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  • Uncertain Times Call For Certain Dividend Payers: Electrify Your Portfolio With Con Edison  [View article]
    The gentleman just above me hits the nail on the head! I applaud his candor! There is something going on with all of these articles that suggests buying cheaper shares of stock and smiling at all that extra income coming in. And the guarantee of that specter is always glossed over. The authors make their money at this in various ways. Your attention is needed in much of this. It makes me think of Bernard Madoff and the recent series acted out for our enjoyment. It was well done!

    Enter a stock market propped up with debt! Share buy backs continue -- all with funny money gleefully handed out by a Federal Reserve system running on mostly empty. What should the average investor do? Better, what should the astute investor have been doing for the last several months? Cash! If you've raised cash you are tempted at every twist and turn by financial types to reinvest that hard earned money into "cheaper" shares. You are chastised for being too conservative. Even if you are young and now are considering entering this stock market why do so at all? What ever happened to common observation, common sense and most of all, PATIENCE?

    Am I doing the unthinkable here by suggesting to my investor compatriots to hold off -- as in HOLDING cash? You bet I am. Pull it in and walk away! Leave the financial sites alone for the time being. How long? Give it a 2016 rest (for a start). See how things look next year after a new president and hopefully a Congress that will get our $150 billion of Social SecurityTrust Fund dollars back from the recent and ongoing theft.

    Figure it out: your elected officials have eliminated a Social Security COLA for 2016. Instead they have raided the fund! Also, 2015 retirement account news is trickling out that there will be NO increase for many of you when you get your checks soon. For some there will be less! This is money that will NOT be there to throw at stocks because shares are cheaper. Many of you have not gotten raises for a long times. The middle class is virtually non existent. More and more people shop the dollar stores -- not the mall or the big block stores. More use the internet like a weapon to find the best value and then do their E-commerce thing for the day.

    Is there an implication here that CASH is king? You darn right!
    Feb 5, 2016. 02:26 PM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • My Favorite 8 Stocks For The Next 1-3 Years  [View article]
    My fav 8! I wouldn't waste the time on these considering most everything.
    Feb 3, 2016. 12:56 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The New Seeking Alpha  [View article]
    Time will tell, now won't it.
    Feb 1, 2016. 12:01 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Weighing The Week Ahead: Is The Correction Over?  [View article]
    Added to my previous comment is the understanding that this stock market is a market of excesses. A trader's market perhaps.
    Jan 31, 2016. 10:10 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Weighing The Week Ahead: Is The Correction Over?  [View article]
    There are corrections and then there are corrections. The disciplinarian, should there be one, has to wonder whether the punishment doled out will quench the bad behavior. Some bad behaviors beget more bad behaviors because the punishment was not immediate enough nor was it substancial enough.
    Jan 31, 2016. 10:07 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Half Of U.S. Income Is Over $125,000 Per Year  [View article]
    I'll say it again, this time more precisely and to the point: the article's title is deceptive. Yea, it has garnered over 277 comments and the author defends every word. BUT, read Bluegill's comment above -- it's right on! What I see and how far I've come is far more accurate than what's offered as numbers here. The good paying blue collar jobs are gone. In place of that there are politicians afoot who are passing laws that forbid the worker free speech on his employer's property. School teachers don't want the hassle anymore, among many others. There's a shortage! SKILLS far more justify what the worker will do with his life today. Labor is dead issue. I'll stop it here. We now have a huge segment of society that is supported by government handouts. Over the last 8 years the poverty level has doubled. The middle class, what's left to it will mostly be entering the low class while a few who get big inheritances and so on will move up. Be sure, the lower class will continue to become far larger in the United States if things continue as they have over the last 8 years. Why is this so easy to understand for some of us? That's because we observe! We interact with people -- we care more!
    Jan 30, 2016. 04:51 PM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Half Of U.S. Income Is Over $125,000 Per Year  [View article]
    Yes, and things have always been how bad?
    Jan 30, 2016. 01:55 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Valuing Dividend Aristocrats - Archer Daniels Midland Vs. Hormel Foods  [View article]
    I own neither HML nor ADM. Held ADM some years ago and continue to hold it in one of my stock lists -- agriculture. HML is something I follow and may add if pricing goes lower once this market realizes it's propped up by outrageous debt. Along with CPB, I consider HML a possible take over candidate. Rather than these two, I'd push my value concerns aside and buy back my sold shares of MCD as a momentum play.
    Jan 30, 2016. 12:09 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Gold: Bull Run Ahead  [View article]
    I'm not a proponent of precious metals at this time, BUT if someone has none among their investments, I'd nibble along the way down from here. Make sense? What helps any case for gold/silver is that our stock market is propped up on funny money -- debt. Now the herd just loves the fact that Japan has initiated negative interest rate policy and Europe is talking about kicking up some more debt to bolster its markets. It all catches fire here! More stock buy backs and all the attached craziness is at a very dangerous level. Once a general consensus grasps this fact, all heck will break loose regarding a huge run on precious metals. Just my laid back, farm boy look at the obvious that's ignored by so many who prefer churning paper rather than hard work.
    Jan 30, 2016. 11:44 AM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Half Of U.S. Income Is Over $125,000 Per Year  [View article]
    This is a cheap shot article whose only attempt is to garner "clicks". There is nothing here but twisted numbers. The Seeking Alpha editor allows this? During the last 8 years people living under poverty doubled. The middle class has veanished. Why do you think people have left the malls? It's not just e-commerce. I could get very political here. More than half wage earners make under $30,000 a years. Those who left the middle class have had wages basically frozen for years. There are no raises! BOOO on this author and others like him seeking attention on this now dubious site.
    Jan 29, 2016. 09:52 AM | 13 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Facebook: Firing On All Cylinders  [View article]
    My call 2 1/2 years ago on Face Book was based on news that young people were leaving it in droves because too many ma's and pa's were coming on board. Was that true? FB shares had hit a flat spot.That news item kept this growth investor away. That lasted just so long until I could see far more accurately. FB was doing exceptionally well. I'm certainly happy I saw the light and bought shares. This is not a bragadacio. In fact I wish I had more shares. The point I'm trying to make is not to sell (or buy) on a single news item. Cheap shot articles are bounding up everywhere on most anything we own. They most commonly appear when any company shows some brief sluggishness -- and this is usually inaccurate. Research for the TRUTH! Truth is, quarter 4 of 2013 saw a 16.29% increase in FB users. Quarter 4 of 2015 saw 14.21%. That's good enough for me to keep holding and perhaps adding on a happy (down) day. Be careful what you read!
    Jan 28, 2016. 12:44 PM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Retirement Strategy: If The Trend Is Down, Don't Fall Into The 'Buy The Price Trap'  [View article]
    My read? That's an easy call. There are 154 comments -- most all with their hands stuck out of their windows asking for a map. Many seek security in what they are or are not doing -- should I buy or should I sell? Or should I wait (for what)? What, me add! What is the new herd fad regarding securities? It's suggested that the buy the dip mentality is passe'. Yet it's return to fashion is mentioned within the same thinking.

    Again, my take is that there is far too much interest in this stock market. Whether it's still the only game in town is something yet to behold.

    In a sea-saw fashion the market is currently holding around 250. Are you a VIX watcher? If you are you'll still most likely do the wrong thing -- even if it's your broker's caveat to you that you only do the trade for the session -- what ever vehicle you use.

    And so it goes, patience for most remains a lost virtue -- to take up yoga perhaps. Let's close the book on the AM and if we must, peak later at the day's close -- only to wish we were smarter, realizing after all that would be but a pipe dream.
    Jan 26, 2016. 12:01 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Jeff Miller Positions For 2016: Applying The Lessons From 2015  [View article]
    Lots of words circulating around the subject of whether there is value to be found in this market. Why not put up a few actual names where all of this illustrious value can be found. Then we have a gauge to grade this nonsense on. Trouble is most of those people with sense know how this has worked out for The Street and its entertainer. Anytime you have someone who is a snake oil salesman you get lots of hype -- noise. Show me the value and then I'll do a mental dance around that stock and decide if there is value for ME.
    Jan 25, 2016. 10:01 AM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Michael Bloomberg is seriously considering running for president  [View news story]
    This is the most refreshing news since the feeble campaigning began. NONE of the people running are suitable to become OUR president. It doesn't deserve bad mouthing because it's the most obvious fact comparing today's runners to most any other presidential campaign. The only thing that makes it smell is Bloomberg's billions. Becoming presidential material should not have to rely on this kind of wealth nor spending a billion of it on any race. That said, let him in!
    Jan 24, 2016. 10:10 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Gold Stocks At Fundamentally-Absurd Levels Have Amazing Upside In 2016  [View article]
    What a wasted breath! The guy does't even own what he breathlessly prescribes! Seeking Alpha has just so much going for itself. Much of the content here is old speak. Still a handful of writers get numerous clicks. Does this indicate yet too much interest in this stock market. It could.
    Jan 23, 2016. 01:40 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment