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  • 10 Reasons Why Russia-West Trade Continues As Usual And How To Profit [View article]
    Great read. From both geopolitical and financial perspective. Thank you.
    May 13, 2014. 11:09 AM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • An Iconoclastic Retiree's Income Portfolio [View article]
    Thanks for sharing your portfolio and taking the time to write this lengthy article.

    When looking at your portfolio categories, I noticed that you didn't include cash (the sum of your 4 categories is 100% - without including cash).

    So, I was wondering: How much percentage of your portfolio is in cash? And how do you manage your cash position and the timing of your investments when you collect dividends/interest or add cash to your portfolio?

    Thanks again for sharing.
    Nov 2, 2013. 11:10 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Facing a Monday deadline to craft an acceptable deal, the Cypriot parliament granted the government authority to impose capital controls and voted to nationalize some pension funds as part of an asset pooling plan that may ultimately back an ad hoc bond issue. The country may also adopt a good bank/ bad bank model under which Cyprus Popular Bank will be wound down. Parliament will vote over the weekend on a new iteration of the deposit tax and EU officials will convene in Brussels Sunday. Without a resolution, the country faces an all but certain bank run Tuesday morning. [View news story]
    For most of Europeans citizens, Euro= European Community = Peace between European countries.

    No more Euro? = No more European Community = War between European countries.

    If you are American, you probably can't understand that. But you can look at the history of Europe over the last 1000 (Thousand, yes) years, and you will notice that European countries are used to be at war with each other.
    Mar 22, 2013. 09:40 PM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • March Madness Review: 5 Starters, 2 Subs And 6 Recruits [View article]
    Ron, thanks for your article and for mentioning PFLT: monthly dividend, nice yield, P/B less to 1, exposure to floating rate notes that are less sensitive to potential rates increase. And they just announced a share offering last evening. Great timing to get some shares at a discount this morning. I just bought some.
    Mar 21, 2013. 10:54 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Bond ETFs To Buy As Rates Rise [View article]
    Thanks a lot for your article. Do you have any opinion on BKLN (PowerShares Senior Loan Portfolio)?

    The ETF yields 4.54%, and it should be less sensitive to a rising interest rate environment.

    Mar 20, 2012. 02:19 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment