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October 2012



401k & IRA Contribution Limits Raised for 2013

October 31, 2012 – Comments (1) | RELATED TICKERS: NVS , T , MOR.DL2

Contribution limits for 401k and IRA accounts are going up by $500 next year.  Catch-up contributions for those of us in the 50+ are unchanged.  Income limits for Roth accounts and saver's credit also increase.  [more]



Corning saves millions - last week's corp bonds

October 29, 2012 – Comments (1)

Corning was one of the borrowers issuing new debt last week.  It wasn't the biggest issue, but there's a big spread between the paper it sold and the paper it's buying back.  Enough that the company should save about $13 million per year in debt service.  [more]



Ask at 603-11/16

October 27, 2012 – Comments (8)

The WSJ is reporting that the SEC is considering bringing back fractional pricing (may req subscription).  The title for this post is what the current ask shown for Apple on Yahoo would look like if fractional pricing returned.  Years ago, stocks were priced in dollars and fractions with 1/16 as the smallest quote increment.   [more]



Big Week in Bonds and a new CAPS Pick

October 22, 2012 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: HCA , VTG.DL

Corporate bond issues picked up the pace last week with over $40 billion of new credit.  [more]



Today's New High

October 17, 2012 – Comments (1) | RELATED TICKERS: MMP

Pipelines moving oil.

Magellan discovers highs.

Good post-split action.


Disclosure:  Long Magellan Midstream (MMP)



Last week in bonds

October 16, 2012 – Comments (0)

Here's a rundown of some of the action in last week's new corporate bond issues.  [more]



Fund with a high distribution yield

October 10, 2012 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: PEO

On a search for yield last month, I stumbled across a Barron’s article (may need subscription) profiling a closed-end fund that recently announced “its commitment to an annual 6% minimum distribution rate.”  [more]



Highlights from last week's corp bond issues

October 08, 2012 – Comments (3)

A few of the highlights from last week's corporate bond issues.  The total for the week was $35.8 billion.  $16.4 billion of that was from companies based outside the US.    [more]



RPM: 39-years of Raises

October 04, 2012 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: RPM

RPM International (RPM) stretched its string of consecutive, annual dividend hikes to 39 years today.  [more]



Last week in the bond market

October 01, 2012 – Comments (0)

A little excitement in bonds last week.  The week's activity pushed September's total corporate bond issues over $100 billion.  [more]

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