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  • Retirement Strategy: The Team Alpha Retirement Portfolio Complete Update (Plus Bonus Columns) [View article]
    Very good stuff and very much appreciated. I absolutely love the chart & own many of the stocks listed - XOM, JNJ, T, PG, KO, O, ED, MO, HCP to be exact. My full portfolio is listed in my profile.

    I can only click "FOLLOW" once, ya know. :)

    Thank you very much for the good you share.
    Oct 31, 2015. 01:45 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • MLP Investors, Are You Getting Nervous? [View article]
    Geez - Not sure what to do with my EPD & KMI, except collect the units / dividends until the day they stop sending them. Then, I guess I'll continue doing nothing but letting them run their respective businesses, because I certainly don't know how to. That's why I hired them in the first place, come to think about it. They can figure out what needs to be figured out in the mean time.

    Guess I'll turn up the air conditioner & hit the gas station on the way to Happy Hour.
    Sep 29, 2015. 06:59 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Retirement Strategy: When There Is Blood In The Streets, Will You Become A Vampire? [View article]
    Just got back from Las Vegas.

    Think I broke even.
    Aug 22, 2015. 01:49 PM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Are These Oil Dividends Safe? [View article]
    In an effort to stay out of the buy high - sell low camp, I own XOM, KMI & EPD and will ride them into the sunset or into the ground. KMI & EPD being full positions, XOM is not. I think it's too late for me to jump out and risk hitting the ground before my chute deploys.
    Aug 20, 2015. 10:53 AM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Preliminary Review Of Enterprise Products Partners' Q2 Results [View article]
    ... Collect dividends...
    Aug 8, 2015. 02:24 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Good Business Portfolio: Will Philip Morris' Dividend Be Increased? [View article]
    Do you think PM should be in every investor's portfolio?
    Jul 29, 2015. 02:00 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Dow Trading Range Screen - Oversold To End Q2 [View article]
    Jul 1, 2015. 01:25 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Kinder Morgan: The Cat Is Officially Out Of The Bag [View article]
    Maybe a silly question, but is Kinder Morgan of Canada a different company / stock than KMI ?
    Mar 27, 2015. 01:35 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • VWINX Is The Only Retirement Fund You Need, Unless You Expect Solid Returns [View article]
    Smart IMO
    Mar 2, 2015. 02:09 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Project $3 Million Dividend Results - Objectives [View article]

    I used Morningstar for VZ & MO.

    I used Reuters website for HCN which indicates Fitch's BBB rating for HCN.

    I haven't used S&P.

    Mostly curious about how others react, if at all, when it's discovered that a current holding has a BBB rating. In the case of VZ & MO I personally would do nothing, take a wait and see approach as Chowder indicated.

    However, with HCN being a light position for me and holding an equally light position in HCP, I'm inclined to swap my HCN for HCP which is BBB+, has a lower PE, lower Beta, Higher Div Yld...

    I would certainly consider Credit Rating as part of my screen for new positions or additions to existing positions.

    Jan 24, 2015. 05:02 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Project $3 Million Dividend Results - Objectives [View article]
    Credit Rating question - I was updating one of my spreadsheets and found that VZ, HCN & MO currently have BBB ratings.

    Do you start to average out of positions that have BBB ratings or ???

    Since we both own these companies and I am an avid Chowder follower - who better to ask?

    Thanks for your help.
    Jan 23, 2015. 06:19 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Clorox: Cleaning Out The Portfolio [View article]
    Did they cut the dividend? No? Oh! ok, I'm still long.

    Guess I'll go cut the grass.

    Sep 27, 2014. 02:00 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Retirees, The S&P 500 And Cash Are All You Need [View article]
    I use Bond Ladders and would consider CD Ladders.
    Sep 25, 2014. 01:19 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • A Dividend Growth Portfolio For New Investors And Retirees Yielding 4.3%, Part 2 [View article]
    I like this article and what you are sharing with the rest of us.

    I own all of the stocks (+20 others) you mention, except LMT.

    I have a full position in JNJ and a "starter" position in AZN for what it's worth. I will watch AZN and either add to it or remove it. I buy "starter" positions in some of the companies I'm interested in to make myself focus more on them, e.g. the comments above on AZN really catch my attention since I added a bit of it to my portfolio.

    I still hold MLPs in my IRA to include KMP & associated KMR & KMI. Not enough to be overly concerned with the KMI restructuring deal though.

    Anyway - Thanks for sharing.

    Looking forward to your next article.
    Aug 19, 2014. 01:51 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Leggett & Platt: It's Time To Sell This Dividend Aristocrat [View article]
    What happens to the dividend yield if the share price goes down? Rhetorical question, but something to consider.

    I just turn off dividend re-investment when the share price is at or greater than fair value & turn it back on when share price is below fair value.

    Collecting dividends through ups & downs in share price and staying with a well managed, investor friendly company seems to be easiest for me.

    Trying to increase income more than portfolio NAV.
    Jun 10, 2014. 01:35 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment