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  • Right Now Is The Wrong Time To Be Buying Healthcare REITs [View article]
    Very good article--thank you.
    I've owned REITs for over 20 years and have earned total returns better than the broad market averages. REIT stock prices have always been pushed around by big moves in interest rates, such as this past April-May on the upside and May-June on the downside.
    The important focus is on longer time periods where these moves smooth out and the big distributions, modest growth and the tax advantage combine to produce attractive total returns.
    I have 12% of my equities in REITs, including full positions in HCN-PI, LXP, MAA, HTA, MPW and small positions in OHI, O, STAG, DLR and EPR.
    Dec 4, 2013. 10:54 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Retiree: What Role Should High Yield Play In A Distribution Stage Portfolio? [View article]
    Bob, thank you again for sharing your experience.
    I understand your position. My view is just a little different. I've owned some BDCs over the years and developed an expectation that their longer term total return would be about 90% of the dividend yield at cost. I bought three (ARCC, FSC and PSEC) in roughly equal amounts totaling about 2% of my equities. They yield 10% at cost, which is slightly below market. They certainly aren't my favorite holdings, but I'll hold on for now.
    Dec 1, 2013. 10:41 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Dividend Champions For December 2013 [View article]
    Thank you for your great work.
    Agree on WU--I'm long. Bought last year shortly before the 33% drop. Had to decide to sell, hold or buy more. Rarely buy more but did then.
    Dec 1, 2013. 09:47 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • It's Not So Much Why Buffett Bought Exxon Mobil, It's Why He Bought It Now [View article]
    Thank you for an excellent article.
    XOM is, IMO, an outstanding company in almost every way.
    Certainly as an investment over the long term it has been great.
    It's one of my largest holding. But I probably will not ever know when to sell it until it's way too late.
    Dec 1, 2013. 09:37 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • It's Easy To Earn A 7½% Annual Return From A Quality MLP [View article]
    Agree. Am long EEQ and other pipelines.
    When their investments kick-in we'll see it out perform.
    Nov 21, 2013. 09:44 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Total Return Pricing For BDCs [View article]
    Your good work is appreciated.
    I'm long ARCC, PSEC and FSC--started at 1% of equities; now at 2%.
    Nov 20, 2013. 10:02 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • The Case For 0% Bond Allocation [View article]
    One thing to keep in mind is that inflation/interest rates/GDP will change. Can go either way for a long time. Companies that have paid dividends for decades may have to cut or stop. Diversify, in a number of ways.
    I'm approximately two-thirds equities. The balance is mostly individual bond issues and cash.
    Nov 4, 2013. 09:46 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Bogle On Favoring Dividends And Capitalizing Social Security [View article]
    Excellent article and comments.
    Thank you to all.
    Oct 26, 2013. 08:56 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Your Portfolio Business Plan: You Really Need To Do This [View article]
    Very well organized. Thank you.
    Oct 20, 2013. 08:32 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Retirees: Should You Consider A Dividend Growth Income Index? [View article]
    Bob--Once again a great job. Thank you for sharing.
    I subscribe to the Morningstar Dividend Investor report.
    It's very well done with lots of useful information for about $200
    a year--well worth it, IMO.
    Oct 12, 2013. 01:34 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • The JPMorgan Apologists Of CNBC [View article]
    I went long JPM just over a year ago when it dipped. Since then its EPS is up, dividend are up and the stock price is up. That performance helps my family enjoy life.
    Sep 29, 2013. 10:29 AM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • AT&T Offers A 5.25% Dividend Yield And Consistent Share Buybacks [View article]
    Long T, VZ, BCE, TU, RCI and TLSYY. Nice yields and some growth from solid companies.
    Sep 17, 2013. 08:24 AM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Time For Your Fall Check-Up With This Sleep Well At Night REIT [View article]
    Still long HTA. Thanks.
    Sep 17, 2013. 08:18 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Do Retirees Need A Dividend ETF Or A Portfolio Of Individual Stocks? Part 3 [View article]
    Bob, another fine article.
    A low-expense ETF of CCCs as you describe would be a winner.
    Simple and straight-forward.
    Thank you, again.
    Sep 15, 2013. 08:18 AM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • We All Make Many Mistakes, What Do We Do Next? [View article]
    Bob, I bought AGNC and LNCO at about the same prices that you did.
    I took a loss on each. I decided that mREITs were so different from property REITs that I didn't understand them well enough to own them.
    LNCO was different. If I would not buy more then I should sell in the face of the SEC investigation.
    Last year I bought WU at $16.43. Soon thereafter it dropped to nearly $12. I believed that the problems were not that serious and bougth more at !3.24. So far so good on that one.
    Your portfolio looks great to me. I pay attention to what do do. Thank you.
    Sep 12, 2013. 09:46 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
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