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  • NorthStar: Is A 9% Yield Better Than A 13% Yield? [View article]
    I own one of the NRF preferred issues even though I hate to buy any perpetual of any company.
    Sep 30, 2015. 02:30 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Vanguard Dividend Growth Fund: A Solid Core Holding [View article]
    The last time I checked Donald Kilbride had about $1.5 million of his own money in this fund that he manages, which can only make an investor feel better about his investment.
    Sep 16, 2015. 04:18 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Consider These 3 Preferred Issues For Good Retirement Income [View article]
    Grabbed GBLIZ Tuesday at $24.32, I think. I have been studying Colony Capital recently with the idea of buying the preferred C issue that you discussed. I think that each of these issues offer an attractive risk/reward proposition, but you are absolutely right in saying not to buy too much of any one issue.
    Sep 9, 2015. 04:37 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Fool's Gold And The 10% Dividend Yield [View article]
    Look, I have been a follower of Rubicon since he first appeared on Seeking Alpha, and I can tell you that there is integrity in his articles, and my respect for him his sincere. I read each article and usually take no action on anything he discusses, but I always feel ''richer'' because he makes me ''think''. Stanford Chemist, above, nailed when he said ''food for thought''.
    Sep 3, 2015. 11:24 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • "Blood In The Streets" Equals Opportunity (Re-Invest Quarterly Dividends At Bargain Prices) [View instapost]
    Steve, I am a long time follower, and I think you are correct and I added to some holdings today, and I got back into FOF. There is not enough space here to get into the details, but anyone who liked this security, and owned it, last Friday must be salivating at the opportunity to buy this thing around $12.
    Jun 29, 2015. 02:54 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Diana Shipping Offers Stability For Drybulk Speculators [View article]
    Fantastic article. After weighing all of the ''pros and cons'' on DSX, I believe I would feel better buying the recently issued exchange traded senior note with the trading symbol DSXN. These notes have an 8.5% coupon, mature in May 2020, are callable in May 2017, make whole call and change of control protection. So if they don't default, and you say they have a ''pristine balance sheet'', then I make north of 8% annually whether DSXN is called or not. Sounds too good to be true to me. Why does it cost DSX so much to borrow money and would you recommend DSXN?
    Jun 15, 2015. 12:43 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • JPMorgan: Government bond rout worst in 30 years [View news story]
    Good point, Manus. This is common.
    Jun 8, 2015. 04:48 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • U.S. Households Under Pressure: Stagnant Incomes, Rising Basic Expenses [View article]
    Well I got up this morning and I grabbed myself a beer
    Yeah I got up this morning and I grabbed myself a beer
    You know the future's uncertain and the the End is always near
    May 31, 2015. 06:18 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • MSP: A Low-Volatility Sector Closed-End Fund Using The GARP Approach [View article]
    I am already in MSP and I am quite happy with it.
    May 26, 2015. 04:38 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Investors pulling the plug on utilities as Treasury yields rise [View news story]
    Today, March 6th, is the day to buy your favorite utility vehicle (ETF, mutual fund, closed end fund, whatever). I am a Vanguard guy so I bought VPU, commission free, a new position, and I will probably on it for a long time.
    Mar 6, 2015. 02:11 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Beware Of Convertible Bond Funds [View article]
    This is from SEC filings, detailing beneficial ownership in AGC;
    Tony Huang, portfolio manager and director, bought 10,000 shares on Jan. 15, 2015, at $6.27
    Gerald Seizert, director, owns 38,453 shares
    Other portfolio managers, such as Latronica and Maitland, also have ''skin in the game
    For what its worth, these guys are willing to eat their own cooking
    Feb 23, 2015. 05:46 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • At the close [View news story]
    I can digest the Fed, the ECB, the Euro, Greece, Russia, oil, etc., even the 50 day moving average, but I read today that the hemlines on skirts this Spring will be about one inch longer, so I am selling everything and putting my money in, well, you know, let me get back to you later.
    Jan 5, 2015. 04:55 PM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Added To China Fund [View article]
    You are absolutely correct when you view this security as something to be traded; i.e., when the discount is wide you buy and when the discount is narrow you sell. This wide/narrow criterion is usually referred to as the ''z-statistic'', and is provided daily on Morningstar. I wish Meb Faber and the people at Cambria would launch a ''wide z-statistic CEF'' that is adjusted daily.
    Dec 31, 2014. 12:04 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Equity CEFs: Will 2015 Be The Year Of The Rotation? [View article]
    Doug: Thank you, thank you, thank you! I cleaned up on JLA. But even more important, going forward, before reading this article, I already had established positions in UTF, SCD, and GNT, for the same reasons you discussed. And, damn it, the next thing I buy will be GRX. Now, the fact that you publish infrequently actually gives your articles more credibility. Some Seeking Alpha authors publish daily; they seem to have an opinion on everything. Hell, they could advise Kim Kardashian on what to wear to the ''Awards''. You always give us actionable suggestions, specific symbols, etc. where we should do our own due diligence before investing. You provide, pro bono, education but not hand holding.
    Dec 29, 2014. 02:23 PM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Wild Ride For OXLC  [View instapost]
    Steve: I can't wait to see your quarterly update at year's end; this is proving to be a very volatile final 3 months.
    Dec 16, 2014. 04:22 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment