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  • You Can't Get Here From There Anymore

    Has anyone else noticed that the Yahoo finance mobile site has stopped including articles and links written on Seeking Alpha?

    I follow about a dozen authors on the SA website. However, I hardly ever read SA articles starting from within SA itself. I receive SA alerts by email which I read on my iphone. If I follow those iphone email links they send me to the SA article and include that obtrusive SA "install app" advertising banner. I already have the SA app installed on my phone, but this site does not recognize it. On my small iphone screen the advertising is annoying and obtrusive.

    I do much of my investing research on other sites using my iphone, and follow the links to SA to read the articles. Same situation here with the advertising. I have complained about this and the response so far from SA is to install the SA app.

    Today for the first time I have noticed that the Yahoo finance mobile site has stopped including all SA articles and links to SA. I wonder why this has occurred but can only speculate. It may have something to do with the way authors are compensated, or with licensing and advertising issues. For whatever reason, You Can't Get Here From There Anymore.

    Disclosure: I have no positions in any stocks mentioned, and no plans to initiate any positions within the next 72 hours.

    Tags: YHOO
    Nov 21 3:20 PM | Link | Comment!
  • GNMA Fund Yields
    I am trying to resolve why GNMA mutual fund yields have so much variance from fund to fund. I own both Vanguard VFIIX and Fidelity FGMNX Ginnie Mae mutual funds in two different retirement accounts. Here is the data as reported by Yahoo Finance (& Morningstar) for the same day Friday, February 17, 2012 using data from the previous month end, as of January 31, 2012.

    Price 11.07
    YTD Return 0.43%
    Annual Yield 3.15%
    5yr average Return 6.93%
    Annual expense ratio (net) 0.23%

    Price 11.85
    YTD Return 0.39%
    Annual Yield 3.12%
    5yr average Return 7.24%
    Annual expense ratio (net) 0.45%

    I have highlighted in bold, the superior yield reported for each time period. Note that Vanguard reports higher short term yield, but Fidelity reports higher long term (5yr) yield. Also note that both yield and total return are calculated after expenses are deducted.

    Without going into detailed analysis of each funds holdings and average maturities, I attribute the shift in yield differences between these two funds to a slight change in investment strategy effecting average maturities of the holdings over the past five years. I conclude that Vanguard has lengthened average maturities, improving current yields.

    Feb 19 10:45 PM | Link | Comment!
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