Founder and Director of Gerring Capital Partners.
Publisher of Retirement Sentinel marketplace service on Seeking Alpha.
Visiting Lecturer at Ursinus College in the Department of Business and Economics.
Faculty Advisor to the Ursinus College Finance Scholars.
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 am a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) (prior FL; current NJ and NY license) and a Certified Financial Planner (CFP). I have also been a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) for 18 years (CFF as well). My current title is partner at a national accounting firm. I have audit, tax, and consulting experience with entities in the following sectors: closed-end funds, energy, financials, healthcare, homebuilders, pharmaceuticals, private equity, REITs, and telecoms. I've also have experience with C-corps., estates, high net worth individuals, LLCs, LLPs, S-corps., and trusts. I am an active investor. My investing fundamentals are based on both qualitative and quantitative information. By using my financial / analytical skills, I create specific investing ideas / strategies based on valuations and total returns. The two main sectors I currently provide articles on are mortgage real estate investment trusts (mREITs) and business development companies (BDCs).
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Previous Projection Articles' Performance vs. Actual Results:
# of Projections Stated Within All Articles: 257
# of Projections PENDING: 0
# of Projections 100% Accurate or Within Range: 239
# of Projections Inaccurate or Outside of Range: 18
Projection “Within Range” Success Rate: 239 / 257 = 93.0%
For a detailed list of every projection I've made at Seeking Alpha (vs. actual results), please send me a personal message ("pm") through the inbox feature (too long to list here).
Disclaimer: I cannot own and will not give an opinion on any investments my current employer has any direct or indirect professional services with (accounting, audit, tax, consulting, etc.). As such, most large-cap stocks are "off the table" regarding my articles. All accounting insight, analysis, and opinions stated within any articles I write (in regards to a specified stock) are entirely from my own personal research and analysis. I believe my articles are both informative and in some cases educational.
NOTE: A growing number of readers/investors, analysts, and representatives of firms have requested to be provided with my "spreadsheets/models" to help better understand certain companies/sectors. My researched data is several files of 100+ spreadsheets/models containing both stocks I write about on S.A. and stocks I choose to not write about on S.A. To reduce the repeated requests to provide such data, these spreadsheets/models are ALL linked together. As such, all current and future requests to "share" ALL my data/models will be politely declined. Thanks for your understanding regarding this matter.
I appreciate my loyal readers and I’ll continue to try to provide high quality, in-depth articles.
Below are the stocks I currently cover (as of May 2018):
Stocks Covered (21 mREITs; 14 BDCs; 8 Other Sectors): ACSF, AGNC, AINV, AI, ANH, ARCC, ARR, BMNM, BXMT (New), CHMI, CMO, CYS, DX, EFC, FSIC, GAIN (New), GBDC, GPMT (New), IVR, MAIN, MCC, MFA, MITT, MO, MTGE, NEWT, NLY, NRZ, NVS, NYMT, OCSI (formerly FSFR), OCSL (formerly FSC), ORC, PHM, PMT, PSEC, PM, SLRC, TCPC (New) TOL, TRP, TWO, and WMC.
Commonly Asked Questions:
Question 1): If you are only paid per article, why make your articles so long / detailed?
- I like to provide the “nuts and bolts” of a company. As such, I strive for my articles to have some sort of “hard to obtain” facts / figures. From this data, I like to fully discuss / analyze specific topics within a particular stock. This mainly consists of a quarterly projection article and a series of articles on a company’s dividend sustainability. In certain instances, I also write articles in regards to specific, material events that occur during a quarter.
- I believe a company’s quarterly results and upcoming dividend declarations are two of the most important topics readers are requesting information on. My analysis takes the “average” article several steps further to allow readers to have access to information that is rare to public viewership.
Question 2): How come you only write 1-2 articles a week (would like to see more)?
- As stated in my profile above, I have a full-time professional career. I write / analyze stocks in my free time. To provide these types of high quality / in-depth articles, I can’t see writing more than 2 articles a week. I believe “quality” should always be a higher priority versus “quantity”.
- As many readers should know by now (if you’ve followed me for a while), I not here for the monetary rewards. If that was the case, I’d write 5+ weekly articles and provide little to no engagement in each article’s comment section. I believe the comments section is as important as the article themselves b/c readers have a wide range of questions in relation to each article or the sector in general.
Question 3): What do you personally gain from writing these articles?
- I am not here trying to promote a company, book, or website. There’s nothing wrong with that. That’s just not what I’m about. I’m here for the “average Joe”.
- When I decided to write these articles, I based it on the notion I am filling a “special niche” per se. Using skills that have been built up over my professional career, my articles usually provide unique information that most writers either a) don’t have the technical expertise to provide or b) don’t bother providing due to the time it takes to compile such data. As such, I believe the S.A. community benefits from my articles. I solely do this b/c it’s a passion of mine and I like helping readers have accurate, reliable data that is not readily available. Yes, I understand this may seem “hard to believe” in this day and age.
Question 4): How come you do not write about more stocks?
- To give readers the level of detail that I provide in my articles, I amass large amounts of data every quarter (or even weekly). As a direct result, a large amount of time is consumed by obtaining / analyzing this data.
- If I expanded the stocks I research, it would most likely take away the quality of other articles I currently am writing about. Again, this gets back to the “quality vs. quantity” metric.
- There is a fairly large range of stocks / investment vehicles I cannot write about / provide an opinion on due to various conflicts of interests (regarding my professional career). This is a topic I take VERY seriously.
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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.
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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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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
Focus on blue chip (dividend Aristocrats and constituents of David Fish's CCC list), REIT, and energy holdings. Diversified portfolio with 80+ positions, primarily focused on US, CA, and UK/AU/CH/IL (ADRs).
Created my own mini mutual fund without all the BS and MER and various stacked-on other fees imposed by funds and full-service brokers. I am my own personal mutual fund manager. How great is that!
Change for 2014/2015: Strategy continued the shift to more sustainable stocks with lower beta, high credit ratings (A- or better), and companies that have paid increasing dividends for a minimum of 10 years. And slowly away from lower quality energy/gas/oil names to the largest ones with the highest quality (retreat to safety).
Companies in portfolio must be profitable (i.e. positive net profit and EPS), dominant (i.e. market cap minimum $5 Billion), easy-to-understand, relatively recession-proof, with a current high yield or lower yield and high dividend growth rate (I follow the Chowder Rule explained here on SA).
Change for 2016: Stopped DRIPing after many years and now re-deploy dividends into new companies for further international diversification. Do not want to DRIP into full positions, because that inflates them to over-full positions. Dividends are re-deployed into new positions or to fill existing positions to Full status.
Moderate yield plays. Buy, hold + monitor strategy. Goal is to live solely off dividends in retirement.
Update late 2016: Partial early retirement thanks to dividends. To those who said dividends don't work, you were so so wrong.
Update Fall 2017: Full retirement. Stopped reinvesting all dividends. Market too pricey vs risk. As such, I deem timing to withdraw dividends to life off as Good, as this protects downside. Living off "house -money" now.
Picking the fruit off the money tree. Taking all cash generated out of portfolio and spending every penny. Portfolio is of sufficient size to keep growing $$ despite withdrawals and is expected to weather your average recession with little impact to cash flow. We shall see....
50% of portfolio returns in the last 7 years were from dividends, the rest from capital appreciation. Total return about 100%. That also included and took care of mistakes made along the way. You have to be right at least 75% of the time, and you will do just fine.
Short nothing. No options trading. Less work and stress.
No fear, no ETFs, no mutual funds, no financial planners (all fired many years ago), no nonsense. What did I learn? Save 20% of your income, and you will be fine. Any less than that, and you will NOT be fine unless you get an inheritance, win the lotto, or you get CEO payout.
Keep it simple.
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.
ADS Analytics is a financial markets research group. We analyze the market through the prism of value, fundamental and technical factors and offer a number of screens and metrics to help investors make the right decisions for themselves. We focus specifically on income-products such as closed-end funds and ETFs.
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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I am a buy-side analyst for various private wealth managers, institutional and accredited investors. My goal for articles on Seeking Alpha is to bring exposure to business development companies (BDCs) that finance small to medium sized businesses, typically overlooked by banks. BDCs are an instrument for investors to earn healthy dividends by avoiding double taxation at the corporate level and allowing income to flow directly to shareholders. Please see website link below for more information.
The REIT Team of Chilton Capital Management, a Houston-based investment adviser, is headed by co-portfolio managers Bruce Garrison, CFA, and Matt Werner, CFA. Mr. Garrison has over 40 years of experience analyzing public REITs both on the buy-side and the sell-side. Mr. Werner joined Mr. Garrison on the Chilton REIT Team in 2009. Messrs. Blane Cheatham and Parker Rhea serve as REIT analysts assisting Messrs. Garrison and Werner in REIT recommendations.
The REIT Team’s strategy primarily pursues investments in publicly traded real estate investment trusts (REITs) and real estate related entities based primarily in North America. The REIT Team believes public REITs are superior vehicles for investing in real estate due to their liquidity, transparency, and total return characteristics. Investing in public securities enhances the REIT Team’s ability to diversify by geography, sector, strategy, property, and tenant while maintaining portfolio liquidity. REIT property types include apartments, regional malls, shopping centers, lodging, office, industrial, self-storage, data centers/cell towers, and a variety of health care related facilities. The REIT Team focuses on traditional methods of security analysis; primarily research, critical thought and analytical depth, which are integral to their investment process. The REIT Team’s investment approach seeks to combine its real estate industry experience with traditional methods of security selection to make sound investment decisions in real estate companies.
The Chilton REIT Team manages Separately Managed Accounts (SMAs) for high net worth individuals and institutions. Additionally, the REIT Team is the sub-advisor for an open-end investment company, the West Loop Realty Fund (tickers: REIIX, REIAX, and REICX).
Before investing one should carefully consider the West Loop Realty Fund’s investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses. This and other information is in the prospectus and summary prospectus, a copy of which may be obtained by calling 800-207-7108. Please read the Fund’s prospectus or summary prospectus carefully before investing. The Fund may not be suitable for all investors. We encourage you to consult with appropriate financial professionals before considering an investment in the Fund. Liberty Street Advisors, Inc. is the advisor to the Fund. The Fund is part of the Liberty Street family of funds within the series of Investment Managers Series Trust. The Fund is Distributed by Foreside Fund Services, LLC. Chilton Capital Management, LLC is an independently owned and operated firm formed in 1996. Chilton provides investment advisory services for registered investment companies, private clients, family offices, endowments, foundations, retirement plans and trusts. For more information about Chilton Capital Management’s REIT Team, please visit www.chiltoncapital.com/reit/ or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Additional information about Chilton Capital Management LLC is also available on the United States Securities and Exchange Commission’s website at www.adviserinfo.sec.gov. The searchable IARD/CRD number for Chilton Capital Management LLC is 104592.
Have been investing for myself and my family for over 50 years. Retired sociology professor who also started and sold 3 retail stores over my career in teaching. Since I am retired, i am looking for stocks that pay dividends and offer some growth to keep up with inflation.
David Moenning is a professional investor with more than 30 years of portfolio management experience. Dave focuses on a risk-managed approach to capital markets via a modern approach to portfolio design and dynamic adaptation to ever-changing macro environments. Dave has been the proprietor of an independent investment research firm since 1989 and most recently was Chief Investment Officer for a $1.3 billion RIA firm.
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.
After retiring as a mid-level manager at IBM I completed my PhD in physics and now work as an astrophysicist. I invest mainly in PIMCO Closed End Funds. This is because I feel it is better to know one area of investing fully and completely than to know a dozen subjects only marginally. By focusing on PIMCO CEFs I receive the highest possible safe income from the best CEF company in the world. I sometimes invest in CEFs offered by other providers when Pimco funds do not supply enough diversity or yield. I spent years in dividend stocks, REITs, MLPs, BDCs, etc. and have found them all to be vastly inferior to smart investing in the right closed end funds.
I manage investment portfolios for institutions and individuals (ranging from safe retirement income to aggressive long-term capital appreciation). If you are a "do-it-yourself" investor, I share model portfolios and investment ideas within The Value & Income Forum. You can learn more about me here. Please feel free to contact me any time. Thank you.
Seeking alpha has been one of the "go-to" sites for the investors in our family. We would like to strike a perfect balance between short term trading and long term investing, hence the name "Tradevestor".Good luck investing. In the interest of full disclosure, this is a group account handled by Father and Son. The Father was a trader for quite a few years years with mixed returns, while the son started out a few years ago with DGI and has slowly convinced the Patriarch towards investing rather than trading.
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Investing in stocks can be highly rewarding -- or excruciatingly costly and painful. Confucius said, “Life is really simple. But we insist on making it complicated.” Warren Buffett, in applying Confucius’ wisdom to the world of investing, said “Investing is simple, but not easy.” This is a great truism for investors to always keep in mind. It’s not easy because we humans have a penchant for complicating things, especially when it comes to investing our money.
Earlier in my “investing career”, I was a pure value investor but I came to appreciate that there was value in paying-up for quality. So about 25 years ago, I settled on my approach to investing which can be summarized in four compound words: Quality-Value, Large-Cap, Dividend-Growth, Long-Term - that is, a long investment horizon. My ideal holding period is forever.
By “Quality-Value,” I mean quality companies whose stocks are trading at a fair price. I only want to own great businesses that are managed by seasoned professionals who are good capital allocators. And I want them to have skin in the game. By this I mean I want them to own equity in the business and think and act like owners.
My goal in value investing is to find diamonds in the rough - stocks of companies that the market has temporarily undervalued. In other words, companies whose stock prices do not reflect their fundamental worth or intrinsic value.
Some value investors only look at present assets and don't place any value on future growth. I include the estimation of future growth and cash flows in my investment analysis. Despite the different methodologies, it comes down to the same thing: trying to buy something for less than it is fundamentally worth.
With large-cap stocks as the starting point, I focus on value and dividends, particularly dividend growth. In my experience, dividend-growth investing is a value tilt in disguise.
A long investment horizon is a key advantage individual investors have in generating real net returns versus institutional investors. The “pros” are evaluated at least quarterly against benchmarks and their professional peers and are under pressure to make many buy and sell decisions within short periods of time and. As a group, they turn their portfolios over more than once a year, often for no other reason than "window-dressing."
All of this activity increases costs and judgment errors, making it more difficult for them to be correct all the time. Instead of making just a few thoughtful investment decisions per year, professional portfolio managers are making hundreds. Individual investors are not under such pressure to swing at so many pitches.
A speculator tries to predict the thinking and actions of others. But as someone once said, "It is difficult to make predictions, especially about the future." Because I am investing for the long term in a diversified portfolio of carefully selected companies with broad economic moats and timeless businesses, I don't have to speculate on the gyrations of global market or the behavior of other investors.
By staying focused on the fundamental value of the underlying businesses in making our investment decisions in the first place, we have no need to fear fluctuations of the stock market. I don't panic in the inevitable periodic bear markets. Volatility is a fact of life for investors in the stock market. Periodic market downturns present opportunities to acquire additional shares of quality businesses when they go on sale.
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).
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Founder of Bern Factor LLC, a registered investment advisory firm located in Virginia, and the sole investment advisor representative of the firm at present. My association with the Marketplace subscription service, Friedrich Global Research, is a collaboration with Mycroft Friedrich, another contributor on Seeking Alpha. Together we have nearly 80 years of investing and analysis experience. I am a former CPA (1990 -2017) and became a CFA charter holder in 2000. I consider myself an expert in Quantitative and Qualitative analysis and have extensive experience in Technical Analysis. I also have a deep interest in stock market history and hold degrees in Economics (BSBA) and Management Information Systems (MBA). I have been actively involved with investment analysis and investment management since 1985 but have been a student of investing since the 1960s. I owned my first individual stock position while still in high school. I am a student of Benjamin Graham and Warren Buffett. I have achieved a uniquely diverse experience from multiple careers that has allowed me to develop a broad perspective enabling me to look at the big picture of macroeconomics all the way down to the detail of a retail unit or factory floor. In my youth I was in retail, then served in reconnaissance during my tours in Vietnam. I have been a blue collar, union worker in a factory and a manager in services, hospitality and transportation as well as a manager of professional staffs. I have more than 20 years of experience each in both public and private sectors. I have personal points of reference that many analysts will never have. I bring more to the table than just the theories and models I have studied or built. To understand more about my investing philosophy please visit my website.
Brad Thomas is a research analyst and he currently writes weekly for Forbes and Seeking Alpha where he maintains research on many publicly-listed REITs. In addition, Thomas is the Editor of the Forbes Real Estate Investor, a monthly subscription-based newsletter.
Thomas has also been featured in Forbes Magazine, Kiplinger’s, US News & World Report, Money, NPR, Institutional Investor, GlobeStreet, CNN, Newsmax, and Fox. He is the #1 contributing analyst on Seeking Alpha in 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017 (based on page views).
Thomas has co-authored a book, The Intelligent REIT Investor, and is the author of The Trump Factor: Unlocking The Secrets Behind The Trump Empire (available on Amazon).
Thomas received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business/Economics from Presbyterian College and he is married with 5 wonderful kids.
Simply Safe Dividends helps conservative dividend investors increase current income, make better investment decisions, and avoid risk. Brian Bollinger, CPA, runs Simply Safe Dividends and previously worked as an equity research analyst at a multibillion-dollar investment firm.
I've been a financial advisor for the past 7 years. Currently hold my CFP and a struggling CFA candidate. I created The 5 Funds initially to provide friends with good investment advice for free. The 5 Funds is a portfolio of 5 low cost ETFs that are updated quarterly. I have 3 portfolios based on risk tolerance: The Conservative 5, The Moderate 5, and The Aggressive 5.
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.
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