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  • Main Street Capital: It Has My Attention And It Should Have Yours Too [View article]
    Mike,

    Me too. Added a few more shares the other day, also.

    Thanks.
    Feb 28, 2015. 05:12 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Main Street Capital: It Has My Attention And It Should Have Yours Too [View article]
    Drip,

    You said:

    "My goal is.........to hold SA contributors to a higher standard."

    REALLY!! Who appointed you judge and jury of contributor standards?

    From what I've seen of you here and in other threads, you're the one who needs to adhere to a higher standard...such as civility. Reviewing your pompous and condescending scribblings, it's clear you revel in disagreeing disagreeably. This seems to be a trait amongst many recent arrivals to SA.

    Your bio says something about being a "retired gentleman". Better work a little harder on the "gentleman" part. Or, go back to Yahoo! Finance where everyone acts like you.
    Feb 28, 2015. 05:08 PM | 7 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Western Asset Mortgage: Best-In-Breed Status? [View article]
    Somebody please explain to me, in plain English, how WMC can pay such a outsize dividend compared to the others in the sector? Are they that much smarter than everyone else? I'm not being sarcastic, I'm truly wondering.

    They've been around all of less than 2 years now? No data prior to '13.
    Feb 28, 2015. 12:46 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Don't Buy Hershey Near Its 52-Week High [View article]
    Of course "Don't buy Hershey Near Its (author's mis-punctuation) 52 Week High". This is breaking news at 11?

    Don't buy anything near it's 52 week high! Elementary, my dear Watson.
    Feb 28, 2015. 12:39 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Ensco Slashes Dividend, But Here's Why I'm Not Selling [View article]
    Try NE. I own it, but bought it recently, so I'm up a little. I don't think it's cut the dividend YET.
    Feb 27, 2015. 03:21 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Royal Dutch Shell: Undervalued Energy Giant With A Secure 5% Dividend Yield [View article]
    The no foreign withholding tax on the 'B' shares is because those are domiciled in the U.K. which has a reciprocity agreement with the US.

    However, previously, the B shares were automatically used to purchase A shares which was a pain. Then, to get the cash, you had to sell the As with attendant brokerage fees. Thankfully, this changed about a year ago.
    Feb 27, 2015. 09:10 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Seeking Alpha Expands Its Coverage To Mutual Funds [View article]
    Rulli,

    Sorry to hear mutual funds are apparently below and not worthy of your obvious self-regarded level of expertise.

    I find them easier to pick than stocks, and have generally had better returns over time. Having a stock portfolio is necessary, but my 'financial empire' is probably 65/35, mutuals versus stocks, former split between Vanguard and American Century.

    Therefore, I welcome this new addition to the SA curriculum.
    Feb 27, 2015. 09:02 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Seeking Alpha Expands Its Coverage To Mutual Funds [View article]
    Why?

    Also, you're speaking of him as in the past tense. He's very much alive and kicking and is a regular guest on the business channels.
    Feb 27, 2015. 08:50 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Main Street Capital beats by $0.01, beats on total investment income [View news story]
    Worries me that everyone's so bullish on MAIN. Not that I'm worried about the company, it's the sector in general and how it will react to higher interest rates. While it's the best of breed, MAIN will trade in sympathy with the sector.

    Having said that, I added a few shares to my position today. Love the monthly yield.
    Feb 27, 2015. 12:56 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Royal Dutch Shell: Undervalued Energy Giant With A Secure 5% Dividend Yield [View article]
    Author,

    Didn't I just read an article from you the other day about ESV's "secure dividend"?

    To put it politely, your credibility is a bit strained right now.
    Feb 26, 2015. 04:51 PM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Ensco plunges 8% following surprise dividend cut [View news story]
    I was expecting a dividend cut, but nothing like this. I was going to ride it out, add here and there, collecting a nice yield while waiting, then this...it changes everything. Methinks that ESV mgmt. knows more bad news that they haven't yet spilled, hence the "surprise" cut. There is another shoe to drop yet.

    Just goes to show; individual investors can research till their eyeballs fall out, and can never keep up with the big boys. Best we can hope for is to be riding the right coattails.

    Might just get out, lick my wounds, and mull over another one of those "great lessons".

    Still, the sector might be ripe for the plucking for patient investors with maybe a 2-3 year time frame. Can't count on a dividend cushion anymore though.
    Feb 26, 2015. 04:37 PM | 10 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Why Ensco's 10% Dividend Is Built To Last [View article]
    "Dividend Built To Last". Right.

    Now I remember the reason I don't follow this author. Also reinforces how much reliance to put on most SA scribblers, which isn't much.
    Feb 26, 2015. 12:18 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Why Ensco's 10% Dividend Is Built To Last [View article]
    It's not the same thing. After broker has received the cash, they then have to buy the stock, sometimes with a delay of days. Companies with either an internal or transfer agent plan handle it much more quickly. Latter is much more common these days.
    Feb 26, 2015. 12:13 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • 5 Top Balanced Mutual Funds To Offset Volatility [View article]
    According to Morningstar, NCBGX has an expense ratio of 1.2%, not .14% as stated in your article.

    JAMBX's is 1.19%

    QABGX's is 1.30%

    FSGNX's is 1.33%

    ARCHX is 1.20%

    Furthermore, all these are rated 3 stars or lower, based on trailing performance.

    Why would anybody in their right minds invest in any of these turkeys when there are much lower cost quality alternatives? Such as TWBIX or VBINX, just to name a couple.

    This is why I don't invest in Zacks' "advisory" newsletters.
    Feb 26, 2015. 12:08 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Dividend Growth Investors: I Have A Few Questions [View article]
    Bob,

    You have no stars next to SO. They are rated with three...fairly valued.

    Thanks.
    Feb 26, 2015. 11:54 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
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