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  • Stocks For The Long-Run: Starbucks [View article]
    The strategy sounds good in theory but I don't think you can buy any company and forget about it for 10 years or longer unless you're willing to potentially lose significant amounts of money. Times change and companies may or may not change and adopt effectively to the benefit of their shareholders. I am a big holder of SBUX but would never let it sit for 10 years with no follow up analysis on the fundamentals and technicals impacting the stock - buy an index fun if you don't have the time and inclination to stay current with your holdings and you will be better off in the long run IMO. If I were to follow this strategy I would add Disney as one of my 10.
    Nov 12, 2014. 08:12 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Social Security At 70: Always A Bad Idea [View article]
    You don't appear to account for taxes paid on the SS distribution which would impact your scenarios significantly as the SS funds available each year for investment would be reduced accordingly. Still worth a look as I just turned 62 and am considering all options.
    Aug 29, 2014. 11:31 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple: I Absolutely, Positively, Disagree With Ugly Duckling, I Think, Maybe [View article]
    Assuming they come out with new products this year as promised by Mr. Cook it will be off to the races again IMO. Their dividend and buy back when their is heavy supply should keep it near $600 in the short term. I retired by accumulating shares in 2009 and have increased my position as soon as Icahn announced his purchase (I did sell some on the way up but have replaced those shares and more with option positions). Looking forward to their new product announcements June 2 and will re-evaluate my position at that time.
    May 6, 2014. 05:16 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Linn Energy (LINE) -9.9% premarket after saying the SEC has opened an informal inquiry into its financial disclosures and its pending merger with Berry Petroleum, its use of non-GAAP financial measures relayed to investors and its hedging strategy. The SEC action comes amid scrutiny from financial media and research firms into the driller's financial health. LNCO -12.3%, BRY -6.8%[View news story]
    CNBC interviewed Leon Cooperman several weeks ago and he discussed his hedge funds position regarding LINE in depth. His analysts and accountants reviewed everything and they believe the company is worh north of $40 per share. Based on his track record and managements openness with addressing this issue during the past few months I bought more today down 15% - we will see how that works out based on the SEC inquiry.
    Jul 2, 2013. 01:01 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple: The Bottom Has Yet To Be Reached [View article]
    Your comment regarding a person who followed this system would have made a 142% return since the first position opened on October 6, 2008. Apple closed at $107.59 on October 1, 2008 and is currently trading at $452.97 or a 421% return for someone who used a buy and hold strategy for the same time period. A lot of trading and analysis for a significantly lower return - I will stick with buy and hold as I have trimmed my position in Apple as it fell but expect good returns going forward when you factor in the 3% dividend which your analysis does not consider.
    May 11, 2013. 09:29 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment