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December 24, 2014

My Christmas Present To Readers: A Quick Look At Your Favorite Stocks

by Tom Konrad, CFA

Several readers have been leaving comments on my articles about the stocks they think I should include in my upcoming "Ten Clean Energy Stocks for 2015" list.  So far, I have not found one that gets me interested, but I have gotten useful ideas from readers in the past.  So now's your chance:

Leave a comment here about your favorite clean energy stock, and why you think it's a great pick for 2015.  I'll publish a compendium of your suggestions, along with my reactions to them in January.  But I'll try to look at them all before I finalize the 2015 list on December 31st, just so you have a chance of what you really want: me writing about your favorite stock every month for the next year.

Happy Holidays!


PS: Please limit your requests to one US-listed stock each. I'm not Santa Claus, and can only climb down so many chimneys in a night.

April 12, 2014

Canadian Tax Withholding In IRAs (Poll)

The Canada-US Income Tax Convention provides for the withholding of a 15% or 25% income tax on dividends and interest on dividends payed on Canadian Securities to US residents.  (This includes many of my favorite green income stocks.)  Most people can qualify for the reduced rate by filling out the NR301 Canadian tax form.  Others, such as charitable organizations and retirement accounts qualify for an exemption.

Many custodians don’t get this right, and recovering improperly withheld payments is considerable work, when it’s possible at all.  Canada requires one form NR7-R form per security and per dividend payment, plus supporting documentation.

The long and the short of it is, if you’re going to invest in income producing Canadian securities through your IRA, it’s very important to pick the right custodian.

I plan to write a much more in-depth article on this next month, but since I only have direct experience with this at two custodians (E*Trade (NASD:ETFC) and Charles Schwab (NYSE:SCHW)), I’d like to get readers’ experiences with other custodians so I can give a comprehensive guide as to which custodians handle this most effectively.

If you own dividend paying Canadian stocks in a US retirement account, please take my survey, or leave a comment.

I don’t want to prejudice the survey by relating my experiences yet, but here are some stocks for which I know that some custodians withhold tax:


Survey Link

This article was first published on the author's Forbes.com blog, Green Stocks on April 1st

September 17, 2009

Getting to Know AltEnergyStocks.com Readers

In order to improve AltEnergyStocks.com, we're trying to get to know our readers better. We've put together a short survey, and in order to make it worth your time to tell us about yourself and how we can improve the site, we're offering an incentive.  One respondent will win a copy of Investment Opportunities for a Low Carbon World, of which Charles has reviewed the Wind and Solar and Efficiency and Geothermal chapters so far.

Please take a few minutes to complete our short reader survey.


The AltEnergyStocks.com Team

Note: This contest will end when we reach our 100-response monthly quota on PollDaddy, which we expect to happen sometime on 9/20/09.  If you didn't get a chance to respond, we encourage you to leave your ideas for site improvement in the comments section, or you can return when our monthly quota is reset on 9/26/09.  Thanks to all of you who have responded; the winner will be announced soon.

August 07, 2008

And the Winners Are...

The results of last week's poll:

Answer Text Votes %
Lithium Technology Corp (LTHU) - Batteries 64 14%
Evergreen Solar (ESLR) - Solar PV 62 13%
US Geothermal (HTM) - Geothermal 61 13%
Ocean Power Tech (OPTT) - Wave Power 49 11%
Electro Energy (EEEID) - Batteries 49 11%
China Wind Systems (CWSI.OB) - Wind Turbine Parts 47 10%
AAER Inc. (AAERF) - Wind 30 6%
Carmanah Technologies (CMHXF) - Off Grid Solar/LED 30 6%
SolarFun Power Holdings (SOLF) - Solar PV 29 6%
Satcon Technologies (SATC) - Power Conversion 25 5%
OM Group (OMG) - Hydrogen Catalysts 19 4%

Stay tuned for articles on Lithium Technology Corp, Evergreen Solar, and US Geothermal.  I have not previously researched any of these in depth, so I'm as curious as the rest of you.

July 30, 2008

Vote on What I Should Research Next

I'll pick 2-3 from this list, based on reader response to this poll, for future articles. You can vote for more than one company. - tom

July 24, 2008

Readers' Choice

I get a large number of emails asking "What do you think of Company X?"  Unlike Jim Cramer, I don't have a lot to say about companies I have not been following, so all I usually do is point the reader to the most recent related article (something they could have found with the search feature in the right nav bar), if I have written one.   However, this spring I decided to research a couple companies solely based on reader's requests, and the articles have proven very popular, especially the one on Petrosun's Algae Farms.

The recent surge of email I've gotten has convinced me that it's time to do it again.  As I did last time, I'll collect suggestions in the comments on this entry, and when I have five or more, I'll put together a poll to see which companies most readers are interested in.  Note that even if you've sent me an email request in the past, I want to favor the suggestions of regular readers, so please take the time to leave a comment.  If you like, you can also make the case as to why this particular company is interesting... I'll make reference to any such comments when I do the poll.

I know it's a lot more complicated than shooting me off an email, but this way, you might actually get a useful answer.

Tom Konrad

February 28, 2008

Pick the Next Stocks I Research

I plan to write about a couple of the companies that readers asked about two weeks ago.  I'd like to research the ones of interest to as many readers as possible.  Let me know!

UPDATE: I'll publish articles on CPTC.OB and PSUD.PK soon. If the stock you want to know about is not in the poll, please leave a comment here, and I'll do another round at a future date. --Tom

February 14, 2008

Readers' Choice

I often get questions from readers asking me what I think about this alternative energy company or that one.  Much of the time, I simply have to say "I haven't researched it."  What can I say, I'm not Jim Cramer.  Even when I do have an opinion, and the question is left in the comments (my rule is, if you want free advice, you have to be willing to share,) it's probably not researched in the depth that the person was hoping for.

For all of you wondering about my take on a specific stock, please let me know by leaving a comment on this article.  I'll write articles with the same depth of research I'm doing in the current 10 Solid Clean Energy Companies to Buy on the Cheap series on at least some of them.  The Ten Solid Companies series will resume this Sunday with a company focused on efficient transportation.  

When that series is over, we'll have a look at some of our Readers' requests.

DISCLAIMER: The information and trades provided here and in the comments are for informational purposes only and are not a solicitation to buy or sell any of these securities. Investing involves substantial risk and you should evaluate your own risk levels before you make any investment. Past results are not an indication of future performance. Please take the time to read the full disclaimer here.

January 01, 2008

How much would you pay to fill up?

I'm collecting some info to test an idea I have about human behavior... this is fodder for a future article. Thanks. Happy New Year!

August 16, 2007

Poll Question: Alternative Energy: Safe Haven or Time Bomb?

This poll opened Aug 16, 2007 and closed Aug 18, 2007

Since it peaked at 569.12 on July 13, the Nasdaq Clean Edge US Total Return index (^CLNX) has fallen 17.5% to 470, compared with a 12.0% drop for the S&P 500.  Part of this decline is that alternative energy companies tend to be smaller and more speculative than members of the S&P, but despite the greater riskiness (at least when defined as market sensitivity, or Beta), at least one of our readers thinks "our chance to avoid the bear market and worse" lies in the alt energy space.  What do you think?

How is Alternative Energy likely to fare if the downturn continues?
Alt Energy will rise as the market stumbles.  24% (9 votes)
Alternative Energy will fare much worse than the market as a whole.  24% (9 votes)
It depends on the Alternative Energy sector.  18% (7 votes)
Alternative Energy will be hurt, but not as much as the general market.  16% (6 votes)
People who try to predict market or sector moves are fooling themselves.  13% (5 votes)
Alternative Energy will move in line with the general market.  5% (2 votes)
Total voters for this poll: 38

August 02, 2007

Poll Question: Which alternative energy sector is currently the most undervalued?

Results of 62 Votes Aug 2&3, 2007

May 02, 2007

Poll Question: When can we expect federal climate change legislation in the US?

This poll opened on May 2, 2007 and closed on May 4, 2007

March 29, 2007

Poll Question: How do you promote alternative energy?

This poll opened on March 29, 2007 and closed on March 30, 2007.

How do you promote alternative energy? Check all that apply.

Total voters for this poll: 46

invest in alternative energy stocks 18% (38 votes)

support regulation of carbon emissions 13% (26 votes)

support renewable energy standards 13% (27 votes)

live an energy efficient lifestyle 15% (30 votes)

vote for candidates who support alternative energy 13% (27 votes)

buy green power 8% (16 votes)

use alternative fuel 5% (11 votes)

seek out products made with alternative energy 12% (24 votes)

I'm an activist 3% (7 votes)

March 13, 2007

Poll Question: What is the most important risk associated with investing in pure-play environmental stocks?

This poll opened on March 14, 2007 and closed on March 15, 2007.

Total voters for this poll: 62

oil prices 21% (13 votes)

political volatility 7% (4 votes)

investing in the wrong sector 10% (6 votes)

picking the wrong company in that sector 39% (24 votes)

diversified players like GE prevailing and the pure-plays being swallowed up 18% (11 votes)

other 5% (3 votes)

February 15, 2007

Poll Question: What percent of your investment portfolio does clean tech comprise?

This poll opened on February 16, 2007 and closed on February 17, 2007.

Total voters for this poll: 60

0% 18% (11 votes)
1-10% 20% (12 votes)
11-20% 13% (8 votes)
21-30% 7% (4 votes)
31-40% 2% (1 votes)
41-50% 17% (10 votes)
51-60% 2% (1 votes)
61-70% 2% (1 votes)
71-80% 5% (3 votes)
81-90% 3% (2 votes)
91-100% 12% (7 votes)

February 07, 2007

Poll Question: What is your primary motive for investing in clean tech?

This poll opened on February 7th, 2007 and closed on February 8th, 2007.

Total voters for this poll: 71

social and environmental responsibility 39% (28 votes)
short term return on investment (momentum) 15% (11 votes)
long term return on investment (secular) 41% (29 votes)
I'm not sure why I'm invested in clean tech! 4% (3 votes)

January 31, 2007

Poll Question - What alternative energy sector do you think shows the most investment promise?

This poll opened on January 31st, 2007 and closed on February 1st, 2007.

Total voters for this poll: 158

Solar 27% (43 votes)
Ethanol 21% (33 votes)
Fuel Cells/Hydrogen 17% (27 votes)
Wind 11% (18 votes)
Coal-to-Liquids 8% (13 votes)
Geothermal 4% (6 votes)
Other 11% (17 votes)

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