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  • Can The Departure Of Jeff Immelt Hasten GE's Recovery? [View article]
    Bloomberg said it but GE denied it, so did Immelt. I think Barclay Bank started the rumor of Immelt leaving.

    GE has done a good job of shedding the credit business that brought it under the gun from banking regulators. As they shed non-core businesses they become able to concentrate on what they do best.

    We went thru all this merger/conglomerate stuff in the 60s, recession in 70s and shedding of non-core parts. It all goes in cycles.
    Mar 4, 2015. 04:20 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Wal-Mart: A Very Disappointing Dividend Increase [View article]
    I do not own nor do I plan to own WMT. The recent pay raises, according to the WSJ, were due to the tightening job market, supply and demand required them to up their minimum pay and to improve working conditions. They also have the problem of being rated by customers as the least pleasant place to shop. The article said while you may get service, it will not be with a smile. Also, customers have found WMT is not always the lowest cost provider. I disagree with SEL333 on WMT "will be a strong company". In the early '70s, 1% of all retail sales in the US was in a Sears. When was the last time you thought of going to Sears? The same can happen to WMT.
    Feb 23, 2015. 08:48 AM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Realty Income: Why Now Is Not A Good Time To Sell This REIT Nugget [View article]
    I started accumulating O at just over $17 back in March 2009. It is an essential part of my retirement portfolio. I will sell when O shows signs that it is no longer a solid financial company and is in danger of decline. I will hold them, not fold them.
    Jan 20, 2015. 01:48 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • It's Hard To Make A Case For Pessimism [View article]
    I stay fully invested because I see "dry powder" money as also being "dead" money.

    As far as pessimism, my Dad said he was a pessimist so he would never be disappointed. That did not stop him from being successful as a pharmacist owning a profitable drug store.
    Sep 13, 2014. 01:26 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Dividends Matter If They Matter To You [View article]
    That is the way I do it, dividends to pay the IRS and state income tax on withdrawal and the rest is a move from IRA to our trust account.
    Aug 16, 2014. 11:16 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Digital Realty Has A Powerful Moat Of Dividend Repeatability [View article]
    eltoro, I disagree that M* "dropped" DLR because it had no moat. They cover 689 stocks with no moat (I searched for "Moat=none"). They cover over 1700 stocks but not everything. They at least give DLR a grade of C on Profitability and ARCP (which they also do not cover) an F.

    In the notice they were dropping coverage (which was 2 years ago), this was the posting:
    We are no longer providing equity research on Digital Realty Trust DLR. Digital Realty Trust remains among the more dominant REITs serving the specialized and higher barrier-to-entry datacenter/technology real estate sector.

    Morningstar provides broad coverage of more than 1,700 companies across more than 140 industries and we adjust our coverage as necessary based on client demand and investor interest.
    --end of posting.

    I also agree with the post at the bottom of this article. Data centers are not "office space". If you have every been in one, they are custom built fortresses. One I went thru had multiple generators in a containment area out of the back door with large fuel storage tanks. When a hurricane approaches, they have an order with the fuel company to park a tanker alongside the building for additional fuel.
    Aug 1, 2014. 03:46 PM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Will Dividend Stocks Save You In A Bear Market? [View article]
    I do not agree with the article other than the observation that stocks go up and down. I used March 2009 to invest every dollar I could put into the market. Even Jack Bogle says it isn't the size of your portfolio but the revenue you derive from it that counts. Yes, there will be corrections and bears in the future. As long as many of my dividend stocks continue to pay without cutting, I will be fine and probably buy some more. I am 72 and retired. We have enough fixed income to live on, the dividends pay for the travel and other niceties of life.
    Jul 9, 2014. 09:09 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Dividend Growth Investing: Misguided And Doing It All Wrong [View article]
    David, Your article is right on the money. My sister-in-law used an RIA, still does, always complains about not enough money. My wife asked if we should see him. I asked if he had made his own fortune, if not, he couldn't make me one.

    Retired for 4 months and enjoying the dividends. Also enjoy the SWAN aspect since we will be traveling in Italy for 6 weeks in the spring and I don't have to spend time poring over charts etc.

    You are correct about being polite to workers. A while back we went to New Zealand on vacation. On the way over and back the flight attendant gave us a bottle of champagne. When my wife asked why, the response was that we said "please" and "thank you".
    Dec 20, 2013. 09:35 AM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • How Much To Save For Retirement [View article]
    Mr Castille, that is a rather amazing response. Sort of like I am driving straight into a brick wall, but I know I have airbags in the car therefore I have no idea how much it may hurt so I will not take any action.
    Oct 23, 2013. 09:17 AM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Jim Cramer Is Wrong About Linn Energy [View article]
    I was trying to figure out how a decline of 208% was possible, perhaps it is priced at a negative $36. Our maybe that should have been 20.8%.
    Oct 14, 2013. 04:46 PM | 11 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Verizon Offers 4.5% Yield And A Cash Cow Wireless Business [View article]
    Seems like they sold $46B in bonds.
    Oct 4, 2013. 04:15 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Verizon Offers 4.5% Yield And A Cash Cow Wireless Business [View article]
    Cranky, When I retired, I retired my smart phone (iPhone) that was paid by my employer. Now have a simple dumb phone. It really wasn't that difficult since I no longer fly weekly or have corporate email.

    VZ is selling a lot of debt to pull this off. Not too sure how it will work out in the short or long run. Sold my VZ and took my profit.

    We use FIOS and 2 (dumb) VZ phones.
    Oct 4, 2013. 08:18 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • DIY Dividend Investors Club (Part 5b): Which Healthcare Stocks Are In The Buy Zone? [View article]
    Not sure I would want to buy OMI. Growing up in an independent pharmacy, we ordered much of our inventory from them back when it was Owens, Minor and Bodeker. OMI is a middleman with a few suppliers accounting for much of their business and several large group purchasing organizations accounting for most of their sales. When those groups start bypassing OMI and buying direct from the manufacturers, OMI will be a business without customers. It is a slow growth business and I would prefer to invest in health care elsewhere.
    Oct 2, 2013. 05:43 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Common Sense Strategies For Mitigating Risk In Your Retirement Portfolios: Part 2 [View article]

    Never do today what can be done tomorrow.

    I can resist anything except temptation.
    Sep 9, 2013. 05:54 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Microsoft's Financial Win With Nokia Acquisition [View article]
    techy, I started in IT back when it was Data Processing. I just retired. I was working on UNIX before Windows arrived. I still feel that MSFT has failed at execution for the last decade. MSFT has a reputation for every other OS being good. XP (good), Vista (hasta-la-vista), 7 (good), 8 (not so good).
    Sep 9, 2013. 11:33 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment