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  • Herbalife's Astonishing Response [View article]
    So all the people who used to work at Herbalife and left to work at other companies just happen to all be scam artists, but that has nothing to do with Herbalife, the company they came from?

    All MLM's are scams. The statistics tell the story. Only the top few % of people make any money.
    May 5 04:24 PM | 8 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • PIIGS To The Slaughter: After Greece, Portugal [View article]
    Actually I'll take some choice Canadian farmland over T-bills any day.
    Feb 18 09:30 AM | 8 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • 3 Arguments For An Inevitable Economic Collapse [View article]
    You are both are wrong in putting the focus on our "leaders" when it is the people who elected them, and the people who tolerate a government that fails to uphold their constitutional rights. When people start taking responsibility for themselves and their government, which is the bedrock of a healthy democracy, things may change for the better. Leaders are just a reflection of the populace, which has grown arrogant, fat and ignorant.

    Any country that would elect George Bush president - after his party destroyed the democratic process by staging a political/judicial coup in 2000 - has serious psychological problems and delusions of grandeur.

    The "elites" don't have to adjust their expectations of anything; they're the ones who are robbing you blind. They're perfectly happy with the way things are, and laughing all the way to the bank.
    Dec 30 03:24 PM | 8 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • A Perfect Storm For Lead Economic Indicators? [View article]
    I tend to agree with that. This market "melt-up" has FED manipulation written all over it. Nothing fundamentally supports a 25% rally.
    Feb 14 12:28 PM | 7 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Larry Swedroe (Passively) Positions For 2012: Avoiding Stock And Sector Picking, Economic Forecasting, And All Other Forms Of Speculation [View article]
    Those mutual/hedge fund professionals you say are so hard to beat take weeks to build a position in 1 stock when I can be in and out in 24 hours with a 2% profit. I do it all the time, and so can you, if you would learn and try.
    Dec 25 10:42 PM | 7 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • James Kostohryz Positions For 2012: 100% Cash The Only Way To Play This Market [View article]
    James, you have been telling people to get into cash for six months and are extending your 20% market drop out for another six months. That means people are just sitting in cash for a year instead of raking in dividends, selling covered calls, taking short-term profits and hedging your portfolio with some puts.

    Taking action makes money. Sitting in cash thinking the average investor can time the bear market that may never come and get in at the bottom is utter foolishness.

    If the average investor sells at bottoms and buys at tops, what makes you think he can all of a sudden time the market with iron fortitude and buy at a market bottom?
    Dec 22 08:41 PM | 7 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Core Retirement Portfolio For The 56 Year Old [View article]
    AGNC seems awfully risky for a retirement stock.
    Nov 3 11:47 AM | 7 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Can The Hope Rally Continue? [View article]
    I find it a bit strange that people talk about the European debt crisis as something that can just be "settled". Either there is a serious debt problem or their isn't.

    If there is, than they can't just "settle" it with some talk and throwing a bunch of money around. If they could it wouldn't be a "crisis". There has to be some painful deleveraging, which is a process, not a "settlement".
    Oct 24 05:59 AM | 7 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Is A Bird In Hand Better Than Dividends In The Bush? [View article]
    James is just too smart to "get it", so because the admin deleted my last rebuttal because I'm too much of a "meanie", I'll let someone else do the talking so I can play "nice". Sound good admin? Not going to delete this comment are you?

    "But what if you focused on compounding your income instead of your net worth? Remember that your net worth is going to fluctuate a great deal because of its very nature – it’s essentially the liquidation value of your investments based on what other people currently believe them to be worth.

    But it isn’t net worth that pays the bills – it’s income and cash flow. So instead of working your tail off over a lifetime trying to amass a fortune that you then convert into low yielding (and shrinking) income investments, why not use the power of compounding to your advantage by building a strong and growing (and accelerating) cash flow based on long term investments in high quality dividend paying and dividend growing companies?

    What a radical concept – to have an income that continues to grow during your retirement. In fact, when you successfully compound your income, rather than having to rely on drawing down a lifetime of amassed savings, you go from hoping that you die before you go broke to expecting that each additional year you live, you will see a higher income than the year before.

    The longer you live, the higher your standard of living.

    And the side benefit is that your net worth will continue to expand. It’s just that the net worth itself is not that important. Focus on the quality and compounding growth of your income and the net worth will take care of itself."
    Oct 23 12:22 PM | 7 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Forget Apple, Microsoft Is The Sleeping Giant [View article]
    Still waiting for the mea culpa on the "stock down, no leader, lost vision" stock.

    Is the stock higher or lower than what you said it would be? Are you going to go back on your word or stand up for what you said?
    Mar 13 04:55 AM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Correction Cometh - And Everything You Need To Know About Why [View article]
    As I've said elsewhere, this kind of "melt-up" feels more like FED intervention.
    Feb 15 02:07 PM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Misplaced Mania Over Dividend-Paying Stocks [View article]
    How can you compare reinvesting dividends -- which can be used to buy more stock at lower prices and higher yields -- to holding a non-dividend growth stock?

    Will people every throw out the abstract notion that dividends simply subtract from earnings and hence the "total return" of a stock, and understand the concept of generating cash flow, regardless of share price? "Total return" is a theoretical concept that assumes the share price will be high when you want to withdraw cash from your holdings. What if the market's down right when you need to sell? What happens to your "total return" then?

    The theory holds the mistaken assumption that companies that don't pay dividends can allocate capital perfectly. In fact, over time, and for most companies as they mature, reinvesting some revenue as dividends is a more efficient allocation of capital than giving 100% discretion to the decision-making of management, who are bound to make mistakes. Reinvested dividends don't make mistakes or errors in judgement.

    Buffett understood that the ideal holding period for a stock is "forever", because who would ever want to sell a stock when you can live like a king off its cash flow?
    Jan 11 03:18 PM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Gold Decline May Be Foreshadowing A Market Crisis [View article]
    If gold will drop significantly as a precursor to a drop in equities, why are you long gold?
    Dec 15 01:03 PM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • 10 Disturbing Numbers From China (While All Eyes Remain On Europe) [View article]
    User, didn't you know that China is a "miracle" economy to which the normal laws of economics don't apply? Where have you been? When was the last time you saw China move through a normal business cycle? Has there ever been a Chinese recession? It takes a global financial crisis to even slow the economy by a fraction.

    China has invented a new form of capitalism under the umbrella of "socialism with Chinese characteristics". It is far superior to the outdated and dying form of democratic capitalism created by the pigs in the West.

    The democratic pigs are motivated by only one thing - what the inimitable Gordon Gekko called GREED, finely illustrated in Ayn Rand's deification of rational self-interest. This has led to the decay you now see eating away at the moral fiber of a once great nation. Emerson, pity thyself.

    In contrast, the Chinese work for the good of all, and are inspired by ethical altruism. That is why they are the new great superpower of the 21st century, and can, for example, put on a far greater display of histrionic celebrations evidenced by such events as the Beijing Olympics. Where else can you see such magnificence, inspired only by the spirit of the greater good?
    Oct 26 09:06 AM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Weighing The Week Ahead: How Likely Is A Recession? [View article]
    Reagan? You're kidding, right? With an IQ of 80, and a memory of "I don't remember", he was, after all, a republican. Republicans are sowing the seeds of a global fascist state, with the destruction of civil rights. Go Gipper (and you other American morons)! Maybe we should re-elect George Bush, who was responsible for single-handedly pushing the US into a global war and stealing $10 trillion dollars from the national treasurey. Go Gipper!
    Sep 26 12:31 AM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment