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  • Look At These Juicy Yields - Are They Really Appropriate For Your Retirement Portfolios? [View article]
    Hands down, one of the best articles I have read for the equity income-oriented investor—from accumulator to distribution phase. It really brings to light various INVESTMENT characteristics of securities.
    Sep 11 05:39 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • In Defense Of The Shiller CAPE Ratio - It Works! [View article]
    You know, for a Canadian, you sure are a downer (just kidding). Thanks for the bucket of ice water.
    Sep 7 07:56 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Why I Will Start Social Security At Age 62 [View article]
    Robert—I really appreciate the way you think: a little (but not too far) outside the box using practical and real-life examples. I decided to pursue a similar path with my university employer pension (which greatly reduced my SS benefits due to WEP). That is, I retired as early as possible because the pension plus my investment income made it doable and (in my opinion) sustainable. I am now 60 but may defer SS until age 65 and dedicate the benefits to Medicare premiums (with residual to Starbucks beverages). At this stage of life, time is a premium in and of itself.
    Aug 27 07:32 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Kinder Morgan Inc.'s Mega-Deal: Lower Cost Of Capital And Maximum Optionality [View article]
    Thanks, Uncle Pie, for the tip on the gain/loss estimator on I didn't know that tool was there. Fortunately, in terms of the KM reconfiguration, I was only an owner of KMI and not KMP. However, I just ran the gain/loss estimator on my other 3 MLPs to get a sense of where I stand if something similar were to happen to them. I doubt that will occur but it's good to have a sense of the worst case.
    Aug 20 11:02 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • HCP - Flaherty's Departure Creates A Nice Entry Opportunity [View article]
    I get the feeling that there is more to the story than "management style," but we may never know. Long HCP and may add to my position.
    Oct 5 10:03 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Buckets, Cisterns, Asset Allocation, And Retirement [View article]
    A very lucid iteration of the bucket analogy. Much appreciated. Personally, I consider my future pension/SS benefits as a reduction of expenses for planning purposes and I mentally place it on my income statement rather than my balance sheet. That's because, in my circumstances, it's not something that is reducible to cash today or transferable on some tomorrow.
    Aug 7 09:14 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • The Business Model Of The Dividend Growth Investor [View article]
    This article is a keeper. Thanks!
    May 16 09:17 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Yes Virginia, There Is A Dividend Growth ETF Portfolio That Delivers [View article]
    RCS is a highly leveraged closed-end bond entirely different animal than dividend growth stocks.
    Apr 8 06:45 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Stable Value Versus Rising Rates [View article]
    If in a stable value fund (for whatever reason), maybe the best thing to do is stay put until rates rise, let the short/intermediate funds take the initial hit, then switch.
    Apr 8 06:33 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment