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  • Retirement Strategy: You Want The Truth? You Can't Handle The Truth! [View article]
    Also, Im all for the less wars idea...or if we have wars lets have them closer to home, in nicer climates, like say, Venezuela, where the women are much more accomodating and pleasing to the eye:} jk
    Nov 28, 2012. 10:21 PM | 10 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Retirement Strategy: You Want The Truth? You Can't Handle The Truth! [View article]
    Ok, if you waved a magic wand and the military disappeared, how much would that save? Would it balance the budget? I sincerely doubt it. And where would all the people who work in that industry go to work? Im in the military and totally agree there is fat to cut, btw, but that goes for every department, I would think, right?
    Nov 28, 2012. 10:18 PM | 10 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • 3 Reasons Not To Flee Dividend Stocks [View article]
    Utilites have had nice runups, so for that reason alone they are vulnerable to price declines, but with the dividend tax increase, and possible rising interest rates in the future, thats two more reasons they might fall a bit...however, if you buy dividends for the income, they are still good buys, IMO, especially because no matter how hard the economy falls, people and businesses will still need electricity. I will happily keep buying as they come down. However, if you have a short term view, then stay away for now.
    Nov 14, 2012. 05:28 PM | 9 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Dividends: A Case of Behavioral Heuristics? [View article]
    I realize, mostly from incidental reading on this site, that Buffet is more interested in increasing the book value of his company rather than stock price. If the book value goes up, so should the share price, right? But I find it odd that he receives millions in dividends that he uses to purchase other holding that also pay dividends, lol. All while refusing to pay a dividend himself:}. If a small time investor like me wanted to truly imitate Buffet, we would buy value based dividend stocks, and never touch Berkshire. In my opinion, alluding to Buffett only reinforces the notion that dividends are a great idea to invest in.
    Dec 28, 2011. 09:40 PM | 8 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Has Paul Krugman Gone Too Far This Time? [View article]
    I think the ball is in the Presidents court on this issue. He has to lead, finally. I think Boehner is at least right in expecting the President to put forward a proposal, any proposal Even if its the Krugman loony plan, at least it will be a starting point. As a R, I think the House should give the President and the Dems everything they want. Let the American people have what they voted for. And see where it leads four years from now. Good or bad, there will be no denying who gets the credit or the blame.
    Nov 12, 2012. 04:00 PM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Jim Cramer gives his take on McDonald's (MCD -1.2%) slumping comparable-store sales, saying he's confused why the company's promotional pricing isn't promoted. As for the slumping global economy, Cramer wonders why Starbucks knocked out a fantastic quarter with $4 coffee drinks while McDonald's headed south with $1 coffee. (video[View news story]
    Longterm I would rather own MCD over SBUX...but then again I dont drink coffee, and paying 4 dollars for a cup of anything makes me wonder what the heck's in it:}.
    Nov 8, 2012. 11:50 AM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • My Dividend Retirement Plan [View article]
    Good article...I think the hardest thing about dividend investing is getting started...its a very conservative, long term strategy, and in this day and age, that isnt very popular...and the second hardest thing is persevering that first year...when you first start the income looks very paltry compared to your expenses, which we all know will only increase over time...but if you give it a year, and get to see your dividend income start to grow, then you get to that Aha! moment
    Jan 9, 2012. 03:49 PM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Dave Van Knapp Positions For 2013: Tuning Out Market 'Noise' With Dividend Growth Investing [View article]
    Good article, DVKs suggestions at the end are what I try to follow in my own investing.
    Dec 27, 2012. 09:45 AM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Has Paul Krugman Gone Too Far This Time? [View article]
    Ask Boehner, I have no idea. But that plan you speak of has been on the table for awhile...personally, if I were Boehner, I would get my rubber stamp out and accept whatever they want. At some point we have to find out if what the President and the Dems are offering really is the answer to all our problems they seem to think it is. If it is, great. They get the credit. I didnt vote for the Presidents reelection, but the silver lining here is the blame game is coming to an end. He, and his policies will have to sink or swim on their own merits, without a handy bogeyman--Bush--to blame anymore. It should be interesting.
    Nov 13, 2012. 07:09 AM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Retirement: What Is Required Beyond Pension And Social Security? [View article]
    best off mortgage, have a paid off dependable car, and thats 1500/month less you need to save...1500 x 12=18k/year, to make 18k/yr assuming 5% yield would require 350k in savings...thats 350k less you need to save for debt free will make retirement much easier
    May 15, 2012. 11:26 AM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Immediate Gratification Of Dividend Stocks [View article]
    I think the first year of dividend investing is the hardest to get through. For the first year, you earn very little in dividends, and there is virtually no compounding. But after the first year, you start to see the improvements in your dividend cash flow, and also have a baseline to compare your progress to every month. The second year, I made more dividend income in the first three months than I did the entire first year. Also it helps to visualize how that 50 dollars a month roughly you are making in dividends relates to real life. In my case, that 50 dollars a month more than pays for my cell phone bill, so to me, I can scratch off my cellphone bill as something I have to worry about in retirement:}.
    Apr 1, 2012. 04:59 AM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Failure Of Leadership [View article]
    This isnt going well no matter which party you support...I for one would rather see the Rs give the President and the Dems whatever they want, and let them get the credit if it goes well and the blame if it goes bad, I am sick to death of both parties trying to blame the other...the reason the President wont propose spending cuts is he wants the Rs to propose them, so they can take the blame later...and the Rs dont want to raise taxes because it will hurt them back home...I like Rand Pauls idea, just vote present and let the Dems run the show, they did win the elections after all. Like others on here, I have a feeling any 'deal' reached will be worse than going over the cliff.
    Dec 22, 2012. 11:20 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Retirement Strategy: You Want The Truth? You Can't Handle The Truth! [View article]
    When Main Street gets burned, Wall Street does well. For instance, everytime the UE rate goes up, the stock market goes up, ever notice that? Whats coming isnt bad for Wall Street, its bad for Main Street, imo. I think what people fail to see here isnt the tax issues, but the spending issues, particularly entitlements. They can raise taxes, cut the military to the bone, and still not address the core issues that are bankrupting our country. The American people are not ready to address Medicare, SS and other benefits, and until they are, everything else is just so much fluff. The real problem for us, all of us, is when the country truly goes bankrupt, if that ever happens, it wont matter where you have your money invested. I am hopeful these problems get addressed, but unless I hear some entitlement reform mentioned in all these press reports, I will know everything they are saying is just so much hogwash. Otoh, I could be totally wrong, and the powers that be are able to work some magic. I would be happy to be wrong, I can promise you that.
    Nov 28, 2012. 10:13 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Retire Young And Retire Wealthy: An Open Challenge For The 99% [View article]
    My only quibble with this article is it gives the example of what would happen with 10k invested in a stock that gives 8% yield compounded over 20 years, but then at the bottom suggests stocks that only yield 3% or so...overall, a wonderful article though, right on the money IMO. I totally agree with the point we havent had real income increases in the US for a very lonnnnnggg time...
    May 3, 2012. 03:57 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • WisdomTree Dividend ETFs, Plus Overall Conclusions About Dividend ETFs [View article]
    Bingo...we have a winner
    Apr 30, 2012. 11:50 AM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment