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  • Yahoo: Why The Market Has Got It All Wrong And Why I'm Doubling Down Into The Alibaba IPO [View article]
    As a very long time Yahoo customer, all I see is Mayer ruining their products as she reinvents them. Mail, Groups, Calendar, My Yahoo have all be screwed up and are less user usable than before. Ultimately a business is only as good as it's products. Based upon that, Yahoo is a massive sell. You may make a short term profit cause of the Alibaba stake, but I would advise taking your profits and running.
    Jul 18, 2014. 04:01 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Take A Profit, Lose Out On The 'Ultimate Bonanza' [View article]
    Ditto. I was just in my local Costco today too. Keep watching the stock soar. I can't pull the trigger either.
    Jul 11, 2014. 04:36 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • How To Outlive Your Money: A Lesson From Canada [View article]
    It was a fair trade off. I lived in NY and was in a much higher tax bracket than now so I am taking advantage of that with small Roth conversions. The tax deferred accounts have grown substantially so one cannot complain too much. Plus overall tax rates are lower than they were decades ago when I was getting the tax deduction.
    Jun 16, 2014. 04:57 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • How To Outlive Your Money: A Lesson From Canada [View article]
    I see you are hitting upon something I suspected may happen as I age. I see my taxable income and rate going up when I hit retirement age due to two small pensions, social security and IRA & 401k growth and distributions so that I have been slowly converting much IRA funds to Roths now while keeping an eye on my tax bracket to try to minimize the tax bite now and in the future.
    Jun 16, 2014. 12:01 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • 2014's Biggest Investment Story: Lower U.S. Rates For A Much Longer Time [View article]
    Nothing about the shrinking budget deficit vs. Fed reducing their purchases equates to negligible "tightening". Another factor keeping rates low.
    May 26, 2014. 01:08 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Retirement Strategy: Sorry Warren, But You're A Cheapskate [View article]
    Exactly Stock. If and when BRK cannot reinvest our money at a better return than we can, they may start paying a dividend or one can simply sell or pass it on at a stepped up basis to heirs never having paid a penny in tax. Quite a nice investment for many but those needing current income now.
    May 16, 2014. 04:46 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • How To Prepare For Rising Interest Rates [View article]
    If and when rates rise, given the state of the weak economy, those higher rates are likely to slow the economy somewhat causing rates to fall several months after they rise. I just don't see enough reasons for a sustained significant rise in rates in the next few years. I like some of those 5 & 10 years fixed/floating preferreds offered in the past 2 years that give some nice income now and rate adjustments down the road as a happy medium.

    USB, PNC, Morgan Stanley & Citi are a few issuers. There are others too.
    May 14, 2014. 11:46 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • 5 ETFs For A Reliable Retirement Portfolio [View article]
    Like the approach at trying to get some balance and easy to manage. That's what I've been focusing on too.
    May 6, 2014. 12:01 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • 5 ETFs For A Reliable Retirement Portfolio [View article]
    Vanguard has several very low cost funds you might look at. STAR is a fund of funds but does not charge the extra layer most companies charge on top of the underlying funds expenses. Wellington is a good diversified balanced fund with a very good long track record.
    May 6, 2014. 11:56 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • How One Retiree Is Muddling Through Dividend Investing: Part IX - My Dividend Investment Business Plan [View article]
    Or what happens if the family "portfolio manager" (of either sex) gets sick, incapacitated, loses interest or picks up some other time consuming hobbies? That's why I have tended towards low cost funds. Its easy to say the portfolio will run on auto pilot or one can convert to funds then but that could result in significant tax charges just making that swap.
    Apr 9, 2014. 10:29 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Kinder Morgan: Is It Time For A Merger? [View article]
    See my comment above about KMR stock distributions / stock split not being taxed until sold so you might be better off with that one. Plus KMR tends to trade lower than KMP so your reinvestment gets you more value.
    Apr 7, 2014. 10:56 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • 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, 2014. 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, 2014. 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, 2014. 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, 2014. 11:13 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment