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Old 01-05-2011, 09:53 AM   #41
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I have all my assets in fixed income. I would like to learn about buying and selling stocks and investing in the market. Is there some place, book, method, area of study that could get me started in the right direction?
Frank, take a look at the list of investing books in the first post on this link: An updated FIRE recommended reading list (with a military twist)
You should find most of them at your library.

This online material is good also: Investment Guide
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Old 01-05-2011, 12:09 PM   #42
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But for short term (<6 month) I still kind of like microsoft, and I also just went a little in for Cisco to test the waters there. I bought 50 contracts for July 2011 $21 calls at $0.98 today (ok, a puny order, but it is my first foray into Cisco). I think it is undervalued a bit at <$20 and look for it to move to $22 over the next month or three. I think I will sell the contracts at $1.50 to lock in some profits, probably missing out on at least an additional $0.50 per contract. We shall see.
I sold my 50 Cisco contracts today for 1.52, getting a bit over a 50% gain in about three weeks? Not a horrible return.

I probably will miss out on another 0.50 but don't want to be considered greedy.
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Old 01-06-2011, 11:45 AM   #43
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Sold half of my April 2011 $28 MSFT calls today for 26% profit. Going to keep the other half for awhile to see if it can climb to $29 before earnings. Really enjoying the free options trading in my new IRA account, but kind of wish it was a Roth now

Still holding VNDA, CNIT, SDRL, FRO, and CHOP, along with the MSFT calls. Will be happy this year if I can get an overall 75% return.

Oh, I also bought some IRE just for giggles. Maybe it will do a Citibank (but probably not)

legalized online gambling is fun!
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Still holding VNDA, CNIT, SDRL, FRO, and CHOP, along with the MSFT calls. Will be happy this year if I can get an overall 75% return.
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75%?
Beardstown Ladies returns calculation equation?

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Old 01-06-2011, 01:38 PM   #46
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Yes, well I am not going to shoot for last year's return of 266% because the market conditions were perfect for about anyone to make money. I have adjusted my goals way down and now aim for *only* 75%.

Besides, when I ran the firecalc simulation with my portfolio and a 25% withdrawal rate, the failures were too high with anything less than a 75% return.
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2010: was all about QCOR stock and DOW options. Timing was everything for DOW options (it's a gamble basically), while for QCOR it was buying on the low when market oversold in the beginning of the year and also in the fall.

For this year, I am heavily cash, although I have sold cash-covered puts on shares of companies I respect that are solid and almost at the right price for me to buy. Selling the puts gives me the money upfront, and if the stock keeps going up, I keep the option, while if the stock goes down, I have to buy the stock, but it's as though I bought it at a lower than market price *at the time I sold the put*.
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Well, I used to have something like 120 individual equities. I have been trimming down and just now counted 88 stocks. In case anyone is curious, this was how it happened to be such a mess.
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Then, I thought perhaps I should own some retail stocks. Not being able to choose between my top 2 choices, Costco and Target, I added both. How about agriculture next? And mining, and chemical, and metals? When I added a sector, I usually could not decide what was the top stock in that sector, and usually ended up adding a couple.

My array of stocks also grew in other ways. For example, I saw that I liked to shop at Lowe's more than Home Depot. So, I bought Lowe's. That worked well, and I was gratified to see Home Depot kept sliding in sales compared to Lowe's. But then, when Nardelli was canned as CEO of HD, I decided that it was time that HD would turn around. So, I sold half of my shares of Lowe's and "rebalanced" that into HD, and ended up owning both, for a while that is.
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I have been thinking about cutting back and use only ETFs, but that takes time as old habits die hard.
LOL - I know exactly what you mean! When I look at a sector that is attractive (such as the currently ill-fated shipping sector that I first stepped into a few years ago), I usually put about $4k-$10k into it, trying to keep most initial individual stock positions at about $2,000-$2,500.

I don't have tons of time to constantly keep up on my portfolio, so it's like a "you can always be added, but never dumped" kind of deal...leaving me with an unweildly portfolio of several hundred positions of individual stocks, ETFs, and preferred stocks.

I did spend a few hours a few weeks ago to start thinning the herd, but most of the stuff that has fallen and hasn't recovered, likely never will - so I see no need to close a position and net out a measly $150, when there's a fool's hope of a snowball's chance in hell theoretical possibility it could recover 20 years down the road. And then I am forced to weigh selling some good recent winners (a few pipeline MLPs) that have dropped their yields to 6%, but still offer reasonable growth in dividends.

The original plan was to reach FIRE in a decade or so and move 90% of it into (psssst) Wellesley/Wellington/a few other Vanguard staples. Being able to divorce my portfolio of my hundreds of positions may prove harder of a challenge than knowing when to FIRE!
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Check out GRMN.

Excellent cash flow yield. No debt. Decent cash position.

I think it is ready to FIRE
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Check out GRMN.

Excellent cash flow yield. No debt. Decent cash position.

I think it is ready to FIRE
While they still have a lot of business in avionics and marine GPS market,
with the mass adoption of GPS capable phones (Android, iPhone) with real time map and traffic updates, they are loosing market share in car GPSes.
We'll see, if they can build a better mousetrap.
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I bought AINV and HRB yesterday. AINV dividend yield is 9.4%. HRB is 4.7% but I think the stock price will rise, it's pretty low right now. AINV is somewhat speculative but I like putting some money in big dividend stocks - but not a very large % of my portfolio...

If you want to really see a speculative stock, look at CIM, dividend yield is 16.8%. I own a little of this, too...
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Old 02-20-2011, 04:45 PM   #52
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Interesting - thanks for posting this!

I retired recently. I look for stocks that pay substantial (6%+ at time of purchase) dividends and also have capital gain potential. I mostly put them in my Roth IRA and IRA. I started doing this a couple of years ago and it has paid off well. I also have some speculative stuff but I put less money in that: CIM is very uncertain but pays 16% dividend yield at today's price.

I am currently in
ALSK
BPO
CIM
CPNO
CTL
CWH
EDE
EGOV
EPR
FGP
GE
MMLP
OLN
PBI
RAI
SBLK
SR
WWE

Also TIVO - Tivo is a capital gains hope - and it has been growing. I try to stay somewhat diversified.

Most of these I bought at substantially lower prices than today's price. The exceptions are CWH and SBLK - but the dividends make up for the slight price drop.
I ran this through my computer algorithms:

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Sorted by 6 Month Percent Gain
Max Gain 51.06, Min -12.81, Median 20.39
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EGOV, 51.06% (Weekly): NEUTRAL (Daily): SELL
GE, 44.86% (Weekly): BUY (Daily): NEUTRAL
MMLP, 40.47% (Weekly): NEUTRAL (Daily): NEUTRAL
CPNO, 37.83% (Weekly): BUY (Daily): BUY
PBI, 34.32% (Weekly): BUY (Daily): NEUTRAL
CWH, 26.31% (Weekly): BUY (Daily): BUY
BPO, 26.10% (Weekly): NEUTRAL (Daily): NEUTRAL
RAI, 25.86% (Weekly): BUY (Daily): BUY
CTL, 20.84% (Weekly): SELL (Daily): SELL
CIM, 19.94% (Weekly): BUY (Daily): BUY
EPR, 17.83% (Weekly): BUY (Daily): BUY (NEW)
SR, 14.77% (Weekly): BUY (Daily): NEUTRAL
EDE, 12.95% (Weekly): BUY (NEW) (Daily): BUY
FGP, 11.59% (Weekly): SELL (Daily): SELL
ALSK, 11.46% (Weekly): BUY (NEW) (Daily): BUY
OLN, 6.87% (Weekly): NEUTRAL (Daily): BUY
WWE, -7.78% (Weekly): NEUTRAL (Daily): BUY
SBLK, -12.81% (Weekly): SELL (Daily): NEUTRAL



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FYI: Here's my current holdings and watch list as of TODAY (computer generated). Keep in mind, I am NOT a buy and hold person. This list could change on a daily basis... therefore these are not recommendations.

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Sorted by 6 Month Percent Gain
Max Gain 145.89, Min 18.79, Median 65.68
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URTY, 145.89% (Weekly): BUY (Daily): BUY
TNA, 143.66% (Weekly): BUY (Daily): NEUTRAL
RVBD, 127.66% (Weekly): BUY (Daily): NEUTRAL
TQQQ, 118.84% (Weekly): BUY (Daily): NEUTRAL
SINA, 103.04% (Weekly): NEUTRAL (Daily): SELL
NOG, 91.15% (Weekly): NEUTRAL (Daily): NEUTRAL
DECK, 89.78% (Weekly): BUY (Daily): BUY
slw, 86.35% (Weekly): BUY (Daily): BUY
NFLX, 81.22% (Weekly): BUY (Daily): NEUTRAL
slv, 80.73% (Weekly): BUY (Daily): BUY
SOHU, 75.62% (Weekly): BUY (Daily): SELL
CMG, 73.62% (Weekly): BUY (Daily): NEUTRAL
open, 72.82% (Weekly): BUY (Daily): NEUTRAL
EMN, 58.54% (Weekly): BUY (Daily): BUY
COH, 57.26% (Weekly): BUY (Daily): BUY
CAT, 55.31% (Weekly): BUY (Daily): BUY
BIDU, 54.31% (Weekly): BUY (Daily): NEUTRAL
INFA, 51.89% (Weekly): NEUTRAL (Daily): NEUTRAL
ebay, 47.75% (Weekly): BUY (Daily): NEUTRAL
AMZN, 45.98% (Weekly): BUY (Daily): NEUTRAL
crus, 43.74% (Weekly): BUY (Daily): NEUTRAL
CMI, 39.12% (Weekly): NEUTRAL (Daily): SELL
NTAP, 30.89% (Weekly): SELL (Daily): SELL
GMCR, 28.80% (Weekly): BUY (Daily): NEUTRAL
VRSN, 25.09% (Weekly): BUY (Daily): NEUTRAL
dgp, 24.51% (Weekly): BUY (NEW) (Daily): BUY
EPB, 18.79% (Weekly): BUY (Daily): NEUTRAL
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My stock picks for 2011 are

LEI
SSN
MHR

I guess my theme for 2011 is oil. Regardless of what the price of oil does, new production will move these small E&P companies higher. Also like Citibank for 2011.

My high Yielders are PSEC, RSO and I just started a position in GABUX.

The rest of my Dividend stocks are MO, PM, DUK, BBEP and NYB.

Most of our money is still in Index Funds via our TSP and the Contra Fund.
I've taken some profits in LEI, it was up 75% on the day. Have sold GABUX,DUK,NYB,MO,PM,OLP,ABT,NOK,FGP and C. High oil prices have and a stock market that is just shrugging them off is making me nervous.

I've added SD, AXAS, GBXR, and a few other oil stocks over past month or so.
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I ran this through my computer algorithms:

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Sorted by 6 Month Percent Gain
Max Gain 51.06, Min -12.81, Median 20.39
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EGOV, 51.06% (Weekly): NEUTRAL (Daily): SELL
GE, 44.86% (Weekly): BUY (Daily): NEUTRAL
MMLP, 40.47% (Weekly): NEUTRAL (Daily): NEUTRAL
CPNO, 37.83% (Weekly): BUY (Daily): BUY
PBI, 34.32% (Weekly): BUY (Daily): NEUTRAL
CWH, 26.31% (Weekly): BUY (Daily): BUY
BPO, 26.10% (Weekly): NEUTRAL (Daily): NEUTRAL
RAI, 25.86% (Weekly): BUY (Daily): BUY
CTL, 20.84% (Weekly): SELL (Daily): SELL
CIM, 19.94% (Weekly): BUY (Daily): BUY
EPR, 17.83% (Weekly): BUY (Daily): BUY (NEW)
SR, 14.77% (Weekly): BUY (Daily): NEUTRAL
EDE, 12.95% (Weekly): BUY (NEW) (Daily): BUY
FGP, 11.59% (Weekly): SELL (Daily): SELL
ALSK, 11.46% (Weekly): BUY (NEW) (Daily): BUY
OLN, 6.87% (Weekly): NEUTRAL (Daily): BUY
WWE, -7.78% (Weekly): NEUTRAL (Daily): BUY
SBLK, -12.81% (Weekly): SELL (Daily): NEUTRAL
Thanks - this is interesting. I'm more a buy and hold now - I haven't seen a reason to sell these yet. I didn't buy most of them recently so I paid far less (in most cases) than the current price. I really must get a computer... program...
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Here are my choices from various dates:


# SH DIV / YR Yield ANNUAL DIVIDEND $$
INTC 370 $0.72 3.85% $268
CTL 200 $2.90 8.10% $580
CTL 100 $2.90 7.01% $290
NLY 400 $2.56 14.61% $1,024
NLY 200 $2.56 14.35% $512
ABT 200 $1.92 4.01% $384
TOT 150 $2.80 5.27% $420
T 300 $1.72 5.93% $516
DUK 400 $0.98 5.47% $392
TGT 100 $1.00 1.93% $100
BMY 300 $1.32 5.21% $396
CMG 25 $- 0.00% $-
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