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  • Kinder Morgan: Is It Time For A Merger? [View article]
    One more difference between KMR & KMP: The stock dividends of KMR or not taxed when paid. Since they are classified as a stock split you gain more shares but your cost basis is lowered so that you deal with the taxes at the preferable capital gains rate upon sale if in a taxable account or your heirs get it a a stepped up basis without every paying taxes on it.
    Apr 7 10:52 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • What Seeking Alpha Is Doing To Prevent Paid Stock Promotion [View article]
    I was thinking the exact same thing. Nothing like some sunlight for disinfectant.

    I think you should list them and the securities they were paid to pump.
    I certainly would like to know if I was erroneously wasting my time by following or reading articles by any of them.

    I do appreciate your addressing this issue.

    Maybe adding a Report Abuse for an entire article like one can do for comments would enable readers to help point out ones that got past your editors.
    Mar 28 04:04 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • VYM Increases Its Dividend 20%: ETF Portfolio Increases Its Lead Over The Stock Pickers [View article]
    Looks like there may be some seasonality to the distributions. March distributions appear to be lower in 1/2 dozen VG funds and ETFs I just looked at.
    Mar 23 11:18 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Symantec fires CEO; shares halted [View news story]
    And just try to remove their overpriced product. They have made it almost impossible.
    Mar 21 11:13 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Dividends And 'The Magic Pants' [View article]
    From a tax perspective, BRK is even better than an IRA tax wise because at death it is inherited at the stepped up cost basis so much tax may have been completely avoided whereas inheritors of IRAs still must take taxable distributions.
    Mar 18 12:38 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Who Uses Fixed Income ETFs? The Answer May Surprise You [View article]
    I favor the newer fixed maturity EFTs rather than opened ended fixed income mutual funds. Just wish they had more volume because it can be hard to get 1000 shares executed at the bid or offer without moving the price.
    Mar 6 11:57 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Big Oil Dividend Analysis [View article]
    Sorry, my editing made the first sentence a little incorrect and unclear. It should have read

    I believe many foreign countries require companies to pay dividends based on their earnings and that payout ratio tends to be higher than what most US firms pay.
    Feb 28 01:23 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Big Oil Dividend Analysis [View article]
    I believe many foreign countries require companies to pay a payout ratio based on their earnings and that ratio tends to be higher than what most US firms pay. Therefore the dividends of those companies may be less stable or "managed" than those of US firms. In good years dividends will be higher and if earnings decline, so will the dividend. That also accounts for the usual lower dividend payments earlier in the year with a higher "true up" dividend payment towards year end when foreign companies have a better idea of their annual earnings. So to discount Total, Royal Dutch, BP and other foreign companies simply because of the dividend was not as consistent does not reflect all the issues involved.
    Feb 28 12:58 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Why I Never Want Berkshire To Pay A Dividend [View article]
    BRK is sitting on a boatload of cash. If it falls below book, they will be buying per the Board's buyback policy enacted per WB's recommendation. That tends to keep a floor on the stock.
    Feb 13 04:33 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Why I Sold Apple And Bought Yahoo [View article]
    I can't stand the new Yahoo mail either. I downloaded Thunderbird which accesses my Yahoo mail with a very similar interface as the old Yahoo. Takes a little work to sync the address books but that's all. What I do in Thunderbird gets reflected in Yahoo mail just as it does when using it on my IPhone.
    Feb 3 03:01 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Why I Sold Apple And Bought Yahoo [View article]
    I agree with your comments about My Yahoo. I've used it from the beginning and have my whole life organized in it. She killed it after doing the same for groups, calendar and mail.
    Ultimately less users = less revenue. Short term bottom line improvement will fade and she will be history after imposing massive harm on the company that had such potential. Such a poorly managed company.
    Feb 3 02:59 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Why I Sold Apple And Bought Yahoo [View article]
    Something bothered me about DuckDuck when I tried it. I found one I like better called IXQUICK and I don't recall it required installing anything, just making it the default search engine in Firefox.
    Feb 3 02:49 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Why I Sold Apple And Bought Yahoo [View article]
    jojopuppyfish ,

    THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! That Canadian My Yahoo page is super!

    I hope Meyer doesn't get around to destroying that page as well. She's destroying Yahoo. The Board better can her and fast.
    Feb 3 02:27 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Why I Sold Apple And Bought Yahoo [View article]
    I agree with you. "My Yahoo" had been rendered so utetterly useless to be worthless. Same thing for their new mail, calendar and groups.

    It seems that the author is judging Yahoo by fancy talk from a new CEO rather than evaluating the destruction of Yahoo's core products. Traffic comes from users. Meyer seems to want to revamp Yahoo to be like Google.Many of those customers are now going elsewhere including myself. If users wanted Google functionality they would have switched. This reminds me of when Home Depot made the mistake of hiring Nardelli who went about destroying the customer experience but getting Wall Streets praise cause they only looked at the bottom line. The bottom line suffers longer term when you abandon your customers as Yahoo/Meyer are doing.
    Feb 3 02:25 PM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Are You Really Ready To Retire? [View article]
    RS, I own that fund as well. Just beware it is not a safe fund in the traditional sense. Certainly not a safe substitute for bank deposits, money markets etc. It is invested in bonds of low quality firms that are often backed by assets making them somewhat more secure than other junk bonds. Funds/bonds like that have been bid up over the past few years as many have been searching for yield wherever they can find it. As result, many companies have refinanced and issued these bonds with covenants and terms far more favorable to the issuer than the buyer. In a severe market downturn, this fund would probably decline in value more than you earn in a year.

    Just something to make sure you and others are aware of that.
    Jan 27 10:03 AM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment