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  • Memorial Production Partners - Time To Take Advantage Of The Recent Secondary? [View article]
    MEMP has proven to be best-in-class, from management to assets to hedges. I've been an investor in this one since the beginning. Every time they make an offering, even dilutive, the stock drops 5-8% and then comes back within a few days or weeks. This one's a no-brainer and I added a nice chunk this morning.
    Apr 9, 2015. 01:23 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Memorial Production Partners - Time To Take Advantage Of The Recent Secondary? [View article]
    MEMP's hedges are the best in the industry in both quantity and quality. They're held by the same institutions that hold MEMP's debt. Even if those institutions can't maintain the hedges, MEMP has the right to take an equal amount in debt reduction.
    Apr 9, 2015. 01:19 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • How To Create A Portfolio Today With Dividend Yield Of 4.5% And Dividend Growth Of 4.75% [View article]
    Excellent article, great suggestions. I agree that sorting on credit ratings adds value and credibility. My only change would be MEMP over VNR. It's a close call - both are rated B+, they're basically the same size, and the analysts favor MEMP 2.2 to 2.5. MEMP pays a 12.6% distribution vs. VNR's 9.8%. MEMP's trading at a 15 PE vs. VNR's 26. More importantly, MEMP has proven over the last four months that it is the only upstream MLP that is hedged enough to withstand current and projected oil and gas prices. Since bottoming out in mid-December MEMP is up 44% and VNR only 7%.
    Apr 8, 2015. 06:45 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • The Ultimate High-Yield Bond Portfolio [View article]
    That is the big question, and the article is incomplete without addressing it.
    Mar 30, 2015. 12:54 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The 5 Highest Yielding Dividend Aristocrats [View article]
    I will just keep buying MEMP with its 12% distributions, massively-hedged gas, and ongoing recognition as the top upstream MLP. XOM and COP are my anchors, but MEMP is the sail.
    Mar 9, 2015. 07:19 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • 10 Mighty Monthly Pay Dividend Dogs Grab 14.5% To 100.8% Upsides To End February [View article]
    Absolutely. There's a very real opportunity here to double your money in 12-18 months. You just have to be willing to let it sit for awhile. Good dividend payers will pay you to sit, so then the trick is to find a stock that is down 50-75% AND pays a decent dividend or distribution AND doesn't have too much debt to survive these oil and gas prices. So far the only one I've found that meets those criteria is MEMP, although if you expand into services and can wait 2-3 years, the potential for RIG is outstanding.
    Mar 7, 2015. 11:47 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • HYMB Has 12.62% YTD Return And 4.67% Tax Free Yield, But What Are The Risks? [View article]
    In case any of you missed it, yesterday was just a preview of what happens to bond funds when interest rates rise - or when the thought even enters people's head. HYMB down 0.78%, NQM down 0.97%. This all a result of the new employment numbers coming in way higher than expected. HOWEVER, it should be noted that these numbers tanked the entire market, edge to edge, including things like gold and the miners. Bottom line, I guess, is that high employment increases the likelihood that the fed will raise rates this summer, and that means anything that earns interest (or dividends or distributions) is less appealing when the base line is increased. We'll see what happens in the next few days - whether we rebound off yesterday's sell-off, or if it's the beginning of some sort of correction.
    Mar 7, 2015. 11:41 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Equity outflows may be sign of a toppy market [View news story]
    There is now a strong consensus that Fed raises rates mid-year. Quarter point? Half point? It'll just be a blip, but psychologically there has to be some reaction to the first raise in years. This country's debt is NOT sustainable and so many of us are sitting around wondering when the chickens come home to roost.

    How many of us are sitting on 20-30% gains from the last few years? And we all know that we're going to have to lock in those gains soon and are more than ready to do it given half a reason. Half a point is half a reason.

    How many of us know or at least suspect that this aging bull market is past its expiration date? If it's only 20% of us, what happens when that 20% bail on the first threat of inflation? I know that I sit here every day with my finger poised over the sell button, and I'm guessing there are millions more doing the same.
    Mar 5, 2015. 12:30 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • 10 Mighty Monthly Pay Dividend Dogs Grab 14.5% To 100.8% Upsides To End February [View article]
    Careful of those energy MLPs. Almost all listed above will make substantial cuts in distributions this year and/or next - some to zero (see recent SA article re JP Morgan's assessment). Check each one out and read what you can find. The only upstream MLP that seems sustainable at current prices is MEMP, but that's not a monthly payer.
    Mar 4, 2015. 12:40 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • McDonald's Has Lost Its Way, Will We Ever Love It Again? [View article]
    It's McDonald's. McDONALD'S! One of the largest and most successful stories in American corporate history. No one is going to replace food with something digital, as happened to Kodak. Food is here to stay and McDonald's will prove again that they're a relatively fast adapter. This is like when everyone decides Apple is over and the stock goes down 20% - you just buy it!
    Feb 18, 2015. 11:07 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • A Diversified, High-Income Bond Portfolio For 2015 [View article]
    This is a well-researched article with a lot of useful information. As usual, whenever I read anything about bond funds, I wonder why more isn't written about NQM (Nuveen Investment Quality Municipal Fund). I've been in this for years and it meets and exceeds many of the criteria of the funds recommended above. Year in and year out, through bull and bear markets, NQM generates about 6.5% TAX FREE income. I don't have the financial sophistication to argue more specifics about this fund, so I will be very interested in any comments that relate NQM to the funds listed above.
    Jan 25, 2015. 07:22 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Why I'm Not Adding To The PIMCO Dynamic Income Fund [View article]
    I'm REALLY late to the party, but I'll give you an alternative: NQM. 6.4% tax-free income, very stable, trading well within its 10-year range (excluding 2008, of course). I am long NQM - it's one of my largest holdings.
    Dec 29, 2014. 06:45 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • BreitBurn Energy Partners: Is The 30% Yield Sustainable? [View article]
    I'm wondering when we start forecasting $50 oil and $3 gas. Those numbers are certainly closer to today's closing prices than the $60 and $3.50 (or higher) used in this and many other analyses.
    Dec 29, 2014. 04:20 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Update: Memorial Production Partners' $150M Buyback Is A Huge Positive [View article]
    I wish you all knew the guys at MEMP as well as I do. No way John Weinzierl makes a public statement about something this important unless he KNOWS it's safe. It would be hard to exaggerate how careful and prudent these guys are, from their NGP backers on down. I have been in MEMP from the beginning and am loving this chance to grab some more at ridiculous prices. The hedges are real, the companies behind those hedges will stick, and even if they don't, MEMP can offset against debt. A truly beautiful arrangement, and there's no one else in the upstream MLP space that can compare. #Long and loving it!
    Dec 18, 2014. 04:17 PM | 8 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Memorial Production Partners: Can The Distribution Survive $60 Oil? [View article]
    Brandond - Read further up for an answer to your question about creditworthiness of MEMP's hedge partners.
    Dec 16, 2014. 06:27 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment