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Subject:  Re: income generating strategies help Date:  12/5/2009  7:05 PM
Author:  Howie52 Number:  66537 of 75617

"Suggestions?
Thanks in advance to all who respond."

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Recommending individual stocks to folks where you don't know
situations, risk tolerance, background and interests, experience
and stuff may end up doing more harm to folks than good. That being
said - you'll find no shortage of folks who will pass on their
opinions. You will need to really look into each one - cause they
can all be spot on and they can all be wrong as Enron.

My list includes: MRK, SO, DUK, XOM, CVX, PNY - with the exception of
MRK we got involved in them as DRIPs - where we bought directly
from either the company or a transfer agent and re-invested dividends.
This approach basically was where we learned how the markets function
and how to evaluate investments and "investspeak". The standard "widows
and orphans" investing approach for utilities/telephone/etc can
work although keeping an eye and the mind on what the outfits are
doing might possibly keep one out of the Enrons of the world.

Looking into REITs is a possiblity - there are a few out there which are
not too overpriced - but you might see a wild ride with real esetate
based investments. Boston Properties, Realty Income, and similar ones
are out there. Higher yields are not neccessarily a positive in this
lineup.

MLPs are also interesting - most are related to pipeline businesses(gas and oil), some related to gas and/or oil field services, and a few
related to owners/operators of toll/parking/general service.
Principal swings can be unnerving and income will vary
depending upon earnings and the economy in general - i.e. what
the partnership ultimately sells must be bought or the returns
dry up. Also, if the source of the stuff drys up (i.e. a gas well)
then the income goes to zero.

Then there are preferred stocks - but I don't follow what goes on
there too much.

Good fortune to you.
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