I retired from elementary school teaching in May, 2011. Today I'm an avid low desert gardener, researching varieties of peaches, plums, pears, apples and tomatoes that can survive and produce fruit in Arizona's 105˚+ summer heat. Now I'm researching dividend growth investing to find ways that invested savings can yield dividends the way orchards and gardens yield fruit. The real question is whether a beginner can successfully select stocks with dividends that can survive the ups and downs of today's economy. To find out, I rolled my tiny 403(b) over into an IRA and bought my first shares of MCD in May 2012. July, 2013: I've sold most of the mutual funds in my IRA and invested the proceeds into dividend paying stocks: AAPL, INTC, MCD, PAYX, ABT, JNJ, AEP, PEG, CAT, COP, PG, GIS, KO, O, AFL, NSRGY, ABBV, and KRFT. The one year total return is a tad above 6%, the dividend yield is about 3.3%, and the portfolio's Beta is 0.7 In the garden, I'm trying to grow three varieties of blackberries, two papaya seedlings, a pummelo seedling, tromboncino squash, and miniature butternut squash vines.
Current vocation - low-level retail management (auto parts). College educated (English, math, CIS), oddly enough. Married, father of one. I am a DRIP investor only, and no longer 'trade'. Almost completely out of the market due to a entrepreneurial venture me and the love of my life are undertaking. What I've learned from 20+ years of investing is that there are few forces in the universe as powerful as compounding. That is the train I plan to ride to easy street.
Hobbies include carpentry (general construction all the way to finish work), computers, spreadsheeting (just about everything!), gardening, "fixing stuff", and doting on my wife.
Two dogs - a lab/rott mix, and a Karelian Bear Dog.
Love Tennessee after spending most of our lives in WI/IL. Never going back!
Janus Capital Group Inc. (JCG) is a global investment firm dedicated to delivering better outcomes for clients through a broad range of actively managed investment solutions, including fixed income, equity, alternative and multi-asset class strategies. It does so through a number of distinct investment platforms, including investment teams within Janus Capital Management LLC (Janus), as well as INTECH Investment Management LLC (INTECH) and Perkins Investment Management LLC (Perkins), in addition to a suite of exchange-traded products under the VelocityShares brand as well as global macro fixed income products under the Kapstream brand. Each team brings distinct asset class expertise, perspective, style-specific experience and a disciplined approach to risk. Investment strategies are offered through open-end funds domiciled in both the U.S. and offshore, as well as through separately managed accounts, collective investment trusts and exchange-traded products.
I could put on this bio my education, work experience, investment strategy, and a nice thin (if I can find one) picture of me in a suit looking *smart*. Sorry but that's not my intent here. Sure I invest, help family make financial decisions, and make a ton of mistakes along the way. But my time spent here is to give all a formula for a well rounded view of fellow investors ideas and recommendations.
My goal is to have posters and investors educate one another so that eventually everyone has the opportunity to make money !! We should all have that same end game. Put the daily noise aside and think "outside the box" !!
I find investments are very different and difficult in these extremely Interesting Times!! We hear whispers of manipulation. QE'S that have never been done before. Then we have a template experiment in Cyprus to see the worlds reaction. I just ask everyone to sit back and ask themselves " 10 years ago would we even have thought a Cyprus could occur? "
Tossing ideas around is always fun....Authors posting their links on our blog is welcomed as well. Newbies with questions are urged to post. Either you learn from the answers or have asked a question no one has thought of . Either way that is EDUCATING !!
So feel free to join us !!
Evaluation of the dominant assumptions and an understanding of the dynamics of the economic engine is the basis of an approach to asset allocation that provides for both a rational determination of value and an understanding of sentiment in the form of price as a measure of the irrational nature of the operational environment, an approach that is intended at once to avoid unnecessary risk while at the same time enable gradual rebalance of assets as a means to increase net worth via optimization of appreciation and long term yields. Let's call that buy low and fly high just for fun.
Semi Retired Analyst / Trader
"Success is measured by the proper management of risk"
Work Ethic - I develop my own proprietary models for decision making.
Commodity Futures: Crude, $, Euro, Yen, S&P, Gold, 30 Yr. Bond, and Soybeans.
Experience: 30 years trading and analysis
Financed and ran my own Commodity Futures Fund in NY.
Ian Bezek worked for 3 years as an analyst at a New York-based hedge fund. He's currently living in Mexico, pursuing some entrepreneurial opportunities.
Feel free to contact him regarding investments, writing, or speaking opportunities.
David Stockman is the ultimate Washington insider turned iconoclast. He began his career in Washington as a young man and quickly rose through the ranks of the Republican Party to become the Director of the Office of Management and Budget under President Ronald Reagan. After leaving the White House, Stockman had a 20-year career on Wall Street.
At the podium, Stockman’s expertise and experience cannot be matched, and he has a reputation for zesty financial straight talk. Defying right- and left-wing boxes, his latest book catalogues both the corrupters and defenders of sound money, fiscal rectitude, and free markets. Stockman discusses the forces that have left the public sector teetering on the edge of political dysfunction and fiscal collapse and have caused America’s financial system to morph into an unstable, bubble-prone gambling arena that undermines capitalist prosperity and showers speculators with vast windfall gains.
Stockman’s career in Washington began in 1970, when he served as a special assistant to U.S. Representative, John Anderson of Illinois. From 1972 to 1975, he was executive director of the U.S. House of Representatives Republican Conference. Stockman was elected as a Michigan Congressman in 1976 and held the position until his resignation in January 1981.
He then became Director of the Office of Management and Budget under President Ronald Reagan, serving from 1981 until August 1985. Stockman was the youngest cabinet member in the 20th century. Although only in his early 30s, Stockman became well known to the public during this time concerning the role of the federal government in American society.
After resigning from his position as Director of the OMB, Stockman wrote a best-selling book, The Triumph of Politics: Why the Reagan Revolution Failed (1986). The book was Stockman’s frontline report of the miscalculations, manipulations, and political intrigues that led to the failure of the Reagan Revolution. A major publishing event and New York Times bestseller in its day, The Triumph of Politics is still startlingly relevant to the conduct of Washington politics today.
After leaving government, Stockman joined Wall Street investment bank Salomon Bros. He later became one of the original partners at New York-based private equity firm, The Blackstone Group. Stockman left Blackstone in 1999 to start his own private equity fund based in Greenwich, Connecticut.
In his newest New York Times best-seller, The Great Deformation: The Corruption of Capitalism in America (2013), Stockman lays out how the U.S. has devolved from a free market economy into one fatally deformed by Washington’s endless fiscal largesse, K-street lobbies and Fed sponsored bailouts and printing press money.
Stockman was born in Ft. Hood, Texas. He received his B.A. from Michigan State University and pursued graduate studies at Harvard Divinity School.
He lives in Greenwich, Connecticut, with his wife Jennifer Blei Stockman. They have two daughters, Rachel and Victoria.
I am retired. I was academically trained as an Institutional Economist specializing in comparative economic sytems. I am very knowledgeable about the old Soviet style command economies as well as the various types of mixed economies that currently exist.
I am a policy risk analyst with more than 25 years of experience in China's political economy. I believe in looking beyond the spreadsheet to identify the wider issues leading to policy change - and what that means for investment decisions in a market where the stock index is more responsive to the velocity of political gossip than the velocity of money.
Bachelor's in Chem. Eng. degree.
Worked in chemical engineering project construction
MBA at well known Eastern business school.
ABD (All But Dissertation) in economics at top 15 business school.
Worked at major international oil company and in real estate and land development.
Now manage retirement funds and family accounts, following a value philosophy.
Main long positions: Citigroup (C), Hospitality Properties (HPT), Himax (HIMX)
EDUCATION: Masters in Mathematics; WVU (Graduate Assistant)
BS Mathematics and English - WVIT
University Of Virginia - Post Graduate/Accounting Classes
FORMER TEACHER: West Virginia-Virginia-Hawaii
OTHER TRAINING: Former NASDAQ Representative and Financial Planning
FULL TIME MOTHER: Applied education and background to being a 'stay at home' Mom
who invested for family in the stock market and for offspring's education.
MUSICIAN: PIANO Since age 8
Being a 'stay at home Mom" is a great way to care for family and to have a job at home such as investing in stocks.
ORGANIZATIONS: Political , Civic Association, PTA, Newsletters , Legislation, Art Advisory Board and Public Speaking , Dramatic Arts, Child Care Advisory Commission
MY PASSION IS MUSIC! My father persuaded me to study mathematics and business; however, my passion is Music-----the Piano. Music opens doors . I began at age 8 -----I knew nothing about the guru's of the Stock Market then, However, I would later combine my knowledge in mathematics and music in an attempt to understand the rhythms of the stock market------as I saw the similarity in the two endeavors.
That combination came together as I began reading Joseph E. Granville's books and market letters. Suddenly, the theories of music and timing the market came together for me. I now had the perfect job for a "stay at home" Mom.
I became a voracious reader--------Granville, Forbes, Howard Ruff and opinions on Gold, Value Line at the library--I bought old fashioned charting paper as used in mathematics and an Excel style spread sheet----------and yes a ruler and colored pencils to draw the charts.
My reading list included the Wall St. Journal and Popular Science Magazine to stay abreast of the latest in technology.
In some small way I aspire to write a few articles on Seeking Alpha ----sharing some of my experience as it applies to the stock market in helping a person make decisions.
I am a student enrolled in the Business Economics program at Ryerson University. I have been researching and analyzing stocks both technically and analytically for about 2-3 years. I strive to provide critical, up-to-date information for investors that have positions in various companies. Currently working part-time at Toronto Hockey Repair and Goalie Heaven, considered the best hockey store in the world.
Managed global equities for pension funds for 33 years. Retired to manage my own funds. I believe the existing business model for the money management industry needs revamping. There is too much focus on beating an index and not enough focus on making absolute returns. I believe management fees are too high for what is delivered. Particularly the 2 and 20 model.
Bill Gross is a Portfolio Manager responsible for managing the Janus Global Unconstrained Bond Fund, and all related portfolios, and leading efforts to build out Janus' global macro fixed income capabilities. He also serves as an integral member of the Janus Capital Group Global Allocation Committee focused on the expansion of Janus' global asset allocation business. He is based in Newport Beach, California. Mr. Gross co-founded PIMCO in 1971 and served as managing director and Chief Investment Officer until joining Janus in 2014. Throughout his career, Mr. Gross has received numerous awards including Morningstar Fixed Income Manager of the Decade for 2000-2009 and Fixed Income Manager of the Year for 1998, 2000 and 2007. He became the first portfolio manager inducted into the Fixed Income Analysts Society’s Hall of Fame in 1996 and received the Bond Market Association’s Distinguished Service Award in 2000. In 2011, Institutional Investor magazine awarded him the Money Management Lifetime Achievement Award. He is a renowned expert within the bond market and is at the forefront of thought leadership on the subject of fixed income investing. He is also author of the books, Everything You’ve Heard About Investing is Wrong and Bill Gross on Investing.
Mr. Gross holds an undergraduate degree from Duke University and an MBA from the Anderson School of Management at the University of California, Los Angeles. He has 44 years of financial industry experience.
just turned 60. retired at 55. investing since 1980.. mentor young people financially to get them started on the right foot. value investor. learned from michael price.favorite people to have lunch with-- michael price, cramer and rick santelli.
Upon receiving my Masters degree in Music from Connecticut's Hartt School of Music, I took a job at a local Friendly's serving ice cream, where I perfected the disgruntled, comatose look, as seen in the photo at left. As a first-time participant in the American economy by way of fast-food, I noted the vileness and squalor into which our country was plummeting.
Now, as an SA commentator, I look forward to multiplying my earnings, once I get some, and settling down as a prime member of society, living out my remaining years in the luxury every red-blooded American deserves.
I currently live in a barn with my saxophones, watching America decline around me.
My name is Phuong .I was born in 1968 .Im Vietnamese ,I am an investor and I would like to be good at US stock investing .I know "seekingalpha.com " by a friend had introduced .Thank you Admin and seekingalpha.com website staff.You are help me and investors to know about stock market well so we will have good dicide to invest .Im happy to enjoy here .Thank you again .Best whishes to you !
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. 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.
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 philosophy tends toward the long-term, value side of the spectrum, but I'm not opposed to occasional flings on attractive, speculative opportunities.
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 and parcel 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. For many more-seasoned investors some of the things I write about are old-hat. 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. To that end, 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 encourage and welcome your comments. I try to respond to most insights, elaborations, and questions to the best of my ability. I especially encourage and appreciate thoughtful comments from those who disagree with me (although I tend to 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.With the need to take withdrawals I expect to shift my taxable accounts to more growth-focused (unrealized cap gains) investments. Making this shift while retaining income is my overarching priority for 2015. To that end, I expect to be generating more of my income from options as I gradually phase out my high-yield investments.
The IRAs I see as my estate and are focused on generational wealth building. That means the growth portfolios have a very long term horizon, well beyond what an investor of my age might be expected to maintain.
I am a believer in the precepts of MPT (Modern Portfolio Theory). I'm aware that MPT doesn't get a lot of respect by some of the DIY investors at Seeking Alpha. My readings in the field indicate to me that the research solidly supports the overall MPT approaches to investing. So, I am a believer in diversification. Not the sort of diversification that means I hold equity positions in every sector; the sort that means I hold positions in the full spectrum of asset classes with a watchful eye on correlations and a willingness to rebalance among asset classes, even when it goes against my gut feelings. By asset classes, I mean high level asset classes: Domestic and international equity, sovereign and corporate debt, emerging markets (equity and debt), real estate, commodities and so forth. I try to adapt that approach to both my income and growth investing.
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. It refers, too, to the left bank of the Gironde where some of my favorite wines are produced. When I'm feeling particularly flush, they're one of the splurges I'll treat myself to. So there is a major place in my heart for both common references for Left Banker.
Add that I also like it because I find several subtle word plays there; I'll leave it to you to decipher that comment.
I've chosen to remain anonymous. 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?
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.
Age 73. Retired completely in 2007, after spending 46 years in teaching, government service and finally church administration. Undergraduate degree in history, master degrees in education, history, and business administration.
Most work experience was as staff analyst for the Office of the Secretary of Defense. The photo is one of my grandson born two years ago.
Goal: To increase our retirement income every year by 6-16% primarily through dividend growth investing using David Fish's CCC monthly spreadsheets, plus other income producing investing. 2014 investment income was $21,822, up 23.6% from 2013. Really surpassed my goal. Delivered at $24,000 in 2015.
My wife and I don't need this income to meet our basic expenses. My pension is our stand-in for bonds. We let this income just grow by selective reinvesting and we spend it by transferring shares to our 7 grandchildren's UTMA educational accounts and for foreign travel. We also save cash in a short term bond ETF for emergency needs, house and car maintenance. To do this, I have removed most automatic reinvesting in our joint taxable portfolio, except for stocks from which I periodically transfer shares to my grandchildren. My IRA and Roth IRA accounts plus my wife's Roth IRA will remain on automatic reinvestment. Current portfolio is below.
No formal training in finances or security analysis. Been an investor for 52 years, most aggressively since early 1999. Current Portfolio: Spend considerable amount of time managing and fine tuning our portfolios, which now consist of 42 dividend growth stocks, 5 closed-end funds, 3 ETFs, 4 REITs, 11 other stocks, for a total of 64 positions [down from 102], and 0 bonds. 39 of these are CCC stocks.
Utilities: AEP, CMS, D, SCG, SO (and waiting for WEC, when price right) MLPs: None
REITs: O, OHI, CLDT, HCP
Consumer Staples: ADM, KO, KHC, MDLZ, NESTLE, PEP, PG, SYY, WMT
Tobacco: MO, PM, RAI
Consumer Discretionary: HAS, MCD, SBUX, TGT
Telecom: T, VOD, VZ Financials: AFL, TRV
Business Development Companies: PSEC, GAIN (selling PSEC)
Energy: BP, CVX, KMI, XOM
Health: ABT, ABBV, GILD, GSK, JNJ, MDT, MRK, NVS, PFE Industrials: CAT, EMR, GE, NSC
Technology: AAPL, CSCO, GOOG, GOOGL, INTC, MSFT
ETFs: DVY, SCPB (for income on cash)
CEFs: KED, MGU, TYG
My principle Seeking Alpha mentors are: Chowder, David Fish, and Chuck Carnevale, plus several others in specialty fields like REITS, MLPs, and Business Development Companies (BDCs).
In my opinion, the best writers in this dividend growth investment area are Chowder and Mike Nadel, who started in the DGI strategy about the same time I did; Mike learns faster.