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  • Dividend Stocks Can't Take The Place Of Bonds [View article]
    Thanks for the comment and the insight.

    Perhaps too kindly to myself I would say that I have an intuitive (fuzzy) approach which does cross the boundaries.

    However, I was surprised how well my bond funds did recently and that made me adjust my priorities on where dividend equities cross over with bond funds. I have both and I am trying to work out the right balance.

    Anyway, your comments certainly add clarity and thank you for writing so nicely ;->
    May 9, 2012. 11:12 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • 6 ETF Permanent Income Portfolio [View article]
    It is really not so much to beat the original pp. The purpose of this article is to show how investors with various goals (such as income seekers, risk averse, growth oriented etc.) can work under the pp framework and construct pp style portfolios to suit their needs.

    We don't claim and don't intend to claim that all these pp varieties will surpass pp.

    Regardless, the pp four corner framework is such a wonderful and simple foundation for investors of all sorts to base on, that we believe in firmly.
    May 4, 2012. 06:24 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • 10 Dow Dogs Bark For 2012 [View article]
    Thanks for the coment.

    You are right that the ETF strategy could possibly be improved. The thing is that we are not necessarily recommending just one strategy. We use the one that was previously published. You can modify the parameters to come up with something else.

    We aren't strategy experts, we provide two which can be altered. We are recommending that investors are consistent with whatever they use.
    Apr 13, 2012. 09:48 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • 5 Safe Stocks To Own Before The Next Market Crash [View article]

    I will tell you from my clifftop apartment in Hawaii!
    Apr 10, 2012. 11:52 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • 5 Stocks To Own For 50+ Years [View article]
    That is true -- however, I can allow my preferences, emotions, whatever to exclude certain stocks from my investing universe.
    Mar 30, 2012. 12:31 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • 7 Stocks Increasing Dividends In March 2012 [View article]
    I understand your perspective and this selection was not designed with that in mind. I will look at the DRiP site and start reviewing those.

    The question for banks is "which emerge stronger?" I have invested in Wells Fargo but I am not sure about the others.
    Mar 30, 2012. 12:29 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Are These 4 Long-Term High Growth Stocks? [View article]
    I have ETF's and Mutual Funds and am also starting to look at stocks. I report on ideas given by others and review their historical returns compared to an ETF portfolio the like of which I do use.

    When I come across something I like, I will invest. I have invested in MCD, MMM, CVX, RDS-A, WFC, WM and others as a result of the reviews I have made.

    I am learning as I go along.
    Mar 30, 2012. 05:01 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • 3 Ways And 8 Picks To Get High Yields And Beat The Tax Man [View article]
    All dividends were reinvested -- I am working to be able to split them out but we can't do that at the moment.

    I agree that it is very important to look at the companies and understand their business and associated risks.

    I agree about DRIP'd -- I only recently came across the DRiP website and I think there is a lot of useful information there -- notwithstanding the importance of understanding any company's business.
    Mar 29, 2012. 04:11 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • 3 Ways And 8 Picks To Get High Yields And Beat The Tax Man [View article]
    Thanks for these excellent comments.
    Mar 28, 2012. 04:03 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • 3 Old-Fashioned Telecom Companies With Good Yields [View article]
    I absolutely think that they are potential take over targets but I am not sure whether a cable company or somebody else would be there.

    I didn't want to make any comment that I knew anything because I don't.

    This is something to watch.
    Mar 23, 2012. 06:50 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • 11 Market Cap Leaders As A Portfolio [View article]
    I am happy to answer the question.

    By training I am an engineer and I spent over 30 years in the semiconductor industry. My colleague and I founded MyPlanIQ with the goal of simplifying retirement investing. This has been established with ETFs and Mutual Funds and works for IRAs, 401K and taxable accounts.

    I have recently started to see whether we can do anything based on stocks rather than ETF/Mutual Funds and the first thing I am doing is educating myself.

    When I started covering stocks, I had none at all -- everything was mutual funds or ETFs.

    Over the last several months I have taken on a few -- CVX, INTC, MCD, MMM, WM, TSCO and a few others based on what I have read and the analysis I have done myself.

    I have recently published an article on three small telecom companies and I may invest in them.

    I believe in automation and so I am hoping that these articles will lead to building an analysis capability that does the work for me.

    I hope that answers your question.
    Mar 15, 2012. 08:33 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • 5 Dividend Stocks To Buy, 5 To Avoid [View article]
    The author (me) was reporting on an article written by a Motley Fool writer. My goal is to show the historical returns as part of the context of the recommendation.

    You are right that I didn't pick up on that but I don't think that means you should ignore the returns data.
    Mar 12, 2012. 12:48 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • 3 Cash-Rich Stocks Ready To Start Paying Dividends [View article]
    Before starting to write articles, I was in the high tech industry (software for IC design) and high growth companies (Intel, Broadcom) were my customers.

    I think it is a mindset issue -- they don't think dividends, they think about being the leaders.

    I also think its not that they couldn't pay investors, they just don't. Sadly, the money often goes into management's pockets rather than the investors.
    Mar 12, 2012. 12:45 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • 5 Dividend Stocks To Buy, 5 To Avoid [View article]
    I think we all have a way of taking incomplete data and coming up with our own judgements. I know it can be irritating to not get the data you want.

    This may be heretical but even with all the data out there and six ways from Sunday to analyze it, there is an intuitive step whereby we read something that resonates and somehow gives us insight.

    I think it's different for everybody.
    Mar 8, 2012. 03:41 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • 5 Dividend Stocks To Buy, 5 To Avoid [View article]
    I appreciate the input and I will add it when I can.

    FYI I tend to queue up articles and submit them over a period so it may be a few days before this enhancement makes it in.
    Mar 8, 2012. 03:39 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment