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  • Chevron Stock At The Magic 4% Yield Mark [View article]
    For XOM and CVX, it is not just about the price of oil. We are talking about "integrated" oil companies. Their refineries are minting money at the moment (although I will allow that XOM is hurting due to the recent explosion
    at its Torrance, CA refinery, prompting its temporary shutdown).
    Mar 20, 2015. 11:28 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • 6 Major Reasons Why The Dollar Won't Collapse [View article]
    A possible reason that many uninsured can't pay their medical bills might be because of the inflated prices that individuals are charged by the medical establishment. I had a colonoscopy earlier this year. There were some issues with the verification of my medical coverage and I was informed that I would be liable for an $8500 charge for the procedure if my insurance wasn't valid. I went through with the test because I knew the coverage was there. Afterwards I found out that the insurance company was only billed approximately $1500 for the colonoscopy, while I, as an individual, would have been required to pay $8500. Personally, I felt as if the hospital had tried to mug me. This type of situation is part of what needed to fixed in the health field. (And, no, I definitely don't think the ACA, aka Obamacare, is part of the answer.)
    Nov 21, 2013. 08:33 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Assessing American Capital Agency's Dividend Sustainability: 2Q13 Update [View article]
    Sparker561, You are correct about the mreits' spread increasing thus increasing profits, however this is probably being currently offset by the increased cost of hedging due to the increase of interest rate volatility.
    Aug 23, 2013. 02:09 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • What's Going On With Freeport-McMoRan? [View article]
    Let's see now. Would this vote of confidence by FCX mean that
    MMR will finally successfully bring online Davey Jones No. 1? If so, all of a sudden, FCX purchase will look like a very good deal.
    Dec 5, 2012. 07:59 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Are Natural Gas Prices About To Explode? [View article]
    Coal can be viable, even here in the USA. Technology already exists to clean up the emissions during the combustion process. ThermoEnergy Corp. (TMEN.OB) has a patented pressurized combustion process which produces near zero emissions. In a joint venture with ITEA S.p.A., which holds similar patents, they are attempting to commercialize this technique. The process more than satisfies the new EPA regulations. Existing coal-fired power plants can be cost effectively retrofitted with new boilers to take advantage of the pressurized process.
    Jul 18, 2012. 07:38 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The next economic boom, writes Daniel Gross, will be created by the efficiencies unleashed by America's transition from an Ownership Society to a Rentership Society. It's not just housing - citizens are getting used to the flexibility of renting across a whole range of goods. "The U.S. economy needs the dynamism that renting enables as much as - if not more than - it needs the stability that ownership engenders."  [View news story]
    I think you are on to something with that thought of providing incentives for the one per center's to boost the economic opportunities of the bottom layer of society. In the mid 90's, companies without a majority of their employees enrolled in 401(k) plans were going to loose the ability to deduct contributions made on behalf of the upper management. Our company responded by making it mandatory for everyone to have a 401(k) by automatically (establishing a 401(k) for you if you didn't already have one) contributing, yearly, a percentage of your wages. You were eligible
    after your first year of employment and the percentage was based on total years of employment with the company. I think this qualifies as a fine illustration of SanDiegoNonSurfer's idea of incentivizing the upper tier to aid the lower tiers.
    May 5, 2012. 04:00 PM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Master Limited Partnerships: Planning And The Death Tax [View article]
    Is everyone the perfect investor, i.e., do you not at times have a losing position in your portfolio? Why not offset the gain in an MLP, at an approriate time, with a loss you have on another security. Then immediately after the sale of the MLP, repurchase it so that the basis is reset to the new current price with the recapture reset to zero. (This seems like such an obvious strategy that I'm wondering if there is some kind of rule not allowing this. Wash sale should not be an issue since you are selling the MLP for a profit.)
    May 3, 2012. 12:38 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment