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  • Retired Investors Should Not Fear Recessions Or A Bad Market: Part 1 [View article]
    It is always good to keep some powder dry to take advantage when quality stocks (businesses) go on sale during a recession. Works like a charm every time.
    Sep 20, 2014. 05:03 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Devon Energy Corporation: An Attractive Oil And Gas Investment [View article]
    I took a look at the latest proxy statement, the CEO owns over 1m shares and has options on almost another 1m shares. How much stock do you think equates to "skin in the game"???
    Sep 20, 2014. 04:23 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Ferrellgas Partners Poised To Go From Boring To Growing With Jump Into Energy Midstream [View article]
    I am a long term owner of this partnership, every few years the stock price always seems to go into the sewer for a short period of time (see the chart above). I use these dips to buy more units and have been fairly successful with that strategy.

    It would be nice to get some distribution growth and by branching out perhaps that is something the board would consider. I suspect that a better use of cash would be to delever the balance sheet some first though.
    Sep 4, 2014. 03:54 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Taxation Fundamentals For The Kinder Morgan Reorganization [View article]
    actually the safe harbor is 110% of the income taxes you paid last year.
    Sep 3, 2014. 08:02 PM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Taxation Fundamentals For The Kinder Morgan Reorganization [View article]
    Rich Kinder controls KMI, it doesn't matter how you vote, the merger is a done deal.
    Sep 3, 2014. 08:02 PM | 11 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Plains All American Pipeline - Strengthening Its Assets Portfolio [View article]
    Here is a link to a recent investor presentation that should help you understand their business better.
    Aug 28, 2014. 09:03 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • A Closer Look At Buckeye Partners' 2Q'14 Distributable Cash Flow [View article]
    I view the decision to replace the merchant services leadership as a very positive move, and the final disposition of Lodi to also be a good move. Reminds me of NS's exit of their asphalt operations. Both of those operations took management in a different direction outside of their core competencies.

    The author's analysis is solid and shows where BPL has been as opposed to where the partnership is going. The integration of the Hess assets and upgrading of the Perth Amboy facilities seems to offer BPL the opportunity to be one of the premiere storage facilities in NY Harbor.
    Aug 19, 2014. 05:56 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Retirement Strategy: How Dividend Income Grows To Staggering Levels By Reinvesting And Compounding [View article]
    Actually, our oldest child who has been working since she was 14 has a small but modest portfolio that generates dividends inside a Roth IRA. She has a part time job and contributes 100% of her earned income into the Roth, it is only a few thousand a year, but in an other 47 years when she retires, it is going to be a nice pile of cash. She uses her babysitting money for spending and is fairly tight with her cash.
    Aug 17, 2014. 11:07 AM | 9 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Kinder Morgan Inc. Will Be A C-Corp Managed Like An MLP [View article]
    A taxable yield of 4% is usually alot less than that 4%, vs a tax deferred yield under the MLP structure, which is a lot more attractive, at least to me as an individual investor. I wonder what Rich Kinder has up his sleeve, the guy is no spring chicken and I question whether this deal has something to do with his estate planning or something else - perhaps a sale to XOM or something? Selling one 1 big C Corp is a lot cleaner than the existing structure.
    Aug 15, 2014. 10:21 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Kinder Morgan In $44B Mega Deal To Combine [View article]
    MLPs are pass through entites, meaning that each partner gets to report on his/her tax return their share of the profits of the MLP. Where the beauty of MLPs comes from is their tax shield, since these are capital intensive businesses (partnerships) the depreciation often shelters a significant amount of what otherwise would be taxable income, and thus the distributions received are generally tax deferred to a certain degree.

    When an investor who holds MLPs dies, there is a step up in basis to fair value of the partnership units on the date of death. For those who inherit those units, the tax shield effectively "resets" and tax on the original distributions in theory received by the deceased, never get taxed.

    While the above is my opinion, always consult your tax advisor for advice specific to your situation.
    Aug 12, 2014. 08:43 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Boardwalk Pipeline +3% as Cramer endorses [View news story]
    That was my take as well, demonstrates that Cramer must not have done his homework.
    Aug 12, 2014. 06:15 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Here's The Alarming Table Kinder Morgan Doesn't Want You To See [View article]
    Anyone who claims to be a "friend" of Kaiser is someone not worth knowing.
    Aug 12, 2014. 12:11 PM | 15 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Retirement Strategy: Preparing For The Unknowns [View article]
    While I read a copy of the article I mentioned in the printed media, you can also buy a copy of the article on line from their website. I wouldn't feel right about scanning it and posting it as that would be violating copyright. The PDF isn't expensive.

    One aspect of retirement planning from an income perspective could possibly involve term life insurance if you have it available to you. In my case, my defined benefit plan has a hefty discount to provide my spouse with 50% of my benefit while I am alive (meaning to provide her with 50% of our pre death benefit, I would take a substantial discount to the benefit while I am alive). Accordingly, it is possible to get the higher level of benefits while I am alive, and provide for 30% for my spouse and buy life insurance to cover the remaining need.

    I am currently funding specific savings in a "side account" to pay for these premiums, and have been for about 15 years at a rate of about $600 a month. This level of funding should be able to more than cover the premiums.
    Aug 9, 2014. 08:57 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Continue To Avoid Linn Energy [View article]
    Another hit piece by the shorts, they never stop. I find it amusing the author has few to no facts to present on "expectations" or pretty much anything else.
    Aug 9, 2014. 08:46 PM | 15 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Retirement Strategy: Preparing For The Unknowns [View article]
    In the July / August 2014 issue of the Harvard Business Review, there is an article by Robert Merton titled "The Crisis in Retirement Planning". It focuses on income in retirement as opposed to building a pile of assets and not knowing what level of income stream that pile will throw off.

    I found it highly interesting, and it is in line with your perspective. I cannot post a link to it here, but you should be able to find a copy on the web.
    Aug 6, 2014. 07:19 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment