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  • A Few Reasons Why I Am Bullish On J.C. Penney [View article]
    What I find interesting is that Ullman is being hailed as the savior of JCP in this article.

    This begs the question, "Why was he removed in the first place?".
    Feb 17, 2014. 11:30 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • These Charts Speak Louder Than Words [View article]
    1. The charts start from June 2008, not 1978.

    2. The reason the charts start from June 2008 is because according to the article, "in June 2008, the Bureau of Labor Statistics began tracking the civilian labor force participation rate for individuals aged 65 and older." so that would mean that there is no data before that.
    Feb 16, 2014. 05:00 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Ultimate Guide To Building A High-Yield Dividend Portfolio [View article]
    If you are interested in reducing the tax reporting, why include the LPs such as IEP, etc in your shortlist of equities. LPs and MLPs both involve significantly different tax treatments than stocks.
    Feb 14, 2014. 01:25 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Buy This Activist High Dividend Stock For An 11% Yield In 2014 [View article]
    If you are going to buy calls, buy long dated ones with plenty of time value. While the overall trend has been up, IEP has had significant dips in its price. Buying calls with a short time to expiration will not protect you from those dips.

    The other alternative is to sell puts but if the stock dips and you then get assigned, you will face the same problems of taxation that you were trying to avoid in the first place.
    Jan 27, 2014. 05:43 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Buy This Activist High Dividend Stock For An 11% Yield In 2014 [View article]
    There is a reason why the income is called different names. That's because they are totally different things, which is why the IRS treats them differently.
    For more articles by someone who knows something about the difference between MLPs and stocks, see the following SA article:

    Thank you very much.
    P.S. Do your own due diligence before investing in a stock or MLP. Yes, you can get ideas from Seeking Alpha but the ultimate responsibility is still yours.
    Jan 27, 2014. 05:37 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Best ETF Of Our Time (AKA How To Become A Billionaire Without Really Trying) [View article]
    Nice article. I especially like the caveat about drawdowns and how one must be prepared for the occasional large drawdown.
    Jul 24, 2013. 11:12 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Buying Buybacks II [View article]
    Interesting article. looking forward to the rest of the series.
    Jul 23, 2013. 10:46 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • VIX Shorts, Have A Little Patience [View article]
    I agree. However I tend to prefer bear put spreads rather than a long put. Just like the long put, downside risk is what I paid for the put spread except that there is less money at risk.
    Jul 18, 2013. 09:31 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • VXX: Wall Street's One Click Bandit [View article]
    @Jay Wohlberg

    Thank you.
    May 16, 2013. 02:40 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Unraveling The VXX Roll Yield Riddle [View article]
    Congratulations on your first article. Very nicely done.
    May 16, 2013. 02:34 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • VIX Contango Oscillator - Profitable Observations [View article]
    Thank you for this informative article.
    May 16, 2013. 02:32 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The VIX, Interpolation And The Roll [View article]
    Nice article. Now I know why I lost money trading the VXX. :)
    Mar 13, 2013. 07:39 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Vringo: What You Really Need To Pay Attention To [View article]
    Nice article.
    Mar 4, 2013. 05:03 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • 3D Systems: A Sobering Reality [View article]
    The French car company was Citroen. (Additional one letter).
    Feb 27, 2013. 10:15 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • 3D Systems: A Sobering Reality [View article]
    Citron Research is, most of the time, a short seller. (I believe that "citron" is the French word for "lemon".) They do research on companies, especially companies that are badly run, they will take a short position in the company, then write an article exposing management. After the article comes out, the price of the company shares drop, Citron closes out their position and takes a nice profit. They are definitely not saints. Having said that, their research is usually quite solid and is the reason that the shares of the company drop after the article by Citron.

    I use Citron as a warning signal. While I may not short a company that Citron "exposes", I would definitely not go long on it either.
    Feb 24, 2013. 05:40 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment