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  • Solazyme Takes One Step Back Before Running Forward  [View article]
    And you won't even try to back your argument in any way. Thanks for the insight roguephd.
    Aug 8, 2013. 09:46 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • The Slow Death Of Bitcoin And Gold  [View article]
    Your main argument against bitcoins - its high volatility - is completely normal for any sort of market or commodity in its infancy. The early adopters will pave the way as more businesses and users adopt it. Then proven stability will come naturally.
    Jun 26, 2013. 01:29 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • How To Hedge A Typical $500k Portfolio: A Step-By-Step Example  [View instapost]
    That's a very simple yet powerful strategy that even newbies like me can implement. :) Thanks!
    Feb 23, 2013. 08:46 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Gold Stocks Are Dead. Long Live Gold Stocks!  [View article]
    Hey Derek,
    thanks for the article! I have a question for you (or anyone else for that matter): for someone who doesn't really want to micromanage or worry about smaller cap gold companies, what are your thoughts on AUY for a long-term investment? According to what I have read they have one of the lowest cost per ounces out of the major players and going forward that might be a huge asset. It also pays a decent dividend of 1.8%.
    Feb 21, 2013. 08:14 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • It's Gut Check Time For Gold And Silver  [View article]
    I'd love to know where the comments about gold going to sub $1,000 come from. The cost to extract an ounce of gold is around $400-500/oz. It would be surprising if it ever comes back down that low.
    Feb 18, 2013. 10:23 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • What's Behind The Drop In Gold And Silver? More Importantly What's To Come?  [View article]
    I wonder what happens to the central banks holding tons of silver/gold when/if the economy/world comes crashing down. Who gets it first? It could get really Max Maxy before long in that scenario..
    Feb 17, 2013. 06:57 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Gold, Silver, Equities Or A Farm: Crucial Choices  [View article]
    Couldn't agree with your article more. I find it scary to put my money in a "market" that is controlled by the elite. They have no qualms about playing yoyo with the world "economy" while they play their financial video games atop their towers of power. In the meantime our world is slowly but surely realizing that the capitalist system was great for us a century ago but simply does not work anymore.

    Unlimited growth is impossible on a planet with finite resources. The current system forgets to incorporate people and environment in its dear numbers and it has lead us to today: a broken system that has billions of people slowly waking up to the realities of an economical system that has left them with less true richness and with a planet's ecosystem and climate that is close to a complete collapse.

    All that said, I personally think investing in gold and silver is a no-lose strategy whereas the markets are at the mercy of forces out of my control _and_ put of control.
    Feb 11, 2013. 12:10 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • ConocoPhillips Has Substantial Upside Potential  [View article]
    I personally would never invest in a company that is directly contributing to the destruction of my environment, health and climate. There are multiple ways to make money without investing in dirty fossil fuel companies that sell off our planet for pieces of paper. There is no disconnection between investors and the company they invest in. Oil companies are digging up oil and carbon sources that need to stay in the ground to avoid catastrophic climate change.

    If you buy stocks like COP, you support this. I urge everyone who invests in these stocks to ask themselves if there are more ethical ways of creating wealth that do not involve supporting the destruction of the environment we all depend on for survival.

    If this is something you don't adhere to, fine. But give me one chance to convince you and challenge your investing ethics. Read this and see if it doesn't open up a new approach: http://rol.st/MmIdzI
    Feb 7, 2013. 07:15 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Dow 14,000: Are You The Sucker?  [View article]
    Up, down, bull or bear, we're all sheep playing a game led by the wolves and where the market goes from here is just a guess.
    Feb 6, 2013. 08:40 AM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Why You Should Consider International Dividend Stocks  [View article]
    I tend to pass over ADRs and foreign dividend stocks because of the taxation issues. Perhaps I am too lazy to understand all of the different ins and outs of overseas investing in them... Thanks for the article, it might help push me to understand ADRs better :)
    Feb 4, 2013. 01:40 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Analyzing Canadian REITs, Part X: Highest Yields And Lowest Risks  [View article]
    Hey Monty, thanks for your articles. It is quite difficult to find solid advice regarding Canadian REITs.

    How do you feel about IDR.UN as a Canadian REIT play? The fees are 0.60% but the yield is 6.58% which is higher than Boardwalk or RioCan. Seems like a no-brainer given the diversification it offers.

    What do you think?
    Jan 31, 2013. 11:14 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Why Your Portfolio's Long-Term Dividend Growth Rate Is Your Total Return  [View article]
    Congrats on your first article. It was well-written and informative! However I need to pick at this part:

    "I'm hoping that Philip Morris International (PM) will continue to raise their dividend at an above average clip, and that my total return mirrors the dividend growth rate."

    I'll kindly ask the author what good is this profit if you're investing in a company that willingly gets people physically addicted to a product that gives them cancer and all sorts of diseases.

    Do you not make a connection between where your money is and what the company does with it? When does the human and social factors come into your investment decisions?

    In my opinion, making money is great but not at any cost and certainly not when causing harms to others, especially when countless other investment options exist.
    Jan 26, 2013. 11:14 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Attractively Valued Blue-Chip Dividend Champions For Your Retirement Portfolios  [View article]
    Love it. Thanks Chuck. Your articles are always some of the best and most informative on SA.
    Jan 23, 2013. 09:23 PM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • What Nobody Tells You About Goldman Sachs  [View article]
    "Goldman Sachs is the vampire of finance capital. Never one to waste a crisis – whether a subprime mortgage bubble, a bank collapse or a Euro-failure – Goldman Sachs makes good money from most of them. And the company does not shy away from deals that might ruin entire countries. Between 1998 and 2009 Goldman Sachs pocketed horrendous fees to hide half of Greece’s public debt by means of accounting tricks. These financial constructions eventually ruined Greece and plunged the EU into a financial crisis with no end in sight even now — another crisis from which Goldman Sachs has already profited handsomely and will continue to do so: so far Goldman’s profit is at least 600 million dollars and Greece owes the bank 400 million per year until 2037, for a total of more than 10 billion dollars at the expense of European taxpayers. Goldman Sachs is the epitome of a money machine with an opaque and matchless network of allies in top positions such as ECB-chief Mario Draghi. Governments come and go. Goldman Sachs stays."

    They're up for an award for worst corporation of the year. Sure, you might make some money investing in the company, but what does it say about you? There are more ethical companies out there to make money with. I choose to invest ethically because there is no disconnection between you and the company you invest in. What they do, you endorse with your dollars.

    Jan 21, 2013. 07:53 PM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Build An Intelligent REIT Portfolio Without Mortgage REIT Risk  [View article]
    Thank you. Your articles are always well written and are always very informative.
    Jan 21, 2013. 07:11 AM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment