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  • 5 More Reasons Why We Think Kinder Morgan's Shares Will Collapse [View article]
    I have done the same. I am not a financial analyst, but what Brian has presented makes logical sense. Best for me to be on the sidelines while this gets sorted out.

    Thanks for your perspective Brian.
    Jun 19, 2015. 02:09 PM | 7 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • What To Expect From Freeport-McMoRan's Earnings Report [View article]
    And wait until they cut the dividend! Buy when it gets below $12.
    Jan 16, 2015. 11:53 AM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Ditching The 401(k) [View article]
    Arizona Trader,

    I think you have missed the main advantage of a 401k compared to an IRA - the amount of money you can set aside for retirement - for 2014 IRA contributions are capped at $5,500 and a 401k is $17,500 - pretty significant difference.

    I don't know how old you are, but if I was under age 50, I would contribute enough to my 401k to get the full match from the employer, and then contribute the maximum amount to my IRA. Any additional money I could set aside after maxing out my IRA would then go to my 401k with the goal of maxing it out.

    You will be far better off in the long run setting aside as much money as possible for retirement. If you leave your employer, you simply roll your 401k into your IRA where you will have more control of your investments.

    The more you invest early on, the more options you will have when you get older.

    Good luck!
    Dec 29, 2014. 12:02 PM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • McDonald's Is Behind The Curve... Can It Catch Up? [View article]

    I think you have hit the nail on the head. If you look at the survey chart in Alex's article, there are several burger places near the top of the list.

    I am like you, if I want a fast food burger, I go to Carl's Jr. or Wendy's - their burgers taste better. The only reason I would go to McDonald's would be if I wanted really good french fries. McDonald's problem is not that they don't offer healthy choices, the problem is that their food does not taste good.

    The idea that Chipotle offers "healthier" food is a myth. Go to their website and build the burrito you like to get there, and look at the calories and fat content - my chicken burrito is 1235 calories with 61 grams of fat - more than half the recommended daily calories for a male in one meal. Chipotle is not popular because it is "healthy", they are popular because their food tastes good - it really is that simple.
    Dec 29, 2014. 10:48 AM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Herbalife: An Open Letter To New York AG Eric T Schneiderman [View article]

    "Ackman has the moral high ground here."

    Only by coincidence - let's not forget who Ackman is and what his stake in all this is. I am no fan of Herbalife and believe it to be preying on innocent(through ignorance) victims, but Ackman is no angel.
    Nov 28, 2014. 09:46 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • It's Time To Consider ConocoPhillips Again [View article]

    Trout farming is highly profitable and much less risky. I say pass on the beef idea and move on to fish for higher margins and lower volatility.

    Just a thought.
    Oct 3, 2014. 05:56 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • J.B. Hunt: A Highly Levered Cash Machine [View article]
    Excellent points James - I have been in the industry seventeen years, JB Hunt is the juggernaut in the intermodal space. Intermodal will continue to grow for many years due to the driver shortages that hamper capacity on the OTR side. Hub Group is number two in the industry and utilizes the UP - it will be interesting to see your analysis, especially how you compare JB Hunt with Hub Group, and what you define as their strengths and weaknesses.
    Sep 30, 2014. 09:31 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Amazon: An American Horror Story - A Fictional Account Of What Does Not Exist [View article]
    All the negative comments about this article surprise me, doesn't anyone realize this article was a spoof?
    Sep 20, 2014. 08:28 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Piketty's Envy Problem [View article]
    Locutus, for those of us who must have a problem with our moral compasses, please do define "fair", since your moral compass is working perfectly.

    And please comment on the 8th commandment: "Thou shalt not steal".

    And while you are at it, can you tell us what your definition of "is" is?
    Sep 3, 2014. 08:54 AM | 7 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Piketty's Envy Problem [View article]
    and please clarify "reward people based on how hard they work". Locutus, are you saying we should pay ditch diggers more than brain surgeons?

    Shoveling dirt is far more strenuous than making minute movements with a scalpel - and I am sure you would agree that a ditch digger works much harder than a CEO analyzing his companies alternatives for investment to increase shareholder value.

    Workers unite! Let's see how great our lives become when we pay those who work "hard" the most, and penalize those who can use their minds. Stone age here we come!
    Sep 3, 2014. 08:48 AM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Piketty's Envy Problem [View article]

    you said: "The only thing you repub apologists can say if one brings up the topic of income inequality--the most pressing problem in the world today, aside from over-population--is that one is envious."

    We know what your solution for income inequality is, what is your solution for "over-population"? Come on, be truthful now.
    Sep 2, 2014. 11:42 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Piketty's Envy Problem [View article]
    Incredibly brilliant analysis - thank you for the detailed comment - very instructive.
    Sep 2, 2014. 11:07 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Why This Is The Most Hated Bull Market Of All Time - Understanding The Folly Of Financial Engineering [View article]
    Versangitorix, I think your statement has some critical flaws:

    "Corporations are here to serve the sovereign (the American people)" - that sounds nice philosophically, but is not, and has not been the case for most of our history. The American people have had very little say in legislation, tax policy, foreign policy, etc. - this is obvious if you look clearly at our history.

    The reality is that the American people serve the Sovereign (the Corporations). This too is obvious - bailouts of Wall Street crooks against the American peoples' will, subsidies for business interests at the expense of taxpayers, a fractional reserve banking system to benefit international banking interests (who own the right, by US law, to create out of thin air the only legal tender in our economy, and charge the taxpayer interest on each dollar in circulation), committing US troops to battle in undeclared war without consent of congress - again against the will of the people, for the benefit of the Sovereign(the Corporations), etc.

    How about the government "bending over backwards" to follow the constitution?

    No wars (defined by committing even a single soldier/advisor) without a declaration of war.

    Abolishing the fractional reserve system and returning the issuance of currency to the congress where voters can have some influence on our monetary system.

    Changing the election of senators back to how it was originally setup - state legislatures chose the senator, not the people. Let's get back to being a republic, not a democracy.

    Ending corporate welfare - all of it.

    Make lobbying illegal - congress should listen to the people, not the corporations with fat wallets.

    Tax reform - a flat tax that EVERYONE pays, regardless of how much you make - corporations included.

    A law making C level executives financially responsible for their actions - no more hiding behind the protection of corporate structure. Think of how differently Wall Street would act if they knew they were liable for their actions and could do jail time for fraud.

    Let's try real capitalism for change, and let's have the American people have a say in their government again. NO MORE CRONY CAPITALISM.
    Jul 27, 2014. 11:03 AM | 7 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The 'Come To Jesus' Earnings Report [View article]
    stockpicker99 - I suggest you read "Leftfield's" post above, especially the part about "sober scrutiny".

    Then you might want to contemplate "surplusmarketing's" post about burritos.

    Put the Kool-Aid filled Dixie Cup down, before it is too late.
    Jul 26, 2014. 09:11 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The 'Come To Jesus' Earnings Report [View article]
    There are a lot of Kool-Aid drinkers out there too..............and they own Tesla and Amazon stock, naturally.
    Jul 26, 2014. 08:59 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment