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  • Miracle Monday – Putin Wins With 99.7% Of The Vote [View instapost]
    Phil do me a favor. Can you let us know before clicking to your site to 'continue reading' whether or not this is a 'free post' or if I just waste my time doing so. I enjoy your humorous commentary but I don't care for options, and don't have the money at this point in my life to pay hundreds of dollars for that advice. Just frustrating ya know? Go back to allowing us to read your whole article and enticing people to pay for your 'premium' content. Your not turning into one of the rich, money-grubbin, pi$$ on the poor top 1% are you?
    Mar 5, 2012. 11:44 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Miracle Monday – Putin Wins With 99.7% Of The Vote [View instapost]
    Phil do me a favor. Can you let us know before clicking to your site to 'continue reading' whether or not this is a 'free post' or if I just waste my time doing so. I enjoy your humorous commentary but I don't care for options, and don't have the money at this point in my life to pay hundreds of dollars for that advice. Just frustrating ya know? Go back to allowing us to read your whole article and enticing people to pay for your 'premium' content. Your not turning into one of the rich, money-grubbin, piss on the poor top 1% are you?
    Mar 5, 2012. 11:44 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Don't Short Imaginary-Trillion-Dollar Zynga [View article]
    Think of the repercussions. Tons of kids under 18 currently use facebook, how would facebook regulate efficiently the use of gambling on its platform? Do they alienate a huge portion of their user base and encourage groups who are against gambling to boycott their product? Can you imagine the media firestorm that would ascend on facebook if they chose to openly become a vice peddling operation? Whats next Zynga entering the porn industry? Allowing us to watch porn on facebook since that is insanely popular and profitable as well? Mark Zuckerberg is a smart man, he is not nearly as short sighted as you would believe if you think he would chase a quick dollar by allowing Zynga in anyway to turn facebook into something it is not. He has been fantastically successful and was very reluctant to even allow any type of ads on facebook. To truly believe that facebook will evolve to foster gambling is either insanely stupid or naive. Mark Zuckerberg did not create the most successful empire in America by copying ideas that already exist, such as online gambling. There are tons of sites that have existed for years and have been very successful. Not to mention MGM and other Vegas cartels lobbying and jockeying to get a piece of the potential US online gambling pie. So believing Zynga, who looks very much like a 'fad' stock because of angry birds, who is completely reliant upon facebook for revenues(regardless of what bulls may say IMO) and can be replaced without issue, will become a online gambling behemoth, is asinine. They will be lucky to not be delisted within 2 years. Lets be honest here, the owners and top dogs at the firm are now rich as hell, they won't be as hungry as in the past to keep up with technology, and will become like pogs, or thousands of dot.coms that went to frothy markets to take cash from over-zealous bag holders such as yourself.
    Feb 28, 2012. 09:29 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Don't Short Imaginary-Trillion-Dollar Zynga [View article]
    Is that really the best analogy you could come up with? Laughable.
    Feb 28, 2012. 07:07 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Don't Short Imaginary-Trillion-Dollar Zynga [View article]
    Facebook would be absolutely foolish to allow gambling through their website. Would ruin their company forever and turn them into just another cracker jack gambling parlour.
    Feb 28, 2012. 02:03 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Dangdang: Like Rolling Back Time To Buy Amazon At $6 [View article]
    Kevin,

    The sad truth about investing in Chinese companies is that the management of these companies are so out of touch with how to treat their shareholders it is pointless to own any of their equity. Until Chinese Co's learn to communicate openly with shareholders, reward shareholders with dividends, share buybacks, and other friendly moves, then the ADR shares are completely worthless IMO.

    Also the accounting discrepancies are enormous for chinese companies compared to American standards. Countless chinese companies have been 'growing at a tremendous pace', and touts like you proclaim 'the next amazon', 'facebook', 'Priceline', etc, but the TRUTH is that American investors have learned that the books over in China cannot be trusted, especially when even the ' Big 3' auditors have been proven to have missed blatant fraud and cooked books.

    Why risk your money on an investment who's:

    1. Accounting and Books cannot be trusted, as shown time and time again with Chinese companies blatant fraud, self-serving actions, shady government backdoor deals, and phony land purchases.

    2. Management that still has no idea how to reward shareholders and treat it's shareholders fairly

    3. Very likely will be delisted, or end up a penny stock once the pie-in-the-sky growth never materializes, and investors realized these Chinese Internet IPO's purpose is to move American dollars from America to China, in exchange for a promise of fantastical future growth (historically these growth rates materialize < 1% of the time).

    It is all too easy to fall for a great story and let yourself dream of catching the next amazon, problem is, most of the time, you are just buying the 'story'.

    Remember, if it sounds too good to be true, it usually is.

    Chances of DANG reaching $10 dollars again is negligible, the gig is up, the Chinese have taken what money they could from ignorant US investors when the timing was ripe, and now everyone is skeptical. Look on to the next big thing, and don't lose money with this 'story'.
    Jan 17, 2012. 07:25 PM | 11 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Are Master Limited Partnerships Viable Tax Shelters? [View article]
    Well then now, I am compelled to ask, how do you feel about MLP's in a Roth Ira account? Seems to me this would (mostly)eliminate the tax headaches right?
    Jan 16, 2012. 11:37 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Harbin Electric Buyout Approved: Implications For U.S. Listed Chinese Stocks [View article]
    Any ideas on ABAT? They look like they may fit the baby with bathwater scenario.
    Oct 31, 2011. 02:29 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Citron Research Going 'All In' on Short of Harbin Electric (HRBN) [View instapost]
    Just going by what IR has told me, and my experience from the CSR going private deal.

    I have no reason to doubt what Mrs. Christy Shue of Harbin has told me so far, as she has been very open, honest and helpful.
    Oct 24, 2011. 02:54 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Citron Research Going 'All In' on Short of Harbin Electric (HRBN) [View instapost]
    Deal Will close 3 days after the vote is approved. This was the hardest fought short battle I have ever seen, with Andrew Left and others refusing to back down, and HRBN's management defending themselves and shareholders vigorously.

    Just goes to prove that being unable to admit you might be wrong, no matter how strong your supporting thesis, is akin to hubris, and will get you money burned up.
    Oct 24, 2011. 02:05 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Dividend Watchdog: How Safe Are These 4 REIT Yields? [View article]
    Is this Author even a real person or a slave paid to write for a business/entity looking to gain traction? He pumps out articles constantly that are overly simplified and obvious, with little critical thinking. I'm surprised SA allows such drivel to grace their site, its pathetic compared to the quality of articles they have denied me before. I gave up contributing because the editors are WAY too picky when I present a well founded idea or thesis, and they think it is too verbose. I guess the alternative are these paid daily shills who just flood the site with crap.

    This Author obviously does not follow or bother to research his companies, as others stated, NCT did not even raise their dividend to $0.15 per quarter until about a month ago. SHAME ON YOU SEEKING ALPHA. Quality authors like me have to fight to get 'published' by your editors, yet you post these simpleton articles from paid-by-the hour demand media types.
    Oct 12, 2011. 03:22 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Investment Guidance For Those In Their 20s And Younger [View article]
    I believe it is much better to store away cash and wait for times of panic/ extreme selling and then put that cash to work in a few select stocks on your buy list that you have researched fundamentally. Either decide your willing to hold those stocks you have faith in long-term (3-5yrs+) and set your profit targets to lighten up the load (sell half to raise cash and wait for the next panic). We often forget that humans are supremely emotional and follow eachother like blind sheep. If you just catch 5-10 of these panic events (this tuesday/ 2008) and plunge your savings into solid investments your willing to hold, you will most likely outperform 90% of the people who subscribe to the graham, buffett, whoever playbook.

    Also one thing I have learned from investing is that the more people who follow an idea/theory, the less likely that that idea will work in the future. So for everyone who blindly subscribes to a very popular investing theory (intelligent investor, buffet, etc.) inherently your risk to reward is not going to be as good as when the buffetts' of the world made their riches, and their ideas at that time were not widely followed and commented on CNBC daily.
    Oct 6, 2011. 07:14 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Investment Guidance For Those In Their 20s And Younger [View article]
    Another problem that many in their 20s have is that they do not have a decent job, a job at all, or any extra income after bills to invest in their own future. Our generation, and the upcoming college graduates are royally screwed for the foreseeable future with their real unemployment rate supposedly around 40%. They are moving back in with parents and working at starbucks. I guess hit up that 401k match and hope for the best for those poor peasants.
    Oct 6, 2011. 07:07 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Market Is No More 'Rigged' Today Than It Was A Decade Ago [View article]
    I am not sure the exact size, but I get your point that they might not be substantial. But keep in mind that the markets are thinly traded now days, with 75% HFT programs, algos, and trade-bots. Most of these are programmed to 'turn-off' or shut down, and dry up liquidity if certain market conditions are met. Remember the flash crash? The proponents of these programs say they 'provide liquidity'. That is until they don't. Even a relatively small component that is really levered could in theory force the market into a crash if the conditions are met, programs shut down, liquidity drys up, and then panic builds on itself.

    I believe that these highly levered tools add to the long-term volatility and over-exaggerate normal market swings due to their inherent structure (there have been many articles written about how these derivatives can wreck havoc on our markets). And due to these facts, I think that these tools are so far removed from the point of having a stock market (provide company's with capital in exchange for an equity stake) that they should not be allowed. Simple shorting and options should be available but there should also be more stringent rules about proving one's knowledge, net worth, investment goals etc to ensure they are being used appropriately.

    Do remember that even Cramer admitted that hedge funds often use options and derivatives to instill fear and panic among the investing public, and essentially pulling dollars from IRA accounts into their billion dollar bonuses (and we wonder why there is an occupy wall street movement).

    Times do change, and I am relatively young(27), but I honestly think the market should stay true to its original intent.
    Oct 6, 2011. 05:32 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Market Is No More 'Rigged' Today Than It Was A Decade Ago [View article]
    I think the SEC has a lot of blame to shoulder. The introduction of 3X leveraged funds long gold/ short S&P, FAZ, FAS, etc are financial instruments of destruction. The intrinsic qualities of these 'notes' make them always trend to 0 over a long horizon. These should be outlawed and banned, since they are not truly investments, but a gamblers wet dream and belong in Vegas, not Middle America.

    I know, Caveat Emptor seems to direct that people study what they are truly buying, but alas, I fear the American people are too foolish and need to be protected and force to 'invest' rather than gamble.
    Oct 6, 2011. 12:37 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
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