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  • Better 6% Dividend Stock: ConocoPhillips Or Chevron? [View article]
    Fcfrag and dentss
    “Wash sale” rules will prevent recognition of the loss if a substantially identical security is purchased 30 days before or after the “loss” sale. Since there are complex rules regarding wash sales, investors should carefully review any tax-loss strategy with their tax advisor.
    Aug 27, 2015. 10:46 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • $15 minimum wage on its way to NY [View news story]
    Truth & Nothing But
    I think you missed my point about my grandson. He is a fairly well paid graphic designer, one of the kinds of creative jobs that cannot be done by a machine. Even with reasonably good pay in high cost NYC he is not affluent at all. Those who are not as well off as he is are not in a position to help stimulate the economy. They are barely getting by.
    I never thought as myself as a "job creator". That is a current Republican buzz word. However, I was the CEO of a medium size manufacturing company, with 50 to 100 employees for many years until my partial retirement. I started work at 14. At the age of 85 I still work part time. I am also trained as a cost accountant and know the financial facts of life.
    Aug 20, 2015. 08:30 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • McDonald's expects significant sales lift from all-day breakfast [View news story]
    The variety of personal preferences shown here explains the problem that MCD faces.
    Everybody wants something different but with a simpler menu and no reduction in the speed of service! (and at a cheap price)
    I suspect that MCD will come up with solutions as they have through their long history. Don't bet against a winner.
    Aug 19, 2015. 05:37 PM | 7 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • $15 minimum wage on its way to NY [View news story]
    Your comment is incoherent.
    I suppose you mean that I am wolf in sheep's clothing.
    You are apparently a wolf and proud of it.
    Aug 19, 2015. 08:29 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • McDonald's tops poll of 'breakfastarians' [View news story]
    Thanks for your insight on polling. I admit to being a lifelong CU reader and I never saw the disconnect between the CU polls and the long lines I see at MCD..
    Like many CU readers I don't frequent MCD and I too think I might have a heart attack if I ate a cheeseburger (I am a vegetarian). But I do own MCD stock and consider it a good conservative long term holding.
    Aug 18, 2015. 11:57 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • $15 minimum wage on its way to NY [View news story]
    Not only do many of those financially comfortable folks who complain about raising the wages of the working poor not really care about the poor, they fail to grasp the fact that if the poor can barely live they don't have any excess funds to buy the goods and services that stimulate the economy.
    I have a grandson living and working in Manhattan. He makes considerably more than $15 per hour, works long hours and squeaks by by sharing a tiny apartment with another young professional. His only excess money comes in a stipend from his father.
    If one lives in rural West Virginia or Alabama $15 per hour is a pretty good wage. In NYC it is poverty level.
    Aug 18, 2015. 08:32 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Mortgage REIT giants get 2nd upgrade in two days [View news story]
    Mr. Trump has led enterprises which have defaulted on their bonds on multiple occasions (I believe four times).
    He might lead the U.S. our of debt by defaulting. After all he was adept at screwing the bond holders while getting rich himself.
    Here's an idea. Why not run the United States as a reality show (instead of a grade B soap opera)? The Donald could fire any congress critter who didn't measure up and cut off aid (Humanitarian aid that is. Military "aid' would of course continue to flow) to any ally who got out of line.
    Just sayin.
    Aug 14, 2015. 08:31 AM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Mortgage REIT giants get 2nd upgrade in two days [View news story]
    The world is mired in a situation where there is too much oil, too many manufactured goods seeking buyers, too much of almost everything physical. Until buyers stimulate demand in a big way, interest rates will remain low. (Or until supply diminishes sufficiently). AGNC's dividend seems to be moderately safe, so as long as the world economy stays as is, it is nice to collect the fat dividend.
    An unexpected event could change all that overnight.
    Aug 13, 2015. 11:24 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Nomura gets bullish on mortgage REITs [View news story]
    With global deflationary forces so strong it would be a real drag on our U.S. economy of the Fed would raise rates any time soon.
    That said, a token small raise may be possible. However, my bet is that the Fed will hold back. U. S. manufacturers certainly don't want a stronger dollar.
    Aug 12, 2015. 04:59 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • McDonald's U.S. to shrink for first time in 45 years [View news story]
    I live in an area which has few minority customers. They do not focus on them here. It would be foolish to do so.
    If an area has lots of minority customers it would be equally foolish to not aim their advertising at them.
    No matter what the color of customers' skin may be, their dollars are always green.
    Aug 12, 2015. 09:18 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • A Flight To Safety, Portfolio Moves In My 5%+ Dividend Yield Portfolio For July 2015 [View article]
    Rather than hold T and VZ you might take a look at BCE. I think the dividend is much more secure and their competitive position in Canada is more like that of a big gorilla than either T or VZ in the US. If you hold it in an IRA there are no tax consequences. If in a taxable account, Canada withholds 15%. However you can get it deducted from your US income tax bill dollar for dollar.
    Aug 8, 2015. 04:58 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • $15 minimum wage on its way to NY [View news story]
    Just a question... will you close the $1.6 million store before seeing how the new wage affects it? Won't you competitors have to pay the same wages as you?
    Won't both you and the competition be able to raise their prices to compensate for the new wage scale?
    Aug 8, 2015. 11:54 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • My Updated Thoughts On McDonald's [View article]
    As a very old investor I give equal consideration to the downside potential of stocks. MCD is not likely to be a shooting star anytime soon, but its deep strengths are very likely to help protect its price when the next market break happens. Check the charts fro 2007-2008 and see how little it fell then compared to most of the market. And- the dividends continued without interruption.
    When times get tough again - and they will sooner or later, a lot of the competition will falter or die and MCD will survive.
    Aug 7, 2015. 03:56 PM | 9 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • McDonald's eliminates 225 corporate-level jobs [View news story]
    To paraphrase an old British Admiral, "Every so often we hang a few sailors to get the attention of the rest of them."
    Aug 7, 2015. 09:09 AM | 9 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • $15 minimum wage on its way to NY [View news story]
    When you see a healthy business or sector you find one with plenty of customers with cash to spend. If the masses of customers are barely making the grade they won't have the excess cash to stimulate business.
    Detroit is a poor example. It was run incompetently and when the auto industry collapsed it was in big trouble.
    Pittsburgh and other old industry cities have reinvented themselves and although suffering population loss they have survived and prospered.
    Jul 31, 2015. 09:07 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment