For me TGP is almost like a bond...steady, little drama and in a solid business. I don't have a lot of money in it, maybe 6% of my portfolio, but it provides about an 8-10% annual return for a good foundation.
What say you?
I have been using my church building as a test bed for lighting systems for about 12 years now. Where I have CFL's running 24/7, I have been getting about 14,000+ hours each. Where I have them running ~12/7, I have been getting about 12,000 hours each. In these cases I have easily been getting many price paybacks. I recently replaced all the 24/7's with LED's that now have ~10,000 running hours without a failure. So far, so good.
My biggest problem is finding replacements for the small 250w halogens and 400 watt metal halide monsters that are in the large halls. Just the effort to replace these with electricians time is significant as well as the power consumption and heat issues are problematic. There are possible CFL options and LED options showing up for the metal halides and I am eager to try switching these out this year. There is nothing I've found to replace the 250's without an expensive fixture change that isn't worth it right now.
Most of the bulbs in my house are CFL's. With the 'instant on' and 3100 K options available, I am quite happy with them. The few that remain incandescent never seem to die as I have them on dimmers, but they will be replaced with LED's as they expire.
I have been in and out of CREE several times, with modest results, but I continue to watch their growing product line. It will be good for the country to see a much higher LED penetration.
Personally, I am a huge fan of the Tesla technology and the genius of Elon Musk. He is doing things that many said were not likely...or even not possible. But that aside, I agree with you that BEV's might be better viewed as a commuter car where their best strength lies. They can deliver most consumers daily driving needs cheaper than any other motorized vehicle in their class. Including FCV's... And most means 80%+ of consumers needs.
A long range EV will become less of a car for the masses and this is where an FCV might be a better choice. I say maybe because the verdict is still out on which vehicle will actually be the best technology for the future. I note that the Leaf is expected to have up to a 200 mile range in models offered in late 2016...up from 65-75 today.
It's going to be hard to beat a long range EV or two for the family and a rental, alternate fueled vehicle for the infrequent family vacation...
According to Tesla's website, they now have 110 in the US, 59 in Europe and 13 in Asia.
That's right. You can not predict how low, or how high either, the stock price will get. But SDRL produces a very valuable product for an industry that produces a very valuable product for a consumer that exists on this very valuable product and it's by products.
So the stock dips for a short time... Why not take advantage of the dips and accumulate? Over the longer run there is nothing but cash flow from this company. 10+% annual distributions? There is little 'clear danger' with this stock. It looks to be both a trading stock and an accumulation stock. Don't underestimate the need for this company's product. Most of the rest of the future oil is coming from off-land sources. Just how is this company NOT positioned to take full advantage of this fact?
---it is 2 hours from Antwerp to Amsterdam, no in in a BEV
No. The Tesla can easily do that. Tesla has over 30 superchargers in Europe now and is outselling FCV's by ~2 orders of magnitude there. It is much more energy efficient to use electrons from the grid, 'green' or otherwise, to power an EV, rather than electrons from hydrogen produced by electrons from the grid to power an FCV. The race is still very much on for the EV...
Not sure how I think about that. It's one thing to think that a home might be able to generate and store a days worth of power to run itself. But with the advent of EV's I don't see how a home could generate the additional power necessary to fuel the cars, too. And what if you live in a poorer sun location or have multiple cloudy days? I think the demand for electrons will be increasing keeping the requirement for massive power generation facilities a real need. I also don't see the massive requirements for electron storage happening anytime soon.
I guess it might depend on what the 'long run' means...
I am a firm believer that stocks should be purchased only when special situations exist that temporarily offer a buying opportunity that would not otherwise exist. In the case of PSEC there have been a few opportunities over the last year that have presented themselves. Today's drop is the latest one. Whether or not dividends will change is unknown. Whether or not the portfolio health will be better or worse in the future is unknown. How interest rates might affect the payouts or NAV is unknown. We can make guesses...which is wise to do, but the fact remains that if you are in an accumulation mode of this stock as I am, this is one of those rare opportunities to get it cheaper than the day before. So I bought another round this morning...
This stock is becoming one of my bedrock stocks for retirement income. Re-investing is close to perpetuating a 1000 share purchase every 6 months. After a few more years of re-investing and new additions, this should make for a nice retirement supplement.
Take advantage of special situations as you are able.
This cash machine just keeps rolling along...rolling over the analysts and naysayers who say the end is near for this company.
$20 may have been breached, but it will take a re-test or two of 20 for me to be sure. Based on expected good shipments this year and next, I would think we might see more upside for awhile...
Tesla will be offering a new battery pack for the Tesla Roadster that will increase the range from the current ~245 miles per charge to a much increased ~400 miles per charge. The new chemistry is significantly more heat resistant as well. No mention of any specifics...such as cost or warranties.
This is the most recent lithium battery chemistry upgrade available for the masses and there are several more generations to come that are on the lab benches in testing. Some of the most tantalizing could result in 4 times the current capacity (a 1600 mile range?). There have been 28 new supercharging stations added recently that bring the count to about 130 across the US and anyone who buys a Tesla currently (no pun intended) gets free 'fuel' for the car.
The bar has been raised again.
Then you would continue your record of being 100% wrong again. Not something to be particularly proud about, red.
The CEO has long said that 2014 through 2016 looks to be very good for dry bulk shipping. Let's hope he is right with that thought...
While it it still a dream to think that most of our power needs can come from solar PV, the idea of using solar carports and requiring (via building codes) big box stores/warehouses to add some percentage of roof SF'age to be supplied with PV can certainly go a very long way to meeting the local car charging and electrical needs with PV.
PV is slow to add the gigawatts necessary to meet demand, but it will be one of the best ways to do so as time goes by. Low profile, quiet, long-lasting, reasonably environmentally friendly, recyclable and inexpensive over the long run. The solar carport idea works very well with the commuter EV approach.