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  • 7 Dividend Champs With Yields As High As 18%, Part III [View article]
    I like articles like this, thanks for the tips! Note, STD has a near 20% tax, which in hi-er brackets is deductible from income. But, if your taxes are not hi enuf, due to large deductions for property taxes, for example, the yield of STD shood be considered as 20% less than listed.
    Dec 26, 2011. 11:29 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Tim Tebow, Social Mood And The Future Of U.S. Stocks [View article]
    My pleasure ... The health movement tells me that there isnt so much cynicism, at least beneath cynicism's surface. Peeps want LIFE, health, peace, reason, fun. (Let us not forget, money). The "health" movement Garden of Life is part of--make no mistake these nutraceutical/vitamin companies compete hard--is growing fast, having become "Mainstream"--thanks Dr. Oz!-- like the ingredients in the (perhaps strange) green drink powders they concoct. Whole Foods, kind of an emissary to this all, not to mention chief purveyor of all these products , aint a bad company to invest it, as you know. It's success is not only due to having a huge amount of well-off customers itching to spend duble on meat and potatos. It would be cynical to say, "Yeah but all that health stuff costs alot of money!" True. JB Lenoir, great blues singer, sang, "Feeling good, feeling good, all the money in the world spent on feeling good..."

    But there's more to it. No one, but no one, wants to suffer. Cynicism can be a way of warding off suffering. It's not only an affect of suffering, but a defense against it.
    Dec 19, 2011. 09:30 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Tim Tebow, Social Mood And The Future Of U.S. Stocks [View article]
    James, thanks much, for a great read--you write good!

    Re. Elliot Wave and social mood, the wave thing is groovy, but IMO social mood both causes and is caused by other factors--thereby forming a feedback loop--and a loop aint a wave. When the loop "snaps", for whatever reason, like say entropy, voila, trends change. For some reason I prefer Elliot theory for table-talk, but wouldn't bet my money on it's deductions

    Re; Tebow. Just yesterday I picked up a free mag recently self-published by a supplement/food company, Garden of Life, featuring Tebow on the cover, and there's a good article on him in it. BTW, the rise of this company says much about "social mood", at least for some of us.
    Dec 19, 2011. 08:06 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Google's Strategy Is One Browser To Bind Them All [View article]
    Chrome is OK, but it's a five minute mile compared to Firefox's four. The book, tho, has appeal for me.
    Dec 17, 2011. 09:01 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • An Unlikely Winner In The War For Income [View article]
    "To be polite, you don't know what you are talking about."
    What's it like when you're not polite?

    Excellent, creative article. Maybe I won't jump into a muni fund, but here is a new angle of comparison for me. Thanks to M. Ray.
    Dec 14, 2011. 09:30 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • 5 Pipeline Stocks With Superb Yields, Part II [View article]
    TurboTax handled the filing issues without a problem, but you need the paper from the MLP, and you need to find the numbers Turbo asks for on the K1. Not a big deal (so far).
    Dec 11, 2011. 09:38 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • 8 Newly Issued Short-Term Corporate Bonds [View article]
    Thanks for the follow. I guess I'll have to stick with divis from stocks, but wonder if I can buy a first offer thru a broker of some future offering whose yield is not yet torn up in the secondary market. I can with munis, but ...
    Dec 11, 2011. 04:12 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The S&P 500 has tacked on nearly a hundred points since Thanksgiving, but amid the holly jolly mood in equities, keep an eye on volatility, as the VIX has floated up 21% in the past week and closed over 30 for the first time since October. BBH: "Should the VIX continue its rise, equities will more than likely struggle to hold ground."  [View news story]
    This is frazed as if VIX is the cause, and not the measure of "volatility:

    "Should the VIX continue its rise, equities will more than likely struggle to hold ground."
    Dec 9, 2011. 09:51 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • 8 Newly Issued Short-Term Corporate Bonds [View article]
    Thanks for these tips, they are welcome even if not taken.

    Just checked a Deere cusip at TD Ameritrade. Yield to mature is .60+

    A 1 year cd is better, no?
    Dec 8, 2011. 12:01 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • 5 Cheap Energy Stocks Ready For A Rebound [View article]
    Thanks for these ideas! I own ESV, and the share price is sorta fragile. Wonder what the coming merge with Pride will do.
    Dec 7, 2011. 11:15 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Preferred Stock ETFs: The Downside That Preferred Stock Investors Can Avoid [View article]
    Alternatives to bank prefs are usually very expensive, such as utilities and energy. Some, such as ED prefs are discounted, but are 100 par, with little liquidity. I can't see what companies an ETF woud buy these days to form it's "inventory"--not if the components are to be investment grade. I may not quite understand the ETF game, but I assume an ETF manager woud be stuck with the same choices the individual is and be forced to buy many shares at a premium.
    Dec 7, 2011. 10:31 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Chimera Revisited: Dump, Hold Or Reinvest? [View article]
    Thanks for this article. Appreciate the timeliness--any article on what one owns seems timely!

    I own 1000 shares, not much considering the price of shares--but I'm down over 30%. Take a bunch of long quarters to make that up in divis. Noneless, I'll hold. The issue with CIM at this point is not if CIM is NLY, which it's obviously not, and not if the divi will decrease, which it eventually will, but can they even stay in biz as a penny stock? My preference is not to reinvest divis in CIM, but re-allocate to other companies with decent, if not huge, yields.
    Dec 5, 2011. 09:30 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Positioning Your Equity Portfolio For High Yield With Moderate Risk, Part V [View article]
    Foreign taxes are a major issue for me.I never buy shares before learning what the tax is, as mentioned in the example of Spain, which is near 20%. Israel is hi too. If your tax bracket is low the deduction for these taxes won't offset the hit.
    Dec 5, 2011. 12:17 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Bond Rate Pigs Will Get Slaughtered [View article]
    The thing is, to avoid being part of a mass exodus when the interest rate goes up. Wait for the rate rise to be announced and it will be too late.
    Dec 4, 2011. 09:54 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Rising Inequality And The Economic Crisis [View article]
    Inequality, in this sense, implies an uneven or unfair distribution of a finite thing (money, space, housing, labor), true? If also implies, I wonder, that some faction of a population has taken, or has been given, more than their (equal) share ?
    Dec 3, 2011. 03:38 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment