Why a Fiduciary?

In this article, Durig explores what it means to be a fiduciary, benefits of working with one, and their fundamental differences from other types of financial professionals.

What is a Fiduciary?

Registered Financial Advisors are fiduciaries, and are held to a much higher and completely different standard of care for their clients than other types of financial professionals. A fiduciary must always act in their clients best interests.

Income and Growth Strategies That Are Working in Today’s Market

In this special review, Durig benchmarks the performance of its three unique blue chip equity portfolios, the Dogs of the Dow, Dogs of the S&P 500, and the Dividend Aristocrats, all of which are designed to capture high quality blue chip dividends of some of the most reputable companies on wall street.

With interest rates continuing to fall and attractive yields becoming increasingly difficult to find, many investors are turning away from conventional fixed income investments such as US Treasuries.

Dividend Aristocrats: Income Stability and Growth Over Time

A review and performance recap of Durig’s highly successful Dividend Aristocrats Portfolio that also compares the portfolio to another aristocratic dividend portfolio. The Dividend Aristocrats Portfolio was also designed with income stability in mind, maintaining investment focus on only higher quality blue chip companies known as “Aristocrats.”

(all performance reported net of fee, as of 10-18-19)

October Performance Highlights

  • Average Dividend Yield of 3.51%
  • Lifetime return of 9.44%
  • Excess Return of 3.27% (vs. benchmark)*
  • Alpha of 7.95 (vs. benchmark*)
  • Beta of 0.18 (vs. benchmark*)

Dogs of the S&P 500: Over 4.5% Income with Strong Historical Performance

A benchmark performance review of Durig’s unique Dogs of the S&P 500 Portfolio that examines the income benefit the portfolio can provide, also exploring some of the achievements the portfolio has had in lifetime performance.

October Performance Highlights

  • Average Current Dividend Yield of 4.68%
  • Year-to-Date Return of 20.38%
  • Trailing 1 Year Return of 17.63%
  • Annualized Lifetime Return of 10.41%
  • Alpha of 1.69 (vs Benchmark*)
  • Beta of 0.72 (vs Benchmark*)

Dogs of the Dow: Find Blue Chip Peace of Mind with Over 4% Income

A monthly performance review of Durig’s Dogs of the Dow Portfolio that explores several benefits that income producing investments such the Dogs of the Dow can help to provide.

Performance Highlights

  • Lifetime Return of 12.87% (annualized)
  • Year-to-Date Return of 8.30%
  • Alpha of 4.89 (vs benchmark)*
  • Beta of 0.77 (vs benchmark)*
  • Average Current Yield of 4.18%

American Axle and Manufacturing Bonds, Short Term, High Yield, Fixed Income Investment, Yielding 6.7% YTM

This week, Durig looks at the auto industry to focus on a manufacturer who supplies components to many of the industry’s leader auto makers. American Axle & Manufacturing (NYSE:AXL), a leading supplier of driveline technology, recently released its second quarter results.  The company registered solid free cash flow, net cash from operations and improving EBITDA and EBITDA margins (see bullets above).

Dividend Aristocrats – A Path to Growing Your Income

A monthly performance review of the Dividend Aristocrats, a diversified blue chip stock portfolio built around some of the highest yielding dividend payers listed on the S&P 500. We also examine the various benefits the strategy can offer investors in volatile markets.

 

(performance is net of fee, 9-17-19)


Performance Highlights

 

  • Annualized Return Since Inception of 8.03%

  • Average Current Yield of 3.52%

California Resources Corporation Bonds, Short Term, High Yield, Fixed Income Investment, Yielding 33.5% YTM

This week, Durig Capital takes a look at a unique oil and gas producer. Reviewed several times in the past, most recently in May of 2019 following the company’s release of their Q1 Results, California Resources Corporation (NYSE:CRC) produces oil, natural gas and natural gas liquids (NGL) strictly within the state of California. And, it sells all of it oil production in the state of California, which, as a state, represents the 5th largest economy in the world. The company recently signed its third major joint venture agreement, which will allow the company to add production and revenue with no initial capital cost to CRC. In addition to this great news, CRC also posted some excellent results from its second quarter (see bullet points above).

Dogs of the S&P 500: Dividend Yield of 4.66% with Strong Historical Growth

This week, Durig takes a closer look at the various benefits that its Dogs of the S&P 500 Portfolio may provide investors in light of today’s unpredictable financial markets. September Performance Highlights (See bullet points above).

A Multi-Benefit Income Strategy

Durig’s Dogs of the S&P 500 Portfolio has the dual benefit of growth and income from a variety of the highest yielding (with regard to dividends) blue chip companies listed on the S&P 500.  The portfolio is able to capture the highest quality blue chip dividends through its use of strategic weighting, achieving  an average dividend yield of 4.66%, with the growth component of this strategy helping to boost the total year-to-date portfolio return to 20.78%, and a trailing 1 year return of 13.77%, outpacing the S&P 500 itself in both year-to-date return and trailing 1 year return.  This multi benefit strategy allows investors to capture strong growth in principal, while still generating a healthy level of diversified income and realizing strong historical returns.

Dogs of the Dow – High Dividends, Historical Outperformance

This week, Durig Capital recaps the recent performance of its own unique version of the Dogs of the Dow Strategy and benchmarks it to that of its closest peers. Also explored is the importance of portfolio correlation to the overall market, and how correlation can help to provide investors an idea of how a portfolio could theoretically perform under various market conditions.

Durig’s Dogs of the Dow – September Performance Highlights

  • Year-to-Date Return of 9.41%
  • Trailing 1 Year Return of 6.73%
  • Annualized Lifetime Return of 13.85%

Want More Income? Find It in Short Term Bond Portfolio

Do you want more income? If your answer is yes, we have excellent news for you! Durig’s FX2 Portfolio has a lifetime track record of historical outperformance of its peer benchmarks while generating extremely high levels of fully customizable income options, something that no mutual fund can offer, all within your own separately managed account.

(Above: FX2 Benchmark Performance, 8-27-19)

CSI Compressco Bonds, Short Term, High Yield, Fixed Income Investment, Yielding 10.25% YTM

This week, Durig Capital takes a look at a company that provides compression services and equipment for the oil and gas industry. With the demand increasing for takeaway capacity from oil and gas fields around the country, CSI Compressco’s services become even more valuable and essential. The company had a fantastic second quarter, with record setting utilization, increased revenues and adjusted EBITDA.

 

  • Second quarter overall utilization came in at a record setting 89.1%.

  • Revenues increased by 36% over second quarter 2018.

  • Adjusted EBITDA increased 22% over first quarter and 41% year-over-year.

  • Outstanding interest coverage of 2.2x.

 

CEC Entertainment Bonds, Short Term, High Yield, Fixed Income Investment, Yielding 9.77% YTM

This week, Durig Capital look again at the parent company of a long-time, beloved family entertainment restaurant. Chuck E. Cheese, whose parent company is CEC Entertainment, has long been a beloved rite of passage for children’s birthday celebrations. CEC has spent the past few years updating the venue’s image, mainly in an effort to appeal to the parents as well as their kids. The new image seems to be working. With the release of its second quarter and year-to-date results, CEC has now logged five consecutive quarters of same-store growth. Other highlights from CEC’s latest results (see above).

Dividend Aristocrats – Grow Income Over Time

The Dividend Aristocrats Portfolio, Durig Capital’s newest exciting investment solution is now open for investment.  This portfolio strategy targets the “cream of the crop” among a diversity of blue-chip companies listed on the S&P 500, seeking the companies with only the highest yields and have a stable history of increasing dividends.

Income Growth Over Time

Community Health Systems Bonds, Short Term, High Yield, Fixed Income Investment, Yielding 23% YTM

This week, Durig Capital looks at the healthcare sector to review one of the largest publicly traded hospital companies in the United States. Community Health Systems (NYSE:CYH) has spent the last few years rationalizing its portfolio of hospitals. The company is beginning to realize the effects of this strategy as evidenced by its same-store results for the second quarter (see above).

Dogs of the S&P 500 – Less Blue Chip Volatility – More Peace of Mind

Over the last few months, the ongoing trade-war between the U.S. and China has escalated into something of a volatility generating machine, with some market indices jumping up or down hundreds of points in a single day as new tariffs are added, sentiments of certain key political figures are expressed, etc.  Causality aside, the markets are boiling and have many investors looking to find a way to beat the heat without having to leave the kitchen entirely. This week, Durig Capital explains how investors can do just that with its Dogs of the S&P 500 Portfolio.

AK Steel Bonds, Short Term, High Yield, Fixed Income Investment, Yielding 10.0% YTM

This week, Durig Capital reviews one of the leading producers of steel products in the United States. AK Steel (NYSE:AKS) produces steel for the automotive, infrastructure and manufacturing sectors. There has been much talk of bringing back manufacturing jobs to the U.S., especially in the production and manufacturing of steel. AK Steel is one of the companies trying to ensure continued heavy manufacturing capabilities within the United States. It recently reported its second quarter results (for the three months ending June 30, 2019) with the highlights (listed above).

Dogs of the Dow – Durig’s Continued Outperformance Over Time


This week,
Durig Capital recaps the recent performance of its own unique version of the Dogs of the Dow Strategy and benchmarks it to that of its closest peers. Also explored is the importance of portfolio correlation to the overall market, and how correlation can help to provide investors an idea of how a portfolio could theoretically perform under various market conditions.

Durig’s Dogs of the Dow – July Performance Highlights 

  • 12.41% Year-to-Date

  • 12.87% Trailing 1 Year Return

  • 15.98% Annualized Return Since Inception

  • Beta of 0.72 (vs. Benchmark*)

     

   (Performance shown  above is as of 7-31-19)

CoreCivic Bonds, Short Term, High Yield, Fixed Income Investment, Yielding 6.7% YTM

This week, Durig Capital looks at a company that primarily provides private prison services for governmental agencies here in the United States. CoreCivic (NYSE:CXW) has also recently added two additional business segments to its portfolio – CoreCivic Community, which consists of residential reentry centers, and CoreCivic Properties, which is a portfolio of government-leased properties. The company recently posted a solid first quarter, registering increases in many of its financial metrics.

Theratechnologies Bonds, Short Term, High Yield, Fixed Income Investment, Yielding 8% YTM

This week, Durig Capital looks to a Canadian issuer, a specialty pharmaceutical company that is successfully treating long-term HIV patients with its unique medicines so that patients have the opportunity to have a better quality of life. Theratechnologies (TSX:TH) has two landmark drugs, Trogarzo™ and EGRIFTA™ specifically developed to help HIV patients. The company has reported its second quarter results (for the three months ending May 31, 2019) and continues to see outstanding growth over its product lines.

Dogs of the Dow: Does It Work, and Should It Have a Place in Your Portfolio?

Last month, Durig Capital explored several variations of the classic Dogs of the Dow Investment Strategy. Later in the article, we examined the historical performance of these strategy variations, benchmarked against the performance of Durig’s own unique Dogs of the Dow Portfolio Strategy. The original strategy designed by Michael O’Higgins in the book “Beating the Dow” in 1991 was designed for just that; beating the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJI).

Hertz Bonds, Short Term, High Yield, Fixed Income Investment, Yielding 6.5% YTM

For this week’s bond review, Durig Capital ventures into the auto world to look at one of the leading auto rental companies in the U.S. and around the world. Hertz Global (NYSE:HTZ) had a fantastic 2018 and 2019 looks to be shaping up much the same.

  • First quarter 2019 is the seventh consecutive quarter the company has recorded year-over-year growth.
  • Total revenues were up 2% (during one the company’s historically slow quarters), up 4% on a constant currency basis.
  • Revenues in the U.S. grew by 7%.
  • Cash flow provided by operating activities grew by 28% over first quarter 2018.
  • First quarter 2019 interest coverage of 3.4x.

Frontier Communications Bonds, Short Term, High Yield, Fixed Income Investment, Yielding 27% YTM

This week, Durig Capital ventures into the telecom space to look at one of the country’s major telecommunications services providers. Frontier Communications (NASDAQ: FTR) has been working hard to transform itself as cable, voice and internet usage continues to change and evolve. The company’s most recent quarter highlights some of its progress as well as actions Frontier is taking to remain competitive.

Dogs of the Dow: Durig’s Past Performance Runs Ahead of the Pack

This week, Durig Capital explores a popular variation of the classic Dogs of the Dow investment strategy, introduced by Michael O Higgins in the early 1990’s.  The strategy has been widely accepted by some for its simplicity and repeatability, yet denounced by others for the exact same. Durig Capital believes less complicated is better; fewer moving parts mean fewer potential points of failure, and has done well historically with it’s own unique version of this simple strategy, discussed later in the article.

DHX Media, Convertible Bonds Mature September 2024 – Pick Up Over 12.5% YTM

(all price quotes are in Canadian Dollars, CAD)

This week, Durig Capital looks at a company that focuses on children’s content and brands. DHX Media (TSX: DHX; NASDAQ: DHXM) is the company behind such well-known names as Peanuts, Teletubbies, Inspector Gadget and the Degrassi franchise. With children spending more time viewing content not only through traditional television and cable, but also on various devices with online streaming capabilities, DHX is looking to optimize its proprietary children’s content through various channels. Having acquired the rights to the Peanuts brand a few years ago, the company is now starting to realize revenues from this iconic brand through licensing agreements with retailers like Lands’ End, Baskin Robbins, Tupperware, Levi’s and Macy’s just to name a few.

New Dogs of the Dow Significantly Outperforms Major Indices

This week, Durig Capital reviews its own version of a time-proven investment strategy. The Dogs of the Dow investment strategy is a simple way for investors to design a portfolio around the “dogs” of the broader Dow Index, and rebalance it annually. Durig Capital’s Dogs of the Dow (DoD) portfolio has, since its inception in June 2017, resulted in a less volatile portfolio with excellent returns when compared the the broader Dow index.

Earn Over 23.5% YTM with Community Health Systems, Bonds Mature February 2022

This week’s bond review focuses on one of the nation’s largest publicly traded hospital companies. Community Health Systems, Inc. (NYSE: CYH). CYH has spent the past few years divesting hospitals in an effort to reshape its portfolio towards urban and suburban markets. The company continues to make that shift and has now added urgent care centers in some of those markets to help drive additional patients to its hospitals. Its fourth quarter and full-year 2018 results look to be an indicator that the transformation is gaining a foothold.

Harvest Nearly 15% YTM with Pyxus International, Formerly Alliance One, Bonds Maturing July 2021

This week, Durig Capital looks at a longtime company that has adopted a new name to reflect its new direction. Pyxus International, formerly Alliance One, is well into its “One Tomorrow” transformation plan, where it has added new products to its product base of leaf tobacco. The company has entered into producing e-liquids, cannabis and cannabis related products.

An Introduction to Durig Capital’s Dogs of the Dow Portfolio Strategy

 This week, Durig Capital reviews its own version on a time-proven investment strategy. The “Dogs of the Dow” investment strategy was introduced by Michael B. Higgins in the early 1990’s as a simple way for investors to design a portfolio around the “dogs” of the broader Dow index, and re-balance it annually. Durig Capital has created its own version on this investment strategy which has historically resulted in a less volatile portfolio and has produced excellent returns since its inception in June 2017.

  • Since its inception (June 6, 2017) Durig’s “Dogs of the DOW” Portfolio has generated a total return of 14.26% (as of January 22, 2019). Over the same time period, the greater Dow index generated a return of 11.37%. So, Durig’s “Dogs of the DOW” portfolio returned 25% more than the index.

  • Most notably, during the selloff in the fourth quarter of 2018, Durig’s portfolio was down -5.23% while the greater Dow index was down -11.30%. These figures are as of January 22, 2019.

  • Year-to-date in 2019, the Durig portfolio was up 1.56%, while the greater Dow index was up 4.71% (as of January 22, 2019). This statistic, along with the results from fourth quarter 2018 illustrate the portfolio’s reduced volatility.

Finally, a Bond Strategy that Outperforms the S&P 500 with Half the Volatility of Equity

Durig Capital’s FX2: Bond Investing with Equity-like Returns

 

Stocks versus bonds – which is the better investment? This is a highly individual question and depends on the goals of the investor. For most investors, getting the best return with the least amount of risk is a goal worth striving for. But what is the best way to do this? While stocks have generally outperformed bonds, there are exceptions to the rule. Consider Durig Capital’s FX2 Managed Income Portfolio.

 

  • This portfolio’s 3-year trailing return has handily beat the S&P 500 index.

  • Not only has its returns exceeded that of the S&P 500 index, it has done so with roughly half the risk (volatility).

  • Morningstar claimed that FX2 was the top performing Fixed Income SMA among its peer group in the last significant interest rate spike of 2016.

  • Additionally, Morningstar has ranked Durig Captial’s FX2 portfolio as the top performing Fixed Income SMA for Trailing 1-year, 3-year, and 5-year returns, as well as for Q1 and Q2 of 2018,  amongst a peer group of over 800 SMA’s.

  • Informa ranked FX2 1st in performance in 1,2,3 and 5 year return categories, as well as since inception, as compared to its peers in Short-Term Fixed Income.

Informa Ranked Durig’s FX2 Portfolio 1st for Performance in Short Term Fixed Income

Durig’s FX2 Portfolio – Third Quarter Rankings from Informa

 

 

 

Informa Investment Solutions Bench Ranked 1st in Performance Durig Capital’s Fixed Income 2 (FX2) Portfolio against its peer group of short term fixed income in it’s PSN database.

 

Here is how Durig’s FX2 Portfolio was Ranked Third Quarter of 2018:

 

Durig Capital Rank

Time Period

Number of Competitors

1st

1 Year

126

1st

2 Years

125

1st

3 Years

124

1st

5 Years

120

1st

Since Inception

110

 

Produce Over 12.5% YTM with Alliance One International, Bonds Mature July 2021

 

This week, Durig Capital takes another look at one of two publicly held global leaf tobacco merchants. The last review of Alliance One earlier this year revealed that the company had made its entrance into the e-cigarette market through its acquisition on Purilum, an e-liquids producer. Now Alliance One is taking further steps to diversify its product offerings into both the cannabis and industrial hemp markets. Additionally, the company recently released its Q4 and FY 2018 results. Fiscal year 2018 recorded improvements over the previous year, including: