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  • Capesize Rates Plunge For Dry Shippers. Now What? [View article]
    I purchased DSX Sept.of last year for $6.53 simply because it was at a low point. I don't understand all the analysis, just use a "feeling". It seemed to be the only carrier not in deep debt and I thought it paid a dividend (which it stopped) Now it's buying ships, getting into debt, so I'm ready to sell. I have an account with a broker, but wanted to try on my own with 10 to 12 stocks limit. For the year have had a 31% return, with added dividends on all my stocks. Not too shabby for a 78 year old lady!!! I'm only buying stocks that pay dividends.
    Oct 28 10:28 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple's (AAPL) effective tax rate of 14% is just a smidgin lower than IBM at 15% and Google (GOOG) at 17%. And Apple's hardly on the lowest rung: Amazon's (AMZN) rate is just 6%, Ford's (F) 3%, and Carnival's (CCL) just 1%. In trying to untangle what S&P 500 companies pay in taxes, David Leonhardt finds top executives are exceptionally shrewd at holding tax rates down. (infographic[View news story]
    When you think about how much Congress is lobbied by Special Interests why is this such a surprise. I've advocated "Flat Taxes" and wrote to my Congressmen for over 30 years to express this view. Look at the countries that have "flat taxes" as Hong Kong, they have one of the most dynamic economies in the world. When we lived there we paid a 15% tax on our income, period!! Steve Forbes has advocated a flat tax for years The very low income did not pay any taxes. Think about all the tax lawyers we could get rid of. Even if they earn this income overseas, the taxes should still be paid to the US. As individuals, my husband paid taxes to China, (then Hong Kong), the US and even the State of Arkansas. Why should Companies be treated any differently. Look to our "Paid Off" Congress and you can understand WHY.
    May 26 04:15 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Why Caterpillar Is A Value Trap [View article]
    China is NOT an inventor, they COPY! Remember the plane that had to land in Guangzhou. Well, they took it apart, piece by piece and then put it back together and the pilot returned with his plane to the US. All the high speed trains in China? Where did they get the technology? Does France sound familiar? What makes you think they will not COPY the Caterpillar.
    Sep 10 05:46 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • 5 Reasons Why General Electric Shares Should Be Heading Lower [View article]
    After reading your article, I decided to wait on buying GE on a second go round. I had purchased GE on 5/29 and 5/30 at $19.07 and $19.31 and sold 30 days later at $20.78, so made a small profit. I just opened a trading account linked to my bank, so don't have to pay commissions.. I have another account with a Broker, but don't like the high commissions and after looking at my account, most stocks were those I had requested. Just thought this would be challenging and help keep my brain alive and functioning at 77. I'm quite conservative and feel the market is overpriced at this time, but see a few stocks that interest me.
    Jul 5 09:55 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • 5 High Yield Retiree Dividend Ideas [View article]
    Just decided to take the plunge and opened my OWN Investment account. I've followed Seeking Alpha for a couple years now, and since I don't agree with my Investment Manager a lot of the times, (he seems more interested in HIS profit) thought I'd give this a try. I'm 76, and conservative, so investing for dividends is a good way to go. I research before buying and think I will do o.k. No speculation for me, just "good old fashion stocks", with a good history. I have a commission free account because it is tied to my bank account and I can move money when it is necessary.
    May 28 10:28 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment