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  • Stock Market-Related Political Riddle Content 33 comments
    Feb 26, 2012 12:27 PM
    This should (could?) be fun. It was inspired by a comment I received from a reader on probably one of my most highly-recommended articles to date, Why Apple Should Not Pay A Dividend (Or Do Anything Else Incredibly Stupid).

    I'm really not sure how the article or anything I said in the comments tipped my political hand, but I could have missed something. That said, regular readers probably have a pretty good idea where I stand politically. In any event, I am not really hard-core political. Even though I was not born until after he was killed, my political hopes, for all intents and purposes, died when RFK did. I just prefer to try to be nice to everybody and consider a whole host of perspectives.

    In any event, I am not sure I will vote in November. I refuse to vote for somebody I cannot believe in with at least 3/4 of my heart and mind. That said, I would vote for two people if I could.

    Review my comment, reprinted above, and see if you can guess the two folks I would vote for for President of the United States. Both people have somewhat well-publicized or well-known connections to the stock market and/or investing.

    The first reader with the correct answer wins a subscription to my option investing newsletter as well as a copy of my basic option strategy eBook.

    Of course, you can subscribe to the newsletter now without teasing your brain and receive a free copy of the book in the process at this link.

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  • Ron Paul, and Ralph Nader
    26 Feb 2012, 12:39 PM Reply Like
  • Author’s reply » Alright. I found you out (He or she also replied on Twitter).


    I might not be around much today, but I will chime in later to sort things out.
    26 Feb 2012, 12:46 PM Reply Like
  • Ohh did I guess right?
    26 Feb 2012, 02:18 PM Reply Like
  • I would second the guess of Ron Paul and Ralph Nader, even if it guarantee's that I won't win since it was already guessed.
    27 Feb 2012, 09:58 AM Reply Like
  • Author’s reply » You can win. But that guess is incorrect. You need to guess both names, obviously. You did not do that.
    27 Feb 2012, 10:10 AM Reply Like
  • Shucks!
    27 Feb 2012, 10:53 AM Reply Like
  • Author’s reply » No worries.


    When we did guess the NFLX close after earnings, we had over 100 guesses. Not sure what gives here. Oh well.
    27 Feb 2012, 10:55 AM Reply Like
  • I figured it could keep guessing until I got it right so I could win the subscription to the newsletter. I already bought the e-book so I would really need that.
    27 Feb 2012, 10:59 AM Reply Like
  • Author’s reply » Knock yourself out! :-)
    27 Feb 2012, 10:59 AM Reply Like
  • Is Ralph Nader still alive? The last I heard of him was back in the 1970s when he was helping limousine-toted Democrat ultra-liberals lay the foundations of the EPA in the suites of expensive New England hotels. IF one of your candidates is already running but doesn't have a chance in Blank of winning, I would guess (hope) Newt Gingrich. IF the other one is NOT running, and if Ron Paul is your (Iranian nuclear proliferation) hope, I would guess Pat Buchanan (although he would let you down on the nuclear prolif opportunity). IF it IS Newt, then, who knows? MIchelle Bachmann? Michelle Malkin? Jeb Bush? Chris Christie? Marco Rubio? If I name a bunch of names and two of them are correct, will I still win the prize. If so, then let me add Paul Ryan. What about Warren Buffet? Lem - With a lean streak of Georgia sanity.
    27 Feb 2012, 11:10 AM Reply Like
  • Author’s reply » Wow. Out of that whole bunch, other than Nader (and I am not sure if he is alive or not :-), the only one I can put up with for like 5-10 seconds if Buchanan. And that's only because I think he's actually a pretty bright guy.
    27 Feb 2012, 11:12 AM Reply Like
  • Ron Paul and Mitt Romney?
    27 Feb 2012, 11:21 AM Reply Like
  • Ok here is another guess. Cynthia McKinney and Ron Paul? However I don't really peg you as a Ron Paul type of guy. Hmm. I am not really confident with this guess either.
    27 Feb 2012, 11:29 AM Reply Like
  • How about Rick Perry and Obama? Opposites, but maybe if one is right, I could still win something! I don't follow politics at all, so I'm just pulling names out of my...mind.
    27 Feb 2012, 11:35 AM Reply Like
  • Author’s reply » All wrong so far, but Ron Paul is correct so I will give you that. We do not do open primaries in CA so I cannot vote for him as I am registered Democrat, I think. And there's no way the Republicans would give him the nomination; he actually sort of knows what he's talking about and is relatively honest. :-)
    27 Feb 2012, 11:37 AM Reply Like
  • Is the other guy that isn't run Donald Trump?
    27 Feb 2012, 11:43 AM Reply Like
  • Author’s reply » Nope.
    27 Feb 2012, 11:44 AM Reply Like
  • It was either Mrs. Clinton or John Edwards, wasn't it?
    27 Feb 2012, 11:53 AM Reply Like
  • Author’s reply » No. I would have rather had Clinton over Obama, but no. And Edwards, well, I think he's sort of phony, but I feel bad for the guy and his family. Especially his late wife and kids. They've gotten a really raw deal.
    27 Feb 2012, 11:59 AM Reply Like
  • I'll keep the guesses coming; Ron Paul and John Kerry!
    27 Feb 2012, 12:04 PM Reply Like
  • I'll take a stab - Ron Paul, John McCain
    27 Feb 2012, 11:59 AM Reply Like
  • Okay, Ron Paul and Santorum?
    27 Feb 2012, 12:01 PM Reply Like
  • Author’s reply » Wow. Santorum. No offense to his fans, but that would make me a resident of Vancouver... and fast.
    27 Feb 2012, 12:02 PM Reply Like
  • OK, Ron Paul and Dennis Kucinich?
    27 Feb 2012, 12:10 PM Reply Like
  • Author’s reply » I do like Kucinich, but not enough to think he would be a good President.
    27 Feb 2012, 12:13 PM Reply Like
  • Joe Biden?
    27 Feb 2012, 12:17 PM Reply Like
  • Ha, I didn't think so, but had to throw it out there for fun! How bout Ron and Barry?
    27 Feb 2012, 12:24 PM Reply Like
  • Gravel
    27 Feb 2012, 02:19 PM Reply Like
  • OK, Roc. I know I 'gotcha' now. I picked up your hints: You like Ron Paul - I do too, but won't be able to survive his hands-off foreign policy when them others come to get us - and you can tolerate the candidates I mentioned above for only a few minutes at a time EXCEPT for Pat Buchanan ... but he is not 'it'. So, who else fits the mold of being ornery, stubborn, poorly political in expressing his views, looks a little unclean and sports an, at-best, untidy wardrobe, and talks in a high-pitched whiny voice when trying to make a point? JOHN BOLTON! That's it! Don't send me a subscription. I already have one. Send me a broad! A slim one! Lem. PS, I'm a Newt fan, but I would vote for Paul, Buchanan, Bolton, even my mother-in-law, to keep Obama from extending his political philosophy for another four years.
    27 Feb 2012, 09:15 PM Reply Like
  • Author’s reply » Wow. Amazing you pulled that name out, but no... incorrect!
    27 Feb 2012, 09:20 PM Reply Like
  • Any answers correct so far?
    1 Mar 2012, 10:58 AM Reply Like
  • Author’s reply » Nope. Unlike the NFLX one we did before earnings this went over like a lead balloon.


    Answers: Ron Paul and Michael Bloomberg.
    1 Mar 2012, 11:01 AM Reply Like
  • Dang. I was hoping to get a lucky guess and win the free subscription! Thanks for the contest though!
    2 Mar 2012, 10:02 AM Reply Like
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