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  • Shareholder Freebies: A Thing of the Past? [View article]
    For McDonalds, no you don't have to show up for the meeting. You just have to be a shareholder and NOT elect electronic transmission of the annual report (i.e. you have to make sure you receive printed copies of the annual report). Same with Boston Beer Co, and California Water Service Group.
    Apr 24 09:58 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Amazon's Ad Program Could Augment Revenue Growth [View article]
    This is a great article. I wrote an article last month of the 12 reasons why Amazon stock should be up substantially this year ( stockerblog.blogspot.c... ), and I didn't even mention context ads. I think you are underestimating the potential of their context ads. With Google, all AdSense ad clicks are directed to the external websites of the companies that are advertising. With Amazon, all their context ads are directed back to Amazon.
    Apr 3 08:06 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • A Way to Invest in Craigslist [View article]
    I know. But stranger things have happened. I remember when Blackboard (BBBB) said that they didn't need to go public, they had no plans to go public and they would never go public. Now they are public.
    Mar 30 02:38 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Four Ways to Invest in Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway [View article]
    I agree that creating a portfolio based on his increased holdings is probably the best. I'm doing some research on returns of his reduced holdings stocks versus increased holdings stocks.
    Mar 23 10:51 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Starbucks Coffee Struck by Name Play [View article]
    Interesting observations. By the way, that was a typo for businesswoman.
    Mar 23 10:46 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Investing in Stem Cell Stocks: Growth Industry of the Future? [View article]
    Good suggestion. I will add it to my list when I do an update.
    Mar 16 11:38 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Real Estate: We'll See Blood in the Street Before This Bubble Bursts [View article]
    Unfortunately, for people who bought houses with nothing down or 10% down, with negative amortization mortgages, and who now can't afford to pay their mortgages [of which there are many thousands throughout the United States], the tangible value of their equity no langer exists.
    Mar 15 10:16 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • 12 Reasons for to Rise Substantially This Year [View article]
    This is a great observation and is what I call a Green Flag. A green flag is when you have an extremely positive personal interaction with a publicly traded compnay's product or service. [Red flags are the opposite.] I've discovered a couple other green flags with Amazon also.
    Mar 13 12:19 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Stocks That Pay Monthly Dividends [View article]
    Thanks for your suggestion on ZTR. I will add it on the next update. In regards to the others, ZF pays quarterly, AOD hasn't paid any dividends in the last three months that I could find, and AGD is already on my list, about a third of the way down.
    It's not the Canadian Oil Income Trusts that will be phased out, it's their tax-free pass-through of income that is supposed to be phased out. The companies will most likely still be around but will be making lower dividend payments. I covered the Canadian trusts in a previous article:
    Mar 9 12:57 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • 'Perky' Stocks: Do Country Clubs Make a Difference? [View article]
    I checked the returns for the five stocks (DDR, PFIS.OB, SNV, SORC, TSG) over a one year, two year, and five year period, and in all cases, three out of the five stocks outperformed. My personal opinion is that although paying for these perks may be distasteful, I think it is OK in order to retain outstanding executives of stocks that perform extremely well (not necessarily these particular stocks). Whatever the compensation is, large bonus, stock options, country club dues, free apartment, or whatever, as long as the company and the company's stock performance is excellent.
    Mar 7 01:12 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Railroad Stocks Right on Track [View article]
    I also left out ethanol (which is providing them with a lot of income) and several other items. BNI hauls just about everything. I just tried to summarize with general categories like chemical products and petroleum products, while adding a couple of interesting commodities such as salt.
    Feb 14 10:55 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Climate Exchange: Trading in Carbon Emissions [View article]
    The exchange has been around for a couple years. Info on Goldman Sachs came from the company's web site and UK Yahoo Finance.
    Feb 8 09:42 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Climate Exchange: Trading in Carbon Emissions [View article]
    The Exchange has been around for the last couple years. The information on the Goldman Sachs ownership came from Climate Exchange's website:
    Click on the "About ECX" link and scroll down to the bottom of the page where it says:

    Also, more details can be found in a UK Yahoo Finance news release here:
    Feb 8 09:13 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Want Monthly Dividends? 150 Stocks that Pay [View article]
    In a previous article, I wrote up the Rules for Investing in Very High Yield Stocks. However, I've enhanced those rules below to better answer your question.

    1. Check the consistency in the number of payments per year.
    2. Check the consistency in the amount of the dividend from quarter to quarter.
    3. Check to make sure the dividend payment doesn't include capital gains when looking at the yield itself.
    4. If you are looking at the yield, check to make sure the yield isn't generated by a special high year-end distribution.
    5. Check to make sure that the dividends don't exceed the stock's earnings per share.
    6. See if the stock is selling below net asset value [NAV]. Try to buy below net asset value.
    7. Look at the quality and ratings of the securities in the portfolio.
    8. Look at the price performance of the stock over the last few years.
    9. Look at the portfolio managers: track record, any change or turnover recently?
    Feb 2 10:10 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Want Monthly Dividends? 150 Stocks that Pay [View article]
    The Tax Withholding Issues are that the Canadian companies withhold a portion of the divideneds for tax purposes. You can generally "recoup" these withholdings when you file your tax return. However, if the Canadian stocks are held in a retirement plan such as an IRA, there is no way to recover the withholdings. [No tax advice is expressed or implied. Confirm this info with your CPA or tax preparer.]
    Feb 2 09:51 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
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