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  • Coca-Cola's Investment In Africa Impacts Its Stock [View article]
    And your point is?
    Does it not make sense for a company such as Coke to invest in emerging markets?
    Is it not a core principle to grab all the market share you can in new market places?
    And just about every major investment a company makes can have an impact on it's stock.
    Aug 17 03:49 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Lorillard's 2014 Dividend Increase [View article]
    I am long on LO, it carries little debt, has a relatively low share count, and offers a
    very nice dividend. It can be volatile with various media articles attempting to drive
    the marketplace in one direction or another. The author nicely addressed the concerns about menthol in his article. LO is a solid long term performer for your
    Feb 21 10:09 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • 5 Reasons Coca-Cola Remains A Great Buy For Long-Term Investors [View article]
    It can be difficult for investors to find quality stocks for their Portfolio. Articles are
    offered attempting to motivate investors in one direction or another, often in completely different directions on the same stock at the same time. How does one
    choose a quality stock?
    I look for quality Blue Chip Companies with a strong dividend, and solid management. KO has been a core stock in my portfolio for 35 years, several splits,
    and it has repaid my initial investment countless times.
    I am long (lifetime + future generations) on KO. I highly recommend this stock for
    anyone interested in building wealth.
    Feb 21 09:46 AM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Why I Said Goodbye To Lorillard, Inc. [View article]
    Yeah, yeah we have heard this sorry tune for what 2 years now?
    If you sold your position that explains your article, you want to drive the price down so
    you can buy it back.
    Here are three reasons why your article is nonsense.
    1. If menthol was banned it would mainly affect a certain "group" of people who would
    never stand for it. These are the same folks that don't read loan agreements, then get to
    suit lenders. If menthol was banned there wouldn't be enough lawyers for all the suits!
    2. US cannot afford to lose taxes collected from LO.
    3. Government, both State & Federal, is giddy with the prospect of taxing Pot. They are already discussing bonds. Today they approved bank accounts & credit card use in Pot
    shops. They are constantly telling us the Pot popularity in the "Polls" they feed the public.
    And you are calling for the demise of LO. I think your Crystal Ball is defective!
    Feb 14 07:43 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Coca-Cola Company and Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. Enter into Long-Term Global Strategic Partnership [View article]
    How do you like those apples SODA fans? Good old KO just keeps marching forward

    adding new value and profits for it's shareholders!
    Feb 5 04:43 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • CVS to pull tobacco products [View news story]
    I hope this place goes right out of business. I have shopped there on occasion but I will be certain to never set foot inside another cvs.
    I am not a smoker myself, but I respect adults ability to choose their own path in life.
    If the left is hell bent on legalizing POT I fail to see the logic is banning tobacco.
    Feb 5 10:55 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • CVS to pull tobacco products [View news story]
    No one is currently politically correct. Walking thru life stoned will most certainly
    have a more profound effect on your life, and that of the people forced to take care
    of your worthless self in the long run.
    Have you ever seen a productive stoner?
    Feb 5 10:42 AM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Lorillard: Doing Everything Right But Still Facing Troubles [View article]
    When are we going to wake up with all this FDA nonsense? Two states have already
    legalized Pot and every time we turn around they tell us 70% of the population want it
    To be sold. Who they ask, I really don't know.
    My point is, if the FDA really cared why would they believe it is a good idea to turn the US
    into a nation of Stoners? Is somehow smoking Pot not smoking?
    We can't really be this stupid.
    Feb 5 10:36 AM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Can You Retire On Less Than $1 Million? [View article]
    Anyone relying on an increase in the minimum wage to boost their salary certainly isn't
    on the right track. I don't believe I ever earned the minimum wage in my entire lifetime.
    Even when I washed cars at a local car dealer after class while in High School I did my
    best and earned a fair wage.
    No union man earns the minimum wage, and if your performance doesn't warrant more
    then the minimum you had better develop more skills.
    He'll you could junk cars and make more then minimum wage
    Jan 30 12:17 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Can You Retire On Less Than $1 Million? [View article]
    How nice that you have enjoyed your life. I agree entirely with your position. In America a man can accomplish anything he puts his mind to. It's not easy and there may be many setbacks, but if you are determined and have a positive mental attitude you will accomplish your goals.
    It is also important that you leave something to your heirs to represent your life's work. There were many days that I questioned what on earth was going on with many of the jobs I have had in my career. In the end, even the worst jobs added to my determination to become financially independent.
    Jan 19 06:47 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Can You Retire On Less Than $1 Million? [View article]
    I believe each generation has a responsibility to those that follow. Many years ago when my Dad was telling me that he put a roof over my head I realized that my debt was not to him (since he had far more then I did) but to my children and grandchildren. My Dad worked far harder then I had to, and it was my job to insure that my children had an easier life then I did.
    I have had a wonderful life, accomplished everything I could ever have wanted and now have the responsibility to leave as nice a life as possible for my heirs.
    Jan 19 03:52 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Can You Retire On Less Than $1 Million? [View article]
    With the cost of living today $70,000 is certainly a realistic budget to strive for. Even with no debt you still have property taxes, insurance, home maintenance and repair, homeowner dues, and countless other expenses that come up.
    In some states property taxes range from $7,000 - $25,000 per year. My Dad lived in N.J. and paid $7,000 a year property taxes on our family home that cost him $12,000 to buy new.
    A couple could probably live ok on $50,000 a year, but $70,000 is more realistic going forward.
    Jan 19 03:40 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Can You Retire On Less Than $1 Million? [View article]
    Certainly in 2 years I have had one call that was executed. I have placed between 50 to 80. I have never had a Put executed and I have probably done 25-35 of those. The Call that was executed was my error, I could have easily sold to close the position but I lost track of the X-Dividend date and my shares sold. I bought them back within a few days, but I did have a long term gain.
    When you have a nice portfolio and experience with your companies you have a sense of their movement with regard to market position and X-Dividend dates. Since you get to choose the Call Price and know your cost price you can't help but make money.
    Not all your stocks are going to be good call candidates, but stocks that have a .50 - 1.00 daily float usually pay between $600 to $1000 per 10 options. If you put 4 or 5 of these out you can usually add another 100 shares of your favorite stock to your portfolio.
    Puts are a little harder since you need to keep cash reserves to cover your positions. I always have positions I want to add to so I don't hesitate selling a Put at a price I would be happy to pay on a favorite stock.
    I only recommend selling Covered Calls, and Puts with cash reserves on hand. If you do this, you should enjoy watching them expire as I do.
    Jan 19 03:31 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Can You Retire On Less Than $1 Million? [View article]
    Good for you! I know my parents had it a lot rougher then I did, so I did whatever I had to do to provide for my family. I never felt sorry for myself I wasn't raised that way. I made $100 a week when I was first married, saved and bought a house. My first house cost 30K and the bank made sure I could pay them before I got the loan. It seems a lot of young men today expect to make 6 figures right out of college or they are going to have a good cry. The men before us that built America must be stunned.
    Jan 19 01:07 AM | 7 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Can You Retire On Less Than $1 Million? [View article]
    Some people have commented on what you do once you are retired. I spend time monitoring my investments, I usually spend an hour a day in my library on the computer with my brokers. I use covered calls to add to my various positions. In a recent discussion with a few fellows in their 30's I was surprised how so many people in that age group feel sorry for themselves. One fellow told me how difficult it is with the new Global Economy, and the modern computer era. When I first started out I bought scrap metal and battery's with my truck and sold them to a scrap dealer to earn a living. I never gave the hard work a second thought, I was glad to be able to earn money. Today I do it from my library, I guess using a computer is really hard work for some.
    Jan 18 03:37 PM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment