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August 2010



OpenOffice Review

August 21, 2010 – Comments (8)

I are a bit of a cheapskate and when I wanted more features than I get with the Works spreadsheet on the home computer, I decided to try the Productivity Suite.  OO has a distinct price advantage (free) over competing products.  [more]



Bond Yield Bonanza

August 16, 2010 – Comments (8)

With record low bond yields, I tried to find some companies that have maturing debt that they should be able to roll over at lower rates.  The same general idea as a homeowner refinancing at a lower rate.   [more]



Levered MBS = Big Yield

August 09, 2010 – Comments (2) | RELATED TICKERS: NLY

Leveraged mortgage-backed securities -- four words associated with the financial crisis, housing crash, and the recession. Unless you're an investor in Annaly Capital Management (NYSE: NLY). Then those four words mean a big, fat dividend payout every quarter.  [more]



A Post Related to Investing

August 09, 2010 – Comments (16) | RELATED TICKERS: HQSM.DL

I was scanning my watchlist and noticed something interesting in the picks for HQ Sustainable Maritime (HQS).  This is a small company out of China that raises fish and processes and sells fish by products.  [more]



Bond Bubble Brewing

August 03, 2010 – Comments (2)

McDonald's recent bond issue, which included a 10-year with a 3.5% coupon, was a head slapper.  The stock yields over 3% and is likely to raise the dividend this fall.    [more]

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