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  • Vanguard's Jack Bogle takes advantage of Facebook's (FB) plunge and the negative impact it's had on the psyche of the retail investor to hammer home the merits of index investing. Bogle says: "It all comes down to value and it all goes away from price, and avoiding IPO's and avoiding individual stocks is the best strategy for investors." (video)  [View news story]
    Translation : Listen muppets, invest in our mutual funds so we can invest in indexes for you...that's how I got to be this old and this rich without knowing my ass from my elbow about anything...
    May 22, 2012. 08:11 PM | 20 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • In her speech tonight at the Boston Economic Club, Fed Vice Chair Janet Yellen suggests the Fed may be close to taking more easing steps this month in response to ongoing housing problems, a weak jobs market and the escalating euro zone crisis. "There are a number of significant downside risks to the economic outlook," Yellen says, "Hence it may well be appropriate to insure against adverse shocks that could push the economy into territory where a self-reinforcing downward spiral of economic weakness would be difficult to arrest."  [View news story]
    Translation: We are suddenly losing in the race to the bottom... clear tubes 1,2,3 and 4... load with $ and fire when ready!!!
    Jun 6, 2012. 08:23 PM | 13 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • For Nomura, the most troubling part of today's NFP report is the 34K decline seen in retail jobs, which follows February's 29K decline. The firm doesn't think the losses, which contrast sharply with March's healthy same-store sales data, can be explained by weather, and thinks they make April 16's retail sales report especially important. Could high gas prices be responsible?  [View news story]
    agreed, I have saved SO much money on my recent coal purchases (??) that I didn't even notice my last $75 fill-up, lol...
    Apr 6, 2012. 04:37 PM | 12 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Consider Selling Apple Stock [View article]
    thanx bro- next time try to give me a heads up BEFORE the 30% haircut...
    Dec 17, 2012. 06:20 PM | 11 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The bull market in stocks is going to run for the rest of the year, despite the market's already-outsized gains, says Byron Wien. “Over the past three months the pessimistic mood has changed to optimism,” Wien observes, and buying will continue to pick up as more equity "disbelievers" are converted, the economy improves and more companies follow Apple’s lead in paying dividends.  [View news story]
    ok Byron... i've been on the sidelines for the last 6,500 dow points, but i think now it's a safe time to start getting INVOLVED!
    Apr 3, 2012. 08:42 PM | 10 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • “I think it’s becoming increasingly apparent that we won’t get a deal in time for the January deadline,” says CNBC's Jim Cramer. Claims by the President and Speaker Boehner about a deal getting done by Christmas are just "a lot of hot air." Partisan differences are getting worse, not better, Cramer warns, so get ready, because our lawmakers are about to send us over the fiscal cliff.  His recommendation: Sell your big gainers by the end of the year and "save a ton" on taxes. [View news story]
    If Cramer's getting bearish, it's time to get bullish... as hard as that is for me to admit...
    Nov 28, 2012. 08:36 PM | 8 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • "Whether the economy gets its fix next week or this week or a couple months from now, it is coming," says Euro Pacific's Peter Schiff. Don't be confused, he regards the inevitability of a new QE as a bad thing. The Fed is effectively making "free" money for the government. All assets get priced based on this phony rate, making it impossible to correctly price anything - from mortgages, to stocks or even gold. You can't avoid reality forever though, Schiff says; eventually QE will end and our day of reckoning will come. [View news story]
    hard to bet against a guy who called the housing and financial collapse in 2006/2007 when all the other bought off clowns were calling for Dow 16,000
    Sep 12, 2012. 07:57 PM | 7 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • SAP (SAP) has developed a one-stop shop scouting database for the NFL that aggregates and sorts all the data which teams use to pick players. The San Francisco 49ers already deploys the software despite it still being in development. Should the product be successful in football, SAP hopes to transfer it to other sports as it looks to gain a new and potentially large revenue stream. [View news story]
    My prediction: a glitch in the software will cause the Jets to draft a kicker in the second round... again
    Mar 10, 2013. 11:10 AM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • February Consumer Credit: +$8.7B vs. +$12B expected and $17.8B prior. Non-revolving debt (student loans, car and personal loans) up $10.94B, while revolving debt (credit cards) fell $2.21B. The debt total for consumers marks the highest level since April 2009, although the rate of growth was the slowest since last October. [View news story]
    never fear... futures will gap down big on the open tomorrow night but will magically levitate between 2-6 am (thanks PPT!) then open monday a.m. only down slightly, giving HFT algos a chance to "buy the dip" around 10 am. we'll be green by noon, and up 5-10 handles by the close. I think I've seen this movie before...
    Apr 6, 2012. 04:29 PM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Fed Vice Chair Janet Yellen surprises no one, calling for the central bank to press on with its asset purchases. It's the usual story - the benefits are obvious, the costs negligible, if any. QE will continue, she says, until there is substantial improvement in the outlook for the labor market. [View news story]
    "Titanic received a series of warnings from other ships of drifting ice in the area of the Grand Banks of Newfoundland. Nonetheless the ship continued to steam at full speed, which was standard practice at the time. It was generally believed that ice posed little danger to large vessels and Captain Smith himself had declared that he could not "imagine any condition which would cause a ship to founder. Modern shipbuilding has gone beyond that..."
    Mar 4, 2013. 08:31 AM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Salesforce (CRM) files a 14A asking investors to approve a 4:1 stock split at the company's March 20 shareholder meeting. Shares +0.6% AH after closing near their all-time high. "The Board ... believes the considerable price appreciation has made our common stock less affordable and, therefore, attractive to fewer investors," Salesforce declares, apparently with a straight face. [View news story]
    Maybe they should wait until they start making money to split? naa, go for it Benioff, maybe Cramer will have you on again for the 67th time
    Jan 25, 2013. 06:14 PM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Maybe a boon for Amazon's (AMZN) Q3 earnings report (at the expense of Q4?), Californians are rushing to order items from the retailer ahead of September 15 when the company will begin collecting sales taxes of 7.25-9.75%. [View news story]
    extremely bullish for amazon... it may take a few years but Bezos has been diligently learning the mechanics of space flight so they can put warehouses and fulfillment centers on the moon to avoid state sales taxes
    Sep 5, 2012. 03:26 PM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • You've probably made up your mind already about whether you're going to buy Facebook (FB) when it debuts. More than likely, you're buying - at any price, too. However, before you place your order it's important to remember the risks involved. None of them are news to you, I'm sure, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't reconsider them nonetheless. All Things D lists the 10 most important here.  [View news story]
    What could possibly go wrong? 28 year old CEO is a visionary and they have 900 million paying (for nothing) customers
    May 17, 2012. 08:08 PM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • QE3 Is Coming, What Should You Buy? [View article]
    Buy guns and lots of ammo...
    Sep 3, 2012. 03:39 PM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The days of economic prosperity may well be behind us, warns Northwestern University's Robert Gordon. The robust economic growth over the past 250 years may be a unique success tale for the history books, but it's not sustainable for the future. Productivity and innovation, Gordon says will eventually succumb to the headwinds of declining demographic trends, gaps in the education system, rising income inequality, globalization, declining energy/environment resources, and of course, debt. [View news story]
    Sep 1, 2012. 10:48 AM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment