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  • It's Time To Bring Out The Howitzers [View article]
    Gateshoup, can you please point to a time in US history where elected politicians worked to gether and ACTUALLY helped the economy (Hint - Stealing one person's property and giving it to another person doesn't count)?
    Dec 4 10:59 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Investors' Choice: GE Vs. United Technologies [View article]
    How do you account, positively or negatively, for the fact that GE has curried favor of the Obama administration. It was reported recently that GE received over $2B in loan guarantees for "green energy" jobs. GE has become this administration's Halliburton, a company that benefits from its political connections and lobbying dollars in a crony-capitalistic economy rather than through innovation and competition. I have no idea how to evaluate GE objectively since it's become, in essence, a political entity. Like GM, I think there's a large number of Americans that will never buy its products again. If Obama loses in 2012, I think GE is going to have problems.
    Nov 26 11:28 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Navigating The Choices In Your 401(k) Plan [View article]
    pound - individual stocks are fine if you have the time but are a sucker's game for most "home gamers" as Cramer puts it. Nothing wrong with basic, boring mutual funds for your 401k.

    Precious metals and commodities should only be a portion of your portfolio anyway, so don't sweat their lack of availability. Do those outside your 401K for 5-10% of your total holdings.

    My 401K is with Schwab and we have the PCRA (personal choice retirement account) option which means we can buy anything we want sold through their brokerage. It's a great way to go. I buy ETFs in my 401k for commodities, gold, etc. See if your employer could get Schwab's PCRA or equivalent at your firm's 401k custodian.
    Nov 18 03:55 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Commodity ETFs: When Will Investors Buy 'Stuff' Again? [View article]
    I'm 46 and have been 36-40% equities since 2005-06. With $15T in debt overhanging and government vampire bureaucrats sucking the lifeblood out of the economy for their lofty pay and bennies, I see no reason to go long equities until there's about a 25% layoff of federal, state and local workers.
    Nov 6 09:34 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Most Of Our Problem, Still, Is That We Have A Dead Battery: Felix Salmon Is Wrong Edition [View article]
    None of Brad's models understand the effects of a $14T national debt or the impact of ZIRP. Fresh thinking says that inflation should be used at the short-end of the bond curve and making that substitution a year ago gave us an inverted "yield curve." That's why we have a recession now, and more pumping won't help matters. The FED and Keynesians CAUSED this problem and their efforts to "help" continue to hurt.
    Oct 8 07:29 AM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Market Outlook: September Will Make Or Break The Market [View article]
    Well stated.
    Sep 4 11:00 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Things Look So Bad They Can Only Get Better [View article]
    " I can't imagine that he will not adapt further, eventually supporting pro-growth, pro-business policies."

    Obama is not your grandfather's or father's Democrat. He is our first Affirmative Action president, a young man who was passed on through college and law school because he was smooth and handsome, not because of solid test scores, grades, or accumen. His work experience - shaking down Washington for handouts to the underprivileged. My 18 year-old daughter has more relevant work experience than the Dunce in Chief.
    Sep 3 09:11 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • S&P Downgrades U.S. to AA+ - We're Tied With Belgium! [View article]
    "Why should teachers, specialists, administrators in the public sector not be able to earh what people with similar educations earn in the private sector?"

    Because teachers, specialists, et al in the public sector have union protection and are virtually impervious to being fired, even for cause. Private sector employees' job security is their last paycheck. Once upon a time, public sector employees traded reward for security; then, they got really smart and realized they could have BOTH reward AND security if they bought off enough politicians.
    Aug 6 07:13 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Debt Ceiling Is Not the Only Issue [View article]
    It went to the teachers and state and municipal workers.
    Jul 24 03:48 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Commodity ETF Investing: 5 Factors to Consider [View article]
    How about RJI?
    Jun 15 09:30 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • US default could be doomsday option for economy [View article]
    I agree that default is a doomsday scenario, but the author's conclusion, that we should raise the debt ceiling, is entirely wrong. Taking on more debt ENSURES an eventual default - heck, right now, tax receipts don't even cover Medicare, SS, and Defense. Raising the debt ceiling ensures greater and greater future interest payments made with borrowed money, like using one credit card to pay another.

    Congress needs to stop spending and make massive cuts (like laying off 50% of the useless bureaucrats in DC) across the board, hold fast on the debt limit, PAY OUR OBLIGATIONS FIRST, and treat everything else as non-essential. It's time for some harsh medicine, so let's start in the sewer known as Washington.
    Apr 24 09:47 AM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Are We Headed for a Global Meltdown? [View article]
    We're starting to see signs of a new Dark Ages. Cash-strapped state and local governments can't repair roads or provide adequate property protection. A quick survey of American inner cities show the groups living there have regressed in living standards, and handouts aren't stemming the tide. Inner cities are full of marauding gangs (think Vandals, Goths, etc.) while the rest of us move to the "moated" suburbs and gated communities. The new Dark Ages are upon us.
    Mar 19 08:57 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Four Stocks That Could Plunge if Oil Surges Above $100 [View article]
    Isn't $100/Bl oil and $4/gal gasoline exactly what the doctor ordered for Government Motors that just introduced an electric car, the Volt? Coincidence?
    Feb 4 09:59 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The USA Is Not Europe [View article]
    I'd sooner see California auctioned off to the highest bidder and apply the proceeds to reduce the national debt than give that state or any other a bailout.
    Jan 24 09:39 AM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Positioning for a Food Riots Economy [View article]
    You should be heeding Kevin's advice (along with the follow up about ammo). Government employees will be the ones against who the riots will be directed.
    Jan 17 04:07 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
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