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  • If You Can't Retire At 30, Then How About 38? [View article]
    I retired at 55 its not magic. Work, Save, Work, Save. Spend less then you make forever. Discover your passion for things in the markets and fuel your retirement with interesting investments that pay dividends. Its supposed to be fun. Go do what you want to do. Working in retirement is also in the "fun" category when you are doing what you want to do, when you want to do it. Do not believe what the media is telling you. Do it with your own math! Invest as early as you start working and never stop.
    Feb 19 06:31 PM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Freeport-McMoRan: Hold While Digging For Dividends [View article]
    Another tactic to boost income while the market settles down, if that is ever the case, is to sell puts as an open order. Selling a put delivers the premium immediately and obligates you to buy shares if pricing matches your strike price. Currently March 22nd Put pricing for a strike at $30 is trading at $.81. This works as a dividend replacement strategy.
    Feb 4 12:06 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Vanguard Natural Resources: High Yield With Acceptable Risk [View article]
    Thanks for the comments. I should have better outlined the MLP catagory and applied it to VNR rather than present as earnings a and dividends. For internal measurement we consider MLP performance as if it was a stock for better 1-1 comparison. The numbers and calculations are output from a regognia and proprietary software system. From the comments it looks like consensus is that VNR is a good position to have on our shopping list.
    Jan 30 11:36 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple Earnings: Getting Past The Dip [View article]
    Sell APPL Puts while the price is down and enjoy the income. If the world ends and AAPL prices fall enjoy the expanding dividend. Its hard to not get caught up in the media game but earnings are reality. Invest for earnings.
    Jan 28 05:17 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Terra Nitrogen - Making Sense Of The Price [View article]
    Technicals VS Obama EPA control over manufacturing.
    RSI is climbing. We plan on riding out the volatility and earn dividend shares as pricing recovers.

    "Recognia has detected a "Head and Shoulders Bottom" chart pattern formed on Terra Nitrogen Units (TNH on NYSE). This bullish signal indicates that the price may rise from the close of 144.47 to the range of 161.00 - 165.00. The pattern formed over 22 days which is roughly the period of time in which the target price range may be achieved.
    Terra Nitrogen Units has a current support price of 144.18 and a resistance level of 156.11."
    Jan 6 12:45 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Terra Nitrogen - Making Sense Of The Price [View article]
    Thanks for the insights. I find it strange that tnh continues to slide. It seems more logical that if selling is a dividend cut reaction it should have happened more swiftly. Now that it's in oversold territory we might find out if it is a rebalance or if there is something wrong that is yet undiscovered.
    Dec 19 01:48 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Terra Nitrogen - Making Sense Of The Price [View article]
    Today down to $140. Yesterday after hours it was up $8.00 so extreme volatility has arrived just in time for Christmas. My reentry target was $143.
    Dec 18 12:20 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Terra Nitrogen - Making Sense Of The Price [View article]
    Today TNH hit a 52 week low on no news. There are four firms listed with current opinions. One underperform, 2 buys and one neutral each from December 2013. I didn't see any insider trading. Thompson did downgrade from buy to hold 12/16 coordinating with todays share price decline. The RSI is currently at 25.19. Todays price drop broke what I had set for resistance of $152.18. Volume was up 10k from the 10 day average.
    Dec 16 01:31 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Terra Nitrogen - Making Sense Of The Price [View article]
    John I can't provide pricing advise. I will say that it's a good idea to follow this for awhile and buy prior to the div ex date if it still meets your criteria.
    Nov 19 07:13 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Terra Nitrogen - Making Sense Of The Price [View article]
    Yes there are other factors at play with TNH. If you have specific thoughts that will help investors please share. One of the reasons I wrote the article was to shed some light on the industry so all comments are valuable.
    Nov 19 02:16 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • 4 Reasons To Pick Up 4 Fallen Angels In The Fertilizer Industry [View article]
    What is your analysis of current tnh price drop? It seems over done but that usually means there is something else at play that I don't realize yet. I'm interested in your opinion on price for tnh.
    Nov 18 11:39 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Molycorp Multi-Bagger Potential In 18 Months [View article]
    Interesting and helpful article. If I take my basis for MCP preferred and divide by the shares following distribution I get exactly $35.00 per MCP share. So if you are right its a winner. I think for those that are patients it will be a winner.
    Nov 15 04:02 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Affordable Care Act: Eye Care Shopping List [View article]
    35 policies were evaluated.
    Oct 4 06:30 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Team Alpha Retirement Portfolio: Is The Government Shut Down A Signal To Sell? [View article]
    I'm interested in your thoughts on LMT. Its had a huge run up but the dividends look terrific. Any thoughts to adding it to your portfolio? LMT is in a sector you are not represented in.
    Oct 4 11:47 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple: Now The Fun Begins [View article]
    I neglected to mention that I enjoyed the article and found it helpful and well written.
    Sep 6 08:50 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment