2013 Dogs of the Dow

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are two types of prediction experts, says Warren Buffett.

are those who don’t know and those who don’t know they don’t know. 

somewhere in the middle.

I may have called the bottom and top of housing, the top
of subprime and Alt-A, the death of Lehman Brothers and Bear Stearns, the
collapse of the UK economy and the Dow’s collapse to 6,500, including its
recovery. I may have also called for gold to rally well above $1,000 when it
traded under $850.

But I have no idea what this year will be like.  No one does…

I can tell you it’ll be full of incessant volatility,

not overly pessimistic on our economy, but I am a realist.  And I see major threats to the economy going
forward.  I do believe, though, that’s
there’s always a bull market somewhere. 
While the economy could be shattered by year-end, there’s always a way
to make money, and there’s always an economic positive somewhere.

see more of the same from here.

could be tough year especially if the Fed is serious about ending easing
programs.  Several committee members said
they may need to slow or stop asset purchases “well before the end of 2013”
over concerns about the Fed’s investment portfolio.

let’s be real here.  It’s not likely to

end to QE would pull stimulus from the markets, and crash them… quickly.  If the Fed programs were allowed to end, the
Dow, for example, would plummet.

a wait and see at this point. 

next big hurdle we face, near-term is the debt ceiling debate.  The 2011 debate led to a credit downgrade and
a 10% loss in the markets.  The risk here
is that the debt ceiling debate will again rattle the markets, and send
volatility well off its lows. 

if the debt ceiling debate is short-lived, I strongly believe America will be
hit with another credit downgrade.

also hear a lot about the impending doom of the college debt bubble, the
national debt bubble, the derivatives market bubble, and the consumer debt
bubbles this year.  I’d be surprised if
any of them popped this year, though. 

they will eventually pop… All bubbles pop.

move away from the US dollar as the primary reserve currency will pick up
steam.  The dollar is doomed.  There’s no way around that.

will pick up steam, as many more workers are laid off.  Food prices could easily soar.  Those on food stamps will pick up steam.

Dow could easily end the year under 12,000 if the Fed ends easing.

we could see a major economic impact from the Mississippi River.

fact, according to Time magazine:

Drought may cause traffic
on the Mississippi
– which is used to transport everything from grain to
petroleum to coal – to a halt as soon as this weekend. And the stoppage could
last for months."

"The lack of precipitation throughout much of the country has brought
about drought conditions that the National Climatic Data Center has called the worst
since the 1950s
. Water levels on the river are lowest in a 180-mile
stretch between St. Louis and Cairo, Ill., sometimes referred to as the Middle Mississippi. That’s where
the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has been dredging to maintain a 9-foot channel
to allow barges and boats to pass. Most vessels can’t travel in waters any

"According to the American Waterways Operators (a trade group representing
the tugboat, towboat, and barge industry) and Waterways Council (a national
public policy organization), a traffic stoppage could occur as soon as
this weekend, halting a $180 billion transportation industry. The groups
estimate that a disruption in the Mississippi River’s supply chain could affect
more than 8,000 jobs, $54 million in wages and benefits, and 7.2 million tons
of commodities worth $2.8 billion.”

With recent school shootings, we could see the
criminalization of possessing just about every gun out there.  Things as we know it in the United States
will change drastically.

Overseas, the Middle East will always be
explosive.  There’s nothing we can do but
sit back and watch.  Israel and Iran
could go at it at any point, driving oil prices through the roof if the Strait
of Hormuz is hit.

While I may sound economically bearish, I’m not.  I’m a realist.  Reality cannot be ignored.  Fortunately, there’s always a bull market

Anxiety will be the key word of 2013.  Unemployment will remain high.  Our recession will continue.  The national debt will exceed GDP.

It’ll be one heck of a year.

So where to you put
your money?

Besides following us in Speed Retirement, here’s another
idea to check out.

The Dogs of the Dow

Buy the 10
Dow stocks with the highest dividend yields, cash out by the next year's end,
and repeat.  It’s that simple.

Once you
invest in the Dogs of the Dow, forget it even exists.  Just let it run. 

You hold the
10 Dogs for 12 months.  You don’t add to
it.  You don’t subtract from it.  You just let it run.

These are
high yielding stocks that have fallen out of favor with investors.  The theory believes these stocks will recover
over the year, give the investor a good return, and provide a dividend for good

In practice,
the theory isn't too shabby…

  • In
    1996, they were up 29%.
  • In
    1997, they were up 22%.
  • In
    1998, they ran up 11%
  • And
    in 1999, they ran up another 4%.
  • In
    2000, they were up 6.4%.
  • In
    2001, they were down 5% and down another 9% in 2002 — both of which still
    outperformed the major indices in tough market times.
  • Despite
    the bear market of 2000 to 2002, Dogs of the Dow raced 29% higher in 2003.
  • By
    2004, they ran up 4.4%, giving back 5% by 2005.
  • By
    2006, Dogs of the Dow ran up 30.3%.
  • In
    2007, the Dogs came in with flat returns.
  • In
    2008, they fell 38.8% as compared to the Dow's 31.9% loss.
  • In
    2009, they flew 16.9% higher, as compared to the Dow's 22.7% rise.
  • For
    2010, the Dogs were up about 15% vs. an 11% rise in the Dow.
  • In
    2011, the Dogs were up 12.2% as compared to 5.5% for the Dow.
  • In
    2012, the Dogs underperformed, delivering gains of 9.6% compared with an 11%
    increase in the Dow.

The logic
behind this investment strategy is this: When you buy these stocks with the
highest yields, you're buying the high-quality companies that are out of favor
on Wall Street — which makes them bargains.

The Dogs of
the Dow for 2013, include the following:

AT&T (T)

Verizon (VZ)

Intel (INTC)

Merck (MRK)

Pfizer (PFE)

DuPont (DD)

Packard (HPQ)

General Electric


& Johnson (JNJ)

The best
thing to do with these – if interested – is to buy a basket of them. 

We’ll be
sure to track the results for you as the year goes on.

Take good

Ian L.

Speed Retirement System