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  • Goldman drops a Sell rating on Realty Income (O): "We believe upside earnings surprise risk is larger in small-cap healthcare and traditional net lease REITs due to their smaller asset bases. Additionally, O trades at a 38% premium to our net lease and healthcare names on a 2013E AFFO multiple basis. Although we believe O's record of a sustainable and growing dividend will continue, we also think material dividend increases are more likely across the REIT sector (average AFFO payout of 77%) than for O (92%)." O fell 4.8% yesterday and is off 1.3% premarket. [View news story]
    I sold last week at around $53.50 and was feeling a little bad after watching it hit $55+ but I had locked 30% capital appreciation so I wasn't too concerned. I feel much better about it now. If it keeps plunging in price I'll get to own it again!
    May 23, 2013. 10:58 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • A Start-Up Dividend Portfolio For Beginners [View article]
    Great article RS! As a younger investor I get to enjoy your great writing and comments of fellow young investors. It's comforting to know my plan makes sense to other people. Thanks!
    Apr 10, 2013. 01:33 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • This Aggressive Portfolio Is Beating The Market Averages [View article]
    Hey RS. I like your ideas, but I think your age guide is a little bit off. I'm 26 and most of my friends aren't thinking of investing and the ones that are, are just into mutual funds. While in a couple years I'd be ready to start adding riskier stocks, I don't think its wise to invest in this stuff first. I will explain my reasoning. When you first learn to ski you take the bunny slopes and just learn to get a feel for moving slowly with no huge risk to your person. You don't start out on the super dangerous course with jumps and avalanches and the like. I think it's a much better idea to start you current team alpha portfolio for a few years at first because it seems much more laid back and easier to manage. Then after a few of learning how the markets really work, go for the more aggressive stuff. Keep up the good work! You're one of my favorite authors on this site. And maybe you will incorporate my ideas into your next article for us youngins. :P
    Feb 5, 2013. 11:01 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Realty Income Raises Dividends By A Record 19.20% [View article]
    I was lucky enough to buy this in early January for $41. I'm very happy so far. If it goes down to $27, I'd be likely to consider buying more.
    Jan 30, 2013. 12:48 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Investing In Dividend Stocks: Why I Chose The Stocks In My Portfolio - Part 2 [View article]
    Thanks for your opinion! I understand what you say and I really appreciate your input. I've been reading SA for about 6 months now and I don't think a 20% loss in one or both stocks would be that damaging to me. That and I wasn't actually going to $400 a month but hopefully put the full amount I'm allowed into as early as possible. I was thinking about purchasing O and JNJ as my first two picks. Hopefully being able to pick two more before June of 2013. Unless I read some article about the HQ was burned after a discrepancy was found in the books and the president is heading to a foreign country, I think I'm OK. Funny, I hadn't thought about my picks not being the best I could have actually selected. Lol I bet you can tell I'm new still. RS I love your series too but I have to agree with Chowder that building a nice foundation should be my first priority and then some more risky moves that might just shorten my working life. Thanks again for the input. I love this site.
    Dec 30, 2012. 08:21 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Investing In Dividend Stocks: Why I Chose The Stocks In My Portfolio - Part 2 [View article]
    Ong Kang Wei,
    Like you I'm new investing. I just started my roth IRA (tax sheltered account) and have 5K to start with and will add about $400 a month. (400 x 12 = 4800, which is about the maximum contributions you are allowed a year) First off let me say you and I are on the same page when it comes to investing. Im looking at your list of stocks and it is very close to mine as well. Im only curious about why you diversified so quickly. I was thinking about putting 2.5k in one stock and 2.5k in another and pick two of the highest paying dividend payers at the moment. Yes I understand I won't be very diversified for like 10 years but honestly I'm young and I don't think it will matter much. I too plan on checking it just once a week and by buying blue chip companies we don't really need to worry too much about one of them losing value. Just curious on your thoughts. Great article series!
    Dec 28, 2012. 10:53 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Wal-Mart: Add This Retailer Now For Your Retirement Portfolio [View article]
    Omer, I'm only 25 and I go to Walmart for all of my necessities. I generally go to Amazon for everything else. I didn't even know Amazon sold groceries like items. Not to mention every time I go to a Walmart, regardless of the time I might add, it seems I bump into someone I know. I think RS has the right idea. I could be wrong but I think Walmart has a long future ahead of them.
    Aug 5, 2012. 02:07 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • 'Buy Zones' For The DIY Dividend Portfolio Part 3b: Healthcare [View article]
    Hello PIR, I'm loving your series! I'm new to investing and have a question for you. How do you come up with your buy zone price? I can't wait until July 1st. Thanks
    May 26, 2012. 02:28 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment