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  • Wall Street Breakfast: Tsipras Heads To Brussels For New Deal [View article]
    Back in the '80's, our central banks leant vast sums of money to - was it Argentina or Brazil? - at high interest rates, then sucked in money from smaller banks all over this country to extend more loans to South America so SA could pay the interest on the original loans... then kicked the can down the road again and again with ever increasing loans to cover the interest SA could not otherwise pay. We all know how that ended. For years Europe has been doing the same thing with Greece. Don't bankers ever learn?
    Jul 7, 2015. 09:23 AM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • 4 Things You Must Know About Buying Stocks Now [View article]
    Exxon is great but 25% of a portfolio in any one stock is too much. Oils are way down so it's a bad time to sell - though who knows how long it will be before the growing world population increases demand and oil stocks go back up. For diversification, consider J&J, slow steady growth and a 3%+ dividend increased a little every year. A basket of AT&T, Southern, and Shell averages well over 5%.

    Don't sell Exxon or any other core holding to buy Frontier. Frontier is a spec, not an investment. I have a toe in the water for the dividend, which is enticing, but will probably lose money long term.

    Consider putting part of your next dividend check from Exxon into Frontier, as a compromise to keep your hubby happy.
    Jul 3, 2015. 10:06 AM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Best Way To Judge Past Performance: Part 2 [View article]
    Your articles are always informative, Chuck. Thanks! P/E's tell the story, the market is overvalued and it's time build up cash - but it would be hard to go wrong with Pepsi, long term. Your chart shows it's only slightly overvalued, and tempts adding to the position. May get it at a better valuation - there's inevitably more trouble coming over Greece.

    Have a very happy 4th, and thanks again!
    Jul 2, 2015. 07:59 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • 'Ye Of Little Faith' What Has It Cost You? Part 1 [View article]
    Thanks, Paul, appreciate the help!
    Jun 28, 2015. 09:44 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • 'Ye Of Little Faith' What Has It Cost You? Part 1 [View article]
    Another great article, Chuck - thanks! Do you think JNJ is still worth buying in today's overvalued market? This confirmed optimist is also a realist - your charts emphasize how far the market as a whole has run past fair valuation. I've been using dividends to pay down debt and build cash, rather than buy more.

    Sorry to be ignorant, but what is GDF? I Googled but couldn't find a financial definition.

    Thanks again,
    Jun 27, 2015. 11:02 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Santa Barbara denies Exxon request for oil trucks [View news story]
    Sure, make those environmentalists happy. Stop sending oil to the refineries and natural gas to the utilities that provide power to the citizens of Santa Barbara. What happens when the lights go out?

    Environmentalist don't need power. Or do they?
    Jun 9, 2015. 10:14 PM | 24 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Arctic Shell-Shocked [View article]
    Very well said!!!
    May 26, 2015. 09:44 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Procter & Gamble May Be Headed Lower [View article]
    At 93 PG was clearly overvalued - I knew it, and should have sold a little. Shoulda, coulda, woulda. But at 80, just sit tight and enjoy that nice safe dividend, money in your pocket every three months. And if it goes down to 75, be happy and get more. I suspect management will surprise us by buying something good.
    May 22, 2015. 12:24 PM | 7 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Lanny's Recent Purchase - Johnson & Johnson [View article]
    My 1 year old great-grandson's college account now has Disney, T, PG, and this year's birthday gift, JNJ - core holdings. Buy quality stocks and reinvest the dividends. You'll be very glad you did!
    Apr 26, 2015. 02:27 PM | 7 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The New Global Warning Sign That Every Investor Should Understand [View article]
    "Be fearful when others are greedy..." Bonds pay nothing, and it's getting harder and harder to find stocks at reasonable P/E's to invest in now. So easy to believe that when shares of ordinary companies with no particular catalyst are selling at 25 or more years earnings they must be worth it, because the market says so. Hmmm... It may be time to put away a little cash.
    Apr 25, 2015. 12:37 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Shedding Light On Why I Bought Royal Dutch Shell [View article]
    You get a credit on your Federal income tax form for the overseas tax paid on RDS.A, but don't put it in a Roth or a child's college account with dividend income of less than 1K and therefore not taxed. RDS.B is straightforward.
    Apr 4, 2015. 09:37 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Amnesty International: Shell, Eni making no progress on Nigeria oil spills [View news story]
    Spills are out of control because again and again and again, locals break into the pipelines to steal oil. From what I've read, some oil companies have shut down operations in Nigeria rather than put up with it. Now, of course, it's all their fault!
    Mar 19, 2015. 12:47 PM | 7 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • James Altucher: Why The Stock Market Is A Sucker's Game Right Now (And What Stocks I Own) [View article]
    True. My First, Second, and Third Parish Registers of Belize sell on Amazon and Barnes & Noble at the publisher's price - then someone buys them and lists them at two or three times that price. James is not responsible for the prices resellers put on his books.
    Mar 6, 2015. 10:05 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Kinder Morgan: Has The Worm Turned Once Again? [View article]
    The lines my late father-in-law built were underground - he had machines and men to do the digging. Valves and sensors control the flow of oil, and can stop the flow if there is a breach in the line, limiting the amount that can be released into the environment. Far safer than tank cars running on tracks that can be sabotaged too easily!
    Mar 6, 2015. 09:39 AM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Kinder Morgan: Has The Worm Turned Once Again? [View article]
    Back in the 1920's and '30's, my late father-in-law was a pipeline engineer. Oil and gas are still flowing across this country through the pipelines he built. Train tracks and tank cars are 100% more vulnerable to terrorism than pipelines deep buried underground. Obama won't be in office forever. Sooner or later the Keystone will be built because it's the safest, most efficient way to transport oil. I have a small stake in KMI and plan to buy more.
    Mar 4, 2015. 08:47 PM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment