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  • Don't Ditch McDonald's Just Yet [View article]
    MCD's share price has gone nowhere for MUCH longer than 16 months. in fact, MCD reached the current price level in Dec. 2011--that's 41 months.
    May 6, 2015. 03:46 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Project $3 Million - Portfolio Management, New Purchase [View article]
    chowder--is it possible that there's a middle ground between buying a utility like SO for one's first investment and FB? Do you believe that a young person would be wrong in targeting a stock like MA or ROST as a first purchase if they were on sale at the time? I know you bought these two stocks much later on in the life of Project $3 Million, but what if you had made them some of your initial purchases? do you believe that would've been a mistake?
    May 6, 2015. 03:26 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Forget The Shopping List: Buy What's On Sale (Part 1) [View article]

    do you mind sharing what some of your more fairly valued positions are currently?
    May 5, 2015. 08:23 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Recent Buy: W.P. Carey [View article]
    no worries, mike.

    it's possible that both sectors are likely to be as affected by the anticipation of rates rising as much as the actual event happening. thus, the bulk of the price correction could be happening as we speak. guess one never knows, right?!

    I'm satisfied with my small REIT allocation (though I may top off a couple with another 5% pullback), but since my utilities are severely underweighted, I'm hoping to add to my SCG and perhaps open a new D or AVA position.
    May 5, 2015. 02:54 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • McDonald's unveils turnaround plan [View news story]
    I don't think there's much downside to the business, but I could definitely see more downside to the stock price…it's not all that undervalued here. I think the stock price has been bid up in anticipation of speculative news such as yesterday's announcement and REIT chatter. I had set a $99 limit order to sell off a portion recently, but it didn't trigger. still holding, lol.
    May 5, 2015. 02:12 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Recent Buy: W.P. Carey [View article]
    Mike--do you feel the same about adding $ to your utes here?
    May 5, 2015. 01:53 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • McDonald's unveils turnaround plan [View news story]
    ditto, Larry. you selling yet?
    May 5, 2015. 12:49 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • REITs sold as rates hit 2015 high [View news story]
    still need another 5% correction, but getting there...
    May 5, 2015. 12:37 PM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Project $3 Million - Portfolio Management, New Purchase [View article]

    I was thrilled at GILD's performance during that time period actually. you'll remember that 2007-2009 was the financial crisis and the S&P lost 56% peak to trough. so "going nowhere" compared to 99% of other stocks was actually a huge win in my book. my tip to you is not to focus on GILD's short term price performance too much or you'll get an itchy trigger finger! my biggest stock "wins" are stocks I've simply held for decades.

    great job with DIS--I only bought this past Oct at $81, but i'm not terribly interested in chasing at these elevated prices. no worries, I'll find some other undervalued stock to buy.
    May 5, 2015. 12:23 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Project $3 Million - Portfolio Management, New Purchase [View article]
    I'm currently waiting for another opportunity, but I have a feeling I'll get that money to work within a couple of months.

    I'd really been hoping for another 5% ute pullback which hasn't quite transpired yet, but also considering everything from BDX, VFC, TJX, SYK, HSY, BIIB/CELG, LOW, CSCO. Those would all be new positions for me, but nothing feels undervalued enough at this point in time. I'd also like to add to my CSX, DIS, JNJ, ESRX positions too. I'd prefer to replace some of MCD's lost income, but I'm not beholden to that if another stock presents a good value. I've owned GILD since 2007 and its the 2nd largest position in my portfolio so I'm getting a nice surprise boost in income from that.
    May 4, 2015. 01:30 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Project $3 Million - Portfolio Management, New Purchase [View article]

    To your point about XOM's price not taking off on you, that's pretty much my logic for trimming MCD. I could be wrong, but I don't see MCD's turnaround happening over night or the share price leaping to the moon. So I'm happy to buy back stock when it either becomes more undervalued or there's evidence of the company finding its footing. Of course I'm younger, and don't mind the income hit.
    May 4, 2015. 12:58 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Don't Buy Hershey Near Its 52-Week High [View article]
    do you consider HSY to be a good buy now?
    May 3, 2015. 06:59 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • My First Quarter 2015 Portfolio Review [View article]
    bob--not sure if you saw my comment above or not yet, re. the incorrect chart info?

    I also wanted to add that it might be interesting to designate which of your current holdings are on the bench, i.e. WM, etc. Just a thought so the rest of us can follow along with our own holdings, to see which ones get put back into the main lineup or get kicked off the team.
    May 3, 2015. 06:27 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • No Need To Freak Out About Chevron's 'Frozen' Dividend [View article]
    Eric/Scott: I became interested in DGI around May 2012, so I spent the better part of 2012-mid 2014 converting mutual funds and investing cash I had on hand.

    Having lots of investable money on hand was both a blessing (snapped up some good values) and also served as a much-needed lesson--I acquired a few stocks for yield's sake, etc.

    I think having a trigger happy buy finger is a rite of passage for any new investor because it takes a lot of trial and error to learn which stocks are right for your personal goals. I bought NLY in 2012, but I also bought WFC and NSC at the time…none of which I knew very much about when I purchased. It turns out reaching for yield doesn't work for me, but I do feel very comfortable buying blue chip/old school technology stocks.

    Now that my portfolio is mostly filled out and I don't have as much cash to invest, it has forced me to be much more disciplined about my buys. Besides my usual div reinvestment, I've only made 2 purchases this year, both in ABBV. I have been much more focused on tightening up my portfolio, winnowing my 80 positions down to 70, and eventually down to 60 positions. Now I just need to be careful that I don't sell the wrong stocks!
    May 2, 2015. 03:36 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • My First Quarter 2015 Portfolio Review [View article]

    Nice to see the addition of the asterisk to denote full/less than full positions. I appreciate all the little tweaks you do each quarter.

    However, are your charts still pulling old information for 1 year returns? I know this was an issue for your previous articles as well. I don't quite understand how MCD has a 1 year return of 22.56 and RCI has a 1 year return of 27.26.

    Also, it might be interesting to refine your "bench" process more. For example, holding onto DLR proved quite fortuitous for you. But could you have sold SDRL or MAT slightly sooner into the bench process to avoid suffering additional losses? Of course, hindsight is 20/20, but it might be interesting to analyze further.

    Again, thanks so much for being generous enough to share your portfolio.
    May 2, 2015. 12:00 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment