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  • Reevaluating Gilead Sciences After The Sell-Off [View article]
    Years ago, a gentleman we knew got Hep C from a blood transfusion during gall bladder surgery, and was given 6 months to live. We went to his funeral. If the politico who objects to paying 88K for a life saving breakthrough drug had Hep C, he would say that Sovaldi is cheap at the price. What is a human life worth? A pity that Right to Lifers have a one track mind - they should jump all over that politico, and Express Scripts.
    Apr 14 09:57 AM | 7 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Connecting The Dots: The Iconic Coca-Cola Is A Sell At $38 [View article]
    Women who drink diet coke (which never tastes as good as the real thing) do so because they are trying to lose, or to keep from gaining, weight. Why not say that women who diet to lose weight are more likely to have cardiovascular problems than women who don't diet? That would be just as illogical. It is being overweight that causes health problems, not efforts to reduce. I'll keep my shares of KO.
    Apr 5 02:59 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Is Dividend Machine Johnson & Johnson A Buy? [View article]
    JNJ is my second largest holding - largest is PG. Had it for decades. It's subject to manipulation like many other good stocks. A couple of years ago it came under attack with a slew of negative articles (liability for bad hip joints, product recalls etc.) causing people to dump it, pushing it back down close to 60, where I bought more. Now everybody loves it - look at the number of positive articles - which tells me it's being run up. When it's under attack again, buy more. You'll never go wrong long term with JNJ. And yes, I hope it splits!
    Apr 2 09:48 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • What Do I Do With My Stocks If The Market Crashes? Part 1 [View article]
    Who knows when another "flash crash" will happen? Investors with stop loss orders that were supposed to protect them lost years of gains in an afternoon plunge. PG was sold at 42. Stop losses are a risk I'll never take.

    Chuck, thanks for another excellent article - I've e-mailed it to my sons. You are a great teacher. You should be on TV.
    Mar 22 11:57 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • How GE's TV Commercial Supports Its Stock Price [View article]
    I'll stick with GE. Projections of growth are always iffy. Will Whirlpool really be able to sell 21% more refrigerators and dishwashers for the next five years than it does today? What is, is. What may be... who knows?
    Mar 22 09:06 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • I Love My 'Magic Pants' And My Partners Wear Them Proudly [View article]
    Chuck, you are 100% right. MPT reminds me of Modern Math, which left my daughter stumped by long division. Too many academics have forgotten "Keep it simple, stupid!" DG stocks are like trees that grow larger and yield more fruit each year; if a tree or any part of it is sold for income, the seller loses its future growth and income forever.
    Mar 20 12:52 PM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Debunking The 'Dividends Don't Add Shareholder Value' Myth [View article]
    As always, Chuck, thanks for a great article. I'm sending it on to my sons.
    All the best!
    Mar 15 01:34 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Debunking The 'Dividends Don't Add Shareholder Value' Myth [View article]
    Harris Bretall Money Management's returns 1992-2002 speak volumes. Up to a peak and right back down again. The financial industry have their yachts!
    Mar 15 12:30 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Debunking The 'Dividends Don't Add Shareholder Value' Myth [View article]
    Well said! Dividends from blue chips such as PG can be used to pay my grandson's college tuition in the certainty that three months later I will receive the same amount of dividends again, and a small annual increase. Selling shares to raise the money would reduce all future income. When I'm able to reinvest, I can evaluate the possibilities and buy for income or greater growth. From 1992 and 2000 a money management firm made large cap gains for us, but absorbed all dividends in high fees and caused us to pay high taxes; in 2000 the account went off a cliff, crashing back to what we had originally put in. We got out and put the money into DGI stocks, which had dropped in value but not gone off a cliff. I only wish we had the money we'd have had if we'd been in DGI, collecting dividends, from 1992-2002!
    Mar 15 11:49 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Stocks Are Two-Faced, And One Is A Pathological Liar [View article]
    aarc, can you show us these charts with the rise and fall of interest rates superimposed? Until about 1990 munis offered good solid returns, but then interest rates began dropping through the floor and stocks became the only game in town. To what extent have changes in interest rates contributed to the rise and fall of the S&P since the bubble burst in 2000?

    Mar 8 10:01 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Ruby Tuesday: A Ruby In The Rough [View article]
    Thanks for drawing my attention to RT stock. We dine at the D'Iberville RT every couple of weeks, and love it. Great salad bar and value for money. When the insiders are buying it's time to join them.
    Feb 22 10:34 AM | 8 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Continued Hysteria Over Puerto Rico Provides One Last Buying Opportunity [View article]
    Thanks, Daniel! I'll look hard at the Aqueduct and Sewer bonds. I have a University bond now - good to know it is secure, wish more of my PR bonds were University revenue. They can always raise tuition, as the colleges my grandsons are attending do!

    Please keep us posted on the PR situation.
    All the best,
    Feb 20 10:18 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Least Understood Dynamic In Today's Economy And What It Means For Investment Assets [View article]
    Brilliant. Investors who don't want to lose their shirt in the next debacle need to read, reread, and internalize this very good advice.
    Feb 19 02:17 PM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Continued Hysteria Over Puerto Rico Provides One Last Buying Opportunity [View article]
    Daniel, thanks for your reply and explanation. If the governor can get PR's budget balanced and the debt under control, this is fire sale and it's time to grit our teeth and buy. Are there any issues you feel are more safe than others? Please keep us posted on the PR situation, and thanks again for a very informative article!
    Feb 19 11:51 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Continued Hysteria Over Puerto Rico Provides One Last Buying Opportunity [View article]
    Thanks for the explanation about the agencies - this must be why some PR bonds of similar maturities are valued so differently. I'm holding, but am afraid to buy more. No question that selling the new bonds improves the situation in the short term by providing liquidity, but in the long run the high interest on those bonds just adds to the debt. A friend in financial distress got a second mortgage at high interest and used the money to pay both his first and second mortgage, but when the money from the second ran out his property went into foreclosure. Can PR improve their financial situation enough in the grace period given them by the capital infusion to get their house in order and reduce their debt load to what they can afford to pay? What do you think?
    Feb 17 11:18 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment