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  • My Utility Fund Vs. Reaves Utility Income Fund: Which Offered The Better Return Last Year? [View article]
    One has to do the numbers. UTG pays a dividend, that is taxed, as ordinary income at the marginal rate. Could be a differential of 15-25% more, than a "qualified" div taxed at 15%.
    Your combination of stocks at 4.8% pre tax with all qualified divs = net $4.08 post tax.
    UTG pays 6%, less 1.6% fee = 4.4% before tax--then a tax of aprox 35% = net post tax div return of 2.86%.
    Not a particularly a good long term comparison to your portfolio
    Mar 26, 2014. 11:16 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • My Utility Fund Vs. Reaves Utility Income Fund: Which Offered The Better Return Last Year? [View article]
    I would love to avoid taxes, but I don't know how? How do you do it?
    Mar 26, 2014. 05:02 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • My Utility Fund Vs. Reaves Utility Income Fund: Which Offered The Better Return Last Year? [View article]
    Might bite, when you sell, in a taxable account--recapture!
    Mar 26, 2014. 01:58 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Preliminary Review Of Buckeye Pipeline Partners' Q4 2013 Results [View article]
    Sorry, wrong board!!!!!
    Feb 13, 2014. 03:31 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Preliminary Review Of Buckeye Pipeline Partners' Q4 2013 Results [View article]
    How about some thoughts on BPL. Not looking great to me.
    Long BPL.
    Thanks
    Feb 13, 2014. 01:04 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Master Limited Partnership ETFs Vs. ETNs, Which Is Better? [View article]
    Makes KMR, and EEQ look good, as, I believe, basis is reduced on additional shs, and LTG on sale.
    Jan 29, 2014. 10:38 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Master Limited Partnership ETFs Vs. ETNs, Which Is Better? [View article]
    " I reinvested all proceeds to AMLP. A greater than 6% yield, all ROC treatment last year, and capital gain potential is adequate for me."

    Doesn't the ROC reduce basis, and ordinary income tax is paid on sale? Not much difference from an MLP sale??
    Jan 29, 2014. 07:30 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Seadrill: An Attractive 10% Yielder [View article]
    The Timing of this Article is challenging!
    Jan 28, 2014. 05:33 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • BP Prudhoe Bay Royalty Trust: What Is BPT's Fair Value? [View article]
    BUYER BEWARE!
    We are facing a Oil Glut, going forward!
    Total Return of BPT, is adjusted by "ordinary" income tax on Yearly Income, and total Recapture of yearly Depreciation at sale! The High Div can be illusory.
    A good Dividend Growth Stock, or, Muni Bond , or Muni Fund, can be similar in return, and result in less sleep deprivation.
    Jan 27, 2014. 04:49 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • BP Prudhoe Bay Royalty Trust: What Is BPT's Fair Value? [View article]
    QUESTION: Should I hold BPT in a taxable acct, and sell it later, would I have to pay ordinary income on ROC, depreciation, and otherwise, Long term gain rate on gain from purchase price, such as I do, when I sell an MLP?
    What is the situation on sale, if held in an IRA?
    Would like to know this before I buy?
    THANKS
    Jan 21, 2014. 02:54 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • A 7.6% Yield From A Strong Regional Utility [View article]
    This article is a waste, and a misnomer for title [as is all for this author]
    Buying now is just a chance to lose $ at the call. No safety here1
    Jan 8, 2014. 11:34 AM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The REIT Way To Become A Disciplined Dividend Investor [View article]
    Good Point! If storage Tech is miniurized, then less need for Real Estate! What's the contra?
    Jan 4, 2014. 05:39 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Atlantic Power Preferred [View article]
    This whole article is bad advice. AT could cave in, and it won't be long!
    I would never use you as an advisor, after seeing this non-sensical
    article.
    Dec 31, 2013. 03:40 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Brad Thomas Positions For 2014: Attractive Opportunities Present Themselves In REITs [View article]
    Another "other side"

    REITs' value called into question
    The morphing of equity REITs from a niche to a widely accepted and favored asset class has diminished the likelihood of outsized performance going forward, writes Morningstar's Samuel Lee. For decades, REIT yields averaged in the area of 7%, but a "regime shift" about 10 years ago has settled them down closer to 4%.
    Further, another benefit of REITs - their lack of correlation with the broader market - has disappeared, says Lee, with their average market beta of 0.5 moving to more than one in the early 2000s, and staying there ever since.
    "Anyone who buys REITs on historical risk/return characteristics without considering the fundamental drivers of return and potential changes to market structure is being reckless. A deeper look strongly suggests that REITs' diversification powers are down and so are their expected returns."
    Lee has two suggestions for those looking for an inflation hedge: Cash - the Fed typically raises short-term rates inline with increases in inflation - and conventional equities.
    Related ETFs: IYR, VNQ, REM, DRN, REZ, URE, SRS, RWR, ICF, SCHH, DRV, ROOF, KBWY, RTL, REK, FRI, FTY, PSR, FNIO, WREI
    Dec 31, 2013. 10:53 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • 2014: The Case For 'Reverse Rotation' Into Bond CEFs [View article]
    I'm 80. Your on a good track.
    Good paying bonds I bought years ago, are maturing , and new ones pay very little.
    I'm taking the proceeds, and buying equitys w/ good growth, and good Divs with good CAG. Would have been better off if I started earlier--"too soon old, too late smart---"
    Dec 24, 2013. 08:13 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
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