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The Spinoffs of Sears
While the original company is long gone Sears had some pretty impressive spinoffs during its time as a public company. Several are still public Allstate $ALL, Morgan Stanley $MS, Lands End $LE, and Discover $DFS.

Another important company that came out of Sears was Roper $ROP, while not spun off Roper reinvented its business under Sears.

Such a crazy graphic.
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Whoa, I had no idea that $DFS was once a Sears subsidiary. There's some great nostalgia happening on the left side of this graphic :)
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August Watchlist Update
Below is an update on my watchlist for August in preparation of my Birthday Buys in January! I am targeting to add 1 to 2 positions in each portfolio. Some of the great July Ideas recommendations have made their way onto my watchlist 👀
Taxable
Removed:
$COST - I have a number of other very strong alternatives that I would add ahead of Costco, so I removed it from my watchlist.
Added:
$DE - Jumped to a 5/6 to tie $DMLP as an Industrials option.
$F - Potentially breaking one of my rules by choosing not to invest in auto manufacturers. This was a July Ideas rec, and ranks as a 5/6 to tie $DMLP as an Industrials option.
$CAT - Jumped to a 5/6 to tie $DMLP as an Industrials option.
Roth IRA
Removed:
$WM - Dropped from a 5/6 to a 4.5/6 over the course of July. Added $AY, which has a higher ranking at 5/6.
$ALL - Dropped from a 5/6 to 4.5/6 over the course of July. Still have $OZK as strongest potential Financials picks ranking at 5.5/6.
$AFL - $OZK increased from a 5/6 to a 5.5/6, which is now my strongest potential financials play. $AFL has therefore been removed.
Added:
$RICK - July Ideas rec. Ranking at a 5/6 and strong Sin Stock option.
$AY - July Ideas rec. Ranking 5/6 as a Utilities option.
$CAH - Jumped up to a 5/6 in July to tie $AMGN as a top Healthcare option.
$REGN - umped up to a 5/6 in July to tie $AMGN as a top Healthcare option.

​My predicted picks in July were $PENN in my Taxable account and $AMGN in my Roth IRA. Now in August, my picks have changed to $CAT in my Taxable and $OZK in my Roth IRA.
I'd love to hear your thoughts on my picks and thought process!
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Watchlist - Birthday Buys for 2023
Each year I make Birthday Buys as a way to slowly diversify. With about half a year to go, I decided to update my Watchlist on Commonstock to reflect the companies I am tracking for this upcoming January.
I have a long Watchlist in each portfolio that I rank using the same Scorecard methodology as my active portfolios. This helps me make educated decisions on which positions to add. I use a combination of the Scorecard score, portfolio sector/industry weighting, and existing underperforming holdings in specific sectors/industries.
Below is my current Watchlist and a breakdown on each:

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I have exposure to all of my target sectors, so future additions are to continually improve portfolio and add great companies.
$DMLP - This is the highest ranked company in my Watchlist at a 5/6. It has outperformed the S&P over the past 3 years, has a P/E under 25, Dividend Yield in the top 5% of my current portfolio, and I am underweight in Industrials. One concern is that the current dividend is more than 100% of their FCF. I need to do more research on this company in the next few months to understand it better.
$PENN - I have tracked $PENN for a long time. I am a huge fan of Barstool, which introduced me to the company. Additionally, with the expansion of legalized gaming in the US, I think there is a long runway for this company. $PENN has had a sharp sell off and is at a much more palatable valuation. My current "Sin Stocks" are $CRON and $BUD, which have been less than underwhelming. Therefore, I am looking to add a stronger position to this sector. $PENN scores a 4.5/5 on my Scorecard - has outperformed the market over the past 3 years, but has underperformed recently. Has positive FCF, but no dividend. Has a P/E less than 25, and is an underweight industry in my portfolio.
$COST - $COST is a strong, defensive play. I currently hold $TGT in the Retail sector of my portfolio. $COST currently has a higher ranking in my Scorecard than $TGT with a 3.5 vs 3. This would be an opportunity to incrementally improve. $COST has outperformed the S&P over the past 3 years, has a dividend payout less than 50% of FCF, and is a company and business I believe in.
Roth IRA
I am continuing to build a balanced portfolio and initiate positions in unrepresented sectors - Consumer Discretionary, Defense, Financials, Healthcare, Sin Stocks and Utilities.
$AMGN - Highest ranked Healthcare company in my Watchlist with a 5.5/6. $AMGN has outperformed the market, has a dividend payout less than 50% of FCF, dividend yield in the top 5% of my current portfolio, and has a P/E under 25. The only thing holding $AMGN back from a perfect score is I have only given it a Medium conviction rating. I will continue to research this company and potentially bump my conviction to High prior to January.
$LMT - Highest ranked Defense company in my Watchlist with a 5.5/6. $LMT has a dividend payout less than 50% of FCF, has a dividend yield in the top 5% of my current portfolio, has a P/E less than 25, and I have High conviction in this company. The only thing preventing $LMT from a 6/6 is underperforming the market in the last year.
$AFL - Tied for highest ranked Financials company with a 5/6. $AFL has a dividend to FCF ratio of less than 50%, has a dividend yield in the top 5% of my existing portfolio, and has a P/E less than 25. I will need to continue to research and compare to the other Financials companies in the watchlist to differentiate the companies further.
$ALL - Tied for highest ranked Financials company with a 5/6. $ALL has a dividend to FCF ratio of less than 50%, has a dividend yield in the top 5% of my existing portfolio, and has a P/E less than 25. I will need to continue to research and compare to the other Financials companies in the watchlist to differentiate the companies further.
$OZK - Tied for highest ranked Financials company with a 5/6. $OZK has a dividend to FCF ratio of less than 50%, has a dividend yield in the top 5% of my existing portfolio, and has a P/E less than 25. I will need to continue to research and compare to the other Financials companies in the watchlist to differentiate the companies further.
$WM - Highest ranked Utilities company in my Watchlist with a 5/6. $WM has outperformed the market, has a dividend to FCF less than 50%, has a dividend yield in the top 5% of my portfolio. P/E is currently a little high at 34.
If I were to make a gut decision right now, I would be adding $PENN in my Taxable account and $AMGN in my Roth IRA.
Would love to hear from anybody who currently holds any of these companies or has read/written any research on them.
Other alternatives in these industries are welcome as well!
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Where would I be able to read more about your scorecard process? I have been trying to develop one myself to make sure that I really know what I'm buying and am sticking to my strategies (and not, as I call it, buying the new shiny object in front of me).

As for the specific companies, I am a huge $PENN bull for the reasons you laid out, and my background is in the waste industry. While you can't go wrong with $WM, I'd encourage you to look at $WCN as well, as they are some of the best operators in the space, and have a little more room for growth, as they are not treated as one of the big dogs, despite their size. I personally have made my bet with $GFL, but I'm comfortable with less dividend right now and more volatility, because I think they will be able to keep making acquisitions to get to the size of the other big 3 over the next few years.
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4/1/22 - Dividend Portfolio Update
The below post is a summary of information on my recent portfolio article, you can read the full thing here!

Market Update

We saw a whipsaw week in the market with gains made on Monday and Tuesday that were later wiped out leaving the S&P at a 0.1% gain for the week. From a sector perspective, cyclical financials, energy, and industrials were the worst performers while real estate, utilities, and consumer staple stocks outperformed.

The week started with good momentum while supposed cease fire talks were taking place. Stocks rallied even as the treasury yield 2-10 spread inverted on Tuesday which is historically a signal of a coming recession. Those gains were removed through the end of the week as Russia refused progress in cease fire talks, inflationary measures hit high levels, March employment numbers reported well but support additional expected hawkishness form the Fed, and investors balances and took profits for quarter-end.

Portfolio Update

To date, I have invested $7,780 into the account, the total value of all positions plus any cash on hand is $8,317.33. That’s a gain of $537.33 for a total return of 6.91%. The account is up $17.89 for the week which is a 0.22% gain.

This week we received $9.77 in dividends from six tickers. $1.64 from $SCHD, $1.86 from $XYLD, $3.09 from $EOG, $1.70 from $ALL, $1.04 from $PB, and $0.44 from $KO.

In my portfolio, all positions have dividend reinvestment enabled. I don’t hold onto the dividend, I don’t try to time the reinvestment, I just let my broker do it automatically. All dividends were reinvested (except for KO, that will be reinvested on Monday).

Dividends received for 2022: $73.25

Portfolio’s Lifetime Dividends: $96.17

Here’s the breakdown of the trades I made this week:
• March 28th
o T – added 2 shares at $23.98
o UWMC – sold 4/1 $5 cover call for $1 premium (expired worthless for a $1 gain)
o SCHD – dividend reinvested $1.64 at $79.73 per share
• March 29th
o SNDL – covered my put position from last week ($1 loss)
o XYLD – dividend reinvested $1.86 at $46.69 per share
o EOG – dividend reinvested $3.09 at $121.84 per share
• March 30th
o SCHD – added 0.125447 shares at $79.71 (recurring investment)
o XYLD – added 0.201523 shares at $49.62 (recurring investment)
o O – added 0.5 shares at $70.32
• March 31st
o BBY – added 1 share at $91.67
o CMCSA – added 1 share at $47.11
• April 1st
o UWMC – added 1 share at $4.44
o ALL – dividend received $1.70 (not reinvested closed position)
o PB – dividend received $1.04 (not reinvested closed position)

That is it for the update this week. Let’s kill it next week. Stay patient and be ready to buy income producing assets at a discount!
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$ALL Dividend Increase
Allstate hikes dividend by 4.9% for their 12th year of increases! This puts their annual dividend to $3.40 for a yield of 2.7% 🔥

Allstate has managed to reduce outstanding shares by over 20% while also growing the dividend significantly in the last 5 years!
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Comments on Inflation from Company Executives
Inflation is not slowing down. Last week, the BLS reported a 0.6% rise in the CPI during January, well over analyst estimates and bringing the annual rate of inflation to 7.5%.

The latest Fincredible MacroTalk goes over company earnings calls to analyze what executives are saying about inflation. Here are a few quotes from the post regarding cost inflation drivers as well as planned price increases by companies.

Inflation Drivers:

Future Price Increases:

If you'd like to read the whole post, here's the URL: Fincredible MacroTalk February 9th: Inflation

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Upcoming Earnings Calendar! (Nov 1-5)
Hey guys! Here's next week's earnings calendar! Several very interesting companies set to report earnings. Here's the one's I'm most excited about and why:

  • $APPS: any sign of iOS ad dollars shifting to android (Digital Turbine's revenues are mostly from android).
  • $Z: an update on the real estate market and iBuying
  • $LYFT and $UBER: is mobility in the US back to pre-pandemic levels?
  • $COIN metrics on the NFT market.
  • $PENN and $DKNG update on the mobile sports betting market.
  • $ATVI number of Call of Duty Warzone players. The last reported number was 100MM.
  • $CRSR: comments on the supply chain issues they're experiencing.
  • $MELI: update on the Brazilian e-commerce market. Relevant for $SE's expansion.
Comment below which earnings report you are looking forward to the most!
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