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  • SunTrust: Thanksgiving shopping a "bust" [View news story]
    I see this as the 7th year of the Republican congresses' recession. Different views for different folks.
    On another vein, we need to remember that the population is aging and we old people have more stuff than we can deal with and so do our younger relations. Or they are living in smaller quarters and not collecting things. I'm not buying "stuff" as gifts anymore. I'm not alone in this........In retirement, a cruise is a good gift to oneself, for example. Besides, the tech stuff changes so fast and our younger relations are so particular about which stuff they use, that it's best to let them buy for themselves when they are ready...... and most of the younger people i know do that online.
    I keep reading online that brick and mortar is going out of fashion. Guess that's correct. Can't happen too soon for me, as we at and near the lower income levels are squeezed by supporting the younger people in our family who can't find jobs (and buy stuff) because the guys who rake in millions of $$$$ a year make it by saving costs by sending the working stiffs' jobs overseas (then people holler for the President to "make jobs," excuse me while i throw up at that).
    Congress writes the tax laws. Congress writes the biz regs. Let congress take the rap where it is due. When enough folks figure that out, maybe we will try to elect people who care more about the populace than about their own wallets. Trouble is, our voting machines are programmed to flip votes while counting. It's not rational for the nation to have voted for the anti-american worker candidates. It can only be fraud or delusion. And I recently read a study about how it's done --in large population areas where the vote rigging won't show up unless carefully analyzed.....
    People want to hate our president will hate. Those who think about it will ask questions. Let's see how that all turns out in the end.
    Nov 27, 2015. 02:07 PM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • BlackBerry Priv Is Off To An Encouraging Start [View article]
    Maybe patience will pay off this time...,
    Nov 10, 2015. 03:22 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Weighing The Week Ahead: What Do Higher U.S. Interest Rates Mean For Financial Markets? [View article]
    Too many goods (esp. from China) and too little cash in the hands of the common people to buy all those goods. Sounds a bit like 1920s.
    Nov 8, 2015. 06:53 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • 1 Strike + 17 Singles = 1 Big Home Run For Retirees [View article]
    Govt funded research does most of the drug development heavy lifting. Let's cut out basic research in effort to lower govt spending and we'll see how much the drug companies spend on working on new drugs.
    Oct 25, 2015. 07:52 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • The Last Time Verizon Had A 5% Dividend Yield [View article]
    I used to get 10% or better just by stashing my cash with the US Treasury.
    While I think, as Arkansas once did, that anything over 10% is usury, I liked getting my return without spending a lot of time on financial issues, such as the market.
    Oct 5, 2015. 02:38 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • The Last Time Verizon Had A 5% Dividend Yield [View article]
    All this work for such a small return.......
    Seems like investing is more like playing poker or the football pool, an entertainment for those interested in it, but not a way of life for the rest of us.
    Oct 5, 2015. 02:35 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • The Last Time Verizon Had A 5% Dividend Yield [View article]
    Depends on what you get for your tax money. I'll take civilization instead of do-eat-dog, thank you.
    Oct 5, 2015. 02:34 AM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Last Time Verizon Had A 5% Dividend Yield [View article]
    At least you get something for your taxes, right? Paying taxes here is somehow regarded as a criminal act, instead of the price we pay for civilization.

    Why do we have less competition? Such a larger country should have competition, should i not?

    Maybe it's because companies here are conglomerating just as fast as they can get their wholly owned legislators to pass laws to make this happen?
    Instead of competition, we have monopolization.

    As it reaches its zenith, it's called fascism.
    Oct 5, 2015. 02:32 AM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Last Time Verizon Had A 5% Dividend Yield [View article]
    sorry, wild, but the official inflation figures are grimly laugh-provoking where I live. My grocery costs have jumped way more than 2% in the past 6 months alone. And food is a major portion of a retiree's expenses. We pay less for the gas to travel ten miles to the grocery store, but way more for fruit and vege and protein. Inflation figures are, IMO, mythical, in any case.
    Oct 5, 2015. 01:54 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Retail chains scrap for online grocery market share [View news story]
    ...providing so many investment opportunities..... durable medical equipment, scrubs, cleaning supplies, home health care staffing, funeral/crematory services, diabetes treatment, buffet restaurants,..... the mind ranges far and wide...

    People get to self-indulge and make themselves ill and others get to profit from it. What's not to like here?

    On the other hand, it's gross and sad, but it is a free country and Medicare seems able to deal with i so far.......
    Oct 5, 2015. 01:45 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Retail chains scrap for online grocery market share [View news story]
    Seems to me, it's the time in the car going to and fro that supports a sedentary lifestyle.

    Those in rural (lower population density)areas are in no danger of enjoying this service. But then, the grocery store is where we meet and greet our friends from other areas of the county, and catch up on the latest news. Esp. since we don't have a newspaper of consequence.

    On meeting a friend in the grocery store late one evening (when the line is shorter and the shopping faster), I was blessed by this friend w/ the kind offer of a small watermelon that was the only thing my dying relative could hold down. It was a chance to be treated kindly and to know again that someone I rarely had time to visit --and my relative didn't even know-- cared about our sad situation. It was better than a H@11m@rk card. (Which now costs more than a small watermelon!--Talk about an investment opportunity!)

    The entertainment aspect of grocery shopping is important to some of us. When I visit a city, where I know no one, the experience is about finding the newest products, fashions, styles......and people watching is a social activity.

    Room for all sorts of services..... and older people (customers) especially are going to like this one, I'd guess. And that population grows by the hour.
    Oct 5, 2015. 01:37 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Investing In One Sucker Yield REIT Can Sink The Fleet [View article]
    Cockles are shellfish with 2 heart shaped shells.....cockles is from the Latin for cochlea: a winding cavity.
    In this context cockles refers to the deepest part of one's heart,or emotions.

    Verry verry British, don't you know.
    Sep 29, 2015. 01:53 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Last Time Verizon Had A 5% Dividend Yield [View article]
    Larhan -- welcome to American free enterprise!!!!

    I pay V $10/mo per GB. V divvies give me back a tiny part of that. But not nearly enough!!!

    I'm no longer surprised at the large number of people here who don't understand that socialism is designed to make life better for everyone, not just the plutocrats.
    Sep 24, 2015. 05:37 AM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Last Time Verizon Had A 5% Dividend Yield [View article]
    hknown--thanks for your contribution here. it's most useful.

    Eli--how about doing a comparison of the buying power of the divvies over the last dozen or so years? I'm thinking that the drop in buying power more than under compensates for the buying power of whatever divvies V is paying---(thanks to the overprinting of huge dollars in order to "save " the banks---and leaving the rest of us with higher bills for less product in most areas of life--not to mention the loss of interest income we've suffered) .
    If I wanted to lose more buying power in the coming year, i might just add to my V stock, is my thinking. I'm willing to be persuaded to the contrary, if there are any who want to tackle this one. I appreciate those who share generously share their viewpoints......KP
    Sep 23, 2015. 08:00 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Retail chains scrap for online grocery market share [View news story]
    Back in the 50s (and earlier) one had a trusted grocer and could depend on the delivery of good food, since there was a personal relationship with the grocer.
    Bread, milk, and wet-washed laundry were all delivered. Perhaps with fewer people owning cars, we are headed back to the future.......
    When one conglomerate owner buys up all the chains, perhaps the next step will be breaking it up into small stores serving local people once again? Before the melting Arctic tundra releases enough methane to put us all 6 feet under........
    Sep 20, 2015. 03:31 PM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment