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Old 03-23-2006, 10:59 AM   #1
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Why Bother With Stocks?

Interesting Article.. perhaps

http://money.cnn.com/2006/03/21/pf/e...pert/index.htm
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Re: Why Bother With Stocks?
Old 03-23-2006, 11:14 AM   #2
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Thanks, interesting, I would read this as a sure sign of a merket top.
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You would read what as a sure sign of a market top?
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Re: Why Bother With Stocks?

It might be time for me to tie an onion to my belt again.

Dont make me do it.
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I thought this thread was "Why Bother with Socks"? and was going to go on a rant and rave about how Greg refuses to wear socks. Even in the dead of winter.
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I thought this thread was "Why Bother with Socks"? and was going to go on a rant and rave about how Greg refuses to wear socks. Even in the dead of winter.
Why does this bother you so much, Martha? Does looking at his bare feet make you cold?
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The women of the household used to get pissed when I took my socks off and let the dog lick the grotty parts between the toes.

Bye the bye - VG Asset Allocation fund - one of my bellweathers is still showing 100% stocks versus bonds and cash.

I'm going the opposite direction somewhat - selling some and building cash.

I'm usually wrong - based on my track record since 1966.

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Bye the bye - VG Asset Allocation fund - one of my bellweathers is still showing 100% stocks versus bonds and cash.
unclemick2, my Roth is in the VG AA fund(VAAPX). The reason I like them is whenever I decide to change my % of bonds/FI VS stocks, I look over at the VG AA fund and they have already made the change I am contemplating. The fact that I think right now I ought to have a high % equities and the AA fund is almost 100% equities is a "reality check" for me. Now all this could mean is VG & I will be making the same mistake. But somehow I feel better that the fund manager and I see things the same way.
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But somehow I feel better that the fund manager and I see things the same way.
if I recall correctly the VAAPX fund uses a dividend discount model and prevailing interest rates to set the allocation of stocks/bonds/cash. Therefore all the high stock allocation tells you is that interest rates are low relative to dividends. But you knew that already...

The manager, I thought, didn't have alot of discretion to change the mix based on his hunch(es).

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The women of the household used to get pissed when I took my socks off and let the dog lick the grotty parts between the toes.
I encourage the dog to do that to my DH! It's a win-win situation, far as I'm concerned.
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On moringstar's CEF board, some of the guys have replaced their stocks with CEF income. They can get stuff that will produce somewhere between 7-10% by buying at a discount. If you use a SWR of 4% with inflation rate of 3%, CEFs could be a good idea. Don't know about the risk they are taking on.

Also, my dog's tongue spends a good amount of time between his legs. I don't know I would call anything he licked clean.

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The women of the household used to get pi##ed when I took my socks off and let the dog lick the grotty parts between the toes.

heh heh heh - don't say I didn't I didn't warn ya!
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Yep

Safety first!

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On moringstar's CEF board, some of the guys have replaced their stocks with CEF income. They can get stuff that will produce somewhere between 7-10% by buying at a discount. If you use a SWR of 4% with inflation rate of 3%, CEFs could be a good idea. Don't know about the risk they are taking on.
Aha, the risk is indeed the issue. Many of the funds that pay out such hefty sums use leverage to achieve their return. That means the fund borropws money to buy risky assets. Not a low risk strategy.
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Sounds like if you wanted a 7% yield with a little very low risk, buy the vanguard high yield corporates and hold em...hold em between your knees!

Edit: changed to make Brewers contentions correct and to remove the joke so that it appears I was more serious than one might be led to believe so its a real backside whuppin.
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Aha, the risk is indeed the issue.* . .
Reading this right after unclemick's "safety first" comment about wearing pants made me think you were talking about something else entirely.

Keep your pants on, unclemick. We don't want to hear about that kind of accident.
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Sounds like if you wanted a 7% yield with a little risk, buy the vanguard high yield corporates and hold em...hold em between your knees!
Eh, not a low risk strategy, either, especially when default rates go back up. TANSTAAFL, unfortunately. Sorry, guys.
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Riskier than CEF's?
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Riskier than CEF's?
Depends on the CEF strategy. If we are comparing the VG junk fund with a leveraged portfolio of junk or preferred as in many CEFs, yeah, the CEF is riskier. If we are comparing a levered muni fund, it depends on the path of interest rates and changes in the shape of the curve.

My point was that the VG junk find is not what I would consider "low risk".
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