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  • The Rally Nobody Noticed: Municipal Bonds [View article]
    Thanks Larry for writing about muni bonds.
    How interesting about the increased exposure of banks and insurers . You did not put forth any explanation; care to venture an hypothesis for this?
    Safety? Undervalued asset class? Tax benefits ?
    I buy CEF's for my state ( Massachusetts) and went all in last spring when the discounts were ridiculous. They are very hard to accumulate as they are so thinly traded and it takes daily purchases to build a sizable portfolio. But I am so happy for my perseverance. Tax free yields of over 5%, outstanding.
    I fear my party is over as prices are rapidly approaching the fund NAVs. But that is a happy thing too. I would sell them slowly now and take a profit but I love that tax free monthly income.
    Apr 1, 2014. 01:35 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Saying Goodbye To Coca-Cola, Time To Move On [View article]
    Were truer words ever spoken, pmiller? Thanks for reminding us why and how we invest.
    Mar 31, 2014. 04:05 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Nuclear Option: Russia's Threat To Dump Treasuries [View article]
    Most interesting article and discussion ( 256 responses....WOW!).
    Once again, thanks for your work in writing this. You have a wonderful breadth of knowledge in so many things beyond just "the markets", this was an astute multi-factorial analysis and a fun read.
    I would imagine you will have many more subscriptions to your 2014 Outlook.

    And of course now I am much more interested in how this plays out. Once you realize what the players have on the line, its a lot more fun to watch the game. Although I feel rather badly even saying that knowing that so many have a lot on the line and this is not entertainment.
    Mar 16, 2014. 04:13 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Why The Fed Won't Save You From The Next Bear Market [View article]
    Moon Kil, your last two sentences. Brilliant!
    It does sound a lot like Communist promises.
    Mar 11, 2014. 09:31 AM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Men Vs. Women: Investment Decisions [View article]
    Good article, well written and I enjoyed it.
    I had to laugh at what a text book case my husband and I are. I was busy buying during March 2009 and my husband sold all his funds in his 401K on March 6 and told me he decided to wait it out to jump back in later
    . We all know how that turned out. He waited and waited and waited and kept telling me the market upswing was just a dead cat bounce.
    Finally in 2012 I stepped in and took over his account. We missed much of the upside but he would still be in a mm fund if I hadn't.
    The upshot of all this is that he determined he just didn't have the stomach for any of this and he was better not logging on and seeing fluctuations. He surprised me with his insight into his investment behavior and I was impressed.
    Our financial roles are clear now and we are both very happy with the results.
    Mar 7, 2014. 09:06 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Mortgage REITs: Proceed Without Fear [View article]
    Thank you so much for this amazingly in-depth article on a very confusing, rather opaque subject. Finally a clear explanation of what MREITS are and how they work as well as the pros and cons AND a basic approach to integrating them into a portfolio.
    Guess I will read the September 2012 article as suggested by the author.
    Mar 2, 2014. 08:53 AM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Value Investing In Volatile Times [View article]
    Henry, Great article.
    I love to see the inner workings of how others choose their portfolios.
    Would that I could be as diligent and thorough as you!
    My take away from this is " Have a plan and stick to it".
    Thanks again, I will re-read it as there are always a few ideas or techniques to integrate into my own plan.
    Feb 26, 2014. 07:23 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • BDCs under pressure as leaders removed from S&P indices [View news story]
    Correct me if I am wrong with this thought but don't ETF's and index fund hold these shares? Wouldn't that put a real downward pressure on the stock price if they had to sell to follow the index?
    I know it has nothing to do with the actual corporation but only the price of a share.
    I guess Archman and Tack are right. Im watching other BDCs tank as well. Time to buy??
    Feb 25, 2014. 10:50 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Charts Of The Day, Female Risk-Aversion Edition [View article]
    And the fact that I am the only person commenting on this article is interesting.
    Where are the women who belong to SA? I hope they are reading this.
    Actually I would love to know the percentage of women who subscribe to the site and actively use it.
    Getting women interested in finance, unless they work in the industry, is very difficult.
    Feb 25, 2014. 10:10 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Charts Of The Day, Female Risk-Aversion Edition [View article]
    So what is the definition of a " better investor"?
    "But I don't think Mullen's finding counteract the generally accepted fact that women are better investors than men".
    I always thought it was whoever made the most and lost the least.
    If women have " roughly 10% less than money at retirement" it seems to me they are not better investors. And their risk aversion as well as the fact that they make less and save less and live longer sets them up to get to endure poverty at some point in their post retirement.
    Feb 25, 2014. 10:07 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Kinder Morgan Faces Yet Another Bear Attack [View article]
    I'm just remembering all the people who got clobbered last year with the "Great LINN " attack. Its the people who can least afford to lose that income or that cap.
    So I guess we see a repeat of that.
    Does anyone at Hedge Eye or Barron's have a conscience?

    Anyway, for the rest of us, its a buying opportunity.
    Feb 24, 2014. 07:48 AM | 20 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Buying A Dip In A Dividend Growth Stock [View article]
    this is regarding free trades. This site gives a great summation about Fidelity and also covers other free trade deals.
    Feb 23, 2014. 04:44 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • 3 Reasons Why The Gold Bubble Did Not Burst In 2013 [View article]
    2121, not sure who you work for ( government or non) but have you tried being a persistent pain at your HR office in asking them to "revisit" your providers offerings? Mutual funds only is a joke and its time for them to upgrade the selections to more cost efficient investments.
    The persistent pain thing worked for me but it was at a small company and Fidelity ( the custodian) hadn't looked at the offerings in the 401K for years and it was ridiculously expensive. Eventually they also offered us their Brokerlink as another way to invest. Yep, buy equities on their own to hold in a 401K .Imagine that!
    Oh, and I only learned about the Brokerlink possibility from SA in a comment like this years ago.
    Feb 23, 2014. 08:52 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Buying A Dip In A Dividend Growth Stock [View article]
    Exactly Aaron, its only a few less Starbuck cappuccinos a month and they could be on their way. Time is on their side. But the ability to project beyond their wants for this exact moment seems to have eluded most of them. Delayed gratification seems to be elusive in their age group. And I would know that as I was in that group once myself. Wish I knew then what I know now!
    Feb 23, 2014. 08:35 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Buying A Dip In A Dividend Growth Stock [View article]
    Thanks so much! I had never heard of Loyal3 and it looks very interesting.
    I am always trying to get my young nieces and nephews to invest and they never seem to be able to get beyond opening the brokerage account up. This is one easy way to accumulate enough in small increments to actually open an account up and maybe even fund a Roth. What a novel idea that would be!
    Feb 22, 2014. 04:04 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment