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  • Performance: How Do I Measure Thee? Let Me Count The Ways [View article]

    Sure you can make 3.14 become 3!!!!!!!!!!!

    Round to one significant whole digit. Therefore 3.1416 becomes 3.

    By the way, an article which needed to be written. Unfortunately, there will continue to be disagreements on how to evaluate portfolios.

    Wish you successful investing.
    Sep 20 11:50 AM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Retirement Strategy: Receiving A Stream Of Income Every Month Is Budget-Friendly For Retirees [View article]

    Good article. I own all but XOM. I have COP instead. If you replace XOM with COP it will up the monthly amount by approx. $100.00. Even so, the given list is a good list to grow each year and be about as safe an equity list as you can generate.

    Wish you successful investing.
    Sep 19 01:30 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Can A Successful Dividend Portfolio Be Assembled In 2014? - Part 3 [View article]

    To answer your specific question: I would purchase the following stocks in equal dollar amounts-MO,T,CVX,CLX,H... and PM. This will return 4.06% based on your tables. There are only 21 stocks listed not 24 as you requested.

    Of course if one is not required to purchase all of the above at one time, it would be much better to slowly add each of the above as fair value is obtained.

    Wish you successful investing.
    Sep 19 01:13 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • When To Trim? [View article]

    First, always follow your own investing guidelines and plan. Do what you evaluate is correct for you.

    That being said, it is always good to bounce others ideas off your plan. Recently I decided to sell MCY and INTC. I sold MCY because their dividend growth was not adequate. INTC had no dividend growth plus their yield had dropped into the mid 2% range.

    Before selling I had researched at least two stocks for each stock sold in which to invest the proceeds. This needs to be done if you are reinvesting the proceeds of a sale.

    Whatever choice you make I "wish you successful investing."
    Sep 18 11:46 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • 30 Nifty Fifty State Dividend Dogs Hound 13% September Upsides [View article]
    Concerning OKE: it should be classified in the energy sector not utes. The gas utility (OGS) was spun off from OKE. Oneok is now only the general partner to Oneok Partners(OKS), an MLP, which is into gathering, processing and transporting nat. gas, crude and ngls. It also has fractionators of ngls.

    Wish you successful investing.
    Sep 17 12:48 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Conoco Phillips Is Not Exiting The North Sea [View article]

    Good article which was needed. I've seen and read the articles you are de-bunking. All one has to do is go to the COP web site and look at all the production they have listed in the North Sea and around the world. You put it out there for everyone to see. Thanks.

    I agree COP is and has been a buy even before they split PSX. It has been over the past time since they split a good to a screaming buy. Of course I am long COP. Also CVX.

    Wish you successful investing.
    Sep 17 11:47 AM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • My Dividend Growth Portfolio Business Plan [View article]
    I have enjoyed your articles including this one. Like you I listened to Bob Wells, among others, to write down a business plan. It does help focus on the stocks to purchase and evaluate once purchased.

    I look forward to your future articles on how this method plays out over time.

    Wish you successful investing.
    Sep 15 05:08 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Now Is The Time To Maintain A Tactical Approach To Buying Blue Chip REITs [View article]

    I believe Brad says to buy below $44.00 and he would back up the truck if it were $40.00.

    Wish all successful investing.
    Sep 15 01:26 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Retirement Strategy: Filling A Gap With An Overlooked Dividend Aristocrat [View article]

    CINF is certainly a David Fish Champion base on past performance. I have owned it for several years while it's price has increased 77%. The dividend has only one fault IMHO. The past 5,3 and 1 year divvy increase has been below the rate of inflation. David Fish's list shows each below 2 %. The 10 year is at 6+%. I hope it gets back there but until the economy grows at a faster rate I do not think their divvy increases will exceed the inflation rate.

    I plan to hold a little longer. I just recently sold MCY because of their small DGR percentage increases.

    Wish you successful investing.
    Sep 9 12:58 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Swapping Out Of High-Yielding ONEOK For Range Resources [View article]

    Oneok "OKE" is no longer in nat. gas distribution. They spun off ONE-GAS "OGS"
    within the last year. They are the general partner to OKS. I own both OKE and OKS in my portfolio's. The next 2 to 3 years look very promising, IMHO, for both OKE and OKS.
    Nothing against Range Resources, they are a good company. I have put my E&P stock investment dollars in COP. They are considerably higher than when I last invested in them however.
    Wish you successful investing.
    Sep 9 12:34 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Best Dividend Growers, Part 26: Wisconsin Energy [View article]

    Over the past several years I have accumulated shares of WEC, NU and CMS. Like Mike Nadel I also added AVA. On a per share basis my share price is up 10%, 10%, 33% and 26% on the above four utes. Of course their divvy returns have been very nice also and growing.

    The utes make up under 10% of my portfolio but have been steady divvy payers.

    Wish all successful investing.
    Sep 5 01:00 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Why I Will Start Social Security At Age 62 [View article]

    Thanks for the correction.

    Wish you successful investing.
    Sep 2 12:26 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Resource Wars [View instapost]

    I agree partially. Another factor to take into account is the take away pipeline capacity at Cushing, OK where WTI is priced. The additional pipeline capacity to the gulf coast added over the past couple of years has helped increase the WTI price in relation to Brent price.. Another 150 storage tanks are to be built in Cushing in the near future. Probably getting ready for the additional crude from Canada and northern US when the Keystone XL pipeline expansion is completed. This will have a somewhat downward affect on the WTI price.

    Only time will tell.

    Wish you successful investing.
    Sep 2 12:06 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Resource Wars [View instapost]

    Enjoyed your article.

    One point I differ with you on however. The difference between WTI and Brent prices over the past couple of years has been approximately $5 to $12 per barrel. If you are a producer selling 100 barrels of oil per day that $500 per day or more helps pay for labor, maintenance, etc. Costs have increased dramatically in the oil patch over the past several years so every bit of income helps. This is more than a little price difference when you look on a monthly basis.

    Even so, an article to educate all of us.

    Wish you successful investing.
    Sep 1 03:14 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Dividend Champions For September 2014 [View article]

    Thank you for your continued work providing so much info to so many.

    misscbd, ditto your comment on INTC. I haven't sold any shares yet, but the time is approaching to make a decision. Technically Intel is tops but from my financial stand-point they are on thin ice!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Wish all successful investing.
    Sep 1 02:48 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment