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  • After 7 Years Investors Have Doubled Their Money With This 9% Income Security  [View article]
    Hi Tim
    I have known about this business for years, but always held off because of it's size and the fact that the preferred is callable and over par. Now that it has your endorsement, I feel rather 'thirsty' . Thank you for your response and the information provided on your own website (which can be accessed from the link near your bio above).
    Feb 11, 2016. 04:31 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • After 7 Years Investors Have Doubled Their Money With This 9% Income Security  [View article]
    I have been unable to access their website, which I know at one time was functioning.
    Feb 11, 2016. 11:45 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • El-Erian: Too early to rule out March rate hike  [View news story]
    The Fed does what Obama wants, notwithstanding the fact they are "supposed" to be separated by a firewall. Obama said on Friday all is just ducky, and the quacks follow his delusions. My opinion.
    Feb 7, 2016. 07:40 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • El-Erian: Too early to rule out March rate hike  [View news story]
    The Protagonist : He stepped down to step up, sir. He is the chief economic adviser at Allianz. Whether you believe his analysis or not is another matter.
    Feb 7, 2016. 07:37 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • VEREIT: An Update On Cole Capital  [View article]
    I have owned both VER ( pfd shares ) and WPC ( common shares ) . WPC has had years of success in both their publicly traded reit and their non-traded Reits. The one thing I could never reconcile is that if a property comes to market that WPC is interested in purchasing, WHO does it go to, the public or one of their non-traded Reit, as it appears to me to be an inherent conflict of interest. However, WPC earns income from their non-traded Reits, so either way, notwithstanding my reservations, as a shareholder I am OK. Insofar as Cole and Vereit, I believe that when Cole becomes a decent income earner a decision will be made about keeping it in house or selling it off. Personally, in Cole's case, I think a sale would be best, to clear the air of any conflict.
    Jan 30, 2016. 07:00 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • A Preferred Stock ETF That Is Getting Interesting  [View article]
    I appreciate the article, but suggest that it should be made clear that each quarterly dividend will be different, based on the payouts made by the holdings in the ETF during the time period the ETF dividend is covering.
    Jan 26, 2016. 04:26 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Altria's Return On Equity Is Increasing For The Wrong Reasons  [View article]
    The primary reeason I would be interested in MO is their expansion into SAB/Miller- AmBev: I think that takes a pressure off the tobacco ( bulk of their business). I don;'t know the statistics, and I personally am not a smoker or promote smoking, but people will do what they wish to do, and "someone" will own the shares. I see people purchasing cigarettes daily when I go for my coffee breaks, young and old folks. I think in tough times, tobacco products are an outlet for their frustrations, and always have been, and I really think these are tough times overall, but of course it depends where one lives and their lifestyle. ( I am currently long VGR and one reason is their real estate sideline ).
    Jan 19, 2016. 10:50 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • RioCan REIT: Buy Now, Hold Forever  [View article]
    Perhaps I missed this point in the article, but going forward, it appears most of their projects will be "mixed-use", therefore not depending on just the retail aspect of the business. One, two, or three floors of retail with office and/or residential floors going upwards is a smart way to proceed. Thanks for the article.
    Jan 18, 2016. 07:35 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Altria's Return On Equity Is Increasing For The Wrong Reasons  [View article]
    I just happened across this article, but why does the author compare Altria and T. Rrowe Price. That make no sense to me, other than the fact he used the money from the sale of one to buy the other. One could make this type of comparison every time he/she sells a holding.
    Jan 18, 2016. 02:41 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Ann's Simpler Income Investing Strategy  [View article]
    Not being critical, but why, as a Canadian, is your portfolio all U>S> based companies ?
    or is that just for the purposes of writing articles on S>A>. There are very good companies in Canada where no currency exchange would be required.
    Jan 17, 2016. 09:28 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • 8% Current Income And Stable Principal From A Portfolio Of Closed-End Funds  [View article]
    Left Banker
    The name is "Eaton Vance Tax-Equivalent Yield Calculator" which one can bring up by keying that term into a search engine. It was top of the list when I did so.
    Jan 17, 2016. 03:18 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • 8% Current Income And Stable Principal From A Portfolio Of Closed-End Funds  [View article]
    Balance Sheet guru and Tovj
    The symbols you presented are for BDC's, business development companies, not CEF's, Closed End Funds, but each sector are essentially "holding companies", meaning they invest in other businesses as their portfolio, either fully or partially.
    Jan 17, 2016. 03:10 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Is Williams Partners Oversold?  [View article]
    The problem with spelling, punctuation, grammar, etc, that is, anything to do with the use of the English Language, is probably due to the fact that since computers were born, people use them and do not write by hand very much. It makes a difference. I have seen numerous articles and comments with "lose" spelled as "loose"; but, since we all know what the word means in the context it's used, what difference does it make? Investing is the game here, so lets play it. As a senior citizen, yes, misspelled words click in my brain, but I try to just pass on them and concentrate on what the person is conveying. I am sure this comment has a few errors, but everyone gets the point of it, and THAT is the point.
    Jan 17, 2016. 03:02 PM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Houston, We Have A Supply Problem  [View article]
    Obviously you did not own Lehman Bros. Far worse than losing almost all your investment in an " investment " rated stock. Far worse than Delphi retirees being reamed , illegally. The Government has been picking and choosing who wins and who loses for years, and it has not been done based on the law. Nothing further to say.
    Jan 17, 2016. 02:45 PM | 24 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • CEF Fund Of Funds: Should You Hold Your Nose And Buy One?  [View article]
    My 2 cents says FOF is too aggressive and that is why the share price has deteriorated. If they
    included a lot more preferred CEF's,more Municipal bond CEF's and more Real Estate CEF's, they would be in much better shape.They are way overbalanced towards appreciation via the equity and option. CEF's in their holdings. Better safe than sorry. ( From just a cursory glance at the chart in the article ).
    Jan 16, 2016. 04:46 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment