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  • 2014 Year-End Portfolio Review [View article]
    Nice article, Faye. I very much like your writing style. Keep up the good work. Happy new year to you as well.

    Jan 4, 2015. 11:04 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • 2015 Outlook: Pain [View article]

    Thanks for the suggestion. At this time, I'm still trying to improve my abilities when it comes to picking the right DG stocks. I've only been doing this for a couple years. Starting to get the hang of it, but I have a lot left to learn.

    One of the items on my list is to gain a thorough understanding of options so that I can decide if it's right for me. As it stands, I'm at a status of "clueless" when it comes to options. For that reason, I'm staying away from them. Maybe someday though.

    Jan 2, 2015. 12:57 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • 2 High-Yield Utility Stocks To Buy For 2015 [View article]

    FWIW: Josh Peters who runs M* Div Investor just sold XEL. He called it a sale based solely on valuation. Of their utilities, he viewed XEL as being the most over-priced. He has not ruled out sells on other utility stocks in the future.

    I'm long AEP, PPL and SO. They total about 8% NAV allocation. I'll likely hold but don't view any of them as being even close to buy right now.

    Jan 2, 2015. 12:10 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • T-Mobile's Legere fires shots at rivals, praises Apple Watch [View news story]

    If you are happy with T-Mobile, then more power to you. I'm not drinking any kool aid though. I live in a decent size metro area and have talked to several people who use T-Mobile. It's great if they stay in the city. Leave the city and you are risking zero bars though. There is an area to the west that is 20 miles wide with no service whatsoever, and similar spots all around the state with the same problem.

    The wifi thing is nice I suppose but if I'm driving around the state, I don't want to find someone that will let me use their wifi. In my case, the adage holds true. You get what you pay for.
    Dec 31, 2014. 03:22 PM | 12 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • T-Mobile's Legere fires shots at rivals, praises Apple Watch [View news story]
    You got that right. You got ATT/Verizon, then you got Sprint/T-Mobile. It seems that you have to choose between price and reliable service. I'm not a smartphone owner but if I ever get one I'm certain it will be with one of the big guys.
    Dec 31, 2014. 02:48 PM | 8 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • 2015 Outlook: Pain [View article]

    You can say that again. My IRA from a recent rollover is still at 86% cash. It's driving me crazy. The desire to put money to work is in serious conflict with the desire to buy at a decent price.

    Dec 31, 2014. 10:06 AM | 17 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • McDonald's Is Behind The Curve... Can It Catch Up? [View article]
    Some kind of egg sandwich that is always available would be nice. For some time, I have wondered why they don't offer to put a fried egg (or two) on burgers. Seems like every other restaurant is doing that and it appears to be quite popular.

    They could also make their sausage patty about 50% bigger and sell sausage and egg on a burger bun all day. If they are frying burgers, they can fry sausage patties. A little imagination could go a long way.
    Dec 29, 2014. 01:42 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • The Most Predictable REITs In 2015 [View article]
    Great info, Brad.
    The four REIT's that I hold (DLR, HCP, O and VTR) grab an overall average score of 12.5. Not too bad I guess. I have to say that I thought O would score a little higher than 11. Still, that's not horrible by any means.

    REIT expert I'm not, but it seems like they are pretty expensive these days. In that the REIT sector makes up about 8% NAV of our portfolio, I'm not in a hurry to buy more.

    Dec 29, 2014. 09:07 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • What A Difference A Week Can Make In The Energy Sector [View article]

    You have me curious. Do you believe that XOM and/or CVX will actually drop 50% in price? I would think that would have to be be accompanied by a serious cut in the dividends. Otherwise, the yield would shoot through the roof (on a historical basis).

    If there is no dividend cut, then what effect would the dividend have in supporting the stock price? Your thoughts?

    Dec 27, 2014. 11:25 PM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Procter & Gamble: Great Company, But Too Expensive Right Now [View article]
    Great company for a rock solid dividend. It's about 5% of our current holdings and I wouldn't mind adding, but not here. The price may or may not rise, but from a dividend perspective I'm going to hold off.

    The payout ratio is definitely getting up there. The stock is also normally priced at a premium, but the current P/E is well above even that level. Hoping for a better buy-in price.
    Dec 25, 2014. 11:51 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • The Near-Retiree: Removing The Anxiety And Fear [View article]

    Nothing wrong with dollar cost averaging or a similar strategy if you are uneasy about current valuations. I have no clue when the next serious correction will hit. However, there is a lot to be said for sleeping well so I'm easing in with my recent 401K rollover which is still about 86% cash. Happy investing.

    Dec 23, 2014. 03:36 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Energy Stocks Crushed: A Look At The Strong And The Weak [View article]
    I'm focusing on the big guys (XOM, CVX & COP) in that I'm all about dividends. I'll be glad to average down if they take a really big dive. The price volatility doesn't cause me to be overly concerned. However, I'll feel like the world is about to end if any of them look they will cut their dividend. More likely, I suspect the possibility of subdued dividend growth for a little while. We shall see.
    Dec 23, 2014. 03:30 PM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Zacks' Bear Of The Day: McDonald's [View article]

    I would tend to agree with you. I own a little MCD and at some point I want to own more. No way for me to know for sure, but I suspect that they will turn things around. I'm watching for a price in the 80's before I think about adding. Seems like all the doom, gloom and bearish outlooks would bring the price down a bit more.

    Dec 23, 2014. 07:14 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Chris DeMuth Jr: Why Write On Seeking Alpha? [View article]
    I play guitar. I was told that chicks love guys who play guitar. Hmmpf! So much for that. Guess I should try writing some articles.
    Dec 22, 2014. 09:25 PM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Chris DeMuth Jr: Why Write On Seeking Alpha? [View article]
    I agree. Eventually, one learns which authors to pay attention to. To date, I have almost 50 authors on my follow list. On occasion I'll run across an article that causes me to add to the list.

    My follow list is enough to keep me busy most of the time. If articles begin moving toward the BS side of the equation, I remove them from my list... problem solved.
    Dec 22, 2014. 02:21 PM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment