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  • Yes, Stealing Really Is That Bad [View article]
    "Now clearly this Russion Oligarch money was stolen, from the people of Russia, so it's up for grabs."

    The dilemma is what to do next. We know that 20% of the population smokes marijuana, an offence punishable by 5 years imprisonment, but finding out who smokes and who doesn't takes a lot of work. So, should we randomly pick 20% of the people and toss them in jail, or should we send every citizen, smoker or not, to jail for one year, spreading the pain more evenly? Clearly, _someone_ has to pay for all that weed smoking.
    Mar 19, 2013. 07:33 AM | 23 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Prepare For Blastoff: New Research On NQ Mobile [View article]
    "Based on data from 97 software companies spanning 700 years"

    Wow, I didn't even know we had software companies 700 years ago. Is it related to the e-Tulip bubble of the 1630s?
    Mar 27, 2014. 10:21 AM | 17 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Paul Ryan: Ideas for reducing poverty [View news story]
    What a bunch of demagogy. Most of those 47 million Americans live in conditions that 50 years ago would have been described as "affluent". They eat 2000 calories of food a day - often food prepared by others, be it McDonald's or the cooked food section at their supermarket. They own a TV and two or three telephones per household. They buy toys, not rice, for Christmas.

    The poverty threshold has been moved several dozen times since Lyndon B. Johnson's days. It is calculated based on the overall distribution of income, not based on absolute poverty definitions. If you raised that threshold high enough, we'd all be defined as "poor".

    The number of American starving or without a place to sleep today is smaller than it was 50 years ago. Anyone who doesn't start his review of wealth in America by acknowledging this fact is selling you something.
    Jan 26, 2014. 10:58 AM | 17 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Seeking Alpha fires a shot at Bloomberg, StreetAccount [View news story]
    I like the bullet format, but please bring back the ticker.

    More importantly, give users a way to disable the auto-refresh. It's aggravating to read down to the third or fourth screenful, and have the page suddenly refresh and jump up to the top on us.

    Please let us read in peace!
    Jul 29, 2013. 07:49 AM | 17 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Angie's List: Portrait Of A Catastrophe [View article]
    "theres no way i would be able to refrain from swatting her in the mouth 1 time" - Do you happen to reside in a jurisdiction where assault and battery is not a crime, or are you proud to be a violent lowlife?
    Jul 8, 2014. 10:29 PM | 15 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Arkansas Best: Want A Trucking Company For Free? [View article]
    Ah, the wonders of GAAP.

    Generally Accepted Accounting Principles allows a company to account for its assets based on a simple depreciation formula, rather than price its assets based on a realistic market price. A ten year old truck bought for $200k could sit on the books valued at $120k, even though you wouldn't be able to find a buyer for it if you asked for $50k. A warehouse you purchased for $5 million in 1999 when the market was hot would show as a $4M asset, despite the fact that you can buy an identical property next door for under $1M.

    But the fun doesn't end there. The value of those tangible assets is only meaningful if they could be separated and sold, unencumbered. Alas, that is not the case. Labour agreements with the unions forces the transferral of those costly obligations to whoever buys the assets as part of an operating company. The value of those liabilities, which might very well exceed the value of the assets, doesn't have to appear on the company's balance sheet, but certainly affects the valuation potential buyers attach to the entire company.

    I'm not saying that Arkansas Best is not a good investment, just that going by book value--tangible or not--is not a useful tool in valuing this type of company as a going concern.
    Sep 22, 2012. 05:26 PM | 15 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Potemkin Parking Lot: Related Party Transactions And Questionable Revenue Recognition At Kandi Technologies [View article]
    Where did the other half of the comments go? We had over 80 comments a few minutes ago, and now there are only 41. Someone is really busy with that "Delete" button. I wonder how long this comment will stay up...
    Jan 27, 2015. 12:59 PM | 14 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Angie's List: Portrait Of A Catastrophe [View article]
    I hear passion and rancor, but not much in the way of fundamental analysis.

    As an analyst, you don't have to be neutral, but in this article, your emotions outshine any factual analysis. Where is the cashflow analysis? Fair market value estimation?

    Yes, we get it; you hate their commercials. So what? How will those affect the company's profitability?

    I was hoping for some numbers that would help the reader assess ANGI's future prospects. Instead, all I got is a rant.
    Jul 8, 2014. 09:16 AM | 14 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Angie's List: Portrait Of A Catastrophe [View article]
    @8866171, that's a useful number, but I don't see it mentioned anywhere in the article.

    I'm not trying to promote the stock. If anything, I'd be on the short side. But I expect a SeekingAlpha article to have some substance to it.
    Jul 8, 2014. 09:31 AM | 12 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • AT&T Becomes A Short On DirecTV Deal [View article]
    "All I can say is LOL..... "

    I'm glad you took the time and trouble to come here and tell us that.
    May 16, 2014. 08:39 AM | 12 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Pursuit Of Mediocrity - Fallacy Of Dollar Cost Averaging And The Abuse Of Indexing [View article]
    Good article!

    I think the problem with randomly-timed purchases versus dollar cost averaging is that most investors tend to pick the worst time to purchase stocks - during market euphoria, usually near the local peak of the price curve.

    Much of the current literature promoting dollar cost averaging uses the assumption that without such a tactic, the investor's money sits in cash until the opportunity to invest presents itself. With such an absurd assumption, the conclusion is foregone.
    Jan 19, 2013. 08:44 AM | 10 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Potemkin Parking Lot: Related Party Transactions And Questionable Revenue Recognition At Kandi Technologies [View article]
    This article has certainly stirred up some strong emotions, especially from those who believe the stock is a good investment. However, I couldn't find any comments disputing the numbers presented in the article. The main objections I see among the comments can be divided into several categories:

    1. The company is growing quickly, has an unlimited market, is winning accolades. Forget the numbers; buy!
    2. All car companies engage in this practice, to one degree or another. Y U HATIN ON POOR KANDI??
    3. Ha! The author is short the stock, and benefits if it falls. Why should we believe anything he says?
    4. Ha! The author has a funny name. Why should we believe anything he says?

    And that's pretty much it. I would have thought that a disputed sale of 15,000 cars would be pretty easy to prove if it were true, but I might be naïve.
    Jan 28, 2015. 06:55 AM | 9 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Berkshire Hathaway: Shooting Dead Fish In A Drained Barrel [View article]
    "Warren Buffet couldn't pick a stock to dsave his life."

    You should offer your help to him.
    Jan 17, 2014. 01:10 PM | 9 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Is The Current Market Overvalued? [View article]
    > If you think that the cost of capital for the market is about 9%

    Why 9%? I've seen this number used elsewhere, but never explained. Your entire model seems to hinge on this one key number, which you provide without explanation.

    Triple-B long-term corporate paper is now yielding under 5%. This means that any reasonably healthy company can now borrow money for 20 years at a 5% interest rate - and the inflation is already priced in.

    Using the current 5% cost of capital, rather than the historical 9%, flips the entire picture around. Based on your model, current market valuation implies negative growth. Even a stagnant or slowly contracting market would reward investors for taking the equity risk.
    Feb 14, 2013. 07:59 AM | 9 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Angie's List: Portrait Of A Catastrophe [View article]
    The trivialization of violence against women is always a sign of class, distinction and confidence. We should let this guy write articles for SeekingAlphaMale.
    Jul 9, 2014. 08:56 AM | 8 Likes Like |Link to Comment