Retired in 2009 after 35 years as Registered Professional Engineer (Radar, Electronic Warfare, and RF/Microwave Design). Went back to school to study some art and have fun. In October 2011, looked at the results of rolling my 401K and Pension into Vanguard IRA. Felt I could research and teach myself to do much better than what Vanguard index funds have paid me. I have 3 tiers of dividend stocks ... core (keepers), 1-5 year (good, so far), 0-2 year (we'll see). 50-60 stocks ranging from 0.5% - 5% of total portfolio depending on my trust in them. Half of the holdings are paying over 8.5% yield to quickly catch my wife's salary and then slowly move toward core in the next 6 years. Total tax-deferred portfolio is 8.4% yield on computed cost/share. All dividends to cash where I buy the best deals of the month. How carefully I watch them is inversely proportional to their yield.
I’m Rob Marstrand, the founder of OfWealth. I publish investment newsletters for private investors, always written in clear, non-technical language.
I spent 15 years at UBS Group, the global investment bank, based in London, Zurich and Hong Kong. Then, for five years, I was Chief Investment Strategist at the US-based Bonner & Partners Family Office.
Now I live in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Given its chaotic history, Argentina is the perfect place to learn how to survive and thrive in times of crisis.
I am an early career scientific researcher who has taken a strong interest in investing. While I invest primarily to achieve my personal financial goals, I find that doing so gives me another outlet beyond science where critical and logical thinking yield significant rewards.
On Seeking Alpha's Marketplace, I offer a premium service called the Cambridge Income Laboratory focusing mostly on research and analysis of exchange-traded funds (ETFs) and closed-end funds (CEFs). Currently, we are the top-ranked service for ETFs, and also rank 2nd for CEFs and arbitrage.
The Cambridge Income Laboratory boasts a community of over a hundred serious income investors dedicated on sharing ETF and CEF ideas and strategies. Check us out to see why one subscriber calls us a "one-stop shop for CEF research.”
Within the academic field, I have a career total of over 100 publications, 3300 total citations and an h-index of 34 (metrics from Google Scholar).
Arturo Neto is the editor of The Investment Strategist and founder of NFG Wealth Advisors LLC (formerly Orenda Partners) - a Registered Investment Advisor in the State of Florida that focuses on the creation, preservation, and transfer of wealth for UHNW individuals and families. NFG Wealth also offers investment strategy and research services to small and mid-sized investment advisors, including portfolio advisory, equity and fund analysis, and due diligence on alternative assets such as hedge funds, private equity, and real estate. Arturo is the editor of REITs, Opportunities & Income (ROI), a subscription service on Seeking Alpha's Marketplace focused on high-value, institutional-quality research with a top-down macro perspective combined with bottom-up stock picking. As an ROI subscriber, you get access to personalized asset allocation recommendations and risk management strategies to help you invest to achieve your goals with acceptable levels of risk. You also get the opportunity to invest alongside a top-read author on Seeking Alpha.
Arturo was previously with EFG Capital from 2013 to December 2016 where he joined to co-lead the planning, development, and implementation of the Investment Strategy Group. He led the firm’s private placement due diligence efforts in addition to serving as a senior member of the team creating model portfolios, developing investment themes, managing tactical allocation strategies, monitoring portfolio management activities, conducting equity and mutual fund research, and preparing and delivering investment-related seminars and presentations. Prior to joining EFG, he was an Investment Strategist at HSBC in a similar role.
During his 20 years of experience in financial services, he was the Investment Officer for a Latin American multi-family office specializing in hedge fund and private equity investments and he has worked in a variety of roles within financial planning and analysis and strategic finance consulting. His career includes positions at Accenture, Gap Inc. American Express, and State Farm Insurance, as well as project work in a variety of other Fortune 500 companies. During his consulting and corporate finance tenures, his primary focus was on practice management, process improvement, and financial analysis.
He graduated from Florida International University with a Bachelor’s degree in Finance and a Master of Science in Finance degree and completed his Master of Business Administration degree from the Darden Graduate School of Business at the University of Virginia. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and a CPWA® candidate.
Ian worked for Kerrisdale, a New York activist hedge fund, for three years, before moving to Latin America to pursue entrepreneurial opportunities there. His Ian's Insider Corner service provides live chat, model portfolios, full access and updates to his "IMF" portfolio, along with a weekly newsletter which expands on these topics.
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I am a dividend investor and look for undervalued investments in the stock market. I identify misunderstood and undervalued equity investments and hold those securities until their price approximates my estimate of intrinsic value. I am a long-term investor only.
I am building a $100,000 high-yield income portfolio. I am running this portfolio as an experiment to see if long-term sustainable income can be generated from a diversified pool of high-risk, high-yield securities. I am willing to accept high risk in order to meet my performance goals.
Simply Safe Dividends helps conservative dividend investors increase current income, make better investment decisions, and avoid risk. Brian Bollinger, CPA, runs Simply Safe Dividends and previously worked as an equity research analyst at a multibillion-dollar investment firm.
As SA Senior Editor, my task is to make Seeking Alpha the premier destination for financial advisors. I have worked in the FA arena since 1997, and during that time, the New York State Society of CPAs twice awarded its prestigious Excellence in Financial Journalism award to me for a monthly column I wrote on business ethics. Previously, I reported on international news for Voice of America (where I was awarded a newsroom writing award) and prior to that worked as an editorial assistant at U.S. News and World Report. I live with my wife and children amidst the verdant and vibrant hills and dales of Jerusalem.
It is very hard or impossible to time the broad market consistently — there are no famous investors that got rich by consistently knowing what the broad market would do next. This only makes sense, as there are just too many variables in the broad market. But there are many famous investors who got rich analyzing individual securities, and this is where you should put your focus. You can get an edge in individual securities. Joe Springer was the number 1 ranked stock analyst in the world by tipranks.com. Joe is a Certified Technical Trainer, and enjoys teaching about the stock market as well as managing portfolios. If you would like to follow Joe on Twitter, his handle is @JoeSpringer.
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Reuben Gregg Brewer spent about 15 years at world renowned Value Line, the Publisher of The Value Line Investment Survey. During this time he worked in various facets of the company's research efforts, including equities, mutual funds, convertibles, and options. For six years, he directed all of the company's research efforts as Value Line's Executive Director of Research. Today he writes about the things that interest him.
I seek to liberate investors from the chains of borrowed opinions by teaching metric awareness that leads to the formation of your own opinions. I am a retail investor that gathers, processes and analyzes significantly more data than average. I share that data in my articles. I let the data do the talking. I am only taking dictation as the data tells its message.
Fredrik Arnold is my pen name. In 2012 I retired from doing quality service analysis in Boston and moved to North Carolina in 2013. My fascination with capital preservation, long-term investments, and trading systems keeps me blogging for Seeking Alpha. My articles focus on dividend yields, analyst mean 1 yr targets, free cash flow yields, and one year total returns as stock trading indicators. These are essential tools for catching the most valuable dividend dogs. My dividend dogcatcher premium site in the Seeking Alpha Marketplace shows real-time trading results.
I am a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) (prior FL; current NJ and NY license) and a Certified Financial Planner (CFP). I have also been a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) for 18 years (CFF as well). My current title is partner at a national accounting firm. I have audit, tax, and consulting experience with entities in the following sectors: closed-end funds, energy, financials, healthcare, homebuilders, pharmaceuticals, private equity, REITs, and telecoms. I've also have experience with C-corps., estates, high net worth individuals, LLCs, LLPs, S-corps., and trusts. I am an active investor. My investing fundamentals are based on both qualitative and quantitative information. By using my financial / analytical skills, I create specific investing ideas / strategies based on valuations and total returns. The two main sectors I currently provide articles on are mortgage real estate investment trusts (mREITs) and business development companies (BDCs).
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Previous Quarterly Projection Article’s Performance vs. Actual Results:
# of Projections Stated Within All Articles: 245
# of Projections PENDING: 3
# of Projections 100% Accurate or Within Range: 227
# of Projections Inaccurate or Outside of Range: 18
Projection “Within Range” Success Rate: 227 / 245 = 92.7%
For a detailed list of every projection I've made at Seeking Alpha (vs. actual results), please send me a personal message ("pm") through the inbox feature (too long to list here).
Disclaimer: I cannot own and will not give an opinion on any investments my current employer has any direct or indirect professional services with (accounting, audit, tax, consulting, etc.). As such, most large-cap stocks are "off the table" regarding my articles. All accounting insight, analysis, and opinions stated within any articles I write (in regards to a specified stock) are entirely from my own personal research and analysis. I believe my articles are both informative and in some cases educational.
NOTE: A growing number of readers/investors, analysts, and representatives of firms have requested to be provided with my "spreadsheets/models" to help better understand certain companies/sectors. My researched data is several files of 100+ spreadsheets/models containing both stocks I write about on S.A. and stocks I choose to not write about on S.A. To reduce the repeated requests to provide such data, these spreadsheets/models are ALL linked together. As such, all current and future requests to "share" ALL my data/models will be politely declined. Thanks for your understanding regarding this matter.
I appreciate my loyal readers and I’ll continue to try to provide high quality, in-depth articles.
NOTE: Below are the stocks I currently cover (as of March 2018):
Stocks Covered (20 mREITs; 12 BDCs; 8 Other Sectors): ACSF, AGNC, AINV, AI, ANH, ARCC, ARR, BMNM, BXMT (New), CHMI, CMO, CYS, DX, EFC, FSIC (New) GBDC, IVR, MAIN, MCC, MFA, MITT, MO, MTGE, NEWT, NLY, NRZ, NVS, NYMT, OCSI (formerly FSFR), OCSL (formerly FSC), ORC, PHM, PMT, PSEC, PM, SLRC, TOL, TRP, TWO, and WMC.
Commonly Asked Questions:
Question 1): If you are only paid per article, why make your articles so long / detailed?
- I like to provide the “nuts and bolts” of a company. As such, I strive for my articles to have some sort of “hard to obtain” facts / figures. From this data, I like to fully discuss / analyze specific topics within a particular stock. This mainly consists of a quarterly projection article and a series of articles on a company’s dividend sustainability. In certain instances, I also write articles in regards to specific, material events that occur during a quarter.
- I believe a company’s quarterly results and upcoming dividend declarations are two of the most important topics readers are requesting information on. My analysis takes the “average” article several steps further to allow readers to have access to information that is rare to public viewership.
Question 2): How come you only write 1-2 articles a week (would like to see more)?
- As stated in my profile above, I have a full-time professional career. I write / analyze stocks in my free time. To provide these types of high quality / in-depth articles, I can’t see writing more than 2 articles a week. I believe “quality” should always be a higher priority versus “quantity”.
- As many readers should know by now (if you’ve followed me for a while), I not here for the monetary rewards. If that was the case, I’d write 5+ weekly articles and provide little to no engagement in each article’s comment section. I believe the comments section is as important as the article themselves b/c readers have a wide range of questions in relation to each article or the sector in general.
Question 3): What do you personally gain from writing these articles?
- I am not here trying to promote a company, book, or website. There’s nothing wrong with that. That’s just not what I’m about. I’m here for the “average Joe”.
- When I decided to write these articles, I based it on the notion I am filling a “special niche” per se. Using skills that have been built up over my professional career, my articles usually provide unique information that most writers either a) don’t have the technical expertise to provide or b) don’t bother providing due to the time it takes to compile such data. As such, I believe the S.A. community benefits from my articles. I solely do this b/c it’s a passion of mine and I like helping readers have accurate, reliable data that is not readily available. Yes, I understand this may seem “hard to believe” in this day and age.
Question 4): How come you do not write about more stocks?
- To give readers the level of detail that I provide in my articles, I amass large amounts of data every quarter (or even weekly). As a direct result, a large amount of time is consumed by obtaining / analyzing this data.
- If I expanded the stocks I research, it would most likely take away the quality of other articles I currently am writing about. Again, this gets back to the “quality vs. quantity” metric.
- There is a fairly large range of stocks / investment vehicles I cannot write about / provide an opinion on due to various conflicts of interests (regarding my professional career). This is a topic I take VERY seriously.
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.
I am the Portfolio Manager for the RETIREE INCOME PORTFOLIO, DIVIDEND OVERDRIVE PORTFOLIO, and the OIL & GAS INCOME PORTFOLIO at PortfolioChannel.com. I am also the creator of the Cash Flow Retirement Replacement Ratio© used in retirement and investment planning. A Chartered Financial Analyst and Certified Financial Planner, I have spent over two decades managing high-net worth individual and institutional accounts, working as a portfolio manager and analyst. I have also had several stints working for a pair of Private Banks managing balanced, fixed income, and equity accounts.
During the IPO season Francis Gaskins, editor of IPOdesktop.com & director of research for Equities.com, regularly appears on CNBC TV, Bloomberg, thestreet.com & other financial cable channels. On the day of the Visa IPO he appeared on four cable TV financial shows including Bloomberg & CNBC.
Over the past five years he has been quoted over 500 times by such financial media as the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, Reuters, Associated Press, USA Today among others. Those quotes are available at IPOdesktop.com.
His varied personal interests include violin playing. For example, he is concertmaster of the Palisades Symphony. He also holds an MBA from Harvard Business School (finance) and an AB from Princeton University (economics).
I'm a thirty-nine year old investor who has three years of experience under his belt. After twenty years of irresponsible consumer behavior I decided it was time to change my ways. This change coincided with a job change and a significant increase in pay. I had to decide what I was going to do with my savings. The low interest rates of savings accounts didn't seem appealing. Enter my stock investing odyssey. My goal is build long term wealth by using dividend growth investing as my foundation.
Howard is the CEO and co-founder of Stock Rover.
Prior to that he founded a company called Heroix, which has now been in business for 35 years providing advanced system management software for large scale corporate data centers. Howard's expertise is in engineering large scale enterprise class software systems. He remains the Chairman of the Board of Heroix Corp.
Howard is Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude graduate of Brown University, where he earned degrees in mathematics and in economics.
He is passionate about investing.
I am a private individual investor. I prefer to do my own research and select investments individually. I like hearing a wide range of views and enjoy discussing investments, markets, and the economy.
I employ a traditional stock and bond buy-and-hold strategy for the most part, although I also occasionally trade options. I prefer dividend paying stocks and coupon paying bonds. I intend to bear risk at levels significantly below the market and earn returns at market or slightly better.
President of MLP Protocol, investor, trader, and proponent of Master Limited Partnerships. Also on StockTwits and Twitter as @MLP_Protocol.
The primary driving force behind 99%+ of the activity on Seeking Alpha appears to be investors' confirmation bias. Do you want to be part of the 99% or are you trying to get to the 1%?
IF AN INVESTMENT GENERATES A K-1 INSTEAD OF A 1099-DIV I WON'T INVEST IN IT USING ANY TAX ADVANTAGED ACCOUNT. Here's why: http://www.wsj.com/articles/thousands-hit-with-surprise-tax-bill-on-income-in-iras-1447427436
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.
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!
I have worked in market research at Proctor and Gamble, and as a systems analyst at AT &T. I have also worked in healthcare, and run a successful internet adventure in addition to being a known indie rock musician. I lost pretty much everything when my business burned 12 years ago (underinsured). Illness nearly took me just two years ago, but I am a survivor, and back 100%. During those lean years I day traded high risk high dividend stocks and options and managed to come out with enough to retire. Don't want to do that again. Time to invest for income.
I'm now retired, formerly a security guard in Boston, and a self-taught, self-directed investor. My other interests include history, philosophy and music. I have a high school education (grad. 1967 Division Ave. H. S., Levittown, N.Y.).
I am a retired investor with market experience going back to the 1960s. I was a software engineer for 42 years, retired in 2010, and did some part-time consulting from then through 2017. I am not an accountant and not a financial professional.
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 more it shrinks. Do not be a trader.
• 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 our buffer.
Our primary 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 the majority of our living expenses.
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 care insurance.
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. In the past we owned no fixed income and had no plans to do so in the future. The future has arrived along with a need for more investment income than pure DGI provides. After an extensive search for alternatives, we discovered baby bonds and preferred stocks, and we like the higher current income we can get from these investments. We have therefore redirected some of our investment capital into these investments, and as a result our investment income is now significantly greater than it would have been otherwise.
We categorize 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.
Investment income currently meets our primary investing goal. We invest in a blend of mostly medium yield (3%-6%) stocks with high dividend growth, and fixed income securities with yields in the range of 5%-8% with no growth.
We expect our medium yield stocks to provide the income growth needed for the future, our second investing goal.
We currently own common stocks, preferred stocks, and bonds. 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 may 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 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 the best consumer staples stock, and in fact the best stock, mighty MO. Our preferred shares are mostly in the REIT sector, with the major exception of the CHS preferreds (CHSCL etc).
• Some of my investing history
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. Those were not the best investing decisions I ever made. Later I invested in stock mutual funds and ETFs for total return, with inconsistent results, and no comprehensive plan. As a software engineer / system architect in a lead position I had 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 indeed spectacular. 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 nearly enough, 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, and more recently REITs and preferreds, 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 not fixed income.
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.
Even more recently I found this article by Bruce Miller. Using this as a starting point, I immersed myself in the world of preferred stocks, and as a result about half of our capital is invested in preferreds and baby bonds. I used my software engineering skills to write VBA code in Excel that automates the calculation of stripped price, stripped yield, IRR to call, duration, and many other data points for preferreds and baby bonds.
• Tools and Teachers
Tools I use include the CCC list, F.A.S.T. Graphs, Morningstar Premium, the EDGAR web site, and Excel. I get ideas from the many informative articles by (among others) the following (in no particular order): Bill Stoller, 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, Bob Wells, BDC Buzz, Scott Kennedy, Bill Maurer, Richard Shaw, Bruce Miller, Preferred Stock Trader, Jussi Askola, Arbitrage Trader. Favorite commentators who are not yet authors include Elliot Miller, Paul Leibowitz, mbkelly75, surfgeezer.
I use FAST Graphs heavily for valuation research. Since my pivot toward REITs, FAST Graphs has done a similar pivot. I never consider an investment before first consulting FAST Graphs. Thank you Chuck.
The best investment advice outside of Seeking Alpha have been 'The Intelligent Investor', ‘Securities Analysis’, and 'The Single Best Investment'.
• Some historical portfolio stuff
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 REIT common. 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 REIT commons, 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 carefully in the carry trade. A glaring mistake was selling JNJ when it languished for several years.
Subsequent to my disenchantment with mortgage REIT common, I discovered mortgage REIT preferreds, along with preferreds and baby bonds in general. I have decided that agency mREIT preferreds are a reliable source of steady income and I own some.
• Some ongoing portfolio stuff
The target dividend growth rate for our entire portfolio was formerly 5%. With our pivot to higher current income at the expense of higher future income, this target is not realistic, and I now hope for 3-4% growth.
I attempt to use current yield to allocate our investments so that each position in aggregate generates approximately the same amount of income. I learned the basic methodology 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
I say 'attempt' because Mr Market rarely gives me what I want when I want it. More often than not it is a matter of taking what is available at a price I am willing to pay.
• Current portfolio:
Equity REIT: DLR, NSA, O
Consumer staples: MO
BDC: GBDC, GSBD, MAIN, MRCC, PFLT, TCPC, TSLX
baby bond: HTGX
cumulative preferred: AGNCB, AGNCN, AHT-I, ANH-C, CHSCL, CHSCO, CLNS-J, CYS-A, CYS-B, DLR-C, DS-B, DS-C. EPR-E, GAB-G, GGZ-A, HT-D, MFA-B, MNR-C, NLY-F, RLJ-A, STAG-B, VER-F
DRiPs: DLR, EQIX, MO, NSA
Gary A. Gordon, MS, CFP® is the president of Pacific Park Financial, Inc., a Registered Investment Adviser with the SEC. He has more than 28 years of experience as a personal coach in “money matters,” including risk assessment, small business development and portfolio management. He favors tactical asset allocation strategies over "set-it-and-forget-it" investing.
Gary is often asked to consult as an educator. He has taught financial concepts in Mexico, Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan and the United States.
As a Certified Financial Planner™ (CFP®), Gary has distinguished himself as a reputable and trusted investor advocate. He writes commentary for ETF Expert, Seeking Alpha, The Street and TalkMarkets. Gary’s participation on local and national radio has spanned more than two decades, and he currently hosts the ETF Expert Show.
Gary is a “good sport” when his wife, Denise, beats him at Scrabble. Most of all, Gary takes special pride in a not-so-little energizer… his 21-year old daughter, Wei Gordon.