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  • ConocoPhillips declares $0.25 dividend  [View news story]
    Not a total surprise. I was expecting a cut, probably to the .40-.50 range, not quite this deep. COP will come back and so will the dividends. RSR
    Feb 4, 2016. 12:04 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Dominion Resources to buy Questar in $4.4B deal  [View news story]
    I've been looking at SE for a while. Not strictly a nat gas co., but then neither are BKH and NWE. Anybody have any insights on MDU? RSR
    Feb 1, 2016. 12:40 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Activist pressure at Johnson & Johnson  [View news story]
    Wrong -- Fritos Lay is still part of PEP. YUM spin-off took Taco Bell, Pizza Hut & KFC long ago.
    Jan 28, 2016. 01:01 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • My Top 10 Monthly Dividend Stocks: Updated  [View article]
    Miz Magic and James B. -- PGX is another preferred stock ETF that pays monthly and is very comparable to PFF. I've been very happy with it. Always wondered why so much attention is given to PFF and rarely any mention of PGX. Maybe it's just me. RSR
    Jan 26, 2016. 08:23 PM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Paper and packaging sector hammered on pricing worries  [View news story]
    Don't have an answer to your question Steve, but at least we can take heart in the fact that TIS shows (by far) the smallest percentage decline. I have to believe, after the dust settles, we'll be fine. RSR
    Jan 25, 2016. 03:16 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Unilever Vs. Procter & Gamble: Round 2  [View article]
    MADad: You are correct that foreign dividends paid in a US taxable account are taxable the same as dividends from any other stocks held in the account. However, for many people, some of these normal dividends may be taxed at a lower rate than ordinary earned income. Also, any foreign taxes withheld, say by France or Canada for example, are deductible from income taxes owed, with some limitations, thus avoiding the whammy of double taxation. This applies only to the taxable account.

    For foreign stocks held in a tax exempt account like an IRA, there is no provision for deducting the taxes withheld by the country of origin (e.g. France, Germany, Switzerland) so these foreign taxes withheld are simply lost. The Unilever UN shares issued in the Netherlands would be an example of this, which is why it is better to hold the UL ADRs from the U.K. in a tax exempt account. In a taxable account, there would be no difference between the UL and UN shares as far as my U.S. taxes are concerned, except that I would probably be able to deduct the taxes withheld on the UN shares. RSR
    Jan 21, 2016. 01:06 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Unilever Vs. Procter & Gamble: Round 2  [View article]
    MADad: If by tax free account you mean a tax exempt account like an IRA, it is not necessary to hold the UK ADRs in a tax exempt account. I have some of these ADRs in a taxable account and there is no withholding on the dividends. On the other hand, if you own Canadian stocks in a US account, they are only exempt from withholding if held in a tax exempt account like an IRA. RSR
    Jan 20, 2016. 05:47 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • GE wins near-$1B contract to build plant for Saudi Electric  [View news story]
    Damn nice - good for GE.
    Dec 31, 2015. 04:10 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • General Electric declares $0.23 dividend  [View news story]
    Would that be a general 'electric' shock?
    Dec 11, 2015. 10:25 AM | 7 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Caterpillar Group President Ed Rapp retiring due to illness  [View news story]
    Best of luck to Ed Rapp. That's nasty disease. I know a couple people who suffered with ALS. Finding a cure or a way to mitigate the effects would be tremendous, but it's a long fight. RSR
    Dec 11, 2015. 10:07 AM | 7 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Welltower declares $0.825 dividend  [View news story]
    I don't own HCN, so not dumping it. If I did own it I probably would have known about the name change. Still don't know the reason for the change, doubt that would cause me to sell. Just seems strange. RSR
    Oct 29, 2015. 11:16 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Welltower declares $0.825 dividend  [View news story]
    Welltower?? Did I miss a name change? Apparently. I am always suspicious when a major company arbitrarily decides to change its name. Makes me wonder what they are trying to get away from, or hide. There's usually some 'rational' explanation (excuse), but still....hmmm. RSR
    Oct 29, 2015. 06:57 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • WHO to reveal red meat cancer risk  [View news story]
    The leading cause of death is life. Almost anything can be found to 'maybe,' 'possibly,' 'probably' cause cancer. Too many variables, too many wild cards. Look long enough and you can find pretty much any connection you want. RSR
    Oct 26, 2015. 09:45 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • STAG Industrial raises $100M in private placement of debt  [View news story]
    Have to agree with Steve. STAG is well managed. RSR
    Oct 6, 2015. 07:52 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Alcoa's Split: Another Takeover Opportunity  [View article]
    It's not GE that needs the financing, it's their customers. In order to complete a contract with GE for a purchase, there must be financing available for the purchaser. This was the function of the U.S. Export/Import Bank, which is no longer available thanks to some short-sighted self-serving members of Congress who blocked it's reauthorization. GE decided to move it's engine plant to Canada so the Canadian version of the Ex/Im bank could provide the necessary financing arrangements. RSR
    Sep 28, 2015. 04:34 PM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment