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  • Retirement Strategy: Hopefully, This Will Be Easy For Even A Novice Investor To Understand  [View article]
    Well put, DGI, and so true.
    I don't have rental units, but my own house is a pretty good example of this. Because manufacturing is now done overseas, houses in my area are worth less then they once were b/c so many renters have left to find work elsewhere, and there are few new residents needing housing.
    My property taxes have risen a lot to cover the needs of a shrinking population struggling to meet the rising costs of infrastructure and day-to-day expenses. And my state has cut corporate taxes while raising the price of some day-to-day essential needs, such as car registration.... I can hardly wait to see my tax return this time, and worse, the one I'll get next year.
    My house has required more in updating in hopes of selling than i take in from divvies and some months worth of SS. I'm not even going for "trendy." It doesn't help that I'm in a rural location with many new trendy vacation homes in the woods that are out of our sight on a daily basis, but sure do show up in the RE ads.
    I believe it's all in where you live, the quality of your property, and how high the demand for housing.
    Like stock-picking, it takes study and running the numbers.
    Jan 12, 2016. 09:56 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Mr. Market Likes This REIT That Owns Buildings Leased To Uncle Sam  [View article]
    Trump will be so good for the country--when the budget doesn't balance he'll just declare bankruptcy and start all over again.

    I see him an attack dog, doing the dirty work of destroying Clinton's campaign and the D's ethos, while the other R candidates keep their hands relatively clean. Does anyone think he'll survive long if he decides he's on a roll and actually gets his name on the final ballot? Machine politics are so interesting.

    Meantime, the agencies will grow--and keep on growing--as the means to watch all of us--all the time in every way--continue development. So the buildings will be useful, until the day the operations are turned over to computers and robots. Ah, gee whiz, boss, do I jump in or do I watch and wait on the reboot facilities? robot garages?

    Back to reality:
    Perhaps a small stake in DEA would not be out of line........
    Jan 12, 2016. 08:56 AM | 7 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Investment Lesson Of 2015  [View article]
    Thanks for making it clear that economics and politics are separate and discrete and never the same shall meet.

    And thank you for using the the condescending "Now the fact that you're not getting your piece of the pie....." to put me in my place good and proper.

    Well done.
    Jan 10, 2016. 09:40 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Investment Lesson Of 2015  [View article]
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  • The Investment Lesson Of 2015  [View article]
    Cry to Disney about copyright. Who do you think bought enough votes in congress to extend copyright laws that make corps like Disney so over-arching and so wealthy? If you think current copyright laws are a problem, surely you don't invest in companies that profit from them.
    Patent law was for the protection of the inventor, is now for the protection of the corp that buys the patent and wants to keep other corps from competing. The business of business is making the laws suit business.
    Dec 31, 2015. 08:34 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Investment Lesson Of 2015  [View article]
    I'm sorry....I don't get it.....the world is in turmoil, the rich are getting richer, while some of us are getting poorer by the day as our property taxes rise to cover the costs of keeping the community financed as the jobs have disappeared; WM has put our local businesses out of business, most of what we spend goes to one major corporation or another (instead of staying in and supporting our community).
    Not to mention the loss of the income from almost a decade of low to no interest on our savings (money we lend to banks so they can invest in the economy and make a bundle for their top people and wealthy investors--but sure as heck don't pay us for the loan).
    Then there's the issue of where is the retiree supposed to get the cash to pay ever higher costs of maintenance and refurbishment while no one is building much i the way of affordable housing so we can move out of our "American dream" houses that no one in the neighborhood wants to buy since there are few steady decent paying jobs to support mortgage payments.

    And then we are paying half of our national treasury for the military and some politicians are whining that we are not spending enough on the people cleaning up the mess the profiteers are making a bundle on in the Middle East. If half of all the nation's wealth goes to the military, just exactly how much more are we burdened taxpayers expected to provide for this cost????

    People who understand and enjoy fiddling with computers, stock markets, and investing in esoteric stuff like "bitcoin" might be doing okay, but the average peasant seeing the royal retainers riding roughshod over our crops on the way to the latest party hosted by the royals on their private islands or gazillion acre fenced in gated ranches/compounds/estates are wondering just when do the rest of us get to have enough wherewithal to "make the world a better place"?
    Is it not "making the world a better place" by participating in food drives for WM workers, providing free meals and soup kitchens for "the least of these," donating to fund raisers to help provide care to folks who need the expensive medications the super-wealthy are selling at inflated prices (for drugs often developed at federally-financed laboratories, which puts the public on the hook for paying for the research and then being asked to pay again for the profits). Is it not making the world a better place by volunteering to work the polls at elections; by sharing one's resources with neighbors in need; and by trying to come up with the money for car insurance to protect people who register their cars in an adjoining state so they don't have to buy the same insurance?
    Just exactly what does this writer, so full of himself, suggest we all do to make the world a better place as half our national treasure is spent on the military and a good chunk of the rest is moved offshore to make wealth for the countries that hold it for our corporate masters who don't mind selling us cheap goods at inflated prices but object to paying a reasonable tax to support the country that, through the structure of the law, helped them make so much? Should we urge our lawmakers to just put all WM employees on food stamps and free clinic medical care? Should we beg the lawmakers to continue giving tax breaks to corporations and raise taxes on the bottom earners/retirees?

    And Just what is the answer to the increasing inequality? Tell us please, before the roof i can't afford to replace starts leaking. My stock divvies won't buy a roof for another 10 years........
    Dec 31, 2015. 08:28 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Cyber Monday sell-off hits mall and big box names, outliers include BBY and TCS  [View news story]
    Lots of issues to consider here. Some of them having to do with the spirit, or lack of spirit, of the times in which we live.
    The economic rot seems to be climbing up the ladder to the people who frequent those stores.
    Or maybe the products are so ugly, useless, short-lived, or too high-priced for goods made by people who are practically slaves in asian countries.
    Or perhaps so few jobs are left in America that those who have paying work can't compensate for the many who are unemployed.
    My county is losing population as people move to find work. Got to be happening in other areas. And every time we move, it costs money that could otherwise be spent on consumer goods.
    Or maybe no one wants to-- or has the room to --store useless gifts given just because one is expected to give gifts or expects to receive them?

    Or maybe with all the new tech gadgets it's just too confusing for the older folks to sort through to figure out which item will be the right one? If one can't even figure out how an iPod works, how much harder to decide what kind of tv, telephone, drone, or whatever will be the welcome one. Cash works best and cash dribbles away fast on entertainment and junk food, long before it reaches the after christmas sales.

    Is this what the real start of a Great Depression looks like?
    Time to sell stocks and stash the cash in the backyard?
    What with no COLAs for SS and much higher prices for food, Christmas looks like a waste of time here. The spirit is dying and I and my friends have more "stuff" than we can store or use.

    Don't forget also, that as secularism spreads, the religious meaning of the holiday lessens. Which makes a dent in the whole occasion.

    I'm looking forward to tea and toast with a good book while the rest of the family goes to a giant theme park or the beach, which are way more fun for them than gathering to open the wrong (in the giftees opinion) presents under the tree. And a boring afternoon comparing notes on the take with friends on the phones, also bored.

    Does Amazon offer good tea? Why yes. And it and the book will be here in time for the holiday. And that old James Garner/Julie Andrews Christmastime movie will be just the thing for the day after christmas, however unlikely the plot point timings. Not all of us could find a dainty necklace in the snow, nor give a vacation cabin to a new love. But at least they are pleasant people and we don't have to worry about being shot by a gun-toting idjit while shopping the after C. sales.
    Nov 30, 2015. 02:09 PM | 11 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • 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 | 14 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