Credit Investing Looks More Attractive Than Ever (Turn Off CNBC!)

Oct. 12, 2022 1:09 PM ETAFT, ARCC, BBDC, BIZD, CGBD, HYT, ISD, PFL, PFN, VVR84 Comments


  • I have often compared CNBC to the ESPN sports network, with panels of experts giving non-stop commentary on the sports or financial worlds.
  • Both have the same business model: get viewers addicted so they'll watch all the time, regardless of whatever is happening.
  • Unfortunately, it tends to encourage investors to believe that attention to the minute-to-minute, day-to-day changes in prices is the key to successful investing.
  • And, obviously, that "growth" in the market price of your securities is the be-all and end-all.
  • Of course, our Income Factory® strategy replaces that focus on "price growth" with a focus on "income growth", recognizing that the ability to produce income is what ultimately drives economic value.
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Quick Primer on Credit Investing

I've written for years about the value of "credit investing" where you are betting on companies to merely stay alive and pay their bills; but not expecting or requiring them to

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Bavaria introduced the Income Factory philosophy in his Seeking Alpha articles over the past ten years, drawing on his fifty years experience in credit, investing, journalism and international banking. His earlier book "Too Greedy for Adam Smith: CEO Pay and the Demise of Capitalism" exposes the excesses in the CEO pay arena. Both books are available on Amazon. 

Bavaria began his career at the Bank of Boston, handling 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.

Later he worked at Standard & Poor's, where he introduced credit ratings to the leveraged loan market, helping to open the loan asset class to pensions, mutual funds and specialized investment vehicles like CLOs.

Bavaria graduated from Georgetown University and New England School of Law. He lives in Ponte Vedra, Florida.

Disclosure: I/we have a beneficial long position in the shares of AFT, HYT, ARCC, BBDC, CGBD, ISD, BIZD either through stock ownership, options, or other derivatives. I wrote this article myself, and it expresses my own opinions. I am not receiving compensation for it (other than from Seeking Alpha). I have no business relationship with any company whose stock is mentioned in this article.

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