An individual investor focused on preservation of capital and generating dividend income. My strategy is to invest in quality, dividend paying companies, with simple business models, and, a long track record of increasing dividends. Like Nick Murray, I'm a believer in diversification, but not in asset allocation. I'm long 100% equities, all the time. I can live with any amount of volatility if I'm in quality companies. Since I live off dividends, the prices at any particular moment don't rattle me. David Fish's CCC list is my primary watch list. The quality of the business model (simplicity, tenure), earnings track record and valuation are key principles in my book. Free cash flows and payout ratios are very important metrics. When I first started investing in 1990, I gravitated to DGI - a book called "dividends don't lie" influenced me. I did not have a single losing position in 10 years. Then, I learned an expensive lesson in 2002 (60% loss of net worth at that time) when I lost my way and got into momentum/technology stocks. I lost track of understanding WHAT I was buying and HOW the company made it's money. I will never deviate from buying quality companies that have a long track record of paying dividends, at value, since I paid a high price to gain that knowledge. A critical insight -- it is better to pay a fair price for an excellent company than an excellent price for a fair company (Buffett). I buy companies that I'd buy more of if prices were to drop. A second one, is to have a long term orientation (Klarman). In other words, buy and hold, allow compounding to work, and try not to "market time". SA DGI leaders such as Chuck Carnevale, Chowder, David Fish, David Van Knapp, Tim McAleenan, Part Time investor, Sure Dividend and several others have influenced my thinking. It is not an exaggeration to say that SA has impacted my life. I'm a first generation American, and am very grateful for the opportunities provided by my adopted country.35 companies make up 72% of my portfolio. In descending order of size - Proctor & Gamble,Johnson & Johnson,Verizon,Cocal-Cola, AT&T,United Technologies,Exxon Mobil,Diageo.Kimberly-Clark,Hershey, Kraft Heinz McDonalds Pepsico Unilever Chevron Wal-Mart Emerson Electric International Business Machines Phillip Morris Cummins General ElectricNestle Disney Microsoft Cisco 3M Helmerich Payne GENERAL MILLS United Parcel Service QUALCOMM W P CAREY Wells Fargo Archer Daniels Midland Oracle Apple. All but three are rated as narrow or wide moats. The other holdings are mini-ETFs (for example, 11 REITS that I treat as 1 diversified company). The remainder, ~14 companies, (examples include: Ambev, CAT, DE, DVN, MUR, MRO) are ones I will slowly sell of and re-invest into my core holdings. As of May 1, 2016 (aged 57 years) I have retired and live off my dividends.
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.
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.
Ian is also an associate analyst for Value Investor's Edge. VIE is a top-ranked deep value research service featuring exclusive work from J Mintzmyer, James Catlin, and Ian Bezek.
Brian Gilmartin, is a portfolio manager at Trinity Asset Management, a firm he founded in May, 1995, catering to individual investors and institutions that werent getting the attention and service deserved, from larger firms. Brian started in the business as a fixed-income / credit analyst, with a Chicago broker-dealer, and then worked at Stein Roe & Farnham in Chicago, from 1992 - 1995, before striking out on his own and managing equity and balanced accounts for clients. Brian has a BSBA (Finance) from Xavier University, Cincinnati, Ohio, (1982) and an MBA (Finance) from Loyola University, Chicago, January, 1985. The CFA was awarded in 1994. Brian has been fortunate enough to write for the TheStreet.com from 2000 to 2012, and then the WallStreet AllStars from August 2011, to Spring, 2012. Brian also wrote for Minyanville.com, and has been quoted in numerous publications including the Wall Street Journal.
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Dr. John Hussman is the president and principal shareholder of Hussman Econometrics Advisors, the investment advisory firm that manages the Hussman Funds ( http://www.hussmanfunds.com). He holds a Ph.D. in economics from Stanford University, and a Masters degree in education and social policy and a bachelors degree in economics from Northwestern University. Prior to managing the Hussman Funds, Dr. Hussman was a professor of economics and international finance at the University of Michigan. In the mid-1980's, Dr Hussman worked as an options mathematician for Peters & Company at the Chicago Board of Trade, and in 1988 began publishing the Hussman Econometrics newsletter. Virtually all of Dr. Hussman's liquid assets are invested in the Hussman Funds.
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Over 35 years of investing in individual stocks. Extensive business experience with small to mid-size companies, including as CEO. Many hundreds of blog posts on financial and economic matters since 2008. Focus on value with catalysts for upside price action; and biotech. Background as a physician and pharmaceutical inventor and entrepreneur.
Dane Capital Management is a private investment management company, open to institutions and accredited investors, that focuses on value and special situations investments. Twitter: @danecapmgmt For more information see: www.danecap.com
Researching and writing at the corner of Main St. & Wall St. where real estate often intersects with trends in: technology, ecommerce, office/industrial, healthcare, cloud computing, energy infrastructure & green initiatives.
Data Center Knowledge - I cover business and investing news in a weekly column: DCK Investor Edge. Sr Contributor writing about data centers REITs -- a new and growing asset class -- attempting to bridge the gap between technology & traditional REIT investors.
In Q4 2015, it became clear to me that public cloud "friend or foe," was going to be a positive catalyst for Data Center REITs. The global public cloud giants follow a bifurcated strategy of owning and leasing space. Another paradigm shift involved Amazon Landlords, industrial REITs which own fulfillment, warehouse/distribution, and smaller "last mile" urban infill properties, and the DC REITs which support exponential growth of the AWS public cloud (as well as MSFT Azure, Google Cloud Platform, IBM Cloud, Oracle Cloud, Salesforce, and others).
Many SA readers have followed my work over the past few years to profit from my expertise, research and analysis. The majority of my insights and analysis are now published on REITs 4 Alpha, an SA Marketplace service where members get real-time access on Live Chat each day the market is open.
I have over 25 years of experience as a: developer of institutional quality office and industrial facilities, general contractor, homebuilder, managing general partner for private limited partnerships, and have performed consulting and transactional real estate services for others, including entitlements for planned commercial/office/industrial developments.
Past job experience included: V.P. of Energy Services for a Florida based Mechanical Contracting company, which subsequently was acquired by EMCOR (NYSE: EME). Responsibilities included development and "financial engineering" of projects to reduce energy consumption and total cost of ownership solutions, partnered with the two major Florida electric utilities, and private companies, (including Enron Energy Services!).
Education: UCLA - BA Economics, including graduate coursework in Real Estate Finance.
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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
I am a former hedge fund portfolio manager that trades for my own personal account. I espouse Graham and Dodd/Buffett style investing, always on the lookout for value equities or bonds. A graduate of Northwestern's Kellogg School of Management, I lived in NYC for a decade before relocating with my family to the Charlotte, NC area.
Vishal Khandelwal is the founder of SafalNiveshak.com, a website dedicated to helping small investors become smart, independent, and successful in their stock market investing. He has 14+ years experience as a stock market analyst and investor, and 5+ years as an investing coach. Safal Niveshak, which Vishal started in 2011, is now a community of 30,000+ dedicated readers and was recently ranked among the best value investing blogs worldwide. Over the past five years, Vishal has trained over 2,500 individual investors in the art of investing sensibly in the stock market, through his blog, workshops, and online courses.
I'm an avid investor, managing my own portfolio. Im also a previous Series 7 License holder and currently studying for the CFA Level II exam.
Previous financial experience includes 5 years at Square 1 Bank, a commercial bank specializing in venture lending to entrepreneurs and venture capitalists:
- Assistant Vice President – Life Sciences & Technology Banking
- Life Sciences Client Manager
- Senior Portfolio Analyst
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John Thomas is a 50-year veteran of the financial markets. He spent 10 years as a financial journalist, ten more years trading for a major investment bank, and another decade running the first dedicated international hedge funds. Seeing the incredible inefficiencies and severe mispricing offered by the popping of multiple bubbles during the Great Crash of 2008, and missing the adrenaline of the marketplace, he returned to active hedge fund management.
With The Diary of a Mad Hedge Fund Trader, his goal is to broaden public understanding of the techniques and strategies employed by the most successful hedge funds so that they may more profitably manage their own money.
He publishes a daily research newsletter, and offers one of the most successful trade mentoring services in the industry. He currently has followers in 134 countries.
In his free time, John Thomas climbs mountains, does long distance backpacks, practices karate, performs aerobatics in antique aircraft, collects vintages wines, reads the Japanese classics, and engages in a wide variety of public service and philanthropic activities.
His career has taken him up to 20,000 feet on Mount Everest, to the edge of space at 90,000 feet in the Cockpit of a MIG-25, and to the depths of a sunken Japanese fleet in the Truk Lagoon.
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My Dividends Forever! Portfolio is comprised of companies that I believe will continue to reward investors with dividend increases for years to come. I never intend to sell a stock in my Dividends Forever! Portfolio unless my original investing thesis changes. I also invest in growth stocks that I think will deliver outstanding returns over the years. SeekingAlpha is a great platform that allows investors to share their knowledge and discuss investing strategies. Hit the follow tab to keep up on my latest articles!
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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After having been in the investing world for more than 25 years from private banking and investment management to private and venture capital; I have pretty much "been there and done that" at one point or another. I am currently a silent partner for an RIA in Houston, Texas.
The majority of my time is spent analyzing, researching and writing commentary about investing, investor psychology and macro-views of the markets and the economy. My thoughts are not generally mainstream and are often contrarian in nature but I try an use a common sense approach, clear explanations and my “real world” experience in the process.
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I have been investing and trading in various stock markets for over 15 years, with actuarial and financial background of more than 20 years. I have a deep passion in financial markets especially on the risk management side. In 2014, I made the commitment to become a full-time, active investor and trader in the US Stock and Options market.
My investing and trading style is varied. A core part of me is a Value Investor, a relatively newer part is Dividend Growth Investor, and at heart, I'm also a trader. I frequently write Options (both Puts and Calls), and I trade Options (for leverage), when opportunity suits. Except for writing options, I'm frequent wrong as often as I'm right, and that's based on thousands of trades. My Swing Trading results are not great - win rate typically range 50% or so, win size just a little bit more than loss, but my recent AAPL trade was the best in recent memory. My Day Trade results are also not that great, but when the trend was strong, it was very good. Whenever I got greedy, Mr Market will eventually teach me an expensive lesson on the importance of position sizing. The trader part in me is not committed to being long, I take the short side too like the recent Gold trade before closing out. In general, I don't believe that any single style is superior/inferior to others, it is my strong belief that different market conditions favors different trading approaches. Whilst I love trading, I also enjoy the interaction here in Seeking Alpha and so favors a less intense form of trading, unless I feel there is a strong opportunity to make money :-) Despite the lower returns, a strong part of me believes that it is much easier, less volatile, more relaxing to be a Value Investor and a DGI investor, and over the long term (20-40 years from today), has the highest probability of being successful practically.
Lawrence is the Managing Director of Fuller Asset Management. He has 20+ years of experience managing investment portfolios and serving the needs of individual clients. He began his career as a Financial Consultant in 1993 with Merrill Lynch. He worked for First Union Brokerage, Morgan Stanley and ING in the same capacity before realizing his long-term goal of complete independence. He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a B.A. in Political Science in 1992.
I founded and manage Servo Wealth Management, a Registered Investment Advisor (RIA) firm that helps people achieve financial independence, a secure retirement, and positions them to leave a meaningful financial legacy.
Paul Franke is a private investor and speculator with over 30 years of trading experience, including investment management. Mr. Franke was Editor and Publisher of the Maverick Investor® newsletter during the 1990s, widely quoted by CNBC®, Barron’s®, the Washington Post® and Investor’s Business Daily®. Paul was consistently ranked among top investment advisors nationally for stock market and commodity macro views by Timer Digest® during the 1990s. Mr. Franke was ranked #1 in the Motley Fool® CAPS stock picking contest during parts of 2008 and 2009, out of 60,000+ portfolios. Mr. Franke was Director of Research at Quantemonics Investing® from 2010-13, running several model portfolios on the Covestor.com mirror platform (including the least volatile, lowest beta, fully-invested equity portfolio on the site). Seeking Alpha articles will focus on undervalued blue-chip companies or leaders in their industry. A contrarian stock picking style, along with weekly algorithm analysis of fundamental and technical data have been developed into a system for finding stocks, nicknamed the “Victory Formation.” Supply/demand imbalances signaled by specific stock price and volume movements are a critical part of this formula for success. Mr. Franke suggests investors use 10% or 20% stop-loss levels on individual choices and a diversified approach of owning 20-30 undervalued, unappreciated, turnaround favorites to achieve regular stock market outperformance.
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Kumquat Research is a college student and fund manager who has been investing for 6 years. He writes mostly about the technology sector and about event-driven and momentum opportunities across various industries and sectors. He is currently studying for degrees in both finance and computer science at the University of Maryland. Some of his interests include technology, programming, drumming, video games (developing and playing) and astronomy. Articles written and comments posted by Kumquat Research are NOT financial or investment advice, and only express his opinion. Do your own due diligence!
I’m an early 40′s Internet entrepreneur that launched several dot coms with varying success in each. At the very least my living has been made online for the past 18 years and at the most I had a fun time in each venture.
I began seriously investing for dividend income around 2007 when my business at the time was literally falling off a cliff, as most of the world was starting too as well, when my need for another income stream became more apparent. I have always known the benefits of dividends from my very first stock purchase back in 1988 but wasn't yet sold on the concept of tying up my money indefinitely purely for a dividend income stream. It was around that time that I learned about Dividend Aristocrats and Dividend Champions when it all just made sense. I could literally see the effects of compounding dividends from these select companies and thought a nice diversified portfolio could provide me with a decent to excellent income stream decades down the road.
I suspect that most preferred income investors are conservative by nature. I am. I don't believe I have any special talent or gift for trading, a crystal ball, or any access to insider information. Consequently, I have little expectation of prospering by consistently buying low and selling high. In fact, prior to becoming a fixed income investor, my trading history boasted the opposite, buying high and selling low. Tis sad but true, over those years, I've given more to the market than I've taken from it. However, that's yesterday's news, and of no real interest. Of importance is that I'm patient, analytical, organized, pretty good at math, and always looking for that angle, strategy, or edge to help guarantee my market success. The Art & Science of Preferred Dividend Investing details my history, education and growth as a preferred investor and the lessons I learned along the way. I want to share that knowledge by introducing you to this effective, profitable, and safe way to invest in preferred equities.
In college in the early 1980's, my great aunt, who had no children, sat me down and told me to hand her the New York Times sitting on the coffee table. Then she pulled out a pencil-written piece of paper covered in letters and numbers in fractions those days, mind you - and taught me about her stock portfolio. I learned what those funny letter combinations meant, like T, JNJ, GM, MCD and AUD (now ADP) and once I got the swing of it, those fractions weren't so hard either. Every Sunday, she looked up her stocks in the New York Times, added a column to her sheet of paper and, after long-hand division, wrote down the value of each of her 30 or so blue chip dividend payers, including preferreds, built over a period of decades, starting in the 1920's, just before the 1929 crash. My great uncle died when she was in her 30's, yet because of that dividend paying portfolio, she never worked and died in her 90's with a closet full of furs and a box full of old passports with stamps from all over the world. I determined an independent income stream was for me. In the late 1990's, my career in real estate took off but rather than do the stereotypical realtor thing of buying flashy new cars every year, I invested my commission checks in rental units and stock. I still own every rental property I ever bought, buying them cash flow positive at 20% down and riding whatever the market threw at me. They're mostly in the LA area, so it's been a wild ride. What mattered to me was positive cash flow, and rising rental income, not Mr. Market's current price opinion. With stocks, I've taken some risks and had a few blow ups, (anybody remember PSINet or Washington Mutual or LINN Energy?) but the bulk of my investments have been and continue to be blue chip dividend payers, with a strong preference for those which raise their dividends yearly. At age 47, I retired with a comfortable and growing independent income stream from my rentals and my stock portfolio and took off for a beachside life in Mexico, greatly reducing my cost of living, especially in housing, food and medical care. I maintain 3 portfolios of my own, my main taxable account which provides current income (though I have so far reinvested all dividends and think I can do it for at least another 2 years because of cash on hand), my IRA with dividend income growing about 12% a year and another 6 years before I turn 59, and a small Roth IRA, where I do my more speculative investing, which amounts to about 1% of my total portfolio. My goal is to goose my returns with my speculative Roth IRA, while keeping the solid blue chip dividend aristocrats in my regular IRA and taxable account as the core of my holdings. I also help manage several family members' and friends' portfolios, including for my nieces and nephew, trying now to be the uncle example that my great aunt was for me. I use the S&P 500 as my benchmark and over the last 8 years that I have actively tracked my returns, I beat the index each year, except for a tie in 2013. I am a long term, hope-to-never-sell investor, not a trader, and follow a fundamental, Buffett-like approach with a dose of macroeconomics. Sometimes I will use technicals to decide exactly when to enter a stock once I've already decided I want it. I'm overweight healthcare - Big Pharma, Medical equipment, Biotech and Healthcare REITs because of the 'graying of America.' My single largest position is MO and, course, all those smokers make wonderful customers for my healthcare holdings! I tend to let my winners ride and to add to my losers. I own very small positions in two bond funds (less than 1% of my portfolio) and stock in about 40 individual companies. I do not invest in stock mutual funds and have no plans to do so. It doesn't make much sense to me to pay for someone else to manage my money when I am beating the vast majority of professional money managers and have a passion for finance and investing. I keep my bonds to a minimum because I know that risk and volatility are not the same thing. Over time, stocks nicely outperform bonds and in 20 years I am confident that my stocks will have grown much more than my bonds. So, from this perspective, bonds are riskier than stocks. I very much appreciate the Seeking Alpha forum and am glad there are so many folks that have the patience to comb through annual reports and SEC filings, because it saves me from that minutia. I am very impatient with the rude, sarcastic and sometimes downright mean comments that some add to the threads, preferring to focus on the educational, mutually supportive nature of the majority of contributors.
Engineer in my late-twenties. My concentrated portfolio attempts to optimize total return vs risk. My favorite investments are monopolistic conglomerates, in secular or historically outperforming industries, with wonderful operating margins. I aspire to live off the dividends.
Portfolio: ABT, AOS, BDX, BF-B, BLK, BRK-B, DEO, ECL, GOOGL, JNJ, MA, MMM, MO, MSFT, PM, SHW, STZ, V
An individual investor focused on preservation of capital and generating dividend income. My strategy is to invest in quality, dividend paying companies, with simple business models, and, a long track record of increasing dividends. Like Nick Murray, I'm a believer in diversification, but not in asset allocation. I'm long 100% equities, all the time. I can live with any amount of volatility if I'm in quality companies. Since I live off dividends, the prices at any particular moment don't rattle me.
David Fish's CCC list is my primary watch list. The quality of the business model (simplicity, tenure), earnings track record and valuation are key principles in my book. Free cash flows and payout ratios are very important metrics.
When I first started investing in 1990, I gravitated to DGI - a book called "dividends don't lie" influenced me. I did not have a single losing position in 10 years. Then, I learned an expensive lesson in 2002 (60% loss of net worth at that time) when I lost my way and got into momentum/technology stocks. I lost track of understanding WHAT I was buying and HOW the company made it's money. I will never deviate from buying quality companies that have a long track record of paying dividends, at value, since I paid a high price to gain that knowledge.
A critical insight -- it is better to pay a fair price for an excellent company than an excellent price for a fair company (Buffett). I buy companies that I'd buy more of if prices were to drop. A second one, is to have a long term orientation (Klarman). In other words, buy and hold, allow compounding to work, and try not to "market time". SA DGI leaders such as Chuck Carnevale, Chowder, David Fish, David Van Knapp, Tim McAleenan, Part Time investor, Sure Dividend and several others have influenced my thinking.
It is not an exaggeration to say that SA has impacted my life. I'm a first generation American, and am very grateful for the opportunities provided by my adopted country.
35 companies make up 72% of my portfolio. In descending order of size - Proctor & Gamble,Johnson & Johnson,Verizon,Cocal-Cola, AT&T,United Technologies,Exxon Mobil,Diageo.Kimberly-Clark,Hershey, Kraft Heinz
McDonalds Pepsico Unilever Chevron Wal-Mart Emerson Electric International Business Machines Phillip Morris Cummins General Electric
Nestle Disney Microsoft Cisco 3M Helmerich Payne GENERAL MILLS United Parcel Service QUALCOMM W P CAREY Wells Fargo Archer Daniels Midland Oracle Apple. All but three are rated as narrow or wide moats.
The other holdings are mini-ETFs (for example, 11 REITS that I treat as 1 diversified company).
The remainder, ~14 companies, (examples include: Ambev, CAT, DE, DVN, MUR, MRO) are ones I will slowly sell of and re-invest into my core holdings.
As of May 1, 2016 (aged 57 years) I have retired and live off my dividends.
From my academic training, Mathematics, I intend to focus on the quantitative study, basing my analysis on historical data, bearing in mind my position of "Outsider".
May the best investment opportunities be accessible to the vulgar human? We shall see ...