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  • Mexico Will Follow Egypt Into Collapse [View article]
    Ha! Sorry, political suicide. Bailouts are for US jobs.
    Feb 1, 2011. 08:11 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Weighing the Week Ahead: Is the Market Now Priced for Perfection? [View article]
    A lot due to climate calamities in Russia and Australia.
    Jan 28, 2011. 06:37 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Who do you trust, the BLS or Ronald McDonald? While official government statistics barely show inflation, McDonald's (MCD) is raising prices, prompting commentary that anyone running a household sees every day the gap between the government's "pathetic" food inflation measures and reality. (I, II)  [View news story]
    But a lot of the people crunching the numbers have absolutely no power.
    Jan 26, 2011. 02:03 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Who do you trust, the BLS or Ronald McDonald? While official government statistics barely show inflation, McDonald's (MCD) is raising prices, prompting commentary that anyone running a household sees every day the gap between the government's "pathetic" food inflation measures and reality. (I, II)  [View news story]
    I agree, buying habits have changed a lot. Percentages of what we buy have changed. The mortgage used to be the big whopper (and still is). Inflation was the friend of the home owner, the mortgage "shrank" over time. The $125 a month my dad paid in the 60's was killing him, now it's chump change.
    To be honest with you all, my kids are grown and gone. When it comes to inflationary pressures, I should keep my mouth shut, my buying habits are not the norm. And I guess, there comes in the problem of one size fits all CPI.
    No conspiracy, just no easy way to quantify.
    Jan 26, 2011. 02:02 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Who do you trust, the BLS or Ronald McDonald? While official government statistics barely show inflation, McDonald's (MCD) is raising prices, prompting commentary that anyone running a household sees every day the gap between the government's "pathetic" food inflation measures and reality. (I, II)  [View news story]
    Which there is an argument for. Why do you think farmers keep switching crops - to follow the dollar. And we can't blame them.
    Jan 26, 2011. 01:55 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Who do you trust, the BLS or Ronald McDonald? While official government statistics barely show inflation, McDonald's (MCD) is raising prices, prompting commentary that anyone running a household sees every day the gap between the government's "pathetic" food inflation measures and reality. (I, II)  [View news story]
    Did you know that the government actually sends people out to stores in certain markets to price very specific goods, from food to clothes? Did you ever bother to study the actual mechanism of how the price index is formulated? Or do you think Obama makes a call and says, today, let the CPI be this number? Sorry, too many loose lips out there working for the government to let something like that not make FOX news.
    Now, the methods they are using may be antiquated, the goods they are pricing may not truly reflect the buying pattern of an average family. That I will agree with. But I will not agree that the numbers collected are then fudged, like I said, someone, and there are a lot of someones working on the CPI, would squeal like a stuck pig. Unless, maybe, the lowly number crunchers mysteriously go missing the night before the CPI comes out............
    Jan 26, 2011. 01:23 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Who do you trust, the BLS or Ronald McDonald? While official government statistics barely show inflation, McDonald's (MCD) is raising prices, prompting commentary that anyone running a household sees every day the gap between the government's "pathetic" food inflation measures and reality. (I, II)  [View news story]
    Hmm...being in the business, there are more to food prices than inflationary pressures. Food supply often has little to do with monetary policy, it has much more to do with weather. Think cold weather in Florida. Think heavy rains in the midwest effecting the corn crop (and corn is in everything).
    I have not seen my food prices go up, but than I just eat the basics. My grocery bill has not gone up at all. Just don't eat a lot of crap and maybe you will save a bit of money.
    Jan 26, 2011. 11:51 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Rail giant CSX (CSX +1.1%) plans to hire more than 2,900 workers this year - but, as with GM's new pickup-truck third shift, most will be making up for attrition. CEO Michael Ward is optimistic: "Our customers' businesses are showing real signs of recovery."  [View news story]
    Jobs beget jobs.
    Jan 25, 2011. 02:10 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Truth About the U.S. Housing Market [View article]
    I did, stinky sulfur smell.
    Jan 23, 2011. 10:18 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Truth About the U.S. Housing Market [View article]
    "I owe my soul to the company store"
    Jan 23, 2011. 09:51 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Truth About the U.S. Housing Market [View article]
    Former USSR? I think the presentUSSR is far more corrupt.
    Jan 23, 2011. 09:45 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Are Oil Prices About to Undermine the Recovery? [View article]
    Hmmm.....some of us in a business are in a recovery. Had to work overtime this past fall just to keep up...sort of snuck up on us.
    Jan 20, 2011. 01:29 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Auto sales in 2011 are off to a strong start in the U.S., says Edmunds chief Jeremy Anwyl, with SAAR up sequentially to 12.8M vehicles - unusual, as December numbers usually benefit from year-end sales. Korean makers (HYMLF.PK) are seeing the biggest gains, and rising fuel costs could end up displacing the country's current most popular vehicle, Ford's (F) F-150 truck.  [View news story]
    Who buys cars during the holidays? I'm surprised that anyone wants to wander around lots when the wind is blowing and the snow is falling.
    Jan 19, 2011. 02:00 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Evergreen Solar's (ESLR +2%) closing of a Massachusetts plant shows that green energy will never produce millions of jobs for Americans, NYT's Edward Glaeser writes. It's pointless to try to beat China at cheap manufacturing, he says; the U.S. formula for success is entrepreneurship and education, not large-scale manufacturing... "from ideas, not products."  [View news story]
    Will there be a time when Indian and Chinese wages reach parity with US wages? Economic stresses may force that to happen.
    Jan 18, 2011. 10:33 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Toyota (TM +0.2%) believes it is near a breakthrough in developing electric motors for hybrid cars that eliminates the use of rare earth metals, whose prices have risen sharply in the past year as China restricted supply. Rare earth names pull back: AVL -4.4%, MCP -3.8%, SHZ -3.5%, REE -3.4%.  [View news story]
    It only took time.
    Jan 14, 2011. 09:51 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
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