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  • Continuing wireless price wars to hold down margins  [View news story]
    Interesting. I don't want to discuss politics in any shape, manner or form. As someone who holds shares of T, I would however like to know how these companies are being forced to operate at a loss. To what policies are you referring? Thanks.
    Dec 2, 2015. 05:29 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Some Resources For Studying A Stock  [View instapost]
    DS,

    Great list of evaluation tools. I use some of them, but will be adding the rest to my toolbox. Thanks very much.

    Steve
    Dec 2, 2015. 10:01 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Dividend Champions For December 2015  [View article]
    A big ditto on that from me. Very useful information.
    Dec 2, 2015. 09:55 AM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Have Fun Investing, But Don't Just Roll The Dice  [View article]
    Chowder,
    Thanks for that link. Very handy.

    Steve
    Dec 1, 2015. 07:25 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Kinder Morgan’s investment grade rating at risk as Moody's lowers outlook  [View news story]
    It's a good thing we have you here to enlighten our "stupid" minds.
    Dec 1, 2015. 07:20 PM | 20 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Have Fun Investing, But Don't Just Roll The Dice  [View article]
    Thanks, Don. Just wanted to confirm that you hadn't run across some dire news about the fund. :-) So far, it has treated me fairly well and provides a little balance. I'm mostly in equities and looking for more diversity.

    Steve
    Dec 1, 2015. 02:03 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Have Fun Investing, But Don't Just Roll The Dice  [View article]
    dgsman,
    Since you bring it up, what was your motivation for selling your GNMA funds? I've been debating that myself. I have a rather small holding in FGMNX. Highly rated by M* and all, and it generates a small dividend every month. It also provides a little diversity for our portfolio. Still, I'm not sure I should be holding it.

    Were you just after higher income or did you conclude that it was too risky? Thanks.

    Steve
    Dec 1, 2015. 09:14 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Retirement Strategy: What If You Are Already Retired And Need More Income Now?  [View article]
    Pen,

    Thanks for your reply. I'll take a look at that one.

    Steve
    Nov 25, 2015. 11:01 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Retirement Strategy: What If You Are Already Retired And Need More Income Now?  [View article]
    David,
    Thanks for your reply. I suppose that with PFF there is a wider exposure to preferreds so risk is theoretically lower? But, if rates rise, it will take down the price across the board on the fund's holdings? As to the dividend for PFF, I'm scrambling my thought process a little. How does the dividend go lower? Does the fund not continue to receive the dividends from the preferreds that it owns?

    I guess then if buying individual preferreds in this environment, one should always buy at par or less? Thanks for your input. I'm still trying to get a firm grip on the nuances for preferreds.

    Steve
    Nov 25, 2015. 06:38 PM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Retirement Strategy: What If You Are Already Retired And Need More Income Now?  [View article]
    Rudester,
    I'm not up on preferreds, so I must ask.... what are your thoughts on PFF if interest rates should rise? I'm not predicting a large rate increase by any means. Just trying to weigh the pros and cons. Thanks.

    Steve
    Nov 25, 2015. 03:50 PM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • AT&T To Celebrate With A Bigger Dividend Increase  [View article]
    I'm not holding my breath for a larger increase. I'll just be glad to add more if it hits $32 or less. If the increase happens to be larger, I'll just be happy that I own the stock.
    Nov 25, 2015. 03:45 PM | 8 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • AT&T To Celebrate With A Bigger Dividend Increase  [View article]
    Nicholas,
    I agree with that. T is already a large holding for my wife and I, but I would start with small adds below $32. Yup, it's not a bond, but I treat it as a bond substitute.

    Steve
    Nov 25, 2015. 03:40 PM | 13 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Dividend 'Mini Portfolio' Update: Try This 4.87%-Yielding Package  [View article]
    Seems reasonable. I don't know if I'm being foolish or not, but I'm still waiting for $42 on VZ. Can't do ETR. Holding off on utility adds for now.

    I did recently up VTR's weight by quite a bit at just below $50. Seemed like a reasonable buy at the time. We shall see. I do like the dividend, no doubt.

    In that I'm just about maxed out on my allocation to REITs, I'm holding off until I can catch O at a better price. O has a bit less than 2% NAV weight and I want it to be 5%. Patience is annoying.

    Steve
    Nov 24, 2015. 03:27 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Retirement Strategy: I Am Selling Chevron From The Team Alpha Retirement Portfolio  [View article]
    Thanks, RN. I'll check into this book. Sounds like it might be a good place to start.

    Steve
    Nov 24, 2015. 11:22 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Neither Bull Nor Bear: A New Paradigm  [View article]
    Sleuth,
    Thanks for the article. It's a great read. It has also given me a lot to think about.

    Steve
    Nov 24, 2015. 11:11 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
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