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  • Continental Resources: What Oil Price Is Discounted In The Current Stock Price? [View article]

    If the rigs remain in the grass!
    Feb 4, 2015. 09:11 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • GM +3.2% after solid profit read and dividend boost [View news story]
    My largest allocation for a reason! Waiting for the Battery Powered GM vehicle to be mass produced!
    Feb 4, 2015. 08:11 AM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Oil Production Vital Statistics - February 2015 [View article]

    Demand is rising for battery powered vehicles! The BMW electric car Ad ran during the Super Bowl was a home run!
    Feb 4, 2015. 06:37 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • There Are Few Bargains In Tax-Free Income... Here's 3 [View article]

    Yes, running into cash when the acorn falls is wise. Well, maybe in advance of Henny Penny receiving the head shot.

    Investing for tax free income can be less valuable the lower in the tax bracket one is. Remitting about 40% of your taxable earnings to reside in this great country makes a high tax bracket investor seek the haven of both the great country and maximizing the retention of that earned!

    I wonder if the stock market makes new highes when the Fed raises rates, what ever the magnitude of increase? When gasoline goes up I don't park my truck! I do look for the cheapest pump though!
    Feb 3, 2015. 12:53 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Market Vectors High-Yield Municipal Index ETF announces monthly distribution of $0.128 [View news story]
    There are better Tax Free investment choices to HYD's low bond rating?
    Feb 3, 2015. 07:25 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Dreyfus Strategic Municipal Bond Fund declares $0.04 dividend [View news story]
    Another reduction of their divvy and the share price rises?
    Feb 3, 2015. 07:23 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • MDU Resources misses by $0.04, beats on revenue [View news story]
    Weak managment allows overspending on projects. The Board should find managment willing to earn their compensatory package. I feel duped as a stock holder here, hear?
    Feb 3, 2015. 07:22 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • There Are Few Bargains In Tax-Free Income... Here's 3 [View article]

    I too have been migrating increasingly to the Muni CEF space since 2009, more so than the Muni ETF space.

    The Muni CEFs that paid their divvy to my taxable accounts today summed in 5 figures. Many more will be paying throughout the month. The level of my investment commitment is in the math.

    More than 20 Muni CEFs lowered their divvy in Q4 2014 through January 2015. I expect more will lower their divvy's in 2015. Only a few raised their divvy. The trend in January 2015 has share price rising while divvys begin declining on average. This is a sign of strength to me in the Muni Sector. Still the place to be for those in the upper end of the tax bracket!

    As Ms. Mercy said above, remain vigilant!
    Feb 2, 2015. 01:34 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • There Are Few Bargains In Tax-Free Income... Here's 3 [View article]
    LB & Jerbear,

    Further to my concern on the ratings Agencies:


    I recall elevated concerns immediately after the Great Recession beginning in 2009.

    The Trust issue is resurfacing or not?
    Feb 2, 2015. 01:22 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • There Are Few Bargains In Tax-Free Income... Here's 3 [View article]

    Two concerns waking me up, occasionally:

    1) When does the Fed Government cap or in someway restrict the Tax Free Income earned on Municipal Bonds?

    2) Are the Municipal Bond ratings Agencies doing an acceptable job?
    Feb 2, 2015. 08:30 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • U.S. rig count plunges another 90 units in ninth straight weekly loss [View news story]

    Yes, yes, yes, but that requires an Energy Policy. The Dems and Republicans both embrace the Saudi lead Cartel instead. Be careful who you vote for!
    Feb 1, 2015. 06:00 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Risk Versus Reward For High Income, Preferred Stock Funds [View article]
    Mr. Downed,

    I found many of these Preferred buckets worthy of investment over the years in my taxable and tax free/deferred accounts. In my later years I have been forced to overlay an After Tax test on the earnings/growth potential of my investing. The Tax Avoidance of ever increasing federal taxation have me in the Muni Bond Space.

    If I were starting to invest for the first time I would definitely have some of these Preferred CEFs in the portfolio!
    Feb 1, 2015. 05:56 AM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Oil Price Drop Will Have Varying Impacts On Municipals; Local Governments Appear Most At Risk [View article]

    Public Non-Profit Community Colleges have Taxing Districts relying in differing magnitudes on Property Tax as one component of their revenue. The greater tax revenue is from state allocation. Your article points to imminent revenue shortfalls in tax revenue no matter where it is derived. I agree! Trouble coming could be an understatement? The beloved overhead and operational expense rarely are pegged to the periods in time of declining tax revenue. Business acumen is not taught in Higher Ed, instead the real world of capitalism provides the acumen.

    I have found those entities reliant on the Tax Payer have little Business Acumen in cutting expense. The growing socialism in our United States finds it too easy raising tax rates first. Maybe the issuance of new bonds to pay for the previous bonds and precious expense will be offered to the Bond Buyers? Another socialistic death spiral practiced by too many!

    The Oblivious, Rubber Stamping, Governing Boards share greatly in the Socialism.
    Jan 31, 2015. 09:17 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • ISIS attacks oil-rich Kirkuk [View news story]

    WTI heads south again and hopefully finds a bottom in the 30's. If the Currency War pushes the Dollar down then WTI may stabilize? Watching interest rates through our 10 year bond. If it continues declining then I expect WTI searches for bottom. So many moving parts inclusive of the Futures Speculators impacting price.

    The Wildcard is Iran and Russia may be collaborating for some dirty, dirty tricks on Saudi production?
    Jan 31, 2015. 11:30 AM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Proof That Cash Is A Position Too [View article]
    A Texas perspective, in the negative:

    Better buy the Muni Bond Funds while Gasoline finds a bottom? Muni Bond Funds up about 3% in January. Looks like Oil's decline represented more to the DOW than cheaper gasoline? 2015 saw its high in the DOW? If the Dollar is topping then sitting in cash could hurt? Retirement Accounts are devastated, again? Deflation about to attack Real Property Values? Oil & Gas Minerals and Royalties have already lost about 50% of their value. It could be a Buyer's Market in Land and Homes in 2016? Unemployment Claims and Violent Crime will rise into 2016 and impact the Presidential Race! Texas has to consider a State Income Tax to make up declining Sales and Ad Val Tax Revenues? Texas Republican Political leaders continue deficit spending while telling Texans it is not their fault.

    Or, will the FED pull another rabbit out the hat? Democrats should hold the White House if they can continue to buoy the DOW?
    Jan 31, 2015. 06:29 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment