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  • A Day In The Life [View article]
    Hi Regarded Solution, you said 19% increase in your income, just a couple of questions, so that I can learn from your Dividend approach:
    1) From what starting point was the growth in income, I assume you just mean YTD right?
    2) What about total return? I know you are only concerned about income, so this has nothing to do with criticism more just wondering because I normally consider the S&P 500 what to beat, which is YTD @ 2.55%, if this is a prudent rule of thumb for an investor wouldn't a better comparison be total return since an S&P index fund includes dividend reinvestment, right?!

    I am moving towards a version of an Aristocrat or even your Frothy strategy over the next five years, I plan on retiring early with a strong portfolio built over the last 26 years. I plan on splitting 1/2 of my portfolio to live on the income and withdrawals over 25 years, and the other half to let it ride for my son and charity. I sold most of my growth stocks and reallocated 403's to mostly dividend and 500 index stocks starting this past December (2014), although I kept AAPL, SCTY and TSLA, all bought from taking profits and reinvesting at 52 week lows repeatedly.
    Everything else in my portfolio are Aristocrats with the exception of HCP and VNQ, 3%+ yields.

    I bought JNJ, IBM, MCD, CVX and CAT several times since October 2014, adding to 4 other Aristocrats I already owned, and this with profits from TSLA, but they honestly are generating only cash right now. I maybe breaking even on the latter 5 YTD, excluding cash dividends. My total portfolio return YTD is 3.7% and my dividend cash has grown at least 13% YTD, I didn't include AAPL.

    So even though I get your concern with cash, I kind of like the idea of checking my progress with the S&P 500.
    Mar 28, 2015. 11:59 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Cowen survey: Android-to-iPhone defections growing [View news story]
    I thought of that too ArnieW, but honestly, I'd rather wait for the next surge in TSLA and buy a Model X! But alas, I might just have to get another Prius.
    Mar 23, 2015. 08:57 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Cowen survey: Android-to-iPhone defections growing [View news story]
    @ K Mill, right on, that's because nobody is standing outside Windows stores or Samsung stores, ... wait where are the Samsung stores?
    Mar 23, 2015. 08:52 PM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • WSJ: Apple talking Web TV service for fall launch [View news story]
    Right on Phil!

    My ISP is 13ms pin, 60Mbps up, 7Mbps down, I'm not sure who I'd go to, but these talks are a nice development for end users and for AAPL investors.
    Mar 17, 2015. 01:48 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • WSJ: Apple talking Web TV service for fall launch [View news story]
    Yup, Michael, the 25 channels is just the start add say 2-3 rentals from iTunes = $9-12, add Netflix for reruns ($0), and the must have this season episodes from iTunes = ...
    Mar 17, 2015. 01:41 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • WSJ: Apple talking Web TV service for fall launch [View news story]
    @ mikie, beg to differ there buddy, "One which one may save a few dollars a month after purchasing their hardware. I'll skip it. There's nothing new here."

    There's no hardware rental or whatever Comcast calls it. One purchase - a little black box called Apple TV, that's it = $100

    I just wrote a check to my "basic" cable service at $115/month! Let's see $115 or $35, even adding Netflix this is a no-brainer for the right 25 channel combo.
    Mar 17, 2015. 01:38 AM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple sends out invites for March 9 event [View news story]
    snow white on ... Apple buys Disney! LOL
    Feb 26, 2015. 01:03 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • WSJ: Apple car project is for real, and it's a minivan [View news story]
    I'm quite sure the alleged "Titan" minivan is merely a test vehicle for the technology. This is quite common in silicon valley, for the last year or so actually there has been vans and SUVs with the same white attachement to the full roof simulating something. At first I assumed it was Tesla simulating autonomous drive technology, but there's no reason why it couldn't be Apple.

    Similarly there are vans rolling around all the time with laptops, several monitors and racks of what I can only assume are computers and "radar" on the roof with 4-5 technicians inside doing only God knows what.

    My point is it is quite common to see on any given day "Titan" vehicles with all sorts of cameras and odd testing equipment on the roofs in Santa Clara ... er ... Silicon Valley.

    BTW, I am a hyper commuter with a 112 mile daily commute on and off the freeways, so I've pretty much seen it all in the valley.
    Feb 13, 2015. 09:25 PM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple Pay gets foot into a big door: U.S. government transactions [View news story]
    but Apple Pay doesn't rebate 2%!
    Feb 13, 2015. 09:16 PM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Four Reasons Why Apple Pay Is Going To Win [View article]
    But will Apple Pay give 2% back?!
    Feb 13, 2015. 07:42 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple reportedly hiring auto industry experts [View news story]
    yesterday ... your #2 is suspect all of Tesla's software is upgraded via the net, it's about the kernel
    Feb 13, 2015. 03:15 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Tesla's Q4 hurt by delayed deliveries; strong 2015 growth expected [View news story]
    Ah, now I see why price stabilized after hours!
    Feb 11, 2015. 05:44 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Will Audi's Hybrid Q7 Cause Tesla's Model X Backlog To Evaporate? [View article]
    User you missed Marshgre's point, the title says "Electric", if one searches for an "Electric" Q7 you find zip. Electric and Hybrid are two different types of cars, not the same.
    Jan 1, 2015. 11:53 PM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Conclusion To 1-Year Test: $10K CD Wins Vs. $10K Portfolio [View article]
    I can do that for you toomuchgas,

    Total S&P 500 Price Return
    Annualized S&P 500 Price Return
    S&P 500 Return (Dividends Reinvested)
    Annualized S&P 500 Return (Dividends Reinvested)
    Dec 28, 2014. 09:04 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Conclusion To 1-Year Test: $10K CD Wins Vs. $10K Portfolio [View article]
    It seems like you did not answer the heart of iobeta's comment - stock selection?!

    There are a number of easy combos that were talked about a year ago in SA that soundly beat your CD vs portfolio.
    Dec 20, 2014. 03:43 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment