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  • McDonald's CEO Thompson to retire; Easterbrook named [View news story]
    I'm waiting for the Al Sharpton protest.
    Jan 28, 2015. 08:55 PM | 7 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • McDonald's CEO Thompson to retire; Easterbrook named [View news story]
    Simplify the menu.

    Pull back or out of extreme urban areas.

    Clean the restrooms.

    Fire employees and managers who are placed there for reasons other than ability. Hire seniors and clean cut students who want work experience. Slinging fries is not a terminal job position.
    Jan 28, 2015. 08:51 PM | 7 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • General Electric: Abracadabra... Over 20% Upside Potential Materializes For 2015 [View article]
    Just illustrates how low the expectations were for GE by the investment community. Beating these by one cent is not a joyful moment. That will come when Immelt leaves the company in the hands of someone looking out for the shareholders.
    Jan 25, 2015. 11:10 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • GE Offers Investors An Electrifying Dividend Yield [View article]
    I hold a position in GE stock, but not for the dividend.

    I am awaiting the day Immelt is gone and the value locked in this company is realized by shareholders. It will not come a day too soon.

    Immelt should to be running a fast food franchise along some forgotten two lane road.
    Jan 25, 2015. 11:07 PM | 16 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • A Diversified, High-Income Bond Portfolio For 2015 [View article]
    I am an investor in high income securities and appreciate this article.

    The one caveat, for which I am hedged, is that looking whimsically into a rear view mirror and viewing the past as a crystal ball for the future could well be a huge mistake.
    Jan 24, 2015. 03:31 PM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Buyout speculation propels New York Times [View news story]
    Tweedle dee merges with tweetle dum.
    Jan 23, 2015. 05:31 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • General Electric's (GE) CEO Jeff Immelt on Q4 2014 Results - Earnings Call Transcript [View article]
    "Good day, ladies and gentlemen, and welcome to the General Electric fourth quarter earnings call. But first, I would like to announce that Jeff Immelt has resigned, effective immediately..."

    Raucous applause and cheering is heard from all listening to the call. It goes on and on, and the call is finally terminated.
    Jan 23, 2015. 05:30 PM | 13 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • A New Income Oriented Multi-Asset ETF Hits The Market [View article]
    Every time I see the words "alternative securities" I run for the hills. It is probably the equivalent of a diversified number of stool samples.
    Jan 22, 2015. 10:30 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Wall Street Breakfast: China Posts Slowest Growth In Decades [View article]
    Good point on future costs from Mr. Carlini.

    It reminded me of a recent SA article on the cost of repairing (and insuring) a TESLA after the cache wears off. Ditto alternative energy like windmills (repair and maintenance/ lifespan without overhaul), roof solar panels (leaks in the roof from the attached panels, breakage from branches, wind, etc.), batteries in electric vehicles, etc.

    Good marketing and salesmanship blur these realities. That is what folks in these two endeavors are paid big bucks to do.
    Jan 20, 2015. 09:30 AM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Wall Street Breakfast: Swiss Stocks Extend Slide [View article]
    The old cars in Cuba ar not really collectibles. The 1957 Chevy has a Lada transmission, Nissan drive train,etc.

    They are cannabalized.
    Jan 16, 2015. 09:36 AM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Wall Street Breakfast: Swiss Stocks Extend Slide [View article]
    I have been to Cuba, specifically Havana and suburbs like Siboney several times between 2010-2012. Someone very close to me was the military attaché on drug and criminal matters between the Cubans and the US Interest Section, formerly our embassy. I was able to travel outside the usual tourist haunts.

    Cuba is 5% Miami and 95% Haiti. They burn trash, use adulterated gas (lead-smelling), have a broken infrastructure (sewer pipes from the very early 20th century), the restaurants, most state-owned, constantly out of most food items and health care practically non-existent for the unconnected. I brought aspirin with me for currency.

    There is no internet. Phones are tapped. The population is watched (I personally witnessed folks getting dragged off the street into unmarked cars by thugs). I was watched, photographed, followed and tempted by hookers ( a big business in Havana seeing as folks make about $30.00/month in most instances). You cannot use the local currency, but must exchange your dollar for Cuban "kooks" which are pegged at par with the dollar (about an 85% premium).

    The resort hotels and the eight block renovated central part of Havana that the tourists are permitted to visit are quite nice. I met tourists lemmings being led by the hand by government guides and they honestly thought that this small sample was the real Cuba.

    In Havana alone, buildings fall down through disrepair to the tune of about 150 per year. Most of the large mansions pre-Castro are like a movie set. Shells with everything stripped out and vegetation growing inside.

    Still, I found the average Cuban head and shoulders above your average Caribbean lazy-ass. Given half a chance, they will pull out of their fifty year tailspin.

    For now, I see Cuba as a port of call for cruise ships. Cuba cannot handle an influx of American tourists. And their government cannot tolerate an open society which US tourists will bring with their "stuff" and ideas.
    Jan 16, 2015. 09:34 AM | 14 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Barron's Makes The Case For Active Management [View article]
    If they worked at MSNBC or the New York liberal elite darling Bloomberg, Barrons would really be mocked.

    At least Barron's contains many pages of facts, not political swill.
    Jan 15, 2015. 09:10 AM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Wall Street Breakfast: Oil Majors Cut More Jobs As Crude Slides [View article]
    The media, in the tank for Obama,will whip Republicans like a rented mule regardless of any positive proposals they pass on to the President for his veto.
    Jan 15, 2015. 09:05 AM | 11 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Wall Street Breakfast: Oil Majors Cut More Jobs As Crude Slides [View article]
    I noticed the Russian billionaire who purchased the Brooklyn Nets has is selling the team on the open market and that Russian's who bought in New York City and in Florida appear to be pulling out.

    Hope they enjoy returning to Mother Russia, home to the Gulags and adulterated vodka.....and a first class May military parade.....

    http://bit.ly/1y1rwix
    Jan 15, 2015. 08:59 AM | 7 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Wall Street Breakfast: Oil Majors Cut More Jobs As Crude Slides [View article]
    Deflation, anyone?
    Jan 15, 2015. 08:48 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
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