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  • The Silliness Of Tesla's 10kWh Back-Up Battery [View article]
    Scooter
    I agree with you. I grew up in the cold Northern parts of the country. A power outage in the middle of winter could be a very serious problem. Besides no heat your pipes can freeze and the damage can be severe not just uncomfortable.

    The Tesla battery would never last in many of the power outages I experienced. Only a gas powered generator will save your life and your property.
    May 5, 2015. 09:00 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Silliness Of Tesla's 10kWh Back-Up Battery [View article]
    I don't know about your part of the country but where I live electricity is sold at a flat rate.

    We pay the same rate all day long. There is no peak hour rate and off hour rate in my major metropolitan area so your plan of saving money daily just won't work here or in the other metro areas I have live.
    May 3, 2015. 09:47 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Silliness Of Tesla's 10kWh Back-Up Battery [View article]
    PVGO
    So how may views is the new standard for whether a product is good or not? It is hype not fact. Drink some more KoolAid.

    GE and GM are not investing because they know it is not a viable product.

    All these comments miss one very important point. Every time a battery is cycled (discharged and then recharged) the life of the battery is reduced. That is why your car battery won't last much beyond 5 years. Tesla's battery is no different. At some point it will have to be replace at significant cost. So you save money but once you replace a $8K to $10K battery you are back to break even.

    It is just physics. The technology is just not there yet. People are working on it and someday it will be there. Just not now.
    May 3, 2015. 09:09 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Silliness Of Tesla's 10kWh Back-Up Battery [View article]
    Here ya go.
    http://on.wsj.com/13PGhbV
    May 3, 2015. 04:27 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Silliness Of Tesla's 10kWh Back-Up Battery [View article]
    Thank you for bringing this to everyone's attention. Musk is a media darling so his motives and ideas are seldom questioned.

    The environmental fanatics will praise his battery however the carbon footprint of the battery is greater than the carbon footprint of any generator.

    It doesn't take a degree in electrical engineering to see that a gas powered generator will fill ones needs cheaper and better than any battery pack and be more environmentally friendly.
    May 3, 2015. 09:56 AM | 28 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Lowe's is selling tainted floors, Lumber Liquidators' whistleblower Xuhua Zhou says [View news story]
    Every piece of plastic or synthetic material you buy has out gassing.

    Plastics to modern society are what lead is to the Romans.
    May 1, 2015. 09:40 PM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Preferred ETFs: 5-6% Yields, But What Are The Risks? [View article]
    After 30 plus years of investing, I am absolutely, positively, convinced that no one can predict the future of the stock market or the bond market. Everyone has been predicting inflation and an interest rate increase for years. If you believe that you would be lost.

    There are many article here on Seeking Alpha that discuss the randomness of the market and man's inability to predict the future.

    I would urge you to read Daniel Kahneman's book, "Thinking Fast and Slow". He was awarded the Nobel Prize for his research in investor psychology. Just read Chapter 20 if you want. There is a mountain of research on this subject.

    Here is a link to one of many Seeking Alpha articles on the subject.
    http://seekingalpha.co...

    Invest with what you know today and forget about the future. It is hard, but trying to predict the future is impossible.
    May 1, 2015. 08:07 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Preferred ETFs: 5-6% Yields, But What Are The Risks? [View article]
    I think you are over stating the risk.

    In 2008, which was a height of the financial crisis and financial stocks were being destroyed, The total return in 2008 for SPY was -36.2%. PFF was -26.1%

    In 2009 the total return for SPY was up 26.4% and PFF was up 38.7%.

    PFF dropped less than SPY and then recovered at a faster rate than SPY.

    Long PFF since 2006 and DRIP the whole time. It has more than doubled.
    May 1, 2015. 05:42 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Beating The Market Is Simple, But Not Easy [View article]
    These articles are a must read for all investors. This concept could put a lot of people out of business. Would anyone miss MSNBC?
    Apr 30, 2015. 06:21 AM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • A High Income, Balanced CEF Portfolio With Reasonable Risk [View article]
    scarp,
    I have always agreed with John Dowdee's approach. In this case I would substitute a Real Estate holding for GOF for two reasons. GOF is at a premium and I feel one needs exposure to real estate in any long term portfolio. RYI, and RQI are two real estate CEFs suggestions.

    I own ETW and ETY as well as others in John's portfolio. Keep in mind that ETW has international exposure while ETY is all USA.
    Apr 27, 2015. 06:59 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • A High Income, Balanced CEF Portfolio With Reasonable Risk [View article]
    Left Banker has some good articles on CEFs as well. He has not published recently but we all hope that he returns soon.
    Apr 25, 2015. 10:51 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • A High Income, Balanced CEF Portfolio With Reasonable Risk [View article]
    scarp
    The income from options is not included in UNII.
    A large part of the distribution may be from the option income. For option income funds UNII is generally ignored.

    Douglas Albo has discussed this in some of his articles.
    Apr 25, 2015. 03:44 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • A High Income, Balanced CEF Portfolio With Reasonable Risk [View article]
    Yahoo finance has a history of bad information. I quit using it long ago. Use CEF connect for all CEF information. There are a number of sites for ETFs that are better than Yahoo.
    Apr 25, 2015. 09:38 AM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Equity CEFs: The Insanity Of CEF Investors - Part III [View article]
    Doug,
    I am surprised you didn't mention GRX.

    GRX is selling at a 10.8% discount. The NAV has increased 20% in the past six months and the price has shadowed the NAV for a phenomenal gain. I expect the 4.2% distribution will be raised.

    Thank you for your expert advice.
    Apr 24, 2015. 08:59 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • A High Income, Balanced CEF Portfolio With Reasonable Risk [View article]
    Good article John. Thank you again for your always concise analysis.

    I can't bring myself to buy a CEF at a premium. How do you justify a premium when so many similar CEFs sell at a discount?
    Apr 24, 2015. 03:10 PM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
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