President of Sanco Services Inc.
Phone: 800-245-0494
Contributor's Links: Sanco Services

Steve is a private investment professional, working primarily with individuals and small businesses. He developed the Market Cycle Investment Management Process during the 1970s. He has always focused on individual IGVSI common stocks, CEFs, REITs and MLPs..

Steve invented, uses, and ... more


Income Investing Fantasyland: High Dividend Equity ETFs And Mutual Funds
When it comes to yields and one-year returns, none of the Vanguard funds win. Despite their popularity, despite the passive-indexing craze and despite the feel-good story many want to believe is true—Vanguard is a laggard.
What You Need To Do Before Buying Cryptocurrency
Most people today know at least some things about cryptocurrencies and understand that there is a huge earning potential associated with them. The truth is that we might very well be looking at the future of money.
The "Great Recession" - Ten Years Later
Some thoughts about the investment climate around the time of the "great recession". You may find them disturbing, or enlightening, depending on where you think we are today... not a whole lot has changed.
Investment Strategy: The Investor's Creed, Revisited
Left to its own devices, an unmanaged portfolio (think NASDAQ, DJIA, or S & P 500) is likely to have long periods of unproductive sideways motion. You can ill afford to travel eleven years at a breakeven pace (the Dow, from 12/1999 to 11/2010)
Stock Market Corrections - Shop At The Gap
Amid all the uncertainty, one indisputable fact reads equally well in either market direction: there has never been a correction/rally that has not succumbed to the next rally/correction.
Managing The Retirement Income Portfolio: Planning
The retirement income portfolio (most portfolios become retirement portfolios) is the financial super hero that fills the income gap between what you need for retirement and the guaranteed payments you will receive from other sources.


Latest Comments
Income Investing Fantasyland: High Dividend Equity ETFs And Mutual Funds
3 months ago

I've just set up a website for The Brainwashing of the American Investor. Please send this link to your friends, relatives, contacts, connections, and even virtual strangers. Buy a book for yourself, and I'll send an e-book to anyone you choose. Thanks

Income Closed End Funds And Total Return Analysis
3 years ago

...lower stock prices are a cyclical fact of life, an opportunity to add to positions at lower prices. There need be no panic selling in high quality holdings, and no flight to 1% Treasuries from 6% tax free Munis... dividends and income keep rolling, providing income for retirees, college kids, and golf trips ---

How To Be Prepared For Rising Interest Rates
3 years ago

The purpose of income investments is the generation of income. You are not a bond trader... Control the quality selected, diversify properly, and compound that part of the income that you don't have to spend. Price is pretty much irrelevant; you can't pay the bills with market value.

One Person’s Bond Crash Is Another’s Income Opportunity
3 years ago

Yes, YOU can be the Master of this Universe!

Is Your Investment Portfolio Prepared For Higher Interest Rates?
3 years ago

Actually, the financial crisis was the only time that the CEFs "crashed" almost along with the stock market... they typically fall quite a bit less, get "discovered", and rise more quickly than the averages in the recovery.... Investment Grade Value Stocks also outperform the general market in terms of both drawdown and initial comeback.....

I use CEFs to DEVELOP an income program either as part of every portfolio or all of a retirement portfolio... a lower price most often (in my experience) is simply an opportunity to increase yield and decrease cost basis per share in one fell swoop.

Ironically, as a professional, I'm not permitted to give direct advice in a forum like this, or specifics...but as a general rule, it's best to treat income CEFs as income purpose securities regardless of what people think the "future" will bring.

The Investment Gods Are Furious
3 years ago

...lower stock prices are a cyclical fact of life, an opportunity to add to positions at lower prices. There need be no panic selling in high quality holdings, and no flight to 1% Treasuries from 6% tax free Munis... dividends and income keep rolling, providing income for retirees, college kids, and golf trips --- regardless of what the security market values are doing.

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Latest Posts
The Art Of Investing: A New Wall Street "Line Dance"
To personalize your performance evaluation protocol, you just need to focus your attention on two, longer-range, objectives: Growing your productive "working capital", and Increasing your "base income".
Harnessing Stock Market Volatility
Those of us who trade common stocks owe a debt of gratitude to the real volatility creators: the hundreds of thousands of derivative products that bring an entirely speculative kind of indirect supply and demand to the securities markets.
Investment Opportunity Times Two...Or Is It Four
For your long term portfolio health, make sure that you take advantage of correction produced opportunities.... this time. It's been ten years since the last significant market correction.
Asset Allocation: Time For An "Income Bucket" Adjustment
There's no doubt that your long-term spendable income numbers will benefit from paying all IRA fees from a separate portfolio large enough to produce income in excess of the fees being withdrawn.
R U Ready For The Next Stock Market Correction?
MCIM was 15 years old when the 50% "Black Monday" correction struck 10/19/87. The market "break" provided best buying opportunity since the great depression. Then as now, there's no need concern if you have "income immunity" to market value change.
Predicting Stock Market Directional Change
In 1999, all high quality securities lagged, while speculators pushed technology sector prices into the stratosphere... sound familiar? NASDAQ today is up just 25% from March 2000 levels, 1.45% growth per year. What's propelling the market now?
Investment Genius: When Foresight Trumps Hindsight
What kind of strategy makes sense when all securities' prices are at their highest levels... ever!? Time to re-read this July 11th article about strategies for riding the perfect market wave

Work Experience

Owner, CEO
Retirement Ready Income Portfolio
May 2014 - Present (4 years 6 months)

Steve reviews portfolios for "retirement readiness", and when asked to do so, brings them into a position to produce more income than is required by the retiree.

Note, that this is rarely possible unless the work is begun years in advance of the expected retirement date.

President/ Investment Manager
Sanco Services, Inc.
September 1979 - Present (39 years 8 months)

Steve manages individual investment portfolios for more than 120 individuals and businesses. He uses a Market Cycle Investment process that he developed nearly 40 years ago and that he's been refining ever since. Steve thinks in terms of market, interest rate, and economic cycles as opposed to calendar years, and focuses on the productivity of the assets in a portfolio, as opposed to day to day changes in their market values.


Pace University - Lubin School of Business
1972 / 1975
Professional Management
Gettysburg College
1963 / 1967
Business Administration


The Brainwashing of the American Investor: The Book That Wall Street Does Not Want You to Read!
Steve Selengut
W & A Publishing

"The Brainwashing of the American Investor" is an expose' of the conflicts of interest that plague Wall Street. From stock analysts to retail brokers, no cow is too sacred for this scathing and informative investigation of the Wall Street culture and the financial pros who dwell there. What you discover will give you a whole new understanding of investment product pitfalls, and a totally new, objective based perspective for designing, creating, and managing your personal investment portfolio.