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I am a software engineer for hire. It has been my trade since my first gig ca. 1985, and as a full-time employee and as a consultant during and since my C.S. degree. This profession requires continuous and independent learning to keep up with the fresh college graduates. I am a financial... More
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  • SeekingAlpha Loses It's Mind

    This comment did NOT contain insults, obscenities or abusive language!

    Moderating this 4 month OLD comment is INSANELY STUPID!

    SeekingAlpha, you had better drop this nonsense or you are fully deserving to lose any value you think you have!!!

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    • On Article CenturyLink: How A 7% Yielder Hit Into A Triple Play by CorvetteKid
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      '''But there really wasn't a cockroach here. They basically said they want to take some money now and hire an exterminator just-in-case.''' Yeah... I've got a really nice bridge just about to come on the market. I'll make you a real nice deal if you save me the staging and fluffing. Whatta ya say? Come on, can't wait forever... Seriously though, many years ago was relocating with the wife to a new city and we were looking at apartments. One complex seemed nice, but the main building was equipped with cowhide furniture. Holstein, actually. With the fur. And they didn't go with the rest of the color scheme, actually nothing would. And the apartments had the same palette. Ick. Another complex seemed much better. But as the saleslady was walking us about, what do we see but a couple of Orkin vans and busily working Orkin agents doing their thing. "We don't really have bugs, that's just preventative." A little digging found that that wasn't what was reported in the newspaper and to the health department a few weeks before.
    • Comment in reply to CorvetteKid on Article: CenturyLink: How A 7% Yielder Hit Into A Triple Play [View Commented]
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  • Dividends Beat Inflation, Again

    Barron's recently published an article comparing dividends on S&P500 stocks with inflation, since 2007 to the end of 2012.

    Inflation is up a total of 12% since 2007.

    S&P500 dividends are up a total of 14% since 2007.

    Dividend growth beats inflation. Even over the worst dividend cuts thus far in the 21st century.

    Saturday, March 30, 2013 "Speaking of Dividends": online.barrons.com/article/speaking_of_dividends.html

    Disclosure: I have no positions in any stocks mentioned, and no plans to initiate any positions within the next 72 hours.

    Additional disclosure: I have a few shares in many companies which might be found in the S&P 500 but I have no SPY or any other S&P 500 index fund.

    Apr 04 11:40 PM | Link | Comment!
  • A Dividend Cut Can Be Handled Without A Net Loss Of Dividend Income

    I was holding CTL when they cut their dividend. I sold near the open of the market the next day. (down over $7 when I sold, about $1 above the close for the day) By selling, I converted the announced 25% cut to my CTL income to a 100% cut in my CTL income.

    That very same week, my reinvested dividends and the announced future dividend increases compensated for 80% of that cut.

    In other words, if selling CTL cost me $100 in income, by the end of the 1st week I was down only $20 in income compared to the week before.

    During the next week, I invested the capital I had received from selling CTL into AFL, plus there were more reinvested dividends and announced dividend increases. All combined these covered the remaining 20% and 100% more.

    In other words, by the end of the 2nd week I had replaced the lost $100 in CTL income and was $100 up compared to where I was before the CTL announcement.

    It's called diversification, in this case diversification of income.

    You get diversification of income by managing individual stocks in your portfolio.

    You definitely do not get diversification of income as a wage slave in your occupation. You also do not get diversification of income with a stock fund (ETF or mutual fund) even when it is a dividend focused fund.

    Look how much those funds paid out in dividends in 2006-2010. Did the amount increase every year? The amount I received from my dividend portfolio increased every year, even after a few of my holdings cut their dividends.

    Disclosure: I have no positions in any stocks mentioned, and no plans to initiate any positions within the next 72 hours.

    Additional disclosure: I was long CTL when they announced their dividend cut but sold the next day. I am currently long many dividend paying companies.

    Mar 08 9:56 AM | Link | Comment!
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