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  • Is Obama Trying To Kill Dividend Investing? [View article]
    So little is being said? Its being heatedly and passionately talked about in several other articles here and in other places on the net. You feel there needs to be tax hikes. Its easy to say that and then follow up with "but don't tax this!" Where exactly does the tax increases come from?

    You asked for our thoughts and I think it is only fair that if I comment and open my own views for debate and the inevitable flaming...
    The tax cuts were temporary and never intended to be permanent. Obama's plan (as I understand it) is to let the tax break expire on qualified dividends (all other dividends seem to be ok to be taxed as income), if you make more then $250k in a year, and if its not in a tax shelter account. That is very specific yet there seems to be a desire to demonize Obama for wanting to kill all dividend investing.

    Where is the outcry for the Congress that set a deadline on when these tax cuts expire back in 2003? Why not work towards passing a new law? It seems to be little more then a matter of "Hey look what the democrat wants to do GET HIM!"

    Also what seems to be missing from many of these discussion is the fact that dividend investing has been around for centuries. Yet somehow reverting a tax break on some dividend that has only been in place for 9 years will somehow destroy dividends?

    I say all that being a dividend investor myself and will be impacted with higher dividends.
    Mar 6, 2012. 11:37 AM | 48 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Peter Schiff Has It Totally Backwards - Gold Is Not Going 'To The Moon' [View article]
    So that means Peter is right about everything?
    Jun 13, 2013. 08:29 AM | 35 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Why It's Time to Sell Apple [View article]
    Oh come on people. There are 20 million appl shares and 70 million QQQQ shares traded a day. Do you really think any article on SA is going to push these stocks around let alone someone who has 52 followers?

    No offense to the author for # of followers. Just making a point that his influence upon the world economy isnt as big as people want to make it out.

    The only sin the author made was to dare to speak out against His Holiness Jobs.
    Oct 18, 2010. 08:21 AM | 25 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Why Dividends Don't Matter [View article]
    Glad to see this article getting the critique it deserves.

    "Management’s decision to pay a dividend does not matter because shareholders can mimic the result of dividend by choosing to sell shares and therefore determine the time at which they receive cash."
    Why should I waste money on commissions and try to time the market by selling shares when I can have management do it for me for free?

    On a company rolling money back into themselves to grow instead of giving out a dividend. I cant pay my bills in terms of EPS or P/E. Just $. The only metric that gives me that symbol from a company is a dividend. Very similar to what Bigstack is saying. That dividend is mine, in my account. Its not a paper gain that can be taken away with the share price dropping.

    I have an example when dividends DO matter.
    Investor A lives off his dividends. Living off their $50,000 in dividends generated from a portfolio yielding 4%
    Investor B sells shares to earn their $50,000 and sells 4% of their portfolio.
    Both would have the same pool.
    The market blows up and their portfolio totals are cut in half.
    Investor A shrugs and continues to receive his dividend.
    Investor B now has to sell 8% of their portfolio to keep their standard of living. As the market recovers B's portfolio has a harder time growing and recovery. Oh and then it happens again 10 years later.

    This scenario has played out from many posters and commenters on this very site. Yes some companies cut their dividends but certainly not by the same % loss as a capital gains strategy.

    "You see, it does not matter whether the company pays out cash through dividends or share repurchases, the results are the same"
    When do companies do share repurchases? When they are struggling and the market prices their stock low or when they are successful and flush with cash and the market prices their stock high? Stock repurchases often are done when a stock is expensive. With dividends I can take my profits and then decide when to reinvest them.

    Lastly, dividends give the investor choice. If they want to roll it back into the company they can reinvest it or DRIP it. If you want the money you can keep the stock and take your dividend. If you want to sell you can.
    Jan 14, 2011. 02:00 PM | 24 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Here's Why Dividend Stocks Are Evil (And 7 Good Examples Worth Considering) [View article]
    Well thats certainly a different angle on the benefits of dividend investing. I have to give you points for your style today.
    Mar 30, 2011. 08:07 AM | 23 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Most of the developed world is pretty much in line when it comes to income distribution, but not the U.S., Brett Arends asserts, where the results are more in line with Zimbabwe, Argentina and El Salvador. The average Fortune 500 CEO pockets $10.5M a year, more than 300 times the average worker's pay.  [View news story]
    Yeah it takes a lot of intelligence to fire thousands of employees, move their jobs overseas, and pocket the difference in the form of a bonus.
    Jul 20, 2010. 07:33 PM | 22 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • At A Decade-Long Low, Annaly Capital Management May Be A Buy [View article]
    We should absolutely be concerned about the impact of the Obama administration. Since he took office on Jan 20, 2009 the market has more than doubled. He is just destroying our capitalist society.
    Dec 17, 2013. 04:53 PM | 20 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Periodic Table of the Dividend Champions [View article]
    WACG: Did they charge for this information? Do we have to go to their website and sign up for a newsletter for this?

    Of course this data is available to everybody. The most insulting part of your post is that you think we are that stupid to not know that.
    Its presented in a different way to look at it differently then from what looking at a big pile of numbers would give you.
    Dec 21, 2010. 10:09 AM | 20 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Annaly Has Bottomed: Multiple Reasons To Buy [View article]
    When did he say to buy x6 leveraged companies whose earnings have been dropping for years? I must have missed that one.
    Jan 9, 2014. 02:50 PM | 19 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Where Is BP Headed: $70 or $0? [View article]
    One of the better and level headed articles on BP that rightfully stays away from hysterics of $0 or $70.
    Jun 13, 2010. 08:34 AM | 19 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Steve Jobs Is Building AppleWorld - And Google's Running Scared [View article]
    I have to admit I am not sure what to make of this article.
    You are making a lot of assumptions about people's motives and emotions. You state that Google is scared, behaving like a company in trouble and has no moat yet then list out steps Google is taking to widen their moat. Googles ONLY hope is to built their own community?
    From there your thesis seems to be centered on "what if they fail" and that twitter and facebook has reduced Google to a commodity?
    I must be behind the times because I didnt realize people use facebook as a search engine.
    From these two points you state that Google stock will fall by more then half and Apple stock will more then double in two years. I can agree that Apple is in a better position then Google but you are really hitting some odd extremes here.

    Edit: I do want to mention that Apple doubling OR Google falling in half in 2 years is not out of the question. But that both of them happening for the reasons listed in this article are what I am in doubt of.
    Jan 21, 2010. 10:45 AM | 19 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Over one-third vote against American Realty executive pay plan [View news story]
    financeminister: I'm sure it sends a very harsh message against executive pay to have the board too afraid to give up their own pay and position by telling management no.
    You and your son are exactly whats wrong with corporate governance these days.
    Jun 2, 2014. 04:55 PM | 18 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Why It's A Mistake To Hold Cash In This Market [View article]
    Its amazing (and sad) how many people on SA read the title and do drive by comments without reading the author's thoughts and ideas. They think they are being clever with their comments when really it just makes them look stupid.

    Chuck. You make excellent points in your article about value investing.
    Dec 12, 2013. 07:23 AM | 18 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Ponzi Or MLP? Linn Energy's Unsustainable Distributions [View article]
    Akaralph: the use of the word ponzi is an emotional and controversial word these days guaranteed to get extra page views and comments. It worked.
    Jul 12, 2013. 12:53 PM | 18 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Dividend Champions: The Best List for Dividend Investors [View article]
    Great rundown on the different dividend lists that investors can use to find dividend stocks.
    I fully agree that David's Champions list is the best. I just got too frustrated with the aristocrat list missing some companies that deserved to be on their list and with no information apart from who is on their.

    David's list does a lot/most of the information gathering. When I first found his list I went through trying to find errors to see how reliable it is. Its VERY reliable and for 1 very important reason.
    The Aristocrat's list is just a list from a company that could care less about the dividend investor.
    David though is one of us and looks at dividends and companies from an investor point of view.
    Feb 9, 2011. 10:18 AM | 18 Likes Like |Link to Comment