TMFBigFrog

Chuck Saletta

Chuck Saletta has been a regular Fool contributor since 2004. His investing style has been inspired by Benjamin Graham's Value Investing strategy. Chuck also can be found on the "Inside Value" discussion boards as a Home Fool.

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Sat Sep 13

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TMFBigFrog replied to the Inside Value boards. 9:38 AM

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TMFBigFrog posted to the iPIG Portfolio board. 12:52 AM

What about those Railroads?

The next pick that would have been reviewed was the two-for-one railroad special of CSX and Union Pacific.

From a valuation perspective, both of them are trading just above my fair value estimate -- too high for me to be willing to buy, but [more]

Tue Sep 9

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TMFBigFrog published an article 3:57 PM

What Is the Capital Gains Tax?

The capital gains tax plays a part in many of your investing decisions. It's a good idea to understand how that tax works in order to understand how it affects your finances.

Sat Sep 6

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TMFBigFrog published an article 7:00 AM

Social Security Is a Lousy Investment

Social Security functions as a safety net against extreme poverty in old age, but its weak returns make it a less-than-stellar investment.

Fri Sep 5

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TMFBigFrog posted to the iPIG Portfolio board. 11:01 PM

What about TXN?

Texas Instruments would have been the next pick to review. I'm on the fence between "hold" and "willing to buy more". From a valuation perspective, it's trading right about at my fair value estimate, so I wouldn't be excited about [more]

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TMFBigFrog published an article 2:00 PM

How to Become a Millionaire on Minimum Wage

Amassing a million dollars isn't easy -- but it can be done, even on a minimum-wage salary. Here's how to do it.

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TMFBigFrog posted to the iPIG Portfolio board. 12:35 PM

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iPIG Fools:

The following is a cross-post from an Inside Value discussion thread. I used the iPIG portfolio's sale of Air Products and Chemicals (NYSE: APD) as an example for why valuation matters in sales decisions and for why [more]

Wed Sep 3

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TMFBigFrog replied to the Inside Value boards. 11:48 PM

Tue Sep 2

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TMFBigFrog replied to the Inside Value boards. 9:46 PM

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TMFBigFrog replied to the Retirement Investing board. 9:11 PM

Re: Retirement Planning Advise

The rule of 55 however has me seriously thinking about my rollover options.

Well, if you can make it from 55 to 59.5 from the 401(k), you can then start pulling from the IRA without penalty. Alternatively, there are strategies known [more]

Sun Aug 31

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TMFBigFrog published an article 2:15 PM

What Is an IRA?

If you're planning for your retirement, some of the best questions you can ask are: "What is an IRA?" and "Is it right for me?"

Sat Aug 30

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TMFBigFrog posted to the iPIG Portfolio board. 11:46 PM

What About Walgreen?

Walgreen would have been the next pick up for review. I rate this one a 'hold', too, on valuation. Its balance sheet looks decent and its dividend recently increased by 7% and is still well covered. From a valuation perspective, it's trading a bit [more]

Tue Aug 26

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TMFBigFrog published an article 9:00 AM

Don't Rely on Social Security Too Much

Even the Social Security Administration admits the program won't be enough to cover a comfortable retirement.

Sat Aug 23

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TMFBigFrog posted to the iPIG Portfolio board. 9:59 PM

What about UPS?

United Parcel Service (UPS) would have been the next pick to review.

Right now, I'd rate UPS a "hold".

UPS has had a series of charges related to retiree programs, and its most recent quarter is no exception. It recorded [more]

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TMFBigFrog published an article 7:00 AM

Has Social Security's Trust Fund Been Robbed?

Social Security's Trust Fund has been used to finance the national debt. Now that the program is not collecting enough from taxes to directly pay its costs, that arrangement is set to help Social Security.

Fri Aug 22

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TMFBigFrog posted to the Tax Strategies board. 6:19 PM

Successful Resolution with the IRS!

Hi Fools:

Thank you for your guidance in regards to this IRS-correspondence-related question: [more]

Sun Aug 17

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TMFBigFrog replied to the Inside Value boards. 3:41 PM

Sat Aug 16

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TMFBigFrog published an article 6:30 PM

Will Social Security Be There for You?

We are all likely to receive Social Security in some form, but some changes are inevitable.

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TMFBigFrog posted to the iPIG Portfolio board. 1:00 PM

What About Hasbro?

Hasbro would have been the next pick to review.

Hasbro looks like a weak hold based on valuation a the moment.

Based on its reported numbers, Hasbro would be at the low end of sell territory on valuation. Those reported numbers [more]

Thu Aug 14

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TMFBigFrog replied to the iPIG Portfolio board. 10:02 PM

Re: Kinder Morgan Buys Kinder Morgan

Thanks Bruce --

It's interesting to read the articles popping up about the potential tax implications of the merger for unit holders of KMP...

Personally, I own KMR (and KMI), but not KMP. My KMR holding is in my IRA, so that [more]

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