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  • Samsung's Recent Foibles Should Be Good For Apple [View article]

    Apple should not just look at Samsong. There are many other players that will make the smartphone a commodity product sooner than you think. Here is one that I have never heard of before and the company already has 2 times the market value of Blackberry. It sold out their phone in Singapore in a few minutes. I am trying to see if I can buy one when I am in China next week.
    Apr 9 03:02 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple: Already Too Late To The Phablet Market [View article]
    I have said it 2 years ago that apple is foolish not to have models of iPhone that is of different size. I went with HTC one about 2 years ago because I wanted larger screen. I got a S4 a few months later. I will get a s5 this month. Once you get used to using something you will not likely to change unless there is a very good reason (usually it is feature you really want and you cannot get it unless you switch).
    With 2 larger screen i6 at least apple will keep those that is using i4 and wanted or NEED to have a larger screen which include most seniors and also those who start to need bifocals or progressive glasses (start from 42).
    China also could be a big market. There are now at least as many if not more people in China than in the US that can afford the top of the line smartphones. The question is how many of them would buy the iPhone if they do not see the value of the iPhone. Go read the book the millionare next door and you will find more people that have high net asset like to buy things base on value and not just to show off. If you line up all the multi millionares you will not find too many of them wear expensive suits and carry expensive hand bags. There are more expensive suits and designer hand bags used by those who has much less net asset. I believe the same is in China and so the market is really big because there are more of those who make enough to buy the iPhone and want to show off than those who are really wealthy and care less
    Apr 8 01:00 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Why This Dividend Aristocrat ETF Isn't So Noble [View article]
    Just curious have you look into FXI which is only 25 stocks and has a very high expense ratio. Could your idea work better for FXI?
    Apr 5 05:38 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Why This Dividend Aristocrat ETF Isn't So Noble [View article]
    $3500 is relative to $1 million. On a daily basis your $1 million portfolio will fluctuate more than $3500 anyway. Also I think you cannot discount the time and money it takes to rebalance each quarter. If there is not enough stocks to make 40 someone must also use some decision to add stocks to make it 40. I also believe I want more diversification with more stocks. If I can live with say 10 stocks I may think about doing it myself. With my knowledge in trading and investing I believe you need to spend at least 4 hours each month to study each company if you are going to put money into any stock. You can save a little time if some of the company is in the same industry like Exxon and CVX.
    Your time and effort is better spend trying to find companies that will beat the market by a bigger % than worry about a small saving in fee.
    Apr 3 11:21 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Why This Dividend Aristocrat ETF Isn't So Noble [View article]
    If I only have 100,000 and want to invest all in the so call Dividend Aristocrat I would definitely put them in NOBL and forget about the do it yourself work. Even If I want to put $1 million into dividend aristocrat I would still put them into NOBL. You cannot just buy 59 stocks and have it sit forever. You must balance them at least once a year or may be once every 3 years. Why not let NOBL do the work for you every quarter.
    Apr 3 12:25 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • India: The Month That Was - March 2014 [View article]
    I would advice everyone to wait at least after the election. There is some chance a big change may come. What surprise me the most about India is how content the poor people are and they seems to do nothing about their "fate". This will change when they have more exposure to the world.
    Apr 1 12:20 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Bank Of America: Buy The Dip, It Will Not Last [View article]
    I have been trading BAC since July 2012 from 7.5. I only look at it when someone seating next to me on a 7 day bus tour from my photographic club told me he only hold bac and he believe it will get to 12 by first of the year. I then look at it and saw great premium on its options and decide to trade on the bullish side. I usually short the slightly out of the money put and take the stock if it was put to me and then turn around and short the call. sometimes I buy deep in the money call options that is 3 months out. Then when the price is right I short some short term short options.
    Last week I short the 17 put and they put the stock to me. I short the 17 call for this week about 3 minute before close last Friday. I also short more 17 put last Friday. The one week option for BAC has a lot of premium compare with other stocks.
    I also believe the stock just like to fluctuate and I do not think much about why. As long as I believe the down side risk is limited I'll continue my option trading in BAC. I personally do not think it will go up a lot and that is fine with me.
    Mar 31 10:45 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Passive Vs. Active Investing: Darts, Monkeys And Pros [View article]
    I can only add one major factors.
    investing in an actively managed fund with high expense ratio is a losing investment in the long run.
    If you are using any strategy to pick a sector or whatever strange method of asset allocation and invest in etf that has very low expense ratios and not pay management fee that is not a bad idea at all.
    Mar 30 11:03 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Rising Risks For Dividend Growth Investors [View article]
    Dividend growth stock is subject to interest rate change no difference than bonds.
    I am riding the bull market but is getting more careful as days go by. I am no longer buying stocks or etfs as some of my positions with cover calls get called. I plan to get back to 70% stocks by end of april.
    Mar 30 02:19 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple: Learn From Andy Zaky's Mistake [View article]
    There is nothing wrong by taking a lot of risk. I did not think Andy was wrong by taking a lot of risk. He was just unlucky. I remember many now very successful people took a lot of risk to gain their first batch of money. Usually it was just one big bet on one trade. If I am now only 30 years old I would not even blink to take a big risky bet on what I believe is a good bet.
    Mar 30 02:12 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • What Seeking Alpha Is Doing To Prevent Paid Stock Promotion [View article]
    It is not easy to tell all the fraudulence articles in promoting or bashing of any stocks. What I like to point out is do your own research and look for small things that just do not make sense. If it is here on SA look for a bunch of positive comments from users that have very little comment. People that have a lot of comments usually are not the one that are paid to do it. You can also look at some of their comments and see what they have said before and judge for yourself.

    What are little things that you could find that will sound an alarm bell? One such stock that claim to be in business in China and is an US company that caught my eye because I am very knowledgeable about business in China. I look it up in Yahoo first and found out the price of the stock were over 300 in 2007 and was trading at around 3 when they start the promotion. I did not look at the detail of what happen in 2007 and I just assume someone who cannot take a company public just bought a company for very little money and using it to promote its business. This company is having an announcement of its 2013 result ending in 12/31/2013 next Monday. I have been around companies big and small and none of them needs 3 months to announce its financial results. One NYSE listed company I use to work for close and announce their result in 3 weeks. Most companies do it in 4 to 6 week. Chevron usually preannounce it at end of each quarter (with firm first 2 months results) and a final result in one month. Any one of these little things is not very important but when you find a few of those little things then you should really look into the company before you believe what the articles is promoting. Also as they pointed out usually there are a few other articles of the same promotion in other publications. Again I am not saying all of those are frauds but you should just look deeper before you leap.
    Mar 27 09:19 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Should You Be Loving McDonald's Corporation? [View article]
    you are dead wrong.
    In my area there is only one in and out that do not have extremely long line. I am very sure the average business and profit margin of in and out in my area beats all McDonald. In and Out is beating most with a very limited menu of about 10 items plus drinks. That tell me they have a lot more tools to expand their business.

    Also there is another new one that is having very long lines and that is Hobit. Both my son and my daughter go to either Hobit or In and Out. It may take many years before the real big effect will take a big cut into McDonald but I believe it will come.
    Mar 27 12:32 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Biotech Sell-Off Brings Value To U.S. Healthcare Stocks [View article]
    the problem is not the high price itself. It is the high price just in the US. They sell the same drug at something like 1% of what they sell in the US oversea.
    Mar 25 11:49 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • King prices IPO at $22.50; Zynga -1.8% AH [View news story]
    I have play sugar crush and spend quite a bit of money on it. But today it is no longer as popular as 6 months ago. I am predicting this stock will crash in 5 years.
    Mar 25 11:46 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Tapping Into Home Equity To Buy Stocks Is A Very Risky Proposition [View article]
    At the current low interest rate I have to disagree with this article.
    Just because it was bad in 2000 and 2008 does not mean anything. It was good from 2009 to now for 5 plus years.
    There is no risk at all if you just hold on to the stocks even if you bought them in 2008 unless you pick the completely wrong stocks. If you pick the wrong stock you will lose no matter what you do.
    Mar 25 11:37 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment