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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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]

Wed Aug 13

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TMFBigFrog published an article 9:00 AM

Why Portfolio Diversification Is Vital to Investing Success

Portfolio diversification provides the closest thing to a free lunch available to investors.

Mon Aug 11

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TMFBigFrog posted to the iPIG Portfolio board. 11:19 PM

Kinder Morgan Buys Kinder Morgan

In what has to be the craziest merger headline since Dick's Sporting Goods bought Chick's Sporting Goods, Kinder Morgan announced it was buying ... Kinder Morgan (or more specifically, the rest of the Kinder Morgan family of companies).

That [more]

Sun Aug 10

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TMFBigFrog replied to the iPIG Portfolio board. 2:24 PM

Re: What About MSFT?

Hey Rich --

How is this rational?

There are plenty of worse uses for cash than holding it. Also, Microsoft's balance sheet reports almost $46 billion in short term liabilities, and those do have to get paid at some point. [more]

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TMFBigFrog posted to the iPIG Portfolio board. 9:30 AM

What About MSFT?

Microsoft would have been the next pick to review...

It looks like a solid "hold"

From a valuation perspective, it's within 2% of my fair value estimate. I'd be OK buying more at this price if I didn't already own it, but [more]

Sat Aug 9

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TMFBigFrog replied to the Inside Value boards. 10:01 AM

Mon Aug 4

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TMFBigFrog published an article 6:30 PM

3 Reasons to Delay Your Social Security

If you're still working past your full retirement age, if you expect to have a long retirement, or if you're not comfortable investing, it may make sense to delay your Social Security benefit up to age 70.

Sat Aug 2

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TMFBigFrog posted to the iPIG Portfolio board. 11:03 AM

What about MSA?

MSA Safety would have been the next pick to review...

Once the disclosure policy allows, I'm going to put a $60.25 limit sell order on it that expires on Sept. 30, largely based on valuation.

From a balance sheet perspective, it [more]

Fri Aug 1

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TMFBigFrog replied to the iPIG Portfolio board. 9:48 PM

Re: iPIG Portfolio on Hiatus

Thanks Rich and Tim --

I have to figure out how to balance the plusses and minuses of continuing to run the portfolio in public -- but just on this board instead of with articles.

On the plus side:
* The discipline forced on me [more]

Thu Jul 31

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TMFBigFrog posted to the iPIG Portfolio board. 8:51 PM

iPIG Portfolio on Hiatus

Hi Fools:

This note informs you that effective immediately, the iPIG portfolio is on hiatus until further notice. It has been an incredible pleasure and learning experience running this portfolio. Its performance has significantly exceeded [more]

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TMFBigFrog published an article 9:48 AM

Social Security: 5 Steps to Offset the Shortfall

Social Security checks are at risk of falling about 23% within the next two decades. Be prepared to cover that gap if you want to keep the retirement you expected.

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