Do you pay the top tax rate? If so then you can cut that 11% return down significantly given the new taxes. If you are in a lower tax bracket then you won't see much of a change.MarkNo... definitely don't pay top rate. We are retired and living on SS and investments (although AngelSpouse has pulled all his money out of the market for the time being).PS 11% is really, really good. Ponzi scheme good. Definitely not a Ponzi scheme. I just had the good luck to buy the stock when the price was much lower than it is right now - ergo, my returns are higher than yours would be if you purchased it today. I do keep an eye on it, however. If dividends are cut, I would consider selling. If the price drops - depending on how far, how fast, (and depending on the fundamentals of the stock itself) I would either dump it all or buy more of it. There are legitimate stocks out there that pay even more than the 12% I'm getting. But.... I think I'm taking risk enough with what I have. :)AM
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