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  • Should You Be Worried About Western Asset Mortgage? [View article]
    JJJim, my question is this --- why are you holding a large amount of dry powder? I am a firm believer in the old saying about making sure your money works hard for you so that you don't have to.

    I don't believe in holding much dry powder at any time. You are probably actually losing money on it to inflation. Even if you buy some WMC now and it doesn't pan out, have you really lost much compared to sitting and waiting? My personal answer to that question is a firm NO! I have bought 900 shares of WMC within the past year and have a bid in for 600 more at a price slightly below the latest close. And, even if they drop their dividend by 50%, I will still be being paid adequately compared to keeping that "dry powder"!

    In summation, I believe in waiting a while for my princess to make her appearance but, if she doesn't, I'll take some other available beauty and still be happy!
    Jan 30, 2015. 10:30 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Has Eagle Rock Energy Partners Become The Best Upstream MLP Value Play? [View article]
    I wouldn't touch EROC again after my last experience with them, after checking them out and deciding they looked OK! Not great, but at least OK (:{ ! Bought at $9.19, sold 9 months later at $5.14 after all kinds of shenanigans. Even lower in price now.

    They have lost my faith entirely. Management seems to be a bunch of duds who don't what they want to do, or even how to do it right!
    Jan 29, 2015. 09:55 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • ONEOK Partners: Pronounce It 'One Oak' Or 'Oh-Knee-Oak', It's Still A BUY [View article]
    I have owned OKS (which I pronounce as OH-KAY-ESS) since before it even became OKS. It has always been a good stock for me to own with their large fee-based business. I especially love their promised $0.015 per share quarterly dividend increases, on which they have never faltered.

    I think OKS at ~$40 is a screaming buy for anyone who wants an MLP that has been around since it was called NBP and was a part of EXXON. The management pulled the company through that morass and has steadily grown its business and its dividends. I am presently in the zero cost basis phase of this holding and plan to continue to hold, even though I am paying full capital gains taxes on it.
    Jan 28, 2015. 09:51 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • How Much 'Extra' Return Are You Getting If You Reinvest Dividends? [View article]
    Paul, with all due respect, isn't that all rather obvious? I have know it since I was about 4 years old. So why bother pontificating about the obvious?
    Jan 27, 2015. 06:57 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • How Much 'Extra' Return Are You Getting If You Reinvest Dividends? [View article]
    However, and no one ever seems to mention this situation, would you rather pay ~15% capital gains tax on the dividends as you receive them or be stuck with a horribly large tax bill when you sell them, especially if you have been holding for years, even decades??????? Paying as you go should have little effect on each year's tax bill. Paying in a large lump sum could be very costly, as it would probably throw your entire income into a higher tax bracket with attendant surtaxes and reduced deductions.

    This is why some of my friends who have owned BRK-A stock for many years say they can't afford to sell it. They don't want to put their regular earnings into that situation.
    Jan 27, 2015. 11:27 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • How Much 'Extra' Return Are You Getting If You Reinvest Dividends? [View article]
    Tremendously informative article extolling the virtues of compounding! I use compounding principles and the Rule of 72 (and its offshoots) in practically all of my investment dealings. Anyone who doesn't should learn about it ASAP! Google is a good source for that. As Einstein said (more or less), "The power of compound interest is one of the greatest discoveries of mankind!".

    Regarding DRIP, Ameritrade reinvests dividends that same evening at the average price of the stock that day, with no commission charge. They get their cut when the stock is finally sold. A pretty good deal for someone who is accumulating and is in the "buy and hold" stage.
    Jan 27, 2015. 09:37 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Big day for energy stocks in dividend dogs list [View news story]
    In fact, probably took their RMDs from last year in the last days of the year and moved them to MLPs this year for continued tax shelters. That is what I've done! STON also went up and it is certainly not an energy stock!
    Jan 26, 2015. 09:33 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Big day for energy stocks in dividend dogs list [View news story]
    Looks to me like MLP stocks that went up, not necessarily energy! Perhaps people are finally recognizing the value of MLPs.
    Jan 26, 2015. 09:08 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Regency Energy declares $0.50 dividend [View news story]
    SA Editor, when you announce declarations of dividends that include fractions of cents per share, how about showing us the entire dividend? It may not make much difference to some people, but to those who hold thousands of shares, it does make a difference!

    For example, RGP's dividend is actually $0.5025 a share, not $0.50! That makes the dividend of 1,000 shares $502.50, not $500.00. I'll admit that isn't much but it certainly screws up bookkeeping.
    Jan 26, 2015. 09:41 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • High Yield 50/50 Portfolio Strategy Built With BDCs And MREITs. [View article]
    I fully agree with HYI and just about everything he says here! I don't mind taking the time and effort to keep track of my investments on a daily basis. After all, it is my HOBBY! Also, I think that anything done for any worthwhile purpose is worth doing correctly! Otherwise, why even do it? If you are expecting to be led by someone else to a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow, you need to re-evaluate your expectations. The world doesn't work that way!!!!!!!
    Jan 25, 2015. 02:53 PM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • High Yield 50/50 Portfolio Strategy Built With BDCs And MREITs. [View article]
    I don't want to, nor do I ever intend to, recommend any specific stocks to anyone. To publish my own real-time portfolio would tend to do that. I want to publish investment generalities that people can use to develop their own investment systems.

    These include searching for and evaluating potential investments that meet an individual's own investment objectives; showing due diligence in finding those sources for research, making their own decisions about the stocks to buy, keeping track of which perform up to requirements and which don't, and deciding which to keep and which to eliminate in their portfolios. In other words, I want to help people in making up their own minds and acting on them in a judicious manner.

    If you want to read my comments with the same intentions as I write them, and even write to me when you have a question about tactics, you are welcome to do so. If you want to be TOLD what and when to buy and/or sell a stock or stocks, you are reading the wrong postings! I will lead, but I will not direct!
    Jan 25, 2015. 01:43 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Billionaires are buying these dividend stocks [View news story]
    UN-grateful908. I think you are probably the epitome of "sour grapes". Obviously you haven't read my bio or any of my >1150 comments. Hell, I gain and lose over 15K in "paper profits" every so often. But, my dividends make up for those fluctuations!

    BTW, it isn't considered nice to cast aspersions on another's statements unless you KNOW the truth. This gives many people the impression that you are merely expressing your own shortcomings with your negative statements (:{ !

    Wake up and smell the roses! Some people already have what you so obviously want, but denigrating others isn't going for help your own situation!
    Jan 25, 2015. 10:48 AM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Billionaires are buying these dividend stocks [View news story]
    And that is when I bought a slew of them, some of which I still hold, at bargain basement prices, and currently collect (in 2015) nice dividends.
    Jan 24, 2015. 08:16 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Billionaires are buying these dividend stocks [View news story]
    I am not a billionaire, only a couple million. Consequently, I DO NOT invest in any of those cited stocks except CIM! I want my money to work HARD for me, not some mediocre 5.34% dividends!!!!!!

    I AVERAGE ~12.5% to 13% on my entire portfolio of ~50 stocks, mostly in BDC, REIT, and MLP companies. This may be a tad more risky than your typical billionaire's portfolio who pays out $thousands for professional advice, but it suits my income needs and life style very well!

    BTW, my girlfriend and I just returned from a few weeks in Florida so that I could handle year-end tax reporting and such, for my personal stock portfolio and the restaurant that I bought last fall. I plan to buy a few more MRHY stocks soon, as I believe the ridiculous selling spree and panic about oil is about over (;-} !
    Jan 24, 2015. 10:12 AM | 7 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Breitburn follows Linn in cutting dividends, capital spending plans [View news story]
    Yep! And the trick is to get in at a low entry price for a long hold position on some high yielding stocks (not just oil)! Then sit back and let them do their tricks while you collect >10% on your investments (and probably even some nice capital gains).

    In the meantime, IGNORE whatever the big money boys and their controlled media shills have to say!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! They are out for their own benefit, NOT YOURS!
    Jan 4, 2015. 06:48 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment