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I am a graduate of the University of Michigan with a minor in economics.  I have been trading stocks for 35 years and have traded, almost exclusively, preferred stocks for the last 20 years. I retired at age 50 and I have been trading very successfully during the 13 years since I retired, ... more

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E QTS Realty Trust Preferred A (QTS.PA): A Mispriced Bargain
In the first of a series of articles on relatively underpriced preferred stocks, I've conducted an analysis of QTS-PA, a preferred stock recently issued by QTS Realty Trust.
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Asia Is Bonding, Opposite Of Trump's Hope
1 month ago

The U.S. does not think about the long term, but only about having every country bow to its wishes and maintaining and growing its empire and domination. You don't make friends by bullying (including economic sanctions and outright military force) countries that are not looking to be your enemy ( ala Russia, China, Iran, Venezuela, Syria, Libya). To quote the title of a Noam Chomsky book on the USA, "What We Say Goes". That is the extent of U.S. foreign policy thinking.

Is The USA Too Weak To Let China Succeed?
2 months ago

I generally agree about your critique of the USA, but it started long before Trump. The U.S. empire now contains over 900 military bases around the world in 70% of the countries. U.S. foreign policy is controlled by the war profiteers who have bought off the politicians and promise and provide cooperative generals with high paying jobs after they leave military service. Obama/Hillary focused on destroying Russia, Syria and Libya while Trump has simply switched focus to Iran, Venezuela and China although the military industrial complex (and their friends in the media and intelligence agencies) will not allow him to better relations with Russia. The U.S. needs to demonize foreign countries to create a justification for a huge military budget when in fact none of these countries are threatening us. As bad as Trump is, it is a mistake to put this all on him. Obama dropped more bombs than Bush and spread the U.S. wars from 2 to several - adding Yemen, Syria, Libya while drone bombing other countries as well. Yes, it seems the U.S. would rather take down the whole world than let countries develop and improve the lives of their people.

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The Fed Is Facing Two Bubbles… And It Can Only Save One
2 months ago

So how do you suggest investors put money to work given your thesis?

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Facebook, Shame And Profits: The Long Thesis
2 months ago

This is simply my personal experience, but after some time I found Facebook to be a very tiresome place to go. But mainly I wonder about the possibility of boycotts from the left and right for Facebook censoring their speech and deciding what is truth and what is fiction. I understand the government is pressuring them into doing this, but I think it is very troublesome from a free speech point of view. Who are they to decide which opinions are valid and which are not? My feeling that Facebook is tiresome has turned into one of loathing the sight. Personally, I am no longer an active user. I believe their hope resides in their other applications.

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Nike's Kaepernick Ad Has Cost The Company Over $3 Billion So Far
3 months ago

I will now consider buying Nike for the first time.

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ABR Arbor Realty Trust Inc.
ADK Adcare Health Systems Inc
AGNC American Capital Agency Corp.
AHP Ashford Hospitality Prime, Inc.
AHT Ashford Hospitality Trust Inc.
AMH American Homes 4 Rent
AMLP ALPS ALERIAN MLP ETF
AMZA InfraCap MLP ETF
ANH Anworth Mortgage Asset Corporation
ARI Apollo Commercial Real Estate Finance Inc.
ARP American Reprographics Company
BBEP BreitBurn Energy Partners L.P.
BKEP BLUEKNIGHT ENERGY
BPOP Popular Inc.
C Citigroup Inc.
CBL CBL & Associates Properties Inc.
CHK Chesapeake Energy Corporation
CLNS Colony NorthStar, Inc.
CNKEF CHINOOK ENERGY INC.
CORR CorEnergy Infrastructure Trust, Inc.
COWN Cowen Group, Inc.
CPE Callon Petroleum Co.
CRC California Resources Corp.
CRZO Carrizo Oil & Gas Inc.
DB Deutsche Bank AG
DCIX Diana Containerships Inc.
DFIN Damen Financial Corp
DHT DHT Holdings Inc.
DSX Diana Shipping Inc.
ECC Eagle Point Credit Company Inc.
EPM Evolution Petroleum Corporation
EPR Entertainment Properties Trust
EQC Equity Commonwealth
EQS Equus Total Return Inc.
ETR Entergy Corporation
FCEL FuelCell Energy Inc.
FCH FelCor Lodging Trust
FCX Freeport-McMoran Copper & Gold Inc.
FGP Ferrellgas Partners L.P
FRFHF FAIRFAX FINL HLD SUB
FSC Fifth Street Finance Corp.
FSFR Fifth Street Senior Floating Rate Corp.
FULL Full Circle Capital Corp
GAB The Gabelli Equity Trust Inc.
GAIN Gladstone Investment Corporation
GFN General Finance Corporation
GMLP Golar LNG Partners LP
GNE Genentech Inc
GNL Global Net Lease
GOOD Gladstone Commercial Corporation
GS Goldman Sachs Group Inc.
GST Gastar Exploration Ltd
HK Petrohawk Energy Corporation
HPP Hudson Pacific Properties Inc.
HSBC HSBC Holdings PLC
HT Hersha Hospitality Trust
HYHG ProShares High Yield—Interest Rate Hdgd
HYT BlackRock Corporate High Yield Fund VI Inc.
JCAP Jernigan Capital, Inc.
JCP J.C. Penney Company Inc.
KCAP KCAP Financial, Inc.
KED Kayne Anderson Energy Development Company
KMI Kinder Morgan Inc.
LGCY Legacy Reserves LP
LINE Linn Energy, LLC
LNCO LinnCo, LLC
LXP Lexington Realty Trust
MCC Medley Capital Corporation
MDLY Medley Management Inc.
MLPQ UBS AG ETRACS 2xMonthly Leveraged Alerian MLP Infrastructure Series B ETN
MORL UBS ETRACS Monthly Pay 2X Mortgage REIT ETN
MORT Market Vectors ETF Trust
MUB iShares S&P National Municipal Bond Fund
NAP Navios Maritime Midstream Partners LP
NAT Nordic American Tankers Limited
NCT Newcastle Investment Corp.
NEWT Newtek Business Services Inc.
NGHC National General Holdings Corp.
NGLS Targa Resources Partners LP
NHLD NATIONAL HOLDINGS
NLY Annaly Capital Management Inc.
NNA Navios Maritime Acquisition Corporation
NRF Northstar Realty Finance Corp.
NS NuStar Energy L.P.
NSH NuStar GP Holdings LLC
OFG Oriental Financial Group Inc.
OXLC Oxford Lane Capital Corp.
PFF iShares S&P U.S. Preferred Stock Index Fund
PGF PowerShares Financial Preferred Portfolio
PSA Public Storage
PSEC Prospect Capital Corporation
PWE Penn West Petroleum Ltd.
QTS-PA QTS Realty Trust, Inc.
RAS RAIT Financial Trust
REN Resolute Energy Corporation
REXX Rex Energy Corporation
ROYT Pacific Coast Oil Trust
RRD R.R. Donnelley & Sons Company
RSO Resource Capital Corporation
SB Safe Bulkers Inc.
SEA Guggenheim Shipping ETF
SHLD Sears Holdings Corporation
SHO Sunstone Hotel Investors Inc.
SKT Tanger Factory Outlet Centers Inc.
SPLP Steel Partners Holdings LP
SSW Seaspan Corporation
STNG Scorpio Tankers Inc.
SVU SUPERVALU INC.
TA TravelCenters of America LLC
TGP Teekay LNG Partners L.P.
TK Teekay Corporation
TNK Teekay Tankers Ltd
TNP Tsakos Energy Navigation Limited
TOO Teekay Offshore Partners L.P.
TPVG TriplePoint Venture Growth BDC Corp
USO United States Oil Fund, LP
VNQ Vanguard REIT ETF
VNR Vanguard Natural Resources LLC
VRP PowerShares Variable Rate Preferred ETF
WHLR Wheeler Real Estate Investment Trust, Inc.
WPG Washington Prime Group Inc.
WTI W&T Offshore Inc.
XCO EXCO Resources Inc.
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