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  • Monday Market Movement - Do or Dive [View article]
    I have to tell you how much I look forward to your articles. Always informative and entertaining. I only go long, not short nor do options but I think you have some of the best information on the site. Good investing!
    Jan 24 10:11 AM | 21 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Retirement Strategy: Sorry Warren, But You're A Cheapskate [View article]
    While I agree somewhat with your position, RS has been providing some of the best articles on SA and I think he is entitled to provide his perspective on the issue. Candidly, while I knew that Berkshire did not pay a dividend I never gave it much thought. This article crystallizes the issue for me.
    May 15 08:21 AM | 13 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Post-SOTU, Pre-FOMC Wednesday [View article]
    Oh go ahead Phil. Pick on Bachmann. I never realized that slavery was abolished by the founding fathers. This is what she said in a speech recently in Iowa. I kid you not! Embarrassing.
    Jan 26 11:12 AM | 13 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Post-SOTU, Pre-FOMC Wednesday [View article]
    I can't resist in responding and promise this will be it on the subject because I use this site for stock advice and politics is dangerous to discuss so I am at fault for doing. I did listen to the speech and not to the drivel. I personally have no respect for her as she distorted history to fit her point about the founding fathers and the constitution. I have little respect for politicians who do this. If you were inspired by her speech then I congratulate you and so be it. But, the facts are the facts. Basic American history and she does not know it or worse she intentionally distorted it.
    Jan 26 11:57 AM | 12 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • 20 Relatively Safe and Cheap Dividend Stocks for Income Investors [View article]
    In reading the article I was somewhat surprised to see LO on the list as being considered relatively safe and cheap dividend stock. While it may have a safe dividend it has been not relatively safe. Since the beginning of January the stock price has dropped from over 82 to its present level at 74. Back in November it was selling for over 88. This hardly seems relatively safe. There is apparently a question of whether menthol will be banned which accounts for the vast majority of its business. I am surprised that you could overlook this in your write up.
    Jan 23 08:18 AM | 10 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • A Basic Retirement Plan, And 9 Dividend Income Stocks to Help Get You There [View article]
    Without a doubt Dividends4Life is one of the best writers and contributors on seeking alpha. I am 62 and looking to retain and grow my IRA without too much risk to my retirement income. My goal is to not touch it until 70 1/2. Great information and many thanks. alaw35
    Jan 19 08:16 PM | 10 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • A Note of Caution for Oil Bulls [View article]
    Old, thanks for the articles. I am 62 and recently "retired" by the company I worked for 26 years. So, I am really watching my IRA to preserve and grow. You apparently seem to be in a similar position and I value your thoughts and sharing advice.
    Jan 20 10:43 AM | 7 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • A Modest Position in Sasol Is Attractive as an Income Investment [View article]
    Thanks OT. I always read and listen when you write. My biggest problem is the fact that I am investing within an IRA and the dividends from foreign companies get cut with withheld taxes. So recognizing this I try to buy a company which is undervalued at the time but still sound. I bought Nestle some time ago and did not recognize that the 35% of the 2.7% dividend yield would be withheld by the Swiss Government. Having said this I still own the stock and have made a few dollars. Maybe I am the only one out there but I am willing to bet there are others out there who have the same issue. As always though I enjoy your reading and counsel.
    Jan 25 06:43 AM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • 20 Relatively Safe and Cheap Dividend Stocks for Income Investors [View article]
    MO is definitely safer than LO. I own PM as it is international and not domestic. I personally won't buy domestic cigarette makers but that is just me. I would say if you were inclined keep an eye on developments with LO if the "menthol issue" gets resolved or put off down the road as it will move to higher levels quickly. However, I think you need to recognize the risk with LO which PM does not have.
    Jan 23 10:09 AM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Cheapest Israeli Dividend Stock [View article]
    That is correct. So, even if in an IRA account it is still a pretty hefty dividend which still depends on currency exchange. All in all, still a very healthy dividend. There is a recent article on this site which has all the rates countries withhold. For example, South Africa does not withhold any taxes.
    Jan 28 12:50 PM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • DHT: The Silver Lining in the Shipping Cloud [View article]

    Another interesting idea. For a new investor, it seems like it has really up in price recently. I noticed that today is ex-dividend date which may make it a better investment by the end of the day! Thanks.
    Feb 2 09:56 AM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Hudson City Bancorp: Short-Term Risk, Long-Term Opportunity? [View article]
    Chuck, as always informative as all your articles. I recognize you stated that you will be  looking quarter to quarter but is it your judgment that short term means 2011 and that this may be dead money for that period? Also, if one does not own it presently (which I do not) would it not make sense to wait until it goes ex-dividend on February 2? Seems like the stock might even go lower particularly with the market as volatile as it is. Thanks.
    Jan 29 12:25 PM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • 20 Relatively Safe and Cheap Dividend Stocks for Income Investors [View article]
    I am sorry to disagree. If you bought it at $82 it is hardly cheaper now. It seemed to my reading that the point of the article that you were listing were 20 stocks that are relatively cheap and SAFE. I don't mean to give you a hard time but LO hardly fits "safe" and its dividend at least to me does not help when you are down from 82 to 74.
    Jan 23 07:35 PM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Dialing Up Dividends With France Telecom [View article]
    Ot, not sure you saw it but there is an article published today on SA on the 2011 retirement portfolio and they have FTE as part of its suggested portfolio. So, you are keeping good company and your article and the other have brought FTE to my attention. Thanks as I always enjoy reading your articles and following you. Jim
    Mar 3 08:22 AM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • ScotiaBank: The Most International of Canadian Banks Looks Attractive [View article]
    One thing that has to be remembered with dividends and foreign countries is that if you buy this in an IRA or other tax-deferred account you lose a percentage of the dividend by the foreign government withholding. In the case of Canada, it is 15%. So, when I look at a company like this I look for the dividend but also the growth possibilities. Thank you for the article and analysis.
    Feb 3 07:24 AM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment