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  • BDC Risk Profiles: An Introduction [View article]
    buzz--arcc and tcpc rank at the good end of your risk spectrum, and you have considered fsic low risk in the past. do you have portfolio ebitda for these? compared to main, they pay better distributions and are at a much lower premium to portfolio nav. i believe your past articles show they have a better or equal total return compared to main. so why the major premium for main?
    Aug 20 12:54 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Rising Interest Rates And BDCs: Part 2 [View article]
    i read your articles regularly but do not remember you discussing the debt-to-ebitda ratios of any bdc's portfolio companies. have i missed that?
    Aug 7 03:10 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Rockefeller REITs, The Ones That Pay Monthly [View article]
    wpt industrial article is only available to seeking alpha pro subscribers. is there any other way to get your article on that?
    Jun 25 12:40 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Schorsch Creates More Magic, This Time It's Health Care [View article]
    does the possibility of government interference in health care cause concern to anybody but me? new legislation could significantly change the business dynamics and the care of the elderly will always be under cost pressure because who wants to let grandma suffer.
    Apr 8 09:33 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • How Much Dividend Income Growth Do You Need? [View article]
    i agree that knowing cagr is very important in analyzing investments. however, i think this article focused solely on the investment portfolio which does not consider the total portfolio of most investors, namely the income coming from social security and any pensions. for example an individual receiving social security payments of $20,000 annually at 3.00% interest rates has the equivalent of a government guaranteed inflation adjusted bond of almost $677,000. in my personal case i worked for a company that went bankrupt, terminated their pension plan, which was taken over by the pension benefits guaranty corporation, and resulted in me receiving a government guaranteed pension of about one third of my promised pension, but which again has the equivalent of a government guaranteed bond. these significant bond additions to a portfolio should allow somewhat more risk in the equity portfolio than would be wise should the entire portfolio consist of equity investments.
    again, many retirees have real estate investments in their homes, which often have little or no mortgages and therefore could be available for reverse mortgages, thereby providing a income cushion for later years.
    so it is not a binary decision to sell equity in the investment portfolio or rely on investment income, but there are probably other options that reduce the risk in a portfolio in the later years of a retiree.
    my point is that considering only the investment portfolio, with the authors emphasis on providing a portfolio with a cagr allowing for inflation may be shortchanging a retiree's ability to enjoy a more comfortable retirement than a investment portfolio with more current income with the other options available if the investments do not work out as hoped.
    i admit i do not know my portfolio's cagr.
    Feb 16 07:56 PM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Risk Averse BDC Portfolio: Q4 2013 [View article]
    while main is a great bdc, it also seems overpriced to me. tcpc and arcc are near the top of your list in risk, dividends and price. why the lower percentages in your risk averse portfolio? for someone seeking dividends plus safety, those two seem the best of the bunch. i really like the graphical way you present your conclusions. thanks for your work.
    Dec 30 11:13 AM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • As Annaly And American Capital Disappoint, This MREIT Rises - Don't Short It [View article]
    while a agree with you about wmc, as it is the only mreit i own, i would also be very reluctant to disagree with reit analyist who appears to be a very knowledgeable writer.
    Dec 20 02:00 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Right Now Is The Wrong Time To Be Buying Healthcare REITs [View article]
    thank you for that. which articles do you discuss RRR in more detail and how you determine what it should be?
    Dec 7 09:51 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Should I, Would I, Or Could I Buy This Sale/Leaseback Pioneer? [View article]
    what do you think about csg as a less expensive alternative? it has some foreign assets, lower p/ffo, higher dividend and now a bbb+ debt rating.
    Dec 6 03:12 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • This U.S. Net-Lease REIT Holds A Natural Dollar Hedge [View article]
    what do you think about csg as an inexpensive alternative to wpc--foreign assets, lower p/ffo and a BBB+ rating?
    Dec 6 03:05 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Right Now Is The Wrong Time To Be Buying Healthcare REITs [View article]
    please explain what "RRR" means. thanks.
    Dec 6 11:49 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Realty Income: Should You Buy At $40 Per Share? [View article]
    i have sold november puts to buy O at $35 in december. however, i am concerned that selling a june 2014 put at a strike price of $35 for a premium of $1.05 has the risk that the price could be significantly less than $33.95. i am not confident in my ability to accuratly predict the stock price 6 months in advance, so i would like to know how you do it. i like idea of selling puts to be paid to wait for a good price, just wonder about doing it so far in the future, especially when much of the losses in the reit sector seem to have taken place with just the hint of taper/higher interest rates and what may happen when it actually takes place.
    Nov 25 04:14 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Realty Income: Should You Buy At $40 Per Share? [View article]
    i am presently doing exactly this but only for a month in advance. how do you decide whether the risk of the stock price deteriorating significantly below the strike price is worth the premium you receive, especially given the performance of ereit's with only the suggestion of the fed tapering. much discussion has centered around slowing qe somewhere around the end of 2013 or the beginning of 2014. 6 months is a long time to predict stock prices. i do like your concept though.
    Nov 20 07:24 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Is Your REIT RIPE? Introducing The RIPE-IQ Test With Realty Income Corp. [View article]
    any plan to subject WPC to your tests? it would make an interesting comparison to O.
    Oct 24 01:13 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Is Now A Good Time To Have More Tactical REIT Exposure To Increase Dividend Income? [View article]
    what does the LTM stand for in your charts?
    Aug 21 01:21 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment