About: Lyn Alden Schwartzer

Lyn Alden Schwartzer

Filtering Through the Noise to Find Value

Lyn Alden Schwartzer is a contributing analyst to FATRADER covering North American stocks and international equity ETFs. With a background blending engineering and finance, Lyn uses a dispassionate long-term quantitative and qualitative approach to filter through the noise and find value in stocks and markets around the world.

Lyn has a Bachelor's degree from Penn State in electrical & electronics engineering and a Master's in engineering management with a focus on financial modeling and engineering economics. She has worked for 9 years in the aviation industry in a range of roles, starting as an electronics engineer and moving into project and facility management, and engineering finance.

Founder of Lyn Alden Investment Strategy and a popular contributor on Seeking Alpha, Lyn provides market research to tens of thousands of individual investors and financial professionals per month. Her specialties include monitoring developments in the business cycle, analyzing various approaches to asset allocation, and covering stocks (particularly infrastructure, financials, consumer, and tech), and international ETFs.

She focuses strongly on valuation, both on individual companies and on market indices, and regularly employs the use of cash-secured puts, covered calls, and normal buy-and-hold positions, depending on market conditions and available opportunities. Many of her investments are dividend-focused.

Lyn's work has been featured or cited on Forbes, Business Insider, CNBC, MarketWatch, Time's Money Magazine, Kiplinger, The Street, US News and World Report, Fast Company, Fidelity Investments, Morningstar, and other financial media.

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This Stock Grows by 12% and Yields 6%, But You Won't Like It

Sberbank is the largest bank in Russia, and one of my top long-term aggressive stock ideas.
By Lyn Alden Schwartzer

A Look at Some Global Cash Cows

The ICOW ETF is probably the most interesting in my view, because the financial sector has been my biggest concern with the ex-US developed world for the past few years. This vehicle provides a potential way to gain that exposure for those that want it without the bank and insurance companies in those regions.
By Lyn Alden Schwartzer

Long-Term International Expectations

Decades of evidence show that cheaper markets tend to outperform expensive markets over the long-term. It’s a hard thing to do in practice, and feels painful during some years, but allocating capital to regions around the world that are cheap and out of favor historically works very well.
By Lyn Alden Schwartzer

Church & Dwight: An Example of the American Valuation Premium

I’ve been watching Church & Dwight (CHD) for a while now, because it’s one of my favorite consumer staples stocks. But the sector is looking rather stretched, and Church & Dwight is not much of an exception.
By Lyn Alden Schwartzer

Kohl's Analysis After the Dip

Our final in a series of articles about the retail industry focuses on Kohl’s (KSS), which reported earnings today and dropped by about 7% to about $45/share. It is potentially a deep value opportunity, but one that comes with considerable risk.
By Lyn Alden Schwartzer

Tapestry’s Massive Sell-off: Opportunity or Trap?

Earlier this month, I wrote a broad overview of the struggling retail industry, where I discussed the various problems affecting certain retail companies, including Tapestry (TPR), whose stock is down 20% after reporting earnings today.
By Lyn Alden Schwartzer

My Favorite International ETF

Vanguard’s newer International Dividend Appreciation ETF (ticker: VIGI) is an international ETF I like a lot going forward as part of a diversified portfolio. It invests in international companies that have at least 7 years of consecutive annual dividend growth.
By Lyn Alden Schwartzer

Looking For Quality Among the Retail Apocalypse

The retail industry is a mess right now, but investors should think of it less as online vs physical retail at this point and start thinking in terms of which omnichannel retailers will survive over the next decade. Which physical retailers are showing good success at shifting their sales to online distribution, or appealing to discount physical shoppers, while maintaining decent returns on capital in a tough environment?
By Lyn Alden Schwartzer

Snap-on is Becoming Attractively Priced

Snap-on Incorporated (SNA) is starting to look interesting from a valuation standpoint. I’m about to move it from my watch list to my active portfolio to begin dollar-cost averaging into it with a small position.
By Lyn Alden Schwartzer

It's Time to Take a Look at Invesco

Invesco is the 13th largest asset manager in the world and offers a variety of products for passive and active investors. They operate the popular QQQ ETF and a variety of factor-based ETF strategies. I particularly like their lead in equal-weight strategies.
By Lyn Alden Schwartzer

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