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  • An E&Y survey of 400 CFOs around the world finds that 15% are willing to make cash payments to obtain or retain business, up from 9% last year. And 5% said they would misstate financial results vs. 3% last time. "One of the most troubling findings of the survey is the widespread acceptance of unethical business practices," E&Y says.  [View news story]
    All the survey showed is that some people have opinions and will answer, period. I agree with the comments on honesty. AND : Active Citizens demanding Integrity, acting with civility, courtesy,
    and truthfulness, with openness, and fairness are the priceless
    pillars supporting our liberty and free society.

    -- Robert O. Pritchard January 18, 2010

    Note, the above quotation about active citizenship may be yours,
    suitably engraved on a scratchpad of handsome note paper for the
    princely sum of your merely requesting one. Also, with your shipment
    will be, if requested, a unique exquisite bumper sticker (saying,” Who is paying for these wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and Libya?”) for use either
    prominently on your automobile, or, you may want to stick it up in a
    place of honor on your person, or some other highly visible landmark
    such as your front door.

    Limited quantities apply, so don't hesitate if you want one before
    supply runs out!

    Best wishes,
    -- Robert O. Pritchard May 23, 2012
    May 23, 2012. 09:00 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • One Of The Easiest Ways To Build A Retirement Nest Egg [View article]
    Two Big ones: 1) Bookkeeping drove me nuts.
    2) I like DRIPs ONLY in ROTH IRA's; NO accounting problems as long as you wait to whatever legal; age limit applies when you sell. (Easy for me at 83.)
    Feb 27, 2012. 09:21 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Managing Fixed Income for Equity Clients [View article]
    I am 82 now, and still think my split of 40% oils,40% utilities, 10% cash and 10% Singapore India (closed end)mutuals is doing well for me.

    Yes, inflation is a worry. Integrity in government and in corporate management is conspicuous by its absence.

    Active Citizens demanding Integrity, acting with civility, courtesy,
    and truthfulness, with openness, and fairness are the priceless
    pillars supporting our liberty and free society.

    -- Robert O. Pritchard January 18, 2010

    Note, the above quotation about active citizenship may be yours,
    suitably engraved on a scratchpad of handsome note paper for the
    princely sum of your merely requesting one. Also, with your shipment
    will be, if requested a unique exquisite bumper sticker ( saying,” Who is paying for these wars in Iraq and Afghanistan?”) for use either
    prominently on your automobile, or, you may want to stick it up in a
    place of honor on your person, or some other highly visible landmark
    such as your front door.

    Limited quantities apply, so don't hesitate if you want one before
    supply runs out!

    Best wishes,


    -- Robert O. Pritchard February 18, 2011
    Feb 18, 2011. 09:15 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • A Pending Merger for the Utility Industry? [View article]
    I too, like your comments, Mr.Riddex; and I suggest you look into TE, which has laid a lot of gas lines in south FLA for future growth as the economy gets back together. I do not hold TE at this time, but am thinking of getting into it gradually. ( I do hold DUK, NEE, SO, TEG and XEL.)
    Jan 11, 2011. 10:10 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • 17 Reasons to Be Bullish About the Markets [View article]
    I'm 81, retired and sick of this wartime economy that is eating up all our resources and cash. Who is paying for these wars in Iraq and Afghanistan? The Bush philosophy of waging wars and borrowing has put the nation on the brink and you are ignoring it. Why? Lust for attention and ink.

    Our children and grandchildren will pay. And all the service men and women and their families. But the congress and their children and families? no.

    Only bringing back the Draft will wake up America.
    Bush's free lunch has severely ruined the American economy for the next twenty-five years.

    Rare Old Pearl, Cheboygan, MI
    Jul 25, 2010. 01:59 PM | 9 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The U.S. Government Flails in Futility [View article]
    You are all wrestling with economic theory, trying to prove who is right.

    Isn't the real problem trying to get a Congress sued for non-feasance of office? For Totally gross negligence in failure to manage the paying for wars? For the last twelve years failing to even try to balance a single budget? Where are the calls for a top flight legal team to sue the government for redress?
    Feb 4, 2010. 03:03 PM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • High Dividend Utilities Are Attractive in 2010 [View article]
    Well said. I believe in the long term Utilities and energy are safer because it is in the interest of regulators to keep things flowing and help such companies to survive. You don't mention natural gas I think it will always be a factor, both in home heating and energy source for pwer generation. Do you have Recc's for gas cos? I do enjoy your focus and integrity; the latter is so rare in our business; maybe even in life, period. Invite me and i would have more to say on Integrity.

    Bob Pritchard, now 81
    Jan 18, 2010. 08:30 AM | 10 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Economic Crisis Moving Steadily Towards Denouement [View article]
    Hey! Doesn't anybody pay attentionto the National Debt? 12 Trillion, and the debt limit is 12Trillion.
    U.S. NATIONAL DEBT • 10 Apr 05 - Editorial: $7,782,816,546,352 in Debt (CBS NewsU
    We're waging wars and not paying for them!
    1 Trillion a year!
    Wake up folks!
    Restart the draft, pass a war tax, start a War Savings Bond Drive or something.

    Bob Wed Dec 9,2009 10 a.m.
    Dec 9, 2009. 10:28 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Who Is to Blame for the Deficit? (Hint: It Doesn't Matter) [View article]
    More constructive would be to place blame where i think it belong:
    Two places, mainly, 1) Bush starting a war and refusing to pay for it for eight years=7Trillion Dollar deficit. Reason 2) Boards of Directors, of Corps, Banks, Mutual Funds NOT BEING HELD ACCOUNTABLE, and instead blithely agreeing to virtually everything CEO's were doing, including spreading the wealth to the top.
    Bob Pritchard, Cheboygn, MI
    Jun 12, 2009. 10:20 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Thoughts on Last Night's Speech by the President [View article]
    What's missing in all the speeches and all the comments seems to be references to INTEGRITY AND HONESTY. The glittering generality of "holding accountable" sidesteps the issues of HONESTY AND OPENNESS AND INTEGRITY. Too much fluff, not enough hard truth about all the liars and cheats and greed out there, and especially at the top ;ayers of business and regulatory agencies.
    rareoldpearl
    Feb 25, 2009. 03:37 PM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Financials: What Constitutes Insolvency [View article]
    Why does nobody try to hold the boards of directors liable? they have been deserting their fiduciary duty to preserve the assets of the companies and exercise the degree of judgement expected of a director of an extremely large company!

    Rare old pearl, Cheboygan MI
    Feb 22, 2009. 08:20 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Warning: New Lows Ahead [View article]
    can't speak to GLD, but I think more safety in a strong mix of Oils and Utilities; at least both inflation and disinflation will not effect the dividend flow as much.


    Nov 17, 2008. 09:50 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Wise Energy Use Stocks: Smart Grid Pioneers [View article]
    Well said, but how about JCI? Lots of impact on energy conservation and measuring, etc. also TEG for its dividends in this poor investment climate.

    Mon 10.27.08
    Oct 27, 2008. 04:04 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Minotaur, the Labyrinth and the Icarus Rally [View article]
    Clever. Too wordy. Like Bernanke and his predecessor.
    Real cause is Bush tax cuts and failure (PLANNED) to not pay for the war, to pressure congress (failed) to cut social spending.
    Real solution:(complicated) ease money no more--pass legislation to ease bankruptcy so lenders not borrowers suffer the most-- cut awesome defense spending-- bring 90% of all troops home from all foreign countries, reduce troop strength-- give all vets medical care for service related for 25 years--give all vets college G.I. Bill (like WW II--levy a 5% sales tax on everything, goods and services strictly to reduce the national debt and strengthen the dollar. Bob Pritchard, Cheboygan, MI
    Feb 27, 2008. 11:43 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Why We Actually Need More Inflation [View article]
    It seems to me the writer of this "let's have more inflation piece" doesn't care much about savers and people on old fashioned pensions-- he likes real estate and wants to "protect" gamblers in the stock and commodities markets. This to me protects those who spend now and incure debt, but leaves to my grandchildren to pay for the U S deficit in cheaper dollars tomorrow . Irresponsibility exemplified. ROP Cheboygan MI ropjop@nmo.net 11.28.05
    Nov 28, 2007. 08:53 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
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