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  • Margin Debt: What Does History Say About New Highs And Stock Returns? [View article]
    I appreciate the work and clearness of expression that characterize this interesting and helpful posting that argues against quick and simplistic judgments of market dynamics. Because the United States in particular and the world in general face unique issues and pressures, it is challenging to assess market stability using some traditional standards.
    Jun 3, 2015. 11:48 AM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Bank Of Nova Scotia: Domestic Shines But Execution Needed On International [View article]
    "I would get more positive on the story once there is evidence of stabilization in Latin America." I hope that you're patient. Many good things have happened in Latin America during my lifetime, but "stabilization" hasn't taken place and seems unlikely to occur. BNS has done beautifully in challenging circumstances even if it has not reached your lofty and amusing standards.
    Jun 1, 2015. 06:03 AM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Investment Strategy Outlook May 2015 [View article]
    By many measures, there is substantial pessimism and relatively muted optimism. Thus, one of the article's postulates, "Lack of pessimism is morphing into outright investor optimism" is invalid -- undermining the thrust of the whole piece.
    May 31, 2015. 12:26 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • CIBC: Wholesale Saved The Day [View article]
    Canadian banks have come through a challenging period surprisingly well this quarter and their outlook, in my opinion, is good. I disagree with your pessimistic outlook and do not understand your conclusion's bizarre metaphor: "As the Canadian economy continues to grind through a weak resource tape ..."

    May 31, 2015. 05:50 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • National Bank Of Canada Beat On Strong Capital Market [View article]
    it seems odd to post an article stating in which Canadian banks someone would prefer to invest when he states that he has not invested in them and has no plans to do so. Perhaps Seeking Alpha could post such a disclaimer at the top of the article to give the reader fair warning.
    May 30, 2015. 01:44 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Royal Bank of Canada beats by C$0.01, beats on revenue [View news story]
    Beats on revenue by almost a billion dollars? Makes you wonder who's doing the estimates...
    May 28, 2015. 06:39 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Futures flat after yesterday's drubbing [View news story]
    More of your silly hype -- about a one percent drop is hardly a "drubbing."
    May 27, 2015. 07:29 AM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • A Chilean Wine Producer You Missed Despite Its Size [View article]
    I might not have thought about investing in wine makers had you not posted this nicely detailed article. For a number of years I have preferred Chilean and Argentinian wines for quality and value, although the Vina Concha y Toro wine that is available where I live is not as good as other brands I have tried from the region. Still, what you have written has prompted me to do some studying about investing in wine making. Thank you.
    May 24, 2015. 10:16 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Substantial Upside Potential With This Unique ETF [View article]
    I enjoyed, appreciated, and learned from your articulate and detailed article about BBC and some of the good comments that followed. Thank you for the posting and for the candor and respectfulness of your responses to comments.
    Long BBC & BBP
    May 22, 2015. 02:44 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • IBM: Hidden Value In Under-Utilized Industry Knowledge [View article]
    Interesting and nicely presented perspective. Thanks.
    May 7, 2015. 03:26 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Warren Buffett Still Loves IBM [View article]
    Thanks for the article. Many investors seem to be overlooking how IBM's Watson technology, big data capabilities, and rapidly growing collaborations with Apple and major medical centers are likely to establish IBM in an opportunity to dominate a lucrative field that is just taking shape.

    It's worth adding, as well, that according to Seeking Alpha's portfolio screen, IBM's ROE is currently 98% and its ROA about 12%.
    May 6, 2015. 02:25 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Stocks ease higher on light volume [View news story]
    Interesting! The market is often described as "slumping" in dropping 1%, but only
    "edg[ing] modestly higher in a quiet session" when rising 1% --
    May 4, 2015. 11:24 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Orders for new railway tank cars plunge amid declining oil output [View news story]
    It seems logical for people ordering railroad cars to wait to order until the new regulations are established, the system is tested, and the car producers and the purchasers have confidence that they have cars that will work well and shield them from liability claims.
    Apr 27, 2015. 02:22 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Weighing The Week Ahead: Time For An Upside Breakout? [View article]
    Thank you, Jeff, for your series of eagerly-awaited postings that you present with balance and a sense of humor in a thoughtful and articulate way. Very interesting and helpful!
    Apr 26, 2015. 11:51 AM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Breaking The PR Mold For Apple Watch [View article]
    With Apple's understandable concern about avoiding leaked information, producing commercials in-house seems a smart step. They have hired enough people with high-end product experience to have a good foundation for their own department.
    Apr 25, 2015. 11:09 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment