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  • Some Prefer Southern Company Over Wisconsin Energy: I Just Don't Get It [View article]
    For me. it's Right Here....Right Now! If I can catch an attractive entry point (5% or higher), in a stock like WEC, that's great; but, I am not willing to wait for a low yielder to catch up with a RHRN 5% Yielder. Much can happen over the years. Once You buy a stock, You own its market risk immediately regardless of its current yield and/or future capital gains/losses. I am no longer a young man, so please show me the money now.
    Nov 17, 2015. 05:45 AM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Utilities: Across The Universe [View article]
    Thanks Eric!

    Very nice breakout. This article goes to hard copy. Thanks again.
    Nov 14, 2015. 09:22 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Duke Energy- Investors Do Not Like The Piedmont Deal, Nor Do I [View article]
    Don't worry. If this deal doesn't work out, DUK will just ask for another rate increase from the UC. DUK will get their guaranteed rate of return no matter what happens. It is the DUK rate-payers who will be left holding the bag if this deal does not work out. Personally, I have not been very happy with DUK in the last few years. Problems (they largely created themselves) have been catching up with them; but, in the end if my cost-based yield is high enough, I will buy and hold DUK. Seven is too high. Somewhere between 5.5% to 6.25% will get me invested for the long-term.
    Oct 28, 2015. 06:34 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • CatchMark Timber Trust Is Poised To Profit [View article]
    Who is DCH?
    Sep 30, 2015. 07:10 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Top 10 Consumer Staple Stocks For Dividend Growth And Income [View article]
    Thanks Eric for your hard work. This is very useful information. Thanks again.
    Sep 5, 2015. 08:58 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Political issues slow broad Chick-fil-A expansion [View news story]
    I love Chick-fil-A and everything they stand for.
    Aug 22, 2015. 06:04 AM | 7 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • AT&T: More Risky Than You Might Think [View article]
    After the $6B flub-up with T-Mobile, I fear T bought DTV at the top of a market that is losing tons of customers. Randal Stephenson had better make this work or it's time to cut his cord.
    Aug 19, 2015. 07:40 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • ConocoPhillips - You Better, You Better, You Bet [View article]
    Very nice job. Well-written article. Thanks!!
    Aug 2, 2015. 07:53 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • My Second Quarter 2015 Portfolio Review - Building Quality, Income And Dividend Growth [View article]
    Great read!! Thanks for doing such an excellent job and sharing your portfolio with the rest of us!! Thanks again!!
    Jul 25, 2015. 09:27 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • SCHD: A Natural Core Holding For Dividend Growth Investors [View article]
    If You can get the entry price right, this ETF is a Hold Forever investment IMO. SCHD is on my target list. You must be patience. Just sit and wait until the market comes to you. SCHD should be an excellent investment longterm for retirees.
    Jul 8, 2015. 06:33 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • More Ways To Secure Income That Won't Be Wiped Out In A U.S. Downturn [View article]
    We are on the same page. Thanks for your thoughts on this matter. I have placed DBU on my watch list. Any advice on how to avoid the inevitable is appreciated.
    Jun 20, 2015. 08:50 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Restructuring The Portfolio For Retirement [View article]
    Thanks for this article. I am getting VERY close to retirement and trying to solidify in my mind how I am going to structure my investments. Hey Man, (as You know) it is a jungle and a rat race all rolled into one out here. I have several individual investments that (so far) are doing very nicely. I also have some oil and natural resource investments that I am getting killed in. I am only interested in dividend-paying stocks; but, as I scale my investments to include my retirement income needs, I don't want to spend all of my retirement in front of this damn computer. So, my strategy I think is going to be a scattering of individual stocks that I can't resist; but with the majority in good dividend-paying ETFs with the lowest Expense Ratios in the industry as You have mentioned here. It is a wonderful thought to have all of your money invested in the best-of-the-best stocks which pay nice dividends and to avoid paying ETF fees; but, it is a lot easier said than done. It takes a hellava lot of work to do it successfully and You are forced to watch the markets constantly for unexpected news involving one of your stocks. Me, I feel I have done all of the preparation that I can do in anticipation of the coming market debacle that we all know is coming sooner or later. I have targeted many great dividend-paying stocks tagged with potential buy prices along with the best low(est) cost ETFs in the industry that I plan to move major money into when the market crashes. But in the spirit of this article, I am thinking more and more about simplifying my investing life (KISS) and pushing a lot of this work off on the best and cheapest ETFs in the industry while enjoying my retirement. This $hit will drive You nuts if You will let it. To do it and be successful at it requires a lot of work. It has never been easy, especially in the current environment.
    May 30, 2015. 11:01 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • It's A Bond! It's A Stock! It's... Preferred Stock (Part 2) [View article]
    Thanks Man.
    Mar 1, 2015. 09:29 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Update: Dollar General Loses Yet Wins At The Same Time [View article]
    Yes, IMO, You are absolutely right. Dollar General in my mind is the clear winner. Family Dollar has been in decline for some time before the merger opportunities swooped in and saved it from its eventual demise. Its most recent earnings report released in recent days didn't look too pretty to me. This market segment is fierce and Dollar General has been a major competitor. Dollar Tree may come to realize that they spent good money buying themselves a company with a declining business model. The fact Dollar General didn't "win" Family Dollar makes it the clear winner and places it in the perfect position to compete with the new Dollar Tree/Family Dollar combination. IMO, the winners here are Family Dollar and Dollar General. The biggest loser is Dollar Tree. Dollar General needs to just continue to do what it has been doing and they will be fine. Yep!, I don't own DG; but, I wish I did.
    Jan 23, 2015. 04:36 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Wall Street's Shameful Commodities Market Play [View article]
    Senator Levin does himself no favors when he pretends this is new news. This kind of thing has been going on (and completely ignored) for years. He, much better than most knows this. Mr. Levin, we all know that You know. So, quit pretending. It seems You folks are always (supposedly) the last to find out anything......again, don't insult our intelligence. We know what's going on here. It is the status quo....the same old....same old. ALL markets that can be manipulated are being manipulated and have been for years.
    Nov 27, 2014. 08:10 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment