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  • 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 08:22 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Windstream: Dividend Cut 30%, Stock Rallies 12% [View article]
    Thanks, JayPar, appreciate your help!
    Aug 2 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 02:58 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Protecting Your Income Portfolios In Today's Market: Consider Defensive Utility Stocks [View article]
    Stoxfox, where can I now find AAA General Obligation munis in "top-ranked" states, paying over 5%, other than at a ridiculous premium? One after another my munis are being refinanced by issuers, forcing even heavier weighting on the stock side of the ledger. I have Duke and SO and may buy more SO - thanks for the article and charts, Chuck! - but rising interest rates will do them harm.
    Jun 28 01:00 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Sovaldi And Drug Pricing: The United States Of Saps [View article]
    It's easy to gripe about pricing and forget the reality of Hep C victims. Back in the '90's a gentleman we knew, a nice guy with a family, had a blood transfusion during a routine gall bladder operation and contracted Hep C. We visited him in the hospital; the doctors gave him six months to live. Four months later, we attended his funeral. So yes, long on GILD!

    If any company could develop a pill to reverse my husband's cardiac disease I'd pay anything they asked, and count it worth the cost. Keep government out of pricing so that Pharma can accelerate research and hopefully, one day, turn back the clock for all of us.
    Jun 19 08:58 AM | 14 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • I Have No Fear Of A Market Crash Or A Significant Correction, Here's Why: Part 1 [View article]
    The tax rate on dividends is most unlikely to be increased because the great majority of people in government - congressmen, senators, Treasury Department officials, and countless other bureaucrats - own large portfolios of stocks. People don't willingly cut their own throats!
    Jun 14 08:54 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • How To Get $1,000 Annual Dividends From Royal Dutch Shell In 2024 [View article]
    When the dividends from RDS.B (yes,there is no foreign withholding) are posted to your online brokerage account each quarter, it costs very little in commission to reinvest the money in the same stock. We have both .A and .B and are happy with them. The 15% withholding on .A is recovered on our tax return each year.
    Jun 14 09:56 AM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • 11 Attractive Canadian Dividend Growth Stocks To Buy Now [View article]
    Chuck, we've had Tim Horton's for many years and been very happy with it - they are expanding into the northern U.S. The 15% Canadian tax withheld from dividends is recouped on our tax return each year. Good diversification from an all U.S. portfolio. I'd also recommend Siemens, based in Germany, which is doing well.

    God help us if our politicians force a VAT on us. In 1990, I'd just bought a new side by side fridge here (MS) for under $1000, then visited my mother in England and saw the identical make and model priced over 3K in a chain store window there. I was curious enough to ask the manager about the huge price difference. He laughed, and told me about the VAT. Originally presented as a national sales tax to the consumer, it morphed into a tax on every step of production. 17% on sale of the ore and materials to make the glass and paint... 17% on sale of the steel, the glass, the chrome, the paint... on wholesaling the finished fridge to the stores... and of course, on sale to the consumer. Result, a lower standard of living for all: people bought small, cheaper fridges and shopped daily. VAT was supposed to replace income tax - it didn't, my mother and friends were paying income tax on pensions and small amounts of interest on savings. No, we do not want a VAT here!!!
    Jun 7 10:39 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment