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5%+ Dividend Yield Portfolio: Beating The Market 2 Of The Last 3 Years (December 2018 Review)

Published Wed, 02 Jan 2019 10:04:35 -0500 on Seeking Alpha

Outlook 2018 was a tough year for investors with virtually all asset classes ending the year in the red. And ‘oh my’ was it ugly…

Source: Market Watch
Looking back at my 2018 prediction for calm and steady price appreciation for the first 3 quarters of the year followed by an increase in volatility in Q4 (driven by the midterms), it appears to have been pretty spot on. Of course, I thought that volatility would mean some choppy trading, not a 20% decline… so I’ll only award myself partial points for 2018. Of course, any predictions of specific price movements are meaningless since no one predictably knows where the market is headed over the short term (and hundreds of years of history show it going higher in the long term). So please ignore the MANY year-end articles currently being written that predict where the market is going in 2019. Of course, a few of them are bound to be correct, but this is best explained by the infinite monkey theorem of a monkey eventually typing the works of Shakespeare.
So just ignore the predictions and focus on making your portfolio more robust. If you are a long-term investor with a good investment strategy like me, think of making trades as tuning a sports car (tiny tweaks to make things better) rather than looking for dramatic miracle (which risks putting you in a ditch). I know that I certainly did some of this in 2018 as I sold off assets in the summer (when prices were high) and have been putting... Read more

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NEW RESIDENTIAL INVESTMENT 15.55   11.0 1.42 2.00 13.02
TRANSOCEAN 5.68   0.0 -4.10 0.00 10.91
SABRA HEALTHCARE REIT 19.43   26.6 0.73 1.80 9.32
TANGER FACTORY OUTLET CENTERS 16.52   19.2 0.86 1.42 8.75
IRON MOUNTAIN 32.08   26.5 1.21 2.44 7.71
OMEGA HEALTHCARE INVESTORS 36.36   27.6 1.32 2.64 7.35
BLACKSTONE MORTGAGE TRUST 36.46   14.2 2.56 2.48 6.85
AT&T 32.35   12.1 2.68 2.04 6.34
FORD MOTOR 10.06   12.9 0.78 0.60 6.05
BP 40.91   13.9 2.94 2.44 5.94
ABBVIE 78.69   22.6 3.49 4.28 5.45
VENTAS 65.43   51.9 1.26 3.17 4.92
GLAXOSMITHKLINE 40.13   20.3 1.98 1.95 4.89
KINDER MORGAN 20.52   30.2 0.68 1.00 4.81
IBM 135.76   14.3 9.48 6.48 4.77
CARDINAL HEALTH 44.16   441.6 0.10 1.92 4.31
ENI 31.27   11.1 2.82 1.32 4.26
TEVA PHARMACEUTICAL 8.24   0.0 -3.46 0.00 3.95
GENERAL MILLS 52.99   20.8 2.55 1.96 3.74
BANK OF AMERICA 28.04   10.4 2.69 0.60 2.15
SPDR S&P INTERNATIONAL DIVIDEND ETF 39.19   0.0 0.00 0.00 2.15
GOLDMAN SACHS 191.45   8.0 24.01 3.40 1.75