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  • Markets Are A Reflection Of The World - Wake Up Markets [View article]
    "However, logical and reasoned arguments can be made against military interventions (wars) without de facto making someone a Marxist or a hard-core leftist."


    Thats quite true. General Petraeus said just yesterday the US should NOT put troops there to fight. I don't think anyone would consider him a leftist or a Marxist.

    Terrorism is here to stay for the foreseeable future regardless of whether or not the US puts troops into the middle east.
    And the US will continue to stay embroiled in foreign conflicts until either the citizens or the rest of the world makes it stop.
    I don't see that happening anytime soon.

    The markets seem to be mostly ignoring these types of events. The France attacks, Belgium on lockdown, the US warning travelers, a Russian plane shot down, the Fed about to raise rates, consumer confidence down, retailers sales are down, and the market goes up.

    Evidently, this article needs a new title, markets are not a reflection of the world.
    Nov 25, 2015. 06:23 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Markets Are A Reflection Of The World - Wake Up Markets [View article]
    The West has hardly withdrawn from the Middle East, not even close to having done so.
    Look, many of them don't just hate us, they also hate each other.
    Let them fight it out, create whatever form of govt they want and draw their own boundaries to separate themselves.
    They'll still sell us their oil, they have to to get the revenue.

    But its too political-like and no one ever convinces another that their view is right and the others is wrong.

    I understand what you mean, just don't agree, so I will let it go.
    Thanks for keeping it civil.
    Nov 23, 2015. 07:04 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Markets Are A Reflection Of The World - Wake Up Markets [View article]
    Its written in my comments.
    Withdraw and let the middle east people solve their own problems.
    If that were to happen, no matter the outcome, the US is quite capable of defending itself militarily should it be necessary. I just dont think its necessary to go there and fight terrorists at this time.
    If a country threatens the US, take them out, but we aren't equipped to fight a terrorist war. There is no reason one more American should be killed fighting in the Middle East.

    I agree with much tighter border security throughout the West, minimal refugee allowance and close monitoring of those suspected of being a problem.
    If terrorism gets worse I think down the road we will see border closings, detention camps, and govt as well as civilian response towards those of Middle East decent.

    It appears of the current crop of candidates most of them are much more hawkish than Obama, so I don't think my views have any chance of being implemented.
    My guess is we will continue to do what hasn't worked, except do it on a bigger scale, expecting different results.

    So I just keep buying more LMT, RTN, etc.
    Anything that will profit from war, terrorism and disruptions it will cause.
    Nov 23, 2015. 06:35 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Markets Are A Reflection Of The World - Wake Up Markets [View article]
    Refer to the first comment under the article.
    You cannot defeat terrorists using conventional methods of war or heavy bombing unless you just want to destroy every city, may as well just use nukes and call it a day. They will just blend into the population and wait it out. They think very long term, decades.
    Should the West occupy the middle east for decades or just bomb every city into rubble? It wont solve the terrorist problem in France by bombing Paris and it won't work in the middle east either.

    They hate us for being there and continuing to prop up the dictators. For drawing boundaries that created countries with no regard for the different groups, Sunni, Shia, Kurds, etc.
    The West cannot tell them what form of govt to have, its up to them.
    There is no reason at all for the US to do anything except remove themselves from the situation and focus on the problems in the US.

    The US caused the downfall of Iraq and created the vacuum that assisted ISIS in forming. Dropping more bombs will just create more people that hate us, its a never ending circle.
    The US has been fighting in the Middle East for over 20 years and look at it.

    Saudi Arabia has the 3rd largest military budget in the world. Turkey has an army of 500,000. The Saudis, Iran and Turkey have the manpower and weaponry to destroy ISIS any time they want.
    Let the Sunni's and Shia fight it out among themselves until they figure it out.
    Its a middle east peoples problem, as it has been for centuries. The West cannot solve the problems there, and the West’s attempts to do so have just continued to make things worse.

    As for the terrorism in other countries, they brought it on themselves. It is absurd that the European countries allowed millions of middle eastern peoples to settle there and form there own mini-cities with their own rule of law and culture. The terrorists have come right out and said they will blend in and grow and eventually overcome. An authority in Paris recently admitted there are parts of the city where even the police don't go because it is ruled by Muslims.

    There is no easy, quick fix and no military solution. It going to take some hard decisions in the countries where terrorism is happening and it will be better to address it now rather than pushing it down the road. Its going to get ugly and be very unpleasant.

    There are many good, law abiding Muslims who just want to live in peace. Unfortunately they are going to pay a price for the bad one's.
    Nov 23, 2015. 05:21 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Markets Are A Reflection Of The World - Wake Up Markets [View article]
    Whats your solution?
    Nov 23, 2015. 01:28 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Taser +10.6%; Ladenburg upgrades in response to selloff [View news story]
    I suspect at some point n the future every police officer in the US will be wearing cameras and TASR will get the majority of that business. Theres room for a competitor or two as well but TASR has a lot of room to grow.
    The cameras help to protect suspects as well as the police.
    If the objections of the Federal LE agencies can be overcome that makes the market even bigger.
    While there is always risk in an investment, TASR seems to be a good long term play.
    Nov 21, 2015. 05:36 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • The 4 ETFs That Will Replace My Portfolio's Core [View article]
    "Outside of SPY, many extremely large ETFs suffered massive declines but you couldn't buy (or sell) them"


    Actually, you could have bought them on the 8/24 decline. Previous to that decline I had placed very low limit orders on several ETF's I already had, just in case something like this happened.
    I got filled pretty close to some of the lows.

    Trying to buy them while it was happening would probably have been difficult, but if you have the order already in the market you will get filled.

    I always keep some buy limit orders in the market 20-30% below just in case. It also got me AAPL at 95 during the big decline on 8/24.
    Nov 18, 2015. 09:48 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • NorthStar Realty Finance: Management's NAV Estimate Was 68% Higher Than Share Price [View article]
    I am pretty disappointed in the performance this year but I really like their portfolio of properties and the sectors they are in. I will continue to hold and trust they can straighten out the issues.
    Nov 17, 2015. 06:41 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The 4 ETFs That Will Replace My Portfolio's Core [View article]
    Interesting article.
    I did something similar several years ago for my wifes IRA.

    I used:
    VDC (consumer staples),
    VCR (consumer discretionary)
    VGT (tech),
    VHT (healthcare),
    VYM (High dividend)
    MGK (mega caps)
    VO (mid caps)
    PKW (buybacks)
    ITA (defense) because I like that sector.
    I added PGX, PFF (preferreds) and PMM (munis) for some yield.

    I have sold MGK, PKW as there was too much duplication of large companies and also sold VO just to trim down a bit and have some additional cash for opportunities.

    Thats probably covers most of the market except small caps and international, however many of the large caps are international and I'm not interested in emerging markets at this time.

    I have been pleased with the performance and it is so easy to manage.
    Nov 17, 2015. 06:35 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Paris hit with coordinated terrorist attacks [View news story]

    Where is Katniss Everdeen, we need her :)
    Nov 15, 2015. 04:20 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • What's Spooking Markets This Friday The 13th? [View article]

    Unique take on things, you're onto something, reading the link will take some time, but interesting.
    Nov 14, 2015. 06:17 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Paris hit with coordinated terrorist attacks [View news story]
    "One of the big mysteries; why no western government has ever attempted to show them the door."

    Not a mystery, the petrodollar.
    It started in 1973, the Saudis agreed to price oil in USD's, the US agreed to protect the House of Saud and supply with weaponry. Then all the OPEC countries followed the Sauds and agreed to price oil in USD's.
    It of course is obvious the advantage given to the US to have oil priced in USD's.

    So the US continues to support them despite their archaic manner of treating people and despite them being one of the harshest regimes in the ME and despite them harboring the nastiest of terrorists.
    Nov 14, 2015. 02:40 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Paris hit with coordinated terrorist attacks [View news story]

    Very good.
    Nov 14, 2015. 12:08 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Paris hit with coordinated terrorist attacks [View news story]

    I'm not sure what you are referring to in my previous comment.
    Yes, I know about the US involvement in Afghanistan and agree with you about it being wrong.
    Nov 14, 2015. 11:57 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • No Chance Of A December Rate Hike [View article]

    I too would like to see an audit for those reasons you mentioned and to hold certain people accountable. But still, I don't think it would change anything nor do I think it will happen. The corruption is spread too deep, too far.
    Nov 14, 2015. 11:31 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment