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  • How To Profit From An Increase In Oil Prices When It Occurs [View article]
    I am sitting on an 18 USO long straddles I created around the first of the month but what Mr. Templeton is saying is that XLE is a better vehicle to speculate on oil prices unless I misunderstand?
    Jan 29, 2015. 06:20 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • How To Profit From An Increase In Oil Prices When It Occurs [View article]
    OK, let us know when to pull the trigger on that idea!
    Jan 29, 2015. 04:25 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Peering Through The KMI Dividend Crystal Ball [View article]
    Canadian/US tax treaty exempts IRAs and like retirement accounts of the 15% withholding tax however not every brokerage honors the treaty so one needs to contact their broker or look closely at their statements to see if the 15% is being taken. I moved my wife's IRA from one broker to another because the former brokerage refused not to withhold the 15% tax.
    Jan 24, 2015. 12:21 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Peering Through The KMI Dividend Crystal Ball [View article]
    I bought KMI 11/06/2014, as of today it is up 10.4% (including brokerage fees) so I am happy with my KMI - wish I had bought more but falling oil prices spooked me.
    Jan 23, 2015. 08:26 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Realty Income: Pragmatism Trumps Dogmatism [View article]
    If you are not interested in keeping O why bother with call options and get less than 10% naked annualized return. The march 55 gives a 1% naked (premium of 0.55/share) yield or 6.5% annualized and that's about as good as they get.
    Just sell your O stocks and wait for a better price or buy another stock. If your effective cost per share is such that you are getting a 4 or 5 percent yield I'm not sure why you would not be happy with O and would take a chance of losing it with call option.
    Jan 23, 2015. 05:34 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • MORL January Dividend Will Result In A 24.7% Annualized Yield [View article]
    An update on MORL ?
    Jan 23, 2015. 05:03 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Obamacare's New Gold Standard: T2 Biosystems [View article]
    realtor-K. sure wish they had not taken away the "dislike" option, you sure as hell would get my dislike vote.
    Jan 22, 2015. 02:07 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • 3 New Red Flags Waving [View article]
    I was with you until you quoted Mark Farber.
    Jan 19, 2015. 12:28 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • $3 milk next? [View news story]
    Milk imports from Russia and China?????
    Jan 17, 2015. 12:48 PM | 9 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • NRG Energy: Kicking Its Residential Solar Segment Into High Gear [View article]
    Solar aint going anywhere until oil prices hit $100/brl and maybe not even then. No matter what you say it is not competitive. Just have one of these solar companies come out and give you a quote, lucky if you live long enough for it to pay for itself.
    Jan 16, 2015. 08:38 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • What Happens To REITs If (More Like When) Inflation Goes Wild [View article]
    Exactly DrGoldin.
    Jan 16, 2015. 08:27 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Wall Street Breakfast: Swiss Stocks Extend Slide [View article]
    I was in Havana about the same time period. Much of what you say is true and the two currency thing was a rip-off but we were not restricted to just tourist sites, we could have rented a car and drove to destinations outside of Havana. Cubans that have a license to serve food could buy lobster and steak so we ate very well and it was cheap - $30 a night for a room and two meals a day. The local currency could be bought on the street and we bought some so we could eat in a restaurant with the average Cuban, these restaurants could not accept the convertible peso so in that way tourist were limited to how they eat and traveled. I met some Cubans who desired to travel outside of Cuba, had saved enough money to do so but had to have a sponsor. Women flocked to our tables at cafes to meet us but alas the lady that rented us a room said "no women" so I was limited to trying the cigars and rum which were excellent.
    Citizens from the Europe have been traveling there for years but as you say they usually are whisked off to a special hotel and see Havana with government guides but we did not have that experience.
    All and all it was a great experience.
    Jan 16, 2015. 10:13 AM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Wells Fargo pulls the plug on mortgage REITs [View news story]
    jbrown or Archman, would one or both of you explain what you mean by "managing" the position?
    Jan 13, 2015. 04:24 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • This Era Of Low-Cost Oil Is Different [View article]
    SimpleData what makes your opinions less "cluttering"?
    Jan 7, 2015. 02:33 PM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • This Era Of Low-Cost Oil Is Different [View article]
    Hmmm, I think I will hang on to my USO long puts, I think that today's little upward blip might be some profit taking or speculation.
    Jan 7, 2015. 01:33 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment