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Riding the Trump Trade

By Roger S. Conrad on Nov. 16, 2016
Our bet against utility stocks has continued to pay off, while the selloff in the sector has pulled prices closer to our value-based buy targets. Stay disciplined.

Stick with the Plan

By Roger S. Conrad on Oct. 11, 2016
The investment strategy we’ve pursued over the past several months has paid off thus far. And after the recent pullback in utility stocks, two of our longtime favorites once again trade below our value-based buy targets.

More Downside to Come?

By Roger S. Conrad on Sep. 12, 2016
The recent selloff in utility stocks has been a boon for our hedge position, but the sector still trades at historically elevated valuations. Investors should stick with our three-part game plan for navigating this challenging market.

Play It Cool

By Roger S. Conrad on Aug. 13, 2016
With utility stocks trading at lofty valuations in the latter stages of a bull market, investors should exercise caution.

Utility Stocks Run Hot

By Roger S. Conrad on Jul. 10, 2016
Traders continue to rotate into utility and telecom stocks because of their defensive qualities and above-average yields. But with more than half of our Portfolio holdings trading above our value-based buy targets, investors should exercise caution.

Aging Bull

By Roger S. Conrad on Jun. 11, 2016
Many of our Portfolio holdings have rallied hard over the past months, giving investors another opportunity to exit weaker names and take some profits off the table in their big winners.

Post-Earnings Strategy Session

By Roger S. Conrad on May. 8, 2016
We review our investment strategy in light of our macro outlook and key takeaways from first-quarter earnings.

Three-Step Investment Program for a Choppy Market

By Roger S. Conrad on Apr. 11, 2016
With utility stocks trading at frothy valuations, investors should consider taking some profits off the table in their big winners and exiting any higher-risk names to raise dry powder for future buying opportunities.

Focus on Strategy

By Roger S. Conrad on Mar. 10, 2016
Utilities take the crown as the S&P 500’s top-performing sector this year, with the group generating a total return of 10.5 percent. Much of this strength reflects the appeal of utilities’ resilient cash flow and generous dividends, qualities that make the sector a good place for investors to hide out in uncertain times. But every stock takes a hit in a bear market; savvy investors should bide their time and wait for valuations to improve.

Utility Report Card: Coverage Update

By Roger S. Conrad on Feb. 7, 2016
This month, we’ve dropped six oil and gas producers from the Utility Report Card because these names have little in common with the utility stocks at the core of our investment strategy, aside from paying (or formerly paying) dividends.

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ABOUT ROGER CONRAD

Roger S. Conrad needs no introduction to individual and professional investors, many of whom have profited from his decades of experience uncovering the best dividend-paying stocks for accumulating sustainable wealth. Roger b