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  • McDonald's Yields A Nice Fourth Quarter, But Long-Term Earnings Growth Unlikely  [View article]
    What are the growth stocks you would be comfortable holding for five years?
    Jan 27, 2016. 08:54 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • McDonald's Yields A Nice Fourth Quarter, But Long-Term Earnings Growth Unlikely  [View article]
    A portfolio you would be comfortable holding for at least five years would be something like this:
    McDonald (MCD), Johnson and Johnson (JNJ), Coco Cola (KO), General Mills (GSI), 3 M (MMM), Verizon (VZ), Exxon (XOM).
    The [potential downside to such a portfolio would be limited compared to the overall market and each of the above companies has managed to pay continuous dividends for 25 years or more (Mostly rising).
    Don't bet against the market leader in any segment of the market.
    Jan 27, 2016. 01:58 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Still Short McDonald's At $120  [View article]
    Nobody ever got rich betting against MCD.
    Jan 26, 2016. 04:49 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Is the mortgage REIT business going out of business?  [View news story]
    Whether The prez is Obama, The Donald, Mike Huckleberry or Casper Milquetoast, fear and greed will pull the markets up and down. Right now fear is rampant.
    Ride with it if your not too fearful. Sell out if you are.
    Selling at the bottom and buying at the top are two quite popular options.
    Jan 20, 2016. 11:34 AM | 22 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • How America's Shale Revolution Has Reduced Geopolitical And Price Risk  [View article]
    The diversity of opinion expressed in the many thoughtful comments above indicates to me that there are far too many variables at play for anyone to understand completely why oil is priced as it is at any given time and what the future direction of its price may be.
    Jan 18, 2016. 10:06 AM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Sunoco Logistics: 30% Bakken Pipeline Interest A Positive Catalyst - But Is It Enough?  [View article]
    Good information. Thanks. I have been a holder of SXL since its IPO when I got a few hundred shares. I have added repeatedly over the years. For some reason SXL has never been a favorite of most analysts, and still isn't. However, it has been a very profitable investment for me. I have watched the recent decline with dismay, but I'm holding. The information in this article helps my confidence. When energy shares start to rebound I'll be tempted to add some more.
    Jan 13, 2016. 10:21 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • I Finally Found A Bank I Like: Toronto-Dominion  [View article]
    My son, who lives and has a business in New Hampshire, has moved all of his banking business to TD because of its excellent service.
    I have owned TD shares three separate times. Each time I have purchased it has gone down soon afterwards. I would have been OK if I had stayed with it long term, but I was too anxious and sold. If I ever purchase again it would seem to be be a contrary indicator for the direction of their shares.
    Jan 12, 2016. 10:44 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • McDonald's Still A Better Short Than Long In 2016  [View article]
    I think MCD is holding up because of its much lower downside risk than most other companies.
    Look at the charts for the 2008 - 2009 era. MCD lost less that almost any other major company. And- continued its rising dividend payment throughout. McDonald's has raised its dividend each and every year since paying its first dividend in 1976.
    When the market looks dangerous MCD looks like a safe haven.
    Jan 11, 2016. 10:05 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • How Could Stock Markets Croak Like This First Thing In 2016?  [View article]
    Some nimble traders will make a lot of money. Most traders will suffer losses. Buy and hold investors will continue to hold. Long term, as group, they will make the most money. (And have to take less Zanex)
    Jan 10, 2016. 05:44 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Preferred Stock Vs. Common Stock Performance For 2015  [View article]
    Download Firefox as your browser. I gave up on clunky Internet Explorer several years go.
    Why make your online life miserable?
    Jan 8, 2016. 11:48 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Preferred Stock Vs. Common Stock Performance For 2015  [View article]
    I have about 20% of my portfolio in PFF and another 15% in preferred shares of Wells Fargo and PNC. I prefer these to lower yielding bonds. Yes; I know that in the event of a liquidation the bond holders are first in line. But I believe that the current credit risk in minimal. The greater risk to individual shares would be rapidly increasing interest rates, especially if your shares were purchased at prices above par.
    With world economies muddling along and many companies cash rich, rapid increases in interest rates don't look like an immediate problem to me.
    Jan 4, 2016. 08:35 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Salt warnings to hit menus in NYC  [View news story]
    Buyandhold 2012
    It is easy to understand your frustration with the workings of bureaucracy which are often times out of control. However, I think it might not be such a silly idea for all restaurants to post the salt content of their food. I don't know why chain restaurants were singled out. They are not the only offenders.
    A friend of mine ,who spent two weeks in Florida, eating in restaurants the entire time, ended up with swollen ankles. His doctor told him it was the result of a constant diet of restaurant food. ((Knowing my friend, the restaurants weren't MCDs. They were at a much higher price point.).The doc's advice was to drink plenty of water for a few days to flush the sodium out of his system - and stay out of restaurants for a while. It worked. Within three days his ankles were back to normal.
    My wife is on a doctor prescribed low salt diet and she avoids restaurants as much as possible. Many years ago my doc told me to avoid canned soups, fast food restaurants and a list of other foods that contributed to high blood pressure.
    I have followed his advice and at the age of 85 I am still going strong.
    Nov 30, 2015. 03:39 PM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • McDonald's: A Straw Fire?  [View article]
    Would you rather own a franchise in "A&W, Hot Spot, In-Out-Burger, Mikes at The Crossroads, Superburger, Weyden & Brewster, The Habit Burger Grill, Burger King, Jack n The Box, Carls Jr." or McDonalds????
    In our town in southwestern PA, the 4 MCDs are always busy. The other fast food restaurants have very few customers. I wonder how some of them stay in business at all.
    One important point is that every one of the MCDs has a prime location with easy in and out. Most of the "also-ran" competitors have second rate locations. Fast food ain't gourmet! People want it to be convenient, reliable and cheap. That is what MCD offers them.
    Oct 31, 2015. 05:28 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • McDonald's: A Straw Fire?  [View article]
    I agree that MCD seems high now. But waiting for a couple of quarters as the author suggests to see how it goes assures that one will buy at a higher price if all goes well with the company's comp sales.
    Long MCD and holding. (8% of portfolio)
    Oct 29, 2015. 08:28 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • How Great Was McDonald's Earnings Report?  [View article]
    Cheap fuel should affect all fast food restaurants equally. It should affect all brick and mortar retailers to some extent.
    Oct 23, 2015. 02:09 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment