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  • Fiscal Cliff: Let's Call Their Bluff [View article]
    I agree with almost everything you wrote but your understanding of the military is a bit off. Soldiers don't shine a general's shoes, don't tend to golf courses and don't wait tables, and the 20yr retirement is under review. As far as job competition, the military is open to all. I'm not even sure where the "less cost of living" comment comes from.
    Dec 20, 2012. 12:03 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • More Pain In Sight For Vale [View article]
    Sorry but the contradiction in sentences confuses me:

    "My concluding recommendation is that further weakness is entirely possible, and shorting the security or selling shares is the prudent course of action in light of the deterioration of firm performance."

    "This said, I do not believe that investors should go out and short the stock or sell their shares today."
    Sep 13, 2012. 10:16 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Retiree's Guide To Portfolio Management [View article]
    After 28 yrs in the Army my retirement will be over $4K.
    Jul 17, 2012. 07:11 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Why Is There So Much Confusion About Total Return Investing? [View article]
    It's a shame that spell check doesn't check context as well. Having said that, why do you spend so much time, energy, and effort trying to convince people to stop investing in a way they feel comfortable with? I've been reading these posts for several months now and the DGI crowd is understandably very protective of how they conduct business, especially based on articles such as this one.
    Mar 13, 2012. 07:36 PM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Working With Your Retirement Number [View article]
    Scott, just a comment on housing. I'd would say it all depends on perspective and the purpose of a house.

    I agree that if you choose to look at a house as an investment or savings then the last decade was a slap in the face. Like any investment it's at the mercy of the markets and economy.

    On the other hand, if one looks at it in the context of 5 basic human needs then a mortgage or owning a house free and clear doesn't matter. I have to live somewhere. I have to provide shelter for my family. I don't view my house as an investment but as a necessity
    Mar 10, 2012. 12:43 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Less Is More: Why I Prefer Low Yield Stocks [View article]
    Attention to detail.....
    Feb 10, 2012. 03:42 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Dividend Is Not A Four-Letter Word [View article]
    My goal is to increase the number of shares that I own, whether via outright purchase, DRIPs, or a combination of the two. I think what Jacob and many others keep missing is eventually it doesn't matter if the stock drops around distribution time or not: at some point the dividends I've earned will outweigh my original investment. Think about the KO example of buying one share and then letting it roll.
    Jan 12, 2012. 05:37 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Retirees Need To Look Beyond Market Volatility: Time Is Your Friend [View article]
    I was laughing to myself about your love/hate relationship till I realized that, based on my grandmothers being 104 and 101 respectively when they passed, I too might still have another 65 yrs of investing....and I'm 45!
    Nov 8, 2011. 11:53 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Monthly Dividends For Retirement Portfolios [View article]
    I don't think I'll ever be WHOLE....I'm a victim of one the greatest enemies of wealth building: ex-wives!

    I'm one of those lucky few that will have a retirement check to cover most if not all of my bills. The DG stocks will hopefully (he says as he knocks on wood) provide for playing.
    Nov 8, 2011. 11:08 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Monthly Dividends For Retirement Portfolios [View article]
    Maybe I should take a different tack here. My comment was simply being supportive of Regarded Solutions presentation. I've read the article from Kiplinger's. I'm also very familiar with fiscal vs calendar year as my employers budget is based on the fiscal year. I track when my dividends are paid for a few reasons but what occurs in each month is of interest assuming I'll still have them 20-30 yrs from now for budgeting purposes.

    Guess I failed to represent myself as a non rocket scientist.
    Nov 8, 2011. 11:08 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Monthly Dividends For Retirement Portfolios [View article]
    I think this is a good concept. I'm still new to the investment game but I do pay attention when the dividends get paid. Part of it is due, like the majority of us, to getting a monthly paycheck which then goes to pay monthly bills. I'm somewhat tight with a dollar and my budgeting spreadsheets track every dime, both what I earn and spend, further out than I'll probably live. Hopefully somewhere down the road I'll have a steady income stream from dividends which I'll be able to plug into my budget. I like predictability, though I realize investing ain't exactly the most predictable of choices.
    Nov 8, 2011. 02:22 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • How Much Money Do You Actually Need to Retire? [View article]
    I do respectfully disagree about not helping children with college. Is it really beneficial to a young adult to fail/have to drop out because they have neither the resources or grades (because of trying to get the resources) to finish college? I'm not advocating paying 100% and subsidizing a lifestyle like my own. My oldest is done with school, the next is a sophomore, and I have two more in the pipeline. My philosophy to pay 100% the first yr then reduce by 25% each yr after. Grad school is on them.
    Oct 10, 2011. 01:35 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment