I retired from being an Engineering Fellow for a major industrial conglomerate in 2007. I spent 32 years there and focused on technology strategy and new technology development. I was fortunate to have both a defined benefit pension, a good size 401k, and some taxable brokerage accounts. To keep my mind busy, I made a hobby of personal investment management. I have focused on asset allocation theory, valuation techniques, and technical analysis. As an income investor, my primary interests are choosing and holding individual dividend stocks, including MLPs. I select actively managed mutual funds for other asset classes. I recently began using exchange traded debt (baby bonds) and preferred stock to supplement a multi-sector bond fund.
"To be best of breed requires a strong moat and I believe that this is something that can not be found by just looking at the numbers"
You may find my writing style to be a bit different - I heavily prioritize the business model over anything else. There are many businesses with great earnings and dividends histories - how do you know which ones will continue to prosper in the future? We must avoid investing like a stock screener and should carefully filter out companies that look good on paper but in reality posses no moat.
I am most influenced by Peter Lynch's teachings in "One up on Wall Street." I highly recommend this book for all beginning investors. I should point out that there is much more to learn from him than "buy what you know" which even is not ever said in his book. Lynch taught me to focus on understanding the business model and the free cash flow.
I hope to contribute to this stock community and keep investing fun (and profitable!)
Welcome, Stockles is my public investment diary were I show you how I’m creating a passive compounding machine which will generate money when I sleep, surf, travel and enjoy life. The goal is to annually generate $80 000 in dividends. I’m using the Dividend Growth Strategy and I focus on companies with the following attributes: Enduring competitive advantages, long operating history, shareholder-aligned management and opportunity for long-term growth, reasonable payout ratios, consistent free cash flow and healthy balance sheet. Consistent normlized earnings per share is very important. While money is important, travelling is main my passion. Here’s some of my proudest moments:
1) Travelled the world alone for one year.
2) Worked as an english teacher in a small province in north Vietnam.
3) Got closer to understanding that money isn’t happiness. Poor farmers can be (normally are) just as happy as a rich man. It’s about waking up and going towards something. Where you go doesn’t matter.
This site & my blog will focus on passive income, but also what it means to feel alive. I hope you find it interesting.
Value strategies resonate with me, and I don't relegate myself to any sector or industry. I guess you could say I am an equal opportunity investor: if a company meets my investment criteria, I will buy. Big picture, I look for three main things in a stock before I consider it for investment: Does the company have a product or service that will be in demand in the future? Does the company have a demonstrated history of success and are they on solid financial footing today (i.e., a manageable debt load and strong cash flow generation)? Can I purchase their stock for a reasonable price? If I can verify each of these things, I then look at how that company deploys their free cash flow to enrich their shareholders. Companies can enrich shareholders by: Paying dividends Buying back stock Paying down debt Making acquisitions It's best when the company does all these things, but it's not a deal breaker if they don't do all at the same time. Annual reports are also important to find any red flags or factors that strengthen the case for investment. That is the skeleton of my process, and it has served me well thus far. I appreciate engaging in intelligent dialogue with the SA community and look forward to learning with other users.
David J. Waldron is a Seeking Alpha award-winning author.
David actively conducts research and manages investments for his family portfolio in real-time, then publishes the results for his Marketplace subscribers as the Main Street Value Investor Large-Cap Total Return (MSVI-LC), Small-Cap Total Return (MSVI-SC), Dividend Income (MSVI-DI), and Passive Index ETF (MSVI-PI) model portfolios. MSVI is for everyday investors seeking value-oriented strategies designed to help them grow and preserve wealth or income to finance the significant milestones in life.
David was awarded a B.S. in Business Studies from Stockton University and completed the Practice of Management Program at Brown University. He and his wife, Suzan, live near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania USA.
Robert Ruggirello, CFA is the Managing Director of Brave Eagle Wealth Management, a NY based fee-only Registered Investment Advisor. Previously, Mr. Ruggirello served as an Analyst at Centre Asset Management, LLC. Robert holds a MS in Financial Statement Analysis & Securities Valuation from Baruch College and BBA in Finance from Pace University's Lubin School of Business. Robert is a CFA charterholder and a member of the CFA society of NY.
Brave Eagle Wealth Management specializes in holistic portfolio management for retired members of the FDNY. Our approach is differentiated in how we incorporate human capital and insurance levels into the asset allocation decision. We use financial assets to build a completion portfolio that diversifies away from the risks associated with our clients human capital.
We use a combination of active and passive investments in an expanded asset allocation framework that includes real assets and absolute return strategies.
I am a part time investor, focused on long term value investing and risk arbitrage opportunities. I believe success in the stock market boils down to information. The more information and facts you have about a stock, the more successful you'll become as an investor.
Paul Wagner, author of "The Duly Diligent Stock Investor", a well-reviewed book written for new investors (available here) is a seasoned stock investor with a long background in financial analysis and portfolio management. His first career managing portfolios of secured debt lasted 25 years with Heller Financial, a Chicago-based international secured lender to middle market companies. He left his position there as Senior Credit Officer of Heller's Current Asset Management Group in 1997.
That year he began his second career where he drew upon his analytical skills to create and manage his own portfolios of publicly-traded securities. His success in that career has come in the form of a 100% reliance on his investment returns to fund his lifestyle for over 20 years.
Drawing on his 46 years of experience managing both debt and equity portfolios, he has contributed several articles to Seeking Alpha members and frequently offers his comments on the articles of other contributors.
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Experienced investor and analyst, with most of my career spent on Wall Street and in London. I enjoy the analytical chase, and the prize of getting it right, especially for overlooked or under-appreciated stocks.
As a CFA with a solid accounting background, I respect the numbers. Being able to first establish a fact-based view is critical to the process, and independent thought is key. That way we can at least have a basis for comparison to views from the market, which is the ultimate judge.
I'm a guy called Tim who is Currently a Corporate Drone living in the Boston area, my focus is to get myself out the Rat Race, and save myself before my body withers, and soul decays from the life drudgery in Corporate America.
I prefer Value investing, and have studied the greats like Buffett and Graham. Although, I can especially relate to Peter Lynch, and his simplistic ways of finding value where others have overlooked it.
My background experience is in managing residential rental properties, entrepreneurship, sales, and analyzing data for corporations. Ultimately, I plan to teach Business English, and Entrepreneurship skills to students in developing countries, while at the same time expanding on my hobbies of Scuba Diving, Sailing and travelling.
Retired Registered Nurse with no financial background .
After getting slaughtered in 2008 when I had all my $$ locked up in an IRA run by professionals skimming 1.5% annually I decided I could have a lot more fun losing my money myself and I could skip the fee.
It's been fun! I love learning about the markets and money. I have the luxury of putting in at least two hous a day of study and research.
I've done well since the fateful day in March 2009 that I decided to jump all in ( yes, dumb beginners luck).
I'm a little more educated now thanks to the SA community.
My husband is impressed enough to entrust me with running all our retirement funds so the heat is on.
I know nothing is a sure thing in this shaky world of ours with profligate governments and demanding citizens all run by professional politicians only concerned about their reelection but at least I actually care about our money certainly more than any of the professional money managers ever did.
If you can think of a job requiring physical labor, I've probably done it. 65 years of hard work have taught me lot. Have studied the markets since high school and its been very financially rewarding. Life's experiences have taught me much more than any college degree ever will. "Every person should own a business to really understand the world we live in".
Jussi Askola is a former private equity real estate investor with experience working in Europe and the USA. Recently, Jussi worked for a private equity firm in Dallas, Texas and earlier performed property acquisition in Germany. Jussi is also the lead REIT analyst at High Dividend Opportunities (HDO), the #1 ranked dividend research service on Seeking Alpha featuring Jussi's best investment ideas.
In addition to being a CFA Level III candidate, Jussi holds a B.Sc. in Real Estate Finance from University Nürtingen-Geislingen (Germany) and a B.Sc. Construction and Property Management from University of South Wales (UK).
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30+ years of investing experience. Conservative equities investor with a top down investment approach. I look for:
* growth at a reasonable price with a focus on dividend paying companies that consistently raise their payouts.
* companies trading at or below fair value with strong fundamentals
I am NOT chasing yield!
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Joseph Ori is founder and President of Paramount Capital Corporation, a real estate investment, financing and advisory firm that provides strategic advisory services, debt and equity capital financing, capital solutions, brokerage, corporate finance and work outs and restructurings for the commercial real estate industry. The firm has completed more than $3.2 billion in real estate transactions.
Semi-retired CPA. 59 years old. I am steadily relying on my investment income for retirement. My practice is slowly fading away and is a means to pay my health insurance and medical expenses. Started investing thru my mother's account at age 14. I owe so much to my mother who taught me so much about investing. She had me keep her charting up for her. She had me watching the ticker on TV when it became available to the masses. I learned company ticker symbols using California 3 letter license plates in a game we would play whenever we drove anywhere. I learned her investment philosophy which was based on long term charting of stocks that had remained dormant for years hoping they were on the verge of breaking out to the upside. She was very successful using this methodology. My mom had me sitting with her watching the old Wall Street Week, Agronsky & Co., Washington Week, Nightly Business Report, etc. I started out understanding next to nothing in the beginning but gradually began to understand everything. She emphasized importance of understanding the interrelationship of the economy and government because government could make or break your investments. Our investment philosophies ended up being so different but I rely on that solid core I learned in those early years for so many things even to this day. My focus is constructing a portfolio of solid total return investments. Too many investors focus on high income at any price or high risky income because they did not accumulate enough assets to lower their risk profile and desperately need or want a desired level of income and are taking way too much risk to get it. We all need income to live in a retirement time frame much longer than anyone could have expected when we were all young. We also need a greater measure of capital growth because life's highest expenses may be in our future and our assets must keep up with the higher cost of living in the future. I was smashed to pieces like so many in late 2008. Had to lick my wounds and figure out how to move forward. I read an article by Prof. Timothy Considine (then at Univ of PA) in late 2008/early 2009 about the future of energy and I completely bought into it choosing the MLP space as the primary focus believing in an eventual recovery of MLPs but more importantly the story that 25 years of incredible infrastructure growth lay ahead and the MLPs were best suited to perform that service so the E&Ps maintain their capital for exploration and production. Still licking my wounds I focused on the MLP sector in general believing in a general recovery meaning all boats would rise which they did. BUT, there comes a moment and I learned this from my mother, there comes a moment where the general part of a recovery must give way to an intense focus on the very best companies within the industry you believe in. So I moved from a general focus to specific best of breed MLPs. I chose based on an understanding of each MLP's asset map and future potential to build out. I focused on organic growth over acquisition growth because Wall Street has destroyed so many companies over the years playing the acquisition game. Prof. Considine's thesis of a long term infrastructure build out meant you had to choose companies with the financial firepower (balance sheet) and asset map that allowed for much more organic growth than competing MLPs whose history was more reliant on higher cost acquisition growth. In this zero interest rate environment many sub-par MLPs could prosper but the trick was to find the best of breed that could prosper in a normalized interest rate world which is the next chapter in our economy. I also focused on MLPs that were starting to jettison their GPs. MMP was the first and they paid 11x ebitda to buy out their GP. BPL and NRY were among the last to buy out their GPs and paid 23-26x ebitda which was crazy and an indication of how late they were to the game. MMP has prospered big time while the latter two MLPs have faltered in large part because they paid too much and waited too long to buy out their GPs. I bought MMP when they made the announcement. Wall Street analysts were skeptical about MMP's move and thought 11x ebitda was too much to pay. These same analysts thought paying 10x ebitda for a pipeline acquisition was reasonable but understand they get a lot more fees from the latter than the former. I knew I was on to something very good and have a large portion of my assets in the MLPs that bought out their GPs. So to boil it down I have MLPs as core and absent tax law changes will be a major factor in my retirement plan. I also own a few best of breed BDCs and some common stock with good dividend payout histories and histories of good growth in dividends. I used the 2008/9 crash to convert my IRA to a ROTH. My first transfer out of my traditional IRA was AAPL at $167; sold in my ROTH for $596. My mom always said use tragedy and adversity to your advantage an converting to a ROTH was my greatest leap of faith. When I was younger I did very well in growth stocks without dividends but I have reached an age where I do not want to work as hard as I have worked so I do not have that same salary backup behind me that allows for taking that level of risk. However my risk portion of the portfolio is more measured with stocks like AIG, LCC, and WMB. I am an HNWI. Not meant to brag, simply to state that I have accomplished my dream and enjoy responding to SA writings to give some wisdom from lessons learned, ideas for what to look for in (specifically) MLP investments, and in the case of Mreits hopefully get a few people to understand they must start learning about interest rate cycles in order to successfully play the cycle. I dumped all Mreits in NOV 2012 because I could see the winds of change that very much paralleled the GNMA and GNMA fund breakdowns in the 1980s. When the time comes I will begin looking at bonds and preferred again because the cycle will eventually reach that point where it will make sense to own bonds and preferred but not yet.
I focus strongly on valuation, both on individual companies and on market indices. I regularly employ the use of cash-secured puts, covered calls, and normal buy-and-hold positions, depending on market conditions and available opportunities. Most of my investments are dividend-focused.
My career as an engineer primarily involves project management, engineering economics, and technical procurement. I have a bachelor's in electrical engineering and a master's in engineering management with a significant focus on financial modeling and engineering economics.
I have taken a large amount of coursework, both graduate and undergraduate, in economics, machine learning, mathematics, and statistics, culminating in a PhD in Statistics from Carnegie Mellon University.
Currently, I'm a statistics professor at a large, state university (I'll leave it up to you to sleuth it out if you are so inclined) and teach mainly statistical machine learning at mainly the graduate level. Additionally, I research macroeconomic forecasting and using automated algorithms to analyze very large data sets.
Outside of researching and teaching, I spend a substantial amount of time reading and thinking about investing, accounting, and finance and I thoroughly enjoy both writing and read articles here on SA.