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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


How To Take Advantage Of A Second Great Opportunity
During a normal period, the knowledgeable preferred or fixed income equity investor can regularly earn a relatively risk-free 6 - 8% return on his investments. But we are entering a period when this same investor can earn a considerably higher ROI.
S 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.
S 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.
S 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.
S 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.
S 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.


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Guaranteed Profitable X-Date Trading Strategies
1 year ago

It's actually going to Vegas and being able to count cards.

Guaranteed Profitable X-Date Trading Strategies
1 year ago

My pleasure, Bruce. If used properly, the d-play, my favorite strategy will earn profits between 70 - 90% of the time.

My Taste Of The Black Experience
1 year ago

Danny, even though I'd thought I had been so long ago and for a very long time railed against police brutality, especially directed at blacks, I failed to realize the actual depth and destructiveness of the systematic racism that runs so deeply throughout our country. I actually thought there was hope when Obama was elected president. It was dashed when Trump took office. Frankly, this sickness sickens me.

My Taste Of The Black Experience
1 year ago

My pleasure, Sue.

My Taste Of The Black Experience
1 year ago

My thoughts exactly, Duanne. All my life I've been fortunate to be an entitled white man without even realizing it. Although I have always been aware of the systemic racism perpetrated against blacks, I never thought of myself as being entitled in that way. This past year has woken me to that fact. I guess I never felt entitled because I grew up poor and in the lower-class sections of Brooklyn, NY. Bed-Sty then Crown Heights. It's hard to feel entitled when you are cold in the winter and sweltering in the summer in your own home.

Defeating Trumpism
1 year ago

Jason, it would be wonderful if making ACB a SCOTUS Justice, was the worst thing this tame Republican-dominated GOP senators allowed to happen. They completely ignored the mountain of evidence gathered against Trump during his impeachment trial. Had they done their job, far fewer Americans would be dead today as a result of Trump's mismanagement of covid-19. Now when people and businesses are suffering as a result of the virus, McConnell, the grim reaper, is allowing the CARES act passed by the lower house in May to languish and die. As a result, how many businesses will be permanently closed, and Americans will be forced out of their homes and become homeless?

Why are they going along with Trump's insane insistence of not accepting the results of the election he clearly lost? Why are they allowing him to delay the transition of power, which will further harm our country?

Defeating Trumpism
1 year ago

Trump has a habit of making charges without evidence. In fact, beyond his word, for what that is worth, there is virtually zero evidence of voter fraud. However, there was ample evidence of voter suppression practiced by the GOP. For example, Greg Abbot who only allowed 1 dropbox for Harris County in TX, an area that covers over 2,000 square miles of territory and a large voter population. If you paid any attention at all, Tex, you'd be well aware of all the instances of transparent voter suppression the GOP practiced during this, and other past, elections, which has been documented. It would be nice if Republicans accept the outcome of this election without accusing the winner of fraud. Frankly, I surprised at how close this contest was considering how badly and incompetently Trump handles covid-19 and how many American lives were lost as a result. If you cannot admit at least that then there is little hope for us.

Defeating Trumpism
1 year ago

Adam, I'm more afraid of the damage he will do from the sidelines, especially considering the # of loyal followers he has. He must be exposed as the malignant narcissist that he evidently is. How many more American lives are we willing to put at risk?

Defeating Trumpism
1 year ago

Yes, Angry, it's the primary reason I wrote this article. He must be publically exposed as was OJ. The man is a fool and a life-long criminal who will be destroyed during a trial or a # of trials that highlight all his misdeeds and uncover all his vile secrets. We must demand that he be treated no better nor worse than the common criminal he has been for much of his adult life. Short of a publicly televised trial Trump will be free to continue to do tremendous damage to America.

Defeating Trumpism
1 year ago

Tex, Pennsylvania gave Biden 273 electoral college votes, which put him over the top. Any normal president would have conceded by now, but not Trump. Even many of his GOP backers and former enablers were chilled by his continued and baseless rants about voter fraud. Stick a fork in him, he's done. Courts and wishful thinking won't alter the will of the electorate. We still live in a democracy, which I feared for under another 4-years of Trump.

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ABR Arbor Realty Trust Inc.
ADK Adcare Health Systems Inc
AGNC American Capital Agency Corp.
AHT Ashford Hospitality Trust Inc.
AMH American Homes 4 Rent
AMTG Apollo Residential Mortgage Inc
ANH Anworth Mortgage Asset Corporation
ARE Alexandria Real Estate Equities Inc.
ARES Ares Management, L.P.
ARI Apollo Commercial Real Estate Finance Inc.
ARP American Reprographics Company
ARR Armour Residential REIT Inc.
BIF Boulder Growth & Income Fund Inc.
BRG Bluerock Residential Growth REIT, Inc.
BUI Morgan Stanley
CBL CBL & Associates Properties Inc.
CDOR Condor Hospitality Trust Inc.
CHI Calamos Convertible Opportunities and Income Fund
CIM Chimera Investment Corporation
CLNY Colony Financial Inc.
CMRE Costamare Inc.
CYS CYS Investments Inc.
DFP Delphi Financial Group Inc.
DIA SPDR Dow Jones Industrial Average
DMO Western Asset Mortgage Defined Opportunity Fund Inc.
DNP DNP Select Income Fund Inc.
DPG Duff & Phelps Global Utility Income Fund Inc.
FCH FelCor Lodging Trust
FFC Flaherty & Crumrine / Claymore Preferred Securities Income Fund Inc.
FHY First Trust Strategic High Income Fund II
FLC Flaherty & Crumrine / Claymore Total Return Fund Incorporated
FPE First Trust Preferred Sec & Inc ETF
FSD First Trust High Income Long/Short Fund
GFN General Finance Corporation
GLO Clough Global Opportunities Fund
GLOG GasLog Ltd.
GLQ Clough Global Equity Fund
GLV Clough Global Allocation Fund
GSL Global Ship Lease Inc
GST Gastar Exploration Ltd
HPF John Hancock Preferred Income Fund II
HPI John Hancock Preferred Income Fund
HPS John Hancock Preferred Income Fund III
HT Hersha Hospitality Trust
HTS Hatteras Financial Corp.
HYB New America High Income Fund Inc. (The)
IPFF iShares Trust
IVR Invesco Mortgage Capital Inc.
IWM iShares Russell 2000 Index Fund
JPC Nuveen Multi-Strategy Income and Growth Fund
KMI Kinder Morgan Inc.
LTS Ladenburg Thalmann Financial Services Inc.
LXP Lexington Realty Trust
MHO M/I Homes Inc.
MITT AG Mortgage Investment Trust Inc.
MTGE American Capital Mortgage Investment Corp.
NCT Newcastle Investment Corp.
NHF NexPoint Credit Strategies Fund
NLY Annaly Capital Management Inc.
NM Navios Maritime Holdings Inc.
NRF Northstar Realty Finance Corp.
NYMT New York Mortgage Trust Inc.
PCI PIMCO Dynamic Credit Income Fund
PDT John Hancock Premium Dividend Fund
PEB Pebblebrook Hotel Trust
PFD Flaherty & Crumrine Preferred Income Fund Incorporated
PFF iShares S&P U.S. Preferred Stock Index Fund
PFL PIMCO Income Strategy Fund
PFO Flaherty & Crumrine Preferred Income Opportunity Fund Incorporated
PFXF Market Vectors Preferred Securities ex Financials ETF
PGF PowerShares Financial Preferred Portfolio
PGX PowerShares Preferred Portfolio
PPHM Peregrine Pharmaceuticals Inc.
PSEC Prospect Capital Corporation
PSF Cohen & Steers Select Preferred and Income Fund Inc.
QQQ PowerShares QQQ Trust Series 1
RAS RAIT Financial Trust
RCS PIMCO Strategic Global Government Fund Inc.
RSO Resource Capital Corporation
SB Safe Bulkers Inc.
SDS ProShares UltraShort S&P500
SHO Sunstone Hotel Investors Inc.
SPFF Global X SuperIncome Preferred ETF
SSW Seaspan Corporation
T AT&T Inc.
TGP Teekay LNG Partners L.P.
TNP Tsakos Energy Navigation Limited
TOO Teekay Offshore Partners L.P.
UTF Cohen & Steers Infrastructure Fund Inc.
VGI Virtus Inv Pts Shs Virtus Global Multi-Sector Income Fund
VNO Vornado Realty Trust
VNR Vanguard Natural Resources LLC
VRP PowerShares Variable Rate Preferred ETF
VTA Invesco Van Kampen Dynamic Credit Opportunities Fund
WHLR Wheeler Real Estate Investment Trust, Inc.
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Water Abundant Yet Scarce
We are a nation of pipelines, piping millions of gallons of mostly hazardous oil and liquefied natural gas throughout our country. Here's a thought, why not our most valuable resource, Water?
Guaranteed Profitable X-Date Trading Strategies
Utilizing my extensive knowledge of dividend investing I developed and employed several successful x-date oriented trading strategies that proved to be reliably profitable on a regular basis.
Mitch McConnell In 2009
The importance of obtaining a Democrat Senate majority is illustrated by McConnell's past actions in 2009 without having the power he now holds as the Senate majority leader. Imagine the damage he is capable of today while obstructing Biden's efforts to repair the mess Trump left behind.
My Taste Of The Black Experience
As a result of mistaken identity, I and a fellow classmate were stopped, detained, arrested, and in a small way, I experienced what it must be like to be a black man in America.
Proof That The Republican Party Is A Thinly Veiled Death Cult
Several reasons why I believe that the Republican Party is little more than a poorly disguised death cult.
Georgia, You Have An Opportunity To Flip The Senate
Georgia, you have an opportunity to flip the Senate. With just two votes you can do it.
Defeating Trumpism
Trump lost his bid for re-election, yet he garnered 70,000,000+ votes in the losing effort. Although he will no longer be president, Trumpism, his debased political ideology, remains and is a force that must be defeated.
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.

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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?