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Robert Ross is peddling his Yield Shark newsletter from Mauldin Economics, and he’s doing it with an all-too-familiar “enroll in this income stream” kind of idea… in his case, he calls it the “Social Security Catastrophe Plan” and implies that it can “Boost Your Retirement by $185,040 Today.” Like most such offerings, there’s an undercurrent […]

Bitterness over the financial bailouts seems to have waned a bit, but there’s certainly a strong vein of anger to mine … and that’s exactly what copywriters are paid to do. This time, it’s in an ad for Jim Nelson’s Lifetime Income Report — and this is the investment idea he’s got for you: “This […]

Quite a number of you, it appears, have seen this recent ad from Stansberry & Associates, trying to sell you a subscription to the 12% Letter by Tom Dyson. The teaser begins with the intriguing promise that there’s a “Postal secret” that will let you become a “1 share millionaire.”
“Whether stocks go up or down… some companies return tens of thousands of dollars a month starting with just a single share. But you can’t buy them on the market: They’re available through the U.S. mail. ‘It’s almost impossible not to make money’… says the SF Chronicle. What?

A big part of the advertising that comes out for Carla Pasternak’s High Income Investing is by way of their writeups on the “income security of the month” — and, as she has done this month, she often recycles these ideas … it looks like today’s “Income Security of the Month” was also the income security of the Month for October.

Times are tough, everyone’s cutting back — so no need to hire another copywriter if you’ve got a perfectly good sales letter sitting around!

Some of the comments below first appeared in this space back then, which now seems a lifetime ago, but I’ve added some more info and done some updating.

“These special hybrid securities not only provide strong returns during market turmoil thanks to the ‘AAA’-rated portfolio of their parent company — they also provide unlimited upside potential since the shares are convertible at any time into stock of the underlying company.”

“While most folks earn tiny 2%-6% dividends on Blue Chips (like Pepsi, Johnson & Johnson, and AT&T) savvy Americans are secretly “boosting” those small yields to dizzying heights – earning incredible 30%-50% on the exact same shares. Originally available only to executives at America’s richest Blue Chip firms, this income secret is now available to […]

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    Hi Travis I found this old post randomly... I just wondered what do you think about Dividend investing particularly, a...

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    Hi Travis I found this old post randomly... I just wondered what do you think about Dividend investing particularly, an...

  • SoGiAm

    Congratulations tony62tiger and thank you for sharing your insights with the Gummunity! You and the Gummunity may be ...

  • Travis Johnson, Stock Gumshoe

    I do keep an eye on it if I consider a stock to be "in play" to buy or sell for my portfolio, just because the stock sho...

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    $NOK I was curious about the Finish dividend tax withholding and found: Non-resident receiving dividends, interest o...

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    Investors have no patience with retailers. The fear is that they all have the potential to devolve into Sears and Penney...

  • Travis Johnson, Stock Gumshoe

    Nightmare because you owe taxes, or because the paperwork is difficult? REIT dividend income is taxable, though some RE...

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    Hi chaszz, I belonged to MF years ago & don't recall ever receiving a sell alert. So, yes, Tradestops' warnings are quic...

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    Hi people, I have to agree, Marc Lichtenfeld's book "Get Rich with Dividends" was a decent read. But that led me to the ...

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    Travis, is there a reason you don´t appear to be interested in any of the Pimco closed end funds which seem to pay good...

  • Travis Johnson, Stock Gumshoe

    Those numbers are probably just copied over from last year, when the ex-div date was May 31 and Nokia paid an annual div...

  • SoGiAm

    "The greatest shortcoming of the human race is our inability to understand the exponential function." —Albert Bartlett...

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    FCX is not about the dividends it's more about the growth. Check out a BDC stock like MAIN if you want a monthly compoun...

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    Thanks for reminding me that these special dividends rarely work out. Some years ago, Motley fool hyped FCX for a speci...

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    Analysis par excellence Travis! Truly tempting situation but as you stated just as soon as the special dividend was decl...

  • Travis Johnson, Stock Gumshoe

    Brookfield Infra Partners (BIP) has certainly been a great one, as has their parent Brookfield Asset Mgmt (BAM), which w...

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    1. Most indebted non financial company in US with over $177B of debt. 2. Very limited ability to sell assets to pay dow...

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    Longer term pespective required for this one. John Del Vecchio comes across as honest to me; he admits when he gets som...

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    Thanks for the heads up. Just watched 4/26/19 apparently the same video almost. Said 5% yield, true at the $1.82 price...

  • Travis Johnson, Stock Gumshoe

    Please read the article. “Collecting rent” in this case means receiving dividends from REITs, which you buy like an...

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    About a year ago I received the pitch about "Freedom Checks" and started studying the details. Thank God I have good eye...

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    I lost money on his call option the moment an earning release brought the stock down 5 points even before the take over ...

  • Travis Johnson, Stock Gumshoe

    There is nothing to “sign up” for — you earn rent checks by owning property, in this case buying publicly traded R...

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    When predicting what the stock price necessary for an 800 per cent gain for the respective 110 Jan call ($190)and the 12...

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    I Love Old Boring Companys that been around because you know what your gonna get and that there most likely going to be ...

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    Not a bad analysis. The only thing I'd add is *why* Amazon has such low profits. They're not "investing in R&D," whi...

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    Thanks for writing this, as recession fears are heavy on my mind too- and I wonder what other folks think. And this ...

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    I checked the claims on Brett's latest mailing "How to Retire on 8% Dividends Paid Monthly". None of the ten funds come...

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    It's not even clear what their dividends have been; anyone with insight?...

  • Travis Johnson, Stock Gumshoe

    We do see these kinds of adds all the time -- often headlined with the word "Checks" -- ...

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    This is a long term investment, not a get rich today buy. It appears no one read the entire message from Alex. I have be...

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    Just a tip from a Thinkolater follower! I have a Canadian stock “CNXXF” that seems to a be a REIT-style set up! My p...

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    You mention in the article that Altius is one of your largest personal holdings. Has that stock paid good past dividend...

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    How do i receive my dividends since 31st march, 2008...

  • Travis Johnson, Stock Gumshoe

    REITs are not scams, generally speaking, but they're not miraculous money-generators either. REITs own the buildings an...

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    Thanks for the clarification on this subject. Think it would be better for me to invest in precious metals. This feder...

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    But, Irregular, Green talked about dividends. Are you receiving dividends from this stock that make it worth it on that...

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    Trying to re-post my January 14th cannabis comment: Hi Hittman, Cannabis investing is very speculative, invest only wha...

  • Travis Johnson, Stock Gumshoe

    I don’t know how their dividends are classified, if they’re earnings or return of capital. Canadian withholding sho...

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    There seems to be a more consistent and faster profit out of the special dividends. Sell short prior to ex-dividend dat...

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    Lest anyone thinking only Navellier has a Dividends newsletter...

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    I wrote and asked Contrarian Income Report to address the comments by Billo Jenkins. In his email response Jonathan Butt...

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    I had NMM a few years ago and was bathing in its high dividends, when it crashed from about $11 to its present value. Th...

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    Wow sounds like a scheme to me! Will not use the. “P.” word! But one can not make aggressive payouts of any kind wit...

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    How about PDRx Pharmaceuticals? For the year 2018 they paid $3.06 in dividends. In 2017 they paid $.30 a share. At th...

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    Those are surprising recommendations from Lichtenfeld, given that NONE of them are on his current recommended list! I'v...

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    That's good, but in spite of the huge dividend from WPG REIT, I will stay with the Thinkolator and say no to these 3 r...

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    So I just watched Dr Smith's promo for Tradestops lifetime at $3500 (plus sales tax)- looks like something I would reall...

  • Travis Johnson, Stock Gumshoe

    That’s where the market makers and brokers will open trading the first day ex dividend, and that makes sense in a perf...

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    The other thing that seems to happen with the Trump and Patriot Checks, which are based on the same dividends, is that a...

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    It is ok, some big misses, but winners too. But overall I have lost money with them as st O k price regressive offset di...

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    Why not just buy GAB and earn at least 10% dividends/year with a 30 year track record. 30 years, 10% per year....

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    re: stop losses/buy limits. Like most of the rest of you, I have my own personal investment philosophy on stop losses ...

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    Subscriber for 18 months and stuck with it too long. The basket is too big for most investors (19 funds in the portfolio...

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    Travis - if the P/E is 103 and the dividend is 4%, how is the dividend "safe"? Stock price is just over $100, with earn...

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    Earning dividends from investments in Marijuana related businesses is intriguing. Have you looked at Compass Holdings (...

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    When I think of extreme dividends potential... I think of KMI who has programed their dividend to increase over time and...

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    I've been jumping around all over the place today starting with "Extreme Dividends" Teaser. So I will just comment on th...

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    I started out with DRIPs over 20 years ago. I still have several but most are less than 100 shares. I then stopped DRI...

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    First of all, you should never subscribe to any stock/option advisory service without a trial period (eg. 30-90 days) in...

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    I don't understand how BXMT is a "dog". It's been paying 0.62 per share since 2015. If you bought anywhere at or about $...

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    Investigate (CIM) Chimera, aREIT that pays 10+ % Dividends Annually on a Quarterly basis and has done so Continuously fo...

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    Church & Dwight is another star in this category. Great products, consistent dividends, and lots of diversity beside...

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    Actually to be totally honest Bill over the past 20 years Whole Life has paid dividends of 5-7% not 4-7% as you have sta...

  • Travis Johnson, Stock Gumshoe

    Sorry that I wasn't clear, Nick. There are, of course, no free "payouts" that you "fill out a form" to receive. This t...

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    when you buy or sell shares, you dont buy/sell them from/to another shareholder, BUT you go to a stockbroker who gets th...

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    the tech side of the market is rarely valued on dividends (income) and always valued on growth. that is the Micron dilem...

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    I haven't looked at $MU in a long time. With so much earnings why not pay a fat dividend - wouldn't that drive the share...

  • Travis Johnson, Stock Gumshoe

    Likely a very similar idea, but Heritage Checks is a made-up term from a different newsletter (Stephen Leeb's Complete I...

  • Travis Johnson, Stock Gumshoe

    Did you read the article above? This is a capitalist move, not a racist move (or at least, not any more racist than any...

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    Three years late here, but I would've saved a whole lot of money by finding this article sooner. Bryan Perry is still se...

  • Travis Johnson, Stock Gumshoe

    Did you read the article? Take a minute. Of course they're not real in the way they're selling, they're just dividen...

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    Does eCobalt pay dividends ?!...

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    Actually, they recommended buying it in their Retirement Millionaire Portfolio in November of 2010 at $26.94, are still ...

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    Unfortunately, Diane, it's not a list that you sign up for and they send you a check. These are REITs (Real Estate Inves...

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    It's not good to hold foreign stock in tax deferred accounts because you can't claim the foreign tax paid since they are...

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    Me too. Buy a hotel REIT, like AHT but ONLY under $6. They pays good dividends too....7.5%. I buy dirt cheap and ...

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    Good plan, Dave. I'm 58, do not have time to GAMBLE with hard-earned cash. DRIP plans invested in solid companies tha...

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    FOXCONN .... I looked at the financial fundamentals and a recent balance sheet. The company is a relatively solid comp...

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    The Bio for the HNHAF founder matches the Bio they give in the story. I was able to buy small quantities (like 42) w...

  • Travis Johnson, Stock Gumshoe

    They do mention or picture Fayez Sarofim in some of the ads, if that's what you're referencing -- he's a junior owner of...

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    Aussie G Uncle Porter Stansberry was telling his followers some years back that "The End of America" was nigh and cha...

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    I am looking for higher dividends, around 8-10% a year. This newsletter is called the DIVIDEND MACHINE. I NOT found an...

  • Travis Johnson, Stock Gumshoe

    Not exactly, but similar — all dividends from owning different kinds of stocks....

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    3 out of 4 trades have lost over 25% of their value not including dividends over the past 3 months....

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    It has to be bonds. They are talking about how YOU can profit. Sounds like dividends to me....

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    VZ. Personally, I own a full position that I recently started as their yield went up and for the further possibility of...

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    invest in an utility, like philadelphia electric. the stock does not increase or decrease very much, but the dividends ...

  • Travis Johnson, Stock Gumshoe

    The vast majority of regular corporation stock dividends will be “qualified,” the place where you typically find unq...

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    Is there data available showing which dividends are qualified dividends?...

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    where do I find stocks paying qualified dividends?...

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    This "liberty Vouchers" are certificates you can get if you invest in a certain international company... you receive div...

  • Travis Johnson, Stock Gumshoe

    Haven't looked at that just yet, but he's probably touting one of the REITs that owns primarily government buildings -- ...

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    $SCCO NP I have fond memories of Southern Copper. I owned them back when they were $PCU, and said back then that you c...

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    After examining the video further, I think it is nonsense. Here is why: He claims the ignition event (first dividend) f...

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    $ABBV yes I agree with OKumiau. I'm steadfastly ignoring the almost daily reminders from Schwab that I have to do some...

  • Travis Johnson, Stock Gumshoe

    Hi Mason, sounds like you're off to a great start. I agree that the long-term growth in China is compelling, and puttin...

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    Have owned Abbot for over 25 years. Always reinvested dividends. Truly best in class management devoted to shareholder v...

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    Travis why do you own so much Berkshire in your portfolio when returns are in par with the S&P500 and BRK pays no divide...

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