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  • What You Are Told About Inflation Protection Is Wrong [View article]
    Nice article.

    I wonder if until recently, there was a correlation between inflation and real estate, at least before the recent real estate collapse.

    Secondly, Bloomberg Asia had an interesting segment a few weeks ago in which they had an analyst show an amazing correlation between gold and India GDP. I don't recall the time-frame and could not find it on their site. Even the Bloomberg reporter was surprised at how closely the two appeared. The price of Gold may be simply a factor of good old supply and demand.
    Apr 30 01:25 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • An Unconventional View Of Utility Stock Performance During Initial Interest Rate Hikes [View article]
    Scooter, I was responding to a comment about general US economic conditions, not a particular investment/plant. Obviously that plant was built because a company determined there would be demand for it's product and it would be a profitable endeavor despite what the posted said. That proves the point. If there is an opportunity for a profitable investment, it will be made regardless of the politics.
    Apr 29 11:46 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • JPMorgan's New 5.15% Junk Rated Preferred Trading At A Premium - What's Up? [View article]
    Very nice posting. Wish there were more explaining the downside of preferreds at such low interest rate levels. There are a couple of contributors that have been posting what seems to be positive one sided postings without providing the other side of the story. I applaud you for doing so. The banks are very sophisticated financial organizations. They are rightly taking advantage of a distorted market to raise super cheap capital.
    Apr 29 11:22 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • An Unconventional View Of Utility Stock Performance During Initial Interest Rate Hikes [View article]
    What company will invest until demand is there for their products? There is still overcapacity and insufficient demand. If and when demand picks up, they will invest regardless of cost, regulations or taxation if it is profitable. Period.
    Apr 27 02:56 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Apple-Microsoft Comparison Is Valid [View article]
    Apple has some very good products but is far from the range of products Microsoft. Apple's products perform very well but are way over-priced compared to the competition and that is why they may remain a niche player IF they can continue to innovate. Remember it is only very recently that Apple shined with the release of the IPhone which has been quickly mimicked. They almost went bust with their overpriced PCs. You can take it or leave it but that is the truth. One trick wonders are not worth massive multiples and hoarding cash only leads to waste. Look at their massively over budget and late $2 Billion new campus. Money burns a hole in egoistical corporate chiefs.
    Apr 25 04:20 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Performance Comparison Of Selected MLPs [View article]
    Thank you for sharing your wonderful research with us.
    Apr 25 03:22 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Not All ETFs Are Created Equal [View article]
    Schwab also now has a nice large stable of commission free ETFs in addition to their own.
    Apr 24 11:46 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Dividend Stock ETFs: Trading Growth For Yield [View article]
    FYI, It took me about 30 seconds to look up SDY historical distributions on the sponsor's site. The March 2010 dividend was $0.378985. While I am a daily user of Yahoo, relying upon their financial data is foolish to say the least. If something doesn't look right, it probably isn't. Before publishing or making a financial decision, one really should check a little deeper, no?
    Apr 21 12:13 PM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • How Preferred ETFs Can Juice Your Income Portfolio [View article]
    Banks issue preferreds because they qualify as capital (similar to stockholders equity, retained earnings, loan loss provisions and more) such that they are [supposed to be] the first line of defense after loan loss reserves to protect against losses. It's a lot more complicated. See Wikipedia here for a good explanation on capital
    Apr 11 07:44 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Yes Virginia, There Is A Dividend Growth ETF Portfolio That Delivers [View article]
    Cranky, thanks for your articles. I like the fund method for the simplification & diversification benefits you mentioned. I'm turning towards simplification so I can put my portfolio on autopilot for the future.
    Apr 6 01:02 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Linn Energy Vs. LinnCo: And The Verdict Is... [View article]
    To be honest, after I read the comment, I browsed up to see what was being referenced. I saw the image and was so turned off by it that the last thing I would do was click to see it clearer. My eyes are not as sharp as they used to be so I could not read the words. I may stand corrected. Can't stomach looking at that image. Utter vile.

    Thanks for pointing it out.
    Apr 5 04:14 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Linn Energy Vs. LinnCo: And The Verdict Is... [View article]
    Reel K,
    He was referring to the fool who posted the comment about your cat who saw fit to use a despicable picture, not you Reel.
    Apr 5 03:49 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Why Won't Exxon Consider Valuation When Buying Back Shares? [View article]
    I'm with you. It's a big reason I preferred Chevron.
    Apr 5 01:32 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Linn Energy Vs. LinnCo: And The Verdict Is... [View article]
    Great article summarizing a lot of what you explained in your many other superb articles. I hope you don't get too much flack as seems to be customary.
    Apr 5 12:16 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • My K.I.S.S. Dividend Growth Portfolio 2nd Quarter Update [View article]
    Many of those brokers (Fidelity, Schwab and even Scottrade) will give you cash if you ask about it rather than some free trades. The cash was worth far more than free trades. That may depend upon how many trades you expect to make before those free trades expire. Usually you only have to keep the newly transferred assets in the account for less than a year.
    Apr 5 10:49 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment