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  • Gas Natural: Investigation And Insider-Selling Suggests Trouble Ahead [View article]
    This article convinced me to finally sell my shares of EGAS last week. There's a lot that I love about the company - the dividend, the business, the geography - but I can't stand always wondering what Osbourne is up to. They aren't exactly the most transparent company, nor are they very shareholder friendly.

    If they come out of this investigation intact, AND they rid themselves of the Osbourne family, I might buy back in one day.
    Dec 11 01:26 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Stocks That Avoid Unrecoverable Foreign Dividend Withholding In Tax Deferred Accounts [View article]
    A word of warning about owning foreign dividend stocks in a Sharebuilder IRA:

    I purchased some Canadian oil stocks for my Roth. Sharebuilder shaved 15% off the monthly dividends, labeling it as a foreign tax withholding.

    I contacted them about this, and informed them about the 2009 treaty that excluded US retirement accounts from the withholding.

    After several days waiting for a response, they finally contacted me and acknowledged that I was right, but they would be withholding the tax anyway.

    My next question was, if Canada is not collecting the tax, WHO are you withholding it for? I never received an answer.

    I have never recovered the money that was withheld. One of their customer service reps told me I should fill out a Form 1116. He didn't know they don't apply to IRA's.
    Jul 9 01:59 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • 18 Companies Providing Shareholders More Cash Through Increased Dividends [View article]
    Good article.

    Since you mentioned it, what are your thoughts on EGAS?
    Nov 4 07:42 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • My Favorite 7 Closed End Funds For Lucrative Dividends [View article]

    Good article. What do you think of ETO?
    Oct 9 07:42 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Atlantic Power Corporation Offers A Secure, Monthly Dividend [View article]
    Sharebuilder does this.

    I know, because I spent a month and a half fighting them over dividends (in my ROTH) being withheld for ERF.

    The resolution: Sharebuilder admitted that I was right they had no legal reason to withhold the Canadian taxes, but they were going to do it anyway.

    Looking for a new broker now. Avoid Sharebuilder at all costs.
    Sep 25 11:28 PM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment