After that big party yesterday celebrating the return of Yulia Tymoshenko to freedom in Ukraine and our own 1,000th post, we have decided to turn away from history-making events and return to investing ideas.
Just a word of warning re: history-making. Ukraine is not over. Putin is still to be heard from – we can see his snaky little eyes shifting back and forth deciding on his next move. Ukrainians are fully aware of this danger, having seen it happen to their sisters and brothers, as they all say, throughout Eastern Europe.
Their only hope is social media. And they know it. Not only that, people in Caracas know it. The opposition in Venezuela just announced it is going to bring about “another Ukraine!”
We don’t know whether they have the necessary ingredients: a firm knowledge and memory of history and family connections – most Ukrainians are, um, Ukrainians. Some are Russians and they know who they are. Do Venezuelans have those close family and village ties? Also, a shared religion in important.
Social media are the LAST necessary ingredients for a successful return to liberty.
Now, on to investing. We have begun to go a tiny bit away from our hyperconservative investing philosophy of buy and hold top dividend-paying stocks with good CEOs. Some higher yielding stocks are Master Limited Partnerships – MLPs.
These are a very complex type of publicly traded partnerships. While yields are much higher than regular stocks, the tax treatment is very different. Beware and do your due diligence, now known to IFO as DD.
How has she learned this stock trading lingo? By reading The Stock Gumshoe. See our blog roll for the link, if you haven’t done so already. There is a super-fabulous thread on biotech stocks that has more than 1,000 posts on it – made in less than two months. It has become highly popular.
Here’s a comment by a fan: “I have learned more here on this thread in my 30 years of investing than any other message board on the net by far.” The reason for this high praise is that the discussion is for the most part troll-free, full of rational, educated, polite, friendly, humorous posts that teach as well as entertain. Highly recommended.
Back to the history-making thoughts above, by family connections, we mean being so close you know what the other guys on your team are going to do without overt coordination.
Think about sports teams. Have you see that fabulous play by Derek Jeter? “The most unbelievable play you will ever see by a shortstop!” said the announcer. Derek Jeter makes the famous “flip” play.
This is what working closely with your mates to achieve a goal creates in political action as well as sports action – it’s magic. You’ll see it in basketball and football, among others, of course.
Watch the whole game if you haven’t had your fill of baseball yet this year. (1:37:50 to see the “flip”)