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Retired, self-directed individual investor. Retired at 56 in March 2007 after 30 years with CA Superior Court with a modest lifetime pension and a small IRA now converted to a Roth. Native Californian, raised in the USAF and lived in various countries around the world, now reside in Sacramento, CA.
Discovered Seeking Alpha in late 2011 when I was ready to invest my IRA. I started using a method I dubbed DGI Lite using the Dogs of the CCCs lists for Dividend Growth. I changed over to high-yielders such as REITs and BDCs when I needed more income to move closer to family and buy a new home in 2013. Best move I could have made.
Retirement *is* all it's cracked up to be -- it's the best gig I've ever had!
Rocco Pendola is an associate editor at Seeking Alpha focusing on technology and the sectors it overlaps with.
In addition to technology, I am interested in dividend growth and income investing.
I make references to music I'm obsessed with (e.g., Old 97s, Elliott Smith, Bruce Springsteen) in my writing. If you notice any of these references, it makes me happy.
Jeffrey Dow Jones is the managing editor for Alpine Advisor. He has previously worked for PaineWebber/UBS and Ford Motor Credit Company, and he spent the last decade co-managing a group of hedge funds. He holds a degree in Business Economics with a specialization in Computer Programming from The University of California - Los Angeles.
He publishes a free weekly newsletter at AlpineAdvisor.info.
Our team is based in Chicago and New York with experience at Google, The Wall Street Journal, Bear Stearns, Lehman Brothers, Tribune and WallStreetView.
YCharts visualizes massive amounts of market information to identify companies with long-term competitive advantages and appropriate valuations. Fundamentals matter and we believe it’s important to understand how companies perform over time and relative to their peers. We cover over 20,000 U.S. & Canadian companies and manage over 40 million investor trends in real-time.
A full time investor in stocks, bonds, options, and real estate who previously worked as a financial/investment journalist/analyst. Previous industry stints include privately held SageOnline Inc. - where he held multiple positions - as well as Multex.com, acquired by Reuters, where he was an equity research editor. Aloisi is a cum laude graduate of Penn State University, currently residing in native South Central Pennsylvania with his wife and 2 children.
Income investing has become his focal interest due to the challenges that the ZIRP environment presents. Not an advocate of any single portfolio strategy, he promotes a "go anywhere" philosophy predicated on value, forward thinking, sustainability, and personal objectives. While the past may be instructive, Aloisi cautions on over reliance.
In his free time he likes to talk politics, play the piano, garden, and go antiquing. Mr. Aloisi voluntarily serves as VP of his local school board.
I've been contributing to SA since 2011, with a break to join the PRO editorial team from 2013-2015. I got my Series 7 and 63 back in 2000, and watched the dot-com bubble peak and then burst in real time at a small, tech-focused retail brokerage in NYC.
"The winning formula for success in investing is owning the entire stock market through an index fund, and then doing nothing." - John C. Bogle "The Little Book of Common Sense Investing" http://22.214.171.124:8181/Management/01278.pdf . Retired Financial Analyst 100% invested in the Global Cap-Weighted Equity Market. See my SA blog posts to learn the details on my investment plan.
I am 37 yrs old and work in health care as a clinical laboratory scientist.I have been investing since 2008.I mostly buy stocks for me and my wifes Roth IRA'S.We both have 401ks at our jobs that we are investing in to get the match.I mostly have Dividend stocks with some growth stocks thrown in.I have been reading this site for years and decided to join.
We use sharebuilder.com for our Roth IRA'S ...we like the automatic investments every Tuesday..
I am currently a 34 year old husband and father of 2 small boys ages 2 and 5. I work for Intel Corp (INTC) as a manufacturing tech and have been with them for 11 years now. Before Intel I was enlisted the the Marine Corps for 5 years as a electronics repair technician.
I currently have a BS in Business from University of Phoenix and I am enrolled as a junior at ASU working on a BS in Electrical Engineering degree. My goal is to finish my degree in the radar/wirless communications field of EE and be employed in my area of focus as I find wave mechanics the most interesting.
I am a full-time investor. I learned finance the old-fashioned way, out of necessity, during a career in the film and entertainment industry. I prefer to focus on long-term macro economic trends and demographics. Having identified an invest theme, I look for companies that most nearly fit my thesis. Then it is time to switch hats and become a traditional value investor, to ensure that the security is investment worthy and has a reasonable margin of safety.
Time management is important, and requires I limit hours spent here. For the convenience of others, I conclude my 1st comment with “uncheck:Xhrs”, and extend it if/when I post additional comments. This avoids time wasted on nonsense, off-topic discussions, and some arguments with zounderkites. I also reply to private messages.
I update my Profile following each quarter's end--below is my Q1-2018 update.
My journey as a self-directed investor (SDI) began 45 years ago (1973), and resulted in financial independence at age 52. I retired early the following year (Feb 1995). This year marks 23 years retired, and age 76. Thus actuarially, my retired years should exceed my working years.
Generally, the younger one retires, the greater the risk (and embarrassment) they might have miscalculated, and outlive their money. Fortunately, that is not among our concerns. Even including 2 major recessions, and now 7 years of significantly increasing annual RMDs, my IRA's market value increased by over 400%, whereas inflation increased 64%--this not braggadocio--only an illustration others can do at least as well IF they are willing to defer immediate gratification (spend less to invest more), to ensure future financial independence. Joyce and I long ago met our wealth accumulation goal, and moved to preservation. Our primary financial metric is now net worth.
At SA, my comments are limited to my IRA, which is 1 of our 5 portfolios, and the most actively managed. Dividends paid to my IRA equals twice our basic annual living expenses for food, clothing, shelter, taxes, transportation, entertainment, and insurances (but excluding our variable expenses for travel and generous gifting).
For 45 years, I’ve invested for total return. As a retiree, I invest more conservatively for growth & income. I now limit myself to dividend-paying companies, REITs, EFTs and recently a few CEFs having "level distribution plans". My IRA is tilted defensively compared to the allocations of most in wealth accumulation. OTOH, I’ve recommended our 20-something grandchildren tilt their allocations heavily toward greater growth until they actually need retirement income--there is little advantage to younger investors who settle for reduced total return so as to obtain income they don’t yet need (and for taxable accounts dividends are a significant drag on relative performance).
As I now invest for the benefit of our 2 children, 3 grandchildren, and soon great-grandchildren, I need more exposure to pure growth for greater total return, and thus the ETFs/CEFs holding pure growth companies offer greater total returns and diversification, and will become the dividend-payers of future decades.
2018 OBJECTIVE: PREPARE FOR ‘AUTOPILOT’
Recent hospitalizations are a reminder my body is aging faster in my 70s than in my 60s and 50s. Although I'll continue to enjoy active portfolio management for at least a few more years, prudence requires I proactively prepare for the eventuality of a more passive management either because I lack interest or capacity, or I'm no longer looking down on sod. Thus by mid-2018, I'll have completed actions that can be tweaked a few times before ‘autopilot’ is required.
I SEPARATE MY IRA INTO 2 SUB-PORTFOLIOS
My CORE PORTFOLIO constitutes about 70% of my IRA by market value. It focuses most of its allocation to lower beta companies in defensive sectors, and having economic moats--Consumer Staples, Utilities, Healthcare, and Telecoms). They tend to be 'slow-growth', and are often referred to as 'bond-substitutes'. Generally, I exit these positions only if I lose confidence in the BoD and management. Dividends and share buybacks compete as means for companies to deliver excess capital to shareholders, and the defensive sectors tend to favor dividends, which over longer periods, tend to produce generous total returns (even when the share price return is periodically mediocre).
My OPPORTUNISTIC PORTFOLIO (with a few exceptions listed below), contains my cyclicals. By definition, the earnings of (most) cyclicals are heavily influenced by the economy. In periods of economic expansion, they generally outperform my Core positions, and the opposite during economic contraction. Therefore, over time, I expect some of these positions are likely to move to my Core portfolio, and some growth companies in ETFs/CEFs to exhibit Core portfolio attributes (for example, I don't expect Amazon, Google, and Home Depot to under-perform Consumer Staples in future recessions).
For ETFs and CEFs, I've listed the top 5 holdings.
Consumer Staples (4):
UTG (Charter Comm.; Next Era; DTE Energy; Comcast; American Water)
Consumer Cyclical (2): These cyclicals not economically sensitive
XLY (Amazon; Home Depot; Comcast; Disney; Netflex)
ITA (Boeing; United Tech; Lockheed; Raython; General Dynamics)
XLI (Boeing; General Electric; 3M; Honeywell; Union Pacific
Real Estate (3):
Multi-Sector ETFs (1):
SPHD (Iron Mountain; Welltower; Phillip Morris; Ventas; PPL)
Total CORE Portfolio Positions = 31
Resorts & Casinos (1)
AMLP (Energy Transfer; Enterprise Products; Magellan Midstream; MPLX; Williams)
Information Technology (5):
BST (Apple; Alphabet; Microsoft; Amazon; Facebook)
XLK (Apple; Microsoft; Facebook; Alphabet; AT&T)
Financial Services (6):
XLF (Berk Hathaway; JP Morgan; Bank America; Wells Fargo; Citigroup)
Multi-Sector ETFs (2):
CII (Apple; Alphabet; JP Morgan; Microsoft; Bank of America)
EEMV (Taiwan Semi; Tencent; PT Bank; Public Bank; Bank of Chile)
Total OPPORTUNISTIC Portfolio Positions = 17
Ben Graham said: “Investing isn’t about beating others at their game [beating the market]. It’s about controlling yourself at your own game".
There are hundreds of voices competing for our attention. Often those shouting loudest have the poorest records. The 4 primary voices I listen to are data-driven, and publish weekly (or thereabouts):
Jeff Miller's Weighing The Week Ahead;
Fear & Greed Trader's S&P500 Update;
Chris Ciovacco's CCM Market Model videos; and
Patrick J. O'Hare's The Big Picture (at Briefing.com).
(That doesn't mean not reading contrary opinions.)
Thank you. I hope you found enough worthy your time expended.
IT'S A GREAT LIFE (and far more about family than investments). I've had a truly unbelievably awesome ride, including riches truly beyond my dreams!
My name is Phil Mause. I am a Senior Advisor with the Pacific Economics Group, focusing on energy, regulatory and valuation issues. I retired from 40 years of law practice earlier this year. I am a yield oriented investor and in the last two years, I have done reasonably well in junk bonds, BDCs, mortgage REITS, and dividend paying blue chip stocks. As an avocation, I dabble in stand up comedy.
Writer and investor with an interest in most everything -- stocks, ETFs, commodities, and currencies. My background is in both economics and journalism so I try to present complex ideas clearly and concisely, but with a dash of creativity.
I'm an investor in his early thirties who knows how to have a good time and not live life too seriously. I'm an avid value investor, along with dollar cost averaging my retirement, though I occasionally jump off the beaten path and "gamble" on less certain assets.
At Investment Underground, our editors are disciplined, independent journalists who dig into technology, commodities, and stock market news to break the stories that matter. Our active approach to journalism spans analysis and interviews with noteworthy leaders to uncover real news that affects business right now.
Most notably, our insights predicted the departure of Avon CEO, Andrea Jung, and Warren Buffett’s purchase of his first technology stock in over forty years at Berkshire Hathaway.
Our work appears in Google News, Seeking Alpha, Motley Fool, Morningstar, Vatalyst, Value Walk, and Guru Focus, among others.
Founder and publisher of Mr. Free at 33. Founder of Dividend Mantra. Writer, investor, expat, entrepreneur, introvert, pragmatist, fitness enthusiast, minimalist, humanist, philosopher, urbanist, frugalist, philanthropist. I became financially independent at 33 years old. I'm living off of growing dividend income in Chiang Mai, Thailand, taking advantage of geographic arbitrage.
I am an individual investor,have an academic degree in Economics,focusing on natural resources.
My interests are primarily macroeconomic and "big picture".I own primarily individual stocks and maintain typically a fairly large cash reserve.I have found that being 20 to 30 percent "cash" has not hurt my performance. I am not a fan of bonds,prefer other investments with good yield,including good dividend stocks.
Retiree interested in stocks and financial instruments, especially dividend producing stocks. In the 20th century, I was an electrical engineer with Dominion Energy. I use a dividend growth investment style. Quick rules of thumb for complex questions, like fair value p/e using the Gordon model, price = growth and total liabilities/total assets ratio for leverage calculations provide a starting point for my investment decisions. As a retiree, preservation of capital is paramount.
Henry W. Schacht, CFA is the founder of Schacht Value Investors, an investment management firm. He earned his MBA at the University Of Chicago Graduate School of Business and a degree in finance from the University of Notre Dame.
I recently joined Buck Consultants, an Xerox Company, based in New York City. At Buck, I focus on developing investment consulting solutions focused on alternative investments and absolute returns strategies. I spent several years in the financial industry working in the alternative asset management and financial risk management areas. I was the Director of Research at Magnitude Capital, a fund of hedge funds, where I developed the portfolio risk management methodologies and was involved in selecting new managers. I subsequently was a Director at Jefferies Financial Products and Chicago Trading Company, where I continued working on alternative investments selection and portfolio management, and oversaw the development and sale of commodities structured products to institutional investors. I started his career as a computational physicist at the University of Chicago and I hold a M.B.A. in Finance and Management from the University of Chicago .
I am a Blue-Collar worker that has been investing for over twenty years. I will invest across all types of investments: Tech, growth, dividends, bonds, & options. I believe that people can invest on their own and in due time can build a portfolio of stocks that will easily surpass many mutual fund pros. With a little bit of learning and practicing good investment ideas, along with action, there is no way to avoid being wealthy.
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I am an individual investor and the author of seven eBooks on dividend growth investing. I try to help self-directed individual investors profit from stock investing. I contribute articles and studies to both Seeking Alpha and Daily Trade Alert. I hold an undergraduate degree in physics from Holy Cross College and a JD from Georgetown University. My wife Sue and I live in beautiful Canandaigua, NY.