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  • Interesting Times
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    Author’s reply » BEST MUTUAL FUNDS FOR TODAY'S INVESTOR??

     

    Again, I was asked for advice as to what funds are available for the value approach?

     

    Any opinions..??

     

    To those fellow Denver fans.. OMAHA !!

     

    Now is the Super Bowl in NY or NJ ??
    20 Jan, 12:22 AM Reply Like
  • JohnBinTN
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    Seattle potentially benefited from ANOTHER blown call in a very important game... Could have went the other way - we'll never know.

     

    It was the better of the day's two games, at any rate. Brady should consider a graceful retirement, unlike the Favre debacle...

     

    I'm cheering for the Broncos going forward...
    20 Jan, 12:29 AM Reply Like
  • Interesting Times
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    Author’s reply » Yup, I heard they will consider that play reviewable next year. But the very next play skiddles fumbled anyway!

     

    I liked the Denver game better. I guess I am biased.
    20 Jan, 12:33 AM Reply Like
  • JohnBinTN
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    I already said I wanted Denver to win it all... The game was just lopsided, and boring.

     

    Oh, and their 'all-star' officiating crew should get a fine for that call... Bring back the scabs.
    20 Jan, 12:36 AM Reply Like
  • Interesting Times
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    Author’s reply » JBT

     

    Where did I question you saying Denver wasn't your choice?? Maybe I misunderstood what game you liked better??

     

    Personally I think the Denver game was more meaningful...I like watching 2 great qb's playing each other. Peyton throwing for 400 yards and tying the record was enjoyable,

     

    20 Jan, 12:51 AM Reply Like
  • JohnBinTN
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    I personally was looking forward to the Denver / NE game more. For me, the game was a let down, and the SF / Seattle game was "better". Just sayin'...

     

    Tebow probably could have thrown for 400 today against the NE team that kinda showed up...
    20 Jan, 12:57 AM Reply Like
  • al roman
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    On mutual fund's Get with your Advisor & expirienced crew and construct something unique and beutiful-Gov-Corp-IT !Like Romulus said you can't break the bundle,Like (T)'s philosophy.
    20 Jan, 08:44 AM Reply Like
  • al roman
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    1/23/14 6:25am usd4.88
    23 Jan, 06:25 AM Reply Like
  • al roman
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    As it drops the Hossmen saddle and ride home.
    24 Jan, 10:14 AM Reply Like
  • al roman
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    Now it's tech vs. tech .
    24 Jan, 01:03 PM Reply Like
  • al roman
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    The Banks are important-like it or not,Lloyd,JD,(DB),(C).... wouldn't have a portfolio if they were not invested.
    WSB and as a whole shouldn't say nothing if not nice,just take a look where your at.Sorry but not necessarily so.
    25 Jan, 06:53 AM Reply Like
  • al roman
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    The Good DR. just might be that Dude in rollo ball.
    25 Jan, 09:26 AM Reply Like
  • Interesting Times
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    Author’s reply » TACK.

     

    Famous athlete with number 46 ?? Can anyone beat him??
    20 Jan, 12:24 AM Reply Like
  • al roman
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    Yes IT someone can beat him who's name Starts with I.
    20 Jan, 07:45 AM Reply Like
  • al roman
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    The only thing left is the market & vestiges of the MIC and their connexions.

     

    Stick it out to July 1st and we will be much better equipped there after.
    20 Jan, 07:49 AM Reply Like
  • Interesting Times
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    Author’s reply » OK, Lee Smith !! Someone name a better one ??
    20 Jan, 06:37 PM Reply Like
  • al roman
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    Bobby Richardson
    20 Jan, 06:58 PM Reply Like
  • Fear & Greed Trader
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    Andy petite ??
    20 Jan, 07:00 PM Reply Like
  • Interesting Times
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    Author’s reply » Since TACK must be busy with the Cabana Girls I will let him pick the winner..

     

    I MEAN FROM THE THREE ENTRIES SO FAR !!
    20 Jan, 08:26 PM Reply Like
  • Tack
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    IT:

     

    Well, I've been busy, so hadn't played, but must admit that I drew a blank on #46.

     

    From the three listed, I'd have to disqualify Richardson because the vast bulk of his career was as #1.

     

    If I had to choose between Smith and Pettitte, I'd give the nod to the pitcher.

     

    Maybe, there's another #46 lurking out there.
    20 Jan, 08:45 PM Reply Like
  • Interesting Times
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    Author’s reply » T

     

    Uh, they BOTH pitched !!

     

    Look up Lee Smith's stats if you find time..
    20 Jan, 08:57 PM Reply Like
  • Tack
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    IT:

     

    Brain cramp. Of course.

     

    For some reason I was confusing him with another position player. However, Pettitte would still be my own choice.
    20 Jan, 09:59 PM Reply Like
  • Interesting Times
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    Author’s reply » T

     

    Behind Mo I think Smith is the second best reliever in baseball history, now is Pettitte the second best starter in history ?

     

    Also is this considered a form of QE by the Chinese ?

     

    http://bloom.bg/1fTSn97
    20 Jan, 10:02 PM Reply Like
  • al roman
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    Always,Always thumbs up(ED) !
    20 Jan, 08:09 AM Reply Like
  • Interesting Times
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    Author’s reply » An article that I am sure will light a fuse under some..

     

    http://seekingalpha.co...
    20 Jan, 07:49 PM Reply Like
  • John Wilson
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    IT

     

    I agree. Good article by Tom. It didn't bother me in the least - I found it very plausible with good resource links. I did answer a comment that ridiculed Tom's reasoning.
    20 Jan, 11:21 PM Reply Like
  • al roman
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    Welcome back garden state (PEG).
    24 Jan, 11:50 AM Reply Like
  • Interesting Times
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    Author’s reply » Chinese economy slows in Q4 !!!!!

     

    Chinese GDP slowed to +7.7% on year in Q4 from +7.8% in Q3 but topped consensus of +7.6%.

     

    On quarter, GDP +1.8% vs +2.2% and +2%.
    2013 GDP +7.7%, as in 2012.

     

    Industrial production +9.7% on year in December vs +10% in November and forecasts of +9.8%.

     

    Retail sales +13.6% +13.7% and +13.6%.

     

    Urban fixed-asset investment +19.6% vs +19.9% and +19.8%.
    The value of new homes sold jumped 27% in 2013 to 6.8T yuan ($1.1T), the first time the figure has passed $1T (see also).

     

    The slowdown in growth comes as the Chinese government starts to implement a major reform program aimed at rebalancing the economy away from heavy industry and exports more towards economic liberalism and consumption while at the same time trying to cool a sizzling housing sector and reining in soaring debt.

     

    "Urbanization and investment demand are leading to rising sales volumes, while prices continue to gain," says economist Dariusz Kowalczyk. "China's growth remains heavily dependent on the real estate market."

     

    Growth has been "fairly resilient," says SocGen economist Yao Wei. "It is more of the outlook that we worry about, especially with the financial risk in the system."

     

    The Shanghai Composite is -0.7% and the Hang Seng is -0.8%.

     

    I know we touched on this in the prior chapter. So lets see what you pros think !!
    20 Jan, 06:37 PM Reply Like
  • Tack
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    IT:

     

    Yawn.....
    20 Jan, 08:46 PM Reply Like
  • Interesting Times
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    Author’s reply » T

     

    Quiet day, have to try something !!!:)
    20 Jan, 08:59 PM Reply Like
  • Interesting Times
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    Author’s reply » WARNING !!!

     

    Weak China data leads small global selloff !!!!!!

     

    A weak PMI report out of China looks to have set off a bit of a worldwide selloff, and Dow and S&P 500 futures are off 0.4%. Nasdaq 100 futures are down just 0.1%, boosted by big gains in Netflix and eBay post-earnings.

     

    Europe's off about 0.3% and Hong Kong led declines in Asia overnight, -1.5%.

     

    Money is flowing into fixed income - the 10-year Treasury yield off 3 basis points to 2.84% - and precious metals, gold +0.8%.
    23 Jan, 07:47 AM Reply Like
  • al roman
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    Nice work,tks.
    23 Jan, 07:50 AM Reply Like
  • Interesting Times
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    Author’s reply » I aim to please and keep all updated once I make a statement reported by me a few days earlier.. Asian numbers are important !

     

    "IT FIB" now absorbing all relevant info and will be adjusting it's waves like Hawaii does daily !!

     

    Gold is on the move !!
    23 Jan, 08:01 AM Reply Like
  • Fear & Greed Trader
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    No expert on China,

     

    my guess is that this paragraph says it all,
    "The slowdown in growth comes as the Chinese government starts to implement a major reform program aimed at re-balancing the economy away from heavy industry and exports more towards economic liberalism and consumption while at the same time trying to cool a sizzling housing sector and reining in soaring debt."

     

    I have seen reports from some that say China is key to what may or may not develop regarding the markets in '14,, They are mixed , some positive on the situation over there , some negative..
    20 Jan, 06:58 PM Reply Like
  • Interesting Times
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    Author’s reply » FOOD FOR THOUGHT !!

     

    Here is some information about what INDIA might do with all that gold.

     

    My friend is a long term manager of a local Burger King and said that quite a few local BK'S were recently bought by new owners..

     

    Wanna guess who they are ? Maybe converted some of that gold already?

     

    She said they have plans to invest in other businesses here now as well.. But they are demanding when one of the owners show up. Plan is to take some market share away from Micky D'S...

     

    I LIVE IN NY...Not sure if this a trend across the states yet ..
    20 Jan, 07:18 PM Reply Like
  • al roman
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    Going to be alright,doing the night watch.
    20 Jan, 07:58 PM Reply Like
  • Fear & Greed Trader
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    Wouldn't appear that the "next financial crisis" that many want to bring up today and are telling us to get prepared for --- will be here tomorrow...
    Maybe an illusion - u decide and if one wishes to have portfolio gains add some financials to your holdings ..

     

    From Nov. '13
    http://seekingalpha.co...

     

    From a recent research report :
    After a five-year stretch in which J.P. Morgan Chase & Co., Bank of America Corp., Citigroup Inc., Wells Fargo & Co., Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and Morgan Stanley have been buffeted by sluggish growth, a European debt crisis and a spate of new regulations, executives and analysts say the worst is behind them.

     

    As a group, the six earned $76 billion in 2013. That is $6 billion shy of the collective all-time high achieved in 2006, a year U.S. housing prices peaked amid a torrid economic expansion…

     

    Despite the many challenges, big banks are beginning to find ways to boost revenue. The six largest banks posted a 4% revenue gain during 2013.

     

    Smaller banks are recovering, as well. Earnings reports are still being released, but, together, all 6,900 commercial banks in the U.S. are on pace to match or exceed the industry’s all-time earnings peak of $145.2 billion in 2006, according to an analysis by The Wall Street Journal of Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. data.

     

    http://bit.ly/LKgWYI
    20 Jan, 08:20 PM Reply Like
  • al roman
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    Fear,
    It is always prudent to follow the banks lead in defensive reserve.
    Defense in reserve with income gives offense confidence and then it is a different relationship even respect and trust.
    20 Jan, 09:07 PM Reply Like
  • CWinn1970
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    With 11.4 billion in profit, when will BAC get back to paying a dividend? Technically they are paying one, but $0.04 and a yield I believe is around 0.1% isn't anything to write home about.
    20 Jan, 09:37 PM Reply Like
  • al roman
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    (D)Just gave a 6.7% increase.
    (ED) with a 2year rate freeze gave 2.6%
    (UIL)is meeting it's 20% gas conversion and new construction for CT. and western Mass.
    20 Jan, 09:47 PM Reply Like
  • CWinn1970
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    Fear,

     

    I'd be interested to hear your take on TGT. I believe you've mentioned that you believe it's undervalued, as do I. In looking at it's chart it looks to me like it's fallen beneath its long term moving average. I take this to mean it's headed lower??? I believe they report in February and I wonder what happens until then. I have a small 1/4 position and looking to start to add. Although, new info on this whole hacking issue seems to continue to pop up and I'm not sure how it will affect it.
    20 Jan, 09:57 PM Reply Like
  • al roman
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    Gold & silver minus a dime NG @ 4.31 place your bets ?
    20 Jan, 11:23 PM Reply Like
  • al roman
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    With three days of Artic cold coming for .75% of the country different priority now,-5%?,all dust to me now!.
    All the gas & liquids up.The producers,transmitters, distribute'rs will ringing the register's.
    21 Jan, 06:43 AM Reply Like
  • Fear & Greed Trader
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    anybody else notice that the "reply" buttons are missing on some of the comments ? tried it on two diff. browsers , still the same ..

     

    Anyway

     

    CWINN,

     

    I do like (TGT) , ( I mentioned it a few times on my blog) I initiated a small position in the 62 area , only now to see that its drifted lower on the constant CCard news.. You are correct if you look at a daily chart as it has broken the resistance , i thought might hold.. Take a look at a weekly chart and you will see the 200 wk MA at around 57-58 . It also put in bottom at he 58 level in Jan '13 . You did it right , by starting with a small position , many just buy it all at once ..

     

    So that would seem to be the next support level.. I will be adding here or a bit lower , I note that it was downgraded this morning , that doesn't bother me.. stock now yields 2.8% .. As I have mentioned to others, IMO, its a great time to take advantage of the "fear" of others as they throw away a Div Aristocrat that has paid div. for 46 straight years..

     

    We all remember the Carnival cruise line disaster (CCL) , that stock was left for dead after that incident,, The stock hit a new 52 week high this month.. Good companies will get it right ..
    21 Jan, 09:14 AM Reply Like
  • JohnBinTN
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    Seems you can only reply to replies right now... I dislike the changes they put in place overnight...
    21 Jan, 09:29 AM Reply Like
  • Fear & Greed Trader
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    JBT,,
    good pick up ,, U R the best !!
    21 Jan, 09:40 AM Reply Like
  • CWinn1970
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    Fear - Thanks for the reply. Looks like the (TGT) downgrade article on SA is now saying they expect the buybacks to be suspended after originally saying divided to be suspended and a target price of in the high 40's. I will definitely be adding here.
    21 Jan, 09:41 AM Reply Like
  • Interesting Times
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    Author’s reply » Whatever they did isn't working for my liking..

     

    I think it is an error they will need to fix.. Hopefully someone will report it..
    21 Jan, 09:47 AM Reply Like
  • CWinn1970
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    IT - the reply buttons are missing from this blog. I just posted on a breaking news article and the reply buttons are listed on all of the comments.
    21 Jan, 09:51 AM Reply Like
  • Interesting Times
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    Author’s reply » I just opened firefox instead of internet explorer and they give you some rely buttons. On IE i got nothing !!
    21 Jan, 09:53 AM Reply Like
  • JohnBinTN
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    I'm using Firefox... No reply buttons on this blog, unless it is a reply to a post prior to "the change", then there are reply buttons.

     

    And geez! Did they have to use like a 78-point font and 1.5 line spacing on articles?! I will wear out the scroll wheel on my mouse as I sit 15 feet away from the screen to read now...
    21 Jan, 09:59 AM Reply Like
  • Fear & Greed Trader
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    Using IE and Google chrome - same here ,,
    21 Jan, 10:00 AM Reply Like
  • Tack
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    Yeah, it's a mess, with only a reply at the bottom, presently.

     

    The change they've needed to make for a long time is that when one replies to a specific comment, it should automatically insert the addressee at the top of the reply. Often, we have strings of comments, and it's not clear at all to whom the response was being made.
    21 Jan, 10:08 AM Reply Like
  • Tack
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    And, what's with the larger type fonts, wider line spacing and reams of white space. Does SA suddenly have a surge of first-graders reading that need help singling out the words, or have the decided the opposite, that everybody is 80+ and can't see?

     

    Whatever it is, it's a huge waste of real estate and adds miles to scrolling.
    21 Jan, 10:28 AM Reply Like
  • Land of Milk and Honey
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    I just scrolled to the bottom of the page and used the contact us to let them know I'm not "getting used to" the new font. And that some reply bottons are missing on instablogs. I've found them responsive to feedback like that.
    21 Jan, 10:36 AM Reply Like
  • Tack
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    No reply buttons, no edit-text buttons after posting, and no "likes."

     

    This must have been designed by the same folks who handled healthcare.gov.
    21 Jan, 10:41 AM Reply Like
  • Land of Milk and Honey
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    (TGT) - I bought at 60.08 (incl commission) on Friday. I decided today to sell for $105 loss today.

     

    (TGT) is a great long term buy and this "crisis" is opportunity. However, it's in falling knife mode. I'll wait till it shows some kind of bottom and bounce before getting in.

     

    Today it was downgraded by one firm, so it dropped 2%. It was even in early morning. There'll be more downgrades and bad news, and no immediate upgrades till the price gets lower. Also the retail macro is weak right now. The crisis actually hit other stores, so at some point it will stop being a Target issue, so that's why I was buying Friday. It will dip before the Senate hearing (before it's public news), then climb after that's over.

     

    So maybe I'll miss some climb. However, emotionally $100 didn't bother me (everything else is up). When it's $500 down it will bother me. So I'll wait to buy in...or wait till nearer ex-div date.

     

    So for whatever it's worth, that's my logic. I'm pretty new to any timing logic... so add your two cents!
    21 Jan, 10:47 AM Reply Like
  • Tack
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    LMH:

     

    If you want to get into the buying mode before a certain bottom, where it may bounce very quickly, consider selling out-of-the-money puts. When volatility increases, the premiums get bigger, and you're assured of winding up with shares, if you do at all, only at an even more attractive lower price. If it never gets there, you still get to pocket the premium income.
    21 Jan, 10:59 AM Reply Like
  • CWinn1970
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    LOMAH - here's my two cents

     

    I would agree with the falling knife comment if it was a different company. However, in this case not only am I not selling, I'm buying more. I will be purchasing in 1/4 blocks until I reach a full position. I'm in for the long haul with this one, so while a paper loss pulls on my emotions, I'm looking at a 40+ year dividend paying company. I'm not going anywhere unless something happens with the dividend.

     

    And as disclosure I'm in at just over $62/share.
    21 Jan, 11:03 AM Reply Like
  • Interesting Times
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    Author’s reply » Hey, at my age I like the fonts this big.. No need for my reading glasses..

     

    So who is TACK anyway?? Has he posted here before ? lol
    21 Jan, 12:24 PM Reply Like
  • Fear & Greed Trader
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    CWINN,

     

    I am in agreement with your approach , unless one is a "trader" , its always prudent to put on the position in increments.. I just added more today @59.20..

     

    LOMAH, respect your decision, but i believe this is the type of situation where u buy and maybe make it a possible core holding..

     

    Its always scary when the press is negative , many are selling out of sheer "fear" .. & I find that emotions are best left at the door .....

     

    Remember the CCL example & stories back after their mishap ..??
    That "fear" trade added a nifty profit ... It takes time ...
    21 Jan, 12:26 PM Reply Like
  • Interesting Times
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    Author’s reply » So gold is down but the miners are up ???

     

    That I don't understand...Unless da big boys know the games being played...

     

    Just sayin>>>
    21 Jan, 12:33 PM Reply Like
  • Fear & Greed Trader
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    IT,

     

    I saw many positive reports come out over weekend indicating miners were washed out and totally oversold..
    21 Jan, 12:41 PM Reply Like
  • al roman
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    Wut up ! Yahhhh...
    21 Jan, 12:44 PM Reply Like
  • Interesting Times
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    Author’s reply » Anyone notice that articles seem to have reply and like buttons, or is it just me ??
    21 Jan, 12:49 PM Reply Like
  • CWinn1970
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    IT...yes, that is what I was saying earlier.
    21 Jan, 12:52 PM Reply Like
  • Interesting Times
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    Author’s reply » I WOULD APPRECIATE EVERYONE CONTACTING SA TECH SUPPORT GROUP AND PLACE MY LINK TO IT SO THEY CAN SEE THE MISTAKE...THANKS!
    21 Jan, 01:02 PM Reply Like
  • Fear & Greed Trader
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    IT,
    it appears to be affecting the "blogs" only ,, articles are fine
    21 Jan, 01:03 PM Reply Like
  • JohnBinTN
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    All so the geriatrics can rest their "tired eyes"... Tee-hee.
    21 Jan, 01:05 PM Reply Like
  • Interesting Times
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    Author’s reply » FEAR

     

    That is why I asked for folks to send SA an email and attach my blog ..I sent this chapter as an example...

     

    Thanks!
    21 Jan, 01:08 PM Reply Like
  • Tack
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    Well, if I were inclined to buy a miner, NEM would be my pick.
    21 Jan, 01:11 PM Reply Like
  • al roman
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    When the Op's over everything will be nice and white spic and span and better than ever.
    21 Jan, 01:20 PM Reply Like
  • Interesting Times
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    Author’s reply » FEAR

     

    Your blog as well??
    21 Jan, 01:22 PM Reply Like
  • Fear & Greed Trader
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    IT,

     

    Yes it appears to be on all instablogs
    21 Jan, 01:47 PM Reply Like
  • al roman
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    It's alright.

     

    God Bless America.
    21 Jan, 01:49 PM Reply Like
  • Land of Milk and Honey
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    I miss those reply buttons...

     

    Tack - I saw you post something like that recently. Interesting idea. So the risks are?: you could still wind up with shares not that near the bottom. Or not wind up with shares and miss buying at a lower price while uncertain whether to buy while waiting, but get a premium for it. With a safe stock for long term that's low on risk... so, that's something for me to track & learn about.

     

    Cwinn - If I owned (for any length of time), I wouldn't sell here. Good point that "falling knife" tends to be an issue with things that might die altogether. It's never possible to find the exact bottom (knowingly at that moment)...

     

    Fear - It was nothing to do with news or fear for the stock :). It was fear that I'd just done what I'd done with (RAD) that goes against the stages in Weinstein's book... bought on the way down, instead of on the way up. I'm actually a little, or maybe it's a lot, bothered that it hasn't come down more off this "crisis." That's part of why I'm expecting a bigger dip percent-wise... At some point something in media should trigger more worry.

     

    Though come to think of it, you pointed out that JPM was so strong that with all the strikes against it, it kept it's value. Tack's point too is part of the problem, when it rebounds it could be a fast jump. If I missed and have to buy higher as it climbs... oh well... lesson learned.... won't really matter for a long term hold.
    21 Jan, 02:02 PM Reply Like
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    LOmah,

     

    I understand the the cautionary stance with buying on the way down..

     

    However , you have to keep in mind (TGT) and (RAD) are two very different animals.. RAD is a very speculative name , not the case with a stock (TGT) considered a div aristocrat..

     

    Trying to pick the bottom is a elusive as trying to time the top-- that is why its best to add at diff levels..
    21 Jan, 02:10 PM Reply Like
  • Fear & Greed Trader
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    S & P is up 75 points while Dow is up 600 points from their Dec 18th low ,

     

    The day the Fed announced the long awaited "taper"

     

    Where are the folks that kept telling us that equities were doomed when tapering commenced , its all about avoiding the "noise"
    21 Jan, 02:17 PM Reply Like
  • Tack
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    F&G:

     

    Of equal, if not even more, interest is that the TNX (10-year yield) was at 2.88% on December 18th and is at 2.83% today.

     

    Where are all those skyrocketing interest rates?
    21 Jan, 02:23 PM Reply Like
  • Land of Milk and Honey
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    @Fear

     

    Yep, good point. And I appreciate everyone's comments on (TGT). Definitely informative on how to assess this.

     

    Meanwhile, news blurb that Target had breach insurance. So my sell was definitely premature:
    http://seekingalpha.co...
    21 Jan, 02:44 PM Reply Like
  • Fear & Greed Trader
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    Lomah,,

     

    I have found that in these types of situations investors push the panic & sell buttons first then ask questions and look at facts later..Not putting you in that category , i'm speaking to those that have owned for a while or the typical hedge fund guy that doesn't want to show to his investors that he actually owned TGT.. ALL of the bad news comes out first then very slowly we see that the end isn't near & they wont go bankrupt :)

     

    We all learn by doing , & there is always a next time,, In fact you may get a chance to buy TGT back lower than u sold :)

     

    I believe the mgmn't team has to go in front of congress later in the week . that will be a circus with plenty of coverage ... and maybe mark the low ?? we'll see
    21 Jan, 03:03 PM Reply Like
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    Author’s reply » Why on earth would any analyst say that the will not taper this month ?

     

    I just don't get it >>>
    21 Jan, 04:14 PM Reply Like
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    Author’s reply » FOLKS, AN EMAIL I RECEIVED AND I AM PASSING IT ON TO MY 15 PEOPLE HERE !!

     

    This is NOT about Obama, but about the Constitution and the Founding Fathers
    intent on what govt. should be!
    >
    > This is what Mark Levin has been talking about--a constitutional convention by
    the states to get back to the laws of the Constitution.
    >
    > 35 STATES SO FAR… IT'S GROWING
    >
    >
    > One message to forward!
    >
    > Governors of 35 states have filed suit against the Federal Government for
    imposing unlawful burdens upon them. It only takes 38 (of the 50) States to
    convene a Constitutional Convention.
    >
    > This will take less than thirty seconds to read. If you agree, please pass it
    on. This is an idea that we should address.
    >
    > For too long we have been too complacent about the workings of Congress.
    Their latest stunt is to exempt themselves from the Healthcare Reform that they
    passed ... in all of its forms. Somehow, that doesn't seem logical. We do not
    have an elite ruling class that is above the law. I truly don't care if they
    are Democrat, Republican, Independent or whatever. The self-serving must stop.
    >
    > If each person that receives this will forward it on to 15people, in three
    days, most people in The United States of America will have the message. This
    is one proposal that really should be passed around.
    >
    > Proposed 28th Amendment to the United States Constitution: "Congress shall
    make no law that applies to the citizens of the United States that does not
    apply equally to the Senators, Representatives of Congress; and, Congress shall
    make no law that applies to the Senators and/or Representatives that does not
    apply equally to the citizens of the United States ..."
    >
    > You are one of my 15 (or more). Please keep this going.

     

    JBT.....SPEAKING OF CHAIN LETTERS!!
    >
    21 Jan, 04:55 PM Reply Like
  • User 7415181
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    Perhaps we could all report abuse on each other for not being able to reply to a person for not being likable?
    21 Jan, 05:15 PM Reply Like
  • Interesting Times
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    Author’s reply » This is almost like OCARE when the rolled it out! I mean don't you check how it effects blogs??

     

    I could add another reason why we are second tier but I LIKE my fingers !!
    21 Jan, 05:22 PM Reply Like
  • User 7415181
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    Perhaps they thought it an awesome idea to direct comments towards articles instead of instablogs (or forums, in your case IT).

     

    For those who have more sensitive eyesight than mine (95% of the population) and are not aware, hold down your ctrl button and the minus sign at the same time - shrinks type.
    21 Jan, 06:27 PM Reply Like
  • JohnBinTN
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    User,

     

    Yes, that makes the type font smaller... It also makes everything else smaller, too. It goes from like reading a 1st grade easy reader, to like reading a Bazooka Joe comic from a piece of gum.

     

    It was a stupid change, and it was done for the 'mobile' users, for certain. On a 22" widescreen monitor, SA takes up a 6" strip in the center. They rake in the big bucks at SA, and should open their wallet and develop the site for both 'mobile' and desktop users.
    21 Jan, 08:09 PM Reply Like
  • Interesting Times
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    Author’s reply » JBT

     

    Why don't say what you really feel:)
    21 Jan, 08:42 PM Reply Like
  • Interesting Times
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    Author’s reply » Bazooka Joe ??? lmao
    21 Jan, 08:42 PM Reply Like
  • Tack
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    JBT:

     

    Great comments.

     

    It would help, at the least, if the miserable things even worked correctly enough to display "reply" and "like" buttons.

     

    Personally, I hate "dumbed down" anything.
    21 Jan, 08:52 PM Reply Like
  • JohnBinTN
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    IT,

     

    You nailed it earlier when you compared it to Zerocare....

     

    I'm sick of putting up with sub-standard crap because people say it's "better" for me. :)

     

    It makes me want my monitor from 1995 back so it looks halfway normal...
    21 Jan, 08:52 PM Reply Like
  • Interesting Times
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    Author’s reply » It actually makes it look like TACK knows what he is talking about :)

     

    We saw his football picks this week !!
    21 Jan, 08:55 PM Reply Like
  • JohnBinTN
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    If they fix the blogs, I'll be a happier camper... I can go on my 3" screen phone to read the articles when I want to...
    21 Jan, 08:57 PM Reply Like
  • Interesting Times
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    Author’s reply » Over/under on it being fixed ....5 days ??
    21 Jan, 09:02 PM Reply Like
  • JohnBinTN
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    They fixed stocktalks already. I'll say within 2 days, or it will never happen (working as intended).
    21 Jan, 09:04 PM Reply Like
  • Interesting Times
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    Author’s reply » Coincidence blogs are the last to get fixed. We all work hard on our comments. This is a sad situation for sure..
    21 Jan, 09:10 PM Reply Like
  • Tack
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    IT:

     

    Fixed or not, elsewhere, the font size, kerning and line spacing makes me expect to see the next headline article titled," See Spot Run."
    21 Jan, 09:12 PM Reply Like
  • Tack
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    IT:

     

    There's not even a damn edit button to allow me to grammatically correct "makes" to "make" in the previous post!
    21 Jan, 09:14 PM Reply Like
  • Interesting Times
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    Author’s reply » T

     

    I agree. Whomever thought this was a good idea would not last long for many companies.. But I am sure they have a good enough reason. I saw many negative comments today !

     

    Then again...

     

    Maybe JBT is right. They want portable vehicles to be more in control.. I would assume they did some studies on this .
    21 Jan, 09:17 PM Reply Like
  • Tack
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    IT:

     

    When one sees the constant stream of voluminous comments here on SA, it's obvious that they're not being generated by cell phones, or even tablets. I doubt that many of the folks "twittering" comments between Facebook posts and text messages have critical advice to offer, or, if they do, they're providing it when they get back to a keyboard.
    21 Jan, 09:26 PM Reply Like
  • al roman
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    SA will get to the bottom of it and fix it.They are serious about this art form and those that depend upon it.
    Most my other sites have problems too except utx stuff and when a problem does occur the big three "security,soft ware,search engine "
    jump right in right away.
    SA is highly regarded and they do have an interest in this Blog,it is serious important stuff,the market is life.
    21 Jan, 09:35 PM Reply Like
  • JohnBinTN
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    On the bright side, all the dusty-crusties on SA can wait a year or two before addressing their glaucoma... ;)
    21 Jan, 09:37 PM Reply Like
  • Interesting Times
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    Author’s reply » T

     

    I agree, and I also think that plenty of comments are coming from us oldies sitting in our homes. I am just trying to think out loud..

     

    I could care less about what I carry around or now wear on my wrist. Have no interest in learning and am comfortable on a keyboard to be honest !

     

    I am guessing that most posters are retired, unemployed, self employed, or on disability...Just a guess..
    21 Jan, 09:38 PM Reply Like
  • Land of Milk and Honey
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    I'd guess it's programming bugs. Particularly since reply and edit buttons are working on news blurbs and articles.

     

    I know for a fact the buttons run through slightly different code for each of the three (instablogs, blurbs, articles.) Because I sent in an error for instablogs which they told me they'd have programming dept correct, and they did eventually. And breaking down where it was happening, was part of the exchange back and forth.

     

    I suppose it's possible they're doing this for mobile, but that seems unlikely. It's a pretty decently programmed site (lots of function), so it seems unlikely they'd take as amateur programming move as that. Still, maybe.

     

    This level of bugs though is odd too. Doesn't reflect well on their testing team. Wouldn't be the first time though in programming... From that last experience, I'd guess that the testing team, doesn't test much in the instablogs or blurbs and focuses on articles...

     

    The font shift seems intentional... hope it's easy to roll back.
    21 Jan, 09:40 PM Reply Like
  • Interesting Times
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    Author’s reply » LOMAH

     

    So your guess on when blogs will be fixed ?
    21 Jan, 09:45 PM Reply Like
  • al roman
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    Hey,
    Reading you guys comments on this Blog and doing the challenge just today has really brought me to front and center,If i'm here on SA at this Blog i've done well but responsibility and growth have really just begun,
    I think we are all at that crossroads,youth is over it is time to develop that strength going into the sunset of our lives.
    21 Jan, 09:47 PM Reply Like
  • Interesting Times
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    Author’s reply » My finger hurts from all the scrolling I have been doing, for way less comments...

     

    Maybe now I need shorter chapters which means more work for me..

     

    Not a happy camper and I have a feeling newbies will leave faster. But what do I know !
    21 Jan, 09:52 PM Reply Like
  • Land of Milk and Honey
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    Fix time? Depends on how they prioritize blogs. If they do a simple roll back, then a few days to two weeks max. If they keep this, and try to fix it... that would take long. It's not how I'd do it. Also depends on their programming department and whether they do configuration management well, so they can roll back.

     

    I''m not having scrolling troubles. I click on the comment notice, then wait and it opens to the new comments. Now to edit a comment I have to click 1.edit, then edit then tab until the update button appears. The window sizing isn't holding up correctly during editing.
    21 Jan, 10:00 PM Reply Like
  • al roman
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    Most are connected and invested and still feel the pressure to preserve capital and growth,It's an unspoken thing but i think SA is part of it,the power's that be really want this economy and our posterity to succeed.

     

    Don't forget some creeps had access to 70 million Americans personal data,god knows how deep they had to go into the net to update,a lot of these sites really freak if they feel they or the constituency is being breached,I can tell you this site does have good standing.In real time pertinent data the best.
    21 Jan, 10:05 PM Reply Like
  • CWinn1970
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    Haven't noticed much change on my iPad other than the lack of a reply and like button.
    21 Jan, 10:10 PM Reply Like
  • Interesting Times
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    Author’s reply » LOMAH

     

    I like to scroll up and read prior comments to try and tie in the conversation since it is now orderless...

     

    It is a pain !!
    21 Jan, 10:18 PM Reply Like
  • al roman
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    Whom ever must like the work and data on the challenge portfolio,if every WSB'er was doing the challenge i bet you'd see a change in those comment's,those poor moderator's.
    21 Jan, 10:18 PM Reply Like
  • JohnBinTN
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    Cwinn,

     

    That's because what they did was optimization for mobile devices. It turned it into a big steaming pile on a desktop monitor.

     

    Some older folk disagree and like it. I'm no spring chicken, but I aint Harry Caray, either - I hate it. ;)
    21 Jan, 10:21 PM Reply Like
  • al roman
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    IT,
    You know Gold,that's beyond word's.
    21 Jan, 10:21 PM Reply Like
  • al roman
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    Capital management isn't a popularity contest.
    21 Jan, 10:31 PM Reply Like
  • al roman
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    The Judge always ask who paid for this who paid for that oh that's paid,
    whoever it is gets the deference.
    I was in the local Y doing my steam bath the same guy was always their with me everyday,the second we actually become friends he told me he was a supreme court judge and don't look for the the logic in the system because their is none,we never spoke again but one look like your beginning to get it.
    The system is tired of litigation and Lawyer's with empty brief cases sitting in court rooms.
    21 Jan, 11:13 PM Reply Like
  • JohnBinTN
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    You were in the wrong steam room - that was Ginsburg! ;)
    21 Jan, 11:32 PM Reply Like
  • Interesting Times
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    Author’s reply » JBT

     

    TYPICAL SLAP ON THE WRIST !

     

    At least four banks in talks to settle EU probe

     

    JPMorgan (JPM), UBS, Credit Suisse (CS), and RBS are among the lenders (a fifth may be involved as well) looking to settle a EU probe into rate-fixing in the Swiss franc Libor rate, reports Bloomberg.

     

    The investigation into Swiss Libor comes alongside probes in Euribor and yen Libor in which settlements have already been reached. Sources say any fines in the Swiss investigation will be smaller than the other two due to the size of the market.

     

    Look for deals to be inked by the end of July.
    22 Jan, 10:57 AM Reply Like
  • al roman
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    OMG ! OMG !
    21 Jan, 11:35 PM Reply Like
  • al roman
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    Today was a big day out their in corporate and political land,they definitely want big industry to succeed,some biggies were here in NE you just can feel the security.
    21 Jan, 11:48 PM Reply Like
  • John Wilson
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    This white background is too sterile and bleak.

     

    Yes, Healthcare.gov comes to mind. I prefer the way it used to be.
    How do they figure this is a blog without the option to reply? Is this a programming glitch.

     

    Promotions are not in order.
    22 Jan, 12:03 AM Reply Like
  • al roman
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    HAL picked the layout.
    You know, from 2001 a space Odyssey.
    22 Jan, 12:39 AM Reply Like
  • Land of Milk and Honey
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    SA customer support sent me this reply:

     

    "Hi,

     

    Thank you for contacting Seeking Alpha. We regret the inconvenience caused however, the issue has been referred on to our technical team for further investigation. This may take sometime and we will keep you posted.

     

    Appreciate your patience."

     

    ---
    I'd commented that the reply button was missing on instablogs, and that I didn't like, and no one seemed to like, the new font.

     

    In my experience they've been responsive before in customer service & followed up on what they said they would.
    22 Jan, 01:31 AM Reply Like
  • al roman
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    USD/MMBtu 4.46 up .15 from 4.31 my last report what a difference 24hrs can make.
    22 Jan, 01:45 AM Reply Like
  • al roman
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    In combination through IT&SA i never have to question again why (CHK)
    is wall streets darling.
    Just when needed the media premium streams in.

     

    I am so glad that combination is peaceful or we'd all be speaking that language,Good morning HAL.
    22 Jan, 07:02 AM Reply Like
  • CWinn1970
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    The buttons are back...
    22 Jan, 08:19 AM Reply Like
  • al roman
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    HALlelujah !
    22 Jan, 08:20 AM Reply Like
  • al roman
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    What WE need now is some hard driving wind sustained between 20&30 and we'd see the future's really drive up.
    22 Jan, 08:56 AM Reply Like
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    Author’s reply » AL

     

    You got some mojo going in the challenge. I guess your gas problems might be over ?
    22 Jan, 10:18 AM Reply Like
  • al roman
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    IT,good morning !
    Wind Wind & Wind,8 degree's in DC.

     

    Rough necks & Miners and good laborer's usually do flip their ex Bosses a 10 spot after all he gave them a Chance.
    22 Jan, 10:23 AM Reply Like
  • Interesting Times
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    Author’s reply » Morning AL..

     

    ok for all those who wait for quarterly results. What do you think so far ? Good, bad, or ugly ?
    22 Jan, 10:39 AM Reply Like
  • CWinn1970
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    Interested to see what (NRF) and (TGT) report. (NRF) has been setting 52 week highs today.
    22 Jan, 01:16 PM Reply Like
  • Interesting Times
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    Author’s reply » CWINN

     

    What aren't you participating in the challenge.? You would make number 20 !!

     

    It is fun>>>

     

    Come on,,,,,play !!
    22 Jan, 01:20 PM Reply Like
  • CWinn1970
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    Most of my picks are for long term dividend paying stocks. Not sure how well that would translate to the challenge. As of right now I'm limiting myself to two "trading" stocks within my portfolio (<10% of my taxable account). I'm dabbling with two biotech's right now and they've run up drastically since I purchased. I'll have to look at the challenge and maybe I'll use those two.
    22 Jan, 04:14 PM Reply Like
  • Interesting Times
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    Author’s reply » CWINN

     

    I am sure if the group stays together after July we will declare a winner and then go another year.. It really is to try some things to see if they work.

     

    I would never put all my money in (NUGT) except I am trying out a strategy.. You have up to 10 symbols but invest at your own pace.

     

    FEAR will forward you the link after you decide if you want to try it and then you can see how all of us are doing...

     

    I am happy to have to 2 individuals that do all the work You just post what you want to buy. If you need the link to the portfolio chapter here is an old one..

     

    http://seekingalpha.co...

     

    It's all for fun !!
    22 Jan, 05:16 PM Reply Like
  • Fear & Greed Trader
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    Link to the portfolio spreadsheet

     

    http://bit.ly/1bLS1sO
    22 Jan, 05:40 PM Reply Like
  • Interesting Times
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    Author’s reply » FEAR

     

    Thanks!
    22 Jan, 05:51 PM Reply Like
  • al roman
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    The Man is Gold.
    22 Jan, 05:54 PM Reply Like
  • Interesting Times
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    Author’s reply » AL

     

    You know my gambling instincts told me to sell (NUGT) at yesterdays close and buy (DUST)....But I am trying to just get to that ONE STOP PRICE before I bail..

     

    Plus I am trying to teach myself to be patient when I invest, not day trade, I know long term it is better to hold most stocks that you like or mutual funds..

     

    Almost pulled the trigger...Monday Morning QB >>
    22 Jan, 05:58 PM Reply Like
  • al roman
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    I got a confession,the house stopped me.
    22 Jan, 06:06 PM Reply Like
  • al roman
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    CWinn1970,
    Conservative investors are King,foundation laid and set time to establish get in the challenge and seat with NY Aristocracy and best,you earned it reap the Challenge,Good God Ya All.
    23 Jan, 03:43 AM Reply Like
  • Fear & Greed Trader
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    Report from last Friday from Factset research:

     

    53 companies that have reported earnings to date for Q4 2013, 57% have reported earnings above the mean estimate and 58% have reported sales above the mean estimate.

     

    IMO , neither Good bad or ugly -- mmmmm bland ?
    22 Jan, 11:59 AM Reply Like
  • Interesting Times
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    Author’s reply » OK, is it me or did the font size shrink ??

     

    Oh, and I told SA no need for the like button on my blog. No one uses it anyway :)
    22 Jan, 12:08 PM Reply Like
  • al roman
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    IT ,
    Do you think it is a good idea to hold during this meteorological event any suggestion on the predicted and present time structure and how it could equate to optimization,kind of a timing question.
    22 Jan, 12:34 PM Reply Like
  • Tack
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    Maybe, a little, but why the huge white-space gaps between comments? We'll be scrolling forever in some of these threads.
    22 Jan, 12:44 PM Reply Like
  • Interesting Times
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    Author’s reply » I already wrote SA about that as well. They are wearing out my mouse !
    22 Jan, 01:10 PM Reply Like
  • JohnBinTN
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    Just an investment heads-up for everyone - I officially am out of (WIN) @ $7.88 as of 1/21/14 after 4 years, 7months of holding it. Prepare for it to strap rockets on and go to the moon. For all of my trouble, I came out $47.61 ahead on invested capital (that does NOT include received and re-invested dividends!).

     

    Yes, I have my (large) tax loss for 2014 already.

     

    This was a good reminder to myself to avoid being greedy. I could have gotten out at over $14. :(

     

    Burn in hell, (WIN).
    22 Jan, 05:02 PM Reply Like
  • Interesting Times
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    Author’s reply » JBT

     

    Do you mind telling us what you paid for it ??
    22 Jan, 05:18 PM Reply Like
  • JohnBinTN
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    IT,

     

    That's kind of a loaded question... There were 7 different purchases with cash out of my pocket. There were 4.5 years of full dividend re-investment.

     

    If you include the re-invested dividends received + out-of-pocket cash, my average per share cost was $10.13. Subtract out the divs, and it comes to $7.48 per share.

     

    On cash invested (not including dividends), I made about 0.63% per annum on my out-of-pocket cash.

     

    It was like a interest-bearing savings account, basically.

     

    It all depends on how you want to look at it...
    22 Jan, 05:32 PM Reply Like
  • Interesting Times
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    Author’s reply » What made you sell if you are getting a healthy dividend
    ? Reason I ask is that I am looking for beaten down stocks with a nice yield..
    Did you see something you did not like?
    22 Jan, 05:52 PM Reply Like
  • JohnBinTN
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    Good question! To answer that, look at my results as of my sale... Look at the chart. The "healthy" dividend was getting eroded away by declines in the share price.

     

    I sold for a variety of reasons... Those include wanting to move my money to something that nets me more than 2.5% on my investment after 4.5 years, worrying about the dividend being cut or eliminated quarter after quarter, loss of confidence in company management, loss of confidence in the decisions they've made, etc., etc.

     

    It was the one "bad mojo" (stocks that I worry about) stock that I held... I have two more that are close to being "bad mojo", and those are both REITs.

     

    Beware "healthy" dividends.... Because they are large in percentage size does not mean they are "healthy".

     

    I will feel vindicated if they announce a cut or suspension in the next quarter or two...
    22 Jan, 06:04 PM Reply Like
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    If you're looking for yield in the same sector, I still hold (FTR). It yields 8+%/year. It's not one of my previously mentioned 'bad mojo' stocks. I may move my (WIN) money into it. Part of the proceeds from the Windstream sale are going to a new water heater... Me and the wife are going to swap it out weekend after next. ;)
    22 Jan, 06:17 PM Reply Like
  • Interesting Times
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    Author’s reply » I looked at that stock years ago. In fact we have Frontier Comm. where I live. If I remember correctly the stock got hit a few years ago ?
    22 Jan, 06:28 PM Reply Like
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    Correct. They cut their dividend at that time. I think that's what's coming up for (WIN). They are taking on debt to pay out their dividend. Big red flag.

     

    (FTR) took its licks after the cut, just like (CTL) did. But they are both healthier companies because of the cuts.

     

    These companies will always be around until they get bought out by majors, which may never happen (since the majors tend to shed their rural assets to them whenever they get a chance).

     

    Anyways, do your DD, etc. Utilities tend not to be DGI stocks, so the dividend you get at purchase is usually the dividend you will get going forward into the future...
    22 Jan, 06:38 PM Reply Like
  • Interesting Times
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    Author’s reply » we are going to hit the debt ceiling sooner then expected...Does it really matter?

     

    http://huff.to/LVJWwP

     

    JBT...Check out (PSEC)...
    22 Jan, 06:12 PM Reply Like
  • Fear & Greed Trader
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    Time for each side of the DC crowd to get more "air time" and give us their respective rhetoric
    22 Jan, 06:27 PM Reply Like
  • CWinn1970
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    IT, is that the only BDC you own? I'm in several other ones. I follow BDC Buzz and he regularly updates on everything BDC related. (MAIN) is another monthly payer that I have which pays a lower yield than (PSEC) but has appreciated much more in price.
    22 Jan, 08:56 PM Reply Like
  • Interesting Times
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    Author’s reply » CWINN
    As of now yes...I have homework to do on the others but I am comfortable with the steady dividend.. If you have other suggestions please feel free to post them.

     

    My better half is more comfortable with the stock price staying steady yet kicks off a decent yield. Like (MAIN) ...Am I buying at the top, middle, or bottom?

     

    Still doing my homework as the non interest in the banks is killing me !!

     

    I would like to add another one or two for diversification in my ROTH IRA..

     

    Hey, an idea....Join the challenge and add a few and then I can follow them:)
    22 Jan, 09:06 PM Reply Like
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    Just put in 3 different picks for the challenge.

     

    Too answer your question (MAIN) is at 52 week high. I got in much closer to the 52 week low. I drip this one.
    23 Jan, 08:50 AM Reply Like
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    Author’s reply » CWINN

     

    Welcome.

     

    I drip (PSEC) as well !!
    23 Jan, 09:00 AM Reply Like
  • al roman
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    The Best stocks to own are those that go into justice in dozens and always end up in coffee and doughnuts on the house.
    22 Jan, 06:57 PM Reply Like
  • JohnBinTN
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    So.... Police stocks?
    22 Jan, 07:04 PM Reply Like
  • al roman
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    No,it's just good to see when several corporations whom you own stocks in their ventures don't draw scrutiny,it's the share holder who pays for that.
    Better to see smiles and confidence.
    22 Jan, 07:38 PM Reply Like
  • Interesting Times
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    Author’s reply » WARNING !!

     

    "IT FIB" charts just threw off a sell signal for tomorrow...Lock in your profits before it's too late !!

     

    I have tried to warn ya all .>>>
    22 Jan, 11:15 PM Reply Like
  • al roman
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    Excluding the Massive Massive Defensive Utility and Natural Gas Complex.
    23 Jan, 02:34 AM Reply Like
  • al roman
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    Seriously just watch it as a Sector.

     

    USD/MMBtu 4.74-4.75 we made a good call goes over 5 every grunts a winner,congratulations a lot of work and a long time in coming.
    You guys that are into this Liquefied is a long way.
    Dominion cove will pay the k-12 cost for the state,their running school buses on the stuff a lot quieter a lot cleaner.
    more to come on the fuel cell kinda quiet !
    23 Jan, 03:03 AM Reply Like
  • al roman
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    Something going on in NJ on the up & up,keep up the good work
    alright ! all set now !
    23 Jan, 03:22 AM Reply Like
  • Fear & Greed Trader
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    LOL,

     

    did the futures down -100 at 10:30 pm have anything to do with that

     

    :)
    23 Jan, 09:39 AM Reply Like
  • Interesting Times
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    Author’s reply » Actually they were only down 75 points when I saw it But he IT FIB is so sophisticated that it sent me an email to take a look at it !!

     

    Lock in those profits !! It didn't have any info on the miners though. I just believe we have a ways to go north. That email was sent to me over a year ago !! :)
    23 Jan, 09:46 AM Reply Like
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    Author’s reply » Well it looks pre market that gold id heading higher again.. Mean while all IT FIB flags pointing to a slight sell off of equities to continue today..

     

    Now conditions may change, like a good chartist will tell you,. However the design of the "IT FIB's" decisions should not be taken lightly..

     

    A warning I gave above was China, and look at the effect they are having on the Asian markets..

     

    Giddy up gold, I lost some ground yesterday because I refused to trade NUGT got dust for a day.. But my ascent will pick up speed today.!! Should have listened to the IT FIB !!
    23 Jan, 07:37 AM Reply Like
  • al roman
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    Jamie says we are firing on all cylinder's on the up & up.
    23 Jan, 07:39 AM Reply Like
  • Interesting Times
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    Author’s reply » The edit button doesn't work properly to make an edit.

     

    I way trying to say I refused to trade NUGT for a day and pick up DUST.. Then I was going to sell DUST and buy NUGT back at the end of the day yesterday ,,.

     

    That is called day trading and although the IT FIB gave me a winner I refused to do it.. I do not want to be day trading..

     

    anyone else having a problem editing a comment after you submit it ??
    23 Jan, 07:42 AM Reply Like
  • al roman
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    SA wants A to B sequentiality in subsequent upward progressions.
    23 Jan, 07:45 AM Reply Like
  • Interesting Times
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    Author’s reply » Chinese factory activity shrinks for 1st time in 6 months. Chinese HSBC flash PMI has dropped to below 50 - the line separating contraction from expansion - for the first time in half a year, falling to 49.6 in January from 50.5 in December and missing consensus for a rise to 50.6. "The weak flash PMI will inevitably inflame China slowdown worries, but this is only one data point," says strategist Linus Yip. "If more data start to also show a deeper slowdown, Beijing may be forced to stimulate."

     

    Boy, they throw that word "stimulate" around like it Is a cure for cancer !!
    23 Jan, 10:42 AM Reply Like
  • al roman
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    Don't forget the SEC action too.
    23 Jan, 10:50 AM Reply Like
  • Fear & Greed Trader
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    Stimulation is a good thing - it sure hasn't hurt our returns here in the U.S. :)

     

    and it sure cured the "cancer " that many retirees portfolios suffered in 2008 :)
    23 Jan, 10:52 AM Reply Like
  • Interesting Times
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    Author’s reply » Let's see in a few years. Were only at halftime !!

     

    I see cracks forming and they may be running out of fingers soon.
    23 Jan, 10:55 AM Reply Like
  • Fear & Greed Trader
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    Hmm ,,,respectfully disagree - Halftime !! --- not sure how much more evidence is needed to debunk that thought , Anyway ,,,

     

    A 'cut & paste" from another article ---a comment I made earlier here on SA,, In case anyone has forgotten my stance on the markets

     

    " the doomers come out of hiding when the S & P is off 1% ,, they always conveniently forget the 170% increase . ;)

     

    Can u imagine what they will be saying with a 10% correction ??
    of course its fully expected in the context of the secular bull market we are currently enjoying.. BUT they'll sound the "end of the financial world tune".

     

    and to that end , I expect we'll see an abundance of Gold and Precious metals articles now here on SA.. that crowd always come out of the caves to trumpet the fear sirens on days like these .. "

     

    "As of the moment" this is the 'typical" knee jerk reaction to the mornings headlines..

     

    One "tell" I use for the global economy --- OIL , I realize there are MANY factors that move the price of oil ,, BUT if the guys that manage real money were at all convinced of a "global slowdown" - OIL would be cracking also,,---- its up on the day...

     

    There is a "pivot point" that i have in my sights that would change my "short term " view on the markets and I'll speak more to that in my blog later this week..

     

    Nothing has changed folks , we are in a secular bull market ,, and investors should be positioned for that fact..
    23 Jan, 11:15 AM Reply Like
  • Interesting Times
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    Author’s reply » Ok, so let me know when it is time to go "all in"

     

    You also have stated we have a nice size correction coming but then say we should be invested now ?

     

    So please just let me know when you take the money you have sitting on the sidelines for your clients that your "all in"

     

    Funny, I also saw all those FA'S disappear after 2008/9 as well.. Seems they come out when the coast seems clear. Unless you have a crystal ball I politely disagree that your opinion is indeed not fact.

     

    Just your opinion..
    23 Jan, 11:29 AM Reply Like
  • Tack
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    IT:

     

    I've been nearly "all in" for 20 years.

     

    Of course, those, who don't understand, would say I'm a "perma-bull." Naturally, those inclined to think investing is a game of calling tops and bottoms and putting all one's money either in the market or in a mattress simply don't understand investing, at all.

     

    Since it's utterly impossible to pick tops and and bottoms --either in magnitude or timing -- the better way to make money over the longer haul is to be diversified and invested all the time and to rotate funds into counter-cyclical positions, depending on market and economic conditions.

     

    I've spent years seeing paralyzed supposed "investors" ask if it's ok "now" to invest. And, the answer is always yes. It's the "how "and "what" part that's important, not the "if" part. But, those who are fearful for one reason or another always seem to find some reason why the timing isn't fortuitous at a particular instance. Either the market is off some prior lows, so there is fear it will return there, or if it's plumbing new lows, then the fear is that it will never stop. This results in crippling and self-defeating paralysis.

     

    Often, I wonder if those on the sidelines need investment advice or would be better served by some life counseling on making objective decisions. It doesn't matter what might work for investments, if one can never summon the courage to enter the fray.

     

    The greatest enemy of an investor isn't market direction; it's time. The time uninvested, and compounding that accompany it, can never be recovered.
    23 Jan, 11:56 AM Reply Like
  • Interesting Times
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    Author’s reply » T

     

    John Bogle from Vanguard gave the same exact advice as you just did.

     

    Trying to convince my 25 year old to start now and not make the same mistake that her father did ! Although my life had two dramatic events that no one saw coming..

     

    Trying to get her to even just invest $100 bucks a month into a mutual fund...Any you like for the younger generation to get started ?

     

    Open to all !!

     

    Thanks..
    23 Jan, 12:10 PM Reply Like
  • Fear & Greed Trader
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    IT,
    of course I'm invested now , a correction is nothing to fear...

     

    A note i just sent out to clients:
    " MAKE SURE THAT THERE IS CASH AVAILABLE FOR WHEN WE DO HAVE THAT CORRECTION.. it will be important -- so while I am invested heavily , I have cash that i can go to ,to take advantage of a downturn -- IMO , it's prudent advice..

     

    otherwise an investor will have to sit and wait for the market to come back, certainly not the end of the world , but opportunities will be missed, IF that indeed happens .. "

     

    Of course its an opinion, if i truly believed that my correction scenario was FACT , i wouldn't be here , i would have my own island somewhere.. :) ... It's an opinion that keeps me cautious, (not fearful) as anyone should be after this big run. ..

     

    And as always there are opportunities to get started

     

    (RIG) yields 4.8% -
    (ESV) yields 5.5%
    solid undervalued companies with earnings-- selling at the low end of their trading ranges...

     

    they pay more than cash sitting in a bank,, & IMO they will be higher down the road --

     

    the FA's didn't disappear, they were holding the hands of scared investors , and for those that listened to the advice , they are doing Ok today ,, Unfortunately many didn't and sold out at the bottom ,,, & that makes me very unhappy -- it was a life changing event for many ...
    23 Jan, 12:14 PM Reply Like
  • Interesting Times
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    Author’s reply » FEAR

     

    You know I respect your opinion. So please do not take it personally. I just think all of us would be better off leaving the metals out of the conversation unless provoked.

     

    Some are gold bugs, I am not one. But I don't read charts besides my "IT FIB" one :)

     

    The two symbols you gave are for beginners? Do they invest and just forget about it ?I am looking for advice for those just starting out. I fully understand that you have to monitor any investment.

     

    But what do I tell my 25 year old who doesn't even want to hear it to start with.?

     

    Dos she start with a mutual fund ? We have so many lurkers that I am sure to hear what you and tack suggest ..

     

    Thanks !
    23 Jan, 12:25 PM Reply Like
  • Fear & Greed Trader
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    Tack,
    "Often, I wonder if those on the sidelines need investment advice or would be better served by some life counseling on making objective decisions. It doesn't matter what might work for investments, if one can never summon the courage to enter the fray."

     

    "The greatest enemy of an investor isn't market direction; it's time. The time uninvested, and compounding that accompany it, can never be recovered. "

     

    that says it all,, its a mindset that surely needs counseling .....
    23 Jan, 12:26 PM Reply Like
  • Tack
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    IT:

     

    For someone with neither the time, inclination nor experience to manage a portfolio, I'd highly recommend:

     

    Vanguard Windsor II - VWNFX
    Vanguard Wellington - VWELX

     

    Just make contributions with regularity and leave alone.

     

    Furthermore, if at all possible, make these contributions in a maxxed out IRA. (Use Roth only if you can make the same level contribution on an after-tax basis.)
    23 Jan, 12:28 PM Reply Like
  • Interesting Times
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    Author’s reply » Guys

     

    Counseling isn't the right word.. Most don't have the experience you two do. Maybe education ??

     

    Most have no clue and feel intimidated once they read comments like that !

     

    You guys have to understand most aren't at your level.. Great for you, not so good for those seeking advice here.

     

    I try to monitor what is asked of me , plus I am looking for personal professional ideas as well..

     

    (PSEC) , SOMETHING I NEVER HEARD OF, is now in my portfolio because of listening to you guys..
    23 Jan, 12:34 PM Reply Like
  • Interesting Times
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    Author’s reply » T

     

    Thanks, I am invested myself in Wellington. I like the conservative ,balanced portfolio.. Been around many years ..We both just showed our age ..

     

    Windsor .. I know the name but have to look up the prospectus.

     

    "Furthermore, if at all possible, make these contributions in a maxxed out IRA.".. Someone wants to know what this means ...
    23 Jan, 12:59 PM Reply Like
  • Tack
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    F&G:

     

    " MAKE SURE THAT THERE IS CASH AVAILABLE FOR WHEN WE DO HAVE THAT CORRECTION...."

     

    I want to challenge this strategy, to a degree.

     

    Because it's impossible to time tops and bottoms, as we both profess, then, equally, it's impossible to adhere to such a view and allocate money way from investments to cash without engaging in exactly the market timing we often decry. And, there's no way around this issue's materiality, either, because if the amounts of cash are small, then they don't much matter, and if the cash allocations become large enough to make material impact on one's portfolio, by buying on any major dip, then that means that the already-invested amounts have been recued significantly, which by any other name is still a form of market timing.

     

    I used to get caught in just such a trap, trying to decide how much cash to raise and when. Then, I discovered that a better approach, than sitting on entirely unproductive cash and wondering when the ever-elusive correction would appear, is to stay invested, but alter allocations toward counter-cyclical issues, like preferred shares, bond funds, etc. These types of investments perform well in pullbacks and even do ok, if the market keeps advancing. If we do have a major reversal, then one can always sell these issues later, and redeploy to new undervalued common stocks that may appear in any pullback.

     

    In essence, I'm rather anti-cash, except for a rainy-day fund.

     

    Your comments welcome.
    23 Jan, 01:09 PM Reply Like
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    Fear - Funds finally hit account today and purchased (TGT) at $58.60.

     

    My opinion is this is a bump in the road, so take advantage of the opportunity.
    23 Jan, 01:09 PM Reply Like
  • Fear & Greed Trader
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    Cwinn,

     

    Can't argue with that move... the div will be nice to have while we wait for the rebound ...
    Are you familiar with (BBBY) ?, i owned it in the past, made a nice profit along the way ..

     

    Stock has cratered because of poor guidance going forward..
    even though they will earn $5 share in '14
    trading now around 65 down from a high of 80 just a while ago..

     

    Its up today on a -200 DJIA day .. maybe be forming a bottom.. ? retail is being thrown away here and may be DEAD for a while but there is good Mgmn't here and over time i see a move back to the old highs .. IMO it's undervalued...

     

    My take on the sell off on 1/14

     

    http://seekingalpha.co...

     

    Happy Investing.......
    23 Jan, 01:30 PM Reply Like
  • CWinn1970
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    T -

     

    In my taxable account I kind of invest this way too. I send a deposit every other pay period. Once I hit $1,000 in cash I look to put it to work. Either new positions or bolster ones that I feel are undervalued. This I've picked up from reading here on SA. My cash, a rainy-day fund, is kept with in a money market savings account.
    23 Jan, 01:46 PM Reply Like
  • Fear & Greed Trader
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    Tack,

     

    points well taken regarding dealing with the "cash" portion of one's portfolio..

     

    Since I handle a handful of accounts and of course my own portfolio , I try to keep things as "manageable" as possible , while trying to get the best results..

     

    The note i just sent out pertains to the common stock portion of an investors portfolio.. While i manage and oversee these portfolios , I do not take possession of any funds , stocks, cash or the like . Instead each individual maintains his/her own investment accounts.. It simply avoids any question , issues and liability ..

     

    So while I advise, recommend , I work in concert with each investor rather than "demand" or "take charge' of any account.

     

    I constantly monitor each account and gently remind them of my overall themes and strategies .. Everyone usually complies to my thoughts because while they are familiar with the investment world they simply can't manage it themselves due to "time" issues or the like..

     

    With only a handful of families that i do this for , it has worked out amicably for all parties involved..

     

    Now back to the original issue with "cash" , I remind all at this point in time since we have had this run that I would like and recommend a 15-20% cash position left in the equity side of the house. Of course this varies at different times and presently i am in that range myself.. So rather than move funds back & forth with the movement of the markets,for the equity side of the equation, i like to enter into positions , take profits along the way, get dry powder , & reload , Wash rinse repeat if you will ... These are what i term as "intermediate" holdings , core positions are left in tact unless the entire landscape changes..

     

    If in fact I feel, or they wish to, during a periodic review of the entire portfolio (every quarter) , I will in fact suggest taking that idle cash and move some of the profits to the other asset classes.. and as you know that varies with each individuals station in life and the present market landscape .. This is then "manageable " for me as the overseer of the account..

     

    I will also add that my fee is based only in what is "invested " sans cash .... so while it would be to my advantage to have all Fully invested, I don't believe its a manageable situation for someone in my position that would produce the best results for all. Keeping in mind, that as their total asset base grows,, my income grows, so both the client and I are in this together...( I take no percentage of anyone's profit like a hedge fund manager, simply a fee on total assets invested) , My goal make the assets grow over time . ;)
    in summary , for an investor who dedicates the time to manage their own funds , like yourself , you have the ability to make those quick moves ... When managing a handful of accounts , while they get attention , the movements can be a bit slower..
    and with that I always want some cash available..
    I am somewhere between a person like yourself and the large investment firms..

     

    Many FA's in the larger firms , go over their clients allocations , once a year and then simply move the allocations based on the "firm's" asset allocation model for that year..
    23 Jan, 02:28 PM Reply Like
  • CWinn1970
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    ESV is interesting. Will look further into it.
    23 Jan, 09:48 PM Reply Like
  • Tandemfrau
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    Interesting Times, I have three daughters all in their twenties who could not care less what the stock market is doing, and who can't imagine their old age, so I opened Roth accounts with VG for them, rather than hope they took the initiative some day. I convinced them to contribute to the accounts, even if it was a small amount, just to get them going. On a regular basis, I discuss our investments with them, so they at least hear the language, and will have the vocabulary when they (someday) hopefully become more interested. This is the approach my father took with me and it took a few years, but it paid off. Over the last five years, I have regularly reviewed their accounts with them and have stressed how much farther ahead they are than their contemporaries simply because they opened a Roth. My youngest daughter told me the other day how amazed her friends are that she has a 7k retirement account at the age of 22!
    24 Jan, 05:48 PM Reply Like
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    Author’s reply » TAND

     

    Welcome, and that is great news!! I am divorced so as soon as I try to talk to my daughter about investing she tunes me out and looks for her car keys..

     

    Your daughters get a standing ovation from me, and you and your mate as well.. I only wish my kid would even read this !!
    24 Jan, 06:18 PM Reply Like
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    Author’s reply » May I ask with specific mutual funds you started them out with? Can you please bracket the symbols so that others can notice them ?

     

    Thanks !
    24 Jan, 06:20 PM Reply Like
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    Author’s reply » I might add please remove doomers from all your answers. We are not doomers, just regular investors being careful with our money.

     

    Every time someone tries to explain that to you it gets flipped into gold, silver, bunkers, etc..

     

    Seriously getting old. Talk stocks and corrections...I don't even think you fully understand PM'S and why some of us own a % of it ! That was the mantra 20 years ago from the majority of FA'S.

     

    Had one listened to them you would be sitting just fine with your metals..I am !! Glad I listened ..
    23 Jan, 11:34 AM Reply Like
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    Author’s reply » Like you said right one cue !!
    FEAR

     

    indianamark
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    I took the liberty to cut and paste here..

     

    2013 left me battered and bruised but still believing that silver is the most under valued investment opportunity of our lifetime.

     

    Since 1/01/14 I have bought AGQ at $16.826, GWSAF @ $0.0347 and NUGT Jan. 15, 100 call @ $4.77.

     

    GWSAF is in the Timmons district. The same day as my buy GG made an offer to buy Osisko, in the same Timmons deposit. They valued Osisko's gold in the ground at $800/oz. I bought mine for $3.00/oz. Today GWSAF is at $0.084, more than a double since 1/13/14.

     

    Detour Gold, in the same district, is also on a tear.

     

    Keith Barron says,"Once gold takes out the $1265 area, the upside will accelerate."

     

    I just don't get it. Why the hatred for gold ?? You can make money investing in them. Just look a who is leading our challenge.. A PM dealer !!
    23 Jan, 11:41 AM Reply Like
  • Fear & Greed Trader
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    IT,

     

    I'm not getting into the "hatred gold nonsense again,, my POINT was just as i mentioned earlier

     

    The GOLD and PM folks will arrive on the scene to cry the "fear" tune
    witht he action in the markets today ....
    and on cue that is exactly what I saw with that comment..

     

    I never said you couldn't make money in PM's , and i didn't mention anywhere in my commentary today about the price of gold.. merely a point to say the 'fear " factor is high today and the folks that love PM's love "fear" and they are here to tell us all about it.. ..

     

    If u or anyone else is sensitive to that -- so be it .. if u don't want me to use certain words like doomers here -- so be it--

     

    unfortunately it goes hand in hand with the investment strategy for many here...

     

    what "word" can i or anyone else use for an investor that is constantly negative and hasn't seen the light of day regarding the markets for years.. sorry i think "doomers ' fits nicely

     

    yes we should all bow down to the PM dealer who is leading a portfolio 'exercise"
    23 Jan, 12:23 PM Reply Like
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    Author’s reply » Ok,i gotta break the tenseness here !!

     

    > An Irishman was walking home late at night and sees woman in the dark shadows.
    >
    > 'Thirty euros,' she whispers.
    >
    > Murphy had never been with a hooker before, but decides what the hell, it's
    only thirty euros.
    >
    > So they hid in the bushes.
    >
    > They're going 'at it' for a minute when all of a sudden a light flashes on
    them.
    >
    > It is the police.
    >
    > 'What's going on here, people?' asks the cop.
    >
    > 'I'm making love to me wife,' Paddy answers sounding annoyed.
    >
    > 'Oh, I'm sorry,' says the cop, 'I didn't know.'
    >
    > 'Well, neidder did I, til ya shined that bloody light in her face!'
    23 Jan, 12:53 PM Reply Like
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    Author’s reply » FEAR

     

    I took Indiana's comment just to update what he invested in, how it was doing, and just updating.. Nothing more. I know he invests in stocks as well.. ANYWAY ...

     

    No need to bow down to anyone except the "IT FIB" .....lol
    23 Jan, 12:55 PM Reply Like
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    ok , will do -- ;)
    23 Jan, 01:31 PM Reply Like
  • al roman
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    What do you get when you cross a tiger and a parrot ?
    23 Jan, 12:57 PM Reply Like
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    a dead parrot ??
    23 Jan, 01:30 PM Reply Like
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    A Flying Tiger?
    23 Jan, 01:32 PM Reply Like
  • al roman
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    Half parrot half tiger as one living thing.
    What do you get ?
    23 Jan, 01:33 PM Reply Like
  • Tack
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    It talks too much, but you better listen.
    23 Jan, 01:38 PM Reply Like
  • al roman
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    I really don't know either but when She speaks i listen !
    23 Jan, 01:41 PM Reply Like
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    Author’s reply » How do you know it's a she ??
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    You know it's a she when you have to play a shell game with what's in your pocket,and zipper the lip.
    23 Jan, 09:28 PM Reply Like
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    Author’s reply » T OR F

     

    I thought if interest rates went down so would gold.. So why this ??

     

    Treasury's and gold continue nice 2014 run >>>

     

    Money continues to flow into the world's most hated asset class, with the 10-year Treasury yield off a big nine basis points today to 2.77%. It started the year at 3%. Year-to-date TLT has already outperformed the S&P 500 by about 620 basis points.

     

    Another asset garnering its fair share of hate entering the year, gold continues a nice 2014 run. Up 2% today to $1,264 per ounce, the metal's up more than 5% YTD.
    23 Jan, 03:28 PM Reply Like
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    IT:

     

    Gold is running much higher on the day because of the usual knee-jerk fear that a -200+ DOW day usually creates. No surprise there.

     

    As for heading higher YTD while rates have subsided, none of it makes much sense, other than a technical bounce or some belief that the Fed will abandon taper (they won't) and initiate more QE.

     

    Any signs of a weakening or pause in the economy rightfully send interest rates lower, but gold is supposed to be an inflation hedge, and a weakening economy would be deflationary. That always brings us back to the fear play.

     

    P.S. Treasuries the "world's most hated asset class?" Hardly. They are the world's most favored asset class, bar none, as is always evidenced by flight there in any moment of fear and that the world has rushed continuously to buy them at all-time record-low yields.
    23 Jan, 03:40 PM Reply Like
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    There was a rumor that the Indian gov't was going to eliminate the tax they levy on Gold imports . that tax has been increased 3 or 4 times this year ......sending gold higher after the report aired .....

     

    ,, that rumor was dispelled , but gold holds onto gains as Tack mentioned , as the "fear" factor is high today with the "china news"
    23 Jan, 03:56 PM Reply Like
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    Author’s reply » FEAR

     

    Any link to that Indian comment ? I haven't read anything about it ..
    23 Jan, 08:43 PM Reply Like
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    Author’s reply » so does anyone expect a positive market day tomorrow ?

     

    How about gold, will it still go up in price before the weekend ?
    23 Jan, 07:50 PM Reply Like
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    "Luck Be a Lady Tonight"

     

    How can you have a nice day when a Global partner is not corrupt but incompetent and 20% of your bet is with him and he can;t even simulate QE,and believes his own lies,really believes them!!
    23 Jan, 08:07 PM Reply Like
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    Author’s reply » For those who say we have profit taking going on I seriously doubt that right now !

     

    "IT FIB" says we have rocky waters ahead for the rest of the year !

     

    The Chinese data is only part of the problem...

     

    So if anyone is going to get defensive what do you like?
    23 Jan, 08:25 PM Reply Like
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    Market perception is a funny thing with all of the media hype , talking heads etc..

     

    The S & P is off 1% from its all time high, -- 1 %

     

    not saying to throw caution to the wind BUT "defensive" is a bit premature for me at this point...

     

    However nothing wrong with (T) and its 5% div yield.. selling at the low end of its trading range ...

     

    For the ultra conservative the utilities can offer yield (D)
    23 Jan, 09:30 PM Reply Like
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    (ED)(http://bit.ly/KQPuYD)(... no likes, originally not even the adviser, regulated and public interest sort of like buying "War Bond's"

     

    run the graphs every which way has outerperformed Naz,sp,dow & GS simultaneously for much the last two years and it's main competitors is Gold & Bonds.Avg.yield 5% and since 1991 not one has gone below cost basis,better than a Treasury.
    23 Jan, 08:39 PM Reply Like
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    Author’s reply » AL

     

    Seems like a nice list you got there !!!
    23 Jan, 08:42 PM Reply Like
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    They use it as a template now.Their survivors.
    23 Jan, 08:49 PM Reply Like
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    Author’s reply » Can you repeat those symbols again. Somehow the got messed up !!
    23 Jan, 08:51 PM Reply