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AN INVESTMENT IN KNOWLEDGE PAYS THE BEST INTEREST ~ Benjamin Franklin

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Building Benjamins

Manager of the Decade Shares His Stock Picks.

Interviewed for His Stock-Picking Expertise on
Television and in Print.

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An Experienced Professional Investor Shares His Stock Picks

Benjamin C. Halliburton is our founder, and he is faced with the same challenge as you, investing for retirement and building generational wealth. However, he is a professional investor and is going to share his portfolio and trades with you. He is going to help you navigate this investment challenge as he invests in stocks of quality businesses and guides you through the investment process.

35 Years of Proven Investment Success

Ben was twice named “PSN Manager of the Decade.” He has been researching, investing, and picking stocks since 1986. He moved his clients to cash two weeks before the October 1987 crash as treasury bond yields hit 10% and stock price-to-earnings passed 20. As a partner and portfolio manager at Brundage, Story and Rose in the 1990s, he purchased numerous ten baggers.

Well Done is Better Than Well Said  ~  Benjamin Franklin

Ben founded Tradition Capital Management in 2000 and was named “PSN Manager of the Decade” for All-Cap in the 2000s and “PSN Manager of the Decade” for Dividend Value in the 2010s. Since starting his investment career at Merrill Lynch in 1986, Ben has been continuously involved in investing.

He managed money while earning a Master of Business Administration (MBA) with a focus on finance from Duke’s Fuqua School of Business in 1990, where he was distinguished as a Fuqua Scholar. In 1994, he earned the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.

He was the top-performing portfolio manager at his firm and his “Disciplined Growth Strategy” outperformed the S&P500 in the 1990’s bull market. Ben was the youngest partner at his firm and was called “the best investor I have ever met” by one of the senior managing partners.

Author of Wiser Investing

Ben authored a book, Wiser Investing: Diversify Your Portfolio Beyond Stocks and Bonds published by ForbesBooks.

Building Benjamins
  • Stock Thoughts

    Stock tips from a portfolio manager twice named Manager of the Decade.

    In Stock Thoughts, our founder shares the stock investments that he makes in his portfolio to build retirement income and build a family legacy. His picks are delivered in a timely fashion via email, text, or this blog. This is a great place to build the core of your portfolio. View only Dividend Income Stocks or only Growth and Capital Appreciation Stocks.
  • Best Invest

    Professional Investors provide their stock picks to consider for your own portfolio.

    Best Invest gives you stock picks from professional money managers that run ETFs and hedge funds and have historically been proven money makers. Tired of losing money or hearing about nothing but high-risk stocks? We have handpicked the investors who are featured on this page so you will not have to find the needle in the haystack of stock picking. Winners you can use to build retirement income and your family’s wealth. Well-reasoned ideas are supported with insightful analysis and detailed observations. Quality posts, limited quantity. You save time and can make money.
  • Market and Economy

    Keep abreast of opportunities and risks for your portfolio in the global economy and financial markets.

    Market and Economy provides links to news sources and insightful articles coupled with our key analysis, observations, and conclusions. We pull the essential market knowledge together here so you can focus on investing and finding the next great company. Or if you prefer, spending this time on your Passions and Interests.
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    Build Benjis as you help build your retirement.

    Benjis represent membership reward points. Contribute a great stock idea? Capture Benjis. Share a picture or video of your extraordinary event? Build Benjis. Charities gather Benjis when they link an event to BuildingBenjmains.com. Join or refer a friend and acquire some Benjis.
  • About Building Benjamins

    Built for Investors by Investors.

    Building Benjamins is a free investment newsletter. We combine stock picks from the professional investors and our founder who has been twice named PSN manager of the decade and has invested professionally for over a third of a century. We select quality stocks with good prospects, so you do not need to wade into the clutter of television and the internet. We are not technicians, micro-cap stock proponents, or traders in stocks, options, or cryptocurrencies. We are long-term investors in stock of good companies.

Stock Picks to Build Income and Wealth

High conviction stocks owned in a proven pro’s own portfolio or researched by professional investors. Invest in companies for years based on business value drivers, such as:

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    Innovative Products

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    Great Brands

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    Exponential Networking Effect

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    Dominant Distribution

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    Exceptional Resources

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    Essential Patents

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    Formidable Research and Development

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    Skillful Management and Leadership

These qualitative business attributes determine the success of a company and stock over the course of years and decades. These qualities drive quantitative financial metrics like revenues, earnings, cash flow, return on capital, and return on equity. Financial statements are like report cards. How is our company doing? Over time the stock will reflect how the company and its financials are performing.

Growth Trumps Value Every Time

Valuation is always important. Growth is always more important. Growth will determine whether a company is more valuable in five years than it is today. Growth in the financial metrics like earnings and free cash determine what a company will be worth. Growth determines value. Companies whose stock price is below its intrinsic value are good buys, as long as they have sustainable growing businesses.

Growth Provides Higher Retirement Income and Wealth

A stock of a company with a 4% yield growing at 9% can be a spectacular buy for an income or retirement investor if purchased at the right valuation; which is a stock price below its intrinsic value. In eight years, the dividend will have doubled, and if the stock yield stays at 4%, the stock will have doubled as well. The importance of growth, even for income investors, cannot be overstated.

Growth Drives Business and Stock Values Higher

Growth in revenues, earnings, and free cashflow are determined by the quality of the business. Big winners in “Growth Stocks”, more than 12% growth, and “Hypergrowth”, more than 20% growth, are determined by the qualitative business fundamentals. Valuation is less important than the level and duration of the high growth. For a company with 25% growth for ten years, today's purchase price does not need to be precise because the compounding effect of “Hypergrowth” will result in the company being 9.3 times larger in ten years than it is today. This does not mean you can buy it at any price, but it does mean you can buy it at a multiple of the valuation of an average stock.