation and advice on investment and asset allocation strategies to CFOs, Treasurers, and pension fund managers. He specialized in analysis of Federal Reserve policy and interest rate forecasting, and spearheaded the firm's research into Treasury Inflation Protected Securities (TIPS). Prior to joining Western Asset, he was Senior Economist at the Claremont Economics Institute, an economic forecasting and consulting service headed by John Rutledge, from 1980 to 1986. From 1986 to 1989, he was Principal at Leland O'Brien Rubinstein Associates, a financial services firm that specialized in sophisticated hedging strategies for institutional investors.
Visit his blog: Calafia Beach Pundit (http://scottgrannis.blogspot.com/)
Lynx Investment Advisory, LLC ("Lynx") is a Washington, DC based, SEC-registered, independent investment advisory firm specializing in asset allocation, manager selection/reporting and risk management. Lynx provides a full suite of investment consulting services and acts in a fiduciary capacity to institutions, family offices and high net worth individuals worldwide.
I am an early career scientific researcher who has taken a strong interest in investing, both for achieving my personal financial goals as well as serving as an alternative conduit where critical and logical thinking are rewarded. I write articles to share ideas, refine my own thinking and invite discussion from the astute readership of Seeking Alpha.
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Within the academic field, I have a career total of 89 publications and 5 book chapters, 2,900 total citations and an h-index of 32 (metrics from Google Scholar).
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.
Steven Bavaria writes about finance, economics and politics, drawing on his forty-five years experience in international banking, credit, investment, human resources/training, journalism and public service. Now retired from his "day job" on Wall Street, Bavaria lives mostly off his investments. His focus is largely on income-oriented stocks, bonds and mutual funds, as well as closed-end funds, ETFs and other IRA-suitable investments. His book "Too Greedy for Adam Smith: CEO Pay and the Demise of Capitalism" was just published and is available on Amazon and at independent retailers.
Bavaria began his career at the Bank of Boston, where he handled international credit workouts that included managing a fleet of ships, chasing a Vatican-owned bank in Switzerland, and leading the turnaround of troubled branches in Australia and Panama. He also ran the bank's human resources department, which is where he saw personally the beginnings of many of today's executive compensation excesses.
More recently he worked at Standard & Poor's, where he introduced ratings to the leveraged loan market. In between Bank of Boston and S&P he was Assoc. Commissioner of the Massachusetts Dept. of Mental Health, worked briefly for Citibank, and was a reporter for IDD Magazine. He also did a short stint at a smaller rating agency where he had to leave in a hurry after writing an article called "From Banker to Bookmaker" that was deemed a bit too candid in describing the conflicted role of major commercial and investment banks.
Bavaria graduated from Georgetown University and New England School of Law.
Lead Wealth Advisor, Chief Investment Strategist, and individual investor with two masters degrees and a CFA designation who has been in the business for over 20 years. Along with our team we author the Seeking Alpha premium subscription service "YIELD HUNTING: Alternative Income Investing" dedicated to income investors who are searching for yield without the high risk of the equity market.
We feature a core-satellite model that allows investors to adjust for their own particular risk tolerance. We specialize in fixed income closed-end funds for generating income during retirement, micro and small-cap value investing, and macro analysis.
I am a dividend investor and look for undervalued investments in the stock market. I identify misunderstood and undervalued equity investments and hold those securities until their price approximates my estimate of intrinsic value. I am a long-term investor only.
I am building a $100,000 high-yield income portfolio. I am running this portfolio as an experiment to see if long-term sustainable income can be generated from a diversified pool of high-risk, high-yield securities. I am willing to accept high risk in order to meet my performance goals.
Building a passive income portfolio that is dividend-focused utilizing a diversified portfolio of Closed-End Funds, Business Development Companies, and REITs. Also, generating secondary income using covered calls and secured puts on dividend blue-chip companies, or using ultra high-yield investment vehicles.
I began writing articles on Seeking Alpha as a way to share my experiences with investing, as well as to generate some discussion from fellow Alpha Seekers in order to keep learning and growing as an investor.
My website is devoted to biblical financial principles, from saving and spending, to giving and investing and contentment.
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.
I suspect that most preferred income investors are conservative by nature. I am. I don't believe I have any special talent or gift for trading, a crystal ball, or any access to insider information. Consequently, I have little expectation of prospering by consistently buying low and selling high. In fact, prior to becoming a fixed income investor, my trading history boasted the opposite, buying high and selling low. Tis sad but true, over those years, I've given more to the market than I've taken from it. However, that's yesterday's news, and of no real interest. Of importance is that I'm patient, analytical, organized, pretty good at math, and always looking for that angle, strategy, or edge to help guarantee my market success. The Art & Science of Preferred Dividend Investing details my history, education and growth as a preferred investor and the lessons I learned along the way. I want to share that knowledge by introducing you to this effective, profitable, and safe way to invest in preferred equities.
Tim McPartland is a private investor with over 45 years of investment experience. Additionally he is the editor, and former owner, of The Yield Hunter, a website devoted to the hunt for income producing securities of all types, but in particular specializing in preferred stocks, exchange traded debt and Master Limited Partnerships.
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.
David White is a software/firmware/marketing professional and a long time investor. He has worked in the networking field, the semiconductor equipment field, the mainframe computer field, and the pharmaceutical/scientific instrumentation field. He has bachelor's degrees in bioresource sciences and biochemistry from U.C. Berkeley. He is a former Ph.D. student in biochemistry. He has done significant graduate work in EECS and business at Stanford (through SITN) and UC Santa Cruz. He was awarded a Certificate in Advanced Software Systems (about 1/3 of an MS in EECS) by the Stanford Computer Science Department. He also took most of Stanford's undergraduate Computer Science curriculum.
I just recently caught the investing bug and started taking an active interest in my (presently meager) portfolio in October, 2011. Turns out I'm not too bad at making my own picks, and I really enjoy doing my own research. So far my picks have significantly outperformed those of my high-priced broker (by about 10X). I've only got about 17 years left before I'll have to retire, and I've gotta get a move on if I want to enjoy my Golden Years and not end up having to work as a WalMart greeter on the graveyard shift. Seeking Alpha and The Motley Fool have helped me learn a great deal in a short period of time, but I've got a long way to go. I'm currently focused on building a portfolio of solid, stable dividend growth ... More stocks, with some pure growth (speculative) positions thrown in. At present I have 30 positions that yield an average of 5.3% in dividends. I'm hoping to learn more about options and save enough on the side so I can start playing with trading options; I'm looking forward to actively managing my portfolio in my retirement, and want to get really good at it before then.
Pre-retirement, relatively new investor. I've made a few brief forays into the investing world (mostly successful) and have experienced how the dividend stocks I invested in always kept me on top of the curve even in down times. Now I'm looking to learn all I can about investing, and am especially interested in high yield and growth dividend stocks for their income and reinvestment potential while also (hopefully) maintaining and growing capital.
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Retired aerospace engineer who specialized in R&D. I personally find investing in today's market a bit like walking through a mine field. Have to keep learning to use protective methods to remain a long term investor and sleep well at night. Would probably be a trader if I better understood the intricacies in the use of options so I would feel at home in this casino-esque world or investing.
Team StockMatusow.com research and writers are:
Scott Matusow; Team Leader, owner and founder of StockMatusow.com and Dan Cohen, partner, and independent investor/scientist/inventor/trader and lead contributor at stockmatusow.com.
Scott is an independent investor/writer/trader and team leader of StockMatusow.com.
He has have about 17 years of stock market experience which include trading, investing, and managing his family’s trust as well as his personal account.
Scott has had the most success in trading/investing in smaller cap growth companies. Because Scott is not 'officially trained' in the markets, he see things outside the box, using his experience to provide clarity and alpha. Scott uses his ability to read situations, emotion, charts, times and sales, historical data, and macroeconomic and other market forces to predict stock price movements, in both short and longer terms situations.. Using these acquired allowed for him to completely divest his own and family's money near the top of the market before the 2008 financial crisis.
Dan Cohen is a partner at stockmatusow and entrepreneur in the fields of nanotechnology, medical diagnostics, and energy storage. Additionally, Dan is a Scientist and inventor. He has 7 years of experience investing and trading biotechnology focused equities with a specialty in identifying under-appreciated value in small caps. Dan utilizes his experience reading and reviewing scientific literature to evaluate prospects for success. His work with diagnostics development give him a strong background in immunology which is leveraged in evaluating immunoncology focused approaches. As well Dan has 5 years trading futures, specializing in E-minis and Treasury products. He utilizes a combination of technical analysis, deep scientific research, and macro views to generate alpha for the team.
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Chris Damas' contrarian equity research is broad based and covers energy production and infrastructure, metals, agriculture, chemicals, forestry, industrials, telecoms, retail, technology, financials, transports, renewables and special situations as well as US MLP's. Chris managed the second largest preferred share portfolio on Bay Street during the 80's and also follows currency and fixed income markets closely. His investment universe is broad and he spends most of his time hunting for actionable trade ideas and long term investment opportunities. His investment thinking and trading activity are now only available by subscribing to the US and Canadian versions of The BCMI Report (trademark) and The BCMI Flash (trademark) which are issued at least weekly and more frequently when opportunities and market conditions demand it.
Michael Ashton has been a recognized leader in developing the U.S. inflation derivatives market. He traded the first interbank U.S. CPI swaps in 2003 and, as a dealer, was a primary liquidity-provider in that market for two large banks. He represented about one-third of interbank swaps volume during his tenures at those firms. He invented and was the sole market-maker for the CME CPI Futures contract. He has written and spoken extensively about the use of inflation-indexed products for hedging real exposures, and has written more broadly in a commentary format about the rates markets and macroeconomy. Mr. Ashton is currently the managing principal at Enduring Investments LLC. His comments on this site and others are not posted in that role, and no opinions of his should be construed to be recommendations of or to reflect the views of his employer. He recently published "What's Wrong With Money? The Biggest Bubble of All."