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  • Recent Sale: American Realty Capital Properties [View article]

    Best wishes back at you and praise for your success in growing your money.
    Dec 21, 2014. 02:59 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Financial Burbling [View article]
    I agree with most of what you said except your reference to "quakery". the Kenynesian control freak central bankers consider their economic arts based on sound theory, and note how the talking heads on the biz channels fawn over the central banks and continually praise their destructive meddling.
    Dec 21, 2014. 02:40 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Russia Has Come A Long Way From The 1998 Default [View article]
    I totally agree. And I laugh at pundits who say Putin is isolated. He has a 81 percent approval rate from citizens, while our own Congress is down around 29 percent or so... but should be even lower than that.

    Putin understandably is defending his national interests after the West sent snipers in to topple Ukraine for some very secretive strategy that obviously did not include holding on to Crimea... as that fell into Russian hands where it belongs.

    But there are stories the gold in Ukraine has disappeared...gone where in the west to whore up what central bank? I started to come back and edit whore to shore...but then realized my error maybe was not an error.
    Dec 21, 2014. 02:36 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Federal Reserve Exit Watch: Number 3 [View article]

    Interesting. So one concludes demand is softer based on how this Fed observation was analyzed and reported.
    Dec 20, 2014. 11:35 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Recent Sale: American Realty Capital Properties [View article]
    This points out the dangers, as I have personally discovered, of over diversifying. Eventually I can diversify into a bad scenario like when I diversified into a Russian tv broadcaster whose value has been destroyed after black ops were sent into Ukraine to topple a government on the border of Russia. Innocence betrayed. Of course I do not follow the sell when losses hit 10 Percent rule because so often the company will eventually recover and move on.

    I can see the wisdom of having holdings like Berskhire...that are diversified within...and holding etf's which are baskets of stocks. But if Dividend Mantra keeps expanding his holdings he will be way over diversified and thus occasional individual investment mistakes are minimized.
    Dec 17, 2014. 10:20 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Update: Not So Happy Holidays For Invesco Shareholders As The Company Announces Dividend Cut [View article]
    I will keep holding. My investment stake in IVR is under water but I have held it long enough to be in the money, adding back in the rich yield the past few years. Overall, better than a money market or bank interest.

    Still, always better to own something going up and up and paying dividends too.

    But right now is a tough segment of the overall investment cycle.
    Dec 17, 2014. 03:18 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Where the wealthy are investing now [View news story]
    Well, yes, publicly traded stocks are at 35 percent. But the 25 percent ETF's are just communal packaged holdings of publicly traded stocks based on various strategic allocations of public stocks.
    Dec 15, 2014. 12:56 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Student Debt Poised To Crimp U.S. Economy [View article]
    It's not just tuition, but over priced textbooks and the cost of living for nonworking students that adds to the total cost of education.

    Republicans will blame parents for not saving a few hundred thousand dollars from their wages to pay for their kids education....and they will applaud the vicious debt collectors who will relentlessly torment the debtors.

    Democrats will continue to pad campus bureaucracies with lots of staffing and ivory tower projects that further boost education costs to make sure it remains out of the reach of the lower classes.

    When I went to the University of Utah decades ago I remember walking by faculty parking lots and seeing a sea of VW Beetles, all worn and mostly old. And my tuition was less than $100 a quarter as I recall when I started and not much over a $100 bucks when I finished four years later after working part time as a graveyard shift truck dispatcher on the weekend. For a dollar an hour to start.
    Dec 15, 2014. 11:16 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Is This Time Really Different? [View article]
    Russia has its own think tanks. Europe may not need Russian gas eventually, so Russia cut a deal to sell it to China...Russia has a location that allows it to sell east or west.

    As for Greece, it can look to Iceland, which thumbed its nose at the bankers and their demands and went their own path. Successfully.
    Dec 14, 2014. 11:15 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Don't Buy Exxon Mobil [View article]
    Obviously lots of differing viewpoints on XOM, but appreciate the logic of the article as I am long CVX and not into XOM - but people who have held XOM for years will want to just keep riding it.

    Like how CVX is growing its reserves.
    Dec 12, 2014. 07:28 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Why Is The House Of Saud Allowing Oil Prices To Fall? [View article]
    I could envision the Saudis quietly buying up the oil pool assets of foreign oil companies that go bankrupt
    Dec 10, 2014. 09:35 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • A Matter, It Seems, Of Faith [View article]

    A good attempt to try and reconcile conflicting data for various sectors of the economy that should be correlating more than they are.

    However, I can accept that some of the mismatch can be due to more people actually at work, but at lower wages than before the meltdown, while some professionals may be experiencing income declines because their patients and clients and customers can't give them the same amount of business because of, again, declining individual incomes.

    Actual sales tax receipts are what document retail spending. Federal income tax receipts reflect actual incomes, minus whatever exemptions, shelters and credits have been used to defer or shelter or ignore income.
    Dec 8, 2014. 10:13 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • A Russian Default? [View article]
    My small investment in CTCM has been crushed and I view my insignificant loss as being caused by U S meddling in Ukraine and U S foreign policy that continues to act insanely as a destroyer instead of a builder.

    The current U S treasury bankruptcy is entirely due to two misguided wars in third world countries that never attacked the U S. Our intel blamed Saudis but then mysteriously exhausted the U S treasury in a big crusade they thought would lead to the toppling of seven Mideast countries. Did not happen.

    Odd that the U S leadership wants to impose U S culture on the rest of the world before it creates a domestic culture that is free from the chaos of open borders, race riots and rising poverty right here at home.

    Insane Insane.
    Dec 8, 2014. 10:03 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • B-Dud Explains The Fed's Economic Coup- Or Why Every Asset Price Influencing Monetary Policy Transmission Is Now Manipulated [View article]
    Simply establish targets for monetary growth and create algorithms to manage money expansion - which is what bitcoin is attempting to do.

    Dec 7, 2014. 09:50 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Disney: Why The Dividend Hike Matters [View article]

    If you review this SA article you may want to consider doing two dividend reinvestments sometime during the first four months of the year, rather than late in the year when the market tends to be higher. Especially since you get the money upfront the first third of the year when the annual market lows are reached 60 percent of the time, according to this study.
    Dec 5, 2014. 05:36 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment