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  • A Bull Market That Few Are Buying [View article]
    The biggest mistake of all was made years ago by allowing commercial banks to become investment banks. Once you allow banks who are regulated by the government to trade in risky classes of investment products, then anyone could have foreseen the consequence of where we are today. And instead of holding these decision makers responsible and doing a proper investigation for possible fraud thereby at least removing them from their executive position, these same men are regarded as advisors to our most highly-elected office. If our government can investigate someone's sexual acts, you would think they could investigate the people who caused this demise of our stock markets and our economy.
    May 10, 2009. 10:10 AM | 86 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Why You Should Not Sell Your Oil Stocks At A Loss [View article]
    If you have done your homework, own stocks that have greater future earnings, are buying back their shares, pay a dividend, and are priced no higher than the S&P 500, then you should never sell your shares at a loss unless there is some catastrophe and you need your money. The market often misprices stocks. If you sell your stocks every time they are down, you won't get anywhere.
    Dec 15, 2014. 01:36 PM | 33 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Dividend Investors Should Get Ready To Load Up [View article]
    You are cutting off your nose to spite your face. Everyone will pay the same rate on the first $200k. And a rate that is a little higher on the rest isn't going to curtail anyone from trying to earn more money.
    Dec 31, 2012. 10:11 AM | 29 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • A Moat Full Of Immortal Dinosaurs [View article]
    96 of the world’s top 100 banks, 23 of the 25 top US retailers, and 9 out of 10 of the world’s largest insurance companies run IBM's System z.
    Seventy-one percent of global Fortune 500 companies are System z clients.
    Nine out of the top 10 global life and health insurance providers process their high-volume transactions on a System z mainframe.
    Mainframes process roughly 30 billion business transactions per day, including most major credit card transactions and stock trades, money transfers, manufacturing processes, and ERP systems.
    Apr 22, 2014. 12:37 PM | 18 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Surviving And Prospering Over The Next 4 Years Of Economic Darkness [View article]
    The first 2 years Obama was able to pull us out of recession and pass several pieces of legislation because we had a Democratic house. The negative media, primarily Fox News, managed to put the Republicans back in at the midterm election. So not much else could be accomplished because of the teaparty. You can't really blame Obama as the teaparty would not compromise at all.
    Nov 8, 2012. 11:04 AM | 18 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • In Defense Of Apple: Battling The Mounting Hysteria [View article]
    I have to wonder why people are throwing their shares away at these prices. Compare what Apple makes in profits to any other company. Commentators keep mentioning how great Amazon is, which has very little EPS. From this article below you will see that Apple makes more profit in one quarter than Amazon made in its entire history.
    Jan 24, 2013. 07:07 PM | 16 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Does IBM CEO Rometty Understand Cloud? [View article]
    According to a new report by IDC: AWS may be falling out of favor. Or it may just be that small companies and individuals use AWS and larger companies plan to use IBM, Google, or Microsoft.
    In a key finding on 5/16/14 in IDC's first Public Cloud Tracker report, IDC says, "buyers selected IBM as their overall top preference among providers they believe can most effectively provision IaaS, whether private or public." "IBM didn't simply lead as the preferred IaaS provider, but more than doubled the votes of what one might consider two close competitors: IBM received 35%, while Microsoft and Google each obtained 16%." Amazon was ranked seventh.
    IBM is THE LEADER in cloud "integration service providers" which Gartner now calls "integration brokerage". Currently, more than one million companies use integration brokerage services, Gartner estimates in its latest Magic Quadrant for Integration Brokerages published in early April 2014. It believes spending for the category will rise at a compound annual growth rate of 15 percent. The need for integration hubs and frameworks that orchestrate interactions between cloud services and legacy infrastructure continues to grow.
    While IBM made over $16B, MSFT over $21B, and GOOG over $12B in net income, AMZN made only $274M. So one has to ask why own a company who made only $274M with a forward P/E of 91 when you can own IBM who made $16480M with a forward P/E of 9. It's a no-brainer.
    May 22, 2014. 12:51 PM | 14 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Credit Suisse looks for the next spinoff candidates [View news story]
    Maybe Credit Suisse can spin itself off before it goes bankrupt.
    Nov 24, 2014. 04:01 PM | 13 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Surviving And Prospering Over The Next 4 Years Of Economic Darkness [View article]
    I am so sick of hearing the word socialism. Would you say that all the people blogging away about socialism are creating anything of value or working hard to create jobs? I certainly don't think so. I think you are all living off of people who actually work.
    Nov 7, 2012. 11:17 AM | 13 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Why Thursday's Sell-Off Matters [View article]
    I am not buying Treasuries, Gold, or the VIX. I think this is just wishful thinking for those who already own them. I already have too much cash. And I think it is better to buy stocks that are too cheap than to buy anything else. Why would we have a bear market with the unemployment rate falling and GDP rising? What we lack is trust in the market and people sitting on the sidelines pretending to be there for liquidity while they really would like to get cheaper prices to enter. By the time you see the dip, it will be in the rear-view mirror.
    Jul 31, 2014. 06:30 PM | 12 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Has Samsung Dethroned Apple? [View article]
    Most kids who have iPhones want their parents to get one. When someone buys what you have, it's a compliment. The other smartphones may be good too, but they are considered to be a cheaper alternative. This year, it is believed that Android will lose market share to the other vendors. When you are number 1, it is difficult to maintain market share. And it is believed that Samsung will lose market share, especially in China, to all the Chinese manufacturers. The Chinese would rather buy American brands than Korean ones in general. That's why Coach does so well in China. I believe Apple will do well in China once all the carriers offer iPhones.
    One thing to remember is being a large technology company is not easy, nor is it always that profitable. Samsung's stock is over $1500. Their 2012 annual report is not available for some reason. I would not be investing in any company or Korean ETF unless I did my own due diligence.
    Mar 10, 2013. 09:26 AM | 12 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • IBM 2015: The Rise Of Watson [View article]
    IBM knows how to make money. And they have provided customers with superior products at a cost advantage to their competition. Look at the recent IDC report on flash. IBM provides more Terabytes per dollar than other large vendors. IBM has stated multiple times they are not competing on the low end. That is one reason they sold the PC and x86 server divisions. Making money isn't IBM's problem; it's Amazon's problem.
    Dec 29, 2014. 03:44 PM | 11 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • 3 Must-Sell Dow Stocks For 2014 [View article]
    This article is a waste of space. I have to wonder why Seekingalpha allows it.
    Jan 8, 2014. 10:17 AM | 11 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple's Earnings Fall Is Completely Unjustified [View article]
    The people who throw away their shares after hours certainly aren't "the smart money".
    Jan 23, 2013. 07:20 PM | 11 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Ford - Backing Up The Truck On The Clueless Downgrade [View article]
    You do know that DB is the primary German bank and that they recommended German automakers....I'm not sure why we listen to analysts from foreign banks. Many of them were complicit in causing the great recession.
    Look at what they've done to GM and IBM's stocks. Completely ridiculous!
    And CNBC quotes analysts calls from foreign banks, at the exclusion of analysts from American banks. If someone can explain this, it would be interesting.
    Dec 17, 2014. 10:42 AM | 10 Likes Like |Link to Comment