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About Conservative Income Investing

According to a recent Barron's article, "If you put all your money in the S&P 500, you made 15.1% in the 10-year period ending Dec. 31, 2010. If you had put 50% in the S&P 500 and 50% in the US Aggregate Bond Index, you would have made 48.9% over that same 10-year period. Now, if instead of putting 50% in the S&P 500 you chose a diversified portfolio of large value and growth, mid-value and growth, small companies, international, emerging markets, all that, then walked away . . . you would have made 72.2%. If you had reallocated at the beginning of every year, your return would have been 82.6%. So, in a decade where the market basically did nothing, a diversified conservative portfolio that was rebalanced annually would have made 82.6%."

This is a more "modern" example, but the same pattern holds true: according to Professor Jeremy Siegel at The Wharton School, until the early 1990's, roughly three quarters of the real return from the stock market came from its dividend history, and the other one quarter from capital gains.

The Portfolio Strategy

The Retiree Income Portfolio is geared for the individual in retirement or approaching retirement. It is designed to be a portfolio that needs minimal attention and rebalancing. It has a heavy focus on income and dividends, especially monthly and quarterly income. The Retiree Income Portfolio is designed to replicate moderate risk of the Balanced Total Return Funds of the past and the Asset Allocation Funds of the present, but with a dividend yield 100-200% greater. It is expected that the income yield of the portfolio will be 200% greater than the S&P 500 with a market risk (beta) of approximately 0.5 or 50% of the S&P 500.

The Retiree Income Portfolio will utilize a mix of dividend-paying stocks and bond funds to acheive a conservative mix of securities suitable for most income-oriented investors. The sectors this portfolio will focus on include Agency Mortgate REITs, Master Limited Partnerships (MLPs), ex-Canadian Royalty Trusts (CRTs), Business Development Companies (BDCs), blue chip energy companies and consumer staples.

The creator and proprietor of the Cash Flow Replacement Ratio used in retirement and investment planning, Frank M. Bifulco is a Chartered Financial Analyst and Certified Financial Planner who has spent over two decades managing high-net worth individual and institutional accounts. In addition to his various certifications, Mr. Bifulco has passed all exams pertaining to the Series 7, 63, and 65 exams on his initial attempts. His commentaries and investment analysis have appeared on CNBC and Bloomberg Television, as well as print journals such as Forbes.com, TheStreet.com, RealMoney.com, and ETFWatch.com.

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Index returns are price only and do not include the reinvestment of dividends. The S&P 500 is a stock market index containing the stocks of 500 large-cap corporations, most of which are US companies. The index is the most notable of the many indices owned and maintained by Standard & Poor's, a division of McGraw-Hill. S&P 500 is used in reference not only to the index but also to the 500 companies that have their common stock included in the index.

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Frank M. Bifulco, CFA

I am a principal with Alcott Capital Management where I engage in money management and research activities. Prior to ACM, I held a number of portfolio management and research positions with various European Private Banks. I was the primary energy analyst as well as credit analyst for these banks in addition to my other duties. In addition, I worked at several boutique firms in the 1990s covering cable, cellular, and media stocks as well as various institutional sales positions covering equities and fixed-income securities.

I am a graduate of Hamilton College in Clinton, N.Y. where I majored in Economics with a minor in Government. I am a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) as well as a Certified Financial Planner (CFP) and have held the Series 7, 63, and 65 securities licenses. I am a member of both the New York Society of Security Analysts and the CFA Institute.

In my spare time, I enjoy detailing and restoring Corvettes, hiking, and astronomy. I am an avid amateur astronomer and have lectured on topics as diverse as globular clusters and the extinction of the dinosaurs to public audiences.

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