2016 returns: 22.40%
2017 returns: 22.05%
The REIT Forum is in the top 1% on TipRanks: http://bit.ly/cwmftip
The REIT Forum focuses on risk-adjusted returns with a defensive strategy. With a strong background in accounting and finance, fundamentals are a top priority. Buying a strong company with great fundamentals at an attractive price is a good long-term strategy. The subscription platform allows me to do a few things very well. It allows me to share the research I’m doing for my own investment decision making. It allows me to communicate rapidly with investors that are willing to pay for my best work.
The REIT Forum includes:
Subscriber only – Extensive research (thousands of articles) on 50+ companies, buy targets, and forward looking analysis.
Subscriber only - Weekly articles comparing 50+ preferred shares and finding the best opportunities. Preferred shares offer investors high yields with relatively lower risk.
Subscriber only - Analysis and updates on the REIT sectors. This includes finding the best investments within a subsector.
Subscriber only – Risk ratings and dividend sustainability research.
What is my view on risk?
The traditional view is to see earning excess returns as compensation for taking on high levels of risk. I believe it is far better to focus on earning returns from catching market failures. These failures happen due to poor liquidity and investors (including analysts) working with incomplete information. I believe that by knowing the individual companies well, the investor can step in when the “risk” is heavily skewed in favor of “returns”.
I do not try to generate higher returns, I try to generate more consistent returns by reducing the downwards risk. Occasionally that results in exceptionally high returns when something corrects, but it also means I am willing to pass on several decent opportunities because I want the risk/return profile skewed heavily in my favor.
Steven Bavaria writes about finance, economics and politics, drawing on his fifty years experience in international banking, credit, investment, human resources/training, journalism and public service. Now retired from his "day job" in the finance industry, Bavaria lives mostly off his investments. His focus is largely on income-oriented stocks, bonds and mutual funds, especially closed-end funds, ETFs and other IRA-suitable investments. His book "Too Greedy for Adam Smith: CEO Pay and the Demise of Capitalism" is based on his experiences running human resources at the Bank of Boston, where he first learned about the excesses in the CEO pay arena. The book is available on Amazon and at independent retailers. (Here is the link.)
Bavaria began his career at the Bank of Boston, where he handled international credit workouts that included managing a fleet of ships, chasing a Vatican-owned bank in Switzerland, and leading the turnaround of troubled branches in Australia and Panama, before returning to Boston to run the bank's human resources department.
Later he worked at Standard & Poor's, where he introduced ratings to the leveraged loan market. In between Bank of Boston and S&P he was Assoc. Commissioner of the Massachusetts Dept. of Mental Health, worked briefly for Citibank, and was a reporter for IDD Magazine. He also did a short stint at a smaller rating agency where he had to leave in a hurry after writing an article called "From Banker to Bookmaker" that was deemed a bit too candid in describing the conflicted role of major commercial and investment banks. (Read it here.)
Bavaria graduated from Georgetown University and New England School of Law. He lives in Boca Raton, Florida.
Chief Global Strategist at B. Riley FBR Inc. & Wunderlich Securities. Recently named a "Bloomberg Prophet," one of fifteen, globally. Author of the macro commentary, "Out of the Box," which is currently distributed to about 5,000 large financial institutions in 48 countries and is published each day in London and Paris. Author of the books, "Out of the Box and onto Wall Street" and "Lila-The Sign of the Elven Queen." Formerly head of Capital Markets and was on the Board of Directors of three investment banks. President and was on the Board of Directors of one investment Bank. Formerly President and on the Board of Directors of a public company in Telecom. Currently on the Board of Directors of several private enterprises. Advises both major money managers and people about investments.
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Darren is the jester at the Cash Flow Kingdom, the investment community where Cash Flow is King. He also owns ProActive Financial LLC where he provides Financial Planning and Analysis consulting services directly to corporations. Darren's education includes a Bachelors in Economics, an MBA, and a Certificate in Personal Financial Planning.
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My name is Mike McNeil and I’m the author of The Dividend Guy Blog & The Dividend Monk along with the owner and portfolio manager here at Dividend Stocks Rock (DSR). I also have a service on Seeking Alpha's Marketplace called Dividend Growth Rocks, aimed at investors who are interested in both income and capital growth from dividend stocks. I earned my bachelor degree in finance-marketing, own a CFP title along with an MBA in financial services. Besides being a passionate investor, I’m also happily married with three beautiful children. I started my online venture to educate people about investing and to be able to spend more time with my family.
I started my career in the financial industry back in 2003. I earned several promotions along with a good pile of diplomas. I had lots of fun working with clients in private banking for half a decade, but thought I could do more with my life.
In 2016, I decided to take a leap of faith and left everything behind to travel across North America and Central America with my family. We drove through nine countries and stayed three months in Costa Rica before returning home. This was an eye-opening adventure that led me in 2017 to quit my job in the financial industry and pursue my dream; helping others with their personal finance through my investing websites.
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I am a retired clinical psychologist, and administrator and owner of a rehabilitation clinic we founded 40 years ago. For over 55 years I have managed several portfolios composed of investments accumulated over our professional careers. Since the financial crisis of 2008, I have employed specialized, customized dividend growth strategies aimed at enhancing and growing a dividend income stream.
Since December 24, 2014, I have demonstrated on Seeking Alpha the ongoing construction and portfolio management of the Fill-The-Gap Portfolio aimed at highlighting strategies investors may utilize to close the gap between an average Social Security benefit and the much greater costs faced in retirement.
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Derek is an individual investor seeking to navigate the investment world in order to provide a wealthy and stable retirement for his family. His aim is to help fellow investors, notably younger investors, establish a plan to produce a growing stream of income. Derek holds a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science with a minor in Economics from the University of Delaware and lives with his wife and two children.
Derek created and runs customstockalerts.com. It's a suite of utilities for investors to stay on top of all their stocks. Pick a company you are interested in, pick an alert type (price, dividend yield, PE, etc) and a value. You'll get a text or email (your choice) when your value hits.
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Ranked #18 overall blogger by TipRanks for 2014. University of Virginia, class of 2011 B.A. English I am a young investor focused primarily on dividend growth stocks. Seeking Alpha, and more specifically, the dividend and income community that exists here, has played a significant role in my development as a portfolio manager. I am not a professional, though I do manage my family's finances. I enjoy the process; the research, the decision making, the strategic planning...and not paying a financial adviser to do the work for me. I've built what I believe to be a conservative, diverse, and balanced dividend growth portfolio currently consisting of 65 positions. Thus far, I've been able to meet by goals from income, income growth, and capital appreciation standpoints. I use a wide variety of metrics, both fundamental and technical, when establishing fair value when doing my due diligence on an individual company. All of my methods are discussed in my work here. I hope this work inspires debate, conversation, and education - this is why I write for Seeking Alpha, to give back to the community that has helped me so much and to hopefully contribute, in some way...even if its by posing a question, to the growth of others.
*I should note that all articles that I write here are done so for my personal informational/educational purposes only. Any purchases that I make or opinions that I express are not meant as recommendations for anyone else. Please perform your own due diligence before following my lead into or out of a position. I am not a professional. I enjoy investing and the open discussion that articles on this site inspire - this is why I write, not to influence anyone else's decisions, but to enhance my own ability to make sound financial choices. That being said, I wish the best of luck to everyone. May we all meet our own financial goals.
I am an oilfield veteran of 38+ years. Retired from Schlumberger since 2015. My background is drilling and completion fluids. I have authored a number of technical papers on completion topics. I have worked around the world- Brazil, Russia, Scotland, and the Far East. I still maintain a training and consulting practice and am always willing to help people who want to learn.
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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.
Yield Hunting is an alternative income investing service dedicated to income investors who are searching for yield hunting without the high risk of the equity market. Founded by a Lead Wealth Advisor, Chief Investment Strategist, and individual investor with two masters degrees and a CFA designation with over 20 years of investment experience. This premium subscription service authored by Alpha Gen Capital features a core-satellite model that allows investors to adjust for their own particular risk tolerance. We specialize in fixed income closed-end funds for generating income during retirement, micro and small-cap value investing, and macro analysis.
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).
After receiving my Ph.D. in 2008, I quickly became disenchanted with the demands of academia. That got me focused on early retirement and how high yield vehicles can get me to financial independence quickly. I was able to leave my professorship after two years and focus on my own investments. However, writing my thoughts on stocks, bonds, and alternative investments attracted the attention of a few institutional investors and I quickly took on a new career as an independent research analyst. Nowadays I divide my time between writing on stocks/funds and investing my own assets in high yield funds.
MBA from UCLA Anderson, CFA charterholder and California-licensed CPA currently working for a global top-20 asset manager in Hong Kong. Los Angeles roots and bilingual Mandarin. I previously worked for a fund of hedge fund and have some accounting experience in the entertainment industry.
I have been investing since October 2008. My initial investment focus was on REITs and other income stocks but have since expanded my universe to include any value situation. I believe income and capital appreciation are not mutually exclusive.
I enjoy reading fact-based fundamental analysis and shun emotional arguments.
Starting in July 2017, I aim to publish one article a week on a new company, focusing first on macro and qualitative factors and will selectively dive deeper into valuation on some names.
I usually do not publish price targets in my articles except for special situations and event-driven ideas. I believe relative valuation and a strategic view add more value than a single number. There are simply too many variables (beta, economy, interest rates, geopolitical risks) impacting the overall market, and it would be naive of me to think I can account for all of them.
The Investment Strategist was initially started to guide DIY investors on Seeking Alpha to take a more strategic approach to investing than purely individual stock selection. My philosophy is that portfolio management is similar to cooking a gourmet meal, where the combination of ingredients, in their respective proportions, is better than an abundance of any one ingredient (or stock).
After years of evaluating portfolios, it was evident that many investors put together a smorgasbord of ideas without regard to how they fit together or move together, creating very inefficient and risky portfolios. In addition, most US investors are guilty of familiarity bias, and their portfolios are primarily invested in well-known stocks of US companies, while international equities and more obscure asset classes, like emerging market debt, remain absent from portfolios. T
While the Investment Strategist does provide individual stock ideas to cater to the Seeking Alpha reader, I try to put the ideas into context so that readers can invest using a broader perspective on how an individual stock fits into their portfolio.
My RIA offers wealth advisory services to UHNW investors, Aspiring HNW investors, Small Business Owners, and PreRetirees. We also provide 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.
I am a value investor focusing on REITS and other income producing stocks and etfs. I have accounting designations from both US & Canada.
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In addition to investing in and writing about stocks for the better part of the past decade, I'm currently a licensed Texas REALTOR® with 20 years in the business. I was formerly a FINRA registered securities representative in the oil and gas industry, worked in the banking industry, and as an auditor and consultant for a major accounting firm. I received my Bachelor's degree in Accounting (With Honors) from the University of Texas - San Antonio.
I've managed my portfolio for the past 25 years, including successfully navigating the 2000 and 2008 bubbles, so I understand the full cycle the market can take. My professional background has provided me with an intimate knowledge of corporate financial statements and how the companies actually made money.
I have been ranked #1 out of over 8500 financial bloggers and professional analysts tracked by TipRanks for a majority of the past three years. I am currently the most highly followed Financial Expert on TipRanks with over 6,300 followers. I have consistently been correct 75% of the time with my picks returning approximately 27.3% on an annual basis since 2011. I was thrilled to be featured in an article in BARRON'S for my stock picking performance in 2016.
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Intrepid Leader at an RIA. My firm and I simplify the lives of busy clients by providing ongoing financial planning and asset management. this is done by providing our clients customized, ongoing comprehensive financial planning, and customized investment advisory services tailored to the clients' needs. As a fiduciary, we have a legal obligation to put the needs and interests of our clients above our own. Specialties: fee based comprehensive financial planning, retirement planning, life insurance and protection planning.
My name is Nicholas Mackintosh and I'm the Creator and Founder of https://helpingthelittleguy.com
I created the website to help anyone looking for a way to save and earn more with their money. Knowledge is given freely in order to give you a fair shake in a system that is determined to keep you poor, preventing you from having the lifestyle you deserve.
Gary Tanashian is proprietor of NFTRH.com and Biiwii.com. Actionable, hype-free technical, macro economic and sentiment analysis is provided in the premium market report 'Notes From the Rabbit Hole' (http://nftrh.com/nftrh-premium/). Complimentary analysis and commentary is available at the public websites (https://nftrh.com) and https://biiwii.com.
Rubicon Associates is headed by a Chartered Financial Analyst charter holder with over 20 years of experience in the investment management industry focused on the analysis, investment and management of fixed income and preferred stock portfolios. Over the years, he has analyzed and invested in both public and private companies around the world as well as advised institutional clients on fixed income strategies and manager selection. The principal has been responsible for managing nearly seven billion dollars in credit investments across the capital structure and overseeing the research and trading of credit market activities. Rubicon Associates has written for Seeking Alpha, Learn Bonds, a newsletter and TheStreet.com in addition to advising institutional and private investors.
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Hoya Capital Real Estate is a Connecticut-based Registered Investment Advisor that focuses on research of the commercial real estate industry, and advisory of well-balanced public real estate equity portfolios. All of our research is for educational purpose only, always provided free of charge exclusively on Seeking Alpha. Recommendations and commentary are purely theoretical and not intended as investment advice. Information presented is believed to be factual and up-to-date, but we do not guarantee its accuracy and it should not be regarded as a complete analysis of the subjects discussed.
Day trader whose strategy is based on arbitrages in preferred stocks and closed end funds.My group consists of 10 traders.We trade every single preferred stock or closed end fund that provides an arbitrage opportunity. Our research includes stocks that most of the people have not even heard. We have developed our own statistical tools that make most of our arbitrages statistically proven. As a trader I don't just analyse , I trade my analysis and pay the price when I am wrong.That is the main reason I respect opinions only when backed by taking the risk of being wrong.Words or opinions mean nothing in this business and the only person who is right about a certain situation is the one who makes money out of it.
Top 100 Blogger According to TipRanks
Years of experience working for a registered independent advisor ("RIA"), structuring client accounts, performing due diligence on separately managed accounts, and performing fixed income and equity research. Worked at a bulge bracket investment bank on the trading desk for mortgage-backed securities ("MBS") as well as within derivatives trading, finished my time there in internal risk and audit.
Now invest and write full time on Seeking Alpha.
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.
Masters Degree from St. Thomas University - Miami, FL
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 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 passed 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 large holdings 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.
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.