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  • Ford Remains A Buy On Decisive European Restructuring [View article]
    Gmmpa, I think we will have to agree to disagree on this one. As a person who has undergone open heart surgery at no personal financial burden on me or my family, one that would surely have bankrupted me or prevented me from having it in the first place, in which case I may no longer be here to have this conversation, I am a firm advocate for government Medicare. I simply cannot imagine not having it. I am sure you are as firmly of your opinion as I am of mine. Cheers and good luck.
    Mar 11, 2014. 08:41 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Ford Remains A Buy On Decisive European Restructuring [View article]
    gmmpa, Sorry for the exceedingly slow response; I haven't been into this site for awhile.

    Re your question about our Canadian healthcare system being ready to collapse, that is news to me and it hasn't happened yet, nor does it seem about to any time soon. The vast majority of Canadians, myself included are very happy with our single-payer healthcare system. It boggles my mind that so many Americans are so dead set against any kind of socialized health care. We do not get bankrupted from a serious illness or injury nor do we die from lack of care when we need it.

    By a mixed economy, I mean one like ours which has a free market component working alongside some elements of government run economy. It works well for us. There are some things the private sector does best and some things the government does best.
    Mar 10, 2014. 12:47 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Ford Remains A Buy On Decisive European Restructuring [View article]
    gmmpa: Was your question directed to me? If so, yes, I have investments but I am neither a large nor a sophisticated investor and I am not paid by the Democrats or any other party, entity or person to post on this or any other site. What is your point?
    Oct 6, 2013. 07:53 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • A pair of right-to-work bills are officially passed in Michigan to set the stage for new employees at General Motors (GM +0.3%), Ford (F -0.1%), and Chrysler (FIATY.PK) to skip around union fees. While labor groups are still making quite a bit of noise on the issue, the Big Three have been deathly quiet[View news story]
    Wages were pretty low in those days alright, but comic books, cracker jacks or a cup of coffee cost a dime. Hot dog or a hamburger: 25 cents and a new car cost 1 or 2 grand. Folks did alright.
    Dec 23, 2012. 01:52 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • A pair of right-to-work bills are officially passed in Michigan to set the stage for new employees at General Motors (GM +0.3%), Ford (F -0.1%), and Chrysler (FIATY.PK) to skip around union fees. While labor groups are still making quite a bit of noise on the issue, the Big Three have been deathly quiet[View news story]
    You are so right Dana, pro athletes certainly did start making more money after they were organized; way too much money and it is the fans who are paying for it. Salaries of $100 K to $200K for 5 - 6 years are becoming common and ticket prices reflect that. It is getting so that the common man cannot take his family to a game any more , let alone buy season tickets. That's progress?

    Right to work is not anti labour, it is pro worker. It protects the right to associate while allowing for the right to disassociate. That's democracy.
    Dec 11, 2012. 05:15 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Ford Remains A Buy On Decisive European Restructuring [View article]
    gmmpa, please don't confuse socialism with a mixed economy such as that which we enjoy here in Canada. Our economy faired much better than that of America during the recession, we had no real estate crash like America and our banks withstood the downturn and came out of it as strong as ever.
    Oct 29, 2012. 03:19 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • A new study indicates that automobile buyers may be increasing their reliance on the Internet reviews as they ponder their various choices. According to Maritz Research, online auto shopping has advanced to the point that 11.4% of recent buyers even skipped taking a test drive before taking the plunge with a new vehicle. It's a disturbing trend for automakers and dealers used to impressing potential customers behind the wheel - instead of in front of the screen. [View news story]
    I'm in both camps. I like to look at, check the look of available cars, their features & options as well as price range in order to narrow the field. Having done that and picked out the 3 or 3 I like, time to go to the dealership and see & try the real thing. Since I always buy domestics anyway, my field is fairly narrow to begin with.
    Aug 13, 2012. 07:14 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Ford (F +1.9%) may follow General Motors and Volkswagen into the Chinese hinterland to find new growth, according to execs. The shift in strategy could include introducing a broader slate of vehicles including lower-priced models. [View news story]
    I don't know that Ford needs any lessons from GM or VW but it never hurts to see what the competion has done right and what they have done wrong, then set your track accordingly.
    Aug 3, 2012. 06:48 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Ford (F) Feb. U.S. sales: +14.4% to 179.119 vehicles. Cars +16.2% to 62,869: Focus +114.6% to 23,350, Fusion -5.8% to 21,773. Utilities +4% to 44,703: Escape +3.7% to 18,666, Explorer +8.1% to 10,440. Trucks +20.6% to 64,635: F-Series pickup +25.9% to 47,273. (PR)  [View news story]
    Thanks Tdot. That is interesting. Fusion and Focus are nice cars and if their sales are what generates the value in my F shares, all the better. It jus seems strange that with such a great product as the Mustang, they don't advertize it more, but maybe I'm prejudiced. For me , a car isn't drivable if you can't drop the roof.
    Mar 4, 2012. 12:05 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Ford (F) Feb. U.S. sales: +14.4% to 179.119 vehicles. Cars +16.2% to 62,869: Focus +114.6% to 23,350, Fusion -5.8% to 21,773. Utilities +4% to 44,703: Escape +3.7% to 18,666, Explorer +8.1% to 10,440. Trucks +20.6% to 64,635: F-Series pickup +25.9% to 47,273. (PR)  [View news story]
    The article mentioned various models but what of the Mustang? For me, it is the most exciting car in the Ford stable yet seems to rarely rate a mention.
    Mar 1, 2012. 04:38 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • 5 Things To Consider Before Investing In Wal-Mart [View article]
    WMT has pretty well saturated the market and now competition is ramping up. If WMT is to remain profitable it will have to increase customer satisfaction. The only reason I go to shop there is it is the only general merchandise and grocery store that is handy, but I hate shopping there because it takes longer to check out than it does to shop. I would go there more often if they would keep more checkouts open to avoid the long lineups and consequent long waits to check out. I am not the only person who has expressed this dissatisfaction.
    Feb 22, 2012. 08:13 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Coca-Cola Company - Special Call [View article]
    This all sounds pretty amazing and a couple of questions immediately came to my mind.
    1: Would these new bottles still have a deposit/refund at the customer level or would the consumer simply throw the empty into the composting bin?
    2: Would Coca-Cola or one or more of it's partners hold the patents on this such that competitors such as Pepsico would have to buy their bottles or a license in order to use them?
    That would generate a great revenue stream.
    Dec 15, 2011. 10:20 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Yellow Media Still Lacks A Concrete Business Plan [View article]
    I was surprised when YPG sold Auto Trader as it provided some diversity to their product line. The had bought SuperPages and CanPages but that did not diversify the product line, only eliminated the competition. I hope they come up with something soon.
    Oct 16, 2011. 11:11 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
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