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Old 05-19-2015, 01:15 PM   #21
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I'd second the choices listed by Target2019. I grew up on a farm, farmed for years and still live in farm country. Investing directly in a farming operation isn't something I'd recommend anyone doing...leave that to the active farmers, they know what they're doing and will work for nothing for years if they have to. If anyone ever approaches you to invest in any "value added" venture - run away. I've seen them start up and go broke so many times that I can't think of one that actually returned on investment - they usually get bought out by one of the companies Target2019 listed for pennies on the dollar.

Don't let anyone talk you into "investing" in the commodity market either. It's similar to day trading. These markets were designed for commodity producers as a marketing tool, not a speculation market. I've seen people lose everything gambling on wheat, cattle, pork bellies......Just watch Trading Places sometime. Duke & Duke couldn't even make it last. I don't mean to be a downer, I'd just suggest investing in established companies that understand the industry.

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Old 05-19-2015, 01:43 PM   #22
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Del Q,
Your words are pretty direct, and more meaningful than I could have put together. Essentially, I was interjecting the tickers of real live companies as opposed to the commodities route.

Pinnacle Foods was in my list at one time, but history only goes back a few years, and I was also eliminating companies where yield was less than 3.0%. But I just added back to my list and will watch and read.

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Old 05-19-2015, 09:08 PM   #23
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If you have enough spare cash (and know what you're doing) farm land has been a reasonable option here. We own a bit but I'd sell before buying in today's market in our location. Your location and market are different so YMMV.
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Old 05-25-2015, 11:11 AM   #24
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CHS is worth a look. They only issue preferred. I own CHSCM.
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Old 05-28-2015, 02:37 AM   #25
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I am considering the vanguard ETF.

Ticker is VDC.

Interesting holdings mix. Note a couple of the holdings are down significantly YTD and may individually be good holdings. I personally no longer hold individual shares so this ETF may be a good fit for me.

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Old 10-03-2015, 09:21 PM   #26
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In the thread here, Rick_head said he wanted to revive a thread on POT (Potash of Saskatchewan). I don't know if this is the one he mentioned, but I am reviving it anyway.

I have traded POT a few times, and made good money during the commodity run-up prior to the 2008-2009 crash. Then, I bought it back in 2011 and 2013, and it did not do well this time. I bailed out at the price of $27 two months ago. The mention of it caused me to look at it again, and it is now at $20. Time to reload on it?

I find it interesting not because of the dividend yield of 7.72% (no guarantee that it would not get cut), but rather because it has been pummeled far worse than the market. The outlook for potash is for the price to drop to US$250/metric ton next year, compared to $300 today.

But is that bad news already baked into the stock? It was as high as $80 in 2008, and around $35 just 2 months ago. At the current price of $20 and a P/E of 11, it is very appealing. I may take a nibble on Monday.

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