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  • Target Switches Gears In The Grocery Aisle [View article]
    Not just cereal!!! Can't think of a product at the grocery store that has not had stiff price increases.
    Doesn't help much to also realize that some of this most likely has to do with lack of rainfall, too many people on the planet need feeding, people are aware that the cancer/disease situation is getting out of hand as pesticide + herbicide etc., use increases.
    Then there's the big issue: a need for the 1% to get bigger pay packets and bonuses every year, while we retirees invest for dividends and the money for that cost has to come from someplace. Let the little people pay us all.....

    Only a matter of time before the whole edifice collapses.
    May 21, 2015. 09:13 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • My Tactical Approach To Healthcare REIT Investing [View article]
    While my late father was in a rehab facility (because a friend had recommended it--some friend!!) he was rated as needing all kinds of therapies that had no chance of changing his condition at his advanced age. His residency was private pay, but insurance and govt. paid for the care.

    On one occasion, a "therapist" showed up in his room, I left to run an errand, and when I returned about 10 minutes later, this "therapist" was no where to be seen.

    The astronomical billing charges over the three months he was there for therapies of all sorts would have likely provided ER care for hundreds of sick people. He didn't have enough hours in the day to allow for all the therapies they billed for, and it slowed down the "therapists" rounds when i was there on one occasion and actually stayed for a session. It was nothing I had not been doing with him for months before he required round the clock attention.

    I was brain dead tired from tending to him and made a note to complain to someone, but that got lost in the shuffle, and who would I complain to anyway.

    Since phone books died, there's no convenient way to locate the govt agencies that could deal with complaints. I'm sure I'm not the only middle-aged offspring of skilled care residents without any lifeline in these times of crisis, when the brain doesn't work well enough to find the local agencies and thread the needles they require to pay any attention.

    Skilled care facilities collecting from govt payers are all about the money and old people are just the means to that end. has deep pockets and can hire expensive private (non-govt, paid) companies that would be worth the price--and still take all the money one has saved over a lifetime. Only the wealthy can afford decent old age care in this country. My dad's money nearly ran out in another facility, before he died.

    Guess I'll get mine back by buying some of these divvy payers myself. And I plan to never be interned in such an institution. Ever. Death is preferable, IMO.
    Apr 22, 2015. 10:19 AM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Baker Hughes Free-Falls - Axes 10,500 Jobs [View article]
    D'you have an educated guess at what a low point, good enough to buy in, might be?
    We owned this one many years ago and I'd like to get it before it recovers.
    And any idea how many in the executive suite were let go?
    Apr 22, 2015. 09:45 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • REIT Basket Strategy Added 100 Chambers Street Properties Shares At $7.74 [View article]
    You demonstrate why having a good investment advisor will make more money for some of us than will our own amateur foundering around in all those technical swamps!!!!
    I'd say you are on to something here, since the cities are growing and the rural areas are dying week-by-week. Best for some of us to stick with what we are sure of and you have made that even more clear w/ this post. Industrial companies near major logistics corridors. Got it. Going to look into other opps. with that in mind. Thnx.
    Mar 31, 2015. 12:35 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • A Canadian REIT That Says Buy Me [View article]
    Some of these shopping centers are right close to the ocean.
    How many Slate properties are in danger of having water in the basement as the seas rise?
    When do we start including the changes in ground water quality and sea rise in property calculations?
    I know NC legislators think they can fool us by not acknowledging sea rise, and it seems to me there was another state up to the same shenanigans....but which one I just can't dredge up......I'm leery of any investment too close to the ocean, short of drillers and cruise lines. There are enough gambles in investing already.......
    Mar 30, 2015. 01:55 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Best Buy: Potential Buy After Q4 Earnings Release [View article]
    Should BB continue (as I've heard they do) providing real people to help the Luddites with electronic education, they could see good results, IMO. The equipment and programs change too fast for some of us to keep up with. I'll buy some new stuff if someone will teach me how to use it. Also, hardly any words in the electronic literature mean what they mean to those of us who were born b/f about 1960. (and there are a lot of us)
    Manuals are next to useless for kinesthetic learners. And forget about online manuals. Less value than rattlesnake spit to someone my age.

    There's a whole world of folks out there who could be good customers. We need to be in touch with our grandkids in far places and also with the world according to google-earth. Even buying online tickets to Europe is getting confusing since i did it last. And what fun switching between street view and satellite view to see if the RE agent is telling me the straight story on the beach cottage I'm thinking of buying. Maybe it's worth the trip to the ocean, and maybe not, but i can find out .

    There's a lot more we don't know about and need to, if only to keep our brains exercised. I think i will get some BB. But if the geeks go, so does my stock.
    Mar 8, 2015. 07:38 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Update: Telefonica - Even More Reasons To Buy This 6%-Yielding European Telecom Company [View article]
    90% drop in 4Q profits over 2113?
    I have held on to some stocks through thick and thin when i should have just moved on. Guess i'm glad don't have a lot invested in it and will give up now instead of later. If Venezuela (ever) gets its stuff together, maybe it will be worth looking at again.
    Feb 25, 2015. 07:24 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple's Dirty Little Rare Earth Secret [View article]
    We've been programmed to see greed as good.
    Programming works.
    I appreciate your POV.
    But if the subject is buying stocks to augment slim incomes,
    today is more important than many tomorrows away.
    Also, most people now understand that they can't affect the future by individual
    actions. Might as well make money while we can and let tomorrow take care of itself.
    Feb 20, 2015. 07:57 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple's Dirty Little Rare Earth Secret [View article]
    You mixed the part about it not so much being about the availability of rear earth, but the ability to refine it, right?
    Feb 20, 2015. 07:43 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple's Dirty Little Rare Earth Secret [View article]
    Have you tried buying everyday articles made in USA? I have. Not easy. Most of the products we buy are from China. Consumers wouldn't stand for embargoes. They would rather put their heads in the lions mouth than quit spending on products they WANT. But my experience is that most don't see further ahead than the distance to their phone screens.
    Feb 20, 2015. 07:42 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple's Dirty Little Rare Earth Secret [View article]
    Won't be WW3. We'll just be bought out by a bigger corporation--China, Inc. No news there……keep moving…..
    Feb 20, 2015. 07:37 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple's Dirty Little Rare Earth Secret [View article]
    Not to mention the Chinese have a long time frame for most everything. They are the next country in line to run the world, IMO.
    When they make a major move to put us and Apple in their places, some people will be surprised. This author won't be. I hope that by the time this happens, it won't be my problem. I'll be pushing up daisies, no doubt.
    Feb 20, 2015. 07:35 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Molycorp's $1.4B Bonds Are Screaming Bankruptcy [View article]
    Looks like the pros are agreeing on this one--judging from "Latest on MCP" post titles.
    The ruder and more disagreeable the commenters, the more I hear whistling in the dark to keep their spirits up. Perhaps they should just take their losses and move on.
    Feb 19, 2015. 09:36 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • T-Mobile's Legere calls for spectrum-auction rule changes [View news story]
    How can it be fair if only the deep pockets have a voice? Both in business and government.........

    This sort of situation is what led to the breakup of MaBell. And here we are again, a couple of generations later and right back where we were.
    To be honest, I thought, at the time, that having one phone company was not a bad thing, as we always knew we'd get service and if things went wrong, we knew what number to call for service. And they did service pretty well.
    As it is today, there are so many choices it takes more time than I have to spare to learn about all of them......and I'm not as familiar with the new technology as younger people are, I alone in this?
    Feb 19, 2015. 09:02 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • What Happens To REITs If (More Like When) Inflation Goes Wild [View article]
    I would love to see 80s style interest rates. We built a nice little bank account with the high interest payments, as we saved, instead of spent. Such windfall meant we saved enough to pay cash for our next house and the one after than. These days, I spend today and stash the goods because whatever i need will cost more next month.
    Feb 9, 2015. 12:20 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment