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  • Retirement Strategy: Is TARP Too Heavily Invested In Major Oils? [View article]
    RS. I always enjoy your posts. They are the first I look for in my 'inbox'.

    My first thought was, I don't ever remember reading one of your posts, where you considered making a decision based on "tax benefits"?

    My only suggestion is, KISS. Income remains your goal, you gotta love MAIN. Monthly dividends with special divi every 6 months, best of breed, in the "green" section of your stock price. Use half of your sales proceeds to purchase now, keep half as cash.

    Thank you for keeping novice investors - like me - in mind, as you write your articles! I learn something from every one of your posts...
    Nov 19, 2015. 09:16 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Adding Downside Protection To Exxon Mobil [View article]
    This is so frustrating..... Man-made global warming is a SHAME! This author is contributing to the SHAME via this article! Comparing XOM being strong-armed into capitulating visa-vi global warming to Volkswagen fraud or the Cigarette company's attempt at avoiding legal issues should be all the proof the 1000+ people following this guy need, to drop him immediately.

    The only bright spot? The wonderful, intelligent, pointed comments from the SA family on this post!

    There is hope for us all yet...
    Nov 10, 2015. 09:45 PM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Scanning The SA Family For Alpha: AceSwat [View article]

    I have followed your articles since I took control of my portfolio after the 2008 debacle. I value your - and select other SA writers - advice (and the investors who comment on your articles), and have learned patience is important... until it is not! I wouldn't call myself a pure DGI'er, more of a hybrid DGI/Value investor.. some may say I am just confused... and there would be a good bit of truth to that...

    For some time now, I have felt a serious correction is imminent. To that end, I am now approx. 75% cash. Interestingly to me, the stocks I have kept are mostly DGI stocks (XOM, JNJ, MAIN, etc.). I didn't plan it that way. It just worked out, based on my research, evaluations, decisions I made.

    In short, based on what I learned from you/others in the SA family, I am confident the remaining stocks in my portfolio will weather the pending correction, and I plan to add to these stocks as appropriate.

    To answer your survey:

    1. Yes, and it will be ugly...
    2. Yes
    3. No
    4. "Non-Committed" DGI'er, but Yes
    5. Yes

    Thank you again for your insight and valuable articles.
    Aug 1, 2015. 11:31 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Retirement Strategy: Is It Time To Dump Everything? [View article]
    Ohpoppy... Aptly named.

    "Now when President Obama, against withering, unpatriotic "do nothing" opposition has been desperately trying to right the ship, your generation is fearful."

    You lost all credibility right there....
    Jul 30, 2014. 10:58 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Main Street Capital: BDC Dividend Coverage Part 17 [View article]
    Thanks Buzz for all your work. I did not know what BDC's were till I started reading your articles over 12 months ago. I am a novice at investing, and recent subscriber to your newsletter! I can't say I understand everything I read/analyze in your articles, but I do learn from your writings and the comments made by the smart folks who follow you. Thanks again from this novice invested. Long PSEC, MAIN.
    Jun 26, 2014. 08:52 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • 2014 Strategies And Stocks, Part 7: Apple Inc. [View article]
    Ray - thank you for a neutral, informative article on AAPL, that even a novice investor like me can understand. Your article and the comment chain is full of valuable insight and cautionary tales I will keep for along time.

    Your best advice.... Watch CNBC on mute! I started today... I have added you to my short list of authors to follow. Thanks again for your work!
    Feb 21, 2014. 09:16 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Bank Of America: The Path To 100% Upside [View article]

    Didn't the Govt BEG BAC to take over Countrywide? If memory serves, BAC was one of the few institutions left standing with a balance sheet that could actually complete the acquisition!

    Further, didn't several Govt officials get "special" loan deals from Countrywide during Mozilo's term?

    The fix is in boys!

    BAC will get their hands slapped by the Govt., but it will small potatoes compared to the long term value of having the CW portfolio.. The Govt will make a big deal about " taking care of the little guy"... Politicians will fill their pockets, Ken Lewis will retire, wherever Ken Lewis wants too retire.... BAC will soar if you have patience.
    Nov 2, 2013. 11:10 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Full Circle Capital's Inferior Operational Performance Means Dividend Cuts Are Likely [View article]

    As a fellow investor (and Bulldog), I appreiate your article on FULL. I have owned FULL in the past and was considering buying again. I must admit, the PO ratio of 170+% is a big concern with me, and after further research I think there are better BDC's to choose from.

    Have you researched any other BDC's specifically PSEC or MAIN?
    Oct 25, 2013. 12:20 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Google Vs. Apple: Spring Of Hope, Winter Of Despair [View article]
    G. Fripp,

    You are exactly right... I have read the book and agree what Jobs brought to the table was an unending drive to produce "the insanely great" product, and make sure his people did not settle on anything less. My big concern as an Apple shareholder is can Mr. Cook maintain that level of output.
    May 17, 2013. 08:18 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Annaly: The Next Victim Of Political Change [View article]
    C'mon frankyv,

    You know people don't want to hear the facts! It's all about spin..

    Dodd and Frank, two new four letter words to add to the political lexicon! Good thing for them they got out with their pension and medical benefits in tact...
    Sep 18, 2012. 02:20 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Bank of America (BAC) could lose a $480M revenue stream (3% of 2011 earnings), says Matthew O'Connor, thanks to expected new rules requiring banks process debit card transactions in the order they occur rather than from largest to smallest. Several big banks have already changed, but BofA - among others - hasn't, and continues to enjoy the easy money.  [View news story]
    Right on Jackooo!!!

    For many years I lived paycheck to paycheck, and several times I over-drew my checking account. I never once blamed the bank for charging me an overdraft fee. I have had accounts at BOA and community banks, and if I overdrew my account, I discussed it with my banker, and MOST times they either credited my over draft fee or helped me with the situation, even BOA.

    It doesn't matter what F'n processing rules a bank deploys, if you only have $210 in your account, don't spend $210.01!!!

    Jerry6, if I have $210 in my account, and I spend $50 in the "morning"' then I don't get to spend $200 in the afternoon! Even pub education should have taught that much! Though that may be questionable!

    Balance your check book more than once a year, it isn't the banks responsibility to baby-sit your spending habits.
    Jul 14, 2012. 02:52 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Philip Morris Vs. Other Tobacco Companies: Growth Potential Plus Current Yield Solidifies Long Case [View article]
    Great article Tradevestor. I have owned both MO and PM. I continue to follow PM and plan on getting back in soon. I am fairly new to investing, focusing on div stocks, and appreciate your analysis and the comments from the readers of your article. Always learning!
    Jan 17, 2012. 12:29 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Top 7 Dividend Stocks From The Basic Materials Sector [View article]
    I am new to investing. Have followed SCCO at a distance, like the dividend yield, where do you think is a good entry point?
    Dec 13, 2011. 03:23 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment