Semi-Retired marketing executive. I have been actively investing in the markets for 30+ years and manage my portfolio consisting of around a 50/35/15 blend of mutual funds, equities and fixed type assets. I have been following Seeking Alpha since 2009.
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).
Winner of the Summer 2017 PRO Promotion
Previous Quarterly Projection Article’s Performance vs. Actual Results:
# of Projections Stated Within All Articles: 245
# of Projections PENDING: 3
# of Projections 100% Accurate or Within Range: 227
# of Projections Inaccurate or Outside of Range: 18
Projection “Within Range” Success Rate: 227 / 245 = 92.7%
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.
NOTE: Below are the stocks I currently cover (as of March 2018):
Stocks Covered (20 mREITs; 12 BDCs; 8 Other Sectors): ACSF, AGNC, AINV, AI, ANH, ARCC, ARR, BMNM, BXMT (New), CHMI, CMO, CYS, DX, EFC, FSIC (New) GBDC, IVR, MAIN, MCC, MFA, MITT, MO, MTGE, NEWT, NLY, NRZ, NVS, NYMT, OCSI (formerly FSFR), OCSL (formerly FSC), ORC, PHM, PMT, PSEC, PM, SLRC, 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.
I started investing in individual stocks in 2008. My investment activities have been exclusively for my personal portfolio. My investment method is described below: My focus is on companies with predictable earnings and that sell at market prices allowing above average long-term returns. I value companies based on their earnings power. In particular, I value stable earnings and growing earnings. Most of my research time is spent trying to predict future earnings. While predictions are always a guess, good companies tend to have a good track record of good earnings, competitive advantages, good managerial execution, and good capital management. Note that certain industries use certain terms that better measure companies' earnings power in their unique environments--i.e. Funds From Operations for REITs, or Net Investment Income for BDCs. US Stocks provide an inherent advantage to investors. The overall strength of the US economy propels US companies toward increasing earnings growth. As a result, the average investor has a baseline chance of mirroring economic growth. In gambling, the house wins over the long-term due to certain statistical advantages against gamblers. In investing, investors have the long-term advantage of a growing US economy. This advantage is the primary reason that I consider stocks to be a good vehicle for wealth creation. Certain factors can cause investors to deviate positively or negatively from expected investment returns. Taking unnecessary risk in companies with unclear or unproven earnings is the primary danger that I see. To me, risk comes from the unknown. While risk is unavoidable, I feel that controlling risk is the best way to achieve reasonable investment returns. Investment risk comes from anything that decreases earnings, such as poor capital management, competition, and changes within industry. I do not consider stock price fluctuations (beta) to have any bearing on the risk in an investment, contrary to much of popular and conventional financial teachings. Price fluctuations often provide opportunities to purchase investments at reasonable or even bargain prices. Valuation must always be considered prior to any investment purchase. Every investment is measured against another. I start with the safest possible investment--US treasury bonds. If I consider any investment that carries more risk, it must have the potential for higher returns than a US treasury bond. Each new investment that I make must be measured against every other investment that I already own. Are the earnings as stable as my other investments? Does the price allow a reasonable return and a margin of safety if I am inaccurate in my projections? Dividends are not a primary factor in my decision to purchase an investment. However, dividends, when reinvested, can provide an additional boost to investment returns. Compounded earnings growth is the primary engine for investment returns; dividends add a second engine for additional investment returns. While earnings are the most direct measure of a company's profitability, dividend history is also a good proxy of profitability. Another important attribute of dividends is that an investor can harvest cash without sacrificing assets. A dividend-paying company can continue to pay dividends until its earnings cannot support the dividend. Many strong companies raise their dividends annually, thereby providing protection against inflation. My investing record is not long enough to show if I have superior investing skill. I don't expect to overachieve in bull markets. However, my method is designed to prevent unnecessary losses. Along with the Seeking Alpha community, I hope for long-term wealth generation. Current Stock Positions: Long the following:
CLDT-Chatham Lodging Trust
HTGC-Hercules Technology Growth Capital
MAIN-Main Street Capital
MPW-Medical Properties Trust
NEWT-Newtek Business Services
NMFC-New Mountain Finance
SBRA-Sabra Health Care
SKT-Tanger Factory Outlets
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.
I am an individual investor in retirement, mostly looking for ways to beat inflation with moderate risk. However, I also have a passion for entrepreneurship and the environment, and keep some money invested in higher risk companies that have a chance of building the future.
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 30-year-old father of three, recently medically retired US Marine. I began investing with my retirement in mind and have enjoyed the learning curve. I enjoy writing for Seeking Alpha to share my ideas and create discussions with fellow investors. I firmly believe that investing should be made more approachable to the masses and strive to keep my articles simple yet informative. Being on a "fixed" but stable income and lone "breadwinner" in the house creates interesting dynamics and greatly impacts my investing approach. I currently hold in no particular order:
AAPL, DIS, AMZN, MO, MKRS, CGNX, T, VCLT, EDV, XAR, TAIL, AGX.
DISCLAIMER: I am not an investing professional. As a result, anything that I write should not be taken as investment advice as it is my personal opinion at the time. In addition, I am not your fiduciary nor do I understand your personal financial situation. Please perform your own due diligence on any potential investment decisions.
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Two years of experience as a fixed income analyst in a major financial institution, undergraduate degree in economics and recent MBA graduate. I mainly write about Canadian stocks suitable for dividend growth or income investors.
Retired small-cap growth stock and long/short hedge fund manager. As I still actively manage my own portfolio (pretty much in line with how I managed my long/short hedge fund) and also actively follow global economic trends, there will be investment related topics that I feel are interesting to write about in my Seeking Alpha articles.
As for my other writing activities, I've also had a really interesting career in the investment management industry (going back to the 1980s) and so I've completed the first volume (Atlas Stumbled: Prologue) of what was originally planned to be a four volume set of books about the very many interesting and "larger than life" characters (many of which I've personally met) that have been part of the U.S. financial markets and business environment over the last 30 years. All of the characters in the book had to be "apocryphal" but readers will recognize most of them. Many of the characters also ultimately had a pretty direct connection with the eventual financial crisis in 2008. The first completed volume is available through Amazon on Kindle:
I joined this platform 4 years ago to understand dividends better. There is so much more value here than that. I am still late to this investing party. When I think of what growth I missed from 2014 to now, I cringe but America is already great and the markets are proof of that.
I'm over 60 and looking to protect assets more than make the "big strike". Dividend income (as dividend growth investing) as well as protection against inflation are my two greatest drivers. I do very little "trading." I have owned a few investments for about 30 years or so.
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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
Currently my portfolio consists of etfs, mixture of index (ivv, vti), dividends (vig, vym) and sectors etfs (vht, ibb, ita, vgt). I also have a few stocks (big caps, dgi, growth, ...), acquired whenever they seem to be undervalued (brk.b, bac, wfc, wmt, mo, bp, xom, aapl, jnj, csco, qcom, ge, pypl, anss...). Right now my preferred mix is about 20% index/dividend etfs, 10% health/bio, 20% technology etfs, and 40% stocks and about 10% cash.
Dirk Cotton is a retired executive of America Online (AOL) who loves to spend time with his family, fly fish, shoot sporting clays, attend college baseball games, sail, follow the Wildcats, and write. He currently runs a personal financial planning service, JDC Planning, LLC, in Chapel Hill, NC and blogs about retirement finances at TheRetirementCafe.blogspot.com. Recognizing that the median savings for a family approaching retirement age is less than $100,000 and that half of those households have no retirement savings at all, his writing and practice focus on retirement finances for the “unwealthy,” which is the vast majority of the middle class. Dirk is the author of two books, Retiring When Your 401(k) Fails and Locally Groan, a book about growing up in the South. He holds a bachelors degree from the University of Kentucky in with a topical major in computer science, an MBA from Marymount University and a Certificate in Financial Planning from Boston University.
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