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  • CMS Energy Has Good Long-Term Prospects But Substantial Short-Term Hurdles [View article]
    Bought CMS in early 2010. Been one of my better picks from the first days of replacing bank interest with dividends. Sticking with it and watching for op to get more at a price I can live with.
    Jul 1, 2015. 09:27 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Death Of This Bull Market Will Bring Higher Income To Retired Dividend Growth Investors [View article]
    I had a comment on this but it was deleted as not relevant to the discussion. Far be it from me to argue with moderators, but I think my comment was very relevant.
    The political tone of this thread is obvious. Moderators might want to take notice of the previous comments that provoked mine. Guess I don't have the creds to hang out here.
    Jun 30, 2015. 08:54 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • The Death Of This Bull Market Will Bring Higher Income To Retired Dividend Growth Investors [View article]
    Much as many people fail to understand who is their enemy. Then they get blamed for situations they didn't cause, but are handy distractions from the real problems and those who cause them.
    Jun 29, 2015. 11:58 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Court hands win to FCC, refusing to block net neutrality rules [View news story]
    Please, tell me who to call to get $15 a month cable internet!!!!

    I have to appreciate that we bought verizon before the internet days got rolling. At least I get some divvies to assuage the plus or minus $100 a month I pay Verizon for cell and internet in NC.

    Directv wants half a hundred a month just for tv, never mind internet. hat planet are you living on Gary?????
    Jun 16, 2015. 06:47 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Court hands win to FCC, refusing to block net neutrality rules [View news story]
    As if there were really a free market in America.
    Sounds good, though: people who can't afford the internet will be fenced off from the information and communication those with money will have.
    With no phone books, no way to access internet info, we'll have just what america needs, a huge supply of uninformed workers to exploit and make those that have, have more. Those that don't have, can just go die in a ditch someplace. Wait, wait, isn't that what happens in less civilized countries under totalitarian rule? Nah....
    Jun 16, 2015. 06:44 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Court hands win to FCC, refusing to block net neutrality rules [View news story]
    Not the fault of the super rich who never have enough cash in the offshore accounts, is it? With 10 percent of the people owning 90 percent of the wealth, does no one see the real problem? G-R-E-E-D.
    Jun 16, 2015. 06:40 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Court hands win to FCC, refusing to block net neutrality rules [View news story]
    Too bad so many refuse to look for the real rulers. Instead, they are programmed to rant against Mr. Obama. Not much hope for a country so full of propagandized and deluded people.
    It would be nice to stay on topic in these discussions, instead of mindlessly putting down the president, who has to work with the fascist right-wing that programmed voters gave him.
    Jun 16, 2015. 06:38 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Exxon CEO calls on Europe to embrace fracking [View news story]
    Ah, so, earthquakes ARE caused by fracking as it is done now.
    Saying fracking does not cause earthquakes is like saying obstetricians who don't wash their hands have nothing to do with infant/maternal deaths from infections.
    Jun 15, 2015. 09:46 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Exxon CEO calls on Europe to embrace fracking [View news story]
    So, stop use of disposal wells and fracking can continue?
    Jun 15, 2015. 09:41 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • How To Think About Risk [View article]
    Depends on your "livable" requirements. (This had turned into a rant, but I chopped off enough to get the main stock market points across).

    I'm way down on income in retirement, but, so far, have everything i need--more than I NEED, really, including a good patch of kale and turnips.

    While the stock market showed me how easy it is to lose, it also taught me how possible it is to win, by taking advantage of what's out there if I can just guess the future; based on my current holdings and our losses in the 80s collapse. The most recent market drops I just ignored, since my holdings were in basic industries. F, PE, and such as that.(Duke destroyed my hope for income from electricity. Integrity appears to be in short supply at the upper levels of that company. Just read the news and recent history, folks, if you doubt my words). Progress had been very good to us over the years and I don't yet see an equivalent I trust.

    So, until the next downturn--when I can pick up some stocks @ SWAN prices, I'm betting on real estate, which will eventually come back, especially if we get a strong president who can manage the motley crew of feral creatures in the Congress and on Wall Street. If we don't get that, we all will go down with the sinking ship anyway, as the US is already about 23rd in the world. Way down on the list of advanced (read: livable) nations. But I'll still have time to cash it all in and buy a one-way ticket to Norway. Or the local city of dead people.

    Am looking forward to reading more about risk in the market. Since the economic net started closing, I'm much more willing to take risks than I ever was before.
    Jun 3, 2015. 10:22 AM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Death Of This Bull Market Will Bring Higher Income To Retired Dividend Growth Investors [View article]
    Would be nice to read such heartfelt sentiments re: the torture and death of human beings.
    Death penalty and the see-saw torturous legal fights to make sure human beings are put to death. Citizen hunger in the wealthiest nation the world has ever known. Dog-fighting. Football mayhem. Guantanamo torture of innocent men and children. Too many instances of our primitive human behaviour to think about.
    Took awhile for that papal bull get through, but I suspect that modern people who care about animals had more "pull" than the bull in achieving the ban.

    Still, your point is still valid. Bull fighting is a cruel and base spectacle.
    Jun 2, 2015. 02:22 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Here It Comes: Consider Yourself Warned [View article]
    MSimon needs to revisit this assessment in light of the current (2015) situation.
    Tell us now, how great it is in the ME and how often s/he has to take off his shoes to get to his destination and how much better a life for millions in Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, and other area countries is right now.
    Bush will gone down in history as the worst president we've had. And Mr. Cheney's policies will make him reviled by future generations. And no telling how long it will be before home-grown jihadists give us all a major CONUS shock. Just small stuff so far........
    Holy Hannah!
    Jun 1, 2015. 05:52 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • The World Country Top 4 ETF Strategy - A Way To Fight Rising Rates And A Stalling U.S. Stock Market [View article]
    And some politicos want us all to play the market instead of having secure govt backed retirement plans.
    Those who are NOT natural investors have another strategy: an (underground) cash economy. I see it all the time and in retirement, on fixed income, with a market that certainly looks "fixed" to those who are NOT "born investors," I appreciate the value of this cash economy more each day. Keep the big time operators and politicos from picking Every(wo)man's pocket.
    Still, I hold a few stocks I imagine to be "safe" and collect those dividends. Unfortunately, the value of those divvies disappears when the market as a whole sinks a bit. There's no easy way to do this and not enough hours in the data plan to do all the research necessary to feel truly confident about any company.
    Jun 1, 2015. 04:18 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Target Switches Gears In The Grocery Aisle [View article]
    Not just cereal!!! Can't think of a product at the grocery store that has not had stiff price increases.
    Doesn't help much to also realize that some of this most likely has to do with lack of rainfall, too many people on the planet need feeding, people are aware that the cancer/disease situation is getting out of hand as pesticide + herbicide etc., use increases.
    Then there's the big issue: a need for the 1% to get bigger pay packets and bonuses every year, while we retirees invest for dividends and the money for that cost has to come from someplace. Let the little people pay us all.....

    Only a matter of time before the whole edifice collapses.
    May 21, 2015. 09:13 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • My Tactical Approach To Healthcare REIT Investing [View article]
    While my late father was in a rehab facility (because a friend had recommended it--some friend!!) he was rated as needing all kinds of therapies that had no chance of changing his condition at his advanced age. His residency was private pay, but insurance and govt. paid for the care.

    On one occasion, a "therapist" showed up in his room, I left to run an errand, and when I returned about 10 minutes later, this "therapist" was no where to be seen.

    The astronomical billing charges over the three months he was there for therapies of all sorts would have likely provided ER care for hundreds of sick people. He didn't have enough hours in the day to allow for all the therapies they billed for, and it slowed down the "therapists" rounds when i was there on one occasion and actually stayed for a session. It was nothing I had not been doing with him for months before he required round the clock attention.

    I was brain dead tired from tending to him and made a note to complain to someone, but that got lost in the shuffle, and who would I complain to anyway.

    Since phone books died, there's no convenient way to locate the govt agencies that could deal with complaints. I'm sure I'm not the only middle-aged offspring of skilled care residents without any lifeline in these times of crisis, when the brain doesn't work well enough to find the local agencies and thread the needles they require to pay any attention.

    Skilled care facilities collecting from govt payers are all about the money and old people are just the means to that end. has deep pockets and can hire expensive private (non-govt, paid) companies that would be worth the price--and still take all the money one has saved over a lifetime. Only the wealthy can afford decent old age care in this country. My dad's money nearly ran out in another facility, before he died.

    Guess I'll get mine back by buying some of these divvy payers myself. And I plan to never be interned in such an institution. Ever. Death is preferable, IMO.
    Apr 22, 2015. 10:19 AM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment