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  • Weighing The Week Ahead: Is A Recession Looming?  [View article]

    You listed 8 recession arguments and only 4 non-rececession arguments. Unfortunately, 3 of the 4 non-recession arguments speak to past cycles. But what if this global cycle is different? Some bright investors like Dalio, Soros, Gundlach are not optimistic, because the world is:

    1) approaching the end of a long-term global debt cycle
    2) has little growth prospects if credit contracts
    3) less impacted by US growth than at any time since WWII
    4) in a state of worse demographics than past cycles.

    Do the models you tell us rely on consider these factors?
    Feb 7, 2016. 02:45 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Exxon Mobil 'Conundrum'  [View article]
    Balance sheet, balance sheet, balance sheet!!

    Equity investors seem to never learn
    Jan 16, 2016. 12:28 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple: Capitulating To The Content Owners (For Now)  [View article]
    WestEnd, not one single word about ecosystem, really? Everyone should know by now it is NOT about a single device. It IS about each user's seamless experience from wrist to hand to lap to desk to home to car! It's never been about the device. It will always be about the intimacy of the relationship.
    Dec 10, 2015. 10:31 AM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple: Capitulating To The Content Owners (For Now)  [View article]
    Ecosystem! Ecosystem! Ecosystem!
    Dec 10, 2015. 10:10 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The IBM Valuation Disagreement  [View article]
    Apple, Microsoft, Google, and IBM net cash postions are $141Bil, $72Bil, $72Bil, and $0Bil, respectively.
    Employee compositions are adaptable millenials, adaptable millenials, adaptable millenials, and depressed boomers.
    A wise man once said it is not the strongest or the most intelligent that survive, it is those most adaptable to change.
    Tech, like investment banking, is dominated by those with the best staff and most resources.
    Bond market vigilantes will not let IBM buy back shares indefinitely.
    Warren and others should have guessed how badly this might end for IBM.
    Nov 6, 2015. 11:08 PM | 9 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Dividend Stocks Will Give My Daughter $600,000 On Her 18th Birthday  [View article]
    "I will assume that the price of each stock will go up an average of 6% a year, and we will receive dividend increases of 4% a year in each of the holdings."

    Sep 3, 2015. 04:28 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Preliminary data shows US manufacturing activity growth rate slowed in August  [View news story]
    Agreed! This is a diffusion index, most purchasing managers are still expanding their activities whenever this index is over 50. Come on people!!
    Aug 21, 2015. 12:56 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Baby Boomers: LEAP Into Action  [View article]
    Puts? Inverse ETFs? Why not just hedge by going short 3 month S&P Mini futures? Bid/Ask spreads are tiny and liquidity is massive compared to compared to options and ETFs.
    Aug 3, 2015. 09:55 AM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Facebook, Google, Twitter And Others Could Be Impacted If Advertising Bubble Bursts  [View article]
    Everybody keeps assuming long term rates are going higher, that hasn't been the case since the 1970's, and global demographics indicate otherwise.
    Jul 1, 2015. 02:11 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The No. 1 Stock In The World - Part 3  [View article]
    "While I respect those who refuse to invest in cigarette manufacturers, my No. 1 job is to help my family by making sound financial decisions. Corporations associated with weapons, fattening foods, sugary drinks, coal and oil also are rather unhealthy; I own companies in all of those fields, too, and I will leave it to others to focus on "socially conscious" investments."

    Fat, sugar, coal, and oil all meet basic human needs. Where is the human need in nicotine? Investing in MO is immoral because cigarettes provide absolutely no benefit to society whatsoever. Does doing evil really help your family?? Wake up!
    Jun 4, 2015. 08:47 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Alibaba: Building The Ecosystem One Piece At A Time  [View article]
    Thanks for the article WestEnd. Patfact, if your name calling is not persuasive, next time try facts. Oh yeah, and a shirt wouldn't hurt either!
    Apr 1, 2015. 08:22 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Google Becomes The Internet Grown-Up  [View article]
    "investors who once paid 29 times earnings now pay just 26 times. But that's still better than Apple's (NASDAQ:AAPL) or Microsoft's (NASDAQ:MSFT) ratio of 18 times earnings."

    hmmmm..just 26 times? and that's better, really?
    Feb 26, 2015. 11:41 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Market Timing Report: Sentiment Returns To Overbought Territory  [View article]
    Thanks for the interesting and timely article as of 11/15. What are you seeing now?
    Dec 15, 2014. 08:54 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • China's Supreme Court Clears Tencent Of Monopoly Claims  [View article]
    Thanks Doug. I enjoy learning about the Chinese market. I am reading a book "Zero to One" by venture capitalist, Peter Thiel. He makes some interesting points about how virtually all great tech companies are monopolies by their very nature because they create goods or services that never existed in the past. He further makes the point that this is may be good or bad depending on your point of view as the entrepreneur, the consumer, or the regulator. Societies must decide. In the United States case, our government both protects and and opposes monopolies through the U.S. Patent Office and through the U.S Anti-Trust Division.
    Oct 18, 2014. 09:32 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Why Apple's iWatch Isn't A Guaranteed Home Run  [View article]
    Wait a year. The world will be changed.
    Sep 8, 2014. 03:51 PM | 9 Likes Like |Link to Comment