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  • Housing and the End of Upward Mobility in the U.S. [View article]
    Interesting point on the mortgage interest deduction. I've taken advantage of it for years, but now it pushes me into the Alternative Minimum Tax schedule, oops. I would gladly give up all the class-oriented tax deductions for a precise and simple tax code...and a responsible government to spend it. It will never happen though.
    Apr 16, 2010. 09:57 PM | 26 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Dividend Investors Beware: A New Paradigm Shift Is Coming [View article]
    Dude, you have way too much time on your hands..
    Mar 25, 2010. 11:26 AM | 23 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • What Now After A Miserable Monday? [View article]
    a fraudulent one.
    Feb 3, 2014. 06:52 PM | 19 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Did the Silver Bubble Just Go 'Pop'? [View article]
    After-hours? Remember the whole world gets to trade commodities on their own hours; and US/Canada have the latest Monday opening. If you're trading, it's never a good idea to guess the weekend.
    May 1, 2011. 08:37 PM | 19 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Realty Income: One Heck Of An Ark That's Prepared For The Storms Ahead [View article]
    Been with Schwab for many years. Their rating system is great with certain types of equities in certain types of markets. The problem with the system is that they try to make a balance between fundamentals, technicals and other ratings, which just doesn't work all the time. Also, they tend to be all over the place on many income producing equities.

    My best example is MO (my first ever investment). Schwab has had a D or an F for it (and its spin-outs) for the majority of the time they have rated it...and yet, long-term, it's been a monster wealth builder.

    That being said, REITs are going to be under pressure for years to come. O has a good portfolio of holdings and debt; and it is a great long-term, income producer. It should be on your buy list, WITH SOME RULES. If rates continue to creep up, there will be days where most REITs get absolutely crushed. Take small positions on those days only. Take 12 -24 months to complete your buys. Reinvest those dividends, or at-least while you're building the position. If you fill out the position in a hurry you are putting yourself at risk.
    Apr 4, 2014. 12:07 PM | 17 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Rough Day for Master Limited Partnerships [View article]
    Regardless, I called the offices of my Senator and Congressman. Both newly elected Tea-party, Republicans. Someone needs to vocally turn this off.
    May 4, 2011. 11:25 AM | 16 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Did the Silver Bubble Just Go 'Pop'? [View article]
    That goes for any stock, bond, future, etc. Low volume leads to big, vicious moves. I'm thinking we'll see some panic sellers on the open, then...? Well, I'm not trading it either way. Oh, a whole ton of stops will get taken out on related securities also, bad in the short-term, probably good in the long-run.
    May 1, 2011. 10:01 PM | 15 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Rough Day for Master Limited Partnerships [View article]
    The fact remains that this IS a political issue that directly effects people's lives in a substantial way. You're verbose attempt to belittle those who wish to protect that which they have earned, with great effort, is both ignorant and immature - and revealing to your own agenda.
    May 4, 2011. 03:46 PM | 14 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Wisconsin Assembly passes a bill that would strip most public workers of their collective bargaining rights, setting up a showdown in the state's Senate. The Republican agenda is now apparent to all, Paul Krugman says: "Union-busting and privatization remain GOP priorities, and the party will continue its efforts to smuggle those priorities through in the name of balanced budgets."  [View news story]
    Was the agenda ever hidden?
    Feb 25, 2011. 10:15 AM | 14 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Evolving Concept of Retirement [View article]
    Even worse than the economy is this sense of entitlement that seems to pervade this country now. "I deserve..." you fill in the blank. I fell pray to this disease myself in my 20s and 30s. Its the worst distraction you can have. The difference today is that we have a new group of people moving into retirement that has the sense of entitlement so firmly embedded into their psyche that no amount of talking or counseling is going to put them right again.

    The economy is weak, a bubble popped, what is new about that? Its happened before and it will happen again. Each one delivers pain through a slightly different method. You might as well embrace it because there is nothing you can do about it. I personally believe that an investor today has it easier in some respects. Today, there are quite a few options for diversification that were not available in past decades. But you have to do the work and find them...or pay someone who can. Learning to invest for a life-time takes a life-time.

    How many people bought a house they couldn't afford; or how many took out 110% of their homes equity to do something that didn't add any value back to the house? How many people have been carrying a balance on their credit card for years? How many think its a necessity to hit Starbucks every morning on the way to work? How many people feel compelled to buy Lexus rather than a Ford? You can see where I'm going with this. You take that attitude into your investing and your dog-meat. Blame the government or the banks as much as you like, although at-least half of that blame is sitting right at your feet.

    You have the right to life and the right to liberty in this country, not irresponsibility. The tools are out there to weather this and the next bubble. Stop chasing momentum stocks. Don't invest in something you don't understand. Invest internationally. DEMAND consistent dividends and ALWAYS reinvest them. Diversify beyond just stocks and bonds. If the reasons why you invested in anything has changed for the worst, then sell it and replace it. Be a skeptic, always, and learn from your mistakes.

    Sorry for the speech.
    Mar 7, 2010. 09:35 AM | 14 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Rough Day for Master Limited Partnerships [View article]
    They don't care Marty. If you have enough money to save, you are "rich."
    May 4, 2011. 11:22 AM | 13 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Did the Silver Bubble Just Go 'Pop'? [View article]
    Everything is a conspiracy, didn't you know that?

    It does get old...somebody's position goes south while they were ignorantly sitting on a high-risk position, without any hedge, during a period of time when they couldn't cut their losses...and they cry "MANIPULATION!"
    May 1, 2011. 09:13 PM | 12 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • A Congressional report claims millions of gallons of known carcinogens were injected into wells as part of the process to withdraw natural gas from shale deposits. It's the latest health concern over hydrofracking, which has tapped untold reserves of gas, but threatens contamination of water supplies.  [View news story]
    yup, always start at the source of the information, especially when congress is involved.
    Apr 17, 2011. 06:29 PM | 12 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Altria: Smoking Dividend, Stubby Growth [View article]
    Setting aside the emotional BS, MO is my longest holding, my first stock, 1988. It's a true wealth builder. I actually sold some this year because it had become too big of a position (as % of my portfolio). Sold the Kraft, kept the PM (bought more at $38 and $47). PM is the long-term bet has 30+ years of growth ahead of it. Oh, and dividend growth.
    Feb 2, 2011. 09:05 PM | 12 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Natural Gas: Best Energy Investment of the Decade [View article]
    Jeep- obviously we don't have brains. The only reason NG hasn't moved in as a replacement gasoline (except maybe in Utah) is that certain political interests don't see any difference from the oil industry...they're all EVIL. NG is the only viable/cost effective alternative to gasoline right now... not to mention the US doesn't have to import it.
    Oct 13, 2010. 12:10 PM | 12 Likes Like |Link to Comment