Stock Picking For Retirement Success ($tocks vs Bond$ )

We are hot on dividend-payers compared to bonds.


This year,we added shares in seven dividend-paying companies: AT&T (NYSE:T), Chevron (NYSE:CVX), Cisco SystemsCoca-Cola , General Electric,McDonald’s and Procter & Gamble. Three of the stocks’ prices have risen in the market  this year, while four have dipped as much as 2%. Together, this year the group has averaged a 1% gain.

But the bigger reward: After Jack A. Bass Managed Accounts  bought their stocks, several companies raised their dividends — a fetching 9.2% average. Retirement accounts now hold 14 dividend payers and may get more this year. “Given the inflation factor, it’s a good strategy to have increasing income,” said the principal of Jack A. Bass and Associates “And as a bonus, you get a more favorable tax treatment on stock dividends than on the interest from bonds.”


Clients of Jack A. Bass Managed Accounts (these are models – our clients  are better looking)

His moves seem to buck conventional wisdom — that those planning or in retirement should shift to such “safer” investments as bonds. But amid today’s longer life spans, some market players are embracing a newer view: that retirees should keep sizable stock allocations — tilted toward dividend-payers with their potential for stock price gains and dividend income growth.


“There is literally a danger of outliving your money if you can’t generate enough income from your portfolio,” holds investment adviser Laurie Itkin, of Coastwise Capital Group in San Diego, Calif. Indeed, she feels “the typical asset allocation model of 40% bonds, 60% equities is archaic and even dangerous.”


Bass likes the dividend-growth story he’s been seeing. Among the shares he bought, Cisco Systems (NASDAQ:CSCO) this year raised its dividend 11.8%, and Coca-Cola (NYSE:KO) boosted its payout 8.9%. He’d bought such stocks for the safety their strong corporate management provides — and for their dividend yields in excess of 3%.


Too Rich To Switch?


“With dividend payers like these, you think harder about shifting your asset allocation to more heavily favoring bonds, even after interest rates rise,” Bass said.   Overall, fully 1,078 U.S. companies raised their dividend in this year’s first quarter — the highest number for any first quarter, says Howard Silverblatt, senior index analyst at Standard & Poor’s Dow Jones Indices (SPDJI), in New York. Moreover, dividends paid by companies in the S&P 500 stock index could hit a record $350 billion this year, he says. However, dividend-paying stocks weren’t the rage early this year. And dividend cuts are always possible: In July 2009, at the peak of dividend-trimming in the last recession, 83 S&P 500 companies were cutting their dividends, while 26 others were suspending them, according to SPDJI data.


For a free evaluation of your portfolio  – no cost or obligation-  please email or Call Jack direct at 604-858-3202 Pacific Time – Monday – Friday 9:00- 5:00

Modern Portfolio Theory

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AMP & Comalco Place (Photo credit: mikkelz)

Here , from Moden Portfolio Strategy is the key to long term profits – how many of these five basics are you using ?

The Five Primary market movers:

1) the growth or decay of the Gross National Product and the business cycle

2) Expectations of the direction of  interest rates

3) Consumer Confidence  ( becasue the consumer is 70% of economic activity

4) Short -term inflation

5) Long term inflationary expectation

THE Bottom Line :  Improve your results:  Read the AMP books and plan your portfolio moves.

(If you would like an AMP Seminar in your city write to me at )

Learn more / earn more for your portfolio :

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AMP Gold and Precious Metals Portfolio: The Gold Investor’s Handbook by Jack A Bass (Sep 18, 2012)

Available Now at AMAZON.COM ( go to : books )


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Long Term Themes for The AMP

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stock market (Photo credit: 401(K) 2012)

Nov 12

Long Term Investment  Themes

– governing selections for for both current publications The Apprentice Millionaire Portfolio and    The Gold Investor’s Handbook

AND for both blog sites ( and

The single most important theme is the long term outlook for interest rates and the supporting policy of central banks around the world.

Markets are ignoring this idea. They do not want to accept a very-low-interest-rate policy for a protracted period of time. Markets are also ignoring the fact that the same policy is in play in nearly all major mature economies of the world

What Will This Low Interest Rate Climate Bring to your AMP Portfolio?

1) Rising stock markets – in general – specifics as per our books

2) Real estate recovery( already underway in SOME locations.

3) Precious metals and other hard assets are an alternative to low rates for the bond market and will attract more attention. Future inflation fears will attract more investment from individuals . Central banks will increase their gold reserves

What Must YOU Do ?

Take action– don’t sit wringing your hands about inflation, the fiscal cliff or the number of homes needing electricity. Study the market opportunities available and build your portfolio.

The Gold Investor’s Handbook – click here for  investment profits and much more detail on the ins and outs of investing in gold 

AND Give The Gift Of Money This Christmas

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Those who have been wringing their hands about the big inflation, rising interest rates, weakening dollar, fiscal cliff, tax policy and the election rhetoric have missed markets. They now have an entry opportunity if they did not take advantage of it in the past.

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Thesis / Direction for The Apprentice Millionaire Portfolio

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Reverse of U.S. two-dollar bill John Trumbull’s Declaration of Independence (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In answer to recent emails I am providing this outline :

October 18

The two AMP books now in print are focused on a disciplined approach :

1) Directional Trading

Meaning directional bets with respect to countries, currencies and interest rates

Opportunities arise from slow moving macro economic trends such as inflation and the decline of the U.S. dollar

This is a top down strategy.

2) Opportunistic

Based on finding opportunities in short term movements .Selling overvalued securities and buying undervalued.

3) Aggressive Growth

Long tem positions based on the assessment of a company having superior growth and management potential.

The extensive company and ETF  analysis in the books allows you to participate by either doing your own due diligence or following the book suggestions to build your  portfolio.

” The Gold Investors Handbook” is available at ( books) as is  ” The Apprentice Millionaire Portfolio ” which has a broad market sectors review  and portfolio suggestions.

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Bank Of America Warns Markets ” Code Red”

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English: Crowd gathering on Wall Street after the stock market crash of October 1929. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


August 25


Yesterday, BofA‘s top North America economist Ethan Harris penned a bearish note on the the U.S. economy, writing that it “is in the eye of the storm” and that a number of troubling headwinds loom on the horizon.


BofA strategists Arjun Mehra and Cheryl Rowan have a warning more precisely aimed at the stock market. In a note to clients entitled Code Red, Mehra and Rowan claim there is “limited upside from here” and the “risk of a sell-off is high.”

The strategists point out that stocks have managed to rally even in spite of one of the worst earnings seasons in years and growth slowing in the U.S. and around the world. They think the explanation is the “Bernanke Put;” in other words, investors are expecting more monetary easing in the form of QE3.

But in spite of the dovish language from the Fed this past week, Mehra and Rowan are concerned that the central bank may disappoint.

From the note:

Risk of a sell-off is high

Economist Michael Hanson points out an interesting circular relationship between the stock market and Fed policy. There are some who believe the Fed will not launch QE3 so long as stock prices remain high, yet the stock market is high because it anticipates QE3. Should the Fed disappoint at the September 12-13 FOMC meeting, the risk of a stock sell-off is high. S&P 500 support on a correction is in the 1360-1325 area. Additional support is at 1300-1250. Attention will be on the Jackson Hole symposium next week to get a feel for the Fed’s tone.

Macro catalysts increase the risk of a correction

Our strategists see an unusually high number of macro catalysts over the next 3-6 months that could take markets lower. We expect economic growth to disappoint in the second half of the year in anticipation of the fiscal cliff. This would exacerbate any slowdown from the deepening recession in Europe and decelerating growth in emerging markets. There is also the ongoing tension in the Middle East, the potential for a US credit downgrade and accelerating downward analyst estimate revisions. To top it off, September is seasonally the weakest month of the year for stock price returns.

The BofA strategists conclude that with the VIX at record low levels, those looking to hedge against a correction should buy put options on stocks while they are cheap, echoing a message several Wall Street analysts have relayed on television and in client notes over the past week

New Zealand Energy Alert

August 17

Volume and price moving

Volume twice average .

Drilling news likely known to some – not little me.

Barry Ridholtz – Returns : Stocks vs Bonds vs Gold

Stocks versus Bonds versus Gold (2010-2012)

Posted: 14 Aug 2012 08:30 AM PDT

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Source: Bianco Research


Things The Millionaire Next Door Won’t Tell You

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Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? (Philippine game show) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Although having a million bucks isn’t as impressive as it once was, it’s still nothing to sneeze at. 

In fact, Reuters reports that in 2009 there were 7.8 million millionaires in the United States.

See what your millionaire neighbor won’t tell you >

That’s a lot of people, people.  And the odds are one or two of them are living near you.

Heck, one of them might even be your neighbor.  In fact, the odds are very good that it is your neighbor.

But, Len, you don’t know my neighbor.  That guy doesn’t look anything like a millionaire.

Well, guess what?  Your suburban millionaire neighbor called (oh yeah, we go way back) and the two of us had a nice little chat.

Here’s a few things he shared with me – but apparently doesn’t want to tell you.  (No offense, I’m sure.)


He always spends less than he earns

In fact his mantra is, over the long run, you’re better off if you strive to be anonymously rich rather than deceptively poor.



He knows that patience is a virtue

The odds are you won’t become a millionaire overnight.  If you’re like him, your wealth will be accumulated gradually by diligently saving your money over multiple decades.



He serves his guests inexpensive coffee

When you go to his modest three-bed two-bath house, you’re going to be drinking Folgers instead of Starbucks.


And if you need a lift, well, you’re going to get a ride in his ten-year-old economy sedan.  And if you think that makes him cheap, ask him if he cares.  (He doesn’t.)


He pays off his credit cards in full every month

He’s smart enough to understand that if he can’t afford to pay cash for something, then he can’t afford it.



He realized early on that money does not buy happiness

He realized early on that money does not buy happiness

If you’re looking for nirvana, you need to focus on attaining financial freedom.



He knows the power of financial freedom

He never forgets that financial freedom is a state of mind that comes from being debt free. Best of all, it can be attained regardless of your income level.



He knows a thing or two about second jobs

He knows that getting a second job not only increases the size of your bank account quicker but it also keeps you busy – and being busy makes it difficult to spend what you already have.



He knows how to manage his money

He knows how to manage his money

He understands that money is like a toddler; it is incapable of managing itself.  After all, you can’t expect your money to grow and mature as it should without some form of credible money management.



He’s a big believer in paying yourself first

Paying yourself first is an essential tenet of personal finance and a great way to build your savings and instill financial discipline.


He knows that failing to plan is the same as planning to fail

He also knows that the few millionaires that reached that milestone without a plan got there only because of dumb luck.


It’s not enough to simply declare that you want to be financially free.


He’s not afraid to think big

He's not afraid to think big

When it came time to set his savings goals, he wasn’t afraid to think big.


Financial success demands that you have a vision that is significantly larger than you can currently deliver upon.


He knows the importance of hard work

Over time, he found out that hard work can often help make up for a lot of financial mistakes – and you will make financial mistakes.



He insures himself against risk

He realizes that stuff happens, that’s why you’re a fool if you don’t insure yourself against risk.


Remember that the potential for bankruptcy is always just around the corner and can be triggered from multiple sources: the death of the family’s key bread winner, divorce, or disability that leads to a loss of work.


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Are Your Investing Results Mediocre ?

You can make the change :

Ask yourself the hard questions – what are my expectations/ results and what must I do to change if the results aren’t what you want.

You don’t have to have a 500 page plan like that outlined in my book – but no plan is a plan for no success ( pardon the lack of grammar ).

How many books on investing did you read this year ?

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Bob Farrell: Don't join the herd.

PIMCO Stock Funds Performance Review ( or the Report Card Of Bill Gross’ Step – children )

The history : Last week, the manager of the world’s largest bond fund at Pacific Investment Management Co. in Newport Beach, California, compared long-term returns from equities to a “Ponzi scheme and said returns of 6.6 percent above inflation, known as the Siegel Constant, won’t be seen again. “The cult of equity is dead,” Gross, 68, said in an Aug. 2 interview with Betty Liu on Bloomberg Television

The dismissal of a long-held belief among stock pickers highlights the challenge Pimco faces in building an equities business while aligning its managers with an economic philosophy outlined by bond king Gross that predicts diminished returns across asset classes. Since starting its first equity strategy in 2010, Pimco has gathered $3.2 billion in the four main stock funds, less than 1 percent of the firm’s $1.8 trillion, held back by investor aversion to equity funds and subpar performance. The firm’s four main stock funds are trailing a majority of rivals this year.

‘Invest Globally’

Neel Kashkari, the former head of the U.S. government’s Troubled Asset Relief Program who was hired in December 2009 and oversees Pimco’s global equities, said Gross’s comments are consistent with Pimco’s outlook for stocks in a “new normal” environment of below-average economic growth.

“This makes it even more important to invest globally and actively select the companies best-positioned to deliver attractive returns,” Kashkari, 39, said in an e-mail.

Pimco’s first two equity strategies, EqS Pathfinder Fund (PATHX) and EqS Emerging Markets Fund, account for about $2.6 billion of the firm’s stock assets. Neither is beating its benchmark index in 2012, and both lagged behind at least 62 percent of peers as of Aug. 2, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

EqS Emerging Markets Fund, which began in March 2011, and Pimco’s third equity strategy, EqS Dividend Fund, which started in December, have attracted less than $900 million in combined assets. Gross’s Total Return Exchange-Traded Fund (BOND), an ETF variation on his flagship fixed-income mutual fund, has soared to $2.4 billion in assets since it was started five months ago.

First Experiment

Pimco first experimented with stocks in the mid-1980s, a foray that was short-lived when the equity managers quit after about two years. Lessons from that time, when bond traders would shoot down equity managers’ bullish arguments for stocks during strategy meetings, led Gross to try to give the equities team more freedom, he told Bloomberg Markets magazine in its August 2010 issue.

“Those sessions basically said, ‘Hey, we’re a bond shop. This is what we’re going to do. It’s the party line,’” Gross said in the 2010 interview. “If I’ve been a problem, then I can be the solution in terms of allowing equity investments to grow and prosper.”

Another effort was set up in 1999 by Pimco’s then-parent company, which created an equity unit separate from the bond business to take advantage of the Pimco name. Five years later the unit was one of several fund companies accused by the Securities and Exchange Commission of allowing a hedge fund to engage in market timing, a practice of making short-term trades to exploit market inefficiencies, and was dissolved after paying fines and repayments to settle the lawsuits. It didn’t admit or deny wrongdoing.

‘Stepchild’ Funds

Pimco’s latest stock effort came as Gross anticipated an end to the 30-year bond rally, which helped fuel Pimco’s growth since Gross co-founded the firm in 1971. The prediction was undermined as Europe’s sovereign-debt crisis sent investors to the perceived safety of bonds and out of stocks. Stock funds have seen client withdrawals in every year since 2008.

Investors have pulled about $197 billion from stock funds since the start of 2010 through this June, according to data from the Investment Company Institute, a trade group based in Washington.

“No one should be surprised that Pimco equity funds are a stepchild,” said Joshua Brown, vice president of investment for New York-based Fusion Analytics Investment Partners LLC, which has part of its $300 million under management in Pimco bond funds. “What they have against them is distaste for open-end mutual funds, dislike for equities and the fact that it’s a bond shop in everyone’s mind.” 

Franklin Team

Anne Gudefin and Charles Lahr, former Franklin Resources Inc. (BEN) managers, were brought in to oversee the first stock fund, EqS Pathfinder. The $2.13 billion fund’s managers follow a deep- value strategy of picking stocks they consider to be cheaper than they’re worth. In the 12 months through Aug. 2, it declined 0.2 percent, putting it ahead of 66 percent of similarly managed funds, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. This year the fund returned 4.1 percent, trailing 62 percent of peers.

The Pathfinder fund follows a more conservative strategy and tends to hold more cash so it hasn’t benefited as much from this year’s stock rally, said Karin Anderson, a senior mutual- fund analyst for Morningstar Inc. (MORN) The MSCI ACWI Index of global stocks is up 6.2 percent and the U.S. benchmark Standard & Poor’s 500 Index has risen 11 percent this year through Aug. 3.

Gross’s Total Return Fund returned 7.6 percent this year through Aug. 2 and the ETF version gained about 8.3 percent since it started trading in March. Pimco’s bond funds on average outperformed 59 percent of peers this year through June 30, according to data compiled by Chicago-based Morningstar.

Conclusion : More Time

Official seal of City of Newport Beach

Official seal of City of Newport Beach (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The firm opened a fourth equity strategy in April, Pimco EqS Long/Short Fund, which lets clients participate in long-term stock ownership while seeking to limit losses when markets turn bearish by holding cash or selectively betting against securities. The strategy is run by Geoffrey Johnson, who joined Pimco in April from Catamount Capital Management LLC, and uses the same investment process as a hedge fund Johnson oversaw since 2003.

“It’s going to take more time to see what these managers can do with these tools at their disposal,” said Anderson of Morningstar. “It could be a hindrance if they’re constantly trying to think about this macro view and force stocks in and out based on it.”



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