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  • Honey, I Shrunk The Gigafactory (And More) [View article]
    Shrink, shrank, shrunk. The past tense is shrank, not shrunk, which is the past perfect.
    Sep 4, 2015. 11:24 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Retirement Strategy: Magic? There Is No Magic To Investing For The Long Term [View article]
    RS, you write some sound articles, but I get the impression you write some to promote controversy. (I guess it gets lots of comments.) And I really appreciate many of your articles. But this one to me has a false ring to it.

    You say Chuck is the consummate professional (which he most certainly is), but you feel you have to clarify what he said? Here's your actual statement: "I am sure Chuck didn't even mean it that way, but many folks might just be confused, so I will politely add my opinion."

    With all due respect, you could have written this article and left Chuck out of it. Your opinions can stand on their own. Seems to me it's the height of arrogance to think you can speak for Chuck or correct what he says. His 50 years of professional experience in the business speak for themselves and his writing is clear and pellucid.

    I think trying to use Chuck as your straw man here is most disrespectful even while you're expressing your "respect" for him.

    Don't mean to offend but that's the way this article came off for me.
    Sep 4, 2015. 11:21 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • I Pity The Fool That Chases Fool's Gold, Invest In REIT Preferreds [View article]
    Excellent, well-thought-out comments, and I happen to agree with most, but some of the closed end funds that have a variety of REITs may be worth the investment. Some have done very well for years. PDT, for example.
    Sep 4, 2015. 08:34 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Reaves Utility Income Fund: It's Been A Tough Year [View article]
    That's a 10% increase each year. Anybody would appreciate getting a raise on their salary of 10% a year. Good job. If you can get that on your retirement investments, you'll be living high and much higher than inflation (I hope in any case.)
    Sep 4, 2015. 04:50 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • PIMCO High Income Fund: The First (Dividend) Cut Hurts The Most [View article]
    Great comment and so very true. Get out now and never, ever buy a CEF with a premium. It's a sure loser over time. Anybody willing to pay $1.60 (or even a $1.15) for a dollars worth of assets has a loose screw. Neither Pimco nor any other investing house is worth it.
    Sep 4, 2015. 04:23 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • PIMCO High Income Fund: The First (Dividend) Cut Hurts The Most [View article]
    Morningstar ratings are, to say the least, high questionable. They're assign by machine, I think. In any case, I would not rely on Morningstar in any way relative to CEFs.
    Sep 4, 2015. 04:20 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Equity CEFs: Your Best Market Moves In Closed-End Funds [View article]
    Wow, what a great article. Professional counsel free. That's the best deal I ever heard of. When I was working, we would sometimes hire a specialist, an expert, to give the company their best counsel on how to handle certain situations. Inevitably, management, after the expert had left the scene, would start to question the counsel and think they knew better. In these situations, I would often say, "Why are we hiring an expert and then ignoring his counsel?" Doesn't make any sense whatsoever.

    You've given us great counsel here, and I, for one, intend to follow it. You're the expert and all the counsel is free. What a great deal. Thank you.
    Sep 4, 2015. 02:08 PM | 7 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The 2 Keys To The Magic Formula For Long-Term Investment Success [View article]
    Terrific article, Chuck. You should be a finance professor. Your efforts to educate the SA audience are truly laudable. And I couldn't live without fastgraphs. Thank you ever so much. Your common sense approach is what investors need.
    Sep 3, 2015. 12:57 PM | 9 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Finding Bargains Among High Income CEFs Selling At Historic Discounts [View article]
    Love the analogy of boat with a small leak. Absolutely true.
    Sep 3, 2015. 10:49 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • 18 Seeking Alpha Contributors And Commentators And Their Picks For Future Dividend Growth [View article]
    Rose, I too want to extend my thanks for your doing this. Quite a good summary that I don't hve to do myself.
    Sep 3, 2015. 10:38 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • 18 Seeking Alpha Contributors And Commentators And Their Picks For Future Dividend Growth [View article]
    Gabby, WHEN did WMB buy out WMZ. I totally missed it. I thought WMB had put the deal on hold and put itself up for auction. Silly me. I bet the bidders on WMB will be surprised to learn of the WMB buyout as well. And I'm positive the business press of America will be surprised.
    Sep 3, 2015. 10:22 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • REIT Showdown: Team SA Vs. Team VNQ [View article]
    Very interesting and I appreciate the effort that went into this. I wonder about volatility. Though I've not studied it, it seems like the Team SA Reits are much more volatile. In this year's downdraft, most have gone down considerabily while the larger Reits in the Team VNQ sample have not. Does that mean inherently that Team SA is much riskier as a result of this volatility?
    Sep 3, 2015. 09:40 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • 60 Best Value Investing Resources You'd Be Crazy To Miss [View article]
    Great job. Terrific listing of resources.
    Sep 2, 2015. 08:20 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Royal Caribbean: Fundamentally Flawed, 57% Downside To Intrinsic Value [View article]
    Yeah, you have to come back to it. This book can't be read in one sitting.
    Sep 2, 2015. 12:32 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • ConocoPhillips: Deeply Undervalued With A 6.2% Dividend Yield [View article]
    I like the integrated majors better: XOM, CVX, OXY. I'm betting that COP is wishing right now they hadn't spun off their refining and chemical operations. As for cutting the dividend, mgt has shown themselves to be very shareholder friendly, but if these low prices continue for an extended period or even go lower, they'll have to cut it.
    Sep 2, 2015. 08:43 AM | 7 Likes Like |Link to Comment