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  • Senator wants Veterans Administration to use wartime provision to knock down price of Sovaldi  [View news story]
    How do you get hcv in service to your country? You step on a punji stick in Vietnam is one way.
    May 13, 2015. 06:03 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • It's Better To Be Partly Right Than Mostly Wrong  [View article]
    This cannot be said too often. It astonishes me how often I read retired investors state that they have 20 or 25% of their savings in a single stock, which usually is doing well at the time, and no bonds.
    May 1, 2015. 11:01 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Replace The 4% Retirement Rule With These 4% Dividend Stocks  [View article]
    "10-15% is smokin'" Yes, it is, and where there's smoke fire often follows. I can't stand that heat so I got out of that kitchen.
    Apr 23, 2015. 10:30 AM | 14 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • What Special Forces Can Teach Us About Investing  [View article]
    Good advice. But to continue your analogy, if Warren Buffet were commanding my unit I would have followed him into Tesco (and been carried out feet first).
    Mar 19, 2015. 09:21 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Kinder Morgan: Has The Worm Turned Once Again?  [View article]
    "Dividend growth bought and paid for by the tax benefits of the merger". Yes, but don't worry about the government because they are getting some of those taxes back from those of us who owned kmp for years.
    Mar 4, 2015. 08:18 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • A 6-Position Portfolio For High-Yield REIT Investors  [View article]
    These may be worth considering for some but my own experience with riskier, high yield investments like these has been uniformly bad. They are usually very volatile. Somehow I either end up selling too early or too late. Probably just me.
    Mar 1, 2015. 09:50 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Assessing Diversification Among Dividend ETFs  [View article]
    Very helpful analysis. Did you look at REIT ETFs like VNQ? Perhaps adding one of them would increase yield and diversification.
    Feb 28, 2015. 11:27 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • This Dominant High-Dividend Stock Yields 6%, Pays Twice A Year And Goes Ex-Dividend Soon  [View article]
    I did not know that Telstra is fully franked. Very useful to know.
    Thanks for this.
    Feb 15, 2015. 10:44 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Barron's: Whether crude moves up or down, best to avoid big oils  [View news story]
    I don't think Barron's deliberately gives bad advice. And I don't believe this is some occult conspiracy. They just don't know but they have to produce something for the magazine to print. They would serve their readers better to admit that they don't know. It is not possible to know how soon oil prices will rise nor is it possible to know to what level they will rise. But the world still runs on oil and will for many, many more years. Odds are excellent that in the near future (near as in 6-12 months) oil will be significantly higher than it is now. But maybe it will take longer. Meanwhile the oil majors pay good dividends. I can wait. Maybe their stock prices will fall lower, but maybe not. It's all a guess for you, me and T. Boone Pickens.
    Feb 14, 2015. 10:44 AM | 7 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Micron, Seagate form NAND flash/SSD alliance  [View news story]
    Right you are. A cold shower often helps.
    Feb 13, 2015. 08:53 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Media Is Dead Wrong About Oil Supply And Demand  [View article]
    A good presentation. I agree with your assessment here. The timing is the question. It will take three months, it likely will take six months or it may even take a year for the price of oil to rise significantly but the stocks you mentioned will be able to cope that long and longer. I hope we're both correct. I'd buy more oil stocks except I have a full house already.
    Jan 30, 2015. 01:41 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Time To Own McDonald's Has Passed  [View article]
    Exactly. We have heard this all before. Usually after the stock price has dropped 10 or 20% this sort of article begins to appear. It is clear that changes need to be made at MCD. Maybe the author is correct that the situation is hopeless but I expect that management will eventually find a solution. Even if it takes a couple of years and much trial and error the dividend makes the stock easy for me to hold.
    Jan 25, 2015. 11:46 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Surprise rate cut not yet feeding through in Canada  [View news story]
    Didn't the US government tell US banks when and where or to whom to lend with their "anti-redline" rules? Is the US some sort of banana republic? Sometimes I wonder.
    Jan 23, 2015. 04:19 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Microsoft details Windows 10, promises free upgrades  [View news story]
    Well, hurrah for this because I do not like my Windows 8 so much that I plan to finally abandon it for Apple next cycle (unless Windows 10 is a big improvement).
    Jan 21, 2015. 06:06 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • $3 milk next?  [View news story]
    I think people fear deflation because it is often accompanied by greater unemployment due to reduced business growth, profit, etc.. If you already have plenty of money and don't need a job then I suppose deflation might be a good thing. As a retired person deflation might not worry me except that I have children and grandchildren who need jobs and I also care about others who want to work but cannot find a job. Plus, the government continues to borrow and spend even in a deflationary economy, maybe even more in a deflationary economy which eventually leads to inflation or worse, stagflation-- the worse of all economies. Also, I expect the dairy farmers are not too happy to see the price of milk fall as I know the corn farmers are not happy to see corn prices so low. So some win, some lose too.
    Jan 17, 2015. 02:38 PM | 12 Likes Like |Link to Comment