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  • PG&E says penalties for its 2010 pipeline explosion could push it to the brink of bankruptcy [View news story]
    Bankruptcy is what this turkey deserves. They collected ratepayer money for safety inspections which did not get done. They've been cheating Californians for years. There's only one answer to this kind of corporate culture. Some executives should go to jail for putting the public at risk as they have.

    Of course, some of the oil companies are even worse.
    Aug 20 08:04 PM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • First Trust/Aberdeen Global Opportunity declares $0.13 dividend [View news story]
    The portfolio no longer seems to be earning this distribution. The fund is priced for a distribution cut.
    Aug 20 07:59 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • CEF Weekly Review: 'Junk' Bonds Debacle For CEF [View article]
    Let's see. In your ETF list, Real Estate is down more than 3 times as much as junk bonds. REIT funds are leveraged every bit as much as bonds are. So why the panic about junk bonds, rather than REITs?
    Jun 2 11:18 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Solar Flares Or Preview For The Bears? [View article]
    Is there a fundamental reason for this surge, or is it just random market madness?
    May 22 03:59 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Latest BDC Rankings For Q1 2013 [View article]
    This is terrifically useful, thanks. Started a position in TCPC while reducing previous favorite PSEC.
    One other thing I'd like to know, though. What kind of warning signs do we look for if the sector as a whole is in trouble? I remember the 2008 collapse and don't want to be holding even the best BDCs next time!
    May 20 11:55 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Prospect Capital's CEO Discusses F3Q 2013 Results - Earnings Call Transcript [View article]
    I appreciate the fact that they are willing to take so much time with individual investors, even manic and incoherent ones.

    But I'm not sure how far I want to trust a COO who has "June 31" on his calendar. ;-)

    And the CEO being "mystified" as to why the stock price doesn't go higher? That is really troublesome. An experienced executive should know better, at least when the ongoing capitalization of the business depends on it.
    May 7 05:47 PM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Reports Of Price Increases And Better Margins Boost Solar Stocks [View article]
    Tom, this is the first time I've seen a post under your name that you are not the author of. I assume you are associating yourself with this analysis, but it would be more convincing if you added your own comment. Your own articles usually take into account more moving parts.
    May 7 02:33 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • American Capital Agency Corp.'s Upcoming Q1 Income Statement Estimation [View article]
    Good analysis, maybe, but bottom line = FAIL as actual report was a substantial loss.
    May 2 04:45 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Back Up The Truck On EOI [View instapost]
    EOI is trading at the narrowest discount it's had in over a year. Why are you raving about it NOW instead of months ago when it was even cheaper?
    Apr 29 01:21 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Is It Time For Floating-Rate Bank Loans? [View article]
    PFN is no longer a floating rate fund; it changed its fundamental strategy over a year ago. But I like it still.
    Apr 20 03:21 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Are Investors Right To Panic About Exide Technologies? [View article]
    Tom, this article appeared in Forbes on April 9, right? I'm surprised that more readers didn't follow your lead and boost the stock a bit. Instead, it's continued to sink. After 10 days, do you have any further information (or even speculation)?
    Apr 20 03:16 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • What Bernanke Doesn't Quite Understand That's Important [View article]
    So, the money supply is constrained because people are paying loans back too fast, is what you are saying. So here's another solution:
    put a moratorium of, say, three years on all interest payments to banks. This will give more relief to the people who need it the most, the debtors, and boost consumer and small-business spending.

    Of course, that's also outside the Fed's authority. We are talking about solutions congress could consider, if congress had any real problem-solving capacity, not the Fed.
    Apr 17 02:13 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • CNBC.com ETF Portfolios [View article]
    Good job of redundancy control, Brad.
    One quibble...
    I'm wondering about ECON. In a down market, consumer staples are where you want to be; DEM is over 50% materials and financials, so much more cyclical. The short history of ECON might not reveal its potential for outperformance in recessions.
    With IDLV you have set up the reverse case. Low volatility is ideal for down or sideways markets, but there will be times when you want exposure to more risk. Again, short history might not give the whole story about correlations.
    Just a thought.
    Apr 11 12:07 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Mortgage REITs: The Good, The Bad And The Maybe? [View article]
    Thanks, looking forward to this series. I'd appreciate your views on EFC in addition to those on your list.
    Apr 10 01:13 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Winner Takes All: The Super-Priority Status Of Derivatives [View article]
    Funds in brokerage accounts are not covered by FDIC at all. There's a disclaimer to that effect on every web page and probably every printed page you use to deposit funds--read the damn fine print.
    Apr 10 01:05 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
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