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  • Being Grateful: Economy Good; Getting Better [View article]
    I appreciate your attempt to uplift us at Thanksgiving time. God knows we should be appreciative of our many material blessings. Having said that, I am a retiree without a pension, drawing down savings. The Fed's ZIRP policy forces me to invest in an overvalued stock market to counter inflationary increases in living costs. The stock market itself has been supported by QE, QE1, QE2 and QE3. Would the stock market be able to have had a multi-year rise without a meaningful correction if all the stimulus had not been available? Is it smart for retirees like me to continue to be invested? It is extremely difficult to feel even slightly confident that the current situation is sustainable given the anti-capitalist leanings of current government. I can understand how some like yourself may feel like everything is headed in the right direction but for people in the middle it doesn't feel that way. Thanks for a thoughtful article.
    Nov 29, 2014. 04:41 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Here's Why Gold Prices Have Been Declining [View article]
    You obviously have no children and are selfishly living for the moment. Good luck.
    Nov 6, 2014. 09:15 PM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Are Commodities Waving Red Flags For Stocks? [View article]
    during the time periods mentioned the government was not anti-capitalist.
    Oct 3, 2014. 08:20 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Brent crude slides below $100 for the first time in more than a year [View news story]

    Thanks for a nice summary of break-even costs by region/type. several comments:

    since Suncor has no exploration costs and they have ability to refine their bitumen, I think their break-even is quite a bit lower than other oil sands brethren.

    While it may be true that ME break-even is 15-17 $/bbl the financial break-even for these countries is more like $80-100/bbl. If oil falls too far below financial break-even then the ME governments can't control social stability issues.
    Sep 8, 2014. 10:36 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Brent crude slides below $100 for the first time in more than a year [View news story]
    How does us driving season affect Brent prices?
    Sep 8, 2014. 10:16 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • (Un)Happiness At McDonald's? Outlook Not So Tasty In 2014 [View article]
    Well educated Millennials are the problem--their expensive education comes with large doses of anti-capitalism.
    Sep 6, 2014. 03:14 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Still $90B to be made in Marcellus shale, report says [View news story]
    Please define the radioactive waste. drinking water standards allow for the fact that all drinking water will have some radioactive content. does it exceed EPA guidelines? How does it compare with 10CFR 20
    Standards for nuclear plant discharges to the environment? is it illegal? please be specific.
    Aug 31, 2014. 08:26 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Still $90B to be made in Marcellus shale, report says [View news story]
    are they drilling to hold leases?
    Aug 31, 2014. 08:20 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • An End To Our Relationship With Yahoo, A New Era For Equity Research [View article]
    Hank--get a grip--there is no "foolish nonsense" and "sophomoric opinions" on yahoo?
    Jul 31, 2014. 08:43 PM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Mega Growth Potential In MEG Energy [View article]
    Devil Dog, great observation. SA used to be a good site for energy investors but has been infiltrated by anti-capitalists.
    Jul 31, 2014. 06:45 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Betting On Texas [View article]
    Regarding California's "adjusted net pension liability ratios that are close to the state median"-- according to a recent Bloomberg article there is an "$80 billion gap facing the California State Teachers’ Retirement System that, if left unattended, will leave the fund broke within 30 years."

    According to a recent report by the Texas House Committee on Pensions, Investments and Financial Services, the Texas Teacher Retirement System reported that the $110 billion fund is healthy enough to cover its benefit obligations through 2075--more than 60 years.

    Nice try.
    Jul 21, 2014. 09:12 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Betting On Texas [View article]
    I thought all large cities were blue. Take a look at the red/blue map of PA. if memory serves me correctly there are 63counties in PA and Obama took 3of them and won the popular vote of that state.
    Jul 21, 2014. 07:02 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Will Dividend Stocks Save You In A Bear Market? [View article]
    The 2008 collapse in stock prices has been more than reversed for investors who didn't sell. Were the fabulous returns of the past several years that have made investors whole the result of robust economic conditions or rather due to artificial stimuli that are largely a one - off event? Given current policies, future bear markets of similar magnitude may not be so easily and quickly rescued.
    Jul 8, 2014. 10:02 PM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • US Job Market Shows Strong Gains, But Why Is Part-Time Work Rising? [View article]
    The professor is very highly credentialed. However, to have an extensive discussion of the unemployment situation without mentioning the labor force participation rate collapse seems disingenuous.
    Jul 6, 2014. 07:04 PM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Keppel Corp.'s Frustrating Lack Of Progress [View article]
    Nice writeup Stephen. keppel's quality and global presence are intangibles that will be accounted for in any upturn in offshore.
    Jul 4, 2014. 09:48 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment