Retired 2009, building income-generation portfolio around dividend growth principles, continuing to learn about DGI through articles from Seeking Alpha and comment contributors.
I'm an Army veteran and former energy dividend writer for The Motley Fool. My goal is to help all people learn how to harness the awesome power of dividend growth investing to achieve their financial dreams, and enrich their lives. With 22 years of investing experience, I've learned what works and more importantly, what doesn't, when it comes to building long-term wealth and income streams. I'm currently on an epic quest to build a broadly diversified, high-quality, high-yield dividend growth portfolio that:
1. Pays 5% to 6% yield
2. Offers 6% to 7% annual dividend growth
3. Pays dividends AT LEAST on a weekly, but preferably, daily basis
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On October 31st, 2014, I retired. Turned in the keys to the company car, gave them my computer and my account lists and joined the ranks of those who "slipped off into the sunset." I never thought in retirement that I would be this busy. It's fun. Time with the grandkids, time to perfect my cooking skills, and time to travel and check off the things on my bucket list. I should have done this a long time ago.
I'm a retired individual investor. I retired at the end of 2013 after a 35 year career as a professor and research scientist at a major research university. So -- a career as a researcher and an educator, which is what I'd like to do here. Virtually every good teacher I've ever known says some version of "I learn more from teaching than my students do." There's a lot of truth in that, enough that there's an underlying selfish motivation for my writing here as I continue to learn about investing.
My professional life involved multiple international projects and collaborations, so I traveled extensively over those 35 years. I still will be doing so in my retirement. One consequence is that I'm liable to disappear from the site for extended periods. How can you miss me if I don't go away?
My investing priorities are building and refining portfolios designed to provide income and capital growth: Income for my retirement needs, and capital growth for my estate. My investing interests are tax-advantaged income from a range of sources, portfolio strategies, information- and bio-technology, and strategic allocation.
Why I Write for Seeking Alpha: I learned long ago that "writing is nature's way of letting you know how sloppy your thinking is." The line comes from a Guindon comic strip of many years ago. As an academic scientist I routinely published my research results. It's how I spent my working career, so it comes more or less naturally to me. It forces me to think about details I might otherwise overlook.Like all academics, I consider it an essential part of doing research. So, the writing I do here is as much for myself as for the reader. It also opens me to feedback from others who may draw quite different conclusions.
As a research scientist I spent a career spanning four decades devoted to free exchange of information vetted by rigorous peer review. It's a concept I firmly believe in. So, I encourage and appreciate thoughtful comments, especially from those who disagree with me (although I will ignore obvious trolls and encourage others to do so as well).
My Investment Philosophies and Strategies: I maintain two portfolios: one for income and one for growth. As I have reached the age where I have to take mandatory withdrawals from my IRAs,I have transitioned my taxable brokerage account to a nearly pure growth focus along with a large holding in tax-free municipal-bond CEFs. My goal for the IRA is to generate income to meet MRD levels. The remainder is held in a fairly defensive growth portfolio. I've reached a point where I'm more concerned about drawdowns than I am about beating the market.
Who Is Left Banker? Ah yes, the name. When I first joined Seeking Alpha I had no intention of being anything but an occasional reader. I saw it as another research site. So, I just ported a name I've used on other sites. I spent some of the best times of my life living on the left bank of the Seine and am always thrilled to be back in La Belle Paris. Add that I also like it because I find several word plays there; I'll leave it to you to decipher that comment.
Finally, I've chosen to remain anonymous, which I feel obligated to address. First, I have no professional role in finance and nothing to sell, so there is no advantage to be gained by "making a name for myself' here. Second, I value my privacy and have kept my internet presence as low-key as my professional life allowed. But I do have a professional on-line presence which I'd prefer not to mix with my Seeking Alpha persona. I certainly want to avoid any possibility of some internet connection trying to track me down. Odds against that happening are, of course, outrageously long, but why take them on at all?
Disclosures: I have no ties to the financial or security industries in any form. My interests are strictly personal. The banker part of the nym has absolutely no relationship to the profession of the same name. Readers should be aware that I am an investing novice, some might say dilettante, but when I write about something here, it's something that I have a personal financial stake in (perhaps a negative stake in that I'll tell you why I rejected it). I do not give advice; what I publish is much more in line with my research notebook. Anyone who finds anything of interest will necessarily want to do his or her complete research and due diligence. It would be foolish to rely on my conclusions without having done so.
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A regular guy (still alive from New York!) who shows how he would manage a model (not actual) portfolio for educational purposes only, my personal finances are my own business and the disclosure statement is only for the portfolio we are discussing (if an asset is held personally, I will note that in the disclosure). I give absolutely no advice, and only offer suggestions on how I could manage a portfolio. My personal portfolio and finances can change at any time, which has nothing to do with the educational value of any article.
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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%
My goal is to design and manage a diversified portfolio that provides a growing, relatively safe dividend stream to supplement retirement income. The portfolio includes 30 individual equities and 7 ETFs. The average number of consecutive years of dividend increases is 26. Eight of the companies have S&P credit ratings of AA or higher. Fifteen are rated A+ or higher. Twenty-one are rated A- or higher. One company (WP Carey) is rated BBB. The other 29 are rated BBB+ or higher. I try to buy quality and maintain a long term perspective.
The 30 individual equities are: Johnson & Johnson (JNJ); Microsoft (MSFT); Exxon Mobil (XOM); Apple (AAPL); Walmart (WMT); Automatic Data Processing (ADP); Pfizer (PFE); Merck (MRK); Procter & Gamble (PG); 3M (MMM); Cisco (CSCO); Royal Bank of Canada (RY); NW Natural (NWN); PepsiCo (PEP); Texas Instruments (TXN); Kimberly-Clark (KMB); Qualcomm (QCOM); Simon Property Group (SPG); Clorox (CLX); PPL Corporation (PPL); WEC Energy (WEC); AT&T (T); National Retail Properties (NNN); Realty Income (O); Tanger Factory Outlets (SKT); Enterprise Products Partners (EPD); Brookfield Renewable Partners (BEP); Ventas (VTR); BCE Inc (BCE); WP Carey (WPC).
The 7 ETFs are: Vanguard Total Stock Market Index ETF (VTI); Vanguard FTSE Developed Markets Index ETF (VEA); Vanguard FTSE Emerging Markets Index ETF (VWO); Vanguard High Dividend Yield Index ETF (VYM); Vanguard International High Dividend Yield Index ETF (VYMI); Vanguard Mid-Cap Value Index ETF (VOE); Vanguard Small-Cap Value Index ETF (VBR).
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.
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I am an individual investor. Before I retired I was an active trader, but I use a more conservative approach now. Like many in my situation, I am looking for dependable yield.
I am not an economist, but have almost enough post-graduate economics credit to earn an MS. I had a hard time with integration, and one can't be an economist without integral calculus. I also have done graduate work in online curriculum design.
During my years in Houston I worked as a systems integrator (software and hardware consultant) focusing on Land Use. For a while I was an executive with a geophysical services firm there. I have also been a landlord and owned oil wells. There's nothing like having skin in the game for learning how things really work. Having been away from petroleum exploration and production for so many years, I consider myself to have a layman's knowledge of the economics and technology of the industry. It's a pretty good understanding, but I communicate in words most people understand. Shortly before my retirement I did some consulting for a few large chemical and refining operations. I say operations because some of them were plants owned by major integrated oil companies and some were independent chemical manufacturers. This experience gave me a more complete understanding of the manufacturing end of the energy industry.
I am an individual investor and focus on investing in dividend-paying and dividend-growing stocks with a long-term horizon. In addition to a DGI portfolio, I manage and invest in a couple of high-income portfolios as well as some Risk-adjusted Rotation Strategies. I believe "Passive Income" is what makes you 'Financially Free'. My personal goal is to generate at least 50% of my retirement income from dividends and rest from other investments like real-estate (rental) etc. I have been investing for the last 25 years and consider myself an experienced investor. I plan to share my experiences by way of writing two or three articles a month and also share my portfolio strategy.
I am currently long on ABT, ABBV, JNJ, PFE, NVS, NVO, CL, CLX, GIS, UL, NSRGY, PG, MON, ADM, MO, PM, KO, DEO, MCD, WMT, WBA, CVS, LOW, CSCO, MSFT, INTC, T, VZ, VTR, CVX, XOM, VLO, HCP, O, OHI, NNN, STAG, WPC, MAIN, NLY, ARCC, PCI, PDI, PFF, RFI, RNP, UTF, EVT, FFC, HQH, KYN, NMZ, NBB, JPS, JRI, TLT.
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.
I'm a huge fan of dividend growth / GARP investing and talking about personal finance/investing in general. I believe long-term investing is the best way for my family to reach our goals, as I've seen my grandparents do the same, and it makes the most sense to me. Although my trade is not financially oriented (I'm an engineer), I do believe my family and I can manage our finances without the fees of financial advisers. (Previous Username: Kuwinsall)
Jeff Paul has been investing since his teen years, though his professional career has primarily been in software engineering, education, and healthcare. His math classes participated in online stock market challenges, providing an opportunity to share his enthusiasm for investing with his students and the chance for them to learn the fundamentals and try to identify the next big stock (they found Google). Jeff completed an MBA at Portland State University with a focus on finance. He served as a Senior Investment Analyst and Portfolio Manager at a wealth management firm, where he developed and managed a Dividend Growth portfolio that outperformed the S&P 500 over a 5-yr period. Jeff currently works in data analytics at a large healthcare system.
I write about dividend growth stocks on my website http://www.dividendgrowthinvestor.com/. I am mostly a buyer of high quality dividend stocks, with solid competitive advantages. My holding period is forever, as long as the dividend is at least maintained. I tend to concentrate my efforts on stocks which grow earnings and dividends, which provides outstanding total returns over time. I only focus my attention to stocks with sustainable dividend payments. I am also a firm believer in diversification accross sectors and geographic locations. I have been focusing my attention particularly to companies that regularly increase dividends to their shareholders since 2007. On my blog I share my thoughts on investing in dividend paying stocks that have consistently increased their payments over time and tips on growing my dividend income. I hope that my blog will serve as an inspiration for my readers and that it would change their financial lives for the better. Visit my website, Dividend Growth Investor (http://www.dividendgrowthinvestor.com/)
I have been seriously into stocks since the early 1990's and into options for the past several years. Since early 2010 I've become particularly interested in dividend growth stocks to hold for the long term. In conjunction with that I occasionally use options to boost performance. Prior to that, made and lost a lot of money in the market with each boom and bust.
Since late 2010 I have been working on a system for picking dividend growth stocks with the best potential for sustainable growth. The system ranks the stocks based on their Potency Score, a metric I have devised that uses a multitude of fundamental, valuation, performance, and other data and their inter-relations to forecast a stock's ability for sustainable dividend growth. A stock with such ability is bound to also produce respectable capital gains. My math background has come handy in the process.
I have also created a 12-ETF portfolio strategy named The Immortal Portfolio, which is intended to beat the market in the long run. I have described both of these systems in my SA articles.
Currently working a full time job (non-financial business) and managing my own personal investment accounts.