Thursday, May 19, 2016

Isolated systolic hypertension: A health concern? - Mayo Clinic

Isolated systolic hypertension: A health concern? - Mayo Clinic



This is an excellent article explaining why the lower blood pressure number can be good and the higher blood pressure number can be bad.  It could be caused by artery stiffness or heart valve problems.  So, it needs to be monitored by the person and his doctor.  Another possibility is the effect of an energy drink right before the test or a stressful situation.  One other good point in the article is that people over 60 can have a high systolic number of 149 and still be okay.  In other words, they would not need treatment.  You don't want to lower your blood pressure so much that the diastolic lower number becomes a problem.  You could have a heart attack with a diastolic number less than 70.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Investors throw in the towel on stocks

Investors throw in the towel on stocks



Here is an excellent article about how many investors have fled from owning stocks.  I can't much blame anyone after the two devastating bear markets since the year 2000.  However, holding bonds and preferred stocks will work in a shaky stock market or a topped out market.  I hold BLV and TMF for bonds, and I own preferred stock funds like PFF and FFC.  We need to be gaining something for our money each year even if it is only 4 or 5% because a mere 5% gain on $50,000 will become $103,946 in just 15 years.

  

Friday, May 6, 2016

5%+ Dividend Yield Portfolio - 10% Returns For March/April 2016 | Seeking Alpha

5%+ Dividend Yield Portfolio - 10% Returns For March/April 2016 | Seeking Alpha



This is an outstanding article on many high-paying dividend stocks that are mostly safe in a stock market that is going nowhere.  A few high-gain non-dividend stocks are also included in the article.  I plan to do a lot more specific research about the author's recommendations because he is doing great in the 2016 market.


Sunday, May 1, 2016

My Top 5 Long Stocks | Seeking Alpha

My Top 5 Long Stocks | Seeking Alpha



Here is an outstanding article about 5 good stocks.  I especially like TransCanada, and I plan to buy TRP as soon as possible.  Other excellent picks are AQUNF and CWCO.  I will probably buy these latter stocks after I have bought TRP.  I believe these companies will be worthwhile to own in a stock market that has mostly topped out in many other stocks.

This Tiny Silver Miner Can Explode - Avino Silver & Gold Mines Ltd (NYSEMKT:ASM) | Seeking Alpha

This Tiny Silver Miner Can Explode - Avino Silver & Gold Mines Ltd (NYSEMKT:ASM) | Seeking Alpha



This is an excellent article about a promising, cost effective silver and gold miner.  As you probably know, cellphone makers use silver and gold in their phones, and this low cost miner has a contract with Samsung for the next two years.  Moreover, the bottom is probably in for gold and silver prices.  I will most likely buy shares of ASM in the near future.

Friday, April 29, 2016

This CEF Provides Exposure To The Best High-Tech Names With 7.7% Yield - Nuveen Nasdaq 100 Dynamic Overwrite Fund (NASDAQ:QQQX) | Seeking Alpha

This CEF Provides Exposure To The Best High-Tech Names With 7.7% Yield - Nuveen Nasdaq 100 Dynamic Overwrite Fund (NASDAQ:QQQX) | Seeking Alpha



This is a very good article about a closed end fund which includes the growth of the Nasdaq along with a great dividend due to covered call writing.  The stock has beaten the S&P 500 in the past 5 and 10 year periods in total return.  The 7% quarterly dividend that is supported through call options can be a good return in a flat and volatile stock market.  I try to maintain around 50% of my portfolio in dividend paying stocks and bonds, and I will consider adding QQQX to my portfolio in the future.

TransCanada - A Long-Term Growth Opportunity - TransCanada Corporation (NYSE:TRP) | Seeking Alpha

TransCanada - A Long-Term Growth Opportunity - TransCanada Corporation (NYSE:TRP) | Seeking Alpha



Here is an excellent article on TransCanada.  The company is growing its infrastructure as well as its stock price.  It is a very significant pipeline company for oil and natural gas, and the long-term prospects are great.  TRP has a good 4% quarterly dividend in addition to a capital gain or more than 50% from the 52-week low.  Because of the company's vast natural gas pipeline structure in the U.S., TRP will certainly gain as we burn less coal and switch to more natural gas.  I am planning to buy TransCanada very soon.