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  • Why This Johnson & Johnson Investor Is Concerned [View article]
    Remember that if you sell you have to pay a minimum of 15% Federal capital gains tax plus State tax - in my state, 5%. If I sell, not only 20% of long term gains but all future dividends on the shares that went to pay the tax collector are lost forever. What can you buy with your original investment + 80% of long term gains that will do as well or better than holding JNJ over the next few years? Share price will go up and go down with the market, but over time, increase. JNJ is a lifetime holding - the shares will be in my estate and go to our children tax free when I depart this earth.
    Nov 7, 2014. 09:37 AM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Sears Layoffs Top 6,000, Closing Over 110 Outlets [View article]
    There are so many quality stocks to invest in. Sears used to have quality merchandise - now, not much. Why gamble with your money?
    Oct 25, 2014. 02:58 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Procter & Gamble Looks Very Expensive [View article]
    PG is a Steady Eddie, bought for reliable, slow growth and an annually increasing dividend - there's no catalyst for explosive growth or reason for a price collapse. It's fully valued now, but a great stock to buy when naysayers call it a dog - remember a couple of years ago, when it was down near 60? PG is our single biggest holding (2nd, JNJ, 3rd, Apple, 4th, T.) The dividends are paying for our grandchildren's college tuition. If PG goes down, buy more!
    Oct 16, 2014. 09:24 PM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Royal Dutch Shell Is A Buy [View article]
    I have RDS.A and B. The dividend is the same for both, but the A pays a little better because the stock is normally a little lower priced because of the 15% tax withholding. I get the 15% back in its entirety as a credit on my tax return each year. So long as the A is held outside an IRA, when you couldn't get the 15% back, I believe the A is a slightly better deal. But both are good!

    Sep 28, 2014. 12:10 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Why Procter & Gamble Could Outperform This Sub-Industry Peer [View article]
    When PG goes down, buy more! Of course EL has a lower cost of goods sold, because cosmetics are cheap to manufacture and have very high markups. But there is infinitely more demand for PG's toothpaste, diapers, and detergent than for Estee's overpriced face creams - and PG undercuts Estee with modestly priced cosmetics in their Olay line.
    Aug 22, 2014. 08:21 PM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • When Investors Ignore, You Win! [View article]
    Look at the consumer complaints. People who register are deluged with phone calls offering high interest rate mortgages, and find their credit ruined by many hard credit checks. The company makes money but their customers suffer. No thanks!
    Aug 2, 2014. 08:22 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Windstream: Dividend Cut 30%, Stock Rallies 12% [View article]
    Thanks, JayPar, appreciate your help!
    Aug 2, 2014. 08:04 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • When Investors Ignore, You Win! [View article]
    After reading the consumer feedback on the site New Capital mentioned, I'd buy stock in TREE the same day I'd buy stock in PayDay Loan companies making money by ripping off the poor. No thanks!
    Aug 1, 2014. 09:11 AM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Windstream: Dividend Cut 30%, Stock Rallies 12% [View article]
    So they were dedicated to maintaining the dividend - sure! Very iffy. Does anyone know if income from a REIT can be downloaded simply into Turbo Tax in April? Can't afford to pay an accountant. I dumped a third of my WIN at $11.51 this morning, and probably should have sold the lot. Will put the money in T paying over 5% and taxed at 15%, much safer and no hassle.
    Jul 30, 2014. 10:00 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Day I Sold Everything [View article]
    Agreed. Better to trim the portfolio by selling stocks that have run past what fundamentals seem to justify - for example, Paychex is a good company with a nice dividend, but at its present PE...? Selling means paying Federal and state tax on gains and losing dividends, and I'm far from certain that the market will drop by 20% anytime soon. The market is not yet in the stratosphere, but high enough that it's hard to find bargains, so caution is called for. Instead of reinvesting dividends I'm paying down the loan on my daughter's house and paying grand children's college tuition. When Janet turns off the spigot and the market corrects I'll go back to buying DGI stocks. And in the meantime, I'll sleep well at night.
    Jul 26, 2014. 01:03 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • General Electric: 76 Million New Reasons To Buy The Stock [View article]
    GE is good in a diversified portfolio. For income, think PG, JNJ, T, VZ... and never put all your eggs in one basket!
    Jul 13, 2014. 05:49 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • 3 Reasons Why McDonald's Is A McSell [View article]
    Alex, one very important indication of a company's success and, therefore, a reason to invest, is that they are packed with lines of customers waiting to be served! MCD has been a great long term investment for us, the dividends increasing every year. You say you don't believe in buy and hold. When you sell the taxman takes a minimum of 15% of your gains, and the dividend you were receiving on that 15% is gone forever. Are you sure that you can reinvest the cash remaining in some company growing fast enough to make up that loss and then do better than the stock you sold?
    Jul 5, 2014. 11:36 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • 3 Reasons Why McDonald's Is A McSell [View article]
    We ate shrimp burgers at a McDonalds in Kyoto, Japan - the food and service were excellent. Yes, the burgers aren't always the greatest here in the U.S., but they are fast and cheap - and KFC and Wendy's food isn't always great either. Long MCD.
    Jul 5, 2014. 11:01 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Michael Kors: Building A Fashion Empire; Initiating With $119 Target, 31% Upside [View article]
    KORS has designers who make luxury look luxurious; COH seems to have lost touch. Beauticians in the salon I go to can't earn much, but each have KORS bags costing over $300, placed where customers can admire their status symbols. Countless people who can't afford it buy Nike sneakers for their kids - again, a "must have" status symbol. KORS will do fine.
    Jun 29, 2014. 08:25 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Protecting Your Income Portfolios In Today's Market: Consider Defensive Utility Stocks [View article]
    Add T and VZ to Chowder and Dividend Dynasty's list. Shell (RDSA or B
    B) has run up but still has a decent yield. Reinvest all dividends to compound for future income, and whatever you do, don't panic and sell when the market falls out of bed. Good luck!
    Jun 28, 2014. 02:58 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment