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  • Does Algorithmic Trading Make Sense For Small Investors? [View article]
    I respectfully disagree. A small investor CAN diversify like the large investor. How? Through low cost ETFs. There are ETFs for commodities (DBC - a basket of commodities, GLD etc) bonds (BND, JNK, etc) and whole stock markets or sectors of stock markets. There are more etfs available everyday. (watch their lack of liquidity!) I like Vanguard for most equity market or style etfs as they always seem to have the lowest cost. I also know that I cannot devote the time to stock selection or have access to management or conferences that the professional managers do, so I will do well to hit for "average" with benchmark etfs - and hopefully over time do better as I am not paying exorbitant management fees.
    Mar 22 08:58 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Vanguard Dividend Appreciation ETF Is A Buy In 2014 [View article]
    Thanks RiskyBiz.

    I will look into EXG. ( I own ETJ - Eaton Vance Risk-Managed Diversified Equity Income Fund - it employs option strategies to enhance yield - another Eaton Vance closed index fund for a retirement fund I manage) Monthly dividend checks are nice from EXG and ETJ. I am not adding to ETJ at these levels however. ETJ is NOT very liquid, so you can find bargains with limit orders on heavy selloff days for the market.

    Thanks for clarifying that you are nearing retirement and are putting an emphasis on higher dividend payers.
    Mar 14 06:54 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Vanguard Dividend Appreciation ETF Is A Buy In 2014 [View article]
    PEY and DTN are handy for someone that likes monthly income from equities. However, I am scared off from PEY (90 day adv 95k) and DTN (90 day adv is an abysmal 65k) due to their lack of liquidity. They are both great ideas, so I hope their companies market them better so they survive. PEY is a Powershares ETF and DTN is a Wisdom Tree ETF. Wisdom Tree certainly has put plenty of marketing money hawking commercials on CNBC.

    SDIV is another great idea for monthly income with global equity exposure, and its liquidity is still a little challenged but much better at 246k 90 day adv. I am actually going to look into buying it - so thanks for mentioning RiskyBiz!

    "Why own a dividend ETF that pays the same dividend as the S&P 500? You may as well own the SPY." VIG is a dividend ETF, but it is a dividend GROWTH etf. It is based on companies that have a 10 year track record of GROWING their dividends. I have it in my retirement account, not for yield now, but for its yield and value 10+ years from now. That's why I own it, in addition to SPY in my retirement account.

    I am long DVY in my taxable account, because I want something that pays current income.

    I welcome all comments as - hey I could be making big mistakes - and would love if you all could save me from some!
    Mar 12 01:39 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Vanguard Dividend Appreciation ETF Is A Buy In 2014 [View article]
    Mark - I am long VIG. I really enjoyed this article because of your insight into VIGs weightings.
    Mar 10 02:07 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Kinder Morgan Energy Partners Responds To Criticism [View article]
    I am long KMP.

    Cheese head, since it sounds like you would like to add to your KMR position at some point even though it is your largest position, I will mention these few points...

    1) I have heard a number of Institutional investors over the years refer to initial Monday morning stock movements as a "retail Barron's dip" if it sells off or a "retail Barron's bounce" if it jumps. The move generally reverts as the institutional money outweighs the retail money. Institutional (hedge funds and mutual funds) money is generally 80 pct of the market.

    2) That being said, why not take the opportunity to be "greedy when others are fearful" on a retail Barron's dip monday morning - perhaps put in a $72.00 top limit buy order and get some KMR at the 52 week low price (if it sells off that much)

    3) KMR's RSI is currently 40 heading for oversold condition of 30.

    Just some thoughts.

    I welcome all feedback.

    Ps. I liked Josbo's comment "too much Kinder worship by people who own stocks in the Kinder empire" Let's all try to be realists and look at the empire with a critical eye.
    Feb 23 10:04 AM | 13 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Barron's: Wrong On MLPs Like Kinder Morgan Energy [View article]
    "KMP has a proven management team with a strong national footprint and access to growth shale regions, which will boost cash flow. Its $13 billion backlog provides the firm with virtually unparalleled growth prospects. Even with these benefits, KMP trades at discount to peers. At current prices, KMP trades at 14x 2014 DCF. .... ok, what is the bear case ag/ KMP? (I am long KMP)
    Jan 12 11:48 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Kinder Morgan Energy Partners Makes A Strategic Error [View article]
    I was wondering what happens to KM when Richard Kinder decides to call it a day. How do his potential successors look? He's currently about 68 yrs old. I'm long KMP and would like to hold it a long time. Any insight into possible successors for Richard Kinder when he leaves the co?
    Dec 25 02:31 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Kinder Morgan Energy Partners Makes A Strategic Error [View article]
    Richard Kinder is approximately 68 years old. Are there quality successors in place? Long KMP
    Dec 25 02:31 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Specialized Bond ETF Thriving As Rates Rise [View article]
    STPP. Yes, its up 20%. Midday yesterday the volume was 0! NOTHING had traded.This product makes sense, i'd like to have it as part of my portfolio, but the SEVERE LACK OF LIQUIDITY is too big a red flag for me to get involved.
    Aug 22 01:44 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment