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  • Greece Says No: An Investors Guide [View article]
    Why does Austria want to leave the Euro?
    Jul 6, 2015. 08:59 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Coming Decline Of Utility-Scale Solar [View article]
    Putting solar panels on the ground costs 1.50 per wattt less than on a roof.
    Jun 15, 2015. 08:58 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Dividend Investors Should Take Cover [View article]
    The time premium percentage is higher the shorter expiration.

    Bad performers can ruin most bullish trading strategies. Stay away from companies with low price to tangible book, low earnings and dropping sales.
    May 18, 2015. 12:52 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Perfect Portfolio For Retirement Is An Illusion [View article]
    I am also 90% equities and use options to get income instead of dividends. SS and pension income is high enough to avoid withdrawals from investment funds. I downsized my house and moved to a slightly warmer climate.
    Lifetime annuities are dead because of lower interest rates, so I am stuck in the market.
    Apr 18, 2015. 11:49 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple Could Drop Google For Bing In Safari [View article]
    Search engines don't give expert results. Just search on coconut oil and you will find all sorts of web sites saying coconut oil is good for you.
    Nov 29, 2014. 12:40 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Social Security At 70: Always A Bad Idea [View article]
    It is important to have as many years paid into SS as possible (up to 35 years).

    My wife decided to take SS earlier than needed delaying Roth conversion for a year.

    Another way to evaluate taking SS early is to consider what return an immediate annuity would give at age 70.
    Aug 30, 2014. 01:15 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • What Could Justify Apple's Big Investment In GT Advanced Technologies? [View article]
    So Moisanite (SiC) is harder. Does that mean that CREE is a potential competitor?
    Jul 28, 2014. 09:19 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Cree: Growth, Value And A Pure Play On The Shift To LED Lighting [View article]
    There must be some companies Cree could buy at a lower cost than their own stock.
    May 15, 2014. 11:28 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Cree First to Break 300 Lumens-Per-Watt Barrier [View article]
    The sun produces visible light at the rate of 80 lumens per watt. The sun generates a lot of radiation outside of the visible spectrum and would be producing at 251 lumens per watt if that invisible radiation wasn't included.

    Green monochromatic light has a maximum efficiency of 683 lumens per watt.
    Apr 2, 2014. 12:08 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Myth Of Improving Corporate Balance Sheets [View article]
    Good article. I look at tangible book value to see if there is much real value left in the company. IBM is another poster child for stock buy backs.
    Mar 15, 2014. 10:40 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Keep Buying Cree [View article]
    Cree differs from other LED manufacturers in that it sues SiC which gives superior results.

    Also SiC is good for power transistors needed for hybrid and electric vehicles, and power
    conversion needed by wind turbines.

    I think that Cree should buy up other competing companies to fill gaps in their product line.
    Jan 22, 2014. 01:33 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Fonzie Or Ponzi? One Theory On The Limits To Government Debt [View article]
    If given a choice between paying taxes and buying government bonds, what would you choose?
    Oct 22, 2013. 01:15 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Report: EPA may cut ethanol mandate next year [View news story]
    The laws need to allow butanol to be used instead of alcohol.

    Butanol has a lower octane rating than alcohol, but a lower heat of vaporization.

    Butanol can be produced in the same plants (30% conversion cost) that currently produce alcohol using the same feedstock.

    Butanol is 30% more energy dense than alcohol and can be used up to 16% in gasoline.

    Butanol doesn't evaporate as easily as alcohol and be shipped through pipelines.
    Oct 12, 2013. 12:56 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Why ConocoPhillips' Dividend Is Not Great...Anymore [View article]
    Unless COP can grow its earnings, its dividend doesn't do much for me because I could do better paying off my mortgage.
    Aug 21, 2013. 11:24 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Valero Energy Corporation (VLO) CEO Discusses Q2 2013 Results - Earnings Call Transcript [View article]
    Is Valero management saying they don't know how to invest their profits so they are spending it on stock buybacks and dividends?
    Jul 25, 2013. 12:02 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment