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  • Obama to push more city broadband building [View news story]
    It used to be that broadband was something of a luxury, to be purchased only by those who could afford it, though I'm not sure that it should be viewed in that light these days. It seems that everything is shifting to internet based operations and at some point, broadband access will be mandatory for everyday life.

    Here in Michigan, for example, the state legislature passed a bill that will eventually allow phone companies to completely do away with land-line phone service under certain circumstances. That tells me that wireless and VoIP phone service is the wave of the future. In that phone service is a basic requirement (in my view), it seems that broadband is getting closer to "utility" status.

    Many corporations are pushing consumers toward electronic transactions and billing. Schools are working toward digital homework assignments and online interaction with parents/students. Etc, etc, etc. As time goes on, broadband will be an integral part of life. I don't know how the specifics should pan out, but I do think it should be classified as a utility.
    Jan 14, 2015. 09:36 AM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Southern Company Doesn't Look As Good As It Did 12 Months Ago [View article]
    I agree that SO is too pricey at the moment. I've purchased it at $40 and at $43, but that's about as high as I want to go. Great company, but the yield starved investors have driven the price up. I'll get to practice being patient I guess.
    Jan 12, 2015. 02:05 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • ExxonMobil And Chevron: Comparing The Yields Of These 2 Energy Dividend Aristocrats [View article]
    Bossco,

    Just my opinion, but yield is what matters. A stock price of $100 with a dividend of $1.00, only pays a 1% yield. For a $25 stock, the yield would be 4%. All other things being equal, I would rather invest my money at 4%.

    If you really need the dividend amount, you can always multiple the stock price by the percentage yield.

    Steve
    Jan 11, 2015. 05:57 PM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The One Stock I Would Build A Retirement Portfolio Upon At Any Age [View article]
    6019101,

    I've always tried to keep my customer service experiences out of the equation when contemplating an investment. If poor service is causing their business to fall apart, that's one thing. If they are successful in spite of themselves, that's something else.

    Lord knows, some of the companies I own have really ticked me off in the past. Still, if they will pay me a decent dividend, I'll be mad at them while collecting the income.

    Steve
    Jan 11, 2015. 09:14 AM | 7 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The One Stock I Would Build A Retirement Portfolio Upon At Any Age [View article]
    Saratoga,

    I often fantasize about where our portfolio would be sitting if I had started buying div stocks in the seventies. I can't imagine starting in the thirties. :-)

    Steve
    Jan 10, 2015. 05:59 PM | 24 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The One Stock I Would Build A Retirement Portfolio Upon At Any Age [View article]
    It's about 6.3% NAV and about 9.7% of dividend income for me. If I can catch it at $31, I'll be bumping the NAV up to 8% or so. Love the income from this stock.
    Jan 10, 2015. 03:22 PM | 12 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Generating $100 A Month From Johnson & Johnson [View article]
    My end ambition? Well, too rake in as much cash I can while investing in a reasonably prudent manner. In that regard I feel the need to own both T and JNJ.
    Jan 10, 2015. 12:12 PM | 9 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Generating $100 A Month From AT&T [View article]
    Smurf,

    The unknown future expenses are always the biggest concern I suppose. Praying that we avoid the ghastly disease thing. We have long term care insurance but are certainly hoping that we will never need to file a claim.

    Getting old brings many issues with it. I guess all you can do is try your best to make a plan. Personally, I hope to die in the streets while fighting Ninjas. Don't know if that's realistic though.
    Jan 10, 2015. 09:00 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • ExxonMobil And Chevron: Comparing The Yields Of These 2 Energy Dividend Aristocrats [View article]
    XOM, CVX and to some extent COP are the only oil stocks I have ever owned. I've been buying to the point that allocation is a bit high for my taste, at least for the first two.

    I'm hoping that Forbes is correct in their estimates. I'm holding with the assumption that the dividends will keep on coming. As to choosing between XOM and CVX, I feel compelled to own both.

    Steve
    Jan 9, 2015. 08:19 PM | 10 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Our Dividend Growth Investing Portfolio Plan [View article]
    I agree. I subscribe to two investment services.... MDI and FastGraphs. Love them both.
    Jan 9, 2015. 06:24 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Stock Market 2015: A Sector By Sector Valuation Perspective - Part 1 An Overview [View article]
    Sneaker:
    Yes, I recently added to my T collection. I'm assuming that makes me very smart. Well, I'm going with that anyway. :-)
    Jan 9, 2015. 12:36 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Stock Market 2015: A Sector By Sector Valuation Perspective - Part 1 An Overview [View article]
    Chuck:

    A truly outstanding article. Explaining the various ways that you put FG to use is most enlightening and thought provoking. Thanks for your efforts. Looking forward to the next article(s).

    Steve
    Jan 9, 2015. 12:35 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Selling Guidelines For Self Directed Investors [View article]
    Chowder:
    Your response to Fireball was outstanding. Question: If I send you the logon credentials for my IRA and our Roth accounts, would you mind managing those for my wife and I? Just a thought. How about if I throw in a Amazon gift card?
    Jan 8, 2015. 08:52 PM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Why Target's Recent Rally Is Unwarranted [View article]
    But is the "surprise" already baked into the price? It seems pretty richly valued to me. I don't own a lot of it, but I think of selling every now and then. The Canada issue still concerns me.
    Jan 8, 2015. 02:28 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Generating $100 A Month From AT&T [View article]
    Ryan,

    As this moment, it's just a motivational thing. Somehow it makes the income seem more "real", so to speak. Just a brain game I guess.

    I retired about two months ago. My wife and I both have pensions and in a year I will be drawing SS. If all goes well, our expenses will be covered with that income. I hope to let the dividends accrue and reinvest them in that they are our only hope of keeping inflation at bay. At some point we'll need to spend the dividends but I want to boost that income as best I can before that day arrives.

    Steve
    Jan 8, 2015. 12:42 PM | 15 Likes Like |Link to Comment
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