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  • Pitney Bowes: A Sustainable 13.4% Yield? [View article]
    "I think a better solution for this dilemma would be for the government to privatize the post office.........."

    I'm open to that solution as well. But, you know that if the government "privatizes" something, they'll still have their grubby little fingers in it one way or another.

    Conversely, there are two entities, UPS & FedEx, who would probably be ready, willing, and able tp deliver the mail, so flip it to them and tell 'em to make it work. They'd have it efficient and running better inside of a year.

    However, they'd have to find a solution to a problem that exists today which is they don't deliver to remote areas--USPS handles that. But, I think they could.

    P.S. Sent a letter flat rate USPS "Priority" mail. $5.95 as opposed to regular first class of a couple of bucks. Fourth day out and still not there. Tracked it, found out it's taking the scenic route. Yes, Fed-Ex handles Priority, but only the air portion. It's hung up in some post office.
    Mar 9 10:30 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Vanguard Natural Resources Benefited Greatly From Hedges In 2012 [View article]
    NGL was up around $3.30+ today due to the extended winter. Should help VNR and others.
    Mar 8 10:47 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • American Capital Agency Corp. (AGNC) declares $1.25/share quarterly dividend, in line with previous. Forward yield 15.52%. For shareholders of record Mar. 20. Payable Apr. 26. Ex-div date Mar. 18. (PR[View news story]
    Bought it on the recent dip. I'm a happy camper. Jonk must be choking on the bile.
    Mar 8 08:10 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • American Capital Agency Corp. (AGNC) declares $1.25/share quarterly dividend, in line with previous. Forward yield 15.52%. For shareholders of record Mar. 20. Payable Apr. 26. Ex-div date Mar. 18. (PR[View news story]
    Or own it before the ex-dividend date.
    Mar 8 08:09 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Avoid This Utility Giant Stock [View article]
    Methinks you EXC bulls are whistling past the graveyard. I'm not short or "put"ing, either. Having been burned by this outfit in the past, I don't want anything to do with it.

    Watch what happens to EXC when the market tops and the inevitable pullback begins. It'll zip below 28 with alacrity.
    Mar 8 04:40 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Avoid This Utility Giant Stock [View article]
    Yes, it's rebounding, but just floating up with the market. In fact, compared to it's peers, EXC's pps is underperforming.
    Mar 8 04:36 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • The 'New' Kraft: Reinventing Itself And Paying A 4.1% Annual Dividend Yield [View article]
    Scott,

    Good article.

    I don't mind a relatively static pps, as long as there's dividend growth. Right now KRFT's payout ratio is upside down. PPS is scraping it's yearly nigh as well.
    Mar 8 03:34 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Pitney Bowes: A Sustainable 13.4% Yield? [View article]
    Chowder,

    You don't really believe that the USPS, a quasi-government agency, is not getting subsidized by the U.S., one way another, do you? You're wrong. Some facts:

    The USPS, since 1971, is a semi-independent federal agency, mandated by law to be revenue neutral, not make a profit. It is supposed to cover it's cost by the sale of "postal products", i.e., postage. By law, it is the only entity that can handle and charge postage for letters. It is a $45 billion per year monopoly.

    The USPS is exempt from federal income taxes. It can borrow money at discounted rates, and can condemn and acquire property under government rights of eminent domain.

    In fact, the post office DOES receive some taxpayer support, about $100 million annually, covering costs for free mailing for the blind, and mail-in election ballots for citizens living overseas.

    Still being a part of the government, it is a bloated bureaucracy, which can neither control it's costs nor even break even.

    I think the best solution for this dilemma would be to fold the operation back into the government, make the Postmaster General a cabinet position once again, and resign themselves to the fact that it will be a taxpayer supported operation forever because it worked better that way.
    Mar 8 03:20 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Nobody rings a bell, says American Capital Agency (AGNC) CEO Gary Kain, presenting at the Citi Financial Services Conference (webcast) (slides). He doesn't feel he's got any better idea about when rates might move higher than the next guy, and says it's management's job to stay as fully hedged as possible. [View news story]
    Glad I bought this one down near it's yearly low on the dividend pay and SPO news. Been waiting for an opportunity like that for a while.
    Mar 7 10:51 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Exelon Cuts Dividend, Market Yawns [View article]
    Good comment.

    Exelons' management ineptitude goes back decades. I was burned with them in the 80's, when they were CWE.

    Avoid this stock like the plague.

    Thanks.
    Mar 7 10:24 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • A Look At Vanguard's Energy ETF [View article]
    North,

    Yes, I like ETFs, too. Buy/sell, is instantaneous rather than waiting until end of day.

    I have a non-funded account with Fidelity and use them for research and screening. Best of all the discount brokers, I think.

    Vanguard brokerage is a little crude in some respects, and I've occasionally thought of moving to Fidelity or Schwab. How's Fidelity in terms of showing dividend reinvestment detail, cost basis, etc.?

    Thanks,
    Mar 7 10:18 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The MORL Is A Story [View article]
    Just scanned, but seems to be a very interesting investment vehicle. Will re-read later. Wonder why they don't include DX, speaking of hybrids?

    Thanks,
    Mar 6 09:25 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • American Capital Agency Corp. Sells Shares, Annaly Likely To Follow [View article]
    I think they declared it last week, the day after they SPO'd. Not sure when it pays.

    Anyone notice the pps of NLY vs. AGNC today, 3/5? New DJIA high. Former down 2 pennies, latter up 34.
    Mar 5 10:37 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Why Chevron Should Be A Top Stock For Dividend Investors To Buy On Pullbacks [View article]
    Spouse bought CVX in '09 in the 60's, along with some other blue chips. Hasn't stopped gloating since.
    Mar 5 10:17 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • A Look At Vanguard's Energy ETF [View article]
    North,

    You won't go too wrong with most Vanguard products. I'm invested in mutual funds with them and very pleased overall.

    Also use their brokerage--$7 trades, online or broker assisted. Not the slickest platform, but works for me.

    Thanks.
    Mar 5 09:37 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
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