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  • 3D Printing Is Not The Next Industrial Revolution [View article]
    You're not talking some jobs, you're talking millions of jobs....
    It's kind of scary to think about. In the blink of an eye (relative to time obviously) you've not only done away with human tinkering/manufacturing, but you do away with freight transportation. In another blink you've now done away with manufacturing businesses, retail stores etc, because 'consumers' can print anything they want in their home. What you're left with are a handful of software firms...and....what happens when the exchange of money stops?

    I don't know much about 3d printing but the more automated the world comes, with an increasing population, eventually our own intelligence catches up to us, I think.
    Dec 27 05:03 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Why Most Dividend Investors Never Succeed [View article]

    Your comment doesn't make much sense to me; I don't think you thought the entire concept through, as well as your word choice.

    DGI, dividend-growth investing, is not the investing of $1,000,000 at 3% base yield and growing from there.

    DGI is a process that spans over decades, not one single ($1M) purchase. Your goal is to buy dividend-growing stocks, reinvest, rinse, repeat. When it's time to retire, sure, your portfolio might be worth $1,000,000, but it is yielding significantly more (say 6%).

    It's pretty easy to prove to yourself. Make an Excel spreadsheet. You can factor in your choice of growth rate (say 6% over 40 years - I think a little low but the outcome will surprise you) as well as the growth rate of stocks (as you are reinvesting dividends, after all). You can make a spreadsheet with extremely conservative numbers and still convince yourself that you should be able to retire. And the best part is your savings are just that: yours. This doesn't even factor in a spouse's savings...
    Dec 26 11:35 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Will The U.S. Suffer Japanese Lost Decades? [View article]
    You'll have to point me to the journal stating 'everything in the universe expands and contracts' because I'm having a hard time finding it. The universe is having an even harder time finding it, you know, expanding at an ever faster rate since its birth into existence..
    Oct 26 09:38 AM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Low wages at fast-food chains in focus [View news story]
    " I started with 0$... never took a food stamp or a government benefit program."

    That's impressive; just do tell how you managed to provide shelter, food and clothe yourself on $0 and no help...
    Oct 19 10:02 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • "The end of the potash world as we know it" [View news story]
    At ~4.8% dividend...POT a buy here?
    Jul 30 08:11 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • I Am Joining The Bears In The BlackBerry Bush [View article]
    "Biggest mistake I made was not buying some cheap, soon to expire, out of the money puts as downside protection!"

    Yes - kicking myself right now - oh, well. Out of the money calls set at my entrance point (14) to leverage break even.
    Jun 28 12:56 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • 10 Demographic Trends Investors Should Be Thankful For [View article]
    And how is that a bad thing....let's ignore X and only consider Y?

    US domestic population might be decreasing, but as you so readily disregarded, world-wide US-immigration is seen in a positive light and as the conservative thinking in this country dies (related to immigration - not all conservative thoughts are bad) immigration will increase. This only benefits the US.

    A free exchange of ideas is necessary to compete in this globalized age - and I can ONLY hope one day this country puts more emphasis on foreign language so that we too might send our great minds overseas for an exchange of ideas (loved walking into college surrounded by foreigners that speak 2,3+ languages, and every white kid you see speaks English)...
    Mar 23 12:59 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Debt Paradox That Everyone Should Be Aware Of [View article]
    Ahhh - too dumb to read this.
    Feb 27 05:10 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Chinese army unit 61398, also known as "Comment Crew," has been identified as most probably responsible for numerous cyberattacks on U.S. targets, security company Mandiant has alleged in a report. While Mandiant didn't name specific targets, victims include Coca Cola (KO) - when it was trying to acquire Chinese company Huiyuan Juice Group for $2.4B - and VMware's (VMW) RSA, as well as a firm with access to over 60% of oil and gas pipelines in North America. [View news story]
    Should be an interesting read - caught the preview on CNBC's homepage.

    Hard to say I 'look forward' to the Chinese's response - probably going to get a lot uglier in the future.
    Feb 19 02:42 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Strong Cash Flows Back McDonald's Dividends [View article]
    Hope so^ Been looking to get back in around 89-90.
    Feb 11 01:32 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • More on Yum Brands (YUM) Q4 earnings: "Adverse publicity on poultry supply continues to significantly impact China KFC sales." Indeed. Same-store sales in China for January and February off about 25% Y/Y. Shares -6.2% AH. (PR[View news story]
    Interested to see the conference call on this - saw a mention of new promotion campaign coming out in China to address these concerns. Also worth noting, Toyota/Japan suffered/is suffering from similar negative press in China. I'm thinking along the lines of BP on this one and more a matter of 'when' I pull the trigger than 'if'.
    Feb 5 06:22 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Can You Retire With A $1,000,000 Portfolio? An Urgent Follow Up [View article]
    Good article...time to find a wife...
    Jan 5 06:15 PM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • McDonald's Continued Success Is Largely About Infrastructure [View article]
    "I've read a number of examples of menu items in other countries (veg burger) that I'd love to see here."

    MCD has a bulgolgi burger and anywhere-delivery in S. Korea - you're right that it's cool to see customized McDonalds.
    Jan 5 06:02 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • McDonald's (MCD): Q3 EPS of $1.43 misses by $0.05. Revenue of $7.15B (-13.9% Y/Y) in-line. Shares -2.5% premarket. (PR[View news story]
    Same Chopchop - I managed to bring my average price down to 90.51...waaaaa
    Oct 19 10:04 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Cheap oil powered global growth for most of the last century, but the price of oil has quadrupled in the past decade, a shift that will permanently shackle the growth potential of the world’s economies, Jeff Rubin writes. Big budget deficits and low borrowing costs can't be long-term substitutes for cheap oil because "an economy can’t grow if it can no longer afford to burn the fuel on which it runs." [View news story]
    I'm aware as to what he's talking about...the passage was pretty simple and I think my response was too. Fact is human behavior changes with time - of course oil will affect economies in the new term, but there are solutions out there with a 10 year investment time-frame could produce meaningful results.
    Sep 25 11:31 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment