Brad Thomas is a research analyst and he currently writes weekly for Forbes and Seeking Alpha where he maintains research on many publicly-listed REITs. In addition, Thomas is the Senior Analyst at iREIT Forbes and Editor of the Forbes Real Estate Investor, a monthly subscription-based newsletter.
Thomas has also been featured in Forbes Magazine, Kiplinger’s, US News & World Report, Money, NPR, Institutional Investor, GlobeStreet, and Fox Business. He was the #1 contributing analyst on Seeking Alpha in 2014 (as ranked by TipRanks) and he is currently writing a book on the legendary investor Donald Trump. In addition, Thomas is co-authoring a book (The Intelligent REIT Investor) that will e published in August 2016.
Thomas received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business/Economics from Presbyterian College where he played basketball. He resides in South Carolina with his wife and kids.
I am a retired professor, a retired investment adviser, and currently a private investor and full-time tennis pro. I bought my first stock in a custodial account in 1958. I am a student of history, particularly military and economic/market history. The intellectual passions of my retirement years are markets, mathematics, and quantum theory. I like to travel. I served in Vietnam.
I have been helping startups and investors understand the value of emergent business models in the technology, media, and telecommunications industries. In my own personal portfolio, I have been looking for income opportunities and companies with deep value and strong growth potential whose value propositions are misunderstood by the broader market. I do this by an in-depth study of the markets where these companies operate, marrying that to traditional securities analysis to uncover hidden value and under-appreciated growth.
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I hold a PhD in the field of epidemiology a masters degree in public health. My undergraduate training is in policy, economics and the sciences. I have utilized my training in employment with governmment, academia, private industry and to further analyze the fundamentals and techinicals of all manner of companies in different sectors. Specifically, I like to trade growth companies, REITS, biotechnology/ pharmaceuticals and small-cap companies. I have been investing for about 10 years. I also enjoy trading short expiration options, and investing in stocks with 3-20 year horizons. I enjoy writing with Seeking Alpha to share my opinion and analyses. I am a large believer in the crowd source model championed by Seeking Alpha and believe every ounce of analysis and opinion should be considered when you invest your personal finances.
The author is a former hedge fund trader now working as an Independent Trader, Consultant and author of the Panick Value Research Report. The Panick Report is a newsletter and alert service focused on undervalued high yield preferred stock issues and some undervalued micro cap equities. Sign up in the Dividends section of the Seeking Alpha Marketplace to receive exclusive subscriber articles, daily sector updates, advance drafts of public articles and more. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. See also my Panick Value Research Report Facebook site for tips on upcoming articles.
I am the investment manager for Darkravenwind LLC, a small software development consulting firm. 20% of our pre-tax revenue is my responsibility to invest and grow. I also help moderate the "Value Investing" group on Facebook. My hobbies include fighting the Fed, martial arts, and old video games.
I have been using value investing techniques as first described by Benjamin Graham since approximately 2006. I was wasting my life up to that point. My specialty, over and above corporate valuation, is analyzing people. Human behavior is remarkably consistent and can lead to huge gains when you understand what motivates them.
In my own portfolio I have a diversified income focus with a preference for long term earnings and dividend growth. When a good opportunity comes along, I'll focus a large percentage of assets into that single holding. I'm also maintaining an income portfolio with a little over 180 high yielding companies as a bit of an experiment.
I have been mostly self taught, but I am also working on obtaining a finance degree. Quadrupled my money in the 2008 crash, by 2012 my total portfolio was over 50,000% higher than when I had first started.
I was a previous employee at Countrywide Financial Corp., and was present during the mortgage meltdown. I saw firsthand how the company was falling apart from the inside while management continued to believe the organization could be rescued. I have made bond analysis and studying the effects of inflation an additional specialty of mine.
Market direction is irrelevant. I look for value. Profitable companies that are low or even fairly priced, so long as the results are dependable. Intrinsic value is subjective, but earnings power matters. The current dividend yield, and the number of competitors are strong factors in my decisions. I am absolutely fearless of the future and do not make political views a part of my investment process.
I additionally make frequent updates to a blog maintainted at WhoTrades called "Brand Power", you can read and subscribe to it at bandpower.whotrades.com. Live trading data on my purchases should be available at some point in the near future.
Jennifer's areas of expertise include energy trends —their economic and geopolitical implications—and resource sustainability issues. Other interests include shale oil and natural gas, climate change, green and efficient infrastructure, China, India, and the energy-water nexus.
Her work has been published in various academic, policy and business publications such as Far Eastern Economic Review, Economist Intelligence Unit’s Executive Briefing, Journal of Structured Finance, Lloyd's List, D CEO, Energy Trends Insider, Financial Sense, and many others. She has been interviewed for numerous radio broadcasts and news stories, and presented her work at various conferences. From Dec 2010 to April 2013, she was the CEO/President of a global affairs organization focused on cutting edge trends. She organized and moderated panels on global gas, energy security, energy infrastructure finance, and urban development.
She has a master's degree from London School of Economics, and bachelor's in finance/marketing. She is principal of Concept Elemental, a strategic communications consultancy focusing on knowledge work, and includes over fifteen years of financial services industry work. She works with a top University, "translating" cutting edge research as well.
Economic background. Former owner and manager of a commodities trading company. Now retired and trying to understand the financial markets.
Long term investor with an objective of achieving a 10% internal rate of return on a 7-10 years period.
Enjoying Seeking Alpha for all the information and analysis it provides.
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.
Mr. Berger is the creator and developer of the YDP screening tool, a chart system and its analysis for screening and monitoring dividend income equity investments. The recipient of Seeking Alpha's Outstanding Performance Award, he also has been Seeking Alpha's #3 ranked Author for Income Investing Strategy & #4 for Utilities.
20 years of sitting in the board room gives me unique insights into Oil & Gas investments and corporate deal making in general. Additionally, he offers a Premium Research subscription service for boosting income while reducing market risk using covered option writing on a dividend income equity portfolio.
Residing in Brazil gives me a local's inside view on the pulse of its economy, politics, investment climate and breaking news. A view of my front yard is available here.
A former Chief Operating Officer, Director, Vice President and General Manger of Oil and Gas for Southern Pacific's Oil and Gas Operations, Business owner, geologist, and cribbage player, I've been an investor for over 48 years (started young at 13) and learned my lessons the way that makes them stick, by hard knocks and both big and little mistakes. Hopefully I can share some of those lessons with others.
I am an American expatriate that decided to retire at age 57 in 2009 and now live in Brazil. As an early retiree I invest for income and manage portfolio risk by screening for strong and reliable historic data along with favorable fundamental and technical current trends.
I spend 6 months/year living at home in Brazil and 6 months/year traveling the world. I have structured my financial positions so that I live virtually tax free with much of my income exempt from US tax since I live ex patriot and a lot of my US derived income over the annual ex-patriate exemptions is held in my tax free ROTH and tax deferred IRA/SIMPLE plans. This enables my tax savings to pay for my 6 months of annual traveling :) .
My investing is for income and appreciation with a balance of low to moderate short term risk and low long term risk. To accomplish this I use quality dividend payors with a long track record of steady or increasing dividends along with slowly appreciating equity prices. I target a 6 to 9 % yield and almost exclusively require a minimum history of 5 years of steady/increasing dividends and no decreases in dividend ever or at least past 10 years. I diversify through sector, country and currency unit the stocks are traded in, and security type (equity, royalty trust, REIT, mlp, etf, and ADRs).
I use covered call writing to enhance my portfolio yield with no added risk. In fact, it lowers the risk substantially. Once I identify a stock I want to own and an entry price for it, I write cash covered puts at or below that entry price (with a minimum of 1%/month time premium. Thus i obtain at least a 12% annualized yield before compounding just from the option premium.
Likewise, I use the sale of cash covered puts to generate income and and generally get an entry point at 5 to 10% below my acceptable entry level price if/when the put stock does get presented. Thus my strategy provides a 12% pre compound yield on cash and entry into stock purchases at a 5 to 10% discount from "retail".
Because I only select stocks that I am willing to hold long term for their reliable dividend yields of > 6%, I am not concerned much with market volatility or short/midterm risk. Indeed, market volatility is my friend since it increases the premiums paid on the options I sell. I also selectively sell covered calls on positions I hold long so as to add to my yield that way while not taking on any additional risk.
This strategy has kept me happily living off my portfolio income and traveling 1/2 the year while my portfolio has been slowly increasing in value even after my harvesting income for living expenses. Of course my income will incrementally increase when social security kicks in for me in a few more years and I may then slightly mofidy my goals and strategies.
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I am a retired investor with market experience going back to the 1960s. I was a software
engineer for 42 years, and currently do some part-time consulting, which lets
me contribute to a Roth IRA. I am not an accountant and not a financial
My wife and I
have established a set of guiding principles for our investment life:
• Change is the
only constant in life. Everything in this plan is subject to change.
• Never touch
your principal. Wealth is built and maintained by not spending it. Wealth is
the primary buffer between ourselves and blind chance.
• Exploit folly,
do not participate in it (thank you, Chuck Carnevale). Do not follow the crowd,
which is more often than not wrong.
• A portfolio is
like a bar of soap – the more you touch it, the smaller it becomes. Do not be a
• Own assets,
avoid liabilities. Assets generate income. Liabilities generate expenses.
Based on these
principles, we have established two investing goals: 1) sufficient current
income with a comfortable buffer, and 2) increasing future income to maintain
investing goal is to generate sufficient current income to cover that part of
our living expenses not covered by pensions, with a comfortable buffer. We are
retired and depend on investment income to meet a significant minority of our
As we age and get
closer to the end, current income becomes ever more valuable, and future income
becomes ever less valuable. This reality informs all of our investing
decisions. However, we know that inflation will cause our income needs to rise,
so we also plan for increased future income, which is our second investing goal.
To meet our
current and future income needs, we rely on 2 Social Security pensions, 1
private pension, income generated by investments, and fully paid up long term
It is common to
allocate a retirement investment portfolio with some percentage in stocks and
the balance in fixed income, such as 60/40. We look upon our pension income as
the equivalent of fixed income, with the added benefit that Social Security is
indexed to the CPI. We therefore own no fixed income and have no plans to do so
in the future.
dividends and interest as income, and capital gains as return of capital, not
income. Therefore, our goals are to be met from dividends and interest only.
currently meets our primary investing goal. We invest in a blend of mostly
medium yield (3%-6%) stocks with medium dividend growth, a few high yield
(>6%) instruments with no dividend growth, and low yield (<3%) stocks and
funds with high dividend growth.
We expect our medium
yield and low yield stocks and funds to provide the income growth needed for
the future, or second investing goal.
We currently own
only stocks and several ETNs. Our portfolio requires regular attention to avoid
possible dividend cuts and deletions. As we age, our mental faculties are in
decline, and we will become increasingly less able to perform portfolio
monitoring intelligently. There will come a time when we will need to use some
form of income oriented index ETFs to carry the income generating burden.
We want to behave
like landlords and collect rents, but without the risks and demands of owning
real estate directly. Dividends and interest are our rental income, and as
once-removed landlords we expect to own real estate investment trusts (REITs).
We want our non
REIT income to be generated by long-lived, steady companies that provide
products and services that we all need regardless of the economy, and thus can
be relied upon to provide steady, and steadily growing, income. This
requirement points primarily at consumer staples stocks. We own some of the
best consumer staples stocks, such as mighty MO, and plan to own one or more
ETFs that concentrate on the consumer staples sector of the S&P 500.
• Some of my
During much of my
working years I used technical analysis (TA) to invest in individual stocks (I
was an early fan of Joseph Granville and I bought an Apple II in 1980 because
Granville brought out OBV software for the Apple at that time), and I
speculated with short selling and commodity trading. Later I invested in stock
mutual funds and ETFs for total return, with inconsistent results, and no
comprehensive plan. Being a software engineer in a lead position left little
time or energy for serious investing skills development. In 2005 I had pretty
much given up on getting market beating results, and felt that I was getting
too old and too close to retirement to continue swinging for the fences, so I
decided to buy a variable annuity that guaranteed a minimum return of 6% per
year, compounded, with the upside limited only by the performance of the mutual
funds offered for investment. I decided to let the insurance company bear the
market risk for me. I also had a 401k plan at work to which I contributed the
maximum and got the company match. A year or so before 2008 I used a retirement
investing projection tool provided by Fidelity, which said the worst returns I
could expect in retirement were positive but not spectacular, and the best were
hard to believe. At that time I was invested in mutual funds and ETFs through
my 401k and the variable annuity and had not directly owned stocks since
shortly before the start of the great bull market in 1982 (Granville famously
missed the whole thing). I thought, with a bit of skepticism but not much, that
I was set. We all know what happened in 2008-09. That experience put me off
Monte Carlo simulations and Modern Portfolio Theory for life.
When I retired I
converted my 401k to a rollover IRA brokerage account and invested in ETFs. I
thought I was being appropriately conservative but also ready to capture
capital gains by investing in VIG and VCSH.
Then I found
Seeking Alpha, and then - thank my lucky stars - David Van Knapp, and the DGI
light went on. I had spent most of my adult life thinking I was smarter than
most people by relying on TA, and then later letting the insurance company
assume market risk. I remember learning about the 200 DMA when I was in my 20s,
which is a long time ago, and thinking how revolutionary this idea was and how
I should be able to use it to my advantage. Fortunately for me and my family, I
also was pretty good at software engineering, so I had a reasonable retirement
nest egg accumulated when the time came. With the concepts and methodology of
dividend growth investing, I now have sleep well at night investments that just
keep on churning out increasing income, something that could never be said
about using TA.
I started with
DGI too late in life to commit totally to low yield, high growth stocks. I hope
to capture the double compounding of DRiP investing with that part of my portfolio
that is low yield, high growth.
We have recently
(Nov 2014) rolled over all of the variable annuities into brokerage accounts.
We now believe that we can get sufficient income from our dividend investing
strategy, and we want to retain ownership of the annuity capital.
• Tools and
Tools I use include
the CCC list, F.A.S.T. Graphs, Morningstar Premium, BigCharts, the EDGAR web
site, longrundata.com, and Excel. I get ideas from the many informative
articles by (among others) the following (in no particular order): Chuck
Carnevale, Brad Thomas, Ron Hiram, David Van Knapp, David Fish, Robert Allan
Schwartz, Dividend Growth Investor, Dividends4Life, David Crosetti, Tim
McAleenan Jr., Reel Ken, Bret Jensen, Alan Brochstein, Chowder, Dane Bowler,
Philip Trinder, Bob Wells, BDC Buzz, Scott Kennedy, Bill Maurer, Darren
McCammon, Richard Shaw, Bruce Miller. Favorite commentators who are not yet
authors include Elliot Miller, Paul Leibowitz, mbkelly75, surfgeezer.
to dividend stock valuation are the Tweed Factor and the chowder rule. Like
F.A.S.T. Graphs, 'a tool to think with', these are 'rules to think with'.
fair P/E = yield + 5 year dividend growth rate
current yield + 5 year DGR >= 12%; 8% for utilities, MLPs, REITs
investment advice outside of Seeking Alpha has been 'The Intelligent Investor',
‘Securities Analysis’, and 'The Single Best Investment'.
• Some historical
My DGI portfolio
was started on 2011/4/20 with CTL, which I have since sold. It was a beginner's
mistake. Subsequent mistakes were MLPs, and to a lesser extent, mortgage REITs.
I did not allow for any circumstance that could cause WTI to fall as far and as
fast as it has, so I lost money on MLPs. The prolonged flattening of the yield
curve, plus the persistent markdown from NAV for the mortgage REITs, has made
these unappealing as long term investments. Now I keep my distance from
anything that is dependent on commodity pricing, and I invest very little in
the carry trade. A glaring mistake was selling JNJ when it languished for
• Some ongoing
dividend growth rate for our entire portfolio is 5%.
I use yield on
cost to allocate our investments so that each position in aggregate generates
approximately the same amount of income. I learned the basic method for doing
this from a comment on a SA article. SA is a wonderful resource! I have
published an SA Instablog that describes the method: http://seekingalpha.com/instablog/902946-be-here-now/4581516-portfolio-allocation-for-equal-income-from-each-position-using-excel
equity REIT: CCP,
DLR, EPR, HTA, LTC, O, OHI, STAG, VTR, WPC
GIS, MO, PEP, PM
financial: GBDC, GSBD,
HTGC, MAIN, TCPC
ETN: DVYL, HDLV
equity REIT: ESS,
Technology: ADP, MSFT
Industrial: APD, MMM, RTN
Darren owns ProActive Financial LLC where he provides Financial Planning and Analysis consulting services. Darren's education includes a Bachelors in Economics, an MBA, and a Certificate in Personal Financial Planning.
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I reside in the greater Detroit area. During the winter you will find me on the mountain chasing the fresh powder.
Early retiree ditched career and living on pension and investment earnings. Former English prof & scuba diver (instructor certification). Now entering my geezer years and every day is like Christmas. More of an income investor, especially with closed end funds, but pay intense attention to moving averages on etfs. On the fringes I speculate with options from time to time -- but I'd have more money today if I'd never heard the words "calls and puts".
Political beliefs tend to be center-right, but growing weary of it all. Active member of the Morningstar discussion groups. Happily married to my beautiful, younger mail-order Latina bride; just celebrated our 12th anniversary. Grown daughter from first marriage has returned to college to attend nursing school.... all financed by you-know-who.
Now living the best years of my life.Other than travel and veterinary bills, I try (not very successfully) to live simply. The greatest luxuries are leisure to read and no financial worries. The greatest lament: slow physical deterioration and losing friends as they drift away. Discussions with intelligent people on the internet is a great help, but no substitute.
Favorite recent book: Tom Wolfe's "A Man In Full".
(The photo is of me outside a Paris cafe, watching the nightlife pass me by.)
50/50 Portfolio; Mar 2016 YOC 10.0% about 9 months before retirement, dividends at 72% of my gross employment income. I created a High Yield Investment dividend generator that contains a 50% weighting between agency mortgage REITs and BDCs. My current investment method started January 2014 to concentrate on high yield equities that put more importance on income and less on capital appreciation. Investment purchase is based on each individual stock generating a minimum dividend per year. As long as stocks are generating income to meet or exceed my minimum dividend they will not be added too or removed. Currently all dividends are reinvested back into stocks that require their dividends to be increased to meet my minimum yearly dividend. We will see how this works over the years.
1) The REIT sector consists of residential and commercial property investments. What better way to invest in hundreds of properties without actually owing the physical property.
2) The BDC are Business Development Companies that invest in hundreds of businesses that create products and employment opportunities. Here again the BDC does all the research to lend to businesses and the investor does not have to actually own the physical business.
3) The investment selection is based on this principle; BDCs outperform when markets are going up (positive correlation), and mREITs, outperform when markets are going down (negative correlation). This is based on a research study performed by Wells Fargo titled “The 50/50 Portfolio, Milton Friedman’s Only “Free” Lunch. And runs through an analysis in demonstrating how combining BDCs and Agency mREITs leads to sustainable long-term alpha throughout cycles.
4) Capital gain does not apply to my investment method since this implies the anticipation of buy and hope for price increase in order to sell at a profit. I have already stated the HYBRID method holds investments based on cost basis and dividends per share as the method of yearly appreciation.
5) A bird in the hand is worth 10 in a bush, applies to this investment style. The return I get on my investment is what counts toward the recapture of my initial investment cost. I can calculate how many years it will take before my initial cost will be repaid and that investment now becomes perpetual income. I’m not a trader, just a buy, hold and collector (dividends * shares). I can’t count on capital appreciation since all investments will increase and decrease in any market cycle. Dividends I can count on as payment for investment risk that accumulates over time.
6) Update 20140612, Portfolio Plan; Build a portfolio that generates income 150% of minimum required. Example I need 10K from 30 stocks made up of REITs and BDCs. Diversification is already built into each stock because each one contains hundreds of properties and business, so 30 stocks is plenty. Now to generate 10K minimum income I will establish a 50% margin of error (or income default). So to get 10K minimum I will need 15K of income (10K * 1.5). This means each stock is required to generate at least $500/yr each. I can withstand a 33% hit in the dividends and still meet my 10K minimum requirement. That is 10 stocks can go to zero and the remaining 20 will create my minimum 10K.
7) Update 20140729, I do not invest in individual companies, too risky. The following is the logic behind this statement compared to BDC investments. If I invest in 30 dividend companies, anyone of them may have financial problems and drag down the portfolio very quickly. The Due-Diligence (DD) would take all my time to analyze past performance and make judgments for the future, and current events can tank a stock fast. Every company needs money to run operations and for capital improvements and this is where BDCs come into play. The individual company has to borrow funds and BDCs are there to provide the capital. So the BDC is like a bank to lend money. Each BDC may contain hundreds of separate loans going to hundreds of different companies making the BDC less risky than owning individual companies. If one of the companies that the BDC has a loan with goes bankrupt, the BDC will recover some if not all of the loan monies lent to the failed company, and the BDC will continue with a very small disruption to its bottom line. So in effect owing BDCs that contain hundreds of investments (loans to companies) earning a consistent repayment to principal and interest is safer than just owning an individual low yielding company. When you invest in a BDC or REIT you are investing in the managers that perform the DD by analyzing the companies first before loaning them money to run their business.
Owing 10 or more BDCs is like having investments in thousands of companies with a very low risk of any one individual company causing portfolio damage, while your portfolio grows faster with the high yields from BDCs and REITs.
8) I have developed FREE Excel applications for planning retirement during the accumulation and distribution phase, the links are in my articles, (Dividend Growth Calculator... and Predicting Retirement...) As I develop additional Excel 2010 applications I'll make them available to all SA members. We are all in the same boat trying to achieve a better life in retirement.
First of all, let me state that I am NOT a CPA, attorney, nor financial planner. I am just a relatively savvy stock investor who wants to help the general public find their way through some of the maze of stock investing.
I am 85 years young, although you might not think so from my accompanying newest picture. Yes, that is reallly me, age 84 and 11 months. I have been investing in stocks and bonds for about 60 of those years. It is now my main hobby. I invest mainly in high-yield stocks rated A- or lower down to B. I got stung a few years ago when Lehman Brothers, rated AAA, went down the tubes, costing me over $25,000, so decided to never again get involved with highly rated (over-rated) stocks that paid only small dividends. I prefer the high-yield stocks like BDCs, REITs, and MLPs from which I can get paid NOW, even though I actually expect to last another 20 years or so. I have developed my own stock investing system that I call MRHY (medium risk, high yield).
I took early retirement in 1987 from a job as manager of a Computer Systems and Programming department at a large life insurance company. I am the holder of a CDP (Certificate in Data Processing) from the Data Processing Management Association (DPMA). During my working years, I frequentlly worked closely with the company actuaries and accountants. I even took some actuarial classes to be able to work with the actuaries in their own language and skills. Those experiences, plus my computer skills and high IQ, have alllowed me to build my stock portfolio from less than $300,000 in 1987 to over $600,000 in 2007. I also have the benefits of ~95% long term retention of whatever I read or hear, which is very useful in stock market investing. I inherited $everal hundred thou$and in 2011, which I have invested in medium-risk, high-yield stocks (MRHY), so that my total stock portfolio is now well over $1.25 million.
The above Bio was posted a couple of years ago and has now (October, 2015) been updated. My stock holdings are now over $1.5 Million and my annual dividend income is now just
over $175,000. I also collect income from SSA, 3 annuities that my deceased wife and I started receiving when we retired, and a restaurant seating about 120 that I bought in November, 2014, for a total annual income of about $240,000.
Folks, if I can do it, you can too. All that it requires is a good brain with an understanding of the financial world, mathematics, and a little actuarial science, plus a high risk tolerance!
I'm the lead investment research analyst for income and dividend investing at Investors Alley, an independent investment research service. My primary role is editor of several investment advisories bringing deep dive research and actionable income and dividend investment recommendations to investors. These advisories include The Dividend Hunter, 30 Day Dividends, and Tax-Smart Income Hunter.
Prior to joining Investors Alley, I was a stock broker, a Certified Financial Planner, and an F-16 fighter pilot and flight instructor with the United States Air Force. In addition to my primary duty of flying the F-16 to defend our nation's skies I was an instructor in the F-16 Flying Falcon as well as the OV-10 Bronco. During my time in the service I was stationed at various military locations in including Osan AB, Korea, Patrick AFB, Florida, and Nellis AFB in Las Vegas. I graduated from the United States Air Force Academy with a degree in mathematics.
It was during those years when I was a Certified Financial Planner and helping families and individuals plan their finances and make wise investment decisions that found my second passion in life: investment research. (Flying was and still is my first.)
My area of specialty is evaluating income generating investments to find the combination of sustainable and growing dividends, special dividend opportunities, and share price appreciation driven by management's commitment to dividend growth. I have a particular emphasis on master limited partnerships, business development corporations, and real estate investment trusts.
I've previously written for USA Today, The Motley Fool, eHow, SFGate, Chron.com, Wikinvest.com, Moneynews.com, iStockAnalyst, among others, and have contributed vast firsthand research to a major provider of data on master limited partnerships, another area of extreme interest to me. Along with my duties with Investors Alley I'm a regular contributor to Seeking Alpha.
In addition to the articles posted here on Seeking Alpha you can find my investment analysis on the Investors Alley website and the weekly newsletter, The Market Cap.
Ph.D. economics and Finance MBA finance
Globe Institute of Technology
Professor – Economics and Finance, Chair of Business Department
Colorado Technical University
Adjunct Professor – courses: Applied Managerial Finance (Graduate Level), Microeconomics, International Finance
European School Of Economics (New York Campus)
Adjunct Professor – Economics (Graduate Level) Courses taught: Microeconomics
Metropolitan College of New York
Adjunct Professor – Economics, Banking and Finance
Courses taught: History of Economic Thought, Macroeconomics, Money and Financial Institutions
World Gold Council
New York, NY
• Constructed econometric models relating to gold's role as a portfolio diversifier primarily aimed at institutional investors.
• Focused on models of the embedded optionality of gold in terms of its relation to other investment assets and economic fundamentals such as inflation and business conditions.
Founder and President, Internet Startup company with polling and investment advice websites.
Fundamental Portfolio Advisors, Inc.
Chief Portfolio Strategist – President
• At the predecessor company I started the New York Muni Fund, the first single state triple tax-free municipal bond fund.
• I took the fund from a one-employee start-up where I performed every function to a family of mutual funds which had five funds with total assets above $300 million and which did all of its distribution, accounting and transfer in-house.
• I wrote the initial prospectus and was responsible for managing the portfolios of what eventually grew to be a family of 5 mutual funds.
• Was chief economist for parent company’s brokerage affiliate.
• Involved on the buy-side in the development and monitoring of various structured municipal finance products. Worked with major issuers such as New York City and major investment banks such as Merrill Lynch and Goldman Sachs.
• Designed and submitted a U.S. Patent Application for a portfolio management system for mutual funds involving derivatives.
Note: In 1996 Fundamental Portfolio Advisors and myself were subject to civil litigation by the SEC which resulted in deregistration and a permanent bar from the securities industry.
A. Gary Shilling & Co.
Senior Economist – Vice President
Economic consulting, modeling and forecasting. Both macro and micro.
• Clients included: Emerson Electric, Bethlehem Steel, Castle & Cooke, Cooper Industries and the U.S. Department of Transportation.
• I was the author of the 1979 study commissioned by the U.S. Government Interstate Commerce Commission, which calculated the expected economic impact of trucking deregulation.
White, Weld & Co, Inc.
• White, Weld was the sixth largest investment banking and brokerage firm when Merrill Lynch bought it.
• Extensive work was done on the All-American Pipeline Proposal to tap the Alaskan Gas Reserves.
• The economics department of White, Weld formed A. Gary Shilling & Co. at the time of the Merrill Lynch merger.
American Stock Exchange
New York University
June 1978 Ph.D.
• Ph.D. dual field, economics and finance.
• Doctoral dissertation was in contingency claims (options) theory
June 1973 MBA with concentration in economics and finance
NYU Engineering School
June 1971 Bachelor of Science - Nuclear Engineering Tau Beta Pi
Analysis of the Embedded Inflation Optionality in Gold Prices. World Gold Council, 2000. New York, N.Y.
The Economic Impact of Trucking Deregulation. Interstate Commerce Commission, 1979, Washington D.C.
Contributing columnist for Real Money and TheStreet.com. BA in History from Bemidji State in Minnesota. I went on to learn Chinese at National Taiwan University in Taipei.
I worked in mortgage sales at Countrywide and Bank of America until 2010 when I decided to relocate to Taiwan.
CEO of StockDotGenie.Com, a Technical Analysis (TA) charting platform targeted at new and novice traders who want to incorporate TA into their trading skills, but without taking years to learn and master the finer points.
YouTube Video on StockDotGenie: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kK1_x3Czuso
The educational website that supports the trading site is a practical and fundamental base for new traders to obtain an appreciation of both TA and the importance of correctly managing risk.
My major at Missouri Western State Univ. was Computer Science. Beginning in 1989 I was the research director of a non-profit clinical research foundation then called Search Alliance. Our research focus included vaccines and antivirals. I subsequently started BioLogic, a consulting firm that focused on partnering emerging biotech’s with large Pharmaceuticals. BioLogic was instrumental in obtaining large pharmaceutical deals for the biotech's we represented.
I invest in stocks utilizing every shred of information that technical, fundamental, human, social and internet sciences can provide. The more you know about a companies products, services, customers and investors, the greater your chances of being on the right side of a trade.
"There are lots of shortcuts to losing money."
Check out my YouTube channel where I give investing tips and have converations with my viewers about where I see the investment landscape going in the future. The channel name is Alex Pitti.
Follow me on Twitter @stockmanalexp where you will be updated when I do Periscopes. Periscope is a live video platform on Twitter which allows readers to ask me questions about the market. I tweet and scope about stocks, politics, and bitcoin.
I write a few articles per week which highlight my best ideas. I answer all comments on my articles in the first 2 days after they are published.
It seems that my readers enjoy my articles on social media companies such as Twitter, Facebook, and Google. I also do interviews such as when I interviewed the head scientists at SeaWorld.
I like to take the contrarian position on stocks. I tend to write about the stocks I own more often then the ones I don't take a position in. I usually own 5-10 stocks.
Follow me if you enjoy reading about any of these stocks or like to hear an original opinion backed by facts which cuts through the BS that sometimes exists in the mainstream financial press.
I am a dividend growth investor that seeks out companies with a long history of increases in revenue, earnings and dividends. I then enhance those dividends and increase my income through the use of a proactive option strategy. My goal is to create a stream of passive income that will provide me with a life of financial stability and security.
Ron Hiram currently manages investment portfolios and assists earlier stage companies in their capital raising efforts. He served as Chief Executive Officer of Cellnet Solutions, Ltd., a supplier of remotely managed networks of public wireless terminals providing voice as well as value-added data services in developing countries, from April 2008 until March 2010. From 2003 to May 2008, Mr. Hiram was a Managing Partner of Eurofund 2000 L.P., a venture capital fund focused on Israeli-related companies in the telecommunications, information technology and microelectronic spheres. Previously, from 2001-2002, Mr. Hiram co-headed TeleSoft Partners' investment activities in Israel. TeleSoft Partners is a Silicon Valley venture capital fund focusing on companies developing telecommunication-related technologies. Between1994-2000, Mr. Hiram served as Managing Director and Partner at Soros Fund Management LLC ("Soros"), an international hedge fund in New York, devoting the bulk of his time to private equity investments. Prior to joining Soros, Mr. Hiram worked at Lehman Brothers for thirteen years (also in New York), most recently serving as Managing Director of a workout and restructuring group. Mr. Hiram has served on the boards of directors of companies publicly listed in the U.S., including Ulticom, Inc. since January 2000 and Comverse Technology, Inc. from 1985-1986 and from 2001-2006 (including as chairman of the board from May 2006 to December 2006). Mr. Hiram also served on the board of TASE listed E. Wardinon Ltd. (2005-2007) and on the boards of numerous privately held companies. Mr. Hiram received an M.B.A. from Columbia University in 1981 and a B.Comm. from the University of Natal, Durban, South Africa, in 1979.
Power Hedge is a registered investment advisor* with a passion for macro- and microeconomic analysis. Power Hedge focuses our research primarily on dividend-paying, international companies of all sizes with sustainable competitive advantages. Power Hedge is neither a permabear nor a permabull. However, we believe that, given the current structural problems in the United States, the best investment opportunities may lie elsewhere in the world.
The firm's strategy is primarily buy and hold, but will stray from that strategy on occasion. Our ideal holding period is forever, however we realize that both internal and external forces can impact an investment. For this reason, we believe that it is vital to keep a close eye on all of your investments. We do not believe in changing an investment based on short-term market swings.
We have recently upgraded our website to include not only our research published at Seeking Alpha but also our macroeconomic perspectives produced in-house and what we believe to be "best of breed" from other sources. We have also added a column dealing with cultural issues for entertainment and for understanding our world from a broader perspective.
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My goal is to bring exposure to business development companies (BDCs) that finance small to medium sized businesses, typically overlooked by banks. BDCs are an instrument for investors to earn healthy dividends by avoiding double taxation at the corporate level and allowing income to flow directly to each shareholder. Please see website link below for more information.