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  • Yahoo responds to Starboard; 3 more products shuttered [View news story]
    Yahoo Directories were a great service. I still use it when I want to refer people to a STATIC list of links (unlike a google search URL, where new results may come each time someone clicks the link, as it is designed to always be a fresh search). The problem is that most directories have not been maintained, and most contemporary (2014) web users are less interested in consistent data.

    Unfortunately, I can't point to a single product or service that Yahoo has gotten right in the past 5 years. and most of the upgrades/updates have been poorly received.

    And AOL is even worse.

    I'm a reluctant Long in YHOO - since there just aren't a lot of good options. it is a miniscule piece of my portfolio though...
    Sep 27, 2014. 02:29 AM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • 7 Dividend Paying Stocks I Purchased Without Paying Commission [View article]
    My account was credited with the shares on the 17th, at prices near close. That actually worked out in my favor, as both (NYSE:MCD) and (NASDAQ:YHOO) were lower on the 17th than the 15th.
    Jul 18, 2014. 12:59 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • 7 Dividend Paying Stocks I Purchased Without Paying Commission [View article]
    Not sure the issue. I placed two orders with Loyal3 and they charged my credit card about 4am for each of the orders set for that day (July 15). Website still shows as pending with old prices.
    Jul 17, 2014. 04:52 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • 7 Dividend Paying Stocks I Purchased Without Paying Commission [View article]
    >> LOYAL3 is a member of both FINRA and SIPC...

    That's the answer I was looking for, thanks. As I understand it, that's the comparable to FDIC in terms of stock holdings -- it doesn't safeguard the purchase price, it safeguards record of ownership.
    Jul 11, 2014. 03:35 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • 7 Dividend Paying Stocks I Purchased Without Paying Commission [View article]
    If we treat Loyal3 as the equivalent of dripping, it sorta makes sense. (The corporations issuing stocks pay the fees, not us.) My concern is the reliability of their stock-holding (for us). I use TradeKing also, very modest fees, but we don't get actual stock certificates. What happens if these guys go bankrupt or someone runs off with the cash - are there real stocks in hand somewhere in our name, or ...?
    Jul 9, 2014. 02:25 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • 7 Dividend Paying Stocks I Purchased Without Paying Commission [View article]
    Looking at the Loyal3 site, I didn't find information about guarantees. (Bankruptcy of Loyal3 or whatever). Since they are holding the stock certificates, what are the safety provisions?
    Jul 9, 2014. 02:18 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Bernstein takes Verizon's (VZ -1%) statement about not currently having any intention to acquire/merge with Vodafone (VOD -4.5%) as a sign Verizon's overtures have been rebuffed. "We view Vodafone as a (very) reluctant seller." Nonetheless, an unnamed top-15 Vodafone shareholder tells Reuters "there has been a subtle change of tone from Vodafone management" over the last 6 months regarding a sale of the Verizon Wireless stake. "They are in a place psychologically where they are prepared to sell it." (previous[View news story]
    These (VOD) 'will sell' spiels all come from the US side of the pond. Sure (VZ) wants Verizon Wireless, the namesake. But why should VOD sell? They are cash rich, having sold smaller bits of other overseas plays even wjile purchasing Cable and Wireless in UK and bidding for a cable operator in Germany. As long as Verizon Wireless is spinning gold from straw, why kill (or sell) the golden goose? <sorry!>

    Seeing this in the works, I sold my longterm holdings at $29.99 (preset) and will come back at 27.50 or so for the dividends and long term exposure to global telecom.
    Apr 3, 2013. 09:24 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Vodafone (VOD) is at odds with the Indian government once again, assailing a decision to set the price of 800 MHz. spectrum (used by rival carriers) at 1/3 the price of 900 MHz. spectrum (used by Vodafone) as "illegal, discriminatory, and benefiting one set of players." Vodafone execs say they'll consider "all possible remedies, including legal recourse," if the government doesn't change its mind. Vodafone is also battling the government over tax payments and "excess spectrum" fees. [View news story]
    No news. "Nothing to see here folks, keep moving!"
    SOS - Same ol' Schtuff in India (and China, and Korea, and Russia). Since local companies can be strong-armed by government (and parties) for extralegal "support" and internationals are less likely to succomb, we favor locals (then tell the locals privately that they must pay for those government officials' "special consideration").
    Feb 2, 2013. 04:45 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Choosing the Right Dividend ETF [View article]
    2 years have passed. Perhaps you might revisit this? Also, any considerations for smaller cap dividend payers?
    Feb 2, 2013. 04:28 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • "The bears are gone, extinct, vanished," writes John Hussman, with the only ones remaining being permabears or nutcases. "And yet, the historical evidence for major defensiveness has rarely been stronger." Capitulation is everywhere, he says, with even Alan Abelson telling investors to let profits run until stocks start to go the other way. [View news story]
    "Be fearful when others are greedy. . ."
    I'm guessing it's time to bank some profits.
    Hard to find values now.
    Jan 28, 2013. 10:44 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Large-Cap Value Has 36 Aliases In ETF World [View article]
    Figure one, and the information above it (including the title) is quite useful. Not convinced about what's below there.
    Jan 27, 2013. 06:00 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • India stokes the fires a bit on its long-running tax dispute with Vodafone (VOD), sending the cell-phone operator a notice that it owes over $2B on its $11.2 acquisition of a 67% stake in the Indian operations of Hutchison Whampoa in 2007. Vodafone continues to maintain that it owes the government zilch and says that the notice doesn't contain a deadline. [View news story]
    India, China, Korea - countries that think foreign investment is simply a tax-windfall for governments (and too often, an easy prey for coerced under-the-table payments). VOD has already abandoned its equity stake China Mobile for some of the same issues (although they pulled a healthy profit and still maintain a "strategic alliance"). India will see the same "discount" effect on its assets for this reason.
    Jan 8, 2013. 05:19 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Use Vodafone To Build Dividend Income [View article]
    Thanks for a nice discussion on the VOD - Verizon Wireless relationship. Too bad more contributors on SA don't look at things as carefully as you have. Just because Verizon (VZ) wishes that VOD would sell their holdings in Verizon Wireless doesn't mean it will happen. VOD's selloffs of minority holdings elsewhere (e.g., China) were based on smaller ownership percentages and in lands where minority equity rights are often not observed in practice (or even in law!). I live in Korea, where these kinds of games are routine...
    Jan 4, 2013. 08:32 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Vodafone's Statements Suggest Too Much Optimism [View article]
    Because Verizon (VZ) says Vodafone (VOD) will sell back its shares is no reason to believe it's true. Yes, VOD has sold out of minority shares around the world, but those were quite small shares where VOD could legitimately argue that their equity rights were not recognized. In many, VOD partnered with technology as well as equity, but the local majority partners were failing to compensate VOD adequately. Verizon Cell is a quite different matter, and the laws relating to minority owner rights in US are not the same as the problems in China, etc.
    Jan 4, 2013. 08:20 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • General Dynamics: Stop The Roller Coaster, I Need To Get Off [View article]
    Volatility is for traders.
    Although I'm moving more towards Index ETFs and (hopefully) a longer-term hold strategy, I have done a lot of 1-8 month "buy after a fall and sell when I make 20%" trades. I'd have to say that I'm about even in that process except for one that killed me -- (PBI) on the third buy-sell. (INTC) is my present case of heartburn, down 20% - but I gained more than this in my early INTC buy-sell and recent dividends, so I'm not really "down" in that regard. Investing and the SA community has been a pleasant experience, despite the dips but then I'm fortunate enough to have entered the market in Feb 2009! I'm trying to check listings less often (once a day is too often!).
    Dec 27, 2012. 03:29 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment