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  • Total Return BDCs For 2014: Part 6 [View article]
    Thanks Graham!
    Feb 5 11:48 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Total Return BDCs For 2014: Part 6 [View article]
    Thanks for the excellent series
    a you track insider transactions and if so which site do you use? Thanks!
    Feb 5 04:32 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • My Top 2 Gold Stock Bargains To Buy For A 2014 Rebound [View article]
    Last Dec. i sold ANV NEM and SAND at losses for tax purposes, took the proceeds and invested in GGN at 9.
    I figure that getting divs from options and buying the fund at a discount is a reasonable strategy as I'm primarily an income investor.
    this is my new "PM" strategy.
    Jan 25 12:23 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Year-End Tax-Loss Strategies For Income Investors [View article]
    A question for clarification.
    In the article in seems apparent that only a short term loss can offset a short term gain....I am correct in this assumption?
    Dec 9 11:59 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Yes Mrs. Yellen, QE Is Creating An Asset Bubble [View article]
    Might have to wait awhile for the supermax ships to make a difference in North America as its reported that there are no ports big and deep enough for them here yet.
    Nov 19 01:44 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Are MLPs a Good Choice for Conservative Dividend Investors? [View article]
    no worries, appreciate the thought !
    Nov 14 04:37 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • How Investing In Dividend Champions At Sound Valuation Reduces Risk And Increases Return [View article]
    "Oddly, it was my NOT sticking to the "plan"....that allowed my to have the cash pile...."

    Yeah, I was in that boat with you.....only I had no plan....even after
    losing a "beer and peanuts" fortune 2000 to 2002 by completely gambling on the "new paradigm" coming back (oh yeah, THAT was my Plan, ha!)
    Got about 40% back by 2008 with a hodgepodge that made paper returns cos the market was going up. Then.....I started reading some SA dividend folks and realized that I was a fine "mark" in the casino.

    So with trepidation I "timed" the market on Sept.5 08 (the mark got lucky, again) cos I knew folks who'd bought houses at 8+times household income with no down, almost didn't make it (yes Lehman the next week). Sold most of my portfolio.
    Already knew i was going to shift to DGI . Got back in thru DGI in late 08, 09 and10. Still have 20% cash now (and happy to have it).

    Where I'm heading with this is.......
    In my case i was presented with the opportunity to use "timing". And in '08 at 54yrs ...working in a very physical profession...I made a rational decision to get on with it and stop being a deer in the headlights.
    Doing this allowed me to convert into a dividend stream seeking investor and benefit from capital gains on the way up in this frightened bull. I used cap. gains/ divs/dists to expand the number of DG positions I own to 40. And in addition, fully replace my working income while increasing my paper worth to about 70% of my once "lip licking/hands rubbing" paper wealth party in 1999.

    The moral I learned from my story is this.
    There's a million ways to get things done, some plans are a lot more feasible (easy?) than others and DG investing in solid, fairly or especially undervalued stocks, is for sure the best way forward for me.
    With a caveat.......don't let my rose colored "glorilla" sunglasses blind me to an elephant in the room.
    "To every thing, turn turn turn, there is a season......"
    Someday, i aspire to be "Chowder" ha!
    Sorry for being a qualified DG fanboy... hehe.
    Best of planning and luck :) to you
    Nov 11 06:04 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • My Thoughts About “Stay 100% Investing” [View instapost]
    I've now very little W-2 income and it absolutely changes the psychology of investing for me. At 60 I've much less opportunity to recoup losses. Read an article here by DVK (2010), emphasizing the concept of a "business plan" for investing and decided to create a set of criteria as guidelines for my reaction to markets and the purchase/selling of positions. It has been very helpful for me. I still set aside 5% of the portfolio as "mad money" to feed the gambler in me, ha
    Thanks for your contributions here.
    Nov 10 09:58 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Are MLPs a Good Choice for Conservative Dividend Investors? [View article]
    Chuck.....I would appreciate that very much and I'm sure it will be a very popular topic.
    Nov 10 01:49 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • My Thoughts About “Stay 100% Investing” [View instapost]
    SDS I agree.......I went from 5% about 70% cash in the late summer of 08 and put about 30% of that back in in late 08 thru 09. Have been slowly and specifically adding a little to my positons since then and now am down to about 20% cash (my bull market target) which is always building because I am primarily a dgi investor since 09.
    I was more of a buy and hold guy so it was not easy to go to so much cash....but i had lost a fortune 2000 to 2002 by holding on to some internet titans....and that humbling gave me the nerve to go to so much cash in 08.
    I still have to deal with greed....because I have a lot of cash and am getting .1% it is difficult to wait to deploy the cash until we get a broad based 20% correction which is my plan for putting half my cash back into dgi's been a hell of a bull these last 5 years.....
    nevertheless I will wait cos' what goes up will come down (unless it leaves orbit which I think is unlikely)
    Nov 10 12:18 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • A Monthly Pay Option-Income CEF Yielding 10.6% [View article]
    S-P It looks this is an SEC filing to sell eaton vance (EV) ....the mother ship
    not EOS....correct me if I'm wrong
    Nov 7 06:53 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • An Iconoclastic Retiree's Income Portfolio [View article]
    LB, I'm partial to GNT for broad based commodity exposure at this time. Dist. maybe reduced if economies stay weak but still looks a good buy (to me) here.
    Nov 2 12:04 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Green River (Continued) [View instapost]
    Dear Tom,
    An amusing if not happy view of the current economic situation.
    I'd add refreshing but the visuals clash ;-)
    Oct 19 07:16 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Low wages at fast-food chains in focus [View news story]
    yeah Tom
    ... and "Running Man" / "Hungry Games" contests
    Oct 18 01:10 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Trying To Beat The Market Is A Fool's Errand [View article]
    Chuck.....Thanks a lot for this article, it pretty well distills the advantages for DGI investing for the investor who's goal is income. The primary reason trying to "beat the market" is a fools errand for me is that I don't have the inclination, talent, connections and/or time necessary to outperform the market on a total return basis. Buying stocks and watching stocks that pay you to own them is very simple compared to figuring out which stocks to sell in order to receive income.

    That said....there are times when it is obvious that I want to sell some of my most overvalued positions.....or sell positions that have decreased payouts.....or buy companies who's prices have dropped due to externalities that probably will not ultimately affect their business.
    My goal is to be a master of the obvious...and DGI investing is (to me) an obvious way to make a reasonable income in the, I dare say, crazy markets we now operate in.

    Thanks to you Chuck for Fast Graphs "tm". The only downside, in my thinking, is maybe at some point a tipping point will occur. So many people will be using the tool that Mr. Fama's prediction will come into play. Undervaluations may become more rare due to Fast Graphs, making the market more "efficient".......ha..... c'est la vie....hehehe
    Oct 17 11:43 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment