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1. Bookmarks: 6 Purpose Based Asset Allocation: The Working Capital Model Asset Allocation is an Investment Planning Tool, not an Investment Strategy. WCM facilitates long term, retirement income, investment planning by focusing on selection quality, issue diversification, and annual growth of both base income and invested capital. Neither market value nor the calendar year are perceived as relevant decision making criteria.
2. Bookmarks: 0 Interest Rates Are Rising - The Sky Is NOT Falling Income investing facts of life: When higher rates are expected, existing security prices fall. lower rate expectations produce higher income security prices. Both conditions can be good news for investors. It's all a matter of understanding... and focus. Wall Street snake oil sales organizations just don't get it. It being the (apparently) much too simple income investing truth that lower market values have pretty much of a zero impact on security disbursements.
3. Bookmarks: 0 Trading Your Way To A Secure Retirement Income Attention traders! You can bring your well honed equity skills to the most conservative securities on the planet and absolutely grow a secure retirement income at the very same time. Managed Closed End Funds (CEFs) trade in the same way as common stocks, and on the same exchanges.
4. Bookmarks: 0 The Pure Logic of Income Investing Income Investing is sane, necessary, logical, intellectually pure, purposeful, manageable, predictable, and incredibly easy to understand. Yet, more investment mistakes are made in this area than in stock market investing --- particularly in the area of performance evaluation. As a result, income investors seem much more susceptible to Wall Street manipulation than their equity focused brethren.
5. Bookmarks: 0 The Greatest Investment Story Never Told An excellent strategy even in today's investing environment. The current buzz on the street is that investing is dead. How far from the truth can they be. Wall Street likes nothing more than to create fear. This book tells you how to put your emotions aside and look for good value on corrections in the market --- it also makes a strong case for profit taking, diversification, and base income generation.
6. Bookmarks: 0 Who's Afraid of Higher Interest Rates? A rising interest rate environment is super good news for investors. When we loan money to someone, is it better to get the lowest possible rate for the shortest period of time? Stop looking at income investing with a grow the market value perspective. That's not what it's all about. Lower market values or growing discounts to NAV don't have to be problems... they can be benefits.
7. Bookmarks: 0 Stock Market Explodes After Trump Victory; Income CEFs Only Remaining Bargain What happens in the future is unpredictable, but understanding the past and how it impacts your unique portfolio, is essential to your long-run investment comfort --- and sanity. The IGVS Expectation Analyzer has been developed for investors who want to view their monthly statements with reasonable expectations.
8. Bookmarks: 0 Stock Market Issue Breadth Strong Since Trump Victory IGVSI breadth statistics signal changes in direction within Investment Grade Value Stocks only --- all CEFs, ETFs, REITs, and preferreds (and individual issues that are NOT investment grade) are excluded. Issue Breadth Statistics should allow investors to look inside an index to obtain a better feel for what has been going on.
9. Bookmarks: 2 IGVSI Up 16% thru November; Twice the Gain in the S & P 500 The IGVSI is a barometer of a small but elite sector of the stock market called Investment Grade Value Stocks. Some IGVSI companies are included in all averages and indices, but no other index follows only the very highest quality companies traded on the New York Stock Exchange. Approximately 330 stocks meet IGVSI quality standards.
10. Bookmarks: 0 Income Investing --- Selecting ONLY The Good Stuff The larger the portfolio, the more likely it is that you will be able to buy round lots of a diversified group of bonds, preferred stocks, etc. But regardless of size, individual securities of all kinds have liquidity problems, higher risk levels than are necessary, and lower yields spaced out over inconvenient time periods.
11. Bookmarks: 0 Income Investing: Do YOU Have The Right Stuff? When is 3 percent better than 6 percent? Yeah, we all know the answer, but only until the prices of the securities we already own begin to fall. Then, logic and mathematical acumen disappear and we become susceptible to all kinds of special cures for the periodic onset of higher interest rates. We’ll be told to sit in cash until rates stop rising, or to sell the securities we own now, before they lose even more of their precious market value.
12. Bookmarks: 0 What Your Mother Never Told You About Income Investing: Twenty Questions (16 thru 20) But, and this is about the biggest news in the history of the financial markets, news that was totally ignored by the financial media: the income generated by taxable income CEFs (other than REITs and mortgage heavy investment funds) actually increased during the financial crisis. The same result was experienced in the Tax Free arena, but with no exceptions at all.
13. Bookmarks: 6 Retirement Income Avenues to becoming Retirement Income Ready. After forty years of investing, a few things become crystal clear: you need to focus on quality, individual securities, diversify intelligently, and develop a lifetime supply of income. I call these principles The Big Three or the QDI. Just like the ice cream brick of my youth, it's just not right without all three flavors. The investment puzzle becomes easier to solve if you have a handle on all the pieces.
14. Bookmarks: 1 MCIM Methodology Retirement Income Portfolios -Check It Out The MCIM methodology combines risk minimization, asset allocation, equity trading, investment grade value stock (IGVSI) investing, and base income generation in a methodology that embraces the cyclical nature of markets, interest rates, and economies. MCIM produces Retirement Income Readiness.
15. Bookmarks: 1 MCIM Q & A and Contact Information Market Cycle Investment Management (MCIM) reflects the unique strategies, procedures and disciplines documented in the books and articles of professional investor Steve Selengut, CEO/Consultant at Sanco Services Inc. and Senior Instructor at Kiawah Golf Investment Seminars.
16. Bookmarks: 0 Operational Questions & Answers - Part 3 Why can't your Selection Criteria be used with respect to CEFs?
17. Bookmarks: 0 Using the Value Stock Buy List Program Productively - CEFs (Closed End Funds) - Part 1 Here's a fairly comprehensive Question and Answer [more accurately, a Question & Discussion] list that should help you to use the Value Stock Buy List Program productively covering CEFs (Closed End Funds)
18. Bookmarks: 0 Using the Value Stock Buy List Program Productively - CEFs (Closed End Funds) - Part 2 - NASDAQ Exclusion Issue Here's a fairly comprehensive Question and Answer [more accurately, a Question & Discussion] list that should help you to use the Value Stock Buy List Program productively covering CEFs (Closed End Funds) and the NASDAQ Exclusion Issue
19. Bookmarks: 0 IGVSI Out Performs DJIA & S & P 500 in Best Stock Market October Ever The IGVSI is a barometer of a small buy elite sector of the stock market called Investment Grade Value Stocks. None of the popular averages or indices track investment grade companies exclusively and few market tracking websites offer expert comentary that can help you develop reasonable performance expectations for properly diversified portfolios
20. Bookmarks: 0 The Antidote For Investment Doom & Gloom --- Free Webinars The slide shows are generic, Q & A driven, with absolutely no attempt to sell you anything. Please take this opportunity to expand your investment horizons, and to help us get our message out to others who could benefit from this conservative approach to growth and income investing.
21. Bookmarks: 0 Market Cycle Investment Management Rocks Wall Street The Market Cycle Investment Management Methodology (MCIM) is the sum of all the strategies, procedures, controls, and guidelines explained and illustrated within the pages of The Brainwashing of the American Investor --- considered by some readers the best investment book they have ever read.
22. Bookmarks: 0 IGVSI Numbers Confirm Equity Correction --- Income CEF Rally Continues The web page has been updated through May 2012 ---here are the headlines and links to the web pages
23. Bookmarks: 0 Income Investing For Fun and Profit --- Income CEFs Beat S & P 500 Over Past Five Years! Learn how to manage your income portfolio sanely, safely and with yields far in excess of what Wall Street wants you to believe are available. Free income investing webinar explains S & P thumping strategy.
24. Bookmarks: 0 Investment Grade Value Stocks: August Market Statistics The S & P 500 began to achieve new All Time Highs in March 2013 --- impressed? The IGVSI started a run of new ATHs in late 2010 and, thus far, has achieved 46 new ATHs just in 2013... impressive! The IGVSI tracks an elite sector of the stock market, Investment Grade Value Stocks. Some IGVSI companies are included in all averages, but no other measure follows only the very highest quality companies traded on the New York Stock Exchange. Only 348 companies meet IGVSI quality standards.
25. Bookmarks: 0 Your Investment Portfolio 2013: Market Cycle Investment Management Users 2013 was a great year for the stock market and a terrible year for the fixed income market... you have benefited from both, and are prepared for directional changes in either. When you invest conservatively, recognizing that you are in a long term program with specific goals, performance is measured in terms of profits taken, income produced, and preparations for changing scenarios.
26. Bookmarks: 0 Investment Performance Expectations and Broker Account Statements Whether you go the discount route through Schwab, Ameritrade, Fidelity, etc., or enjoy a higher level of service through an independent like LMK Wealth Management, you should never be surprised by the market values reflected on your monthly account statement.
27. Bookmarks: 0 Trading The 401k Portfolio - Part II Retirement plan investment portfolios are managed to produce the promised income; 401k plans make no promises and do not seem to make much of an effort to offer income focused investment products. The income produced by the highest yielding (highest risk) mutual funds is generally lower than that which can be obtained from lower income tier Closed End Funds (CEFs).
28. Bookmarks: 0 Asset Allocation: Investing by the Numbers If you focus exclusively on market value, dwell upon comparisons of your unique portfolio with the market averages, expect performance of some kind during specific time intervals, and listen intently when someone speaks about what the future is all about, any asset allocation work you do will be ineffective.
29. Bookmarks: 1 MCIM Strategies Produce Better Retirement Income The Market Cycle Investment Management (MCIM) methodology for managed asset allocation was developed in the 1970s. The process combines risk minimization, base income generation, and disciplined trading strategies while focusing on the highest quality individual securities in the equity marketplace... plus a minimum 30% income purpose security bucket.
30. Bookmarks: 0 Ten Investment Strategy Articles Risk is compounded by ignorance, multiplied by gimmickry, and exacerbated by emotion. It is halved with education, ameliorated with cost-based asset allocation, and managed with disciplined: selection quality, diversification, and income rules--- The QDI. Learn to distinguish between asset allocation and diversification. Asset allocation divides the portfolio between equity and income securities. Diversification limits the size of individual and sector holdings. Both hedge against the risk of
31. Bookmarks: 0 One Man's Bond Crash is Another's Income Opportunity But we (the non Masters of the Universe) can simply reinvest our current income in any number of portfolios of bonds, preferred stocks, loans, notes, etc. which are selling at discounts, not only from their maturity value, but also from their combined Net Asset Values.
32. Bookmarks: 1 The Total Return Shell Game Just what is this total return thing that income portfolio managers like to talk about, and that Wall Street uses as the performance hoop that all Investment Managers have to jump through? Why is it mostly just smoke and mirrors? Here's the formula:
33. Bookmarks: 6 Income Investing: Go Ask Alice When She's... Don't let uniformed thinking sabotage your retirement program; don't let the selfish advice of a product sharpshooter send you chasing rabbits when IRE (interest rate expectations) or other temporary market conditions shrink the market value of your income portfolio. Feed your head; feed---your---head. Income pays the bills, and if the income level is both steady and adequate, there is no need to change investments.
34. Bookmarks: 0 Income CEF Price Volatility ROCKS! MCIM portfolios include 30% Income Purpose securities (based on Working Capital), and never own non Investment Grade Value Stock equities. This translates into portfolios of high quality securities, each contributing to higher realized base income than that contained in market averages or blended Mutual Funds.
35. Bookmarks: 0 WALL STREET'S EVEN DARKER SECRET: 8.63% TAX DEFERRED INCOME SPECIAL REPORT: As of Close of Business May 8th, no less than 57 multi-year experienced, Taxable Income, Closed End Funds (CEFs) were paying 7% or more in 401k and IRA eligible income to their shareholders.
36. Bookmarks: 0 WALL STREET'S DARKEST SECRET: 6.3% TAX FREE INCOME Special Report: As of Close of Business May 8th, no less than 53 multi-year experienced, Tax Free Income, Closed End Funds (CEFs) were paying 6% or more in federally tax free income to their shareholders. Why hasn't your financial advisor told you about this?
37. Bookmarks: 0 Baby Boomer Alert: Prepare for the Dreaded RMD If you are within five years of retirement right now, at the top of a stock market cycle, what are you waiting for! Sell the Funds, sell the ETFs, and move into safer positions... if you can find them within the plan's product menu.
38. Bookmarks: 0 I Want Tax Free Income If one wants tax free income, why not buy tax free muni bonds in the form of Closed End Funds.... more than 6% tax free, in monthly increments, plus the opportunity to take profits (taxable, yes) and compound the income until it is needed. Or spend it right away, for that matter.
39. Bookmarks: 0 Caveat Employer: The DOL is Coming! The DOL is Coming! Generous employers give their employees money to invest along with their own, and the feds want them to guarantee that plan participants won't lose money... in the stock market! The regulators are missing the point, and a great opportunity to actually fix what is really wrong deep inside the 401k space. No one in the 401k business cares a lick about the retirement income benefits the plans could provide to employers and employees alike…
40. Bookmarks: 0 Dealing With Stock Market Corrections: Ten Do's and Don'ts A correction is a beautiful thing, simply the flip side of a rally, big or small. Theoretically, even technically I'm told, corrections adjust equity prices to their actual value or support levels. So if you over think the environment or over cook the research, you'll miss the party. Unlike many things in life, Stock Market realities need to be dealt with quickly, decisively, and with zero hindsight.
41. Bookmarks: 0 Create a Pension Plan Within Your 401(k) 401(k) Savings Plans are great opportunities to build wealth, but they are not guaranteed pension programs and there are pitfalls. What if you are forced to retire at the bottom of a market cycle, or at a time of historically low interest rates? Qualified or not as an investor, you have to make your own 401(k) investment decisions. Eventually, you will have to create your own income portfolio.
42. Bookmarks: 0 Barron's Touts Managed Closed End Funds Closed-end funds are in the bargain bin. From municipal bonds to taxable debt and stocks, more than 90% of all closed-end funds trade at discounts to their net asset values. The $231 billion closed-end market recently hit its most inexpensive level relative to NAVs since the end of 2008, according to data compiled by Morningstar. Andrew Bary
43. Bookmarks: 0 Real Estate Investing: No Lawyers, Debt, or Plungers Without having mega millions to work with, or a line of credit that goes around the block, you can have positions in various forms of Real Estate (commercial, industrial, residential) at the same time, and focus either on growth opportunities, income production, or a combination of the two.
44. Bookmarks: 0 Forming Valid Income Investing Expectations - Part Two The critical relationship between the two classes of securities in your portfolio, is this: the market value of your equity investments and that of your income purpose investments are totally, and completely unrelated. Each Market dances to it's own beat. Stocks are like heavy metal or Rap...impossible to predict. Bonds are more like the classics and old time rock-and-roll...much more predictable.
45. Bookmarks: 0 Forming Valid Income Investing Expectations - Part One I've come to the conclusion that the stock market is an easier medium for investors to understand (to form behavioral expectations about) than the fixed income market. As unlikely as this sounds, experience proves it, irrefutably. When dealing with income purpose securities neither investors nor their advisors are comfortable with any downward movement at all.
46. Bookmarks: 5 Solid Income Investments in Liquid Form: Managed Closed End Funds Unlike conventional mutual funds, CEFs do not issue and redeem shares directly with investors at net asset value. CEFs are listed on national securities exchanges, where shares of the Investment Company are purchased and sold in transactions with other investors, just like individual company stocks, and most often not at net asset value.
47. Bookmarks: 0 Your Income Portfolio There are several reasonable explanations for recent Municipal Bond price weakness: Higher interest rates expected; equity portfolio window dressing; weakness of state government treasuries; profit taking in municipal CEFs; speculation about proposed tax code changes; illiquidity of individual bonds; irrational investor fear. There are at least as many excellent reasons why investors should be viewing this weakness as a buying opportunity ---
48. Bookmarks: 0 Managing the Income Portfolio - 201 With equities, take a reasonable profit (between 8 and 10%) as frequently as possible; with income CEFs, a year's income in advance is the acid test if under 10%. With a 40% income allocation, 40% of profits and dividends would be allocated to income securities and assures that income growth will happen.
49. Bookmarks: 0 Investment Portfolio Update: What's In Your Wallet? Market Cycle Investment Management (MCIM) portfolios are not equity only portfolios, so it makes little sense to compare their performance to stock market indices. MCIM portfolios are designed to grow income producing Working Capital in a higher quality, lower risk environment over the course of the investors life cycle. There are two distinctly different cycles at play here, all the time.
50. Bookmarks: 2 Investment Performance Expectations: MCIM Portfolio Fine Tuning How can I get you to stop fixating on monthly market values and to focus on the purpose of the securities within the portfolio? Most of us are trained to deal with seasons, fashion trends, biological changes, waning sports dynasties, sunspots, etc. Instinctively, we expect, and prepare for change effectively--- except when it comes to investing, where planning and preparation is only talked about.
51. Bookmarks: 5 Press Release: MCIM Portfolios Rally To Three Year High Levels, Powered By IGVSI Stocks and Income CEFs - S & P Down 19% The Market Cycle Investment Management methodology combines risk minimization, asset allocation, equity trading, investment grade value stock investing, and base income generation in a time frame that recognizes and embraces the reality of cycles. What's in your portfolio?
52. Bookmarks: 0 A New Wall Street Line Dance: Performance - Line One (December, 2005) Every December, with visions of sugarplums dancing in their heads, investors begin to scrutinize their performance, formulate coulda’s and shoulda’s, and determine what to try next year. It’s an annual, masochistic, rite of passage.
53. Bookmarks: 0 Understanding Fixed Income Investing: Expectations - Part Two Defaults in interest payments are extremely rare, particularly in Investment Grade Securities, and it is very likely that you will receive a predictable, constant, and gradually increasing flow of Income. (The income will increase gradually only if you manage your asset allocation properly by adding proportionately to your Fixed Income holdings.)
54. Bookmarks: 0 Filling The Investment Education Void With Web Workshops Appreciating Basic Risk Minimization Techniques. a) Understanding the purpose and use of Asset Allocation; b) Developing appropriate security selection criteria; c) Establish diversification and income rules; d) Adopting downward flexible profit taking guidelines.
55. Bookmarks: 0 IGVSI Performance Expectations – WCM Portfolios (February 2009) All investors need to become intimate with both the content of their portfolios and the workings of the various cycles that impact on security market values. They need to expect, even anticipate cyclical changes in the market values of their securities by taking reasonable profits in either classification willingly, gleefully, and without hindsight.
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