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Following the Numbers

By Roger S. Conrad on Feb. 11, 2019
For income investors, only two things matter when it comes to returns: Are the companies we own solid on the inside and can they grow their dividends sustainably? Reliably rising dividends keep your income ahead of inflation. Stock prices always follow a rising dividend higher, just as dividend cuts always send them lower.

Banking on a Quality Rebound

By Roger S. Conrad on Jan. 14, 2019
In 2018, the Conservative Income Portfolio lost 0.76 percent of its value, with our 20 holdings increasing dividends an average of 7.3 percent. The Aggressive Holdings lost -4.9 percent while raising payouts an average of 14.3 percent from the year before. The Top 10 DRIPs slipped -5.8 percent with average dividend growth of 5.9 percent.

Flight to Quality Shifts Risks

By Roger S. Conrad on Dec. 10, 2018
It’s “risk off” time again in the US stock market. Stocks of companies considered resistant to US/China trade war pressures and a possible recession are catching bids at their most frenetic pace in two years.

Portfolio Strategy: Bedrock for Unsteady Times

By Roger S. Conrad on Nov. 11, 2018
Third quarter 2018 results are now in for all but a handful of the 200 plus coverage universe stocks. That also includes all Conrad’s Utility Investor Portfolio companies except Amerigas Partners (NYSE: APU), which reports next week. I highlight analysis of key numbers and guidance in Utility Report Card. Readers can access either on the website under the “Portfolios” tab, or by simply printing out the accompanying PDF with your issue.

Portfolio Strategy: Stocks Not Sectors Are The Right Bet In Q4

By Roger S. Conrad on Oct. 9, 2018
So far, 2018 has been a good year for the stock market, interest rates and oil prices for the same reason: An already robust US economy that’s been at least temporarily turbo-charged by massive corporate tax cuts.

Portfolio Strategy: Time for High Grading

By Roger S. Conrad on Sep. 9, 2018
It’s hard not to be cheered by this week’s strong news on US employment. Unfortunately, it takes a lot of strong portents to keep up with lofty investor expectations in year 10 of this historic bull market. And there’s no shortage of potential pitfalls to trigger reversals.

Portfolio: What’s Important From Q2 Earnings

By Roger S. Conrad on Aug. 11, 2018
Whether your primary investment objective is income, safety, capital growth or short-term gains, earnings reporting season is where the rubber meets the road. For traders, market reaction is what’s most important. For investors in our three Conrad’s Utility Investor model portfolios, it’s the actual numbers and guidance that determine whether companies are still on the right track, and therefore if we want to stick with them.

Picking Your Spots in Choppy Times

By Roger S. Conrad on Jul. 3, 2018
We’re at the halfway mark for 2018. And so far, it’s been an almost completely flat performance for the CUI model portfolios. Including dividends, our Conservative Holdings are lower by -2.2 percent. Aggressive Holdings are underwater by -1.5 percent and the Top 10 DRIPs are down by -1.2 percent.

Strategy: The Art of Buying Low

By Roger S. Conrad on Jun. 11, 2018
Everyone wants to buy low and sell high. But in practice many investors do the opposite, particularly with daily stock market trading dominated by exchange traded funds and algorithmic investment strategies. For us, this means opportunity. Specifically, we’re able to buy high quality essential services companies at the lowest valuations in many months.

Compelling Opportunities For Dangerous Times

By Roger S. Conrad on May. 6, 2018

Depending on what you own, this might not feel like much of a rally. But the Dow Jones Utility Average closed this week up nearly 10 percent from its early February lows. And while the Average is still nearly -10 percent below the all-time high reached in mid-November, at three months and counting the uptrend is getting investors’ attention.



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