Investing in stocks can be highly rewarding -- or excruciatingly costly and painful. Confucius said, “Life is really simple. But we insist on making it complicated.” Warren Buffett, in applying Confucius’ wisdom to the world of investing, said “Investing is simple, but not easy.” This is a great truism for investors to always keep in mind. It’s not easy because we humans have a penchant for complicating things, especially when it comes to investing our money.
Earlier in my “investing career”, I was a pure value investor but I came to appreciate that there was value in paying-up for quality. So about 25 years ago, I settled on my approach to investing which can be summarized in four compound words: Quality-Value, Large-Cap, Dividend-Growth, Long-Term - that is, a long investment horizon. My ideal holding period is forever.
By “Quality-Value,” I mean quality companies whose stocks are trading at a fair price. I only want to own great businesses that are managed by seasoned professionals who are good capital allocators. And I want them to have skin in the game. By this I mean I want them to own equity in the business and think and act like owners.
My goal in value investing is to find diamonds in the rough - stocks of companies that the market has temporarily undervalued. In other words, companies whose stock prices do not reflect their fundamental worth or intrinsic value.
Some value investors only look at present assets and don't place any value on future growth. I include the estimation of future growth and cash flows in my investment analysis. Despite the different methodologies, it comes down to the same thing: trying to buy something for less than it is fundamentally worth.
With large-cap stocks as the starting point, I focus on value and dividends, particularly dividend growth. In my experience, dividend-growth investing is a value tilt in disguise.
A long investment horizon is a key advantage individual investors have in generating real net returns versus institutional investors. The “pros” are evaluated at least quarterly against benchmarks and their professional peers and are under pressure to make many buy and sell decisions within short periods of time and. As a group, they turn their portfolios over more than once a year, often for no other reason than "window-dressing."
All of this activity increases costs and judgment errors, making it more difficult for them to be correct all the time. Instead of making just a few thoughtful investment decisions per year, professional portfolio managers are making hundreds. Individual investors are not under such pressure to swing at so many pitches.
A speculator tries to predict the thinking and actions of others. But as someone once said, "It is difficult to make predictions, especially about the future." Because I am investing for the long term in a diversified portfolio of carefully selected companies with broad economic moats and timeless businesses, I don't have to speculate on the gyrations of global market or the behavior of other investors.
By staying focused on the fundamental value of the underlying businesses in making our investment decisions in the first place, we have no need to fear fluctuations of the stock market. I don't panic in the inevitable periodic bear markets. Volatility is a fact of life for investors in the stock market. Periodic market downturns present opportunities to acquire additional shares of quality businesses when they go on sale.
BSEE The Cooper Union, school of engineering 1966. Engineering manager Harris corp. 23 years Software development, Grumman Corp 10 years as project manager.
25 years managing my own IRA accounts, in retirement now with a CAGR of 11.25%
I write about using dividends stocks, call options on dividends stocks, and discount bonds to retire on income that grows. When you rely on your savings to create some or all of your retirement income, dividend stocks and quality bonds are great investments.
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My husband and I plan to retire on December 31, 2020 at ages 68 and 59 1/2, respectively. We began focusing on dividend growth investing in 2013 but have been invested in mutual funds for decades. Our current DGI retirement portfolio is comprised of the following 61 DGI stocks: ABBV, ABT, ADM, AMGN, AVA, BBL, BMY, CAH, CBRL, CLX, COP, CSCO, CVX, D, DEO, DLR, DUK, ED, EMR, EPD, GE, GILD, GIS, GPC, HCP, IBM, JNJ, KHC, KMB, KMI, KO, LEG, LMT, LNT, MCD, MMM, MMP, MO, MRK, MSFT, NEE, O, OHI, OMI, PEP, PFE, PG, PM, SEP, SO, SYY, T, UL, UPS, UTX, VTR, VZ, WEC, WPC, XEL, and XOM.
In addition, I manage our millennial daughter's dividend growth retirement portfolio of the following 38 stocks: AAPL, ABBV, ABT, ADM, AMGN, BMY, CAH, CBRL, CSCO, D, DIS, DLR, EMR, GILD, GIS, OHI, JNJ, KMB, KO, MCD, MMM, MMP, MSFT, OMI, PEP, PFE, PG, PM, SCG, SO, T, UL, V, VTR, VZ, WEC, WPC, and XOM.
I was a software engineer for a little over 21 years before I decided to call it quits to the corporate world when I was 45 years old (in 2014). I have always dreamed of retiring early, but I didn't plan to retire until I was 50 years old. When I realized my investment portfolio could generate the income I needed to free my life from the shackles of the corporate world, I quit my job and never looked back.
I did not win the lottery, inherited large sums of money, nor got lots of stock options from a company that I worked at that IPO'ed. It was all very hard-earned. I lived below my means and saved a substantial percentage of my take-home pay ever since the third year of my professional life.
I've been a lurker on SeekingAlpha for years, and finally decided to become a contributor to document my journey as an early retiree.
It's hard to categorize me as an investor. Although I'm mostly "dividend growth" minded, I also dabble in growth, deep value, speculation, as well as a little hedging now and then with options.
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Luciano Siracusano is WisdomTree's Chief Investment Strategist and Head of Sales. He is the co-creator with CEO Jonathan Steinberg of WisdomTree's patented Indexing methodology and has led the firm's sales force since 2008. Luciano is a regular guest on CNBC and FOX Business, and speaks frequently on ETFs, indexing and global financial markets. A former equity analyst at ValueLine, Luciano began his career as a speechwriter for former New York Governor Mario Cuomo and HUD Secretary Henry Cisneros. He graduated from Columbia University with a B.A. in Political Science in 1987.
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Tripp Zimmerman began at WisdomTree as a Research Analyst in February 2013. He is involved in creating and communicating WisdomTree’s thoughts on the markets, as well as analyzing existing strategies and developing new approaches. Prior to joining WisdomTree, Tripp worked for TD Ameritrade as a fixed income specialist. Tripp also worked for Wells Fargo Advisors, TIAA-CREF and Evergreen Investments in various investment related roles. Tripp graduated from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a dual degree in Economics and Philosophy. Tripp is a holder of the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.
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The REIT Forum focuses on risk-adjusted returns with a defensive strategy. With a strong background in accounting and finance, fundamentals are a top priority. Buying a strong company with great fundamentals at an attractive price is a good long-term strategy. The subscription platform allows me to do a few things very well. It allows me to share the research I’m doing for my own investment decision making. It allows me to communicate rapidly with investors that are willing to pay for my best work.
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What is my view on risk?
The traditional view is to see earning excess returns as compensation for taking on high levels of risk. I believe it is far better to focus on earning returns from catching market failures. These failures happen due to poor liquidity and investors (including analysts) working with incomplete information. I believe that by knowing the individual companies well, the investor can step in when the “risk” is heavily skewed in favor of “returns”.
I do not try to generate higher returns, I try to generate more consistent returns by reducing the downwards risk. Occasionally that results in exceptionally high returns when something corrects, but it also means I am willing to pass on several decent opportunities because I want the risk/return profile skewed heavily in my favor.
Founder of Bern Factor LLC, a registered investment advisory firm located in Virginia, and the sole investment advisor representative of the firm at present. My association with the Marketplace subscription service, Friedrich Global Research, is a collaboration with Mycroft Friedrich, another contributor on Seeking Alpha. Together we have nearly 80 years of investing and analysis experience. I am a former CPA (1990 -2017) and became a CFA charter holder in 2000. I consider myself an expert in Quantitative and Qualitative analysis and have extensive experience in Technical Analysis. I also have a deep interest in stock market history and hold degrees in Economics (BSBA) and Management Information Systems (MBA). I have been actively involved with investment analysis and investment management since 1985 but have been a student of investing since the 1960s. I owned my first individual stock position while still in high school. I am a student of Benjamin Graham and Warren Buffett. I have achieved a uniquely diverse experience from multiple careers that has allowed me to develop a broad perspective enabling me to look at the big picture of macroeconomics all the way down to the detail of a retail unit or factory floor. In my youth I was in retail, then served in reconnaissance during my tours in Vietnam. I have been a blue collar, union worker in a factory and a manager in services, hospitality and transportation as well as a manager of professional staffs. I have more than 20 years of experience each in both public and private sectors. I have personal points of reference that many analysts will never have. I bring more to the table than just the theories and models I have studied or built. To understand more about my investing philosophy please visit my website.
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I am an individual investor who is relatively new to the world of investing. Through the strategies and findings that I've learned from numerous sources and with a little bit of luck, my portfolio averaged 24.0% annual return for the last 3 years vs. 11.7% for S&P 500.
My goal is twofold: 1) share what I have learned through practicing stock investing, reading and researching, and 2) learn from Seeking Alpha community through the feedback and suggestions of the readers. I trust that the feedback and suggestions from Seeking Alpha community will help improve the odds of continued strong investment performance.
I hold an undergraduate degree in business administration with focus on financial institutions from Westminster University and an MBA from Yale University School of Management. I'm also a CFA charterholder, FRM charterholder, and an author of an eBook on personal finance.
James Altucher was the managing director of Formula Capital, an asset management firm and fund of hedge funds. He's written five books on investing: Trade Like a Hedge Fund, Trade Like Warren Buffett, SuperCash, The Forever Portfolio, and his latest book, The Choose Yourself Guide To Wealth. He currently writes at Jamesaltucher.com and has released a newsletter, The Altucher Report.
Mr. Altucher is the founder of Stockpickr.com, a social network for finance that had millions of unique visitors per month when it was sold to TheStreet.com in 2007. He has written over 200 columns for The Financial Times and has written for TheStreet.com, Forbes, Yahoo Finance, Fidelity.com, and other publications. He was also the founder of a web services firm, Reset Inc, which he sold in 1998, at which time he became a partner at VC firm, 212 Ventures/Investcorp. Mr. Altucher regularly appears on CNBC, Fox News, Fox Business, and CNN Radio, and is also in his spare time a nationally ranked chess master. Mr. Altucher received his BA at Cornell University and attended graduate school for computer science at Carnegie Mellon University.
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Years of experience working for a registered independent advisor ("RIA"), structuring client accounts, performing due diligence on separately managed accounts, and performing fixed income and equity research. Worked at a bulge bracket investment bank on the trading desk for mortgage-backed securities ("MBS") as well as within derivatives trading, finished my time there in internal risk and audit.
Now invest and write full time on Seeking Alpha.
My name is Mike McNeil and I’m the author of The Dividend Guy Blog & The Dividend Monk along with the owner and portfolio manager here at Dividend Stocks Rock (DSR). I also have a service on Seeking Alpha's Marketplace called Dividend Growth Rocks, aimed at investors who are interested in both income and capital growth from dividend stocks. I earned my bachelor degree in finance-marketing, own a CFP title along with an MBA in financial services. Besides being a passionate investor, I’m also happily married with three beautiful children. I started my online venture to educate people about investing and to be able to spend more time with my family.
I started my career in the financial industry back in 2003. I earned several promotions along with a good pile of diplomas. I had lots of fun working with clients in private banking for half a decade, but thought I could do more with my life.
In 2016, I decided to take a leap of faith and left everything behind to travel across North America and Central America with my family. We drove through nine countries and stayed three months in Costa Rica before returning home. This was an eye-opening adventure that led me in 2017 to quit my job in the financial industry and pursue my dream; helping others with their personal finance through my investing websites.
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Bachelor of Science in Nuclear Engineering from University of Michigan - 1981
Master of Science in Environmental Engineering from Washington State University - 1997
33 year career in nuclear engineering, nuclear facility construction, US government contracting, DOE weapons complex decontamination and decommissioning, DOD contingency response and forward operating base design and construction.
Avid investor for more than 30 years, 25 years of that time with the Vanguard Group.
Married with one 16 year old son.
Quad 7 Capital, parent company of Quad 7 Research, Quad 7 Partners, and Quad 7 Poker, was founded in 2017 by a team that consists of a long time investor, health researcher, financial author, professor, professional poker player, and politician. For investors and traders, Quad 7 Capital will soon be launching its BAD BEAT Investing Service, focused on extreme value, and leveraging news driven events for rapid return swing trades.
The company has expertise in business, policy, economics, mathematics, game theory and the sciences. The company has experience with government, academia, and private industry. Quad7Capital.com covers a wide range of sectors and companies, with particular emphasis on news related items and mini-analyses on growth companies, cryptocurrencies, REITS, biotechnology/ pharmaceuticals, precious metals, blue chips and small-cap companies. It further offers money saving tips and market news.
Quad 7 Partners is the driving force behind the overall focus on current events, earnings, and timely developments, while Quad 7 Research aims to conduct several in depth analyses per month to identify misplaced market bets, and deep value situations. We are on Stocktwits, and Twitter under username _Quad7Capital_, and on Facebook and TalkMarkets under Quad7Capital.
I am a retired Electrical Engineer since 2012 and a Registered Financial Consultant (RFC) since 2010. I have been investing in equities, in the form of stocks & options, since the early 80’s and more recently in mutual funds, and ETF’s.
My current investments consist of a DGI, 10 stock portfolio +7 ETF portfolio for my supplemental retirement income and a second portfolio of mutual funds, ETF’s, & stocks primarily focused on growth. This is how I keep my income strategy separate from my growth strategy.
My passion is to reach young and old investors alike who are apprehensive about investing their money in the market and show them that investing does not have to be complicated, but you do need to spend a little time at it, but with the proper tools this can be made relatively easy.
Everyone needs to come up with a strategy that works for them, and I do not claim my strategies will work for everyone (or anyone other than myself,) but offer them merely as something to consider.
All money from any of these articles is donated to one of my favorite charities by Seeking Alpha.
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I’m Masters In Commerce. I’m related with an audit firm, which is doing a business of making business plans, forecasts and financial statements. So, I have a strong hold on the financial sides of businesses. In addition, I’m also attached with Asset Management Company over the past two years. I love to play with defensive nature of stocks that are offering high growth at low risk. I have been following commodities and their nature of businesses along with industrial, auto and other industries.
I am an individual investor. My professional background is in the finance area. I have managed my own investments for over 30 years. For most of that time, my focus was on portfolio building using individual stocks. About 5 years ago, I shifted my focus to investing via ETFs. I have found that this has greatly simplified my investment style yet simultaneously increased the scope and diversification of my portfolio.
I firmly believe that the benefits of investing, and the market, should be understandable and available to everyone, including individuals who may have little or no financial background. My hope is to explain concepts simply, taking much of the mystery and accompanying fear out of the process. I look forward to enjoying the journey with everyone who decides to follow me, and hope I can make a difference in someone's life.
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Zugzwang (German for "compulsion to move") is a situation found in chess wherein one player is put at a disadvantage because they must make a move when they would prefer to pass and not to move. The fact that the player is compelled to move means that his position will become significantly weaker. A player is said to be "in zugzwang" when any possible move will worsen his position.
Charles Lewis Sizemore, CFA is the Chief Investment Officer of Sizemore Capital Management LLC, a registered investment advisor. He has been a frequent guest on Bloomberg TV and Fox Business News, has been quoted in Barron’s Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post and is a frequent contributor to Forbes Moneybuilder, GuruFocus, MarketWatch and InvestorPlace.com.
Charles holds a master’s degree in Finance and Accounting from the London School of Economics in the United Kingdom and a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance with an International Emphasis from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude and as a Phi Beta Kappa scholar.
I am a Healthcare professional with a special interest for statistics and financials. I have an academic approach to investing, reading articles and research on any topic that catches my interest. After 7 years trading derivatives I have realized it is time to create a long term portfolio for retirement. I have a special interest in quantitative approaches and are applying that methodology to my research into suitable investments for my retirement portfolio.
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Investing tests a person's intelligence, mental toughness and patience, that's why I love it. You can be the smartest guy in the world, but lack the conviction to move against the market when it matters most. You can be the mentally toughest person and move against everyone, just to realize that everyone was right. You can be both intelligent and tough, but lack the patience to wait for the right moment. Balancing these three characteristics is what makes investing a field like no other.
I am currently conducting independent investment research and recently worked with a Toronto-based family office as an Investment Analyst. Prior to that I was with a consulting firm, raising capital for clients.
I am an investor and CFO for over 35 years who focuses on dividend growth investing (DGI) for the long term, particularly for building retirement income.
In addition to financial data, I concern myself with the quality of management and the long-term macro perspectives of the companies and industries in which I invest.
Dana Blankenhorn http://www.danablankenhorn.com has been a business journalist since 1978, and a futurist all his life.He warned about the coming Houston oil collapse in 1979. He began making a living on the Internet in 1985. He launched the first e-commerce daily for CMP in 1994, warned of the coming dot-bomb at a-clue.com in 1997 and began covering the Internet of Things in 2003.Along the way he's written for a host of newspapers, magazines, news services and Web sites. Most recently he was at TheStreet.com, covering technology and investments. He still has time for freelance assignments. He lives in Atlanta.
I am a buy-side analyst for various private wealth managers, institutional and accredited investors. My goal for articles on Seeking Alpha 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 shareholders. Please see website link below for more information.