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Ok... I will begin to share my investment ideas list. I am hoping some of you will challenge me on these or even better surprise me with better opportunities.

Remember that these are stock investments to hold for decades not just quick trades.

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Uber is quickly changing the transportation infrastructure of our world.

 

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Twitter - I feel this stock has been beaten up and will eventually get bought out by Apple.

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Netflix - They have some of the most compelling content on "TV" right now and have a massive subscriber base.

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Coca-Cola - Because this will always be around

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TJ Maxx - Women just love the hunt and this store seems to just keep on ticking.

I will also now add Amazon to my list: View the following video....

 

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Why don't you use an Index strategy?

Check out this US Large Cap, High Dividend, Volatility Weighted Index ETF:

Victory_CEMP_US_Large_Cap_High_Div_Volatility_Wtd_Index_ETF_Fact_Sheet(1).pdf

 

I really like the explanation given in this article.

It pays a dividend once a month

Victory Portfolios II
Victory CEMP US Large Cap High Div Volatility Wtd Index ETF
  Schedule of Investments
December 31, 2015
 

  (Unaudited)

Security Description

 

Shares

 

Value

 

Common Stocks (99.8%)

 

Aerospace & Defense (1.4%):

 

Lockheed Martin Corporation

   

1,884

   

$

409,111

   

Air Freight & Logistics (1.0%):

 

United Parcel Service, Inc.

   

3,138

     

301,970

   

Automobiles (2.1%):

 

Ford Motor Company

   

22,068

     

310,938

   

General Motors Company

   

8,736

     

297,112

   
     

608,050

   

Banks (1.3%):

 

People's United Financial, Inc.

   

23,436

     

378,491

   

Beverages (1.7%):

 

The Coca-Cola Company

   

11,828

     

508,131

   

Capital Markets (2.2%):

 

Invesco Ltd.

   

8,692

     

291,008

   

T. Rowe Price Group, Inc.

   

5,107

     

365,100

   
     

656,108

   

Chemicals (2.9%):

 

EI du Pont de Nemours & Company

   

5,476

     

364,702

   

LyondellBasell Industries NV

   

2,345

     

203,780

   

The Dow Chemical Company

   

5,674

     

292,098

   
     

860,580

   

Communications Equipment (1.7%):

 

Cisco Systems, Inc.

   

10,333

     

280,593

   

QUALCOMM, Inc.

   

4,494

     

224,632

   
     

505,225

   

Consumer Finance (0.6%):

 

Navient Corporation

   

16,378

     

187,528

   

Diversified Financial Services (1.1%):

 

CME Group, Inc.

   

3,465

     

313,929

   

Diversified Telecommunication Services (0.8%):

 

CenturyLink, Inc.

   

9,399

     

236,479

   

Electric Utilities (12.3%):

 

American Electric Power Company, Inc.

   

5,857

     

341,287

   

Duke Energy Corporation

   

4,658

     

332,535

   

Entergy Corporation

   

4,829

     

330,110

   

Eversource Energy

   

6,679

     

341,097

   

Exelon Corporation

   

8,426

     

233,990

   

OGE Energy Corporation

   

11,174

     

293,764

   

Pepco Holdings, Inc.

   

10,426

     

271,180

   

Pinnacle West Capital Corporation

   

5,508

     

355,156

   

Southern Company

   

8,057

     

376,987

   

Westar Energy, Inc.

   

8,732

     

370,324

   

Xcel Energy, Inc.

   

9,671

     

347,286

   
     

3,593,716

   

 

 

Electrical Equipment (2.0%):

 

Eaton Corporation PLC

   

4,908

   

$

255,412

   

Emerson Electric Company

   

6,711

     

320,987

   
     

576,399

   

Energy Equipment & Services (1.1%):

 

Helmerich & Payne, Inc.

   

2,983

     

159,740

   

National Oilwell Varco, Inc.

   

4,760

     

159,412

   
     

319,152

   

Food & Staples Retailing (3.6%):

 

Costco Wholesale Corporation

   

2,440

     

394,060

   

Sysco Corporation

   

8,434

     

345,794

   

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.

   

5,265

     

322,745

   
     

1,062,599

   

Food Products (1.9%):

 

General Mills, Inc.

   

7,585

     

437,351

   

Pilgrim's Pride Corporation

   

5,878

     

129,845

   
     

567,196

   

Health Care Equipment & Supplies (1.2%):

 

Baxter International, Inc.

   

9,243

     

352,620

   

Hotels, Restaurants & Leisure (2.8%):

 

Las Vegas Sands Corporation

   

3,971

     

174,089

   

McDonald's Corporation

   

3,476

     

410,655

   

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.

   

3,266

     

226,268

   
     

811,012

   

Household Products (1.6%):

 

Procter & Gamble Company

   

5,730

     

455,019

   

Insurance (7.2%):

 

American Financial Group, Inc.

   

6,274

     

452,230

   

Arthur J Gallagher & Company

   

10,027

     

410,505

   

Cincinnati Financial Corporation

   

6,640

     

392,889

   

CNA Financial Corporation

   

9,630

     

338,495

   

MetLife, Inc.

   

5,564

     

268,240

   

Principal Financial Group, Inc.

   

5,551

     

249,684

   
     

2,112,043

   

IT Services (3.3%):

 

International Business Machines Corporation

   

2,089

     

287,488

   

Paychex, Inc.

   

8,032

     

424,813

   

The Western Union Company

   

13,674

     

244,901

   
     

957,202

   

Machinery (2.6%):

 

Caterpillar, Inc.

   

3,631

     

246,763

   

Deere & Company

   

3,759

     

286,699

   

PACCAR, Inc.

   

4,879

     

231,264

   
     

764,726

   

 

Media (2.2%):

 

Omnicom Group, Inc.

   

5,600

   

$

423,696

   

TEGNA, Inc.

   

9,075

     

231,594

   
     

655,290

   

Metals & Mining (0.8%):

 

Nucor Corporation

   

5,569

     

224,431

   

Multiline Retail (0.7%):

 

Kohl's Corporation

   

4,037

     

192,282

   

Multi-Utilities (13.1%):

 

Alliant Energy Corporation

   

5,728

     

357,714

   

Ameren Corporation

   

7,948

     

343,592

   

CenterPoint Energy, Inc.

   

15,632

     

287,004

   

CMS Energy Corporation

   

8,851

     

319,344

   

Consolidated Edison, Inc.

   

5,355

     

344,166

   

Dominion Resources, Inc.

   

5,027

     

340,026

   

DTE Energy Company

   

4,070

     

326,373

   

PG&E Corporation

   

6,334

     

336,905

   

Public Service Enterprise Group, Inc.

   

7,043

     

272,494

   

SCANA Corporation

   

5,778

     

349,511

   

TECO Energy, Inc.

   

8,913

     

237,531

   

WEC Energy Group, Inc.

   

6,137

     

314,890

   
     

3,829,550

   

Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels (4.3%):

 

Chevron Corporation

   

3,258

     

293,090

   

Exxon Mobil Corporation

   

4,098

     

319,439

   

Kinder Morgan, Inc.

   

10,093

     

150,588

   

ONEOK, Inc.

   

4,711

     

116,173

   

Plains GP Holdings LP

   

7,299

     

68,976

   

Spectra Energy Corporation

   

9,425

     

225,634

   

Williams Companies, Inc.

   

3,363

     

86,429

   
     

1,260,329

   

Paper & Forest Products (0.9%):

 

International Paper Company

   

6,573

     

247,802

   

Pharmaceuticals (3.7%):

 

Johnson & Johnson

   

4,005

     

411,393

   

Merck & Company, Inc.

   

5,566

     

293,996

   

Pfizer, Inc.

   

11,213

     

361,956

   
     

1,067,345

   

Road & Rail (1.1%):

 

Norfolk Southern Corporation

   

3,637

     

307,654

   

Semiconductors & Semiconductor Equipment (6.7%):

 

Analog Devices, Inc.

   

3,671

     

203,080

   

Intel Corporation

   

8,402

     

289,449

   

KLA-Tencor Corporation

   

4,740

     

328,719

   

Linear Technology Corporation

   

6,664

     

283,020

   

Microchip Technology, Inc.

   

5,948

     

276,820

   

 

Security Description

 

Shares

 

Value

 

Texas Instruments, Inc.

   

5,259

   

$

288,246

   

Xilinx, Inc.

   

6,126

     

287,738

   
     

1,957,072

   

Software (1.9%):

 

CA, Inc.

   

10,865

     

310,304

   

Symantec Corporation

   

11,854

     

248,934

   
     

559,238

   

Specialty Retail (1.9%):

 

Best Buy Company, Inc.

   

4,634

     

141,105

   

GameStop Corporation

   

4,477

     

125,535

   

L Brands, Inc.

   

3,074

     

294,551

   
     

561,191

   

Technology Hardware, Storage & Peripherals (0.5%):

 

Seagate Technology PLC

   

4,212

     

154,412

   

Textiles, Apparel & Luxury Goods (0.9%):

 

Coach, Inc.

   

7,637

     

249,959

   

Thrifts & Mortgage Finance (1.1%):

 

New York Community Bancorp, Inc.

   

20,131

     

328,538

   

Tobacco (3.6%):

 

Altria Group, Inc.

   

6,392

     

372,078

   

Philip Morris International, Inc.

   

4,107

     

361,046

   

Reynolds American, Inc.

   

6,943

     

320,420

   
     

1,053,544

   

Total Common Stocks (Cost $29,349,048)

   

29,185,923

   

SHORT-TERM INVESTMENTS (0.3%)

 

Money Market Funds (0.3%):

 

Short Term Investment Trust Liquid Assets Portfolio, 0.29%^

   

98,072

     

98,072

   

Total Short-Term Investments — (Cost $98,072)

   

98,072

   

Total Investments — 100.1% (Cost $29,447,120)

   

29,283,995

   

Liabilities in excess of other assets — (0.1)%

   

(14,989

)

 

NET ASSETS — 100.0%

 

$

29,269,006

   

^  Annualized seven-day yield as of December 31, 2015.

The Global Industry Classification Standard (GICS®) was developed by and/or is the exclusive property of MSCI, Inc. and Standard & Poor's Financial Services LLC ("S&P"). GICS® is a service mark of MSCI, Inc. and S&P and has been licensed for use by the Fund's Administrator, U.S. Bancorp Fund Services, LLC.

Schedule of Open Futures Contracts

Number of 
Contracts 
Sold
 

Description

 

Notional Amount

  Unrealized 
Appreciation
 
  2    

S&P 500 E-Mini Future, March 2016

 

$

(203,540

)

 

$

1,977

   
   

$

1,977

   

 

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I also like CEF

Central Fund of Canada Limited is “The Sound Monetary Fund”. Central Fund's purpose is to hold gold and silver bullion on a secure basis

 

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There is a better way to invest in gold and silver than the popular—but I believe structurally unsound—ETFs like SPDR Golld Shares (GLD) and iShares Gold Trust (IAU). You can easily buy gold and silver through a vehicle that is backed by actual gold and silver rather than derivatives, swaps, and other esoteric paper promises. Consider Central Fund of Canada (CEF), which is, first of all, a closed-end mutual fund, not an ETF. It holds actual gold and silver bullion. The metal is audited, securely stored, and owned by the shareholders of the fund.

 

You will find that in the case of ETFs, nothing is actually “owned” by the shareholders. The ETF only represents the underlying security or index it is designed to mimic. It is possible that the ETF could go broke and the shareholders could lose their investment while the underlying asset that is mirrored by the ETF continues to appreciate.

Your investment in Central Fund of Canada will give you an ownership split approximately 50/50 between gold and silver. A further advantage is that when you sell, you will not be taxed unfavorably. Closed-end funds are taxed as equities while precious metal ETFs are taxed as commodities at a higher rate.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/investor/2011/10/12/a-canadian-closed-end-gold-and-silver-fund-with-a-tax-break/#85ff5265383c

 

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How millionaires under 40 manage their money......   ;o)

Millionaires under 40 are more likely to hold on to cash, a report found.

Alas, there are some people who are lucky enough to be both young and rich.

And a report released last month by Capgemini Consulting showed some interesting trends in the strategies young millionaires use to manage their money.

In many ways, millionaires under 40 are even more conservative than their boomer counterparts. They are more likely to hold on to cash, less likely to invest in stocks and more prone to stashing money in alternative investments.

The findings, combined with other studies on how the younger-than-40 crowd handle their money, may even offer lessons for people who don’t have much wealth yet but are striving for it.

Here are some of the money management strategies that stand out among the young and wealthy.

They have plenty of cash on hand. Millionaires under 40 held about a third of their total assets in cash, including physical cash and money kept in the bank, like a checking account, according to the report. When asked why it was important for them to have so much cash, 17 percent of young investors said they wanted to be ready to pounce on the right investment opportunities when they arise. Thirty one percent said they wanted money on hand to be able to live the lifestyle they want. (Those vacations, shopping trips and nice meals need to be paid for somehow.)

Millennials who are more concerned with paying off their debt and covering the bills may have a hard time relating to that mentality. But some of the motivations pushing young millionaires to have cash in the bank aren’t that different from the reasons encouraging other millennials to build up a cash cushion. About 28 percent of young millionaires said it was important for them to have cash as a way to protect themselves from market volatility, according to Capgemini. It’s in line with other studies suggesting that millennials are nervous about taking on too much risk with their savings, even if they won’t need the money for a while. But there is a cost to holding too much cash, said Greg Popera, a private wealth adviser with Merrill Lynch. People who neglect to invest at least part of their funds in stocks, real estate and other assets may miss out on potentially higher returns over time, he said.

They spread their bets. As for the part of their wealth that is being invested, the young and wealthy are not relying too much on any single approach. Roughly 30 percent of their assets were held with wealth managers who could help them build a portfolio of stocks, bonds and other traditional investments. But about 40 percent of their portfolios were split up among less traditional investments including real estate, a business and other alternative investments.

That broad category of alternative investments can include gold, hedge funds or other asset classes that are expected to behave differently than the stock market, financial advisers say. For example, while stock markets were plunging on the day after Britain announced it had voted to leave the European Union, the price of gold soared.

By branching out into real estate, which can lead to rental income, investors are creating additional income streams that are not tied to the stock market or to their main jobs, financial advisers say. Investing in a business by buying a sizable stake in a company or by starting a small business can boost wealth and lead to big payouts when a business does well. But because such investments always require more risk, business investments tend to make up a smaller portion of the overall portfolio — about 13 percent — when compared to cash.

They consult friends and the web. When seeking advice on how to best manage their money, younger millionaires are more likely to turn to family, friends and the internet for guidance than they are to hire a professional when compared to older generations. Consider, among the under 40 group, just 17 percent of assets were with a primary wealth manager, compared to 27 percent for millionaires of all ages in North America. And a separate study from TD Ameritrade found that 28 percent of millennials turn to their friends for financial advice, compared to 15 percent of boomers, who were more likely to turn to a professional.

‘‘More and more we know that for this newer generation, traditional wealth management does not work,’’ said Tej Vakta, senior leader of global capital markets with Capgemini Financial Services. Younger investors were more likely than boomers to say that it was important for their adviser to offer online services that allow them to track or control their investments, Vakta said. But demand for online options is growing among all investors: Sixty-seven percent of millionaires of all ages said this year that they wanted an automated advice option, or a so-called robo-adviser, up from 49 percent in 2015, according to Capgemini.

They invest with a purpose. In addition to looking for investments that will boost their portfolios, many young investors — and not just the rich — want to know that their dollars are going toward the social causes that matter to them. Through a strategy known as socially responsible investing, some investors work with an adviser to dedicate a portion of their money to companies they feel are working to advance a certain issue, such as climate change. In other cases, investors will ask their advisers or brokerage firms to exclude industries they don’t want to support, such as alcohol companies, tobacco companies or gun manufacturers. Investors can also use mutual funds or exchange traded funds that offer similar strategies.

The approach is particularly common among younger investors. Some 60 percent of millennials and 34 percent of Generation X investors said they wanted to use or were currently using social impact investments, according to a 2015 report from U.S. Trust, a unit of Bank of America.

‘‘It’s a feel good return,’’ said Richard Dale Horn, senior vice president of wealth management for UBS Financial Services. Still, investors should make sure that their efforts to exclude certain industries don’t leave them investing too heavily in any one sector, Horn said. ‘‘I think you have to have a balance.’’

PERHAPS,  THIS  VERY  INTERESTING  REPORT  CAN  HELP  YOU...

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