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  • A High Dividend Stock Yielding 8%+ That Just Quadrupled Its Dividend And Goes Ex-Dividend Soon [View article]
    CORRECTION: We added MHG to the Consumer Discretionary section our High Dividend Stocks By Sector Tables, not the Consumer Staples section.
    May 10 09:15 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • This Undervalued High Dividend Stock Is Oversold And Goes Ex-Dividend Soon [View article]
    Some additional info on CLNY's preferred shares: The par value is $25, and it closed Friday at $26.25. Normally, you'd want to buy a preferred stock either under par or as close to par value as possible. In this case, CLNY can't redeem these preferred shares until 3/20/17, so, there's time to achieve a breakeven below par. Since the quarterly dividends add up to $2.125, ($.53125/quarter), your breakeven will be below the $25 par value after collecting the 3rd quarterly dividend. Dividends are paid quarterly on 1/15, 4/15, 7/15 & 10/15.
    Jun 15 10:31 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • If You Own Google, Watch These 3 Trends [View article]
    Thanks for the interesting article. I've switched to Bing also - better results, and interesting photos on their search page.
    Jun 6 03:45 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • 2 Dow Dividend Stocks Analysts Are Clueless About [View article]
    CORRECTION: "However, the two examples below have strike prices above CAT's current STRIKE PRICE, and offer the potential for an additional $3.80/share in price gains, if your shares get assigned."
    This statement should read:
    However, the two examples below have strike prices above CAT's current STOCK PRICE, and offer the potential for an additional $3.80/share in price gains, if your shares get assigned.
    Feb 24 03:41 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • 3 High-Dividend Stocks With Strong Growth [View article]
    CORRECTION: Projected Pre-Expiration DIvidends to be collected for NUE are $.73 in Covered Call trade.
    Same amount, $.73, for comparison only, during Put trade, since Put Sellers don't collect dividends.
    Feb 17 06:54 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Top 5 U.S. Dividend Stocks For 2012 [View article]
    CORRECTION: THe call option listed for XOM expires in July, not Sept.
    Jan 27 06:16 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • How To Earn A 20% Yield On Dow Dividend Stocks [View article]
    Corrections: Due to Microsoft's dividend increase announcement, here are the following corrections for this article:
    1. Microsoft just announced an even bigger dividend increase for the third quarter, rising to $.20 from $.16/share, which gives it a 3.19% dividend yield. The next ex-dividend date is 11/15/11.

    2. Options vs. Dividends: In these 2 strategies the option yields outstrip the dividend yields by up to over 10 times.

    - The call option premiums for MSFT pay nearly over 9 times that of MSFT's dividends during this 4-month period, ($1.78/call premium vs. $.20/dividend).

    - MSFT pays $2.10 for Put option premiums vs. $.20 for dividends.

    The corrected dividend and option yields for MSFT are listed in our Covered Call and Cash Secured Puts Tables on our website.
    Sep 23 12:10 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Three Undervalued Chinese Dividend Stocks [View article]
    Dear China Expert,
    Thank you for your heads up - we were in error - We double-checked their filings, and you are correct - TPI doesn't currently pay a dividend.
    We posted a correction to this article.
    Aug 2 12:29 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Three Undervalued Chinese Dividend Stocks [View article]
    7/31/10 CORRECTION: TPI does not currently pay a dividend, having elected to discontinue their quarterly dividends after their Q1 2010 payout. However, we still feel that this stock has good growth prospects.
    Jul 31 11:52 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Turning Apple Into an Income Stock [View article]
    You could also sell covered calls, but as TCK pointed out, you'd need to own at least 100 shares of the the stock already to do so.
    Mar 6 12:57 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Turning Apple Into an Income Stock [View article]
    Thanks for your comment.
    One of the most important facts to know about options, is that over 75% of options expire worthless, which means that, as an options seller, you have a great advantage over options buyers.

    Update: The sold put option listed in this article is now showing a 36% profit in 2 weeks.
    Mar 6 12:53 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Selling Put Options: Immediate Cash Yields, Deferred Taxes [View article]
    Thank you all for your comments. This article addresses the idea of selling cash-secured puts only. The put yields that are listed are based upon 100% cash reserve. Indeed, if you have option level 3 approval, you can reduce the cash reserve to approx. 25%. I've found it helpful, though, to maintain an automated table that calculates my total assigned exposure for each stock, which keeps this leverage in perspective. My table also shows the % difference between the stock's current price and my breakeven.
    Jan 9 05:08 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Warren Buffett Portfolio: Going Beyond the Folksy Stereotypes to Find All-Star Stocks [View article]
    Thanks for writing such a well-researched article. Olin has some volatility, which has inflated its put options. Selling $10.00 and $12.50 puts for Olin has been a very profitable strategy this year.
    Aug 6 10:53 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Abbot Laboratories: A Healthy Dividend Aristocrat [View article]
    Thanks for your comments. It looks like we "agree to disagree" about the covered call approach.
    Like many other investors, i utilize covered calls to augment the income I receive from dividend paying stocks. This has also proven to be a prudent way to achieve additional downside protection, particularly in this recent era of rampant dividend cuts.
    It's a well-known fact that call options often dwarf the value of dividend payouts, and, they can never be cut.

    Concerning the concept of price appreciation, I prefer to know what my upside profit and my downside protection are before I invest, as opposed to just buying and hoping for price appreciation. The past 12 months has only strengthened this conviction.
    All the best,
    Robert Hauver

    On Jul 23 10:26 AM David Van Knapp wrote:

    > Abbott's a very good dividend stock. But I have a question: If you
    > are an "income investor," why are you messing around with covered
    > calls or options of any kind? Keep it simple: Buy the stock for its
    > dividend and solid business potential, which could lead to decent
    > price appreciation. Don't mix trading strategies with a dividend
    > strategy.
    > You'd have more credibility if you actually owned ABT.
    Jul 23 04:14 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Gannett: Media Companies Still Have Value Today [View article]
    If you're moderately bullish on GCI, a high yield/low risk way to profit from these shares would be to sell OCT $2.50 puts, which are currently bid at $.30.
    This gives you an approx. annualized yield of 36%, assuming a 100% cash reserve.
    If you get assigned the shares, your net cost = $2.20, which is 19% above the 52-week and all-time low.
    Jun 24 12:22 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment