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Re: Woodpeckers...I'm desperate!

I had this problem for a couple of years as a woodpecker would arrive each Fall and do some damage. It use to wake me up in the morning and at first I thought some crazy person was knocking on my door at 6AM. Eventually, I saw the damage it was doing. My little friend would arrive faithfully each Fa...
by TJSI
Mon Apr 14, 2014 5:32 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Woodpeckers...I'm desperate!
Replies: 52
Views: 3446

Re: How do I value my business?

Valuation of your business would most likely be done on an after-tax cash flow analysis. Your income tax statements would be the starting point of a valuation analysis. You can determine the value of the company to you by your after-tax cash flow and a discount rate. So if you and your partner gener...
by TJSI
Sun Apr 06, 2014 9:03 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How do I value my business?
Replies: 6
Views: 699

Re: Gordon equation-stock buybacks

After a little thought, I will modify the statement about the valuation assigned to manufactured ( non-operating) earnings per share. The P/E should be near 1. If the stocks purchased are undervalued, than the P/E assigned to those earnings would be greater than 1. So if a stock is purchased at 70% ...
by TJSI
Sat Apr 05, 2014 11:32 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Gordon equation-stock buybacks
Replies: 11
Views: 758

Re: Gordon equation-stock buybacks

camontgo, Thanks for the interesting links! I found the article "A Supply Model of the Equity Premium" most interesting as they attempt to provide an analytic model of the effect of buybacks. However, I believe their analysis and model is flawed. First they conflate price changes with cash...
by TJSI
Fri Apr 04, 2014 11:22 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Gordon equation-stock buybacks
Replies: 11
Views: 758

Re: Gordon equation-stock buybacks

Andyman, I don't think buybacks are easily incorporated into the Gordon Equation. They are not dividends although they might effect future dividend flows--positively or negatively. The Gordon equation is based upon discounted cash flows and buybacks most directly effect capital gains. I don't think ...
by TJSI
Fri Apr 04, 2014 11:38 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Gordon equation-stock buybacks
Replies: 11
Views: 758

Re: Dividend stocks for current income in early retirement?

SteveKL,

I don't know to break the news to you but----long term capital gains have been taxed for a decade at the same rate as qualified dividends.
by TJSI
Fri Mar 14, 2014 10:49 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Dividend stocks for current income in early retirement?
Replies: 38
Views: 3504

Re: I don't want to upgrade XP just yet, is that ok?

Nisiprius. Now that is the "Telltale Pie Chart". It shows why Microsoft as a company may have seen its best days. They need to change their marketing strategy from constantly adding ever more features and complexity to how to insure their base is satisfied. Otherwise, I think they will jus...
by TJSI
Fri Mar 14, 2014 4:30 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: I don't want to upgrade XP just yet, is that ok?
Replies: 86
Views: 6364

Re: How exactly do index funds compound?

rdlaner, I feel your pain. The term compounding is used loosely by many so reading the various posts on the matter will only add to your confusion. The value of your investment in a fund or stock will increase as you gain more shares you own by reinvesting the dividends and through the increase (hop...
by TJSI
Thu Mar 13, 2014 1:53 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: How exactly do index funds compound?
Replies: 12
Views: 2007

Re: where did the dividend money go?

Another place money is missing is overseas. Since a significant fraction of large companies revenues are now overseas, the resulting income and cash are held there due to the tax burden of moving them to the US. The money is not so much missing but rather it is sequestered. The earnings component of...
by TJSI
Mon Mar 10, 2014 12:45 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: where did the dividend money go?
Replies: 8
Views: 1262

Re: where did the dividend money go?

Well a lot of money is now being used for stock buybacks. It is at least as big as dividend payouts and maybe even more. Even though this is massive, I don't believe the effect on corporate profitability and stock holder returns is fully understood. Some of it appears to be money thrown out the wind...
by TJSI
Sun Mar 09, 2014 5:35 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: where did the dividend money go?
Replies: 8
Views: 1262

Re: Schwarzman Loves Dividends!

abuss368, you ask who has enough information to invest in firms like Blackstone? I think the answer is the "smart people"--endowments, trusts, pension plans, and the very wealthy with really great investment advisers. It is not for the common folk. Or, for the "little people" who...
by TJSI
Sat Mar 08, 2014 12:55 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Schwarzman Loves Dividends!
Replies: 34
Views: 2145

Re: Schwarzman Loves Dividends!

Valuethinker, Thanks for pointing that out. I am guilty of what I accuse others off--using terms in a sloppy and inconsistent manner. They are definitely not a company. They did an IPO and file a 10K. Ordinary shareholders are second class citizens. Now if I can only figure out what they are "w...
by TJSI
Thu Mar 06, 2014 5:11 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Schwarzman Loves Dividends!
Replies: 34
Views: 2145

Re: Schwarzman Loves Dividends!

An interesting company which I suppose would describe themselves as a private equity company which does friendly buyouts and turnarounds. Last year was a very good year as they did an IPO on the Hilton Properties. Seems they had taken it over a few years back and turned it around. I guess Paris was ...
by TJSI
Thu Mar 06, 2014 2:40 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Schwarzman Loves Dividends!
Replies: 34
Views: 2145

Re: Schwarzman Loves Dividends!

Valuethinker, Thanks for the references. I read Barbarians at the Gate many years ago and it was truly entertaining. A recent quote from the WSJ ( 3/4/14) from Mr. Schwarzman on his payout philosophy: " Mr Schwarzman told investors they could look forward to the firm continuing to pay out most ...
by TJSI
Wed Mar 05, 2014 3:19 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Schwarzman Loves Dividends!
Replies: 34
Views: 2145

Re: Schwarzman Loves Dividends!

Thanks Grt2bOutdoors for your comments. I know next to nothing about the private equity business. But those type of numbers are impressive and it will be worthwhile to learn a bit about how such incomes are earned.
by TJSI
Wed Mar 05, 2014 1:43 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Schwarzman Loves Dividends!
Replies: 34
Views: 2145

Schwarzman Loves Dividends!

Stephen Schwarzman CEO of Blackstone Group last year received $352.5 million in dividend income. His total comp was $465.4 million. Apparently, he has not been keeping up with the latest financial theory that dividends don't matter. I don't know what Mr. Schwartzman does to earn that kind of money b...
by TJSI
Wed Mar 05, 2014 1:09 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Schwarzman Loves Dividends!
Replies: 34
Views: 2145

Re: Why do investors prefer cash dividends?

Larry, I believe Mr. Buffett said that he did not pay dividends because he was running a holding company and not an operating company. He said that because his investment horizon was the world, he believed that he could always find good investments ( I believe he said his target was 12% ROI) and thu...
by TJSI
Wed Mar 05, 2014 12:44 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Why do investors prefer cash dividends?
Replies: 126
Views: 5568

Re: Why do investors prefer cash dividends?

Ogd, You are one of "those people" who are constantly mixing the terms value, price, and worth. So your arguments are full of heat but not easy to interpret. You say that a company that pays a 1% dividend is "worth" 1% less the next day. Is "worth" price or book value? ...
by TJSI
Tue Mar 04, 2014 11:58 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Why do investors prefer cash dividends?
Replies: 126
Views: 5568

Re: Why do investors prefer cash dividends?

Leeraar, I did not say there was an arbitrage opportunity. I said that most studies show that prices do not change by the dividend amount. Deal with it; don't change the topic. There may or may not be an arbitrage opportunity. I don't know. Larry said: " So you are one of those people (Those pe...
by TJSI
Tue Mar 04, 2014 8:43 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Why do investors prefer cash dividends?
Replies: 126
Views: 5568

Re: Why do investors prefer cash dividends?

Leeraar, Free money? Where? I want some. I have said only two things: 1) Most research has shown that prices do not drop by the dividend amount. It has been widely studied. 2) The value of an investment is due to the discounted return via dividends and capital gains. The value does not change by the...
by TJSI
Tue Mar 04, 2014 6:21 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Why do investors prefer cash dividends?
Replies: 126
Views: 5568

Re: Why do investors prefer cash dividends?

Ogd, Well I just did a small amount of research and take a look at this paper: Marginal Stockholder Tax Effects & Ex-Dividend-Day Price Behavior Evidence from Taxable versus Non-Taxable Closed -End Funds (Elton, Gruber, Blake-- NYU Stern). Here is the first sentence from the abstract: "Almo...
by TJSI
Tue Mar 04, 2014 5:22 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Why do investors prefer cash dividends?
Replies: 126
Views: 5568

Re: Why do investors prefer cash dividends?

Ogd, Before you fling insults, I suggest you learn to use Google and do a little research. There is much to learn for inquiring minds. The topic of dividend capture has also been studied and some say that the is a tiny return available. However, market noise makes the capture of the small change in ...
by TJSI
Tue Mar 04, 2014 4:51 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Why do investors prefer cash dividends?
Replies: 126
Views: 5568

Re: Why do investors prefer cash dividends?

Sorry Larry but you are mistaken in the claim that stock prices drop after the paying of a dividend. This thing has been studied to death in multiple stock exchanges around the world and the results vary. The best that could be said is that most likely there will be a slight increase in price before...
by TJSI
Tue Mar 04, 2014 3:54 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Why do investors prefer cash dividends?
Replies: 126
Views: 5568

Re: Stocks that Don't Pay Dividends - Greater Fool Driven?

Valuthinker, I think there are some important differences between dividends and buybacks. First, is the question of intrinsic value of the company and the decision to do a buyback. (Jack touched upon this when he mention the role of CEO as a stock picker.) If a stock is currently selling below its i...
by TJSI
Sat Mar 01, 2014 12:33 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Stocks that Don't Pay Dividends - Greater Fool Driven?
Replies: 73
Views: 4293

Re: Stocks that Don't Pay Dividends - Greater Fool Driven?

There seems to be an ongoing assumption by several posters that by choosing capital gains as their preferred return mechanism that they have control of the return and this is advantageous from a tax viewpoint. Unfortunately, this is not the full story. A capital gain postponed is no more than a bet ...
by TJSI
Fri Feb 28, 2014 2:14 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Stocks that Don't Pay Dividends - Greater Fool Driven?
Replies: 73
Views: 4293

Re: No Silver Bullets in Investing

Rick, thanks for the link. The paper covers a lot of ground and is informative and readable.

TJSI
by TJSI
Fri Feb 28, 2014 12:29 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: No Silver Bullets in Investing
Replies: 14
Views: 1992

Re: What makes markets go up long term? What can make them n

I vote with YDNAl on this and say that earnings and earnings growth best account for long-term market movement. In 1960, S&P 500 earnings were $3.10 and in 2013 earnings were $107.45. Lay on top of this short-term changes due to market emotion and you have a pretty good model of stock market pri...
by TJSI
Tue Feb 18, 2014 9:12 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: What makes markets go up long term? What can make them not?
Replies: 16
Views: 1242

Re: Credit Suisse Global Investment Returns Yearbook 2014

Stratton,

Thanks for the notice. Their Yearbook is always a great source of data and analysis.

TJSI
by TJSI
Mon Feb 17, 2014 2:11 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Credit Suisse Global Investment Returns Yearbook 2014
Replies: 2
Views: 464

Re: PE10 - Theory Question

My guess is that PE10 has some predictive ability because it is a measure of the speculative component of returns. So when PE10 is high, optimism reigns and the risk free is of little concern to many investors. Eventually economics wins out and the market returns to normalcy and returns drop. PE10 i...
by TJSI
Fri Feb 14, 2014 12:10 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: PE10 - Theory Question
Replies: 10
Views: 750

Re: Pet peeve: When people refer to this forum as "Bogglehea

People who have peeves for pets drive me nuts.
by TJSI
Thu Feb 13, 2014 3:13 am
 
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: Pet peeve: When people refer to this forum as "Boggleheads."
Replies: 36
Views: 2447

Re: JOHN BOGLE'S NOMINATION FOR ECONOMIC LAUREATE

Excellent idea! Hopefully, you have lit a fire.

TJSI
by TJSI
Thu Jan 30, 2014 1:28 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: JOHN BOGLE'S NOMINATION FOR PRESIDENTIAL MEDAL OF FREEDOM
Replies: 43
Views: 4452

Re: How the economic machine works

Thanks for the link. An interesting and entertaining effort to tie together many economic forces. I liked his try at differentiating money from credit although I have never been able to convince myself that American Express does not create money.
by TJSI
Wed Jan 22, 2014 1:20 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: How the economic machine works
Replies: 4
Views: 582

Re: Long-term future predictions: what's the math?

siamond, Getting back to your original question, one potential source of data for valuation estimates for sectors is the prospectus of the various sector funds and ETFs. If the fund has been around for awhile it will show the history of dividend payments. You could then calculate a dividend growth r...
by TJSI
Tue Jan 14, 2014 11:55 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Long-term future predictions: what's the math?
Replies: 20
Views: 1301

Re: How to convert Shiller's data to total growth?

Nisiprius, If I understand your method of calculation correctly, I believe the problem is treating price changes as if they compound. I think you are taking monthly returns which includes a price change and then multiplying those returns to get the final return. This adds price changes to the compou...
by TJSI
Tue Dec 24, 2013 4:47 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: How to convert Shiller's data to total growth?
Replies: 7
Views: 504

Re: The price of quality stocks,

Ones enough!
by TJSI
Tue Dec 24, 2013 1:00 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: The price of quality stocks,
Replies: 9
Views: 1053

Re: misguided interest in div strategies

dbr,

Thank you for the clarification.

TJSI
by TJSI
Mon Dec 23, 2013 7:27 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: misguided interest in div strategies
Replies: 200
Views: 12945

Re: misguided interest in div strategies

dbr,

Thank you for your speedy response but I'm sorry but I still don't know what you are referring to by undistributed return. Are you speaking of retained earnings which are invested by the company?

TJSI
by TJSI
Mon Dec 23, 2013 6:32 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: misguided interest in div strategies
Replies: 200
Views: 12945

Re: misguided interest in div strategies

dbr, Not sure what you mean by undistributed return. If no capital gain, then you have no return from that component. If you are referring to retained earnings, there is compounding there. And this could lead in the future to increased capital gains. Optimizing an individuals return should include t...
by TJSI
Mon Dec 23, 2013 5:56 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: misguided interest in div strategies
Replies: 200
Views: 12945

Re: misguided interest in div strategies

All returns are generated by dividends or capital gains. If you want to have superior returns you must have a superior dividend strategy ,a superior capital gain strategy, or a combination of the two. Dividends have the added advantage of being easily compounded. All return optimization strategies a...
by TJSI
Mon Dec 23, 2013 4:46 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: misguided interest in div strategies
Replies: 200
Views: 12945

Re: misguided interest in div strategies

Well Larry certainly brings a little zest to the forum. He is knowledgeable, energetic, and provocative--sometimes wrong.

Personally, I prefer to be called a cultist rather than a fanatic.

PS Larry: I think you skipped the lecture on time-value-of-money at NYU.
by TJSI
Tue Dec 17, 2013 6:32 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: misguided interest in div strategies
Replies: 200
Views: 12945

Re: How important is a cover letter?

This is no reason not to include a cover letter. It just might make the difference and it should not take a great effort. If it gets lost in the bureaucracy, you have lost nothing but a small effort. Make it brief and to the point. If you have experience, point out your relevant accomplishments. If ...
by TJSI
Sat Dec 07, 2013 1:39 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How important is a cover letter?
Replies: 32
Views: 2091

Re: Math question about Rick Ferri's efficient frontier curv

Nisiprius, Thank you for your efforts in analyzing the different efficient frontier curves. It forces people to think more deeply and thus learn. Looking at the posts, I believe the differences arise from trying to compare a static case to a dynamic case. In the classic efficient frontier curve, you...
by TJSI
Thu Dec 05, 2013 11:09 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Math question about Rick Ferri's efficient frontier curve
Replies: 45
Views: 2895

Re: is the stock market a fools's market

Solonseneca, Nope, not even a poor one. But thanks for asking.
by TJSI
Wed Dec 04, 2013 9:03 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: is the stock market a fools's market
Replies: 23
Views: 1601

Re: is the stock market a fools's market

Congratulations mzp3769 on getting a good education. Discounted cash flow and the resulting Gordon Model are basic to understanding returns. All models have limitations. Returns in the long run are generated by dividends and capital gains. In the short term valuations, are very important. The Gordon...
by TJSI
Wed Dec 04, 2013 8:05 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: is the stock market a fools's market
Replies: 23
Views: 1601

Re: Siegel on CAPE shortcomings

Back to CAPE. From this weeks Barron's (12/2) in an interview with Jeffery Gundlach & Robert Shiller, Prof Shiller said: "The current adjusted P/E of 25 is quite above the average which is about 16. But it's not so much above average that I would disqualify stocks as an investment. ..... Bu...
by TJSI
Sat Nov 30, 2013 1:42 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Siegel on CAPE shortcomings
Replies: 44
Views: 2445

Re: Siegel on CAPE shortcomings

JoMoney,

If you read my first post above I said that if management believes that company stock is trading significantly below intrinsic value, then buybacks are warranted.
Not all buybacks are wrong. But the claim that buybacks in general benefit all stockholders is more marketing than reality.
by TJSI
Fri Nov 29, 2013 5:40 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Siegel on CAPE shortcomings
Replies: 44
Views: 2445

Re: Siegel on CAPE shortcomings

Well Larry is back with his jihad on dividends. I thought we had beat this to death. But just to continue the story: Dividend tax rates for 2013 are 0%, 15%, and 20%. Its hard to beat 0% for tax efficiency. Not all stockholders benefit from buybacks. Only those who take advantage of the buyback prog...
by TJSI
Fri Nov 29, 2013 1:08 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Siegel on CAPE shortcomings
Replies: 44
Views: 2445

Re: Siegel on CAPE shortcomings

pkcrafter has raised a valid point. Increases in earnings per share (EPS) due to stock buybacks are different than increases in EPS due to operations and probably deserve a different valuation. Since buybacks are large and relatively new their effect on CAPE as a prognostication tool I believe is un...
by TJSI
Fri Nov 29, 2013 12:43 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Siegel on CAPE shortcomings
Replies: 44
Views: 2445

Re: Motley Fool: Jack Bogle Answers Your Questions

I thought the most interesting comment Jack made was that he thought the current Fed Reserve action was unwise. Although only a brief remark, it gave me pause. If you believe that stocks are currently fully valued or perhaps even over valued, then future returns from both bonds and stocks may be dis...
by TJSI
Sun Nov 17, 2013 9:19 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Motley Fool: Jack Bogle Answers Your Questions
Replies: 26
Views: 3579

Re: Dividend Paying Stock

You want a dividend paying stock? I'll give you a dividend paying stock: Deutsche Telecom (DTEGY). Current dividend yield: 5.64% Bonus: Owns 70% of T-Mobile. Possible future big payoff. Bonus: International diversification. For those who value it. Disclaimer: I make no warranty about future performa...
by TJSI
Tue Nov 05, 2013 11:56 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Dividend Paying Stock
Replies: 28
Views: 2720
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