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  • Preferred Stocks With A Pop [View article]
    To those readers new to the preferred area, Mike Terry of Rubicon Associates is the Professor of Preferreds. Anyone interested in these types of securities should take a look at some of his many earlier articles on SA. He has been right on the money with the RBS series, as well as many others. Thanks.
    Feb 13 08:04 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Preferred Stocks With A Pop [View article]
    The best way to get pops on preferreds is to purchase them below par when they are first brought to market. As they become known, the prices usually begin to rise. Some current ideas ( at your own risk ) are DSXXF, NM-G and, OAKS-A. Thanks.
    Feb 13 07:52 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Seaspan: An 8.3% Yield For Income Investors [View article]
    Thanks for your coverage of these issues which provide good income. The Diana Shipping's new preferred with a stated rate of 8.875 % is now trading with the temporary symbol of DSXXF belowbpar. Navios Maritime also has a new one, NM-G which is also trading below par with a high yield. Please keep us informed.
    Feb 13 01:27 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • CVS: Bright Long-Term Prospects [View article]
    Its decision is like the new coke which provided to be a diaster. CVS has no idea as to the potential loss of income from the no smokes decision. Its low cost heath care provider approach is also questional. When I need the Lone Ranger, do not give me Tonto! Folks without real insurance will still flock to the emergency rooms for care. I predict that the new policy will be a disaster. Drug stores are extremely competitive, and lots of folks will not take kindly to its recent approach. Lets see: don't smoke tobacco, but proclaim the weed. It is bad enough that the government wants to control what we buy, but refusing to sell lawful proucts by a private company? CVS has a right to decide what it will sell,; the public has a right to decide what and where it will buy. And no, I do not smoke, but I do try to invest wisely. Thanks for starting the conversation.
    Feb 12 07:39 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Is There Investment Upside In The Future Of Treating Diabetes? [View article]
    Thanks for your article. NVO has been on a tear. The diabetes epidemic continues to grow and the market for its products continues to expand at a rapid pace. It is my choice in this space. Please keep us infomed.
    Feb 10 10:06 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Retirement Reality: Let's Raise The Mandatory Distribution Age [View article]
    My recollection of the facts is that the Romney Ira is not a Roth, but rather one that will be taxed as it is withdrawn by him or by his beneficiaries. Since IRAS, except Roths, will be taxed during the lifetime of the owner or after death, by the owner's beneficiaries, there is no need for the funds to be "consumed" during the owner's lifetime. The ability of a propery owner to dispose of one's property is a fundamental right.
    Feb 7 10:41 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Retirement Reality: Let's Raise The Mandatory Distribution Age [View article]
    Brucejfern, great decision to convert to Roth. Pay the tax once and be free. As you know, roth income does not cause the taxes on your SS income to go up, and does not expose you to means testing for medicare premiums. Roth also allows estate distributions in a more favorable fashion. I took advantage of the two year tax spread some years ago and it has worked out very well. Please keep telling your clients about Roth. Its not the income you make, but what you get to keep. Thanks and good luck!
    Feb 5 08:16 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • IBM: A Safe 60% Upside [View article]
    Safe and 60% do not belong in the same sentence in my view.
    Feb 4 03:54 PM | 16 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Retirement Reality: Let's Raise The Mandatory Distribution Age [View article]
    A very good idea which will not be supported by the tax and spenders. Requiring the MRDs to start at the current limit raises huge tax revenues for the government that it will not want to postpone per your suggestion. Also remember that many folks who receive SS will discover that more of it will be taxed and at higher rates because the MRD places their income about the $44k threshold. One of the best ways to avoid or reduce the MRD is the Roth. Thanks for your article.
    Feb 4 10:43 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • SeaDrill A 10.5%-Yielding Bargain [View article]
    GST-A and SDRL are apples and oranges;both have produced goood fruit. The former is providing a very nice yield. Hovever, look at SDRL's chart since 2009, which shows outstaning appreciation, as well as a good yield. I have made room for both in my holdings, as well as a little MHR-C and GDP-D. Good luck.
    Feb 3 08:22 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • BioScrip: A Hammered Stock But A Potential Buy Under $10 [View article]
    Still charging along!
    Jan 30 07:17 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Doubling Down On Apple [View article]
    Lets see. Best of breed. Great prior performance. Good dividend for a tech stock. On sale today. Going to be in business for a long time. Millions of potential customers. Easy decision for any long term purchase. Thanks for starting a discussion which shows why there are buyers and sellers in a free market!
    Jan 28 10:04 AM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Are You Really Ready To Retire? [View article]
    Very good article! Before retiring, I would spend some time and money with a tax advisor,accountant, or attorney to understand the rules of taxation and learn about Roths, MRDS, and the means testing of SS income and medicare coverage. It is not what you make, but how much you can keep to live in retirement. I would also include some fixed income from preferreds and higher yield bonds to increase the predictability of the income stream. I would also not pay off my mortgage unless I am satisfied that its benefits exceed the tax deduction and loss of investment income it would cause. Thanks, and continue to enjoy your retirement.
    Jan 26 10:40 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Exco Bonds Are Undervalued At An 8% Yield [View article]
    Thanks for your article. Please continue to wrie about individual bonds, which provide an opportunity to diversify and obtain a decent return.
    Jan 23 07:07 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • American Realty Properties Series F Preferred: A New 7.75% Yield Paying Monthly [View article]
    Thanks for your article. Given today's price and the monthly payment, the effective annual yield is closer to 8.2%.
    Jan 22 12:55 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment