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Subject:  Re: Yesterday’s Damage? None to Bonds Date:  5/9/2010  4:00 PM
Author:  brucedoe Number:  30788 of 35576


Well I feel that ALL corporate bonds are a gamble. In fact in over 50 yrs of "investing" I alway avoided corporate bonds until the last decade. So yes, I do not think that corporate bonds are anywhere near as safe as Treasuries.

I have sort of a rule that I will sell a stock that lowers its dividends. Yes, sometimes that is a good move for a company to make, but for a company like GE to break a 38 year record of increasing its dividends, I recognize it was not done casually so there must be some serious problems that they recognize. So I sold my GE common stock when they reduced the dividend (at a sizable loss, unfortunately). But I had also read that they may be forced to spin off GE Capital which worried me even more.

I'm afraid that your comments on GE sound rather emotional rather than rational to me. GE is far more than turbines. I'm even sorry they got rid of half of NBC. My favorite TV stations are MSNBC and CNBC (along with PBS and TCM). But they apparently felt they had a hard time making it work profitably. And they even have tried to get rid of their electric light bulb business which is where they got their start. We all know what