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  • Banks Trip Up Apple Pay Launch [View article]

    That is an absolutely terrific article and everyone ought to read it. Kudos for posting that link.
    Mar 6, 2015. 08:47 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Yet Another Reason To Like CORN: A Low Valuation Relative To Gold [View article]
    Donald Johnson,

    Consider that the value of the U.S. dollar has risen dramatically against all major currencies in the last year. Unless you believe that every significant buyer of beans and corn is US-based, you must admit that US$ strength is a factor in their prices. Gold can help estimate the effects of that strength.
    Feb 20, 2015. 07:09 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple Entering The Car Sector? Why This Could Be Its Next 'Large Numbers' Move [View article]
    "Why poach Tesla’s lead recruiter unless you were building an electric car?"

    Isn't it obvious? That's the best (legal) way to stop Tesla poaching from Apple!
    Feb 20, 2015. 09:36 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Do Apple's New iPhones Initiate Peak Android? [View article]

    iOS has had the LED's functionality all along, but in a different form. Drag your finger straight down from the top of the screen and you will pull down a list of notifications, most recent at the top. Enable while not "logged in" for convenience, or disable for extra security.

    By the way, drag your finger up from the bottom to expose icons for various convenience applications: flashlight, calculator, etc.; music controls; and on/off switches for airplane mode, Bluetooth, etc.
    Feb 18, 2015. 09:23 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • In Perspective: The Ridiculously Large Market Caps Of America's 20 Most Valuable Companies [View article]

    "[I]t's doubtful that democracy itself - as we know it in America - could exist without corporations big and small driving the economy."

    Read some history - by a historian, not an ideologue - and get some perspective. Were corporations big and small driving the economy when America's democracy was created and grew rapidly in the late 1700's? Do all the rest of the world's democracies rely on corporations to keep them in existence?

    Corporations do "exist to make a profit" but *not* to provide jobs. Many corporations have no employees whatsoever, and exist only to possess intellectual property, primarily to dodge taxes.
    Feb 9, 2015. 08:40 AM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Swiss Franc Shock Drives Currency 'Relief Efforts' Across Many Borders [View article]
    Seems to me the SNB should have started lowering the floor in small increments (say, 1 basis point) long ago, rather than stubbornly protecting 1.20 thus leaving themselves a large-step capitulation as the only escape. That would have sent the proper market signals.
    Feb 5, 2015. 09:19 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • How Many Rigs Have To Be Removed From The US Shale Oil Fields To Balance Supply And Demand In The Oil Market? [View article]
    Totally disagree. Any economist will tell you the net effect of lower crude prices is a stimulus, not a recession.
    Jan 3, 2015. 09:59 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • How Many Rigs Have To Be Removed From The US Shale Oil Fields To Balance Supply And Demand In The Oil Market? [View article]

    You are using obsolete numbers. The increase in utility-scale solar and wind generation in the last few years is astounding, and has been a significant contributor to the falling demand for oil and coal.
    Jan 3, 2015. 09:46 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • How Real Is The Off-Grid Solar Threat To Utilities? [View article]

    "On the grid … I only pay for what I consume".

    False. Look at the fixed costs on your bill.

    That issue was discussed in the article.
    Dec 19, 2014. 09:16 AM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • How Real Is The Off-Grid Solar Threat To Utilities? [View article]
    Your answer is in the article.
    Dec 19, 2014. 09:11 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • How Real Is The Off-Grid Solar Threat To Utilities? [View article]
    Not to mention the vastly increased cost to insure a car that will lose thousands of dollars worth of special custom panels in a minor collision - possibly hundreds of dollars in damage just when a loose shopping cart hits it.

    Teslas are full of brilliant inventions and design innovations. This would not be one. Panels on the roof, OK, although ice removal could be an issue. Anywhere else, foolish.
    Dec 19, 2014. 09:04 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • An Intelligent Way To Think About Healthcare Trust Of America's Reverse Stock Split [View article]

    The already-announced dividend paid per share was doubled when the split occurred. No change to $ value of holdings, thus no change to yield on that value.

    I don't know what Alaph is, but I do know lots of sites don't handle splits very well particularly the first day.
    Dec 18, 2014. 09:40 AM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • A Minor Intervention Scare For The Australian Dollar [View article]
    These hearings are just the whackiest thing. Governments have to do them, but by the nature of how central banks must work, the bankers can only answer in vague terms; to "make news" in such a hearing is counter-productive. Glenn Stevens was remarkably candid about that fact, for a central banker.

    Another way he could have answered is "If in a hearing like this I state the conditions under which we would intervene, I assure you that the world's currency investors will act en masse to bring about those conditions. You need not believe me; just observe the reaction to the Swiss National Bank's policy with respect to the Euro."
    Nov 13, 2014. 07:05 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple And The Second Renaissance Of The Macintosh [View article]
    "Unless there's some sort of breakthrough in computing technologies whereby implanted computer chips in our brains interact with the cloud and other devices, people will continue to interact with various screens."

    No implants; too invasive and can't easily be upgraded. The screens stay, it's the keyboards that go away, replaced by voice recognition. Note VR solves an ongoing problem for countries that use completely different characters.
    Nov 5, 2014. 08:21 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Still Room For Upside After The S&P 500 Survives Its Most Dangerous Months Of The Year [View article]

    If CB intervention was actually overwhelming, all stocks would be going up uniformly - even P/E ratios of out-of-favor companies would be increasing as the rising tide lifts all boats. That's not what I see. Maybe you're being misled by the unfamiliar effects of a rapidly strengthening US dollar?
    Nov 3, 2014. 10:16 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment