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  • Tesla Signature Model X Pricing: Why It's Good News For Investors  [View article]
    Keoko in mind this the signature series limited edition, next edition will be cheaper.
    Sep 2, 2015. 10:43 AM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Soccer Mom Sticker Shock: Tesla Prices Model X Signature At $133,200 And Up  [View article]
    And the 2016 Volt has an EV only range of 50 miles not 420, that's a clever attempt at misinformation by omission! 420 miles is using the gas motor extender for 370 miles!
    Sep 1, 2015. 06:26 PM | 16 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • A Follow-Up To Berkshire For Retirement Income  [View article]
    That comes up a lot and has been a pretty serious discussion for at least 5 years on the boards. He has already hired the Tenacious-T's or whatever his name is for the team of three who do most of the investing (their first names start with the letter T).

    And he has already said that the successor is working at or in the BRK spheres of influence, and would most likely be 55 or under in age.

    So with all of that talk over the last five years I am wondering how much "succession" is already priced into the stock?
    Aug 31, 2015. 10:34 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • A Follow-Up To Berkshire For Retirement Income  [View article]
    VFINX is Vanguard's S&P 500 Index fund
    Aug 31, 2015. 10:29 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The New Apple TV 4 Could Rival Xbox One And PlayStation 4  [View article]
    I think what Tesla is proving is that margins for ICE cars is high because of high maintenance. And thinking outside the box, when it comes to distribution e.g., working around dealerships reduces the investment in distribution. So Apple can do its usual high margin business if one thinks outside of the traditional low margin inefficient and certainly non-customer friendly car dealership model.

    Consider this, Apple has some 470+ stores in something like 20 countries. The Apple Car obviously could be ICE or EV but with the engineers they've been stealing from Tesla something can be said about them exploring a BEV or a BHEV. Any who 470 stores distributed much like Tesla's Superchargers, all if not most near parking lots, obviously no the same quantity,

    Let your imagination do the rest.
    Aug 31, 2015. 10:22 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • A Follow-Up To Berkshire For Retirement Income  [View article]
    Speaking to the retiree's cost could go up and the folly of declining capital arguments. I think a retiree needs to keep in mind that not only does the author's model have historic declines in play, but the consumed income is amazing! I can't imagine a scenario where my retirement income needs to double every seven years for my wife and I to live a comfortable lifestyle?! Our income, like most SAers, did not even double during our accumulation years! (see chart)
    Aug 31, 2015. 07:57 PM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Why Tesla Motors Can Continue Beating Luxury Rivals In Europe  [View article]
    What? You mean you didn't pass one Audi A6-8, or Mercedes S, or BMW 5 ... The goal of Tesla is to make long distance travel possible in time, not travel on every idyllic route barely larger than our USA bike paths
    Aug 31, 2015. 02:22 PM | 9 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Why Tesla Motors Can Continue Beating Luxury Rivals In Europe  [View article]
    That doesn't make any sense! Range anxiety is not about population rather miles between long distance stops, the map is about the minority of Tesla owners who will take long trips. The solution for the 400M is mostly and simply their own garages!
    Aug 31, 2015. 02:17 PM | 20 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Berkshire For Retirement Income  [View article]
    Nor is Apple and other top of their class companies.

    It's just two different strategies but one still has to do due diligence to find a dividend paying company that is not in "liquidation" mode. Isn't that the point of the dividend payout ratio as a decision metric? Or the 5-year increasing dividend metric?
    Aug 27, 2015. 01:07 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Berkshire For Retirement Income  [View article]
    @Mark, I think it may depend on other factors. We have a Vanguard account and for the last 12 months we've paid $7.00 per trade with a few weird exceptions CVX $7.03, RSP $7.13, TSLA $7.70 & $7.40, but VFAIX was free.

    So I think it's free after 25 for Vanguard ETFs, $7.00 for others, and I have no idea why TSLA was so high?!
    Aug 27, 2015. 01:00 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Berkshire For Retirement Income  [View article]
    The trick is "best in class" companies. With that distinction there are certainly some companies that would augment a dividend retirement income strategy quite well. Case in point Apple, Apple doesn't meet the 5 or more years of increasing dividends but bodes very well for the future. I'm long BRK.B and if this "crisis" lasts into December I very well will add to my position which I started in 2007, just before the last crash.
    Aug 24, 2015. 10:55 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Tesla cut to Sell at S&P Capital IQ on cash concerns  [View news story]
    Aug 7, 2015. 09:49 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Report: Apple's next iPhone event set for week of September 7  [View news story]
    I read your comment wrong at first Pete, "My son cracked his screen on his old 6s. Using it as an excuse to buy a new one."

    I wonder if that trick works!
    Aug 7, 2015. 08:39 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple: Who Blinks First?  [View article]
    That's just sad 45Cal. Remember "your" investment thesis at the time? I Apple still that company? I dare say yes. Consider the implication of Apple providing being a middle person for data plans, is that really bad news!?

    Sometimes there are tumbles due to irrational news, today is one of those days, I've seen plenty having been an AAPL investor since 2004. Roll with the bad news, today is truly a buying opportunity. Look at the charts you'll see recovery after recovery, this stock is undervalued.
    Aug 4, 2015. 08:11 PM | 7 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple Wireless: Can You Hear Me Now?  [View article]
    Maybe what AT&T's latest salvo in the pricing war is to subsidize/prime-loan over two years but you can leave after 1-year. The actual data plan is less, however, the subsidy, which is now transparent is more, so it still in the end is about the cost of a 2-year plan. But if you upgrade in 1 year you start all over paying for the new phone subsidy/prime-loan at a new 2 year amortized payment. My point is that AT&T still gets the cost of the phone, but just over 2 years, if I leave after less than 2 years I still have to pay for the full subsidized price. AT&T still makes a profit, I'm sure they are charging me more than they bought the phone from Apple for and I assume they aren't giving me the data plan for free.

    This is AT&T's gamble to reduce churn.

    The question is if Apple does a MVNO and "leases" AT&T towers will the leases payments equal the loss in data plans?
    Aug 3, 2015. 09:43 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment