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Old 07-20-2007, 10:25 AM   #41
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There were a bunch of sh!theads marketing people
Hey I resemble those remarks!

Be fearful when others are greedy, and greedy when others are fearful. Just another form of "buy low, sell high" for those who have trouble with things. This rule is not universal. Do not buy a 1973 Pinto because everyone else is afraid of it.
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Old 07-20-2007, 11:08 AM   #42
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Their expenses were getting out of line and that was a way to handle it. They oversold and/or underestimated customer demand and therefore underestimated profitability...
And they really missed an opportunity to acquire me as an infrequent viewer when they failed to have the video I looked for. Note to Netflix: say you have the video and get it from Amazon or where ever, you can call it what it is, a rare item that takes longer to deliver.

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Old 07-20-2007, 11:25 AM   #43
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Hello Fraser,

That is a good plan, and I second Audrey's comments.

You would probably be interested in reading the book Stop Working: Here's How You Can, by your fellow-Canadian Derek Foster [see generally Book Review: Stop Working: Here's How You Can]. Foster's strategy is very similar to the one that you describe. You can order the book from his website, but most libraries will have a copy.

Thanks Milton,
I'm familiar with Derek Foster's strategy and I've used much of it in designing up my plan. He was able to retire using a mix of Income trusts and Dividend stocks. Personally, income trusts don't grow enough for me and I figure I can expect greater growth than inflation with dividend stocks, thus my real cashflow "should" grow over time.
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Old 07-20-2007, 12:38 PM   #44
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Foster definitely relies on high-yielding income trusts to maximize income from a small investment portfolio. I agree with you that dividend stocks are a more prudent long-term approach.
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Just ran my Yahoo stock screener for 10 billion or larger(too big to fail, ?maybe) and 4% minimum yield = 41 stocks came up.

Not that anyone thinks dividends are popular right now or anything.

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Old 07-21-2007, 08:15 AM   #46
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Over here in the UK many people rely on buying a decent portfolio (say 20/25 different stocks) yielding about 4%. Over here there is no tax to pay on dividends until you are earning over $80,000 (40,000 sterling). So if a share has a dividend yield of 4% thats exactly what you get.

Full diversification is possible as Oil (BP Shell), Pharma (glaxo), Media, Support Services, Retail, Property, Industrials, Telecoms (BT, Vodafone) all have recently had high quality mega caps yielding 4% and over.

All the studies over here tend to show high yield outperforms low yield in the long term. Motley Fool Uk has been running a High Yield portfolio for the last 7 years with great success in both increasing income and capital growth, in excess of inflation.

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