The fund has spent the last couple of months looking at what to invest in for 2014 and has come away with 5 companies. As of right now, the list includes Ford, Verizon, Costco, Google, and United Healthcare. The feeling is that this group of stocks provide a mix of strong dividend and stock price appreciation.
The fund is looking to invest in Ford primarily for its growth prospects. North American sales are good and Europe seems to be bottoming out. Ford also continues to be led by a very good management team and gives a 2%+ dividend (annual) in the third month of the quarter.
The fund is looking to invest in Verizon because of its leadership in the communications sector. It gives a 4%+ dividend (annual) in the second month of the quarter.
The fund is looking to invest in Costco because of its outstanding leadership and steady stock price growth. Costco gives a 1%+ dividend (annual) on the second month of the quarter.
The fund is looking to invest in Google because of its growth prospects in most of its product areas. Their innovative processes combined with their business plan execution shows a large promise of profit.
The fund is looking to invest in United Healthcare because of its growth prospects. The Affordable Care Act should help with new enrollment. The company gives a 1.5%+ dividend (annual) on the third month of the quarter.
All five of these companies have at least what can be considered strong balance sheets.
The trailing PE ratios are 11 for Ford, 20 for Verizon, 29 for Google, 13 for United Healthcare, and 26 for Costco.
Purchases will begin in January of next year. Purchases and sales of stock will go through Sharebuilder.