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  • Deflating The Bullish Case For Stocks [View article]
    Excellent article.

    You are one of the best prepared SA authors.
    Nov 20, 2011. 07:59 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Jackass Investing: Interview With Michael Dever [View article]
    SA should charge a fee for providing an avenue to shill a book.
    Nov 20, 2011. 09:50 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Electric Vehicles: Ineptitude, Apathy And Piles Of Taxpayer Money [View article]
    Like your style, John.

    Keep up the good work - and your timely articles.
    Nov 19, 2011. 09:26 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • An ETF For India's Extensive Infrastructure Plans [View article]
    A 12th Five Year Plan tells the investing one thing:

    India is a socialist mess.
    Nov 14, 2011. 08:47 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Dividend Reinvestment: The Coca-Cola Millionaires [View article]
    Agree with the premise of calculated, long term investing.

    Unfortunately, there is no guarantee. For every Coke there are a hundred dogs. Still, we press on!
    Nov 14, 2011. 08:45 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • How Much Is 'Security' Worth To You?: Annuities Vs. Dividend Portfolio, Part 2 [View article]
    Therein lies the annuity room to maneuver as the monetary climate changes.
    Nov 14, 2011. 08:42 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • How Much Is 'Security' Worth To You?: Annuities Vs. Dividend Portfolio, Part 2 [View article]
    I suspect buying an annuity in this ultra low yield climate is great for insurance companies, a lousy deal for investors when the manure hits the inflation fan.
    Nov 13, 2011. 08:05 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Positioning Your Equity Portfolio For High Yield With Moderate Risk [View article]
    Lots of words to arrive at the same vanilla dividend stocks everybody else touts.

    Enjoyed the article, nevertheless.
    Nov 13, 2011. 08:02 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Massive Sell-Off In Tanzanian Royalty Exploration Creates Welcome Buying Opportunity [View article]
    I expect to see a follow up on April First.
    Nov 13, 2011. 07:57 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Responding to the Obama administration's decision to delay action on approving TransCanda's (TRP) Keystone oil pipeline until after the 2012 election, Canadian PM Harper reiterates the need for his country to focus on getting product to Asia. "That will be an important priority of our government going forward and I indicated that yesterday to the president of China." (the saga)  [View news story]
    The most incompetent American leader since Jefferson Davis.
    Nov 13, 2011. 07:56 PM | 8 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Reduce Risk With A 9-ETF Retirement Portfolio [View article]
    The Cuggino Permanent Portfolio fund, which can be easily be replicated with ETFs, presents both increased safety and enhanced preservation of capital as demonstrated over many years.

    While your ETFs do broaden exposure to a few asset classes, it does not appear to protect retail investors as does the Cuggino model.
    Nov 13, 2011. 07:54 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • iShares MSCI Turkey ETF Looks Delicious [View article]
    Economically, Turkey has seen a nice run. It will end sooner rather than later.

    Politically, strategically and with a quasi-fundamental Islamist government on the march towards the Middle East model, not the progressive west, I think investing there is problematic, at best.
    Nov 12, 2011. 08:05 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • 8 Income Investing Tasks To Complete Before Your Financial Smarts Erode [View article]
    Speak for yourself!
    Nov 12, 2011. 07:59 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Why It's Time To Invest In Cuba [View article]
    No. You are dead wrong.

    Until the rule of law, property rights, settlement of outstanding claims from exiles, etc. are addressed, it is Cuba, No...not Cuba, Si.

    Where on earth did you get the idea that because of a pronouncement or two from the Castro brothers that Cuba was now on the radar screen?

    I will grant you that many ex-US companies are working within Cuba in areas such as deep water drilling off the coast, but the participation is but a small fraction of their business portfolio.

    My son, who is a member of the US Interest Section in Havana, would concur.
    Nov 11, 2011. 09:16 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Secrets Of An IPO Trader [View article]
    I'll share my secret on trading IPO's.

    Nov 10, 2011. 09:49 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment