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  • Boat Naming Help Needed [View instapost]
    Resolute and Mary Rose.
    May 12, 2014. 10:30 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • 10%+ Dividend Payer Annaly Capital Is Still A Safe Place To Put Your Money [View article]
    The word "safe" does not belong in the same sentence with 10%+. However, for a small portion of a portfolio these types of securities may have a place. I prefer to spread their risk around using REM , which has around 15% in NLY.
    May 12, 2014. 02:48 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • To Sell In May Or Not [View article]
    Since my view is that there is a market of stocks with plenty of opportunities for success and not simply a stock market, my motto is : Sellin May and you may rue that day! Thanks for your insight.
    Apr 30, 2014. 03:21 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Why McDonald's Is Not A Top Idea [View article]
    In my view, MCD is engaged in a more important third war, the battle for its share of the shrinking paycheck. I view this company as one of the bellweathers of the economy. Gas and utility costs keep rising. Those who have healthcare insurance are paying more in premiums and deductibles, food prices at the grocery stores are up, and workers's hours are being cut. Its customers are being squeezed in multiple respects. FSRs are at the mercy of discretionary spending that will not improve until the economy improves and real jobs are created. This war has been a losing one for the past several years.
    Apr 28, 2014. 12:36 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Bunny Cookies [View instapost]
    To assist their charitable food pantry, the Franscians of Syracuse are selling Fat Friar cookies. They can be viewed and ordered at They are heavenly! You can't take it with you, but you can send some ahead as the Chuch message boards often state! Thanks for sending your readers to the pantry.
    Apr 25, 2014. 07:47 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • American Apparel: Our Long Investment Thesis [View article]
    Thanks for your detailed article. I hold a modest amount of its 13% bond (Cusip 023850AC4) due in 2020 which currently yields over 14%. With this company, I prefer to own its interim term debt than be an owner. Please keep us advised.
    Apr 23, 2014. 06:07 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • RAIT Financial - At 7.625% Their Debt Is Attractive [View article]
    Try TEMPO5. Good luck!
    Apr 14, 2014. 07:39 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Western Asset Mortgage - Is 18% Rational? [View article]
    Thanks for your very good article. WMC is joining others giving investors the chance for the double whammy. Issue more stock and the price goes down lowering the value of your investment, coupled with reduction of dividend rate. Not a good combination. I would rather own preferreds and higher yielding, shorter term corporate bonds.
    Apr 11, 2014. 06:26 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Novo Nordisk - An Opportune Time To Book Profits [View article]
    The stock of this company has been on fire this year and there is no reason, in my opinion, to bail. The disease is getting worse and the market is expanding greatly. This leader is not going to become a loser because of competition.
    Mar 15, 2014. 10:33 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Ugo Gussalli Beretta Makes A Move [View instapost]
    No state income tax is excellent. However, I believe Tenn hasa 6% tax on interest and dividends. Maryland tax freedom day is April 21, plus its counties have their own piggy back taxes. The South will rise again based on its low or no tax rates and its business friendly policies.
    Mar 7, 2014. 10:06 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Callon Petroleum: Permian Basin Pure Play's Stock Is A Bargain [View article]
    Jaginger, Quantum Online reports that they get the 15% rate. I have never checked this out since my shares are held in my Roth. Good Luck!
    Mar 4, 2014. 07:24 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Does The Keystone XL Pipeline Still Matter? [View article]
    Of couse it matters to the continuing security of the US! Does anyone remember gas lines dependent upon the whims of foreign powers thousands of miles away? Does anyone believe the continuing increase of unemployment is good for the US?
    Mar 4, 2014. 11:18 AM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Supertel Hospitality Preferreds Trade At Large Discount [View article]
    Tim, once bitten twice shy. You called this one right a long time ago. There are many better and less risky ways to suceed.
    Mar 3, 2014. 07:13 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Health Care Or Pharma Stat Update 2-28-14 [View instapost]
    Thanks for your article. My three in this space NVO, BDX, and TMO. Onward and upward!
    Mar 2, 2014. 08:13 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • An 8.5% Yield For Your Retirement Account [View article]
    Preferreds may not be a good investment for some people, but for others they have been very rewarding, especially in the past few years. They provide a predictable inome level well above the so called touted companies such as GE and other "dividend growth" ones. In the recent past, many have also appreciated in price. Very few have suspended their payments. Some investors are wary of losing capital when the BDC and MLPs issue more and more shares, with the price dropping, or the dividends cut. To each his own, but I find that the author makes a very good contribution to the SA site and welcome many more articles.
    Mar 2, 2014. 05:58 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment