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Billionaire investor George Soros is known for his short-term speculations and investments in various asset classes, meaning the Hungarian-American hedge fund manager invests money relatively like gambling. The fund manager likes to follow the direction of financial markets instead of technical indicators.
Unlike Warren Buffett’s strategy of making investments in popular US companies, George Soros’ investment holding company, Soros Fund Management, has a history of making bets on commodity prices, currencies, bonds, stocks, and ETFs. He also likes to pick dividend stocks to enhance the overall returns.
On top, most of his bets are entirely based on macroeconomic analysis. “The objective is to ride the economic trends whose premise is false and step off from it before it is discredited,” Soros said.
His investment strategy is clearly reflecting from the stock picks in the latest quarter as the Soros Fund Management has either eliminated or reduced its positions in banks and financial services companies. The banking and financial sector is likely to face hard times amid low-interest rates and consumers shift towards digital platforms for payment transactions.
The Fund has also been investing aggressively in ETFs and dividend-paying stocks. George Soros led fund has invested almost $313 million in Invesco QQQ Trust (NASDAQ: QQQ) in the September quarter, according to the latest 13F filing. QQQ represents the second-largest holding of Soros Fund Management, accounting for 7.67% of the 13F portfolio.
In addition to dividend investments, Soros Fund Management likes to diversify the investment portfolio, with several small positions in large equities and large positions in small equities.
According to the latest quarterly filing, Soros Fund Management has made several changes in its portfolio to align its investments with the pandemic related market trends. The fund has bought 46 news stocks and added to its 18 existing positions while selling 55 stocks. The fund management has also trimmed its stake in 32 stocks during the September quarter. The top ten holdings represent 56% of the overall portfolio.
Although Soros has one the most diversified portfolio, the focus of this article will only be on his biggest investments in dividend stocks. This is because the portfolio manager has invested hefty money in dividend-paying stocks and assets, with the strategy of generating returns through steady share price gains along with dividends.
While George Soros reputation remains intact, the same can’t be said of the hedge fund industry as a whole, as its reputation has been tarnished in the last decade during which its hedged returns couldn’t keep up with the unhedged returns of the market indices. On the other hand, Insider Monkey’s research was able to identify in advance a select group of hedge fund holdings that outperformed the S&P 500 ETFs by more than 78 percentage points since March 2017 (see the details here). We were also able to identify in advance a select group of hedge fund holdings that significantly underperformed the market. We have been tracking and sharing the list of these stocks since February 2017 and they lost 13% through November 16. That’s why we believe hedge fund sentiment is an extremely useful indicator that investors should pay attention to. You can subscribe to our free newsletter on our homepage to receive our stories in your inbox.
Let’s now begin reviewing the top 10 Dividend Stocks George Soros holds in his portfolio.
10. Maxim Integrated Products, Inc. (NASDAQ: MXIM)
The semiconductor company Maxim Integrated Products (NASDAQ: MXIM) is a newcomer in Soros’ stock portfolio. The hedge fund has bought 294,369 shares of Maxim valued at $19 million, accounting for 0.49% of the portfolio.
Although the shares of the chipmaker soared almost 40% this year, its dividend yield still stands above 3%. The company currently offers a quarterly dividend of $0.48 per share. Its dividends look safe amid double-digit revenue and earnings growth performance.
The company has reported 14% revenue growth in the September quarter while earnings per share of $0.72 topped the consensus estimate by $0.14 per share. The cash flows are also offering a complete cover to dividend payments.
9. LPL Financial Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: LPLA)
The brokerage service provider LPL Financial Holdings (NASDAQ: LPLA) accounts for 0.60% of Soros’ portfolio at the end of the latest quarter. Although the firm dropped its stake in brokerage service provider during the third quarter, it holds 321,547 shares valued at $24 million. Soros first bought LPL Financial Holdings stock in the fourth quarter of 2017.
Soros has been enjoying quarterly dividends along with share price gains through its LPL Financial investments over the years.
The brokerage firm currently offers a quarterly dividend of $0.25 per share, yielding around 1.30%. Also, its shares grew 124% in the past five years, thanks to its earnings growth potential. The company has generated gross profit growth of 41% year over year in the September quarter.