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  • The Future Of J.M. Smucker Company [View article]
    I'm a Smucker Sucker and will remain one.
    Jul 3 09:50 AM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Federal Required Minimum Distribution Schedule As A Retirement Savings Withdrawal Strategy [View article]
    Well, I was trying hard to make it to 120, but it looks like I'll go broke before then so what's the point?
    Jun 30 06:49 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Owens & Minor - Finally Some Action Following The Acquisition Of Medical Actions Industries [View article]
    You have a good point. Sometimes the proper action on an investment is to do nothing. Often that is the hardest one to do.
    Jun 30 06:46 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Is Occidental Petroleum A Buy For Long-Term Investors? [View article]
    I've owned OXY for years and been very happy with it. I got turned on to it by noticing that it is widely held in some of your big money trust fund (think Rockefeller, Carnegie, ect), and has been for decades. I was told if you want to be rich, then do what they do.
    Jun 30 06:42 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • How To Outlive Your Money: A Lesson From Canada [View article]
    One of the best pieces of advice I ever received was : "Never forget, the government is not your friend. So plan your life accordingly".
    Jun 16 03:23 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Do You Know The Best Investment For Income Growth? [View article]
    You have some pretty good points my friend. The stocks I tend to trust the most are the ones that made it through this Great Recession and kept on raising their dividends. Like JNJ, GPC, KO, MKC and others. They proved under fire they could survive and even thrive. Looks like to me you are right on too.
    Jun 14 11:10 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • First Community Bancshares: To Wait Or Not To Wait [View article]
    Great article! Very in-depth and well-though out. There is a group in St. Louis called Kennedy Capital Management that holds this stock too. They are a pretty savvy bunch and they brought my attention to it. I have even traded it a few times. I agree that it is worth holding and I am doing so. Thanks again for such a well-written article.
    Jun 12 09:42 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Unplanned Early Retirement, Part 7 - USA Industrials (Continued) [View article]
    It has been my advice to people I know, family & friends, to get financially educated (not taught in schools). Next is to strive as best you can to become financially independent. I got the axe some years back at the age of 43. It was a complete shock. I was lucky that I was back to work and making the same income 9 weeks later. I save the remainder of my severance package and invested it. I educated myself financially, invested as wisely as I knew how. I was driven to not let this happen to me again. I was successful and retired early. I have been where you are and it's not fun. I wish all of you luck in this tough new world.
    Jun 11 10:56 AM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Genuine Parts Company: A Consistent Dividend King [View article]
    They are in every little rural town in the southeast. What a footprint! With a stock like this it is foolish to fool with bonds I think.
    May 29 12:01 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Looming Public Pension Crisis Is Bigger Than It Appears [View article]
    More than likely the taxpayer.
    May 28 10:08 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • What Does EIA Monterey Shale Downgrade Mean To The Energy Industry? [View article]
    As far as "green energy" goes, hope and positive thinking will not generate electricity. They have a long ways to go to prove themselves a serious contender with oil, nuclear & coal. Without big tax breaks they are toast. Twenty years from now as the technology becomes stronger and cheaper they may very well get a shot at the title.

    Meanwhile I will continue to hold OXY as I have for years now and smile all the way to the bank.
    May 27 08:00 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Is Devon A Better Investment Than ConocoPhillips And Occidental Petroleum? [View article]
    OXY has been very good to me over the years. I have no complaints with them. I do think they are very smart to move out of California.
    May 26 11:07 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Genuine Parts: Increasing Dividends For 58 Consecutive Years [View article]
    NAPA stores have a huge footprint. Every little town in rural America has one it seems. I had no trouble getting obscure parts for my antique tractor and they have top-quality parts. They have a great moat in rural America because you see little in the way of competition there.
    May 25 09:20 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Genuine Parts: Increasing Dividends For 58 Consecutive Years [View article]
    One of my favorite holdings. Why fool with bonds when you can have steady, safe income like this?

    Long: GPC
    May 23 11:25 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • McDonald's Or Coca-Cola: Which Is The Tastier Investment? [View article]
    I never found the food at McDonald's particularly appealing, but I do like a Diet Coke now and again.

    Long KO
    May 9 08:50 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment