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  • Why Bank Of America's Projected Dividend Increase Is Only The Beginning [View article]
    I wouldn't mind a BAC dividend, but since I'm strictly holding for capital appreciation, I'm def not "banking" (bad pun?) on it.

    do you think C'd divvy increase will occur at the same time as BAC, and by about the same %? I bought a little C at the beginning of the year to add to my BAC holding; I'm thinking that it's gonna break out of its tight trading range sometime this year.
    Feb 25 06:07 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • DGI Novice - Trying To Do It Right [View instapost]

    Many sites also offer free trials, and are very good about canceling before charging your credit card. Morningstar also allows you to use their Portfolio tracker for free (though perhaps it may not be as robust as the Premium Version. I also like their DividendInvestor and StockInvestor newsletters, which you can also request a copy for free before you decide to subscribe.

    In addition to the wonderful resources listed above, some additional sites I go to from time to time include: (great resource during earnings season) (they slice and dice research every which way possible) (more options related, but I do like to glance at their thoughts on the S&P direction everyday--they're right more than they're wrong!) (I like their video recaps--more of their info is for technical gurus/traders, but again, I like hearing their general views on market direction)
    Feb 25 12:37 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Kinder Morgan Faces Yet Another Bear Attack [View article]
    George: You can find the entire post in the link below--which includes the last sentence quoted word for word. My paraphrasing was only to condense the lengthy post.

    Also, I'm not sure how well you follow Morningstar, because they recently lowered the fair value $4 to $94 a unit.
    Feb 24 03:20 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Kinder Morgan Faces Yet Another Bear Attack [View article]
    I thought Morningstar's thoughts on Kinder summed up the situation well. While they didn't find anything new in the most recent Barron's article, they thought it brought up serious issues that any conservative investor should heed. I paraphrased below:

    The overarching theme is that Kinder utilizes an aggressive approach with its financing, accounting, and distribution policies. It has worked well over the years, however you could also argue that Kinder has enjoyed favorable external circumstances in the past few years--including plentiful opportunities for infrastructure investment, low interest rates, rising oil prices, and wide-open capital markets--that we shouldn't necessarily count on in the future.

    The fact that Kinder Morgan is attracting so much negative attention is discouraging, since the company will need constant access to capital markets to pursue its strategy. Kinder Morgan's structural disadvantages will make growth increasingly hard to come by over time, and distribution safety could become a real concern if management execution falters. Relative to our other holdings, Kinder Morgan faces a greater risk of financial distress due to circumstances outside its control, such as a rapid rise in interest rates, a collapse in oil prices, or a freezing up of capital markets. I'm not in a rush, but I'm inclined to sell if a better opportunity presents itself.
    Feb 24 02:46 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • BDC Rankings: February 2014 [View article]
    BDC/Sweeps--thanks for your answers. is PSEC's low score in the profitability measure due to one particular factor (low EPS growth vs dividend coverage, etc.)?

    I'm contemplating adding a new position (in addition to my MAIN and TCAP) but it doesn't seem like there's much of a competition between ARCC and PSEC.
    Feb 24 01:16 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • BDC Rankings: February 2014 [View article]
    thanks Buzz! do you have any idea why it seems so many investors are long PSEC? It seems that when you take away the undervaluation component, it doesn't have much going for it. it's div yield being only slightly higher doesn't seem to make up for the risk involved.

    am I missing something?
    Feb 24 10:57 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Kinder Morgan Energy Partners: Buy The Dip? [View article]
    well--after yet another Barron's article on KMI/KMP/KMR this weekend, any investors who were wanting a dip may just get one next week. I don't think it provided any new info, but simply reinforced known issues.

    however, I am going to put my small KMI position on my sell list. it's no longer a SWAN position for me, there are just too many questions surrounding it, and the income doesn't provide enough upside.
    Feb 22 06:19 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Is It Time To Buy Target? [View article]
    I think that the retail environment has been challenging overall (e-commerce, bad weather), but within that sector, WMT/TGT are each facing their own separate issues. It's hard for WMT to improve on their margins b/c their brand is based on aggressive price discounting, yet they're upping their capital expenditure to open 270-300 small stores this year, they're probably hurt the most by food stamp cuts (or so they say), and due to their size--how much growth are you really going to see? TGT of course has been hit by the botched Canada rollout and the security breach.

    I'm long both TGT and WMT and monitoring, but I don't anticipate an quick turnaround. It'll take time for the positive impact of Walmart's Neighborhood Markets and TGT's Canada stores to show up. Just like it'll take time for behemoths like KO/MCD to turn around as well. I guess it just depends on your time frame as an investor.
    Feb 22 01:31 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • 30 And Under Portfolio: Q4 2013 Update [View article]
    I'm in my early 30s, and have been investing for a few years now. There are actually a few undervalued/fairly dividend payers you might want to consider adding to your watchlist. Among them are: AFL, GE, PEP, BAX. I also have a few positions that pay a dividend but are more growth oriented (MA, SBUX), which I think is impt for youngsters like us. I also like your idea of lowering your minimum investment amount, so you're scaling into more positions.

    You look to be one of the lucky few that hasn't lost his shirt with mREITs! Since you're not in need of income like a retiree might be, I'm not sure that it's a risk worth taking. But perhaps you should at least set up a stop loss or some kind of selling rule, so you minimize any losses you might see. I've seen too many people on SA who hold mREITs and they're down 30% even with all the divvies, but still hold onto the hope they'll bounce back.
    Feb 22 11:54 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Will The Allure Of Dividend Growth Continue? [View article]

    It seems to me that it will take some time for WMT to improve--with the increase in capex, lower margins and trying to stave off the Amazons of the world. I guess I look at my WMT the same way I look at my KO/MCD--they're big ships with not so rosy immediate outlooks that will take time to turn around. but they're also not going to sink either. they're my "bear market" insurance that will probably outperform in tougher economic times rather than right now.

    guess it all depends on your time frame (and cap gains tax if you're not holding your WMT in a retirement acct). good luck to all of us!
    Feb 21 11:39 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Is It Time To Buy Target? [View article]
    a dividend increase is far from the only signal you should look at to judge future prospects of the company. the potentially disturbing signs happened long before this week. for example, if you had been tracking WMT's earnings reports all along, you would have realized that they missed sales projections 6 quarters in a row, posted declining same store sales, lowered guidance for 2014.

    there were a lot of investors who were gobbling up WMT b/c of the 18% divvy increase last year, instead of paying attention to earnings reports.
    Feb 21 08:43 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Will The Allure Of Dividend Growth Continue? [View article]
    scuba--also consider the fact that many retailers and consumer stocks have been struggling as of late. TGT especially, but ROST, BBBY, COST etc just to name a few. So if you think their lackluster sales/revs are due to similar issues, is switching from WMT to TGT a significant upgrade?
    Feb 21 07:31 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Is It Time To Buy Target? [View article]
    mind you, their last dividend increase before that was 18%.
    Feb 21 06:02 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • 2014 Strategies And Stocks, Part 7: Apple Inc. [View article]
    Ray--this is totally off topic, but on the topic of one of your other favorite stocks. what did you think of ESRX's earnings report, and do you plan to write an updated article on the stock anytime soon?
    Feb 20 08:56 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Will The Allure Of Dividend Growth Continue? [View article]
    Out of curiosity, how long did everyone own WMT before they sold it? I wonder if those of us who've held it longer are OK with weathering the storm a bit more? admittedly, WMT's earnings report kinda sucked, but I bought it in 2005 @$49, so I'm ok with sitting tight. It's been through a lot worse!
    Feb 20 07:59 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment