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  • Don't Blunder Like Buffett: How Rookie IRA Investors Can Make Him Pay Dividends [View article]

    I appreciate your articles and have read every one so far. What I like most of all is how you incorporate options and income strategies. I am definitely a rookie investor in my 20's and recently grasped the concept of covered calls and cash secured puts. In your comment "I did not mention that one could sell a $70 put and open a spread by buying the $35 put, thus halving the money committed to the trade" you went over my head. Would you mind explaining how this works? I can see the potential behind using options to boost yield on dividend stocks or to create yield on stocks like BRK-B. I appreciate your articles and have read every one so far.
    Apr 25 10:55 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Update: The Conoco Phillips/Phillips 66 Spin-Off And A Buying Opportunity For Conoco Phillips [View article]
    James thank you for the article. I am in my 20's and new to investing- started last summer. Thanks to SA and contributors like you who have outlined many pitfalls I can now avoid and save myself the pain of experiencing it first hand. I purchased 100 shares of COP a few weeks back in ignorance. I say that because I can humbly say that I did so assuming that a spin-off was a bargain without really understanding the underlying transaction. Your article has definitely expanded my field of view. I'd like to make a personal request that you write an article outlining the ABT spin-off of Abbvie slotted for late 2012. Thanks for you time and insight.
    Apr 25 10:40 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment