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  • PCEF Vs. YYY: Is Bigger Always Better?
    Tue, Sep. 9 PCEF, YYY 19 Comments

    Summary

    • YYY has managed to outperform PCEF so far this year 9.76% to 8.41% (total returns).
    • Both ETFs have underperformed their respective indexes, despite following them fairly closely.
    • PCEF suffers from having a large number of low-yielding CEFs among its holdings.
  • United-Guardian, Inc.: Excellent Fundamentals Beat Weakened Earnings
     • Wed, Sep. 3 UG 8 Comments

    Summary

    • At the time of writing, United-Guardian's overall fundamentals are among the leading in the U.S.
    • While revenues have grown more than 35% from 2006 - 2013, its net profit has grown by more than three times that.
    • The Company's dividend yield is nearly 4%, and has grown steadily since first being offered.
    • Current share prices may be an opportunity to buy into this Company at a discount.
  • Royalty Trusts And The ETF Retirement Portfolio
    Sun, Aug. 17 WLL, VOC, GNI 50 Comments

    Summary

    • A royalty trust can earn dividend yields as high as 30% or more, and is funded by the profits from the founding company.
    • Unlike shares of stock, royalty-trust units do not confer ownership rights to the holder.
    • "Buy and hold" may not be the most effective investment strategy with royalty trusts.
  • Update: NIC, Inc. Improves Position
    Sat, Aug. 9 EGOV Comment!

    Summary

    • NIC, Inc. reported MRQ (April 1 - June 30) 2014 revenues up YOY, and on pace to beat FY expectations.
    • Company has added one new client, renewed six clients, and extended three.
    • The performance of the Company seems to satisfy concerns I had in my initial assessment, making it a reasonable "buy.".
  • Boosting Yield In The ETF Retirement Portfolio
    Editors' Pick • Tue, Aug. 5 INKM, IYLD, MDIV 15 Comments

    Summary

    • The ETF Retirement Portfolio survived the last week of July with minimal loss.
    • It is possible to boost the yield of the Retirement Portfolio by properly allocating one's investments.
    • There are two financial instruments that enable the investor to achieve significant yield without unduly risking investment capital.
  • Update: The Female Health Company Strategy Decision
    Mon, Jul. 14 FHCO 67 Comments

    Summary

    • FHCO will discontinue dividends to help fund initiatives to improve sales and possibly diversify.
    • The announcement confirms my initial belief that FHCO may be too limited in both product line and capacity.
    • I believe it may be a sign that it is time to sell FHCO.
  • Update: ORBCOMM, Inc. Operations Satellite Launch
    Mon, Jul. 14 ORBC 4 Comments

    Summary

    • ORBCOMM announced the successful launch and deployment of its first payload of six OG2 satellites.
    • In my initial coverage of ORBCOMM, I asserted that this launching was a definite must for the company.
    • The successful launch of the first load of OG2 satellites strengthens my belief that this is a good long-term purchase.
  • Update: Simulations Plus, Inc. Earnings
    Tue, Jul. 8 SLP 2 Comments

    Summary

    • Company fiscal year 2014 third quarter results show significant earnings growth.
    • Activities thus far are in keeping with my assessment and observations of a year ago.
    • Financial results and recent hiring confirm my belief that this company is still a strong buy.
  • The PIC Portfolio Trials: Mid-Year Assessment
    Mon, Jul. 7 COH, FHCO Comment!

    Summary

    • The Dow portfolio is doing exceptionally well.
    • In the S&P portfolio, Coach turned into a pumpkin.
    • Forty percent of the USA portfolio (American companies only) had to be "deported.".
  • ORBCOMM, Inc.: Why I Have Reservations
       • Thu, Jul. 3 ORBC 28 Comments

    Summary

    • ORBCOMM is currently preparing to deploy a new constellation of 17 satellites for tracking and monitoring remote assets.
    • The company has a decided edge in offering AIS services to over 100 companies and government agencies.
    • The company has turned its first profits in the last two fiscal years.
  • Adjusting The ETF Retirement Portfolio
    Editors' Pick • Wed, May. 21 PCEF 68 Comments

    Summary

    • Because AOM was underperforming, I opted to replace it with PCEF, an ETF containing closed-end funds.
    • PCEF offers a dividend yield of 7.97% and has year-to-date total returns of 6.76%.
    • With PCEF the retirement portfolio achieves a 4.54% performance and YTD total return of 6.19%.
  • 5 ETFs For A Reliable Retirement Portfolio
    Editors' Pick • Tue, May. 6 AOM, INKM, IYLD 118 Comments

    Summary

    • The ETFs presented here provide a diversified portfolio containing bonds and equities in a way that can be adjusted to suit the investor's interests.
    • Year to date, the ETFs used to form the retirement portfolio have provided a total return of more than 5%.
    • The five ETFs used in the portfolio have a combined dividend yield (trailing twelve months) of 4.03%.
  • NIC Inc.: E-Government At Its Best
       • Fri, Apr. 18 EGOV 6 Comments

    Summary

    • NIC is the largest e-Government service provider in the U.S., having served 30 states, local governments, the U.S. Department of Transportation and Federal Election Board.
    • NIC operates with two business units: one providing portal services, the other providing e-government software and service.
    • NIC enables state and local governments to establish internet presence at no cost, collecting revenues from user fees shared with the government entity.
    • Over the past ten years, NIC has averaged approximately 18% revenue growth YOY.
    • Over the course of 2014, 15 state contracts are scheduled to expire, although four do have renewal options.
  • Stamps.com: A Solid Dot-Com Success
       • Tue, Apr. 1 STMP 2 Comments

    Summary

    • Since 2010 Stamps.com revenues have grown by 50%; net profit has increased by nearly 800% in the same period.
    • The Company is now partnered with, or integrated with, 37 companies, including Microsoft, Amazon, Intuit, Hewlett-Packard and eBay/PayPal.
    • In 2013 Stamps.com averaged 466,000 monthly subscribing customers paying an average $21.51 per month for services.
    • The Company is committed to directing its resources where it will achieve the highest ROI.
  • Why I Do Not Trust Bitcoin
    Mon, Mar. 10 COIN 133 Comments

    Summary

    • Bitcoin’s volatility makes it an unreliable medium for financial transactions.
    • A Bitcoin-generated free market system becomes an inherently adversarial process, pitting the best interests of the buyer against the best interests of the seller.
    • Rising concerns about the security of the Bitcoin software indicate that its economic system is vulnerable to externalities.
    • Bitcoin may actually violate the principles of the free market economy that it purports to establish.
  • 3 Top Pharmaceuticals: Patents, Pipelines And Prospects
    Mon, Mar. 3 JNJ, LLY, PFE 6 Comments
  • AstraZeneca Vs. NTDs: Does Profitability Win Out?
    Mon, Feb. 3 AZN Comment!
  • Price-To-Book Values: Use Caution
    Thu, Jan. 30 CGA, CXDC, GPRC 50 Comments
  • The Female Health Company: Fundamentals & Commitment
       • Sat, Jan. 18 FHCO 155 Comments
  • Identifying Solid Diagnostic Substances Companies
    Tue, Jan. 7 NEOG, SRDX, VIVO Comment!
  • Dogging The Markets: End-Of-Year Update
    Thu, Jan. 2 ADI, CVX, GS Comment!
  • Gilead Sciences And The Numbers Game
    Editors' Pick • Dec. 23, 2013 GILD 53 Comments
  • Fundamentally Attractive Biotechnology "Pick & Shovel" Companies
    Dec. 5, 2013 CRL, ILMN, RGEN 4 Comments
  • 5 Revenue-Growing Biotechs With Attractive Fundamentals
    Editors' Pick • Nov. 7, 2013 ALXN, CELG, JAZZ 19 Comments
  • 5 Biotechnology Bargains With Attractive Fundamentals
    Nov. 1, 2013 ANIK, BSTC, CBPO 11 Comments
  • Are Emerging-Market ETFs Safe?
    Oct. 24, 2013 EEB, BIK, BZQ 15 Comments
  • What's Left Of Enzon Pharmaceuticals?
       • Sep. 30, 2013 ENZN 19 Comments
  • Dogging The Dow And S&P: The ETF Approach
    Sep. 3, 2013 DDM, DIA, DOD 5 Comments
  • Dogging The Dow And The S&P 500: Dividends, Fundamentals And A Little Serendipity
    Editors' Pick • Aug. 16, 2013 ADI, BA, BAX 33 Comments
  • Invacare Corporation: Underlining The Need For Due Diligence
       • Jul. 1, 2013 IVC 4 Comments
  • Simulations Plus, Inc.: Enhancing Ethical Biomedical Research
       • Jun. 2, 2013 SLP 14 Comments
  • Double-Digit Dividend Yields Revisited
    Apr. 29, 2013 CLCT, DCIX, GNI 13 Comments