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  • Dividend Busters, Part II: 6 Stocks With Yields As High As 29% [View article]
    EVOL is paying a special dividend in a couple weeks that works out to about a 29% yield. ($2 on $7)
    Nov 16, 2011. 10:05 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Coal's 'Super Cycle' Is Good News For Coal MLPs [View article]
    ARLP has been very good to me. Far less volatile than other coal stocks, 5% yield, and they raise the distribution every quarter.
    Nov 16, 2011. 10:01 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • 8 Income Investing Tasks To Complete Before Your Financial Smarts Erode [View article]
    This article is a good read for retirees and pre-retirees of all ages. While I agree that it was a little off-topic to this article, I think most people around SA that know me realize that my intentions are to be helpful, not pump and dump. Most people who frequent the Investing for Income section know that most articles get zero or very few comments, while a few articles get comments from all the regulars. I targeted the latter for what I considered a heads-up on a little-known stock.

    Sorry if it sounded like a sales pitch, but I'm genuinely excited about it. The regulars in the dividend articles fall into several categories, the retired never-sell dividend growth crowd, the safe blue-chip dividend crowd, and a very large contingent in the high-yield crowd. My comment was directed at that last group, some of which I see in the comments above. These people have a keen interest in finding the next 19%-yielding REIT, 12%-yielding BDC, or 9%-yielding telecom. I thought a tech company with an upcoming special dividend yielding 30% would be of interest, it was to me and I'm part of that crowd.

    It also might be an interesting tax play for some. After it goes ex-div in early Dec, it will drop by about the $2 div amount. If you sold it in late Dec, you could realize a "loss" in 2011 of maybe $1 or $1.50 per share, then get paid the dividend of $2 per share in Jan of 2012. There are situations where this cross-calendar year timing could be beneficial to some.
    Nov 13, 2011. 06:25 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • 8 Income Investing Tasks To Complete Before Your Financial Smarts Erode [View article]
    Great article, Just Sayin, and excellent strategy.

    Wanted to alert the dividend crowd to an interesting opportunity. A 30% yield that is not due to price decline, not an oil trust, not a REIT, not a BDC, and not a dying dinosaur landline phone co. It's actually a growing tech co, micro cap, but making way too much money so they have to dole some out to their lucky shareholders. Only 70M of market cap and 50M of cash (and growing) on the balance sheet. So they decided to take 40% of that cash (20M) and pay out a $2 per share special dividend on a $7 stock. The yield was 3% before that, and ex-div date for the special is in a couple weeks. They said that still leaves them with plenty of cash for their growth plans. I don't think this is widely known yet, so get in before the dividend chasers run it up. Ticker is EVOL. Good luck to all.
    Nov 13, 2011. 03:30 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • 3 Reasons To Avoid Energy Transfer Partners [View article]
    I think it's clear that the big winner in this deal was APU.

    Good day for AT!

    Todd - did you buy the RNF IPO? I did.
    Nov 8, 2011. 02:06 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Put Your Retirement Portfolio In 'Market Neutral' [View article]
    So, half dividend stocks and half TVIX?
    Nov 2, 2011. 12:19 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Retirement Income For Life: Annuities Or Dividends? [View article]
    Theoretically, annuities do insure against outliving your money, or more specifically, outliving your expected remaining lifetime that you allocated your money across. There's an argument that they should be regulated as insurance, as they are very similar to disability insurance in that they pay out monthly amounts for an unknown period of time, and the insurance company wins on some and loses on some. And annuities do pool a risk, that of living past your expected age at death, another element of insurance.

    The reason life insurance companies sell these is because they're a hedge againt changes in mortality as they affect life insurance. E.g. cure for cancer - annuities pay longer, life insurance pays later. A new disease like AIDS, opposite effect.
    Oct 31, 2011. 02:45 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • American Capital Agency Increases Leverage, Announces Secondary Offering [View article]
    SPO announcement - that's when you buy!
    Oct 31, 2011. 01:53 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • A dollar spike against the yen has abated slightly after Japan steps up to intervene in trading, a move that came as the currency hit a post-WWII record against the greenback. Against the yen now: dollar +4.5%, euro +3.7%.  [View news story]
    I thought I felt a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of shorts suddenly cried out in terror.
    Oct 30, 2011. 11:57 PM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • 20 Rallying Companies Releasing Earnings Next Week Undervalued By Graham [View article]
    There are quite a few on this list I don't care for, but one I do like is HTGC. It has terrific upside and a 9% yield while you wait.
    Oct 30, 2011. 01:00 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The keyword used to be "synergy" - the justification for a host of mergers with varying success rates. In 2011, it's the spinoff that's in: Twenty public companies this year have announced they're breaking pieces off, including Abbott Labs (ABT), Kraft (KFT), ConocoPhillips (COP) and Sara Lee (SLE). And whatever the reason, Dan Primack says, it's good for the economy.  [View news story]
    You don't need synergy to overcome the acquisition premium paid when some stocks have dropped 50%.
    Oct 22, 2011. 11:01 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • The selloff of Crocs (CROX -1.2%), which has chopped shares nearly in half since lowering Q3 guidance, is an "overreaction," Frank Voisin writes, but he's waiting a bit for a chance to buy: "Once the company reports its final figures on Oct. 27, the market may respond negatively again, pushing prices even lower and possibly creating the right entry point."  [View news story]
    This is one of the worst cases of being chopped in half I've ever seen. -Walk Hard
    Oct 21, 2011. 02:57 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Kinder Morgan (KMI) will purchase El Paso Corp. (EP) in a $38B deal of cash, stock, and assumption of debt. The price - based on KMI's Friday close - works out to $26.87/share, a 37% premium over El Paso's last trade. KMI CEO Rich Kinder expects the transaction to be immediately accretive to the company's earnings. (PR)  [View news story]
    Holy schnikes! That's a large acquisition.
    Oct 16, 2011. 05:13 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • 11 Reasons The Coming Week Is Going To Be Big [View article]
    My comment was also going to be that you left out one of the most important events coming this week - the Greek vote on Thursday for further austerity measures. Great article otherwise.
    Oct 16, 2011. 05:08 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Why Apple Is Highly Likely to Underperform [View article]
    It will not take 10 years for Apple to have a $1T market cap.
    Oct 16, 2011. 10:07 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment