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  • Value In France - Who Would Have Thought? [View article]
    My brokerage deducts the tax before it reinvests the dividend.
    Jul 21 12:09 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Patton Boggs settles with Chevron in Ecuador dispute, agrees to pay $15M [View news story]
    I am glad to see the legal system get set back.

    It's one thing for lawyers to work in the context of the US culture, but a different deal when working with cultures where loyalty trumps telling our idea of the truth.
    May 7 02:49 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Wild Oats grocery chain could launch itself again with a little help from Ron Burkle who is rumored to be close to buying Fresh & Easy stores in the U.S. from Tesco (TSCDF.PK). The investor could also house Wild Oats in A&P and Pathmark stores, according to the buzz. Once upon a time Whole Foods Market (WFM) tried to buy Wild Oats, should it be worried about its possible resurgence now? [View news story]
    Whole Foods bought wild oats and was in court responding to charges of having a monopoly. Whole Foods had to sell some of the Wild Oats stores to resolve the problem. Do not know what happened to the surviving Wild Oats stores.
    Jun 13 06:39 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • When Warren Buffett speaks, people listen, but Buffett's own company has been a laggard lately. Whitney Tilson thinks Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.A +0.3%) is now a buy: It's cheap, has huge cash assets, and Buffett's not going anywhere anytime soon. Wedgewood Partners' David Rolfe tells Barron’s he believes shares are worth at least $170K.  [View news story]
    My son idolizes Buffett. He convinced my husband to buy Berk.B and Wesco. Wesco went down and Buffett bought it out. Hubby lost 1/3 of his investment in Wesco.
    Mar 5 11:28 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Managing Your MLP Holdings [View article]
    My mistake. The distribution limit is $1000.
    Mar 3 11:49 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • 4 Utilities Stocks That Pay More Than 4% Dividends [View article]
    AT dividend is reduced by 15% in taxable account. My brokerage gets a tax credit for it. In IRA it is not taxed.
    Mar 3 11:47 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Managing Your MLP Holdings [View article]
    There is also TYG but the cost is high. What I understand is that you can keep MLPs in an IRA as long as they are under $10,000. Above the amount you may have to pay taxes. I yet to find out what the tax amount would be but it seems that it would be minimal amount.
    Mar 3 11:21 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Managing Your MLP Holdings [View article]
    It seems to me that after the recession advisors seem to be going back to what they used to do, when it was clear no asset classe was untouched by the recession. It would make sense to sell off some stocks and park the money in a CD if you could make a decent return. It seems to me there isn't much choice if you can't find anything in the bargain bin to invest in.
    Mar 2 07:35 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Managing Your MLP Holdings [View article]
    I sold two MLPs (about $5000 each) out of my IRA. The IRS sent a letter accusing me of taking an early distribution on both and tacked on the cost with penalty, interest and deadline. That occasioned upset and several letters providing evidence that the proceeds were not taken out of the account. This occasions a lot of frustration as there are always a number of letters exchanged before they acknowledge they were in error and the charges are dropped.
    Mar 2 12:16 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • 3 Boring Dividend Stocks You Will Grow To Love [View article]
    AT is a Canadian based company. 15% is taken out of my brokerage account every payout. In my IRA shares are bought instead of paying cash.
    Feb 27 10:23 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Is Whole Foods The Next Starbucks? [View article]
    I enjoy shopping at WFM but it's an hours drive to the closest. Trader Joes is filling the gap. I do not like Starbucks coffee (Consumers Reports did not like it either) It is an expensive coffee shop. Peets would be a better fit for Whole Foods Market.
    Jan 3 12:41 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Mid-Cap Stocks Paying High Dividends: Waiting For Payback [View article]
    The 1801 Club ad blocked the right side of the chart. I could not see data in the rows between 'EPS growth' and 'Payback'. Crappy advertising.
    Nov 8 06:01 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Volcom Management Convinces PPR to Pay for a Melting Ice Cube [View article]
    How in the heck can you make such a huge error. ING Prime Rate Trust is not associated with the information provided in this whatever it is analysis. It should be removed as others who are researching PPR will get serious misinformation.
    May 5 02:08 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Wall Street Breakfast: Must-Know News [View article]
    It may well be that Warren's mental capacity is failing and this is one of those episodes that shows that.
    May 3 01:18 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • My Diversified, High-Yield Portfolio [View article]
    I agree resolving Freddie and Fanny is long term. My response was taking aim at the statement "It invests primarily in a diversified portfolio of U.S. and foreign government securities. The portfolio is globally positioned, with normally at least 80% of net assets in government securities-bonds issued by governmental issuers located in no fewer than three different countries, including the United States." If you look at the holdings, diversity is miniscule and dominated by Freddie and Fannie with Ginnie Mae thrown in. It also doesn't mention the somewhere around 50% leverage. I sold because the price finally went above the price I bought in at and with all the divvy reinvest I am happy to have made money on the deal.
    Apr 22 12:17 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment