Gary A. Gordon, MS, CFP® is the president of Pacific Park Financial, Inc., a Registered Investment Adviser with the SEC. He has more than 28 years of experience as a personal coach in “money matters,” including risk assessment, small business development and portfolio management. He favors tactical asset allocation strategies over "set-it-and-forget-it" investing.
Gary is often asked to consult as an educator. He has taught financial concepts in Mexico, Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan and the United States.
As a Certified Financial Planner™ (CFP®), Gary has distinguished himself as a reputable and trusted investor advocate. He writes commentary for ETF Expert, Seeking Alpha, The Street and TalkMarkets. Gary’s participation on local and national radio has spanned more than two decades, and he currently hosts the ETF Expert Show.
Gary is a “good sport” when his wife, Denise, beats him at Scrabble. Most of all, Gary takes special pride in a not-so-little energizer… his 21-year old daughter, Wei Gordon.
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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.
Frank Grossmann (founder and partner of logical-invest.com)
I am Swiss and living in Zurich. I studied Microtechnics at the Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne and Business Administration at the Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich. After the studies in 1989 I founded Labocontrol AG. This company was sold to the US company Digital Now Inc. where I continued to work as a chief scientist.
Since 13 years I have my own software company Colour-Science.com which develops algorithms for digital image processing. These algorithms do things like image enhancement, red eye removal or pattern (face) detection. My passion however was always to search for pattern in financial data and then develop and back test rule based investment strategies.
Time management is important, and requires I limit hours spent here. For the convenience of others, I conclude my 1st comment with “uncheck:Xhrs”, and extend it if/when I post additional comments. This avoids time wasted on nonsense, off-topic discussions, and some arguments with zounderkites. I also reply to private messages.
I update my Profile following each quarter's end--below is my Q1-2018 update.
My journey as a self-directed investor (SDI) began 45 years ago (1973), and resulted in financial independence at age 52. I retired early the following year (Feb 1995). This year marks 23 years retired, and age 76. Thus actuarially, my retired years should exceed my working years.
Generally, the younger one retires, the greater the risk (and embarrassment) they might have miscalculated, and outlive their money. Fortunately, that is not among our concerns. Even including 2 major recessions, and now 7 years of significantly increasing annual RMDs, my IRA's market value increased by over 400%, whereas inflation increased 64%--this not braggadocio--only an illustration others can do at least as well IF they are willing to defer immediate gratification (spend less to invest more), to ensure future financial independence. Joyce and I long ago met our wealth accumulation goal, and moved to preservation. Our primary financial metric is now net worth.
At SA, my comments are limited to my IRA, which is 1 of our 5 portfolios, and the most actively managed. Dividends paid to my IRA equals twice our basic annual living expenses for food, clothing, shelter, taxes, transportation, entertainment, and insurances (but excluding our variable expenses for travel and generous gifting).
For 45 years, I’ve invested for total return. As a retiree, I invest more conservatively for growth & income. I now limit myself to dividend-paying companies, REITs, EFTs and recently a few CEFs having "level distribution plans". My IRA is tilted defensively compared to the allocations of most in wealth accumulation. OTOH, I’ve recommended our 20-something grandchildren tilt their allocations heavily toward greater growth until they actually need retirement income--there is little advantage to younger investors who settle for reduced total return so as to obtain income they don’t yet need (and for taxable accounts dividends are a significant drag on relative performance).
As I now invest for the benefit of our 2 children, 3 grandchildren, and soon great-grandchildren, I need more exposure to pure growth for greater total return, and thus the ETFs/CEFs holding pure growth companies offer greater total returns and diversification, and will become the dividend-payers of future decades.
2018 OBJECTIVE: PREPARE FOR ‘AUTOPILOT’
Recent hospitalizations are a reminder my body is aging faster in my 70s than in my 60s and 50s. Although I'll continue to enjoy active portfolio management for at least a few more years, prudence requires I proactively prepare for the eventuality of a more passive management either because I lack interest or capacity, or I'm no longer looking down on sod. Thus by mid-2018, I'll have completed actions that can be tweaked a few times before ‘autopilot’ is required.
I SEPARATE MY IRA INTO 2 SUB-PORTFOLIOS
My CORE PORTFOLIO constitutes about 70% of my IRA by market value. It focuses most of its allocation to lower beta companies in defensive sectors, and having economic moats--Consumer Staples, Utilities, Healthcare, and Telecoms). They tend to be 'slow-growth', and are often referred to as 'bond-substitutes'. Generally, I exit these positions only if I lose confidence in the BoD and management. Dividends and share buybacks compete as means for companies to deliver excess capital to shareholders, and the defensive sectors tend to favor dividends, which over longer periods, tend to produce generous total returns (even when the share price return is periodically mediocre).
My OPPORTUNISTIC PORTFOLIO (with a few exceptions listed below), contains my cyclicals. By definition, the earnings of (most) cyclicals are heavily influenced by the economy. In periods of economic expansion, they generally outperform my Core positions, and the opposite during economic contraction. Therefore, over time, I expect some of these positions are likely to move to my Core portfolio, and some growth companies in ETFs/CEFs to exhibit Core portfolio attributes (for example, I don't expect Amazon, Google, and Home Depot to under-perform Consumer Staples in future recessions).
For ETFs and CEFs, I've listed the top 5 holdings.
Consumer Staples (4):
UTG (Charter Comm.; Next Era; DTE Energy; Comcast; American Water)
Consumer Cyclical (2): These cyclicals not economically sensitive
XLY (Amazon; Home Depot; Comcast; Disney; Netflex)
ITA (Boeing; United Tech; Lockheed; Raython; General Dynamics)
XLI (Boeing; General Electric; 3M; Honeywell; Union Pacific
Real Estate (3):
Multi-Sector ETFs (1):
SPHD (Iron Mountain; Welltower; Phillip Morris; Ventas; PPL)
Total CORE Portfolio Positions = 31
Resorts & Casinos (1)
AMLP (Energy Transfer; Enterprise Products; Magellan Midstream; MPLX; Williams)
Information Technology (5):
BST (Apple; Alphabet; Microsoft; Amazon; Facebook)
XLK (Apple; Microsoft; Facebook; Alphabet; AT&T)
Financial Services (6):
XLF (Berk Hathaway; JP Morgan; Bank America; Wells Fargo; Citigroup)
Multi-Sector ETFs (2):
CII (Apple; Alphabet; JP Morgan; Microsoft; Bank of America)
EEMV (Taiwan Semi; Tencent; PT Bank; Public Bank; Bank of Chile)
Total OPPORTUNISTIC Portfolio Positions = 17
Ben Graham said: “Investing isn’t about beating others at their game [beating the market]. It’s about controlling yourself at your own game".
There are hundreds of voices competing for our attention. Often those shouting loudest have the poorest records. The 4 primary voices I listen to are data-driven, and publish weekly (or thereabouts):
Jeff Miller's Weighing The Week Ahead;
Fear & Greed Trader's S&P500 Update;
Chris Ciovacco's CCM Market Model videos; and
Patrick J. O'Hare's The Big Picture (at Briefing.com).
(That doesn't mean not reading contrary opinions.)
Thank you. I hope you found enough worthy your time expended.
IT'S A GREAT LIFE (and far more about family than investments). I've had a truly unbelievably awesome ride, including riches truly beyond my dreams!
I am a simple individual investor who believes that the playing field is level, but may require active management of one's holdings. I've devised a series of steps that constitute a highly defined covered option strategy that most anyone can follow and that I've described in Option to Profit (2011). Having retired from a career in Pediatric Dentistry, approximately 10 years ahead of schedule, after spending the previous 10 years working just 2 days each week, I now spend my time trading.
For almost 5 years I alerted others of trading opportunities in large cap positions through the Option to Profit subscription service, a premium subscription service that provided actionable Trading Alerts via text messaging or e-mail at my old site www.optiontoprofit.com.
As of January 2, 2017, the site and the name "option to Profit" are no longer mine. as I've again joined the dark side and taken the easy money. But I've returned to my blogging roots on January 2, 2017 by resurrecting the old TheAcsMan.com ad supported web site, open to all.
That, too, ended and the new, subscriber based LEAPtoProfit.com will launch on July 1, 2018 and will be geared to the less active trader who is either shifting into a "buy and hold" strategy, as am I in this next to final stage of my investing career or seeks to milk an existing "buy and hold" portfolio.
Ultimately, I hope to make my stock portfolio improve the quality of my life.
Whatever stage of life you are in, you can make your stocks improve that quality by putting them to work for you and perhaps LEAPtoProfit can be part of that process.
Founder of Disruptive Tech Research – a technology research and advisory firm serving the investment management community. We provide registered investment professionals and qualified firms with independent, targeted research to support the generation of investment ideas. We focus on patent-filing activity to identify the most promising disruptive technology trends early. Then, we employ an original, bottom-up fundamental research approach to uncover micro- and small-cap ideas that are underfollowed, underappreciated and undervalued. Our mission is to provide clients with differentiated, actionable and thorough fundamental research at a cost effective price. We’re 100% independent. That means absolutely no pay-to-play arrangements, no hidden agendas and no hype. Just solid research. And yes, we eat our own cooking.
I'm a lawyer and accountant who's devoted over three decades to advising clients on complex corporate finance, disclosure and reporting, and corporate governance issues. I've held board seats and executive suite positions in the mining, oil and gas and battery industries, and served as issuer's counsel for several SEC registration statements. My decades of experience give me a unique insider's view of the public and private equity markets and an encyclopedic knowledge of the business and technical issues I write about.
Over the last decade, I've earned a global following for my articles on the energy storage and alternative energy sectors. I've contributed to Seeking Alpha, The Street, NASDAQ.com, AltEnergyStocks, InvestorIntel and Batteries International Magazine.
I'm a 1979 graduate of the Notre Dame Law School and a 1976 graduate of the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University. I was admitted to the State Bar of Texas in 1980 and licensed to practice as a CPA in 1981.
My diverse experience in corporate finance, natural resource development and energy storage give me a unique and sometimes unsettling perspective on the technical, economic and supply chain challenges facing the battery industry.