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  • 5 Dividend Divas From My Portfolio [View article]
    I like all your picks, J.D. Of them, I own Abbott and Exelon. Abbott is doing very well as it gets ready to spin off part of its business. Exelon is sort of down in the dumps, but that could change once the integration of Constellation is complete. I used to own KMB but became concerned it was getting overvalued, and sold it (wish I hadn't). MCD and UPS are clearly great stocks and I wish I had them.

    You didn't mention dividend growth, but that can be even more important than present yield. Most of your stocks are good dividend growers.

    I also own ADP, PAYX, AWK, WTR, KMI, KMR, XOM, COP, CVX, MVO, PAA, PM, PG, PNY, SBR, LNCE, PKG, and a few others. All killers or near-killers in the dividend department.

    You just can't beat dividends.

    By the way, congrats on educating yourself and dumping your broker. An online, self-managed account is the ONLY way to go. I'm partial to Scottrade, myself.
    May 4 08:13 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Kinder Morgan: Significantly Overvalued [View article]
    I've been reading about what a dangerous investment the Kinder Morgan stocks are for many years. I'm glad I ignored all those articles. The current price may be justified by Kinder Morgan's growth prospects, which remain stupendous, and by its management, which is the best in the business. Also the price has to reflect the value of future distributions, which are enormous.
    Mar 16 01:29 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Shell confirms another major Gulf of Mexico discovery [View news story]
    Just what we need. More of the damned stuff.
    Jul 16 06:45 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Badger Meter Management Discusses Q3 2013 Results - Earnings Call Transcript [View article]
    Badger Meter is a fine little growth stock, with a bright future. I've been very pleased with over the years.
    Oct 18 12:01 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Don't Lose Hope On Philip Morris [View article]
    PM and MO myself. Esp. PM. May long live the right of individuals to make their own personal choices, to weigh costs and benefits.
    Oct 11 01:09 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Don't Lose Hope On Philip Morris [View article]
    And so PM's buybacks are at more favorable prices.
    Oct 11 01:08 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Dominion Resources Catches MLP Fever [View article]
    Spinoffs very often do well.
    Sep 27 10:06 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Attractive Valuations In The Airline Industry [View article]
    Any airline stock is a huge risk. Period. Good for gamblers, though.
    Sep 20 01:39 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • 3 Good-Yielding Stocks With Strong Growth Record And Strong Growth Prospects [View article]
    A menthol ban will absolutely kill LO. And there's a good chance it will happen. I've avoided LO for this reason. MO and especially PM are safer bets.
    Sep 20 10:26 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Schlumberger Limited: Many Catalysts Will Drive This Undervalued Stock [View article]
    XOM has been hugely undervalued for a long, long time. But its day will come . . . eventually. In the meantime, decent secure dividends flow in.
    Sep 19 07:10 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • MLP Smackdown: Enterprise Products Vs. Kinder Morgan Energy Partners [View article]
    Even better (less fancy) would be "2 percentage points higher."
    Sep 17 10:30 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Long-Term Dividend Portfolio With Low Risk That Has Outperformed The Market [View article]
    The recent price drop in MOS presented a classic buying opportunity. Those who bought shares in the low 40s are already sitting on a large (hopefully unrealized) gain.

    MOS has great financials, is in an absolutely essential industry, and is in my view a great recommendation for a long-term hold. It's still very cheap.
    Sep 13 05:34 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • California Water Service Group: After Recent Declines, Investors Should Take Note [View article]
    I wonder how threatened the operations of CWT are, ultimately, by the essentially permanent drought in the Southwest (and in Hawaii, as a matter of fact). And yes the earthquake risk is high. One big quake and the water pipelines would be shot all to hell. I prefer AWK and WTR. They seem like safer investments.
    Sep 13 05:17 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The York Water Company: Watch This For The Long Term [View article]
    73% is not a particularly high payout ratio for a utility. Actually it seems quite reasonable.
    Sep 13 12:06 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • This Tobacco Giant Remains Attractive [View article]
    There are many good stocks yielding more than PM. There are lots of reasons other than just dividends to own PM. The main ones are relative safety and stability.
    Sep 11 08:59 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment