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oildean 10 posts  |  Last Activity: Mar 31, 2014 12:51 PM Member since: Mar 6, 2012
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    The Long View

    by carol88888 Mar 30, 2014 2:57 PM
    oildean oildean Mar 31, 2014 12:51 PM Flag

    As Guru indicated those were the years my friend. I don't believe they'll repeat again (at least not in my lifetime). I started investing (SPDIF & Shell Provident Fund) in '78 and continued to contribute until '92 at which time I had amassed 2 times my annual salary by splitting (& holding) my (and the companies) contributions between Shell/RDSa and the US Equity fund. In '92 I stopped my personal contributions (relying on the companies 10% contribution) and got out of the buy and hold mentality and started buying pull-backs and selling what I thought were peaks. I took a company package and retired in '05 at 53 and now have over 25 times my retiring salary in the Provident fund. I can only guess where I'd be if I had continued to contribute and held off retiring until the Shell norm of 58-60. With a few more 10% years, the little lady and I should be able to maintain our current lifestyle (which is annually spending more than my retirement salary). Bottom line, there's more than one way to skin a cat. We're very thankful and realize how very fortunate we've been. GLTA and keep up the great posts. And for you younger investors - Figure out what method you're comfortable with, contribute as much as you can, as soon as you can, as long as you can.

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    Today might be the day

    by oldest2none Mar 25, 2014 10:29 AM
    oildean oildean Mar 28, 2014 11:55 AM Flag

    Joining those on the sidelines today. Grateful for current run-up (+ yesterday's dividend payment) and will wait for reversal to jump back in. They say "Out in May and STAY AWAY" but that wasn't last year's case and hopefully won't be this year either. GL

  • Reply to

    Today might be the day

    by oldest2none Mar 25, 2014 10:29 AM
    oildean oildean Mar 26, 2014 1:02 PM Flag

    Been in for awhile and needed this little run-up to make up for last Wed/Thur pullback. Looking forward to tomorrow's Dividend Payment. GLTA

  • oildean by oildean Mar 5, 2014 10:50 PM Flag

    I sold yesterday (Tues) at the close of market and recovered all (plus a little) that was lost in Monday's pull-back. I was curious if any believe there's good reason to be in RD on the day (Thurs, 3/13) the new CEO Ben van Beurden is scheduled to give his asset sale (liquidation) strategy presentation.

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    I'm out. that $73 target look good

    by rmarfl Feb 13, 2014 10:15 AM
    oildean oildean Feb 13, 2014 5:39 PM Flag

    I joined you and jumped out at the close today Ray. Very happy with our better than 5% gain on this run-up. As you say probably got out early, but heading south tomorrow morning to visit some of my snow-bird friends at the London Bridge (Lake Havasu) and won't be monitoring the market for 10 or so days. GLTA (especially those still in).

  • Reply to

    Nice jump this morning

    by oldest2none Feb 12, 2014 9:50 AM
    oildean oildean Feb 12, 2014 12:21 PM Flag

    Very GOOD week (just about paid for this year's 401k systematic withdrawals). Took Shasta's (Russian roulette) advice and didn't buy Monday of last week, but have been in since close last Wednesday and will continue to hold until trend shows some sign of reversal. Maybe Ray's 71.50 target???

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    Dividend run, get a head count?

    by cyclehitmen Feb 6, 2014 9:41 AM
    oildean oildean Feb 7, 2014 1:34 PM Flag

    I put 5 toes in at close of market on Wed. So far so good. Not saying your low volume comment is wrong, but it could also be viewed as a lot of folks not selling. Personally, I think it's both. It's truly a gamble these days. I may take the little bump and run...... Or stay a little longer for the dividend. Hanging close to the trigger...

  • Anybody thinking about a short ride on a sick (or dying) cat bounce Monday? Or too risky? The current consensus of the board is as negative as I can remember.

  • Reply to

    Earnings

    by retiredguru3 Jan 29, 2014 1:14 PM
    oildean oildean Jan 29, 2014 1:47 PM Flag

    I'm thinking (like you Guru) that no matter what's in the announcement tomorrow the price should not go up. If the earnings are better than what was in the new CEO's pre announcement warning the price should be penalized for misleading shareholders. If the announcement is as bad as previously stated the price shouldn't profit (maybe flat line), and if the announcement is worse than stated in the warning the stock price should be hit. I'm staying in the hurry up and wait mode (100% Thrift in 401k). JMHO & GLTA. But, then again, logic doesn't always prevail, does it?

  • Massive profit warning on Thursday and a little drop. Today there's a nice bump (so far). I'm thinking, with the profit warning, there should've been a 10% (or so) drop?? My questions for the board are: Will RD beat expectations If at the earning announcement they declare earnings greater than the recently projected profit warning of $2.9 billion? And, was RD so depressed prior to the massive profit warning that they lose very little ground with such a warning?

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