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  • Interesting Times
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    Author’s reply » LET'S CARRY THIS OVER FROM LAST CHAPTER !!

     

    Author’s reply » Japan's economy contracted sharply in the second quarter after a national sales tax in April rose 3% and triggered a sharp decline in consumer spending. Real GDP shrank 6.8% in the three months through June on an annualized basis from the prior quarter. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will have to address the tax issue again soon. A sales tax increase (which will raise the rate to 10%) has been approved by the Japanese government and will take effect in October 2015.

     

    So I guess raising taxes isn't a good idea either ??? What will they try next >>>>
    13 Aug 2014, 08:06 AM Reply Like
  • eppf2
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    Question!
    Energy (NYSE:HK) or metals ie. GLD, SLW, SLV, GG.
    Europe, especially Germany is having a tough time the last few months. And of course, Japan, as was previously discussed. The TMS drilling area is being explored and may hold the golden chalice for HK. Hk is being - according to management - built to be bought out at some time and price. On the other hand, it's being reported that "big time investors" who ever they might be, have begun buying back into gold. For my part, I've started nibbling at the miners via the ETF. And expanding my exposure to HK. Risky but I think current conditions warrant such risk.
    15 Aug 2014, 10:44 AM Reply Like
  • Interesting Times
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    Author’s reply » Markets look poised to open higher.. Has anyone read any books recently that warrant adding to the READING CHAPTER ??

     

    It has been quiet for a while..
    13 Aug 2014, 08:09 AM Reply Like
  • Interesting Times
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    Author’s reply » JULY RETAIL SALES UNCHANGED.. I BET IT EVENTALLY GETS DOWNGRADED TO A NEGATIVE FIGURE..

     

    YUP, HITTING ON ALL CYLINDERS !! HAD TO OF BEEN THAT POLAR VORTEX >>>
    13 Aug 2014, 08:36 AM Reply Like
  • Interesting Times
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    Author’s reply » My Rankings, Username, Cash Balance, Market Value,
    Initial Portfolio Value, Current Portfolio Value, Return

     

    1 MadcapLaughs -14,272.49 120,340.67 100,000.00 106,068.18 6.07%
    2 kanwar99 -302.95 166,170.00 100,000.00 102,217.05 2.22%
    3 Interesting 829.95 100,132.25 100,000.00 100,962.20 0.96%
    4 cbowman 2,533.74 98,018.00 100,000.00 100,551.74 0.55%
    5 User7 63.99 100,341.15 100,000.00 100,405.14 0.41%
    6 deercreekvols 36,390.75 63,907.50 100,000.00 100,298.25 0.30%
    7 crademan 4,928.18 95,354.72 100,000.00 100,282.90 0.28%
    8 JohnBinTN 77.27 100,168.05 100,000.00 100,245.32 0.25%
    9 EconomicAnalyst 70,900.74 29,286.83 100,000.00 100,187.57 0.19%
    10 Carl2014 7,535.94 92,644.00 100,000.00 100,179.94 0.18%
    11 JohnWilson 90,986.24 9,103.00 100,000.00 100,089.24 0.09%
    12 OldWarrior -55,553.94 154,884.79 100,000.00 99,330.85 -0.67%

     

    still looking for some new players !!
    13 Aug 2014, 08:39 AM Reply Like
  • al roman
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    Just did 2 hrs of updating ! O.K,With all the low beta established i'm wondering what the next position should be or just go heavy on the 10-20% upside.?

     

    Crade has a good balanced approach,DC just right above,Following those two solidifying at higher levels will is a good idea and lesson,Mastering over volatility is a good skill.
    6.07% in this market is fair.
    13 Aug 2014, 08:41 AM Reply Like
  • Interesting Times
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    Author’s reply » Whatever you do I would like to see it in the challenge :)
    13 Aug 2014, 08:47 AM Reply Like
  • al roman
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    I know my brains are cooked i got to get to it,becoming not a good excuse,the advisers are cooked too right now
    Where's DC ?
    I think the opening going to be mixed and cautious until the obvious is settled.
    13 Aug 2014, 08:59 AM Reply Like
  • al roman
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    Looking better and better.
    13 Aug 2014, 09:19 AM Reply Like
  • deercreekvols
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    Good morning to all!

     

    Just working on finding a balance in the Portfolio Challenge2. Finding the right balance in "real" Portfolios has been tricky too. Dividend payers always are attractive and I keep a few speculation plays in the mix.

     

    Read an article that said NY Governor Cuomo added stiffer penalties to the importing of and sale of ivory. Federal laws weren't enough for Gov. Cuomo on this one, so it seems. Still no word on Federal investigation into Gov.s panel that was "his."
    (Apologies for the political rant)

     

    Anyone have information on tax implications of investing in Canadian companies. I have my eye on $PGH and wonder if taxes (Jim Cramer spoke of this some time back) should have me looking elsewhere?

     

    Have a great day everyone.
    13 Aug 2014, 09:30 AM Reply Like
  • Dr. Ken Kapur
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    It is fair for me to tell what I did yesterday and today for the portfolio challenge. Yesterday I had a nice profit in NUGT but I let it go away and sold it with not much profit. Then I sold short
    TZA and went long TNA as I was expecting a rally ( See my blog published from yesterday morning)To day I closed all my positions, because I did not want my profit to slip away.
    13 Aug 2014, 12:25 PM Reply Like
  • al roman
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    Good move.
    13 Aug 2014, 12:30 PM Reply Like
  • Dr. Ken Kapur
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    What is the symbol for VIX in our contest?
    13 Aug 2014, 12:39 PM Reply Like
  • JohnBinTN
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    Many ways to trade the VIX... (NYSEARCA:VXX), (NYSEARCA:VXZ), (NASDAQ:TVIX), (NYSEARCA:XXV), (NASDAQ:XIV)...
    13 Aug 2014, 12:55 PM Reply Like
  • Interesting Times
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    Author’s reply » Kenny the gambler... Congrads !!
    13 Aug 2014, 03:12 PM Reply Like
  • deercreekvols
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    $CDZI on the move higher again today...I hold this in one portfolio, not in the PC2, of course...a play on water in CA...worth looking into IMO

     

    Any reason for the rally today?
    http://seekingalpha.co...

     

    Hope everyone has a great day.
    13 Aug 2014, 01:26 PM Reply Like
  • Dr. Ken Kapur
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    see http://bit.ly/1ibQaSd
    13 Aug 2014, 01:45 PM Reply Like
  • Interesting Times
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    Author’s reply » The POTUS says we might put boots on the ground BUT just to help the people out. Good or bad move ??
    13 Aug 2014, 03:14 PM Reply Like
  • JohnBinTN
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    ANY unnecessary foreign entanglement is a bad move. We've "helped" those people out for too long, and they all still want to kill us.
    13 Aug 2014, 03:15 PM Reply Like
  • al roman
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    JBT you get to the point their are no "feeling's"just don't call us late to lunch!!
    13 Aug 2014, 03:23 PM Reply Like
  • Interesting Times
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    Author’s reply » JBT

     

    I am with you on this one. I see nothing good happening. We are already arming a group that eventually will use it against us.
    13 Aug 2014, 03:29 PM Reply Like
  • al roman
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    IT the whole situation has to be cleared up from the bottom up,that is recognized,some real ugly stuff out their,you SA and the group are doing the work too.
    13 Aug 2014, 04:41 PM Reply Like
  • al roman
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    Good morning precious jewels of my eyes.
    14 Aug 2014, 08:05 AM Reply Like
  • nocnurzfred
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    Just joined the investment challenge this week, I love it, makes me feel like a million bucks! 2 questions though.
    1. Is it a million $, or 2? Seems after investing the million, there is this additional million purchasing power.
    2. Do dividends count? If so, when? Ex div or pay date?
    Did well on BPL. Sold some yesterday for nice profit, held the rest for todays ex div.
    14 Aug 2014, 09:03 AM Reply Like
  • Interesting Times
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    Author’s reply » NOC

     

    Are you in the correct challenge ? I don't see your name.. I think you may have joined the general challenge. You mention a million dollars and we only have 100k..So I think your in the wrong one !!

     

    Please use the link above in the blog and make sure it does say the IT CHALLENGE, not another one. Let us know if you need help,
    15 Aug 2014, 12:09 AM Reply Like
  • nocnurzfred
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    Got it. Now when I click on the Home Button, I can jump from ITs Challenge, straight to the other. A little confusing, but maybe it will stimulate some dying neurons.
    15 Aug 2014, 10:55 AM Reply Like
  • nocnurzfred
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    Correction; I need to click on the Challenge Button to choose which challenge to jump to.
    15 Aug 2014, 11:05 AM Reply Like
  • OldWarrior
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    It's $100k, but you can Margin up to 100k more at 8% interest on borrowings. Thus you have 200K buying power, but pay interest on any spent over 100K.
    Dividends count I believe, as does interest on unspent Principle (your first 100K)
    14 Aug 2014, 08:01 PM Reply Like
  • OldWarrior
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    POTUS announced today NO "Boots on the Ground" in Iraq.
    Limited air support, mostly in the Northeast (Kurdish) region.

     

    We may have "Boots on the Ground" in St Louis though!

     

    My cost of dang Roof Leak reaching 10k and counting though. :(
    14 Aug 2014, 08:05 PM Reply Like
  • Interesting Times
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    Author’s reply » St' Louis is a sore point for ME. I have been preaching for a few years now how the police are an extension of the military. Watching those rifles pointed at citizens sent chills up my spine and a check to the NRA !!
    15 Aug 2014, 12:36 AM Reply Like
  • CoinsK
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    Today we see that the young man that was shot and killed by a LEO was filmed pulling an armed robbery and choking a little man that owned a store. So much for the "Gentle Giant" story. I think we have been "Travonned" again by the lamestream media.
    15 Aug 2014, 03:37 PM Reply Like
  • Interesting Times
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    Author’s reply » COINS

     

    What is happening with silver ?? I know we have a new group handling the pricing . Did that cause the sell off ??
    15 Aug 2014, 08:52 PM Reply Like
  • CoinsK
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    I'm at a Coin Show in Georgia ,and that seems to be the consensus.
    16 Aug 2014, 08:17 AM Reply Like
  • Interesting Times
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    Author’s reply » I am looking to buy either an ETF or fund that is a value DGI fund. Does this even exist? If so I would appreciate some symbols to do my homework on..

     

    Thanks !
    15 Aug 2014, 01:08 AM Reply Like
  • Interesting Times
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    Author’s reply » TIME TO LOAD US UP FOR ANOTHER INTERESTING WEEK. I SEE NOTHING NEW COMING FROM JACKSON'S HOLE THIS WEEK.

     

    However I do smell a rat with silver getting hammered the day before we now have a new formula for pricing it ! I might be trading in a stock in the challenge and taking a shot with (NASDAQ:USLV).

     

    WILL KEEP YOU INFORMED. BUT AM ITCHING TO TAKE A SHOT .SILVER IS TOO LOW RIGHT NOW IMO..
    17 Aug 2014, 11:14 PM Reply Like
  • CoinsK
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    IT, I sold the Silver dollars to the Wort hotel in Jackson Hole about 10 years ago. They put over 1500 1921 Morgan Dollars in the Silver Dollar bar ,and I was the guy that sold him. Unreal,one of my favorite deals. BTW,I priced them at $10 each at the time :)
    18 Aug 2014, 08:04 AM Reply Like
  • Doug Eberhardt
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    IT, silver is acting like the industrial metal it is, and feeling the effects of deflation. It's only about $1 from it's double bottom of last year. Once it breaks below that, the inflationary gold bugs won't really have a leg to stand on till be bottom out. I have been consistent with my writings on this.

     

    So when you say silver is "too low," just know it can still go lower and be too low from a longer term perspective.

     

    What that means for investors is simply; if you buy today at $19.65 an ounce today or buy in a few months at $16 an ounce, and a few years from now silver is at $30 an ounce, who really cares where you bought?

     

    My advice is still to dollar cost average into an allocation, forget about it for awhile and go enjoy life.

     

    For long term investors, they may want to hedge their position, especially if we break last years lows.

     

    From a very short term perspective, silvers strength today is good and maybe worth a stab at USLV. I am presently long JNUG for a "trade."

     

    18 Aug 2014, 12:46 PM Reply Like
  • CoinsK
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    http://bit.ly/1oULQc0

     

    http://bit.ly/1Bumz2z
    18 Aug 2014, 01:54 PM Reply Like
  • CoinsK
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    http://bit.ly/1oUOdf4
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  • CoinsK
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    http://bit.ly/1oUOtuD
    18 Aug 2014, 02:18 PM Reply Like
  • OldWarrior
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    @IT
    Just wondering why you think Silver is mispriced. I have not seen any significant moves in PMs for months now, and with the people who were "Fixing" the price of Silver out of the game pretty much, Who is buying it? For many years the top users of Silver were the film makers, especially X-Ray film. Now that everthing is Digital, nobody is buying massive quantities of 14 x 17 inch double side coated film anymore. As all these Radiology Departments digitize their images, the film goes back for recycling. That used to be the major annual Pain in my labs-pulling all the film >7 years old out and dumping it in barrels to be recycled at the start of every year. A large Radiology department would have several thousand pounds of film recycled every year, and 60% of the weight post 1974 was Silver. Before that, it was >80%. Additionally, we would have silver recovery units that extracted the "Washout" silver out of the Fixer, about 5 pounds/month in a decent size department.
    That is what killed Kodak, It wasn't the consumer sales of film that killed them, it was the loss of the Medical Film sales.
    18 Aug 2014, 12:28 AM Reply Like
  • Interesting Times
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    Author’s reply » OW

     

    From my knowledge when the market is thin in the middle of the night overseas we get hit with an abundant amount of naked short selling.

     

    Additionally with the dollar eroding the price of silver and gold should be going up and not down. It has been printed and even agreed of price fixing of silver..

     

    The paper price will one day break away from the physical price. When ? I have no idea ..
    18 Aug 2014, 11:34 AM Reply Like
  • indianamark
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    The use of silver in solar panels and water purification would more than make up for the loss of silver use in photography.It has been said there are 10,000 uses for silver. It is irreplaceable. It is unique.

     

    Why is the price so depressed? It has been the most manipulated commodity in history. Art Cashin and even Dennis Gartman are now saying something is not Kosher on the Comex.

     

    The dollar must be defended at all costs so we get a constant flow of disinformation. 4% GDP increase 2nd Q? Japan, with the same low interest rates, etc., as the U.S. had a 6.8 % decrease in the 2nd Q. The 10 year bond hitting a new low tells us the 'news' is untrue. (Incomes, WalMart, McDonald sales all down. Cisco cut their workforce 8%. Retail closing stores at fastest rate since Lehman Bros. Who are you going to believe?)

     

    When this Kubuki Theater ends the holders of precious metals and their miners will be richly rewarded.
    18 Aug 2014, 12:20 PM Reply Like
  • eppf2
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    With the price of solar panels coming down and sales volume moving up silver usage will increase in this industry.
    Is it currently "too low"? I suspect it's probably about right, with a slight upward tilt. As copper mining begins to pick up again so will silver production as a significant byproduct of copper mining, hence more new supply.
    18 Aug 2014, 07:59 AM Reply Like
  • Interesting Times
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    Author’s reply » Most people are looking for the industrial use. Please don't lose sight of the monetary use.

     

    I had a poster who once said you can't use your silver coin to buy anything in a store. I responded by asking can you use your McDonalds stock to buy a hamburger ??
    18 Aug 2014, 11:36 AM Reply Like
  • JohnBinTN
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    McDonald's stock is no more money than silver is. Both have to be sold to receive money to buy hamburgers at McDonalds. (This disregards the existence of silver coinage that has a face value that is accepted as money, because, well, it's money.)
    18 Aug 2014, 12:47 PM Reply Like
  • bbro
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    Over the last 25 years Silver is up 279%....McDonalds is up 1839% (dividends reinvested)...VFINX up 845% (dividends reinvested)
    18 Aug 2014, 01:12 PM Reply Like
  • Interesting Times
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    Author’s reply » How about the value of the dollar over the last 25 years ? How much value has it lost?

     

    The three dimes I owned in the 60's can buy me a gallon of gas. Can you say the same about getting change back from a dollar and get a gallon of gas ?

     

    Can you get 70 cents change ??
    18 Aug 2014, 01:41 PM Reply Like
  • CWinn1970
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    IT, to answer your question, no I can't, but I can use the $20 dividend I just received to buy me 20 $0.99 hamburgers!
    18 Aug 2014, 01:42 PM Reply Like
  • Interesting Times
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    Author’s reply » CWINN

     

    You think that is a wise investment move ?;)
    18 Aug 2014, 01:47 PM Reply Like
  • bbro
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    If you had invested the 30 cents in 1965 in the S&P 500 (dividends reinvested)...you could buy 8.5 gallons today....assuming $3.50 a gallon today....
    18 Aug 2014, 02:02 PM Reply Like
  • dnorm1234
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    > How about the value of the dollar over the last 25 years ? How much value has it lost?

     

    The dollar is but one asset in a veritable swamp of available assets; why focus primarily on its performance?

     

    Bbro provided two examples of where you could have put your money to avoid loss of relative value. There are literally thousands of others. If you choose to keep your money in an asset that you seem to know declines in value over decades, it's hard to feel sympathetic.
    18 Aug 2014, 02:21 PM Reply Like
  • CoinsK
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    As long as you sold b4 2008 and bought back in 2009. The people that had 401K's and IRA's did neither and lost over 1/2 of their retirement in about 1 month in the fall of 2008.Now they have to eat at McDonalds if they can eat out at all.
    18 Aug 2014, 02:26 PM Reply Like
  • CoinsK
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    (VFINX) ?
    18 Aug 2014, 02:31 PM Reply Like
  • Interesting Times
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    Author’s reply » COINS

     

    Funny how some posters always cherry pick dates.

     

    DNORM.. How do you even know what price I bought my physical at ? It is these types of posts that have many scratching their heads.

     

    The dollar IS THE CLASS you should worry about if you buy stocks. Why ? Because when you sell your stocks what do you get in return ? (hint dollars)

     

    Please don't worry about me , I don't need your sympathy. Why don't you consider joining our mock challenge and show your cards for all to see ??

     

    My guess is you won't !!
    18 Aug 2014, 02:36 PM Reply Like
  • JohnBinTN
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    IT,

     

    It's also funny how the metal enthusiasts forget that inflation does not exist in a vacuum. Yes, the dollar is "worth" less today if you ignore the fact that obtaining that dollar is also easier, too.

     

    The minimum wage for 1 hour's work, over time:

     

    1964 - $1.25
    1989 - $3.35 (25 years ago)
    today - $7.25

     

    And you'll need ~35 of those silver dimes to buy a gallon of gas - at least until you find someone to sell them to who is interested in their silver (a commodity) content...

     

    I sold some (NYSE:LMT) today @ $171.80/share. My average cost was $90.35. That fact still does not make (LMT) stock "money"... "Money" is what appeared in my account. ;)
    18 Aug 2014, 02:54 PM Reply Like
  • Interesting Times
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    Author’s reply » JBT

     

    Very easy to sell those dimes, always will be. Now can we say the same about fiat money? I own stocks as well. I am just showing the opposite side of the picture here.

     

    People think EVERYONE bought their gold at $1900 bucks. Silver at $50 . Now watch that money , through inflation, shrink that balance down.

     

    I know you agree we have inflation.BTW GREAT profit on (NYSE:LMT) !!
    18 Aug 2014, 03:00 PM Reply Like
  • JohnBinTN
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    I don't argue that silver has value - never have. I only take issue when people proclaim silver (or gold) as "money". It's not. Not in the U.S., anyways.

     

    It is WORTH money. It is NOT money.
    18 Aug 2014, 03:08 PM Reply Like
  • Interesting Times
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    Author’s reply » JBT

     

    I agree with you. But one can still make a profit !
    18 Aug 2014, 03:09 PM Reply Like
  • JohnBinTN
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    That's the name of the game, regardless of what you trade. ;)
    18 Aug 2014, 03:16 PM Reply Like
  • Interesting Times
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    Author’s reply » JBT

     

    Honestly, tell me how much you can buy at minimum wage? Can a dad even feed his family of 4 on it ?

     

    It isn't really easy money. Might be if you can find a full time job way above minimum. But ask those who just graduated college. Not so easy as it once was..

     

    Oh, and inflation is exactly why people buy physical metals. Watch the price rise once they finally admit we have inflation.

     

    Now if it is deflation all bets are off. Everything will tank !
    18 Aug 2014, 03:21 PM Reply Like
  • Interesting Times
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    Author’s reply » COINS

     

    Another head scratcher (VFINX ). I am sure it is a typo.

     

    BBRO will correct it for us ! Unless it is a Vanguard mutual fund??
    18 Aug 2014, 03:26 PM Reply Like
  • bbro
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    Do you really not know what VFINX is ?

     

    Founded in 1976, the Vanguard 500 Index Fund is the oldest index fund tracking the Standard and Poors 500 composite index.
    18 Aug 2014, 03:42 PM Reply Like
  • Doug Eberhardt
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    One can't compare what was money of the day to a stock. That's silly. Money should hold their purchasing value over time and stocks should appreciate. It's also not an either or and Monday morning quarterbacking is quite an easy thing to do.

     

    Gold and silver have been money since the times of Jesus. They still act as a medium of exchange and store of value over time. Sometimes dollars are a better medium of exchange, like right now as the Dollar Index keeps creeping up.

     

    It's not hurting my JNUG trade though! :-)
    18 Aug 2014, 03:50 PM Reply Like
  • dnorm1234
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    >How do you even know what price I bought my physical at?

     

    Take a deep breath. I'm talking about the dollar, of which the relative decline in value YOU brought up in reply to Bbro's asset suggestion and to which I reply: who cares? It's but one asset. It's like pointing to Enron every time someone says equities are a good investment.

     

    As I said, you seem to be very aware that we've encountered decades of moderate inflation, which, when compounded, has resulted in a serious decline in the value of a dollar. So why should I feel sorry for you (or anyone) for the fact that 3 dimes can't buy a gallon of gas anymore. Who ever promised that would be the case? Besides, there are multitudes of places to have stored those dimes to have maintained or even increased their value.

     

    Oh, and I can probably make an educated guess at what you payed for your "physical". I bet it's similar to other people who make such boasts: always some price much lower than today such that the purchase looks reasonable. Miraculously, even with a relatively recent 30%+ decline price, the goldbugs never seem to be underwater.
    18 Aug 2014, 04:05 PM Reply Like
  • dnorm1234
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    >Why don't you consider joining our mock challenge and show your cards for all to see ??

     

    I understand the challenge from an academic standpoint, but unless your "fake" portfolio mimics your "real life" portfolio, what does it even prove? The strategy is straight-forward: take on maximum risk with zero consequences. It's like playing poker for no money; the game is completely different.

     

    Regardless, I don't do anything fancy, mostly investing in index funds.
    18 Aug 2014, 04:13 PM Reply Like
  • Interesting Times
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    Author’s reply » I knew...
    18 Aug 2014, 04:29 PM Reply Like
  • Interesting Times
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    Author’s reply » "I understand the challenge from an academic standpoint, but unless your "fake" portfolio mimics your "real life" portfolio, what does it even prove?"

     

    Well our goal is to help each other out. To learn from mistakes. To try an investment strategy before you risk your hard earned money.

     

    Index funds are fine as well. I would welcome that expertise as you can assist others in the education process. If isn't like playing cards for no money. Haven't you ever played sports when you were young ?

     

    Most of the time ( lol ) money wasn't an issue. You just wanted to win. Here I hope investors want to teach.

     

    You are still welcomed to join. Check out the chapter with the trades to see if you would be interested .
    18 Aug 2014, 04:36 PM Reply Like
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    Author’s reply » DNORM

     

    I am 58 years old and have done so for some time. I haven't bought anything over 1k in gold or $22 for silver.

     

    Now if you choose to believe this or not is up to you. But one bit of advice if you post here. Chill out some. Were all trying to be friends here.

     

    Oh, and my comment about the dollar is almost every investment eventually flows back to the dollar. If you misunderstood me I did not post it correctly..
    18 Aug 2014, 04:38 PM Reply Like
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    I,m ok either way as far as currently classifying whether or not silver is money, and whether or not it is accepted as money is pretty irrelevant to me.

     

    One thing I think we can all agree on is silver was money in the past and has still maintained its value through today. It is also in demand for its industrial usage. FIAT currency has a start and an end in terms of being money and maintaining any value over time.

     

    Silver is a limited commodity that always has and, imo always will hold or grow in value. Right now with the efforts by the various central banks to prop up all of the fiat currencies, silver/gold is being *managed* lower in price in an effort to save the fiat currencies.

     

    Silver/gold may be losing the battle over the past 2-3 years, but it will win the war over time as today's fiats devalue or disappear over time.
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    I own 4 or 5 Vanguard funds and it didn't ring any bells for me . I don't buy indices.
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    IT ,index funds are Stock soup. it is still paper and will always be an asset that is someone's liability.
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    Dnorm is very troll like in his approach to posting.
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    You keep missing the point Dnorm. Silver from 1964 is a great success story for saving money. I have 4000 silver quarters that says so.
    18 Aug 2014, 06:44 PM Reply Like
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    50 years ago, 1964, your grandfather bequeathed you an inheritance worth $1,000, which he put in a pretty box with your name on it. At this moment, you are about to open that box… Would you be happy to find his personal check dated 1964 made payable to you; would you rather find ten $100 Federal Reserve Notes; or would you prefer to find that thousand bucks in the form of 4,000 silver quarters, the steady constant value of 715 ounces of silver, with a current dollar number north of $14,000? Would your choice be the same if you were putting your wealth away today for an heir to receive in ten, twenty, or fifty years?
    18 Aug 2014, 06:58 PM Reply Like
  • CoinsK
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    http://bit.ly/zRTYq0

     

    A quarter from 1964 will BUY a gallon of Gas ,ONLY because it's 90% Silver .
    18 Aug 2014, 06:59 PM Reply Like
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    Coins,

     

    You and IT continue to confuse the issue.... What if inside that box, there were diamonds? van Gogh paintings? Faberge eggs?

     

    Yes, all valuable. None of them money.

     

    Silver (and gold), at this point in time, in this country, are commodities. No amount of kicking and screaming will change that fact.
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    Author’s reply » JBT

     

    I think I might not be making myself clear. I fully understand that silver or gold isn't money. At this time you would have to convert it to dollars.

     

    I have only said that you can make a profit from owning a % in both silver and gold. Now I am not saying this will ever happen in my lifetime, nor do I wish it...But what would happen if our fiat money died like most others ?

     

    Again, I am not a doomer and really don't see it happening. So I will take door number 2 and the profit. I trust that one day gold and silver will be worth more.

     

    As we can see they try to slam gold below $1300 and it keeps bopping up above it !
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    Author’s reply » COINS

     

    I invited him to the challenge. Am I to assume your Carl20114 ??
    18 Aug 2014, 09:09 PM Reply Like
  • JohnBinTN
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    "they try to slam gold below $1300 and it keeps bopping up above it"

     

    They tried to slam it below 1900 - succeeded.
    They tried to slam it below 1800 - succeeded.
    They tried to slam it below 1700 - succeeded.
    They tried to slam it below 1600 - succeeded.
    They tried to slam it below 1500 - succeeded.
    They tried to slam it below 1400 - succeeded.

     

    Let me guess - "this time is different". ;)

     

    P.S. Who are "they"? That evil cabal that manipulates precious metals?
    18 Aug 2014, 09:24 PM Reply Like
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    ...
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  • CoinsK
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    The fact that Silver was in it means it was Silver Money. And it wasn't expensive like "diamonds ,or Faberge eggs",it was 25 cents per quarter ,NO PREMIUMS.
    18 Aug 2014, 09:57 PM Reply Like
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    No confusion on my part at all. This example of yours shows how an analogy is based on wrong info in and bad info comes out. You see John it is known as MONEY because a quarter is legal to pay all debts private and public. The fact that Silver was in it means it was Silver Money. And it wasn't expensive like "diamonds ,or Faberge eggs",it was 25 cents per quarter ,NO PREMIUMS. So you have a faulty premise here with this mistaken analogy that you are using. The only way your example works is if there are no more quarters in the US. That hasn't happened. Nice try ,but it didn't fly.Now if that causes you fits of kicking and screaming feel free to do so. Rethink the equation ,I bet you are good at algebra so you will see your error if you do an objective review
    18 Aug 2014, 10:06 PM Reply Like
  • JohnBinTN
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    Silver-content coinage is valued by the commodity it contains, not the face value of the coinage (although it can be, if one would so choose). The silver quarter's value as "money" is.... 25-cents.
    18 Aug 2014, 10:18 PM Reply Like
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    Author’s reply » JBT

     

    Oh, grasshopper. This time is different !!

     

    When you chart your stocks I am sure you look for a bottom. I think gold is at $1300.

     

    Not that I actually believe in charts anyway. Now as far a manipulation I don't want to overload you with that at the moment.:)
    19 Aug 2014, 12:55 AM Reply Like
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    Author’s reply » Tell you what, I will give you 30 cents for any quarter that contains 90% silver. Look at the profit you will make:)

     

    20% per coin !! Paid in the dollar denomination of your choice to boot..

     

    I bet you turn me down on this ..
    19 Aug 2014, 12:59 AM Reply Like
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    Author’s reply » JBT

     

    Please don't tell me that you could not "buy" a nice house with a Van Gogh painting .. No converting to cash needed.

     

    Now in my eyes what's the difference between that swap or using money ? You see all fiat money is everyone agreeing that the money has value.

     

    One day people might not want to accept a deflated non backed currency. Then what happens ??
    19 Aug 2014, 01:06 AM Reply Like
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    Where calculus & Law have married in the ranks of the elite.The Patricians will win on the way down,the Patricians will win on the way up,privilege & education are a beautiful thing.
    19 Aug 2014, 01:43 AM Reply Like
  • CoinsK
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    a·nal·o·gous
    əˈnaləgəs/Submit
    adjective
    comparable in certain respects, typically in a way that makes clearer the nature of the things compared.
    "they saw the relationship between a ruler and his subjects as analogous to that of father and children"
    synonyms: comparable, parallel, similar, like, akin, corresponding, related, kindred, equivalent
    19 Aug 2014, 07:00 AM Reply Like
  • CoinsK
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    Good point IT .And a good example. I exchanged $3 the other day at the Credit Union for 6- 40% Silver Kennedy half Dollars . About $18 worth of Silver Money transferred from someone who didn't understand the value to someone that does.
    19 Aug 2014, 07:07 AM Reply Like
  • CoinsK
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    Bbro wrote "Over the last 25 years Silver is up 279%....McDonalds is up 1839% (dividends reinvested)...VFINX up 845% (dividends reinvested)"

     

    For the record Silver was $5 in 2004(10 years ago) now its about 4 X that. ................

     

    And just the other day I exchanged $3 at the Credit Union for 6- 40% Silver Kennedy half Dollars . About $18 worth of Silver Money transferred from someone who didn't understand the value to someone that does.How's the % of that work? And Zero risk involved . All in ONE day :)
    19 Aug 2014, 07:12 AM Reply Like
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    Silver has value Gold has value. Paper money has value.
    NOW! Only because we, people, decide it's so. It's perception that we have been taught to have. I'll provide 8 hours labor for $100 paper dollars or 5 Morgan silver dollars. My concern is if/when the S*&*T hits the fan. Who will accept metal or paper for anything? Silver is used in a lot of equipment. Great. But who will be able to buy that equipment? I have physical metals, stocks, cash. They will be very useful as long as the status quo remains in effect. But if, when we get a total break down it's Katy-Bar_The-Door. An EMP occurance knocking out electrical power across the country for two years will make paper money useless. And who will want silver or gold if there's nothing to buy? Perhaps a few, but they will be few and far between. Apopcolypse? Worst case scenario type stuff. I've put a few bucks into longterm food storage. Probably a waste of money but I have it and it makles me feel good. because I have what most people will want should things go bad - something to trade with. Isn't that what paper money, gold, silver is doing now? It depends upon one's PERCEPTION of the value of things at any given time. Paper money now. Gold , silver with a wiff of inflation. Anachary, most anything that people have an immediate need for - food, water, medical supplies,etc. IT's all about one's perception of future happenings.
    19 Aug 2014, 09:27 AM Reply Like
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    Our resident psychic Dnorm says :"Oh, and I can probably make an educated guess at what you payed for your "physical". I bet it's similar to other people who make such boasts: always some price much lower than today such that the purchase looks reasonable. Miraculously, even with a relatively recent 30%+ decline price, the goldbugs never seem to be underwater."
    .........................
    So Norm you are a Stockroach only then? And you don't believe ANYONE sold Silver between 2011 and 2014 everyone just bought until 2011 at $49 per oz. and waited til now and sold at $19? That's some crazy math you do man. What planet is that from again? And didn't you say once there was no inflation because the media and "gubment" told you so? LOL

     

    Aldi's Grocery Inflation Calculator: Computed using 20 common grocery items from milk to eggs to soda, etc. Feb 2012 to Aug 2014, your money has lost 17% of its value. Inflation rate =7% per yr.
    19 Aug 2014, 03:41 PM Reply Like
  • Doug Eberhardt
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    Gold and Silver are Money. It is government via the Fed that has come along and has tried to get people to think otherwise (JBTN). It is a transfer of wealth via a fractional reserve system, plain and simple. http://bit.ly/1oOUw9Y

     

    Some might call it an "Illusion of Wealth."

     

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    Hey Doug,thumbs up !
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    Not for my waist :)
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    Author’s reply » Uh, we might be twins !!
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    Author’s reply » WE NOW HAVE 15 PLAYERS ... LOOKING FOR 2 DOZEN !! JOIN US ...
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    IT, I wish SA wouldn't "Stack" all of my terrific posts in one group.I took a lot of effort to reply to individual posts.

     

    Hey here's something I thought of that you don't BUY with real Silver money (Pre-1964 Coins w/90% Silver content)

     

    VOTES They want Fiat Federal Reserve Notes."Folding money"
    LOL Sometimes i crack me up :)
    18 Aug 2014, 07:58 PM Reply Like
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    Author’s reply » COINS

     

    Now I will be labeled a "bug" just because I feel a necessity to own some physical. My friend's dad left him some hoard. I saw it a few weeks ago and almost fell down.

     

    He had no idea what he was sitting on. Value wise !!
    19 Aug 2014, 01:09 AM Reply Like
  • al roman
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    Got super busy on the "Otherside"
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  • JohnBinTN
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    I sold most of my stocks today / yesterday. I have 23 shares of (NYSE:LMT), 1 share of (NYSE:XOM), 1 share of (NYSE:COP), and 1 share of (NYSE:DUK) left. Oh, and some small amount of shares in (NASDAQ:PSEC) and (NASDAQ:LNCO).

     

    Anyways, kinda blah about it... Tax time gonna suck. :(

     

    We're (wife and I) starting a business in January '15. The investment challenge is as close as I'll get to the markets for the foreseeable future....

     

    Gonna try us out some 'Bamacare. ;)
    19 Aug 2014, 11:29 AM Reply Like
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    JBT that is great news.Good team work !
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    John Wilson
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    Jh
    I agree.
    Obamacare will eat away at the disposable income of the middle class like a flesh-eating bacteria. And just wait till the employer mandate kicks in, in 2015. More layoffs. Another thing, if you think Obamacare works bad when just an individual or family is trying to sign up for it, just wait until a whole company of 20 employees tries to sign up.

     

    It is already bogged down under its own administrative rules as it is.

     

    Remember too that the Advance Premium Tax Credits [APTC] - the taxpayer is supposed to get these, are really insurance company subsidies.

     

    The "consumer" applies the APTC to his insurance premiums (doesn't actually get them); they are a direct loss of revenue to the government as they are a transfer payments to the insurance industry. They are deficit spending transfer payments that create money, "Ex nihilo" for the insurance companies.

     

    What they are costing are not reflected in the deficit yet.

     

    After all these APTCs that have been given to the insurance companies, they will still need to raise rates as you have said.

     

    The APTCs will probably be a nightmare in the upcoming tax season of 2015. There is no way to anticipate the turmoil and anguish that will result when people try to do their taxes and reconcile the Obamacare APTCs and maybe find out they have to pay some of it back!!

     

    2015 will be a bad year. The pain may start before the end of this year.

     

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    I saw the 10 yr down near 2.30 today.

     

    Just a note on taper. Last by this time, the Fed balance sheet had grown by about $650 billion. This year is about half that.

     

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    In actuality, most of these "Additional Costs" to the middle class are already being paid by the government in the form of deficit spending payments for medical care via medicaid (not to be confused with Medicare). In other words, a considerable portion of government spending on medical care for the uninsured or underinsured is simply being brought into daylight by switching the care costs from the government to the population. These huge costs have been being paid all along, but by the government. It's only when these costs got shifted to the population at large that the true cost of our bloated medical care system is being revealed, and felt by everyone. Medicine is a huge consumer of dollars; but the people have been shielded from seeing the massive spending on medical care in the past by it being paid from government coffers. The gov coffers are empty, thus the populace has to take on these costs. Now seeing just how much Medicine is eating from the GDP, perhaps some changes to how we spend our medical care dollars can be addressed. Defensive Medicine is the single largest waste of care spending. Doctors must order extra tests to tell them what a good clinical exam has (or should have) already told them. A typical example is my wife's stroke. A clinical exam easily defined the CVA (Cerebral Vascular Accident) was located in the left MCA (Middle Cerebral Artery) diagnosed by the speech impairment, the loss of Rt side limb function, and the other symptoms that medicine knows are located in very specific areas of the Brain. A CT was indicated only to define whether it was a bleed or infarct (blockage). Treatment for each is opposite. There was no valid reason to do an MRI as the stroke had reached full maturity by the time they did that, yet this very expensive test was ordered to confirm what everyone already knew. I only allowed it to be done because I thought that they were going to include a look at the arteries leading to the brain (which were unsatisfactorily assessed via Ultrasound (I had to teach the incompetent tech how to see her vertebral arteries).

     

    The bottom line is that this money is currently being spent. People only feel it when their share has to come directly from them and not via Medicaid.

     

    Insurance companies should be regulated like Utilities to prevent overcharging. Medical care should also be limited in liability when something that a reasonable person should be able to draw a logical conclusion, and need not be confirmed by excessive tests, only those necessary. Payments should be limited to actual costs rather than charging whatever the market will bear. For example, my wife was charged >$300 for the interpretation of her MRI, perhaps 10 minutes work by a radiologist ($1800/hour at that rate). Being insured under my Veterans Insurance, they authorized ~$75 and by law could not bill me for the difference. Ordinary Insurance companies have to pay that $1800/hour rate as they have no legal protection from such excessive fees.
    Don't blame ObamaCare for revealing the truth about medical fees. Legislate such fees to reasonable levels as the VA does (when paying for non-VA care), and indeed Medicare does in Inpatient cases. Medicare pays a flat rate per admission depending upon the diagnosis, regardless of tests and procedures done. If Outpatient work was equally controlled, the costs you are now revealed would be reduced unimaginably.

     

    15 Aug, 11:29 PM Reply ! Report Abuse Like 1
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    Old Warrior, First of all, best wishes to your wife for a speedy recovery.

     

    Thanks for explaining how the practice of defensive medicine is increasing unnecessary testing. The big five MRI device manufacturers (Hitachi, Toshiba, Siemens, Philips, & GE) benefit when physicians prescribe an unneeded MRI to defend themselves from medical malpractice claims. Do those companies run ad campaigns to encourage doctors to overuse MRI machines?

     

    Your innovative suggestion to regulate medical insurance companies as public utilities makes a lot of sense. Because insurance companies are regulated differently by each of the 50 U.S. states, that will be hard to accomplish. A relative of mine went into health insurance sales. I was surprised to learn that by law in Arizona, insurance agents have fiduciary duties to serve the interests of the insurance companies for which they work, but not to the customers who purchase insurance policies. Only in the sales of Medicare supplement insurance policies does the Federal government regulate insurance company practices in favor of the customers.

     

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    If you could get one state in the union where there was no regulation of insurance, that state would have the lowest insurance costs and the lowest medical costs and a thriving medical tourism business.

     

    16 Aug, 06:43 PM Reply ! Report Abuse Like 0
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    Their add campaigns are extensive in medical publications, as well as personal monthly (at least) visits by representatives showing off new software as well as system addons to existing customers. Additionally, every medical conference and seminar is swarmed by salespeople. The largest I attended regularly was the Radiological Society of North America, held annually at McCormick (sp) Place in Chicago. This is a massive convention center, perhaps the most Sq footage anywhere, all packed inside with equipment. Entire Semi-Trailers are brought in and parked inside. The amount of hardware brought in probably exceeds a billion $ or more. Every medical imaging device imaginable is displayed, with concurrent massive promotion of each's supposed capability (often exaggerated).
    With the financial power of the combined insurance industry, regulating them will be all but impossible without a massive (virtually a revolt) "grassroots" effort. The amount of money they control may be larger than all the top 10 banks in the US combined.
    The politicians had little say in Obamacare. That law was written by and for the insurance industry.

     

    16 Aug, 08:46 PM Reply ! Report Abuse Like 1
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    @jhooper
    Only if you can somehow assure no collusion among them. How do you do that without regulation? It's an unsolvable paradox.

     

    16 Aug, 08:50 PM Reply ! Report Abuse Like 0
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    Collusion is a cartel. Cartels always fail. Even gov regulation that attempts to enforce the cartel eventually fails, like smuggling. Theres a great book out about how smuggling built the US. The smuggling was an end run around Britain's enforced cartels.
    16 Aug, 09:08 PM Reply ! Report Abuse Like 0

     

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    Author’s reply » OW and HOOP

     

    A favor. Could you guys carry this conversation over to the regular chapter ? We get a bigger audience there. This way others might join in I appreciate it.
    19 Aug 2014, 06:57 PM Reply Like
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    I cut/Pasted that conversation on the Medical Field over here after seeing John talking about his new business, which I assume may have something to do with Medicine after seeing his last sentence.
    I spent MANY years in the medical field, so if you have any question John. fire away.
    19 Aug 2014, 07:05 PM Reply Like
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    Author’s reply » JBT

     

    Opening up a tattoo shop ???

     

    Good luck and I am sure you will be successful . At least the wife will cover up your mistakes:)
    19 Aug 2014, 09:11 PM Reply Like
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    I recommend internal resolutions at this time a leak will prematurely spin it,doing the right thing.

     

    IT how bout those "Cash Cows" !!!
    19 Aug 2014, 09:25 PM Reply Like
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    Author’s reply » AL

     

    I guess your not joining us in the challenge huh ?? If you need any help plenty of us will do what we can..
    19 Aug 2014, 09:27 PM Reply Like
  • al roman
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    I'm here bro will get to it.I desperately do want to "Register"
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    IT,

     

    Residential cleaning.
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    @John;
    Look into doing Contract work for Home Care for Disabled Veterans. They pay a tad over $16/hour for 2 hours/wk to clean the Vet's houses, and a tad over $58/Hour 2 hrs per week for Personal Care like helping us Bathe, get dressed, stuff that we can't do, like I cannot get into and out of the Tub without help (my W/C doesn't fit into the BR within reach of the Tub, and I cannot bend enough to tie my shoes.). Since my wife's Stroke, I have had help in here, and they even help with Grocery Shopping. The Aids need no special training because they can't do "medical care" like trimming toenails.
    Call the nearest VA Hospital "Community Health" department for details and requirements. The VA has expanded their Home Health services since taking all the heat of late. Big budget increase passed.
    If you message me, I will try to get you more info.
    20 Aug 2014, 12:58 AM Reply Like
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    I think the "Cash cow's" are going to put sweep on automatic and they sure don't want it on the front page.
    19 Aug 2014, 01:19 PM Reply Like
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    "All that is love"
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    Author’s reply » MOVING ALONG TO THAT JACKSON HOLE MEETING !!

     

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