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Dr. Norman Roberts is a very successful investor who almost exclusively invests in preferred fixed-income equities.  

On March 2, 2016, Dr. Roberts wrote his first article as a Seeking Alpha contributor He soon became popular, although a mildly controversial contributor, ... more


E Beware: All Signs Portend An Imminent Market Correction
As a result of a normal cyclic market correction or the result of administrative blunders, such as a trade war with China, costly tariffs, a senseless war, a tax cut that added trillions to the national debt, expect a market correction.
E In My Opinion, The Value Of The Fail To Redeem Clause Is Greatly Overstated Part II
Apparently, my warnings concerning the FTR clause have fallen on deaf ears.
E X-Date Trading Tactics Designed For Short-Term Gains
Although there are a large number and variety of trading strategies, the strategies I have developed are based almost entirely on quarterly paid dividends and their all-important x-dates.
E The Nuts And Bolts Of Dividend Investing
All dividend investors should be familiar with and fully understand the following four dividend related dates: the declaration date, the record date, the x-date, and the dividend payment date.
E Ashford Hospitality Trust From The Perspective Of A Preferred Investor
With the majority of preferred equities priced at inordinately high levels, it's difficult to find preferred shares offering attractive yields. Although a bit risky at this time, Ashford Hospitality Trust preferreds might be worth a second look.
E NuStar Energy From The Perspective Of A Preferred Investor
NuStar Energy L.P. engages in the terminalling, storage, and marketing of petroleum products. Its market cap is valued at 2.8 billion dollars, a large-cap company.


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Beware: All Signs Portend An Imminent Market Correction
5 months ago

It's OK to be selfish, but it's necessary to always be aware of the big picture, which in this case is the future of our democracy, our country, and the planet. Ignoring what's happening in Australia we do at our peril. Again at Davos, Trump ignored Climate Change. How will we enjoy our wealth on a dying planet? Yes, the planet will be here, but will we? Is this the beginning of the next great extinction? A self-made one at that.

Beware: All Signs Portend An Imminent Market Correction
5 months ago

Have no fear, Sherief, I enjoy the hell out of my time here. I still play BBall and run with kids young enough to be my grandchildren. Sickeningly healthy and like the 12-year old I used to be wake up with no cares in the world except to enjoy my life. As for Trump, monsters like him I always found reprehensible and the thought of him being our president sickens me. I used o believe in Truth, Justice and the American way, no longer. Hence, as Superman flies off to his Fortress of Solitude, I retreat to my comfortable cocoon in sunny S. Florida.

Beware: All Signs Portend An Imminent Market Correction
5 months ago

Absolutely, if we don't wake up to the threat Trump and his GOP apologists pose we will be in deep doodoo. Climate change denial at this time endangers not only us but the planet, the only place we have to live.

Beware: All Signs Portend An Imminent Market Correction
5 months ago

Ultimately, age and a secure comfortable lifestyle have tempered my need to earn more money. Safety is now my primary concern, which is assured. Only some cataclysmic event can screw that up, which the idiot-in-chief is quite capable of stumbling into. Iran, Rocket Man, Climate change denial, and who knows what else. Therefore, I post, what my diet, get plenty of exercise, and avoid all stress. Now if we can only get rid of Trump the world will be a far safer place.

Beware: All Signs Portend An Imminent Market Correction
5 months ago

I would if we were not facing an existential threat to our democracy, our country, and yes, our planet. What good is money if we don't have the opportunity to enjoy it. You're right, I shouldn't care, I'll be dead before the worst happens, you might still be alive. Unfortunately, like it or not, we are all invested in the same company/USA.

Beware: All Signs Portend An Imminent Market Correction
5 months ago

I built a large following as a Seeking Alpha contributor in a very short time, but the minute I wrote an article concerning the dangers of a Trump presidency, I was attacked by many of those same followers. Although I never considered myself much of a patriot, compared to many I'm Nathan Hale. How did we become this way?

Water, Abundant Yet Scarce: A Solution
5 months ago

Yeah, real safe, Tex:

Eleven American service members were injured in last week's Iranian missile attack on al-Asad air base in Iraq, a US military official told CNN, despite the Pentagon initially saying there were no casualties. (In case you didn't know, "casualties" doesn't always mean deaths but also military personnel wounded.) Some service members were flown to Germany to be treated and assessed, the US-led coalition fighting ISIS in Iraq and Syria said. In other news out of Iran, the country's President, Hassan Rouhani, claimed Iran is enriching more uranium and its nuclear industry is thriving more now than before it signed the multinational nuclear deal in 2015. Rouhani didn't talk specifics, but it's not an easy thing to hear as a trio of remaining powers in the deal -- Germany, France and the UK -- scramble to keep it from unraveling after the recent spate of aggression between Iran and the US.

Water, Abundant Yet Scarce: A Solution
5 months ago

P. S. The fool doesn't even believe in climate change. How is that making us safe?

Water, Abundant Yet Scarce: A Solution
5 months ago

The economy is great for the super-wealthy and those who don't give a damn about the soaring debt, over a trillion more his year and counting. As for our security, his moves in the Middle East are doing anything but make us secure. He abandoned our Kurdish allies on little more than a call from Erdogan. His killing of Solaimani almost got us into a shooting war with Iran that was avoided because they had the good sense to warn our troops of the impending missile attack that would have killed all of them. He takes the word of Putin above our intelligence community. Heis move in Ukraine for political gains has not made us safe, on the contrary in works to Putin's advantage. He has weakened NATO. He wants to use our troops as mercenaries to fight for Saudi Arabia because they'll pay us, or is it him. Yeah, he made us safer by legitimizing the Rocket Man in N. Korea. What did we get for it? He gives up state secrets by using unsecured phones, especially after accusing Hillary of doing it. He's given over the Middle East to Putin and Iran by his actions in Syria. None of our allies trust us any longer. Who can trust a pathological liar? He is as dumb as a bump on a log and knows little about history or geography. India in relation to China? Where have you been? Where do you get your news, Texan? I could go on, but why bother, if you don't know any of this by now, I fear that you will never know because of your obvious ideological blindness. Hint: escape the right-wing bubble for a week and you might learn what is really happening.

Ashford Hospitality Trust From The Perspective Of A Preferred Investor
5 months ago

Alexis, My book should answer any questions you might ever have.

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SDS ProShares UltraShort S&P500
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SPFF Global X SuperIncome Preferred ETF
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TGP Teekay LNG Partners L.P.
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UTF Cohen & Steers Infrastructure Fund Inc.
VGI Virtus Inv Pts Shs Virtus Global Multi-Sector Income Fund
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Taking A Second Bite Of The Apple
Following the 2008 market collapse, the value of my portfolio declined by over $650,000.00 by March 2009. However, by March 2010 not only had I recouped my losses, but I was now ahead by a comfortable $600,000. Here's how.
Elections Have Consequences II
After I wrote several articles warning against a Trump presidency, the Seeking Alpha editors urged that I no longer post the following as regular articles but rather as blog posts. Evidently they were disturbed by the controversy each elicited.
Water, Abundant Yet Scarce: A Solution
Climate change is aggravating an already existing problem in the USA: Too much water in parts of our country and too little elsewhere. Let's fix it. Here's how.
Boarding School, Aka Prep School, For All
For as long as I can remember, and I'm certain even before then, there have been sincere and not so sincere attempts to break the cycle of poverty rampant in areas of our country. Here's an outside-the-box idea worth considering.

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The Art & Science Of Preferred Dividend Investing
Norman Roberts

This book details my history, education and growth as a preferred investor and the lessons I learned along the way. I want to share that knowledge by introducing you to this effective, profitable, and safe way to invest in preferred equities.

The Dividend Investor's Guide
Norman Roberts

This book details my history, education and growth as a dividend investor and the lessons I learned along the way. More importantly, I want to share that knowledge; specifically, by introducing you to an effective and safe overall investing philosophy, along with several proven trading strategies designed to enhance your portfolio's income and dividend yield.

The Blackjacks
Norman Roberts

Tony Remo, growing up on the mean streets of Manhattan’s East Village during the War in Vietnam, has been enrolled in college for the past three years to escape the military draft. We meet him the crucial day of the December 1, 1969, draft lottery. His birth date, the 326th selection, guarantees he will not be drafted. Initially euphoric, his mood turns somber. What now?