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  • Lift Your Income With A Barbell [View article]
    Thanks INV2014. I don't use them, thankfully. If I ever decide to buy one of these ETFs, I will know to ask my broker about this.
    Aug 23, 2015. 04:33 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Not Afraid To Buy? 5 Names To Consider [View article]
    PM falling on the same 3 days the USD fell was unexpected (by me). If this keeps up, PM becomes more and more of a bargain.
    Aug 23, 2015. 12:31 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • VDC: If You Can Trade It For Free, It Belongs In Your Portfolio [View article]
    Joao,

    I did not know about the change to the dividend payment schedule. That makes VDC more appealing.
    Aug 22, 2015. 12:53 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Get Your Smart Beta Here! Dividend Growth Stocks As 'Strategic Beta' Investments [View article]
    What Buffett said is purely hearsay.
    Aug 21, 2015. 04:24 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Get Your Smart Beta Here! Dividend Growth Stocks As 'Strategic Beta' Investments [View article]
    That quote from Benjamin Graham is fictitious. Here is what he really said in 'Security Analysis':

    “The stock market is a voting machine rather than a weighing machine.”

    And again:

    “In other words, the market is not a weighing machine, on which the value of each issue is recorded by an exact and impersonal mechanism, in accordance with its specific qualities. Rather should we say that the market is a voting machine...”

    These are direct quotes from my copy. You can also find a facsimile edition on the internet with the same quotes, in the bogleheads forum: http://bit.ly/1JqqVg6
    Aug 21, 2015. 03:51 PM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Get Your Smart Beta Here! Dividend Growth Stocks As 'Strategic Beta' Investments [View article]
    The disconnect between MPT and reality was examined by a CFA here: http://cfa.is/1CHEarS
    Aug 21, 2015. 01:03 PM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Altria: Dividend Increase On The Way, Here's What Investors Should Expect [View article]
    From now on I will not be relying on SA alerts for dividend amounts. :-(
    Aug 21, 2015. 12:57 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Altria: Dividend Increase On The Way, Here's What Investors Should Expect [View article]
    SA reported it incorrectly. It is $0.565.
    Aug 21, 2015. 11:42 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Altria: Dividend Increase On The Way, Here's What Investors Should Expect [View article]
    SA announced an incorrect amount: http://seekingalpha.co...
    Aug 21, 2015. 11:31 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Altria declares $0.56 dividend [View news story]
    SA Editors: the amount reported is incorrect. The new dividend amount is $0.565 [1].

    [1] http://bit.ly/1JoYEGI
    Aug 21, 2015. 11:30 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Get Your Smart Beta Here! Dividend Growth Stocks As 'Strategic Beta' Investments [View article]
    Excellent resource, thank you. Bookmarked.
    Aug 21, 2015. 11:15 AM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • We Have Already Witnessed The First 1300 Points Of The Stock Market Crash Of 2015 [View article]
    Take a look at a 1 year chart of the S&P 500[1]. Volume has on average been higher on the down days and lower on the up days since late December, as shown by OBV. This is a classic distribution top pattern, with strong hands selling and weak hands buying.

    Today the S&P broke through its 200 DMA decisively to the downside, with selling relentless into the close at the low. Today was likely the first step in weak hands starting to sell, with lots more to come.

    [1] http://bit.ly/1TXdk6P
    Aug 21, 2015. 02:17 AM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • VDC: If You Can Trade It For Free, It Belongs In Your Portfolio [View article]
    There is very little difference between VDC and XLP except that 1) VDC pays one dividend per year while XLP pays quarterly, 2) VDC expense is 3 basis points less than XLP, and 3) XLP is much more liquid. Investors who want regular income have voted with their checkbooks, and if I were to own one of these it would also be XLP.
    Aug 21, 2015. 01:55 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Altria: Dividend Increase On The Way, Here's What Investors Should Expect [View article]
    Oops is right. Mighty MO closed down today, not up.
    Aug 20, 2015. 04:59 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Altria beats by $0.03, beats on revenue [View news story]
    XLP was sold heavily yesterday and today, and mighty MO is a significant part of XLP. The recent runup in XLP (July and early August) was not confirmed by volume, unlike MO which ran up on strong volume. What this tells me is that the MO selling pressure is coming from ETF owners but not individual owners. Certainly not from me.

    I think this is part of a broader, market-wide pattern. The price action of the S&P over the past 8 months looks like a massive distribution top, the downside volume has been greater than the upside volume, and today the S&P broke down decisively through its 200 DMA.

    My prognostication is that we could easily be entering a period of significant price decline in SPY. If so, XLP will be sold down with SPY, just not as much, which is normal, and MO will be sold down to some extent with XLP.
    Aug 20, 2015. 04:50 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
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