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I've been in investment management since 1990, currently as the money manager for Worm Capital. I received my law degree from the University of Oregon in 1984, worked as an accountant for the international accounting firm KPMG, then got involved in investing. I've written over 300 columns for The Financial Times, TheStreet.com, Realmoney.com and SeekingAlpha.com.
I am focussed on investing in the best businesses at the best prices. While I started my investing journey by building passive income through dividend investing, I have now expanded my focus on finding the best businesses that offer a path to long term growth and now look at growth at a reasonable price. My blog can be found at financiallyintegrated.com.
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Geoff Gannon is the co-founder of Focused Compounding. Focused Compounding is an exclusive members only site for buy and hold investors. Geoff regularly writes about specific stocks with long-term compounding potential at that site. Please visit: https://focusedcompounding.com/
First, the good stuff. Here's my 46-stock portfolio ...
+++Consumer Discretionary (4): HD, MCD, NKE, SBUX
+++Consumer Staples (12): COST, CVS, GIS, HRL, KHC, KO, MDLZ, MO, PEP, PG, PM, WBA
+++Energy (3): CVX, KMI, XOM
+++Financial (1): MAIN
+++Health (4): ABBV, AMGN, GILD, JNJ
+++Industrial (4): BA, HON, LMT, MMM
+++REITs (5): HCN, NNN, O, OHI, VTR
+++Technology (5): AAPL, MA, MSFT, QCOM, V
+++Telecom (3): BCE, T, TU
+++Utilities (5): D, NEE, SO, SRE, WEC
+++ALSO: small stakes in 25 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, QCP, SHPG, SJM, TGT, UTX, VZ, WFC, WMT. (Also small stakes in VIG, VOO and VDIGX bought the same day as the DG50.)
I also just started writing DGI articles for Daily Trade Alert. Here is a link to my page at that site: http://dailytradealert.com/author/mike-nadel/
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 early-2018, we are well ahead of pace to reach our goal.
When not researching investments and writing for Seeking Alpha, DTA and other Web sites, I am the assistant women's basketball coach at Charlotte's Ardrey Kell High School, one of the best schools (and basketball programs) in the state. I just wrapped up a 4-year stint as the middle school head coach at Metrolina Regional Scholars Academy, where we won conference titles my last two seasons as part of our 34-4 record. I also umpire youth baseball and referee youth basketball.
My wife and I dote on our 7-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 am a Ph.D. level scientist at a major pharmaceutical company. Previously I was an NIH Cancer Postdoctoral fellow at UPENN. Through my extensive research background, I am able to quickly decipher clinical information and act on it. I specialize in analyzing and trading biotech/healthcare stocks both long and short. I maintain a few core positions and trade clinical events based on extensive research to realize large percentage gains. I am open to opportunities in consulting for financial firms or local advisors. Please contact me if you are interested.
Unhedged.com is focused on high-quality research, strategic analysis and community data-sharing.
Unhedged.com was developed by Christopher Sommers, who also contributes to the research and data-sharing section of the website.
Chris has nearly two decades of professional experience in financial markets. Chris regularly engages in extensive financial research and consulting projects. He recently managed a small investment fund, and prior to that spent six years as an investment analyst at Greenlight Capital, reporting directly to David Einhorn.
At Greenlight, Chris was responsible for several high-profile investments, including Lehman Brothers, St. Joe, various commodity (e.g. corn) & interest rate investments, and helped oversee the creation and development of BioFuel Energy Corp, where Chris served on the board and helped lead its initial public offering.
Prior to Greenlight Capital, Mr. Sommers worked in investment banking and M&A at Citigroup, where he was top of his class and chosen to train incoming analyst classes of over 150 people. Prior to Citigroup, Mr. Sommers worked on the bond trading desk at Lehman Brothers, and prior to Lehman Brothers, he worked on the floor of the Chicago Board of Options Exchange for an options market-making firm.
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.
I'm the author of six published books, an investor, and a cancer survivor. I got my start thirty-two years ago ghost-writing for a UCLA econ. prof who owned a popular stock-picking newsletter. I have been extensively involved in clinical research (consulted with various medical colleges on new technologies) as well as a speaker in post-doctoral continuing ed in the US, UK, and Canada. Right now, I'm re-editing books for publication and writing articles on Seeking Alpha for others who (like me) enjoy doing extensive investment research and profiting from it.
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.
I am a IT Professional with a bachelors degree in Computer Science. I am not some multimillionaire (although I hope to be one day) I am an average everyday working person who decided to step out on his own and I want to encourage others to do the same. My investment profile closely resembles that of a Dividend Growth Investor with a bit of Value Investor mixed in.
(Photo: 2010 Third-row dugout seats at Wrigley Field with my wife Sara)
I'm 25 and married with two kids. I am a Business Administration/Finance undergrad at Northern Illinois University, and have been an avid dividend investor since I began at 21. I invest to make a worry-free dividend income for my wife and children. I hope to retire at a young age (40's) and travel the world on the money people spent buying everyday things (and still do).
We are young and in school so we currently rent, but we are debt free and devote >10% monthly to investing in long-term dividend stocks in our brokerage account and Roth IRA, and contributing to the point of maximum company match in our 401(k)'s; which we only invest in equity index funds.
I have also started teaching my daughter Vanessa(6) about companies and stocks and she already knows we like when prices go down so we can buy more of something before it goes back up. When my son Elias(2) is a little older I will begin grooming him as well, because I grew up in a house (and society) where talking about finances was non-existent and I refuse to do the same for the next generation. Everyday of our children's lives they are taught by teachers and friends and parents how to tie a shoe, add, read, spell, maintain friends, clean up, talk to people, behave in public, cook, drive, and everything else we can think of, but when it comes to finances it seems like every child is on their own and sadly high school's seem to shy away from the subject. My children will be financially ready for the world long before they are out on their own, because of what I have taught them through open questions and dialogue. Financial freedom is extremely important for a lifetime of overall happiness. Maintaining a sustainable cash-flow positive household is much more important for a child to learn than being able to recite all the capitals of the world or what year Napoleon fought at Waterloo.
I've been in the investing world for the last 10 years, dealing with stocks, options, mutual funds, and a little bit of forex. I have also been involved in the fields of manufacturing, engineering, information technology, and commercial fishing. I had been thinking about pursuing a career in the financial services industry, but never took the leap. Right now, I'm more or less semi-retired at 36, working part-time on a charter fishing boat, and writing articles on Seeking Alpha for beer money!