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  • Why Adding Apple To The DJIA Makes It A Good Investment [View article]

    Will anyone ever present a convincing argument that a move in the heaviest weighted component of the SPY (right now Apple) should exert almost four hundred times the effect of a move in the lightest weighted (right now Diamond Offshore Drilling Inc.).

    The top 10 Holdings comprise 17.35% of Total Assets.

    The top 50 components of the SPY have roughly the same weight as the bottom 450 components. How is that rational?
    Mar 24, 2015. 02:23 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • CAPE Fear: Should We Brace For Below Average Returns? [View article]
    I admit to being a little slow, but if you are going to average the earnings over 10 years, wouldn't it be logical to average the index over 10 years?

    December 2014
    2058.90 Close
    $122.74 Earnings
    1,425.00 S&P 10 year moving average (eyeballed from bigcharts)
    11.61 10 year averaged PE
    Jan 21, 2015. 09:41 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Things could get interesting overnight [View news story]
    And software only costs the price of a CD to distribute it on.
    Dec 11, 2014. 07:10 PM | 8 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Dow Jones Today Shows Warning Signs [View article]
    Re: "The best analogy I've heard for bubbles and why they ultimately burst is the example of dropping grains of sand that build a mound. It gets steeper and steeper until one grain of sand causes an avalanche."

    But the avalanche doesn't destroy the mound. It builds a new base and additional grains of sand build the mound to new heights. Just like the stock market and inflation. Temporary setbacks, then on to new highs.
    Oct 9, 2014. 08:28 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Trying To Follow The Dow [View article]
    Just another example of selling call options to increase income doesn't work in an up market. Stocks get called away and the seller has to buy back at a higher price than the strike plus the premium received.
    Aug 24, 2014. 09:43 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Religion Of Doom And Gloom [View article]
    Just a quick peruse of your website doesn't seem to have an archive of your series of articles entitled "The Perfect Financial Storm - Part 1 - 10" which were the epitome of "doom-and-gloom "financial-tainment" industry".

    The logic in that series cost me dearly. Glad to see that you have been born again.

    But where are the archives?
    Aug 16, 2014. 10:13 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Retail Investors About To Get Fleeced Again [View article]
    It's all in the interpretation of the chart. The way I see it is that at market bottoms retail investors having a lot of cash start putting that cash to work, and continue to do so all the way up. So at the top they are naturally heavily in stocks and not cash. Then as the market starts falling, they sell stocks and build cash and the cycle repeats again. It's not like they went to cash all at once at the bottom or suddenly bought stocks at the top. T'was a gradual process according to the chart. As I said, it's all in the interpretation.

    On the other hand, there were, and still are, many articles on Seeking Alpha written by semi-professionals that stressed they were going to cash all during the rise from the lows of 2009, the most hated bull market of all time. A good many commenters agreed.
    Aug 11, 2014. 12:36 PM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Real Reasons Why Warren Buffett Is Rich! [View article]
    Re: "I am not saying there is anything wrong with this if money is earned honestly, all I am saying is that extravagant spending today takes it away from your wealth, as I will demonstrate shortly. These are the reasons why some of the richest today in society will never attain the wealth equal to Warren Buffett's not because they are not smart, but because they under estimate the future value of present spending."

    1. What is the point of attaining wealth if you don't use some of it to enjoy life? If attaining wealth is the only thing that you enjoy, then you don't have much of a life.

    2. If I personally don't attain the wealth equal to Warren Buffett's, it's not that I underestimate the future value of present spending, it's that I chose to do something else with my life. Maybe I just don't care. Or maybe I want to enjoy my beach house in California.

    3. When is enough enough?
    Aug 7, 2014. 09:10 PM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • What You Need To Know About Rising Interest Rates [View article]
    Re: "Inflation=increase in supply of money/credit."

    That's the economic definition. Then there is the common definition of price inflation, an increase in the price level of goods and services, which was clearly the definition used in the article. "Price inflation" is generally shortened to "inflation" as in "adjusted for inflation ...".

    One only has to look at the number of articles that start with "Adjusted for Inflation" to know that inflation simply is indeed happening.
    Jul 11, 2014. 01:13 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • What You Need To Know About Rising Interest Rates [View article]
    Re: "As far as inflation goes... it simply isn't happening, either".

    Actually it is in a subtle way. Prior to 2000, millionaires were considered rich. Now we commonly talk about billionaires.

    Prior to 2008, the public debt was measured in billions. Now we commonly talk about trillions. And targeting a low trillion deficit is a good thing.

    We talk about raising the minimum wage by 50% in two or three years.

    How many articles have you seen about how much more does one need to retire comfortably compared to just 10 years ago?

    What about ...?
    Jul 10, 2014. 09:29 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Hetty Green: The Grandmother Of Value Investing [View article]

    Well if they only bought Polaroid, Eastman Kodak and Digital Equipment and never bought Apple, Microsoft, or any of the Dow Industrials, you may have a point.

    But what if you had only bought 100 shares of every stock you have ever owned and never sold. I sure wish I would have done that. I've bought a bunch of losers, but I have sold more winners much to my regret.
    Jun 29, 2014. 09:43 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • The Biggest Story Of 2014 - The Return Of The Inflation Trade [View article]
    Re: "where is inflation going to come from?"

    ArthurK: As pointed out in the article, housing.

    I would very much like to sell my current place and buy something equivalent in the area. But all the equivalents seem to be rising faster than mine even though mine has appreciated nicely in the last year.

    And with the proposed minimum wage increases, demand will increase all through the wage scale. Increasing demand and buying power equates to inflation.
    Jun 22, 2014. 09:13 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Minimum Wage: The Facts [View article]

    Also consider: The median Social Security benefit is approximately $1275 per month which works out to be $7.35 per hour. With over 40 million people receiving Social Security, 20 million will fall further behind the new minimum wage.

    And with everyone you mentioned trying to keep up, or actually keeping up, the poverty level threshold will naturally rise so anyone who doesn't participate in the insanity will remain in or fall below the threshold. What's changed?
    Jun 18, 2014. 08:57 PM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Hot Button Issue: Rant Warning [View article]
    Rant as much as you like. I'll still read what you write. I recently replaced my 13 year old car for only 17% over the original cost. Considering the technological improvements and accessories, I actually consider it cheaper.

    Phone bills are another story though. :)
    May 20, 2014. 09:14 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • If I Were Starting All Over Again [View article]
    Re: "Your plan worked great in this bull market, but how would you feel if you started this in 2007, or 1999."

    It would have been even better. Dollar cost averaging all the way down would have been great when the market recovered as it did.
    May 20, 2014. 08:39 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment