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Elections and Short Sellers

By Roger S. Conrad on Aug. 9, 2014
While the partisan battle for the US Senate this November makes headlines, the real action for investors is in the gubernatorial elections. Winning governors will appoint state regulators, who set policy for everything from mega-mergers and customer rates to carbon dioxide emissions. Much will depend on what happens in the six states where incumbents look vulnerable: Connecticut, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Kansas and South Carolina. Picking the best opportunities to bet against short sellers helped us to book a 52 percent gain in Windstream Holdings (NSDQ: WIN) and a 58.2 percent profit on Enel (Milan: ENEL, OTC: ENLAY).  We expect our latest addition to the Aggressive Income Portfolio to also confound short sellers and reward us with solid returns.

Four Sells and One Big Win

By Roger S. Conrad on Aug. 9, 2014

We sold Aggressive Income Portfolio member Windstream Holdings (NSDQ: WIN) for a roughly 52 percent profit since October 2013, and look at four other companies facing challenges.

Learning from Earnings

By Roger S. Conrad on Aug. 9, 2014

Our Portfolio holdings continue to post solid quarterly results. Even better, the market’s recent pullback gives us an opportunity to buy our favorites at appealing prices.

CenturyLink: The Next Telecom Short Squeeze

By Roger S. Conrad on Aug. 9, 2014

We booked a 52% gain on Windstream Holdings (NSDQ: WIN). Now it's CenturyLink's (NYSE: CTL) turn to prove the skeptics wrong.

14 Portfolio Companies Report – And Then There’s Windstream

By Roger S. Conrad on Aug. 5, 2014

We check in on 14 more of our Portfolio holdings that have reported quarterly earnings, and the big news on our recent WIN.

Dividend Investors: Don’t Be Afraid to Take Profits

By Roger S. Conrad on Aug. 4, 2014

Income-seeking investors shouldn't hesitate to take profits on stocks that run-up beyond their fair value.

08/01/14: An Early Birthday Present from Windstream Holdings

By Roger S. Conrad on Aug. 1, 2014

Sell Windstream Holdings for a more than 50 percent gain.

Phoning In: Telecom’s Big Two Report

By Roger S. Conrad on Jul. 29, 2014

America's two biggest telecoms reported second quarter earnings last week. We look at how they performed in the face of challenges from the competition.

Six Values for an Aging Bull Market

By Roger S. Conrad on Jul. 9, 2014

At last count, more than half our Portfolio holdings traded above my buy targets. These are all great companies that will continue to build wealth for investors, but now is the time for discipline.

Key Themes for Utility Investors

By Roger S. Conrad on Jul. 9, 2014

With valuations elevated in the utility sector, investors should pay close attention to the risks and opportunities created by four key themes.

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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