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  • Pepsi Has Increased Dividends For 42 Years, But Is It A Buy Right Now? [View article]
    This article demonstrates quite vividly why I DON'T buy stock in these kinds of behemoth DGI companies. Pepsi has increased its dividend for 42 (FORTY-TWO) years and is still paying only 2.65% dividends. I'm sure there must be considerable Capital Gains included there, but Unrealized Capital Gains don't feed the dog, unless I change them to Realized gains, and then I don't have the stock any more.
    Apr 20 09:47 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Mortgage REITs: Proceed Without Fear [View article]
    Yep! Total waste of time! I tried it once, and never again. In fact, I left with the impression that I should be advising him, not the other way around.

    I also left him with a few good stock tips. Don't know if he ever looked into them, but I'm sure he would have been surprised to find out what is actually available outside of those fund he was trying to sell to me.
    Apr 13 09:48 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • How Much Does Seeking Alpha Pay Its Contributors? [View article]
    I also don't read articles on AAPL, MSN, Google, Facebook, Twitter, etc. because they cost too much per share and pay too little in dividends. I am TOTALLY uninterested in behemoth companies. I don't give a damn about their growth or non-growth prospects.

    I like smaller companies which pay good dividends (in the 10% neighborhood) and for which I can make a 500 or 1,000 share trade without having to spend my entire investment capital. This, not only gives me substantial income spread over the entire year, it also provides automatic significant diversification.
    Apr 12 09:43 AM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Elite 8 MoPay Dividend Dogs Vie For 18% To 36% Upsides [View article]
    Very true! I try to structure my portfolio to overcome this problem so that I have an approximately equal amount of income spread over every month from all stocks, even the quarterly ones. However, this becomes difficult at times due to the propensity for so many companies to pay their dividends in the 1, 4, 7, 10 months of the year and, even the ones that pay in other quarters, to pay on the first and/or last day of their months. Since the first day of some month comes right after the last day of another month, the payments tend to bunch up in those time periods.

    I wish companies would keep this in mind, that other companies also exist, when they decide when to pay their dividends. I have, at times, decided NOT to buy some very attractively priced stocks, because they don't fit into the proper time slots for my needs. Perhaps some changes in the timing of dividends would alleviate some of the demand for monthly paying ones.
    Mar 31 09:58 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Elite 8 MoPay Dividend Dogs Vie For 18% To 36% Upsides [View article]
    There are not many in that bunch of junk that I would even touch. MRHY means Medium Risk, High Yield ---- not Mostly Risky, Hardly worthY of even considering!
    Mar 30 10:29 AM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • What Seeking Alpha Is Doing To Prevent Paid Stock Promotion [View article]
    I agree with this comment (;-}. The practice mentioned is very similar to my comment printed elsewhere in this thread, but does accurately identify a different version of the same problem and might need to be addressed differently. Stamp out all plagiarism, internal or multi-article, and by the same author or others.!!!

    BTW, would it be possible to make some emoticons available to us?
    Mar 29 03:07 PM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • What Seeking Alpha Is Doing To Prevent Paid Stock Promotion [View article]
    busterbrown - You aren't the same Buster Brown that I know here in Omaha, are you? I think that is a pseudonym isn't it, but (to all) there really is a Buster Brown living and working here. (:-0) !
    Mar 29 02:57 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • What Seeking Alpha Is Doing To Prevent Paid Stock Promotion [View article]
    I enjoy reading, replying, and commenting on, articles and comments on SA. Many of the articles and comments are very informative. However, there is one other problem that I sometimes see. It is where the author repeats the same set of words and/or phrases several times in an article. It wastes my time.

    As I understand it, they are not paid by the word are they? All that it does is to make the article seem longer and more informative than it really is. Perhaps you can find a program that searches for plagiarism and use it internally on every long article to find what I might call intra-article plagiarism.
    Mar 29 02:45 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Selective Dividend Reinvestment Vs. DRIP [View article]
    The solution to that is to not use the companies' DRIP if your current or future broker offers that service free of commissions and fees. TDAmeritrade does, and I would think that most brokers do these days!

    Some companies even give you a price discount if you DRIP directly from them. You might want to check with all of the ones that you own and transfer only the ones that don't. There ARE ways to have your cake and eat it too!
    Mar 29 10:46 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Selective Dividend Reinvestment Vs. DRIP [View article]
    WOW! Computershare must really think their services are top notch! You did well to transfer. TDAmeritrade's services ARE top notch. The $9.99 amount is a bit higher than some other brokers, but their services are worth it, especially the 24/7 phone capability! And their tax information - I can almost calculate my income taxes directly from their 1099 forms (;-}!
    Mar 29 10:36 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • FTC says Blue Rhino, AmeriGas colluded on propane tanks [View news story]
    GG - Obviously you are one of the people affected by this situation. What would you have FGP do; sell you propane at a loss???

    Your contract with FGP probably contains a statement or two covering this type of situation. Have you ever read it? Can you even find it? The world turns and SH*T happens. Don't complain when something happens for which you were not prepared!!!
    Mar 29 10:13 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Safety, Stability And High Income For The Retired Dividend Growth Investor [View article]
    I also buy companies on sale, but at prices that will allow me to receive 10% dividends for many years. And, if you want to save on commissions, hold the cash until you have enough to make a buy with your broker at a cost that is appropriately SMALL when compared to the amount spent. That is what my girlfriend does, at my strong suggestion that she do so! She now sees the wisdom in that and would not even consider any other method.

    You are quite correct to not be overly concerned about market corrections or stock prices except when you buy them. However, concomitant with that comes the need to buy for as little as possible per share in order to receive the greatest possible percentage return for your investment. And, I definitely don't recommend that you chase any high flying stocks. In fact, just the opposite, as outlined in the next blog from 6228371. Don't sell because of a reduction in price. Sell because of a significant INCREASE in price that causes your current yield to be BELOW what you want to receive, and either pocket or reinvest the capital gain.

    Please do me one favor. Take any stock that you have held for a goodly portion of those 20 years, assume that you had bought it to pay 10% dividends and that it has continued to pay that for those 20 years, and see how much you would have TODAY! I am confident that you will be astonished at the result.

    BTW, when I started my stock investing hobby OVER 35 years ago, I had only $85,000 to work with, so I had somewhat the same problems as you have. I had to be very careful to minimize my expenses and maximize my returns. I am now independently wealthy with an annual income far larger than I had ever dreamed I could achieve, because of what I did, and I am GLAD I did it MY WAY!!! If you want to ever be independently wealthy yourself, please do reexamine your current thinking and make a change from your old method that you seem to think is correct merely you have ALWAYS DONE IT THAT WAY!

    Believe me, I have your best interests at heart. I won't make a penny either way that you go, but do ditch your stubborn current fixation on past investing ideas!
    Mar 28 07:13 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Is Reynolds American A Good Dividend Stock? [View article]
    If I were you, I wouldn't plan on banking regulatory changes very soon. I'm not!
    Mar 28 10:45 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Safety, Stability And High Income For The Retired Dividend Growth Investor [View article]
    And, Mr. Paul Wagner, please don't presume to speak for the entire world of people who sign on to SA. I personally have never heard of you before. Your articles, book(s), and postings on SA apparently have not interested me, in as much as I have never taken the time to read even one or, if I did, it didn't leave much of an impact on my thinking!
    Mar 27 08:28 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Safety, Stability And High Income For The Retired Dividend Growth Investor [View article]
    And how are people supposed to know what the content and context of my postings are supposed to say if I don't give them some reference point(s)? I could be trying to make the same point(s) from the perspective of a pauper, and it wouldn't be the same.

    Maybe you don't care but, based upon the replies that I get and the PMs that I receive, many others seem to! I am not writing those postings for you alone. I am writing them for the benefit of the world at large. If you don't care for that information, just don't read it!
    Mar 27 07:49 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment