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  • Apple And Me: Why I Finally Bought Some Apple Shares [View article]
    As the song goes: "You got to know when to hold th'm, You got to know when to fold th'm, Don't count your money until the game is over"... Something like that.
    Jul 30, 2014. 10:15 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple's Xiaomi Problem [View article]
    @ bjnflicks... As a consumer that does not own an iPhone please tell me how the Android is far inferior and slipping farther behind? Which Android phone are you talking about? What features are you talking about. This is a serious question not intended as a slap down of your comment. Seriously... Why should I buy an Apple iphone?

    I am long Apple so I believe Apple will go higher, but as a consumer I do not understand what you are talking about. Do you own Apple stock and trying to pump the stock or do you own just iphones? Are you planning to grade to the new iphone 6? Why? You don't even know its specifications other than it has a half eaten Apple logo on its bigger case.
    Jul 29, 2014. 10:47 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Krugman's Latest Debt Denial: Why His Two Magic Numbers Don't Cut It [View article]
    hey macho...iavelli, The problem with Obama is the idiots in Congress that wouldn't cut Obama's funding, wouldn't impeach him, or challenge a single illegal executive order is has made or planning to make through 2016. I did put him in office and have sent campaign donations to every GOP Senate primary candidate in every state that ran a decent candidate against any incumbent Senator that is the sort of this problem. I can do no more then that.

    What have you and Mr. "Dubya has an MBA from Harvard" above done to fix the problem! Just for his information I graduated from the Wharton school at the U of P which still has a business mind set instead of the liberal crap taught at Harvard, Colombia, and Brown, and you my friend will certainly lose your bet on the latter. So... you, he, and Paul Krugman should keep working at blows hot air on the comments page of SA and the NY Times to anyone willing to listen to your baloney because you guys will surely NEVER get rich!

    There now... I wasted my time responding here and did what I said hate... add another worthless comment on SA.
    Jul 29, 2014. 10:52 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Northern Graphite Company (H2 2014 Update) [View article]
    Batteries and pencils are not the only future uses for graphite. It is my understanding that graphene is an upcoming technology for large flake graphite.

    I could be wrong, but isn't Bissett Creek the only American based graphite mining project? The strategic value alone is a good reason to see that this project is successful.
    Jul 29, 2014. 08:18 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple And Me: Why I Finally Bought Some Apple Shares [View article]
    Stephen... your article brings back great remembers of 80s. It was a great decade for me and for the growth of technology. I remember when I saw and played with my first MAC ,my first IBM AT and the first Compaq lug-able. I thought at the time they were cute expensive toys that needed more hardware and software development to be useful in business. The processors were slow, there was no affordable hard disk technology available for personal computers. Computing networking token ring and Ethernet had still not emerged in the business community. Mainframe computers still dominated business processing. Only the largest companies networked their computer systems. Email (nothing like today) was just started to emerge in large companies. The Internet as still only at the Universities and Netscape browser software technology was still 10 years away. It would have been nearly impossible for anyone not in the technology business to predict the outcomes of companies like Apple at the time.
    The major phone companies were AT&T and MCI and Telecommunications had just started to transition. That was where the major stock action was in the market.
    The stocks and the exchanges traded through brokers at very high commission fees. All stocks were values in fractures 1/8ths and quarters. The few retail Investors that existed would have to sit in the broker's office to get real time stock prices and wait until the next morning to read the quotes in the newspapers. Few retail investors had brokerage accounts. We have come a long way to where we are now.
    Currently I am long Apple. I have been in and out of it from time to time since the late 90’s. The real money to be made in stocks is in capital gain. Dividends are good but you will never become rich on dividends or buying stocks of mature companies unless you already have a reasonably high net worth. The real question you should be asking yourself is… Will Apple's earnings continue to growth and can they sustain that growth rate to maintain dividend growth. That is what the market is trying to determine. Those that use Apple products are absolutely convinced it will. Long time financial investors and technology types like myslef are optimist but know there are no absolutes in share prices or dividend payouts.
    Jul 28, 2014. 12:45 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • The Day I Sold Everything [View article]
    Stephen thanks for the article. Happily, I found the COMMENTS more interesting than your article. The markets are a marvelous place driven by a large array of emotions, premeditated thoughts and strategies, positive and negative information, truth and lies cooking on the stove with the spices of good and bad government policy all stirred up into one big stew on which we all feed.

    Each of us must decide if it is too hot, too cold or just right. Each of us must decide if it is too sweet, too salty, whether to eat or to pass the bowl.
    Jul 26, 2014. 07:46 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Northern Graphite Company (H2 2014 Update) [View article]
    Assuming my float information is correct NGPHF has 49,131,000 undiluted shares outstanding. Your earnings estimates without considering cost of fund mining operations that is $1.22 / share in earnings. If $5 is a reasonable price to pay for a micro cap miner earning $1.22 / share could price NGPHF at around $6 / share.
    Jul 24, 2014. 06:52 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Krugman's Latest Debt Denial: Why His Two Magic Numbers Don't Cut It [View article]
    Now how would you know that? Krugman and you are still working and I have been retired for 12 years. Kids are grown and gone. I have no debt and need nothing. I could care less what idiot is president though I love this country and hate to see what is happening to it by the current fools in power. Other than that life is good!
    Jul 24, 2014. 02:22 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Krugman's Latest Debt Denial: Why His Two Magic Numbers Don't Cut It [View article]
    Thank you for the good laugh!

    You sir seem to be living on another world. The USA is $17 Trillion in debt and growing and we have paid down just $7 billion in 8 years under a Democratic majority rule. America has 91 million unemployed in 6 years under Obama and it is still the Bush great recession. 144% increase in welfare payments and food stamps and you are pleased that your investment portfolio has recovered with inflated US dollars. You should be a writer for Saturday Night Live!

    I am not a Bush fan but there is a big difference in how America looked before 2006 when the Democrats were voted into power to fix the evils of George W. Bush and his policies. Back then we only had two wars. Now we have the entire world on fire while Obama sits and watches from his huge carbon foot print on Air force one on his way to the next crony fund raiser.

    You failed to mention that Krugman served as an economic staffer in the Reagan administration. He apparently learned nothing then and continues on his journey along with you to a nonexistent world you live in where facts don't matter.
    Jul 24, 2014. 09:06 AM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Focus Graphite Is Highly Undervalued And Positioned To Profit From Rising Graphite Demand [View article]
    I have a question. If Focus Graphite has already contracted out for 90% of its production for 10 years in the future to one buyer is the price fixed or is it indexed to market prices? What happening to net earnings if prices demand or expenses significantly changes?
    Jul 23, 2014. 08:24 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Krugman's Latest Debt Denial: Why His Two Magic Numbers Don't Cut It [View article]
    I wonder how Krugman manages his personal checkbook and his credit card accounts with such an economic opinions? What Krugman is saying is that his grandchild will gladly paid for his lunch Tuesday in the year 2039 if we give him a free lunch today. I remember W.C. Fields saying the same thing. Only no one under 40 years old even knows who W.C. Fields was. 25 years from now we will be saying "Krugman who?".

    What the hell is the matter with Princeton University? So much for modern higher education. IV league schools used to be better. I am glad I graduated in the 60's before they were corrupted by the lunatics on the left.
    Jul 23, 2014. 02:10 PM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Northern Graphite Company (H2 2014 Update) [View article]
    @Matt Geiger... What would you think Northern Graphite Corp could $earn on an annual basis from graphite sales at current commodity prices?
    Jul 23, 2014. 12:20 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Wall Street Breakfast: Saudi Stock Market, Apple Orders, Chipmaker News [View article]
    Government makes NOTHING and creates NOTHING. All they do is control the money supply and injecting it into the money supply of an economy. This increase in the money supply has a multiplier effect in the amount of money in circulation not GDP growth. When the government takes money from producers and gives it in the form of grants to non-producers it contributes nothing to GDP. This is only SPENDING through the transfer of wealth. It is not real INVESTMENT in GDP growth (ie. capital spending). You guys on the left have been brain washed by the liberal so-called news media, the leftist college professors and Democrats and many Republicans in government that have no clue how economics work. Most have an agenda of self-interest or a desire to maintain power or both.

    Government spending (ie. welfare payments)and capital spending (ie. investing in new industries) are two very different things.
    Jul 22, 2014. 09:51 AM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • IBM Deal Could Help Apple Become An Integral Part Of Enterprise Computing Infrastructure [View article]
    @Tales... Like you I think there may be shareholder value in this partnership for both Apple and IBM.

    Electronic payment systems is definitely an important application that will change the nature of how smartphones will be used by consumers in the future. I have long believed that no smartphone manufacture would be able to do this without partnerships with the banking system through the major vendors that provide the hardware that currently help them deploy the financial services used today by consumers. Retail Point of sale devices, ATMs, Teller terminals and electronic payment systems to and from financial institutions. The biggest problem keeping smartphones from contributing or changing how it is done today is hardware and software data security and the willingness of consumers to trust devices enough to change their behavior in processing financial transactions.

    When ATMs were first introduced no one would ever consider depositing checks and especially cash into an ATM. Now people do that without much thought. As of yet I do not trust smartphones to do much of anything but make phone calls and provide a way of searching and processing information while on the road. I am not willing to do anything financial on them yet other than a few stock trades on the road.

    I believe partnerships like this will be the start of how to advance smartphones to the next level of acceptance. I own Apple stock but not Apple products. Features and functionality between vendors is not significant enough to care. A secure way to process financial transactions could change that although I believe IBM and the banking system will not give Apple an exclusive on such an application. At least not for long. Apple may be first but that will not last long. I do believe the first smartphone vendor to the gate will have a chance to set the standard for the industry which will make them a major player in the space.
    Jul 17, 2014. 02:11 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Barrick Gold CEO Jamie Sokalsky to step down in management shakeup [View news story]
    I have been long Barrick for just one year when the wheels came off the wagon. I am new to the company's history but have followed it closely since then and decided to stay with the position to see if it will turn around. I suspect that more strategic announcements will follow if Barrick is to move the stock price higher without a change in the market price of gold. Barrick has made good moves toward shedding marginal assets and reducing operating expenses. Although the last undervalued sale of Saudi Copper assets has disappointing because it did not help improve shareholder value as the stock price showed. Perhaps some news of M&A activity can kick start the stock price after a double bottom in the chart history. I still think ABX has unrealized upside into 2015. Hopefully the management changed will signal a positive change in company strategy going forward.
    Jul 16, 2014. 11:06 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment