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  • Why You Should Buy The Market Vectors Russia ETF [View article]
    "American sanctions against Russia have so far been relatively weak and at the end of the day can only go so far. President Obama has rolled out new sanctions which targeted Russia's financial, energy, and military sectors. One can only see this effort as being too little, too late."

    These claims are undefined and unsubstantiated.

    "President Obama has rolled out new sanctions which targeted Russia's financial, energy, and military sectors. One can only see this effort as being too little, too late."

    Apparently, you see these as too little and too late, but again, you don't bother identifying the sanctions or offering arguments about what would have been larger, more effective, and politically feasible.

    "...unemployment is only at 4.9%, recently slipping to record lows as wages rise. Obviously, Putin is doing something right."

    Claiming that the descent of the unemployment rate is evidence of "Putin doing something right" is unfounded and further evidence of the casual approach you show in dealing with cause and effect.

    "Once political tensions have subsided, which is likely as Europe remains powerless, one can expect sanctions to be removed and another 'reset' button to be pushed."

    Europe is probably conflicted about effective sanctions, but not powerless, and your
    hyperbole is put forth with no argument or substantiation.

    Overall, I tend to agree with your concluding remarks (which are, thankfully, offered as opinions rather than facts). I hold shares of RSX and will not sell them even though it seems to me that Russia now finds itself in a dramatic predicament. Ultimately, as you suggest, interests of trade with Russia's huge market may trump political concerns and we'll be back to business as usual.
    Jul 23, 2014. 05:49 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • The BlackBerry Passport Is A Disruptive Technology Set To Transform America's Boardrooms [View article]
    Thanks for a good, properly upbeat article. I agree that the Passport is likely to be disruptive for the market and a big positive for Blackberry.
    Jul 23, 2014. 08:56 AM | 12 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Here's Why Hedge Funds Are Expecting Apple To Crush Earnings Estimates [View article]
    I appreciate your commentary about Estimize analysts and the differences in their versus Wall Street APPLE projections. Is anything further known about the JSHOE analyst's approach to account for his very low error rate in an industry that seems afloat in problems and inconsistency?
    Jul 22, 2014. 05:56 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Skyworks: Short- And Long-Term Catalysts Still Abound [View article]
    Thanks for an interesting look at Skyworks and its prospects for continued growth and success. Although I question your broad claim, "within the United States, and much of Europe, the market is already saturated with smart phones and tablets," your analysis overall is perceptive and fair-minded. Skyworks should benefit greatly from opportunities as the Internet of Things evolves.
    Jul 3, 2014. 06:36 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • The Supreme Court Strikes Again: The Court Rules Against Business And In Favor Of Employee Stock Rights [View article]
    The key to the Court's action does not seem to be the removing of the presumption of prudence; it is, instead, a reemphasis on potential liability "when companies fail to take action to prevent stock losses in the employees' plan where there is fraud or other misconduct at the company that leads to a significant drop in the stock."
    Jul 2, 2014. 08:09 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Bulgaria's Strange Bank Run [View article]
    Why is this article mentioned with a link to EWK -- the Belgian etf?
    Jul 2, 2014. 08:02 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Federal Required Minimum Distribution Schedule As A Retirement Savings Withdrawal Strategy [View article]
    Thanks for an article that focuses calmly, articulately, and helpfully on this important issue.
    Jun 30, 2014. 06:44 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • WisdomTree Middle East Dividend Fund: Reaching For Yield Can Be Dangerous [View article]
    In my opinion, the recent experience of the GULF etf and that region's banks is more reflective of investor jitters than fundamental weakness. Unrest in Egypt, Iraq, Iran, Israel, Libya, Palestine, Syria, Turkey, and the Ukraine generates understandable concern and especially fear of disruption in energy processing and shipping. As tension dissipates, Gulf commerce will flourish again -- as it has been doing in spite of regional volatility for hundreds of years.
    Jun 28, 2014. 05:54 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Delphi Automotive Offers 30% Upside In 2014 [View article]
    Thanks for the detailed, interesting, and helpful analysis.
    Jun 25, 2014. 08:19 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • How Price-Sensitive Are's Customers? A Tale Of Two Tablets [View article]
    Thanks for a good and eye-opening article with relevant illustrations from Amazon. I had not thought before about price sensitivity, but you make a good case that it's important for assessing Amazon's prospects in selling high-end technology.
    Jun 22, 2014. 12:22 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • The Desire to Meet Energy Demand Is Hampered by Weak Political Will [View article]
    Your take seems to be that because things haven't changed, then they won't. Combining this shallow thought with a snide style leads to an unsurprisingly bleak outlook and some weak writing,

    "The first 30 or so pages of the report elicit a heavy sigh."

    "While the basis of the study is well-worn territory, the authors do eventually move into solutions, which are centered on government action (with a side order of energy efficiency)."

    "The report is Pollyannaish in its suggestions, because, realistically, these changes to government policy have been kicked around for the past few years, and in some cases decades, with little to no movement."

    Much more helpful would have been your taking a position and helping the reader appreciate what could be gained through changes in energy and taxation policies, what valuable qualities or balances might be negatively affected in the process, and what stands in the way of exerting the political will to make valuable changes.
    Jun 20, 2014. 09:28 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple, Starbucks, Fiat Caught In EU State Aid Investigation [View article]
    I appreciate your acknowledging that Apple will continue to be in good shape, but I take issue with your title. The EU is investigating countries that appear to be charging unfairly low taxes -- Apple is mentioned only because it pays a 2% tax in Ireland.
    Jun 18, 2014. 01:40 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • MFA Financial Has Returned 25% In 1H 2014 - This 9.5% Dividend Payer Is Still Attractive [View article]
    Thank you for a clear and detailed assessment.
    Jun 18, 2014. 07:06 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Chicago Bridge & Iron slips on "creative accounting" allegation [View news story]
    Thanks for your Chicken Little assessment based on ... oh, yeah, what's it based on, again ...?
    Jun 17, 2014. 01:53 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Premier Companies, But Overpriced Stocks - Part 1 [View article]
    According to FastGraphs, UNP is priced below its justified earnings level.
    Jun 11, 2014. 03:52 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment