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  • Why I Will Start Social Security At Age 62 [View article]
    I took SS at age 62. My father died at age 66 and my mother at 73. If I had waited and died in the meantime, I would have been highly annoyed.

    I did the math and for me the lines crossed between 80 and 81. In other words, if I live past then, I would have been better off waiting. If I go before that, I'll have been ahead of the game. I'm 72 and in decent health for that vintage.

    In retrospect, I wish I'd waited. I was still working, and was penalized until I hit 65. Also, it is the difference of a few hundred $/month at this point. But, in the back of my mind the little voices were saying, "The money's there..take it"!
    Aug 27 10:48 AM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Why I Will Start Social Security At Age 62 [View article]
    Gross income.
    Aug 27 10:35 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • I'm Waiting Patiently For This Blue Chip REIT To Go On Sale [View article]
    Bought O a while back at $38.34. NNN was testing $30 around that time. Wish I'd bought it as well.

    Shoulda, woulda, coulda.
    Aug 27 10:28 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Jackson Hole And Complacency [View article]
    It hasn't taken Yellen long to catch on to "Fed-Speak", which is talk a lot and not say much. Actually, she has been a more adept pupil than most.
    Aug 27 02:10 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • A High Income 'Sleep Soundly' CEF Portfolio [View article]
    I have held HIO for many years, before Western Asset took it over. Before that, it was very volatile, but WA brought some stability to it, and it now functions quite well as a fixed income type instrument for me. Volatility is low and I like that it uses no leverage. Also, management is prone to lower the dividend when it is not covered rather than artificially keep the yield where it is via destructive ROC.
    Aug 27 02:06 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Retirement Strategy: Avoiding Uncertainty Makes More Sense Than Dealing With It [View article]
    RS,

    I'm sometimes critical, but have to say that you really upped your game on this one. This is one of the most interesting and readable articles I've seen on SA in a long time. Never really thought much about the taxi medallion business....always thought it was strictly a function of the municipality. I did know that there are only a certain number circulating, kind of like liquor licenses.

    TAXI does have decent financials, but their FCF has been negative the last couple of years. Can't be much capex in that business, so would it be the result of diversifying and acquiring?

    Thanks.
    Aug 26 04:40 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Should You Buy American Realty Capital Properties Instead Of Realty Income? [View article]
    Thought you were going for emphasis! LOL.
    Aug 26 03:34 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Sempra, A Dividend Contender With A Negative Free Cash Flow [View article]
    Frenzy,

    Yes, it's "improving" to where it was only -$5.96/share last year.

    Long a few hundred shares of SRE, but watching closely, thanks to this article.
    Aug 26 03:27 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Prospect Capital: What Comes Next? Part 4 [View article]
    Buzz,

    Ok, you've presented all this data so we can draw our own conclusions.

    But, what's your opinion at this particular point in time, Buy, Sell, or Hold??

    Thanks.
    Aug 26 03:10 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • India next to hit carmakers with anti-trust fines [View news story]
    Reason #3,907 not to invest in third world places like India. A prime source of their income is govt. graft, corruption, and squeezing businesses (kind of like Holder's Justice Dept.).
    Aug 26 02:53 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Other MLPs to gain as cash may exit Kinder Morgan, Morgan Stanley says [View news story]
    Am I the only one weary of the endless Kinder articles since the announcement? Seems like about 5,000 of them.

    Well, just like the rest of the media....beating a topic to death.
    Aug 26 02:36 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • How This Unique Dividend ETF Is Quietly Killing The Competition [View article]
    NV,

    See my reply to hockey. This IS DIV we're talking about?
    Aug 22 11:51 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • How This Unique Dividend ETF Is Quietly Killing The Competition [View article]
    hockey,

    You talking about DIV? I don't see that. On Morningstar, it shows $0.00 return of capital each month since 9/13. Maybe they're wrong...what's your source?

    Just checked Schwab, too. No return of capital showing on their data, either.
    Aug 22 11:46 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Kinder Morgan: A Good Example Of Why Investors Should Never Pay Attention To Wall Street Analysts [View article]
    Analysts are always late to the party, then try to jump on the bandwagon. By the time they change a recommendation, whatever the catalyst is has already happened.
    Aug 22 11:38 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Prospect Capital: What Comes Next? Part 3 [View article]
    Good bullet points on factors affecting NAV. First two are obvious, last one I hadn't thought about, but which makes perfect sense.

    Learn something new on each article.

    Thanks.
    Aug 22 04:21 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
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