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  • Is The mREIT Bubble About To Bust? [View article]
    jpmist - good comment and I agree
    Apr 2, 2013. 03:25 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • REITs: Why The Dividends Are A Mirage [View article]
    ARCP pays monthly and not quarterly.
    Mar 4, 2013. 08:31 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • My Mad Method: Replacing The MLPs In My IRA, Part 2 [View article]
    If you're looking at the cigs why not VGR. They sell the basic low end brands. It pays $1.60 yielding 10.20%. and does a 5% stock split every year

    Warning - yahoo's numbers seem to be messed up on this issue but SA's are good

    Feb 12, 2013. 03:19 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Retired Investors - How Do You Manage Risk? [View article]
    "Tenth, I reduce risk by elimination of all management fees and expenses. I have a brokerage account that provides 30 free trades per month."

    Which brokerage account company do you use which provides 30 free trades per month and are there any special restrictions associated with it?

    Free is almost always good.


    Dec 21, 2012. 09:17 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • 8.8% Monthly Dividend Stock Comforts Retirees [View article]
    I read that its going to be 20¢ per share/month for the next quarter starting in Sept.

    I'm expecting that distributions to be defined quarterly and paid monthly
    Aug 9, 2012. 08:28 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Avoid AT&T's 4.7% Dividend [View article]
    Internet. This is why I still like the wireline companies.

    In my neighbor everyone has internet. Either ATT or Charter Cable. In my sisters its Winstream and Comcast. In my folks its just Winstream, rural.

    This is middleclass neighborhoods and these companies are getting anywhere from $20-$100 per household

    Yes the phone companies my be making more money off of cellphones. And a few companies my be making money off of wireless internet. But for now wired internet is a cash cow using an infrastructure that is mostly built out.

    But I agree with you point inthat maybe ATT has gotten ahead of itself with a stock price around $35 and a yield in the 4's.

    Jul 30, 2012. 10:10 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Using Covered Put Options To Enter Positions: An Alternative Buying Approach [View article]
    One major difference between a Put and a Limit Order is that in, using your COH example, if the stock falls below $65 the limit order gets filled where as the put might not get exercised early.

    You are only sure of being exercised if the stock is below $65 at expiration.
    May 30, 2012. 03:50 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Blue-Chip Dividend Growth Stocks Today's Strong Option For Retirement Portfolios: Part 1 [View article]

    I'm not the author or this article and I did read the other article and comments which prompted your question concerning the trading of MCD.

    I do have a question for you. Why are you against the buying and selling of income producing stocks within a retirement account?

    I am interested in your thoughts because I have a core retirement account which when I feel that one of my positions is overvalued or has lost its way I sell and reallocate the proceeds to another stock which I like better. This means that I sometime end up buying back the same stock at a later date. To my thinking it is good money management. I have a investing universe of about 50 stocks so over the years names have been trimmed from my account and names have been added or readded as the conditions arise. But I find that for this core account stocks usually are held for 5 or more years.

    Again - I am interested in your thoughts.

    May 18, 2012. 10:31 AM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Using Covered Calls To Supercharge Your Retirement Portfolio [View article]
    I do covered calls within my accounts somewhat like the author describes. This author like many others always takes into account that the selling of options and the making of profits from them is an endless stream

    Here is my thinking on what I do it when the price drops.

    When I buy a stock like Verizon I am buying it first for the dividend that it brings to my portfolio. It would be part of my core holds and there would be no plans to sell it in the future. Being able to sell a call at a strike higher then my purchase price at an amount greater then or equal to a dividend payment is my goal. In a rising market like we basically have this is fairly easy to do. Flat markets are also easy as you watch the movement cycles and sell the calls on a uptick. Falling markets are harder, naturally. If the stock falls below your purchase price you can continue to sell calls and risk having to give up the stock at a lose or you can sit things out and just collect the dividend that VZ brings in. I'm a sit out kind of guy .

    But the income gained from the selling of options is not necessary for my lifestyle. Others might need that 1%+ that options can bring in every month.

    Cash secured puts which some have mentioned when used during the accumulation phase is another way to add income. I actually find it simpler to use and explain to others then the concept of calls. That might make a good future article
    Mar 9, 2012. 06:42 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Options: Potential 35% To 135% Yields Writing Weekly Intel Covered Calls. [View article]
    Agree with selling Puts.

    I'm a big Call/Put promoter as I find it a good way to generate extra income. Using weeklys against a stock like Intel is much to much work and I feel that chasing the stock up as it get called away sets you up to much for a drop in the market.

    A better approach might be to sell Puts and use them to attempt to purchase the stock. I don't do this against Intel but I do the cash secured put thing against other stocks I wish to own and I earn a steady 1% a month on the secured cash. Its a nice supplemental income
    Feb 28, 2012. 10:52 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Procter & Gamble A Rising Dividend Star [View article]

    I sell a lot of calls and puts throughout the year mostly in my taxable account. Simply put taxes are a $$$tch.

    My goal with call options is to have my options expire unassigned on long term core holding stocks. I do this by selling longer dated, usually 3 or 4 months out, higher strike priced options which I hope will basically pay me an amount equal to 1 dividend payment. Doing this correctly and you can collect several extra 'dividend' payments a year off of a stock. If I guess wrong and the stock gets assigned then if I still like the stock I sell Puts to get back into a position. Selling puts to get into a stock you want can by itself give you more then a 1% a month return.

    Having done this awhile I seldom lose a stock I want to keep. However muti-month run ups like we've had lately make that difficult.

    Short term or long term. Overall its all about making money. You don't have to pay taxes if your not making money..

    k202 - another good article

    Feb 26, 2012. 08:37 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Case For Exxon Mobil: Iran, Israel, And War [View article]
    Nanush - Its interesting that your comment says that nobody is sweeping out their bombshelters. That is the exact opposite of what I have been hearing from friends and business contacts I have over there. Most of them have been making prep runs and stocking additional food and water into their shelters in case anything happens. Its insurance that they hope to never use.

    I guess we have a different circle of contacts.

    Regarded Solutions - Sorry for the OT post. It was a good article and while I have been following the smaller domestic drillers the last year just in case this type of thing comes to pass I also believe that XOM would be in place to take advantage of global oil disruptions.

    Long XOM and several other oil companies

    Feb 7, 2012. 08:39 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Digging Into MLP Natural Gas Pipelines For Yield [View article]
    You mentioned in the article that your screening found 3 companies that fit the criteria enough to give you reason to dig in further, yet you only talk about Kinder Morgan. What happened to the other 2?

    Also most MLPs grow through their dropdowns from their General Partners -vs- organic growth. Thus how is the takeover of EP which is the GP of EPB going to impact KMP getting dropdowns from KMI now that KMI has 2 separate pipeline MLPs to support. I would expect both KMP and EPB will get half the dropdowns they would have obtained if kept separate and thus they will grow more slowly in the future.

    Feb 7, 2012. 08:24 AM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Consistent Big Dividend Increases Make QR Energy A Good Long-Term Play [View article]
    I started a position in QRE back in Dec and plan to add to it as cash becomes available. Because of its size and industry it will never be a overly large holding of mine I do believe it will be a good investment over the next couple of years at least. I also own others in its peer group which you listed and feel the same way about them.

    Thanks for the article and I will continue to read your thoughts on the other companies in the Basic Materials area.

    Feb 1, 2012. 08:41 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Protecting FirstEnergy Investment With Dividends [View article]
    While the dividend yield is decent for a utility in todays environment at 5% I would have liked to see more frequent dividend increases. The dividend has been stuck at 55¢ a quarter since Feb 08.

    Having to retire or upgrade the coal fired plants thanks to the EPA also isn't going to help their cash flow.

    But I do think the dividend yield in todays low interest environment will provide a floor to the stock price.

    Thanks for the article

    Feb 1, 2012. 08:29 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment