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  • Reuters’ Robert Campbell thinks Keystone XL (TRP) has become a victim of political posturing and says a rival plan, ETP's Trunkline, is being held to a far lower standard thanks to an incoherent U.S. environmental policy. But if a pipeline isn’t built, crude will move by more carbon intensive methods that also are susceptible to accidents. Indeed, moving oil by road or rail is no longer seen as a stopgap until pipelines are built. [View news story]
    >>Reuters’ Robert Campbell thinks Keystone XL (TRP) has become a victim of political posturing...<<

    Thanks for sharing that, Captain Obvious. Jeez.
    May 25 09:24 AM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Bank lobbyists cut out the middleman, writing legislation softening financial regulations on their own instead of leaving it to lawmakers to draft the paperwork. A bill exempting broad swathes of trades from new regulation - which cruised through the House Financial Services Committee this month - was essentially written by Citigroup (C), according to emails reviewed by the NYT. Is this even news? Fans of The Aviator have seen it before[View news story]
    Anyone who pays attention to how Congress actually works has seen it before, no movie watching necessary.
    May 24 09:32 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • BDC Risk Profiles: Part 2 [View article]
    You're welcome, BDC Buzz. Thank you again for doing this series.
    May 24 05:28 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Overdue student loans reached an all-time high of 11% during Q3 of last year, according to the DOE. The news comes just as the House approved a Republican-led proposal to allow interest rates on student loans to float. Still up for debate is whether or not a two-year extension of the 3.4% rate for subsidized Stafford loans will be legislated. Sector watch: APEI, APOL, CECO, COCO, ESI, STRA, LINC, LOPE, BPI, DV, CPLA, EDMC, NAUH[View news story]
    Perhaps you should take to task the bloated administrative staffs at the colleges which are charging the ridiculous tuition rates (that require the ridiculous amounts of debt) for kids to go to them?

    Always lots of good info and links re: the "Higher Education Bubble" at Instapundit's web site:

    http://bit.ly/10P7pis
    May 23 03:26 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • BDC Risk Profiles: Part 2 [View article]
    Second the request for a look at NGPC and GAIN. Would love to hear your take on them.

    Disclosure: long NGPC, GAIN, HRZN, PSEC, ARCC and PNNT
    May 23 03:06 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Fed trots out St. Louis' Jim Bullard who says it's been awhile since the FOMC discussed an exit from QE, and he doesn't think the group is about to start talking about it anytime soon. In fact, making Mr. Bullard nervous these days is inflation that is too low. S&P 500 futures are well off the lows, now -0.7%[View news story]
    I don't know, but this fellow seems fairly well qualified for the Fed. :-)

    http://binged.it/10O2HS4
    May 23 08:06 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Fed trots out St. Louis' Jim Bullard who says it's been awhile since the FOMC discussed an exit from QE, and he doesn't think the group is about to start talking about it anytime soon. In fact, making Mr. Bullard nervous these days is inflation that is too low. S&P 500 futures are well off the lows, now -0.7%[View news story]
    Couldn't parrots be trained to make the same statements that regularly come out of the mouths of Fed folks? Would be much more entertaining to listen to and no more repetitious. The parrots could even work in some pirate slang from time to time to add a little levity.
    May 23 07:46 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Slow down there Tesla Motors (TSLA). A blog post from Chrysler (FIATY.PK) says the EV automaker is "unmistakably incorrect" in its statement on being the only U.S. automaker to have fully repaid its government loans, noting Chrysler paid off U.S. and Canadian government loans ahead of schedule. On Tesla, Chrysler asks if it's a short memory or a short-circuit that led to the disputed claim? [View news story]
    Nope. The Tesla folks apparently aren't very up to date on American car companies. You'd think that they would be since they are the competition, but apparently not.
    May 23 07:43 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • 6 Reasons Why You Should Consider Royal Dutch Shell With A 5.5% Yield [View article]
    IIRC, all British companies other than REITs, fall under this agreement, too. Here's a list published by David Hunkar on SA awhile back. Most of it is probably still accurate, but it's over 2 years old so check and make sure any specific country still has the same rate as listed here before investing in companies domiciled there.

    http://seekingalpha.co...
    May 23 06:45 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • AbbVie Reaches New Highs Thanks To Humira [View article]
    It tells me that a lot of his patients probably die unless they switch doctors.
    May 22 01:23 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Dangers Of Utility Investing: An Unappreciated Risk Is Growing Bigger Every Day [View article]
    Tons of government subsidies...the industry would almost be non-existent in this country without them. (shrug)
    May 22 01:21 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • BDC Risk Profiles: Part 1 [View article]
    Thanks for this great series of articles, Buzz. Much appreciated.
    May 22 09:20 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Retail legal rumblings: An appeals court in California rules that Kohl's (KSS) can be sued over what consumers perceive is false advertising. The court said California consumer law will allow lawsuits in cases where a customer would not have made a purchase except for the false bargain. The ruling could set up an avalanche of similar lawsuits in California against retail chains. [View news story]
    I must give California credit where credit is due. That state is always finding new and creative ways to make it harder for any business to operate there.
    May 22 08:43 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • A Sustainable And Growing 8% Yield Is Driving NorthStar Realty Finance's Outperformance [View article]
    I like this one, too, especially because it has a mix of assets (and working to add more) instead of just being a one thing only "easy" sort of REIT. I took profits in my common shares back around the $8 mark (been regretting that one since), but I'm still long one of the preferreds.

    Thanks for the analysis, Dane.

    Disclosure: long NRFpD
    May 22 07:29 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • After five days of deliberation, the Senate Judiciary Committee puts its final stamp of approval on the immigration reform bill, setting up a debate on the Senate floor for early June. Three Republicans and ten Democrats voted to support the bill, which would create a pathway to citizenship for nearly 11M undocumented immigrants, invest billions in new border security measures and overhaul the legal immigration system. [View news story]
    Cato, that sounds like a much, much smarter strategy than the current House Republican leadership is capable of, but here's hoping.
    May 22 05:46 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
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