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  • Dividend Investors: Time To Rethink Verizon And AT&T  [View article]
    Reading the link you proved, the bill from Comcast for their service is much higher than the pricing for equivalent services from Verizon Fios. While the article states cable operators can do a faster roll out the big "if" is whether the cable operators can get their pricing competitive.
    Feb 12, 2016. 11:36 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • These 26 Dividend Aristocrats Won't Let You Sleep Well At Night  [View article]
    A good article for investors to think about. Survivor bias is a problem for any list or index. Over the last 20 years a number of companies have been deleted from the DJI, S&P 500 due to mergers, change in domicile, bankruptcy, etc.
    There are issues with ETFs that should also be noted such as tracking error and if the manager is using a hybrid or customized index.
    When investing there are no magic formulas an individual must due their own homework.
    Feb 11, 2016. 11:22 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Fiscal Policy Has Failed The U.S. Economy  [View article]
    A major drag on growth is the lack of available credit to medium and small businesses in the US and Europe. This is due the adoption of the Basel III accords by bank regulators in the US and Europe which sets loan risk tiers by type of creditor which is then used to set loan reserve requirements. Loans to small business are classified as highly risky by the nature of the borrower and not their payment history. This is compounded by the requirements for banks to increase their reserves.

    I have seen this in working with local banks where loans are being reclassified by the FDIC reviewers to high risk categories based on the size and nature of local businesses resulting in increased reserve requirements and not the company's ability to repay the loan.
    Feb 10, 2016. 10:45 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • The Pigs Get Fat And The Hogs Get Slaughtered  [View article]

    I agree both Brad and Dane provide valuable and insightful articles. The question in the articles is not who is right or wrong but how does an individual wish to management their portfolio and their risk tolerance.
    Feb 5, 2016. 10:52 AM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Is Linn Energy Going Under?  [View article]
    To expand on rip's comment, any debt restructuring will trigger tax issues for LINE unit holders whether they are held in an IRA or taxable account. The 2015 K-1 will give current unit holders a taste of what could come in 2016.
    Feb 5, 2016. 10:06 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Ford Vs. GM: One Day Makes A Huge Difference  [View article]
    This is an accounting (GAAP) estimate adjustment and has nothing to do with the tax return amounts.
    Jan 27, 2016. 10:05 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Dividends & Income Digest: Our Retirement Survey Results Suggest We're Pretty Well Prepared  [View article]
    Thank you Robyn and Bob for your time and effort to start this digest.
    Jan 25, 2016. 10:38 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Why Retirees Go Broke  [View article]
    It would be interesting to see a breakdown by geographic areas of where the bankruptcies occurred.
    Jan 9, 2016. 12:04 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Why Retirees Go Broke  [View article]
    When retiring it is best to own your home and preferably debt free. Housing is the largest necessary expense in retirement followed by food and medical. All the other expenditures are just life style and can be reduced or eliminated.
    Jan 9, 2016. 11:52 AM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Early Social Security Versus Early IRA Retirement Withdrawals: Use Facts To Frame Tough Choices  [View article]
    It sounds like you are going to take out principle and not just interest and dividends. If this the case you should some simulations to be sure you do not run out of funds later in your retirement years or your spouse's.
    Dec 25, 2015. 02:03 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Union Pacific - The Drop Of 25% In Value Makes It A Perfect Entry Point  [View article]
    Another risk to consider is the impact of the completion of the Panama Canal expansion on intermodal volumes. Shippers will also be evaluating East and Gulf Coast ports against the congested and strike prone West Coast ports served by UP.

    Also, one will need to consider the impact of the BNSF purchase by Berkshire Hathaway on the pricing structure in this duopoly.
    Nov 27, 2015. 11:35 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Thoughts About A Handful Of mREITs And The State Of The Industry  [View article]
    I would ask if the Fed is giving into pressure from money managers who have hedging positions for a rate hike. Doing so in December will make their results look better for the year.
    Nov 7, 2015. 12:14 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Dividend Champions For June 2015  [View article]
    Along with the many others above your work is greatly appreciated.
    May 31, 2015. 11:15 AM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Social Security And Portfolio Withdrawals: It's Complicated  [View article]
    The 8% cited is an an actuarial table factor used by SSA to have the base monthly benefits paid to an individual equal the same total at an assumed life expectancy between 80 and 82. If you build a table using your annual SSA benefit report of estimated monthly benefits for each different retirement age (63 to 70) you will find the age where the crossover for yourself will occur.

    For someone who is able to meet annual living expenses without the need to touch their portfolio principle it is easy to make the decision to defer till 70. It becomes much more complicated if by delaying you have to liquidate a portion of your portfolio principle which is a loss of the related earnings stream going forward. The assumptions to be considered are numerous - market rate of return, inflation rate, life expectancy, income tax rates, discount rate to value future benefits etc.

    Apr 22, 2015. 10:18 AM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Take These Dividends And Call Me In The Morning: Inoculation For A Bear Market  [View article]
    Only if held in a taxable account. Credit is lost in an IRA.
    Mar 21, 2015. 01:17 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment