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  1. It's Kitty Karnival Time !!! Join Kitty Blu on June 1 (Blu'sday) for a fun night of Grothmar activities. We will start at reset, and do all 4 parts of the meta, so we can all have a complete key to try our luck in the vault. Roller Beetle Racing, Ooze Pits, Flame Effigy, Misc. fun stuffs, plus the highlight of the night (of course) - The Metal Concert !!! ( Looks like we need a drummy booster stand here Kitty Blu ) (Well, our favorite Bass player is Paul McCatney, but you are super good too !! ) Don't miss
  2. I don't know enough to comment on the differences between the cryptos - but I know some old fashioned rules that you should follow : 1) This "coin" is only worth what they next sucker will pay for it. It's not tied to any currency base. The people who get in early, and get out early, make a fortune. The others, well, your results may vary. For historic reference, look up the Comstock Lode 2) I only invest in us$. I don't want to invest in Yen, Yan, Reale, Euro, etc, etc. If I don't want to invest in foreign currency, I certainly don't want to touch Mythical curren
  3. Join Kitty Blu every Sunday night at 7:30 EDT for her weekly Boss Train !! Starts with Claw of Jormag, then Shadow Behemoth, Tequatl, Svanir Shaman Maw, Megadestroyer, Fire Ele, and Shatterer. The boss train is a relaxing way to end your weekend, and you don't even have to be level 80 to ride !! No expansions required either. You don't even need map completion, because Kitty Blu supplies anyone who needs transport help a Boss Portal Device. World Boss Portal Device - Guild Wars 2 Wiki (GW2W) Join us for the fun - Food, Banners, and Cookies alwa
  4. It's that time again !!! It's time to celebrate our big 2nd Anniversary with a Spring Shindig in our fabulous Guild Hall !!! Come join us at Reset for food, fun, celebrations, and of course PRIZES \o/ 1) Spring Fashion Contest (Prettiest and Ugliest/Atrocious categories) 2) It's Raining Choya (hallelujah!) 3) SAB Jumping Puzzle (improved version) 4) Death Darts (of course) Don't miss the fun as we celebrate 2 years of fun !!!
  5. I don't spawn for Teq -- He spawns for me. Join us on April 4th for a special Zang's Birthday Death Match : Tequatl vs. Kitty Blu The regularly scheduled Boss Train will be replace by a special RISE spawn of Tequatl. An hour after his normal time, right in the middle of his nap, so he is sure to be extra pissed off. Kitty Blu will need all the help she can get to take on this baddie without the benefit of the normal spawn folks, so be sure to mark you calendar accordingly!!! Let's show Tequatl that RISE beats all Dragon Minion
  6. The 3rd fund I bought recently is the Reeves Utility Index. I bought into this fund mostly cos I hate picking individual utilities (my luck is pretty bad at dart-board investing) It pays a nice 6.6% dividend, so I am not looking for growth here. If it just stays the same, I can live with 6.6% I really like Next Era energy, as it is one of the new "green" companies that I own very little stock in. The rest of this list is meh to me. Again, I bought on the 1 year performance dip, hoping to return to the normal 5%-10% range
  7. The next fund I recently bought is the XLRE Real Estate Investment Trust exchange fund. I'm not a big fan of REIT's in particular, but I am a huge fan of Cell Phone tower companies Crown Castle, Digital Realty, and American Tower. Since the stock prices of those are out of my price range, I bought 100 shares of this fund. Here is the performance history I bought last month cos the 1 year performance shows that it is due to rebound, given the 8% historical performance. The fund pays about a 2.9% div. I bought 100 shar
  8. I do have some recent history with Exchange funds I can share. I mentioned before the DGRO (i shares dividend growth fund). Here is the top 10 holdings This fund was started in 2014, and here is the performance history. I bought 300 Shares of this fund on 12/17, so I have owned for almost 60 days. It pays about a 2.2% dividend (which I will get the first one in March) I bought it at $44.63 per share. Today it is at $46.04. That is a 3.14% return in 2 months, or about 18% per year, without the 2.2% divide
  9. Until the feds change the rules, none of the cannabis companies can use the banking system, etc, or operate as normal companies from a financial standpoint. Also, the situation is similar to the dot.com era back in the late 90's. There will be a few big winners, and the rest will disappear in a "cloud of smoke" Anyone got any Myspace or Ask Jeeves stock? I wouldn't touch any of this. Established companies are the way to make money. If you are gonna risk money in startups, make sure it's money you don't need. It's kind of like winn
  10. A word about dividends. Dividends are declared and paid by a company. Sometimes once a year, sometimes every month, but most companies pay dividends every quarter. The board will announce that they have declared a dividend, and give an ex-div date. The people who own the stock on that date get paid the dividend, and goes into whatever account you have set up. For me, my dividends go directly into my Morgan Stanley account. My Mutual Fund dividends can go either back into the funds, or I can have them deposited into the normal account. Dividends are a dollar amount
  11. I won't use any electronic trading platform period. I know I kick it Old School, but I use Morgan Stanley. Not so much cos of the company, but because of the 2 people that run the local office have been working with my Dad for decades, since they were with EF Hutton, then Dean Whitter, then Morgan Stanley. Experience like this does not grow on trees. I could do the trades myself through their platform too, but then if I make a mistake, I am responsible. When I call them and have them do it, any mistake they make is on their dime, and not mine. Their fees
  12. Another way to invest in dividend growth is with the DGRO exchange fund, which consists of very good companies, some with skyhigh prices (like Home Depot and Apple) that I can't afford to buy individually. This is a fund my broker uses in IRA accounts to hold assets while they reallocate the protfolios. I bought 100 shares of this fund last month. As you can see from the top 10 holdings, these are some pretty solid investments. I personally also own Merck, Cisco, Pfiezer, and Verizon. Our family partnership also owns Microsoft and Proctor & Gamble.
  13. Picking the highest dividend can be a good idea, but it carries some risks as well. The stocks that have the highest yields are probably the ones that have been beaten up, so it stands to reason that they would have upside. But it also could be that the companies are underperforming and will continue to do so. They could also cut the dividend if things get too bad, and then they no longer pay the highest yield. I believe a sounder strategy is to look for dividend growth. Companies that have regularly increased the dividend for years and years. Some call these divide
  14. "unreasonable risk" is a funny way to say margin call, but that is essentially what this is. Basically, they are saying this person doesnt have the capital to back up the bets he made, so they 'fixed' the problem by selling 4500 shares of stock to put actual money in the account. When you get the call from your broker saying you are on margin call, you have until the end of the day to come up with the cash, or they will come up with it for you. This is example B - they came up with the cash when the person obviously couldnt.
  15. What RH is doing is probably not legal. I'm no expert, but I'm suspecting they are in for a LOT of trouble. I will be talking to my Broker tomorrow, I'll ask him about it, see what Morgan Stanley thinks about all of this. That should be fun to hear.
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