First, the good stuff. Here's my portfolio ...
Consumer Discretionary (5): HD, MCD, NKE, SBUX, TGT
Consumer Staples (11): COST, CVS, GIS, HRL, KHC, KO, MO, PEP, PG, PM, WBA
Energy (3): CVX, KMI, XOM
Financial (1): MAIN
Health (5): ABBV, AMGN, GILD, JNJ, MCK
Industrial (3): BA, LMT, MMM
REITs (5): HCN, NNN, O, OHI, VTR
Technology (3): AAPL, MSFT, QCOM
Telecom (3): BCE, T, TU
Utilities (5): AVA, D, SCG, SO, WEC
ALSO: small stakes in 26 additional companies held in the Dividend Growth 50 portfolio (http://seekingalpha.com/article/2764265-its-new-its-nifty-its-the-dividend-growth-50): ADP, AFL, BAX, BDX, CAT, CL, CLX, COP, DE, EMR, GE, GPC, HCP, HSY, IBM, KMB, MKC, NEE, QCP, SHPG, SJM, UTX, V, VZ, WFC, WMT. (Also small stakes in COST, VIG, VOO and VDIGX bought the same day as the DG50.)
Now, a little about me:
I am a 50-something former sportswriter who was sent on a permanent vacation during the Great Recession. That sucked, but my story is not a sad one. Unlike many folks who lost their jobs, I am not in financial distress, I am not depressed and I am not bored.
My wife is a pediatric nurse with a bullet-proof job and decent benefits. So after supporting her and our two kids (now grown) for most of three decades, the least she can do is support my semi-retired keister!
Because of Roberta's job situation, because we have zero debt (not even mortgage debt), because we no longer have any dependents and because we have been pretty diligent savers over the years, we are comfortable (though nowhere near rich).
Although we hold some funds, bonds and cash, my investing philosophy leans heavily toward Dividend Growth Investing. By early next decade, we want to live entirely off of our income stream, Social Security and pension payments - and therefore will not have to spend down the principal one iota. To accomplish this, we invest mostly in blue-chip companies with long track records of growing dividends. As of mid-2016, we are well ahead of pace to reach our goal.
When not researching investments and writing for Seeking Alpha and other Web sites, I coach middle-school girls basketball at Metrolina Regional Scholars Academy, the top charter school in North Carolina; we have won two consecutive conference championships won the first conference championships - the first two in school history! I also umpire youth baseball and referee youth basketball.
My wife and I dote on our 6-year-old pup, Simmie, and keep up on the doings of our now-grown kids, Katie and Ben. And we love to cheer on the basketball team of our alma mater, Marquette University, where we both majored in Journalism. Go Golden Warrior Hilltopper Avalanche Eagles! Also big fans of the Carolina Panthers.
I still occasionally post to the blog I initiated in 2007 -- lots of sports stuff, some politics, some personal junk -- at www.TheBaldestTruth.com.
I obtained my CPA in 1990 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 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 blog on my website.
Mr. Hui has been involved in the equity markets since 1980, both on the buy side and the sell side. He is a CFA Charterholder, and has presented numerous papers to quantitative discussion groups (Sample topics include: How Global are Resource Sectors).
Please note that I do not read comments posted here, nor respond to messages here. I don't have the time. If you want my attention, you must seek it directly at my blog.
David J. Merkel, CFA — From 2003-2007, I was a leading commentator at the excellent investment website RealMoney.com (http://www.RealMoney.com). Back in 2003, after several years of correspondence, James Cramer invited me to write for the site, and now I write for RealMoney on equity and bond portfolio management, macroeconomics, derivatives, quantitative strategies, insurance issues, corporate governance, etc. My specialty is looking at the interlinkages in the markets in order to understand individual markets better.
I no longer contribute to RealMoney because my work duties have gotten larger, and I began this blog to develop a distinct voice with a wider distribution.
In 2008, I became the Chief Economist and Director of Research of Finacorp Securities (http://www.prnewswire.com/cgi-bin/stories.pl?ACCT=109&STORY=/www/story/02-08-2008/0004752449&EDATE=). Finacorp went into liquidation in June 2010, after which I decided to open my own asset management shop, Aleph Investments, LLC. I manage stock and bond portfolios for clients.
Until 2007, I was a senior investment analyst at Hovde Capital, responsible for analysis and valuation of investment opportunities for the FIP funds, particularly of companies in the insurance industry. I also managed the internal profit sharing and charitable endowment monies of the firm.
Prior to joining Hovde in 2003, I managed corporate bonds for Dwight Asset Management. In 1998, I joined the Mount Washington Investment Group as the Mortgage Bond and Asset Liability manager after working with Provident Mutual, AIG and Pacific Standard Life.
My background as a life actuary has given me a different perspective on investing. How do you earn money without taking undue risk? How do you convey ideas about investing while showing a proper level of uncertainty on the likelihood of success? How do the various markets fit together, telling us us a broader story than any single piece? These are the themes that I will deal with in this blog. I hold bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Johns Hopkins University.
In my spare time, I take care of our eight children with my wonderful wife Ruth. Visit this site: The Aleph Blog (http://alephblog.com/)
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.
James Carlini, MBA, is a mission critical networks consultant, real estate technology strategist, a certified Infrastructure consultant, and President of CARLINI & ASSOCIATES, since 1986. He is a member of the National Military Intelligence Association. Former award-winning, Adjunct Professor at Northwestern University.
He has spoken at several national conferences in 2015 including the Windy City Summit which is one of the largest Treasury and Cash Management tradeshows in the country and the Illinois Municipal League Conference. His two sessions included, "Aiming for Quality in Technology Investments" and "Smartphones & Mobile Wallets vs. Credit Cards at the Windy City Summit. In 2016, he has spoken at an IBEW Conference in Detroit, and was Keynote Speaker at the Intelligent Buildings & Digital Home Forum in San Diego in April, speaking on "Intelligent Infrastructure & Cybersecurity". He just spoke at the International Drone Expo in Los Angeles in December.
He published a new whitepaper on military infrastructure, strategy, and tactics for the War on Terrorism, NANOKRIEG: BEYOND BLITZKRIEG. This is an excerpt of his upcoming second book.
He also has a monthly column at Electrical Contractor Magazine covering Intelligent Infrastructure - http://www.ecmag.com/contributing-authors/james-carlini
His first book, LOCATION LOCATION CONNECTIVITY, about technology, Intelligent Infrastructure, and its impact on real estate and regional economic development is available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble (The ISBN # is 978-0-9906460-44 for the 386-page paperback (List price $39.99)). His conceptual definition of infrastructure, the Platform for Commerce, and its impact on economic growth has also been recognized and referred to in the US ARMY Corps of Engineers' Handbook on "Infrastructure and the Operational Art." (see Page 2, Chapter 1) http://www.academia.edu/9221521/Infrastructure_and_the_Operational_Art
A whitepaper, "Intelligent Infrastructure and Its Impact on Regional Sustainability" published at http://iwcs.omnibooksonline.com/data/papers/2012/1-5.pdf This paper is what he presented in November 2012 at the annual International Wiring & Cabling Symposium in Providence, RI. He also spoke at the BICSI Winter Conference in Tampa, FL in January 2013.
He has also written several articles this year on 5G Networks, Smartphones, cloud computing and intelligent infrastructure. See link - http://jamescarlini.sys-con.com/
He recently spoke at the University of Chicago's Gleacher Center at the second annual INFORM conference on Big Data and Analytics (Sept. 2014) and gave the Keynote address at the HetNet Expo Conference in Chicago in October 2014. He spoke at the Dept. of Homeland Security's Workshop on Aging Infrastructure in NYC on his white paper "Intelligent Infrastructure: Insuring Security for Regional Sustainability in July 2009 at Columbia University.
He also wrote a follow-up white paper for George Mason University's School of Law's Critical Infrastructure Program Report (OCT. 2009) on "Intelligent Infrastructure: Securing Regional Sustainability" which discusses the concepts that the infrastructure is the platform for global commerce and that economic development today equals broadband connectivity and broadband connectivity equals jobs. See Page 7 (http://cip.gmu.edu/archive/CIPHS_TheCIPReport_October2009_AgingInfrastructure.pdf ) He recently addressed an audience of 3,300 at the annual BICSI (Building Industry Consulting Services International) Conference in Las Vegas in September 2010 on this topic focusing on the infrastructure and how it relates to regional economic development.
He was also the keynote speaker at the annual LECET Conference in 2011 and Roads & Bridges Live Conference in Las Vegas in the fall of 2011. He has also served as an award-winning adjunct faculty member at Northwestern University for two decades in the undergraduate and Executive Masters programs. He has advised on major projects including the Chicago 911 Center (Consultant to the Mayor’s Office), network infrastructures at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (trading floor technologies), GLOBEX ( international network), and the DuPage Business Center (800 Acres). He has been an expert witness in both civil and federal court for network infrastructure and mission critical networks (the public network, 911, casinos) His white paper: Intelligent Business Campuses: Keys to Future Economic Development was published by the International Engineering Consortium in their Annual Review of Communications in 2008.
He is also the Chairman Emeritus of the Rolls-Royce Owners Club, Lake Michigan Region.
Russ Koesterich, CFA, JD, Managing Director and portfolio manager for BlackRock’s Global Allocation Fund, is a member of the Global Allocation team within BlackRock's Multi-Asset Strategies Group. He serves as a member of BlackRock's Americas Executive Committee.
Mr. Koesterich's service with the firm dates back to 2005, including his years with Barclays Global Investors (BGI), which merged with BlackRock in 2009. He joined the BlackRock Global Allocation team in 2016 as Head of Asset Allocation and was named a portfolio manager of the Fund in 2017. Previously, he was BlackRock's Global Chief Investment Strategist and Chairman of the Investment Committee for the Model Portfolio Solutions business, and formerly served as the Global Head of Investment Strategy for scientific active equities and as senior portfolio manager in the US Market Neutral Group. Prior to joining BGI, Mr. Koesterich was the Chief North American Strategist at State Street Bank and Trust. He began his investment career at Instinet Research Partners where he occupied several positions in research, including Director of Investment Strategy for both U.S. and European research, and Equity Analyst. He is a frequent contributor to financials news media and the author of two books, including his most recent "The Ten Trillion Dollar Gamble."
Mr. Koesterich earned a BA in history from Brandeis University, a JD from Boston College and an MBA from Columbia University. He is a CFA Charterholder.
Charles (Chuck) C. Carnevale is the creator of F.A.S.T. Graphs™. Chuck is also co-founder of an investment management firm. He has been working in the securities industry since 1970: he has been a partner with a private NYSE member firm, the President of a NASD firm, Vice President and Regional Marketing Director for a major AMEX listed company, and an Associate Vice President and Investment Consulting Services Coordinator for a major NYSE member firm. Prior to forming his own investment firm, he was a partner in a 30-year-old established registered investment advisory in Tampa, Florida. Chuck holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics and Finance from the University of Tampa. Chuck is a sought-after public speaker who is very passionate about spreading the critical message of prudence in money management. Chuck is a Veteran of the Vietnam War and was awarded both the Bronze Star and the Vietnam Honor Medal.
Alan Brochstein, CFA, was the first investment professional to devote himself to sharing his observations about the cannabis industry from an investor's perspective publicly. He runs 420 Investor, a subscription-based due diligence platform for investors interested in the publicly-traded cannabis stocks and is also the founder of New Cannabis Ventures, a content aggregation site focused on investors and entrepreneurs in the cannabis industry.
Alan has worked in the securities industry since 1986, primarily with the responsibility for managing investments in institutional environments until he founded AB Analytical Services in 2007 in order to provide independent research and consulting to registered investment advisors. In addition to advising several different hedge funds and investment managers, including Friedberg Investment Management, where he participated as a member of its investment management committee, Alan was also a senior analyst for the independent research firm Management CV. In 2008, he began providing a first-of-its-kind subscription-based service for individual investors, Invest By Model, which offered two different portfolios that investors could replicate in their own accounts for $20 per month. Alan also offered The Analytical Trader at Marketfy, where he used fundamental and technical analysis in a disciplined process to offer specific trade ideas geared towards swing traders.
Alan launched www.420Investor.com in late 2013 as the premier source of information for "Green Rush" investors seeking to capitalize on the proliferation of legalized medical and recreational cannabis. In March 2014, Alan, who is a member of the National Cannabis Industry Association, began to focus solely on the cannabis sector. He launched www.NewCannabisVentures.com in late 2015.
You can follow Alan on Facebook (www.facebook.com/420investor) or on Twitter (https://twitter.com/Invest420). Alan also moderates a large LinkedIn group focused on the cannabis industry, Cannabis Investors & Entrepreneurs (https://www.linkedin.com/groups/6523904)