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  • BP less likely to be acquired after spill settlement, CEO Dudley says [View news story]
    If you are looking for a small refinery play check out CVRR. They pay out most of their earnings in a quarterly dividend. Roughly 15%. Should pay close to a buck next month and trading around $20.00. Not a recommendation to buy. Just thought some might not know of this one and might want to check it out. Do your own DD.
    Jul 28, 2015. 02:23 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • BP less likely to be acquired after spill settlement, CEO Dudley says [View news story]
    All I really want to know is how safe the dividend is? If they cut it, lookout below. Will be a screaming buy then. For now it is a strong buy IMHO.
    Jul 28, 2015. 02:21 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple Watch Volumes Are Much Better Than Slice Figures Suggest [View article]
    I totally concur. The battery is not an issue. I often go 2 full days until I need to charge it. Often I have 50% or 70% left after a light day. If so I don't charge it and have only had it go dead on me once. I use it primarily for business email notification, the exercise app daily and the odd phone call here and there. Those stating there is a battery issue are out to lunch and have no real world experience with the watch. Just read a typical negative report against APPL. Hey when you are the greatest company in the world, people are going to gun for you all the time. Long AAPL I plan to sell when we to to NEVER!
    Jul 13, 2015. 03:28 PM | 10 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • CVR Refining Is Firing On All Cylinders [View article]
    I bought more today. Trying to bring down my cost average with options. Which is hard to do as they are thinly traded. Love the payout on this one! Even if it is all over the map. I think that helps provides limited downside.
    Jun 4, 2015. 04:42 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple Watch Is Making Luxury Watchmakers Uncomfortable [View article]
    Well I have a drawer full of luxury watches that are staying there since my $AAPL watch arrived. I love a few features that to me are amazing. I only get notifications for work emails based on that one particular email account I have it set up with and also PM's from Facebook which my wife and I use to communicate with each other. The other feature I love is for walking and running. I no longer have to count laps at the indoor gym to know what I've done. It sets goals for me automatically as well. The GPS feature works really well too. Getting the haptic touch when you need to turn is very slick.

    To think this is but the first iteration of this device. I can't even imagine what a version 6 will be able to do for me. For now my watch drawer will stay closed. I do need to wind a few of then from time to time. (pardon the pun) but at this point I see no need to ever wear them again.

    Let me know when $AAPL watch 2.0 comes out so I can be at the top of the pre-order list. I should also disclose $AAPL is my largest holding. The dividends I receive pay for all my annual AAPl purchases several times over.
    Jun 1, 2015. 04:43 PM | 16 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Carl Icahn Is Wrong, Apple Is Not Worth $240 Today [View article]
    I'm working on my second. I heard its easier that way....
    May 19, 2015. 01:33 PM | 9 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Buy Twitter Before Periscope, Video Really Take Off [View article]
    Time is the most valuable asset we have and we never know when it will end....
    May 4, 2015. 05:27 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Buy Twitter Before Periscope, Video Really Take Off [View article]
    When I take a position in a stock, I hope and pray it goes down further. I always buy in 3 or 4 tranches, I like it at $40.00 why would I not like it more @ $35.00? Or love it @ $30.00? I am not a day trader, I am thinking 10+ years into the future.
    May 4, 2015. 01:37 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Buy Twitter Before Periscope, Video Really Take Off [View article]
    Agreed. $35.00 could be a significant line in the sand. I sold puts there and at $34 for June. Also sold some June $45 calls to help reduce basis. I like the stock as a long term bet on Social media. Don't know if it will pay of but its worth a flyer.
    May 4, 2015. 01:33 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Buy Twitter Before Periscope, Video Really Take Off [View article]
    I took a small position on this most recent dip. Didn't get in at nearly the bottom. Using options to reduce my basis and get back to even. I am thinking this will be a long term hold in the chance that they really figure it out and go on to do great things. Nice article, although I didn't dive as deep into this as you did. I like the service, use it all the time and think it has a great future. I am prepared to be 100% wrong. This is in my risky biz side of my account and a very small position.
    May 4, 2015. 10:01 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Why Apple's Dividend Increase Is A Disappointment [View article]
    If you bought $AAPL for the dividend, you clearly don't know what you are doing. The dividend is like a mini bonus on this terrific company. Sell now and go buy $PG or some other non growing dividend player. I will hold my $AAPL thank-you very much and who knows maybe one day it will become a true dividend play with low growth. I will gladly take the 11% increase. If they can sustain this rate, the dividend will double by 2020 which is fine with me....
    Apr 28, 2015. 11:41 AM | 11 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Replace The 4% Retirement Rule With These 4% Dividend Stocks [View article]
    Agreed, the greatest asset you have when you are young is time when it comes to investing. As you get older you are forced to try and increase your returns to make up for lost time. This usually doesn't end well...
    Apr 23, 2015. 01:37 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Replace The 4% Retirement Rule With These 4% Dividend Stocks [View article]
    While yes this is an acceptable approach, I prefer to add the extra juice I get from options. I tend to to sell the calls just before the earnings date. Earnings are a known event with unknown outcomes. Sometimes earnings are good, sometimes they are not. This unknown outcome causes an increase in implied volatility in options and causes the premiums to go up. Think of it as trying to buy hurricane insurance the day before a hurricane is foretasted. The insurance premiums go through the roof. (pardon the pun) One can sell calls 4 times a year only holding them for a short period of time and add an additional 4% quite easily. Can your stock be called away? You bet it can and it does from time to time. In my experience about 10%-15% of the time. What did I gain or lose? Well if I get called away it is usually at a higher price than I paid for the stock as I usually only sell calls on stocks that I have a reduced basis on. Plus I am up the premium collected on the option sold. Usually not just for that option but for several previous earnings as well. Can you get back in, yes, but that is up to you. If you liked XYZ at $100 do you still like it at say $110? Up to you. I always have a certain percentage of cash on hand and a shopping list in hand. The shopping list is directly related to puts that I sell on stocks I want to own at a price I determine in advance. EG. I would love to own more AAPL @ $120.00 I sell a put for next January on AAPL at the $120 strike and collect around $7.50 that by the way is about 9% annualized return on a stock I don't even have to own. My worst case scenario is AAPL goes sub $100 and I am obligated to buy it at $120 come January. Could it happen? Sure, I however think it is highly unlikely. If it drops just under $120 I get to own it for $113.00 because I deduct the premium I collected up front when I sold the put.

    For me the way I use options it is win win win. The biggest key to this is knowing the value of the stocks you own. I am not interested in stocks with pie in the sky P/E's that maybe one day some day will grow into them. I am interested in strong dividend growers that make cash hand over fist on a regular basis.

    Stock goes up, I win.
    Stock goes down, I win.
    Stock goes sideways, I win

    Look this is not for everyone, but some of the comments I've read here trying to scare people into thinking options are evil and you can't win are at the very least misinformed and some are just down right disingenuous. With a little research and some hard work anyone can do this. Good luck to all!
    Apr 23, 2015. 01:35 PM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Replace The 4% Retirement Rule With These 4% Dividend Stocks [View article]
    One can easily make it 6% if you add in a few option strategies such as selling covered calls and selling naked or even cash covered puts to reduce basis. Of course this requires a little work and a bit of knowledge to do so. Something sorely missing from most investors. You can even make it 8% if you are willing to do your homework!
    Apr 22, 2015. 05:24 PM | 20 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Buy Potash Corp. As Long-Term Fundamentals Are In Place [View article]
    Important to keep in mind is that K+S Potash is currently building the largest mine in the world in southern Saskatchewan. This will lead to perhaps an oversupply near to mid term and could affect pricing.
    Feb 18, 2015. 12:24 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment