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  • Attractively Valued Ameriprise Financial: A Long-Term Total Return Opportunity Raises Dividend 16% [View article]
    I never considered Ameriprise as a place to invest and, from the comments, I don't think I ever will. I have been with TROW since the 70s (I also use Schwab and Wells Fargo Advisors) and, like many of you, all my investments/trades are self-directed.

    Coincidently, Jeff Miller provided the following link in his latest WTWA. Check out #6.

    Another great article by Chuck, though.
    Apr 26, 2015. 01:09 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Revisit Your Energy-Income Strategy [View article]
    Yep. Straight downhill since 2011, but looks like a time to at least stick a toe in, even if this isn't THE bottom. 11%+ distibution eases the pain while you wait. Just took a 1/4 position, but I'll be watching for a NAV golden cross before I fill it out.
    Apr 23, 2015. 01:35 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • FGB - Closed-Ended Financial Fund Offering 9% Dividends [View article]
    Yep, BTO is mostly banks, FGB mostly BDCs. While very different and a comparison of the two is highly questionable, they are the only two financial CEFs.

    Bought FGB on the cheap years back, but sold when it popped to a premium following a positive Barron's article back in 2014. Recently reentered and could add more as NAV now appears to be in a moderate upswing.
    Apr 21, 2015. 03:39 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Bond Sell-Off: Are We Finally Headed For The 'Big One'? [View article]
    I think of Fred Sanford every time I rummage through my drawer full of assorted reading glasses.
    Mar 11, 2015. 12:54 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • It's A Bond! It's A Stock! It's... Preferred Stock (Part 2) [View article]
    I own 6 preferreds. I bought 5 of them 4-6 years ago, but I recently bought NRF-E just under par. Despite catching a nice little pop since, I always like to keep the downside of preferreds in mind:
    Mar 2, 2015. 08:11 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • It's A Bond! It's A Stock! It's... Preferred Stock (Part 2) [View article]

    Simply enter a symbol, e.g. NRF, and then click on the link "Find All Related Securities for NRF".
    Mar 1, 2015. 08:16 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • A Strategic High-Yield Discussion And Portfolio Planner [View article]
    Early last fall, I sold out of FGB when the premium soared to >14%. I stuck a toe back in recently, despite the small @2% premium. The >9% distribution is attractive, but I'm waiting before adding to my position.

    BTW, FGB is a CEF which uses @18% leverage; it holds financials, mostly BDCs. Distributions have been steadily on the rise for the last 5 years or so and are paid quarterly.
    Jan 28, 2015. 09:27 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Getting The Defense On The Field [View article]
    "....but in a bull market (and they are raging in REIT space, aren't they) the leverage is a good play. "

    But the article is supposedly about getting defensive. Hmmm.
    Jan 17, 2015. 10:19 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Getting The Defense On The Field [View article]
    Just a thought re REITs: I sold RQI a while back and replaced it with RFI. RQI uses @25% leverage; RFI is a bit more defensive and uses no leverage, yet yields more than RQI (@7% vs. 6%), with no ROC, at least in the past year. Neither uses an options strategy and both have been solid performers.

    I too am wary of financials. The banks figure to get more profitable with wider spreads (if/when that occurs), but they are under seige from the regulators, as Jamie Dimon bemoaned recently. I've been taking a look at global banks and I almost pulled the trigger on SAN -- I'm glad I didn't, but I am long a SAN floating rate preferred for the last 5 years. Unlike the author, I am looking internationally in the hope of finding value plays, although now might be a bit early.
    Jan 16, 2015. 12:01 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • 10.6% Yielding ETW Offers Both Income And A Capital Appreciation Opportunity [View article]
    ETW made a 52-week low on 12/31/14, but NAV held well above its low. I put a bid in for my IRA and got a partial fill at 11.02 - caught the low. YOC > 10.5%, but I'll watch ETW closely, a good practice with most CEFs.

    1 year Z-score at close -2.15 (my spreadsheet calculation).
    Jan 5, 2015. 04:05 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • 10.6% Yielding ETW Offers Both Income And A Capital Appreciation Opportunity [View article]
    Still lots of posts by users concerned about ROC in this and other CEFs which use an options strategy. Read the link provided above by the author or articles by Douglas Albo and John Cole Scott on the subject. Morningstar also disects ROC on its website. Here are links to articles by other authors:
    Jan 3, 2015. 12:06 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • 10.6% Yielding ETW Offers Both Income And A Capital Appreciation Opportunity [View article]
    a 1300 basis point underperformance signals to me that "something" happened this case during the month of December

    Yet a comparison chart of Price vs. NAV reveals that NAV held up much better. I think you're correct: a big holder probably bailed out.
    Jan 3, 2015. 11:51 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Exciting Times At 9% Dividend NorthStar Realty Finance May Mean Exciting Growth [View article]
    In the words of Chico Escuela, "NRF has been berry berry good to me". I thank SA contributor Philip Mause for this one. He predicted the turnaround in NRF when things still looked gloomy. After the split, I thought about selling NSAM -- glad I didn't -- it too has been a great performer. Also hold some NRF-pE (8.75% cumulative preferred).

    Happy New Year, NRF Longs.
    Dec 31, 2014. 10:28 AM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • In Search Of Income: Preferred CEFs (Part II) [View article]
    Lots of factors to consider with Preferred CEFs, most covered in this excellent article. Here's another.

    CEF Analyzer puts 20 funds in its preferred category. Of those, two have 1-Year Z-scores worthy of attention: JPI (-1.52) and LDP (-1.42). Numbers are from Friday's (12/12/14) closing prices. As of this writing I calculate -1.05 for JPI and -1.54 for LDP.
    Dec 15, 2014. 10:11 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • As Uranium Prices Grow, The Global X Uranium ETF Will Follow [View article]
    Japan experienced strong earthquakes last weekend. Are the reactor restarts still on track ?

    Took a small starter position in URA about a month ago under 12. Plan to increase my holding when URA shows some "MO". IMO, a good long-term idea.
    Nov 26, 2014. 08:42 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment