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  • Retirement Strategy: The First Trades Towards My 2016 Goals For The Team Alpha Retirement Portfolio  [View article]

    Im not touting holding KMI,Im holding KMI with a staying and praying attitude.
    It would be far too painful to cut ties now,as I did absorb selling BBEP earlier this year.
    I have a $30k unrealized loss in VNR too,and tax write offs only go so far.
    Trump seems to be the only candidate who will admit ISIS and other extremist groups are funded by overseas oil.
    Maybe,just maybe,greed will take hold as common sense hasn't in past years and we will take out a few oil fields ?
    Maybe Mr Putin's aim will be bad and he can do the same ?
    In your life have you ever,ever dreamt you would cheer on Putin or El ChapoSad statement huh ?
    Dec 20, 2015. 09:06 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • How To Retire At 59 With $900,000 In Net Worth  [View article]
    Yeah that would be great,Im more in tune with being a Ted than a Mary.
    As for myself turning 60,care for my pop and aging dog,once those 2 are gone Im gonna try to live outside the USA and come back in 5 years.
    I say "try" because quite honestly Im not sure I can do it long term and once the honeymoon of being in a foreign country wears off.
    I will rent my condo,return to the USA for vacations or month long stays only.
    Like many of the other folks here, a huge chunk of my budget goes to medical coverage that is increasingly becoming disaster coverage and not medical coverage.
    $7500 deductible,no prescription,caps on cancer coverage,our system has become a joke.
    Each and every year less coverage for more money.
    If you research coverage outside the USA,you will find no lifetime cap on cancer coverage.
    Since I will be a orphan without children or spouse it is much easier for me than most people.
    Right now Thailand,Panama,Belize top my list.
    Dec 19, 2015. 09:31 PM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • AT&T: A Smaller Than Expected Dividend Increase  [View article]
    I think most people including myself were hoping for 2 cents.
    A penny is better than no increase,and I would rather see the stock gain some traction now and get into the 40's next year..
    Dec 19, 2015. 09:18 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Retirement Strategy: The First Trades Towards My 2016 Goals For The Team Alpha Retirement Portfolio  [View article]
    Hmmm Alan,
    Cant say I agree with this one...
    As I continue to look at the pain caused my IRA by KMI,I have placed a stop on AAPL,funds would be re deployed to offset lost income from KMI.
    And I thought I was being RAD !
    Dec 19, 2015. 11:14 AM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • How To Retire At 59 With $900,000 In Net Worth  [View article]
    Im 59,turn 60 in a month
    There is no Mary,but I love this series of articles as it certainly give me food for thought,,,
    I have a huge chunk of T,and a huge chunk of O,never really thought about diversifying into the above funds...
    Keep these articles coming...
    Dec 19, 2015. 12:07 AM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Dividend Growth 50: A Very Happy Anniversary  [View article]

    I love sports,and over the years have exchanged e mails with several prominent NY sports journalists.
    One is from my old hometown in NJ,started with the HS news paper,worked his way up to the NY POST.
    He replaced Dick Young.
    Along the way he never forgot his roots,and then all of a sudden his ego exploded.
    He has challenged me to a fist fight when I get back to my old hometown,a challenge I am looking forward to,as we both will be over 60 when this event happens.
    I love to see egos adjusted....
    Dec 18, 2015. 01:31 PM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Morningstar 5-Star Buys Are Dancing In My Portfolio  [View article]
    Happy Holidays
    Long HCP.
    Dumped WPC.
    Still dazed and confused over my 61% unrealized KMI debacle.

    Keep the good stuff coming...
    Dec 17, 2015. 08:05 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Dividend Growth 50: A Very Happy Anniversary  [View article]

    I last worked in the casino industry.
    Lots of egos,and sometimes more ego than honesty or job knowledge.
    While not everyone hated me,I wasnt the best butt kisser in the joint.
    I didnt know it all,but what I did know,I knew well..
    Dec 17, 2015. 07:57 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • With AT&T's Dividend Increase On The Way, Here's What Investors Could Receive  [View article]
    T,our largest holding.
    Dec 17, 2015. 03:13 PM | 8 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Dividend Growth 50: A Very Happy Anniversary  [View article]

    GOOD JOB !
    Here is my year in review..
    500 words or less..
    SBUX,KHC, home runs !
    MO,CLX,T good job !
    O,my steady eddie
    VNR,BBEP,KMI Can you feel my pain ?
    No,really,CAN you feel my pain ?
    CVX,COP, staying and praying.
    Divvies keep coming,and nobody in this world wants my sorry butt back in the work force,as Im far too honest and politically incorrect.

    Happy Holidays Mike.
    Dec 17, 2015. 03:04 PM | 18 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Why General Electric Has Way More Upside In 2016  [View article]
    Since the economy is in excellent shape and GE will complete its asset sales.
    Sorry,dont buy into that...
    Still too many people scraping to get by.
    Still too many people out of work.
    Dec 17, 2015. 09:00 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Which Of Your DGI Holdings Could Threaten Your Income?  [View article]
    My E trade IRA account is yet to change the anticipated KMI dividend.
    Dec 16, 2015. 05:19 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Dividend Champions: 12 Increases Expected By The End Of February  [View article]
    So,,is ADM a value trap ?
    Opinions ?
    Dec 16, 2015. 05:04 PM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • My 2016 Sleep Well At Night Portfolio  [View article]
    WPC spooked me with the noise of a break up.
    Im still hurting from the KMI debacle,so I sold all.
    While I realize WPC and KMI have absolutely nothing in common,uncertainty is unsettling.
    Still holding a full position in VTR,OHI,NNN,,HCP,HCN,s... positions in STAG and LTC.
    Thanks for all of your hard work,
    Dec 16, 2015. 11:46 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • 3M - Do Not Buy Yet, 2016 Earnings Growth Is Of Low Quality  [View article]
    MMM is like a corvette,everyone wants one,most people keep reaching and falling short.
    Bought more yesterday,as my overall investment in the company remains in the black.
    Tune out the noise if you are a true long term dividend growth income investor.
    Dec 16, 2015. 11:34 AM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment