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  • El Paso: Avoid This MLP  [View article]
    EPB is wholly owned by Kinder Morgan, having been acquired in 2012. The company has no employees; Kinder runs the show.

    Surprised that the author did not mention this in the article.
    Jul 17, 2014. 11:05 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Canada delays decision on Trans Mountain expansion  [View news story]
    Hmmm. More study. Just like here. Study it to death and then never make a decision.
    Jul 16, 2014. 12:41 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Canada delays decision on Trans Mountain expansion  [View news story]
    Bingo? How about slots and gaming tables like our tribes here? LOL.
    Jul 16, 2014. 12:40 AM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Ensco Seems Primed For 20% 5-Year Annual Returns  [View article]
    I got involved at about the same price point as well. I think they're the class of that sector and am very well satisfied thus far.
    Jul 13, 2014. 07:55 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Prospect Capital Vs. Fifth Street Finance  [View article]
    Well, they make sense to me. Didn't think I would have to break this down for you.

    What I was trying to say is that I prefer the BDCs who COVER THEIR DIVIDENDS WITH EARNINGS. Neither PSEC nor FSC do. On the other hand, MAIN and ARCC do. I think it's simply prudent to avoid investing in equities which rely on "leverage", aka debt, to cover dividend payments.

    And, yes, I also do understand that MAIN and ARCC are for "different types of investors"; that is more risk averse, which, after about 35 years of investing, I've become.
    Jul 13, 2014. 07:49 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Is Abbott Laboratories Better Than Johnson & Johnson For Your Dividend Portfolio?  [View article]
    I held both ABT and ABBV post spinoff. After a period of time, I judged the going forward prospects for ABBV better than ABT. Additionally, the former has consistently paid a 30% higher dividend. I sold ABT, and I don't regret doing so.
    Jul 13, 2014. 07:26 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Dividend Stocks With No Debt, High Yields And Under $15  [View article]
    Interesting almost to the point of being too good to be true. There's almost always some catch to ultra high yielders like these.
    Jul 12, 2014. 10:40 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Column: Jeff Immelt is the American Canada needs to lead oil sands clean-up  [View news story]
    Yeah, I guess that GE would have a lot of experience cleaning up environmental disasters. They learned well after polluting the upper Hudson River for decades, and only taking action when forced to do so by govt. entities.
    Jul 12, 2014. 10:36 AM | 13 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Don't Count On Dividend ETFs To Play Defense  [View article]
    Pretty good article, with some good alternative suggestions.

    However, my mind set is with alan27. I rode out the 08-09 crash by doing nothing; held what I had and began adding in '10. Worked out pretty well all around.
    Jul 12, 2014. 10:32 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Bank Of Nova Scotia: 4 Reasons Why I Bought A Position  [View article]
    TD = 10 - Very bullish.
    RY = 4.4 - Neutral
    BMO = 9.7 - Very bullish

    Suggest you don't rely on Fidelity alone. I also have an account with Schwab, and quite often their analyses differ. Due your own dd
    Jul 11, 2014. 12:04 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Preferred Shares: The Answer To Inconsistent Dividends  [View article]
    Yes, therefore preferable to hold in an IRA account. Don't have to pay the piper until later.
    Jul 10, 2014. 11:57 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • ConocoPhillips: One Of The Best Picks In The Sector?  [View article]
    Article is right up my alley, since I'm lead baritone in the COP choir.

    Bought at 57, thrilled to death with performance and dividend. Best of the majors, IMO.
    Jul 10, 2014. 11:55 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Proposed Energy Transfer pipeline for Iowa surprises environmental groups  [View news story]
    Never happen. Iowa is teeming with the climate change political scientists and anti-fossil fuel crowd. About as blue as it gets. They'll find a way to stop any projects like this.
    Jul 10, 2014. 11:47 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Southern Company: A Defensive Utility Stock  [View article]
    Wrong. Volatility until after the Kemper and nuke project are completed, than relatively smooth sailing thereafter. SO is up there in quality with NEE, SRE, WEC, WR and one or two others.
    Jul 10, 2014. 11:44 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Prospect Capital Is The BDC For Me  [View article]
    It goes without saying that BDCs are less risky than mREITs, I think.

    However, I'm not sure about PSEC. For greater safety, albeit a lower dividend, I prefer MAIN and ARCC.

    Jul 10, 2014. 08:47 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment