Daily Archives: March 3, 2015

Chinese New Year 2015 (Year of the Goat): Photo Montage Of 129 Photos To Music.

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by Anura Guruge


Related posts:
>> 2015 Boston Chinatown
— 7 pictures.
>> 2015 Boston Chinatown
— 3 videos.

>> UNH 2015 Miaohui:
last of 5 posts …

>> UNH 2014 Chinese New Year GALA.

>> Chinese New Year 2015: Feb. 19.
>> 2015 Chinese New Year — latest in a long time.

++++ Search ‘Chinese New Year‘ for LOADS of posts from years past >>>>


The last of the 2015 ‘Year of the Goat
Chinese New Year posts.

Happy New Year.

Next is Sinhalese New Year on April 14, 2015.

This year, for the first time, we were in Boston for both January 1
(at mid-night)

and Chinese New Year. That was neat.

Enjoy.

Happy New Year until the next one.

You MIGHT want to watch this.
It is rather good, if I dare say so myself.

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Click to access YouTube video of the photo montage.


Chinese New Year 2015 (Year of the Goat): Boston Chinatown Celebrations, March 1 — 7 Pictures

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by Anura Guruge


Related posts:
>> 2015 Boston Chinatown
— 3 videos.

>> UNH 2015 Miaohui:
last of 5 posts …

>> UNH 2014 Chinese New Year GALA.

>> Chinese New Year 2015: Feb. 19.
>> 2015 Chinese New Year — latest in a long time.

++++ Search ‘Chinese New Year‘ for LOADS of posts from years past >>>>


As was always the plan we went to Boston Chinatown on Sunday, March 1, 2015 (the 2nd Sunday of the ‘2 week’ holiday period) to celebrate the 2015 ‘Year of the Goat‘ Chinese New Year. And are we glad we went — though in reality we invariably go to Chinatown for the New Year unless, as was in 2013, we are foiled by a MAJOR blizzard.

It was a blast. Best that I can remember. Never seen so many Dragon Parades. It was packed. Sometimes 3 parades on one street. It was a riot. Lot of fun. Great atmosphere. Wasn’t too cold. Lots of people. I think they were glad to be out having some fun — surrounded by HUGE piles of dirty snow and scarily long icicles hanging from some buildings. Amazing. Check out these 3 videos I shot.

We got there just before 11. Managed to park, on a street (for FREE), by Tufts. Parking was hard because of all the snow. Had Dim Sum, as ever, at the “China Pearl“. That is a given. That is a tradition. This year at least 3 dragon parades came into the China Pearl and danced among the diners. One flirted with Devanee. [Later on, on the street, Deanna got nuzzled by one. They must like blondes.] The 4th picture is of one dragon going past Teischan.

I took 150 pictures. I will make them into a photo montage soon. Till then check these out.

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NOIEX, ‘Northern Income Equity Fund’: A Bit Light On The Income Front In 2015.

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by Anura Guruge


Related posts:
1/
Puny Jan. 2015 distribution.

2/
NOIEX: flat after Dec. distribution.

3/
NOIEX: post huge distribution.
4/ NOIEX: Huge 2014 distribution.

a/ Sticking with BJBHX till 2015.

++++ Search ‘BJBHX’, ‘IPO’, ‘stock’ etc. for other related posts >>>>


Following January’s miniscule 0.005 dividend NOIEX in February 2015 distributed a 0.019 dividend. It took me by surprise because I was expecting something close to the 0.03 mark. So on Monday morning when I had a few minutes I went and had a look — on Yahoo Finance. I am glad I did. Appears that after a BIG December dividend, the 2014’s massive $3.987 the largest ever (by a long chalk), NOIEX is rather frugal in January and February; in some years not doing a dividend at all.

Given that I had the numbers on a spreadsheet I decided to plot it to give us all a better visual representation. But, I ran into a problem. The December 2014 distribution was SO LARGE that it ‘went off the scale’ — when it was included the other months basically ‘flatlined’. So what I did was take out ALL of the December distributions to give some height to the histogram bars. So here is what it looks like. Interesting. I am glad I plotted it.

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Click to ENLARGE. Data from Yahoo Finance (link above).

We kind of got used to the greater than 0.03 distributions since June of last year — and July 2014 was another BIGGIE (at 0.241).

March 2014 was 0.021. The prior year was 0.015. So I am not keeping any fingers crossed for March 2015.

That said NOIEX has done quite well since the December 18, 2014 distribution. Ex-div the NAV was $12.57. It closed at $13.09 on March 2, 2015. That is a 4.14% rise since the distribution. 4.14% in 74 days (2 months 1 week). I can take that. According to MarketWatch NOIEX has done 4.5% YTD compared to 3.20% by the S&P 500. I can take that too. But it is down on the S&P for the last year, 3 years and 5 years. Again I can buy that because of the income emphasis.

This is what I find sobering. I have had NOIEX paired with YACKX (Yacktman) for years — YACKX pure growth with NOIEX adding the income component. YTD YACKX is down 0.40% — though for the last week they both had an identical 0.68% rise. I have owned YACKX for a longtime. I like it. It is a funny old boutique fund. But, I am going to cash out some of my shares one of these days and go into some individual stocks.