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  • Hedging For Disaster - 3 More Option Plays That Make 300% If The Market Falls [View article]
    This is my introduction article to hedging :)
    Jun 1, 2013. 11:39 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Seadrill (SDRL) announces 3.5% increase in quarterly dividend to $0.88/share, representing an annual yield of 8.81%. (PR[View news story]
    long this one, but now payout is > 100%. im a little concerned.
    May 28, 2013. 09:41 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • 3 Reasons Why A New Bottom For Gold Will Likely Prove Elusive For Now [View article]
    i am not quite following this. normal trade of gld is just the shares from the seller to the buyer; unless some giant holder start redeeming their gld shares, there is no physical flow of gold in gld. this is just my opinion. and gld is backed by physical gold, it's nothing like leveraging.
    Apr 15, 2013. 02:57 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Goldman Sachs (GS) increased the annual salary package of CEO Lloyd Blankfein by 75% to $21M for 2012, making him the world's best-paid bank chief. While Blankfein's basic salary stayed unchanged at $2M, his cash bonus and stock award were almost doubled to a respective $5.7M and $13.3M. Other senior executive also received pay rises. The increases come after Goldman's net profit almost doubled and its shares rose 41% in 2012. (SEC filing[View news story]
    He probably will enjoy another 75% increase this year for successfully predicting the crash of gold XD
    Apr 14, 2013. 05:25 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Bank Of America First Quarter Earnings Preview [View article]
    did BAC ever ask to increase div payout? i remembered they said they didn't. all they asked for was capital return plan which covered 10.5b of share buyback and it got approved. In addition, 5.5b buyback of the 2 series of pr shares are already in effect.
    Apr 10, 2013. 08:52 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • A bipartisan Senate bill would force all banks to hold capital of 10% and those with over $400B in assets an extra 5%. The strictest provisions would hit six banks: JPMorgan (JPM), BofA (BAC), Citigroup (C), Wells Fargo (WFC), Goldman Sachs (GS) and Morgan Stanley (MS). Analysts reckon the bill has little chance of becoming law, although its authors reckon support for the measures are growing. [View news story]
    great idea lol
    Apr 7, 2013. 04:53 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Equity CEFs: Is It Time To Overweight The Option Income Funds? [View article]
    Hi Douglas,

    I am a 24 years old novice investor and have been following your recommendation regarding EV funds for a while now. I am curious what is the justification for these EV funds' discounts over long term? To me most of the discount/premium are reasonable as long as they are within +/- 5% range. Discount rates near or over 10% throughout a long period of time like these definitely mean either the market perception or something internal such as management is wrong.
    How do you look at such facts and what do you think the underlying risks for holding these funds in retirement savings account for long term?
    Thank you.
    Apr 6, 2013. 04:46 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Obama administration's decision on the Keystone oil pipeline (TRP) will not be made until at least June, a U.S. official tells Reuters, which would delay the project for months and frustrate backers of Canada's oil sands. "It's not weeks until the final decision," according to the source. "It's months." [View news story]
    Could you elaborate on how increasing supply either to the US or the international market will lift the price? I am interested to see the big pictures here. Plus I do not believe US would give anything free. there are tons of ways to claim a share from this project imho
    Feb 2, 2013. 01:39 AM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • 5 Dividend Stocks To Buy Based On The Fed's Actions [View article]
    Hi TJ,

    I am also having the same question as leehoffman. Thanks.
    Sep 19, 2012. 05:27 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Sell Philip Morris And Don't Believe The Hype [View article]
    Hi Joe,

    I managed to finish this long article. im a novice investor with less than 1 year of stock experience. I do own PM for about 8 months now. Thanks for your insights. Maybe it's off the track it seems you have done quite a bit research on utilities. Can you share some insights on UTG as well?

    Jul 27, 2012. 12:19 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Eurozone unemployment rose in May to a record 11.1%, up from April's 11.0%. Spain's rate climbs to 24.6%. Greece clocked in at 21.9%. (PR .pdf)  [View news story]
    so 1 in 4 in Spain is unemployed? -_- how do they run their country...
    Jul 2, 2012. 05:25 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Ensconced in a conference call, eurozone finmins are discussing providing up to €100B in support for Spain's banking sector, according to a source, with a formal request coming as soon as today. At this point, Spain will not be subject to the same sort of oversight Greece, Ireland, and Portugal have submitted to.  [View news story]
    so true... if the number gets large enough then lenders become more concerned than the borrowers
    Jun 9, 2012. 01:11 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Why Cash Should Be A Significant Portion Of Your Portfolio [View article]
    Agreed... everyday we see handful stocks jumping for over 10% or even more. 1 hit in a year that makes you perform as well as the index. 2 hits you then beat the index by 100%. all you need is enough patience, confidence, and CASH.
    Feb 28, 2012. 01:50 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Payback Periods From Tech Sector Dividends [View article]
    your tickers don't match with the company names....
    Feb 13, 2012. 03:15 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment