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  • Why Investing In Cree Looks Like A Bad Idea [View article]
    With the population aging
    and losing hearing and vision,
    I'll go with CREE.
    The stronger the light,
    the better we see.
    Dec 4, 2014. 07:33 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Has Anyone Ever Owned A Dividend Stock That Went Bankrupt? [View instapost]
    Getting in late, here.
    WFSC, a bank in Asheville, NC., failed along with the housing collapse. I sold most of the shares and got my investment back, but still have 21 worthless shares in my portfolio. Maybe i was hoping it would come back..ROTFL

    Also, over 20 years ago, I invested in a solar outfit, out of Texas, that went bust. I sold at 100% profit, but as the stock kept going up i made a bad beginners mistake and bought back the shares. So I learned how to not look back unless it's part of a definite plan. The whole thing turned out badly.

    Hope I'm wiser now.
    Nov 25, 2014. 04:07 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Weighing The Week Ahead: Are Investors Too Complacent? [View article]
    This is excellent article for me. I try to hold my investments and not watch over them too closely, as that would fray my nerves and most likely cost me money in the long run. (The voice of experience!)

    Don't know why for sure, but this article brought to mind the French Revolution. When the royals and their close supporters and allies were living the high life, as the ordinary folk sank into the gutters--in a manner of speaking.

    I'm a small-time, investor looking to supplement a pension and SS with whatever I can get to replace the lost interest on what was once quite a nice amount of savings.
    (Hit most recently by a property tax increase that covers the PT apparently not paid by owners of the empty houses in this county caused by the need of residents to move to the cities for work after a few thousand furniture and textile jobs were off- shored)
    In your calculations, analyses, and conclusions do you account for the homeless, hungry, underemployed, W-M employees (partially on the dole to save W-M the cost of paying a fair/decent wage)? The people who don't imagine having enough money to get through a month, much less invest, as the price of everything they has risen to ridiculous heights. (I note that much of the increase that I see can be credited to, but not limited to, the "printing" of stupendous amounts of electronic cash to bail out the royalty of Wall Street, the increase in profits required to support the 'life styles' of our corporate royals ( options, bonuses, milions$ in the pay packet, private aircraft, penthouse offices, etc etc).

    Sorry to bring the hoi polloi into this, but in order to understand what's happening (as far as I can) I really would like to know the place of these folks in your investment calculations. It seems to me, they should count, but I grow more and more curious about how and where they have a place on chart or in an analysis of "the market."

    Could you write something substantial about this…?

    Thanks for reading and considering.

    Nov 23, 2014. 09:29 AM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Air bag injury reported in Ford Mustang [View news story]
    Honor and responsibility. Missing from the dictionary of some american companies.
    Nov 17, 2014. 07:38 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • An Undervalued Income Stock That Pays A Sustainable 16% [View article]
    Common sense is quite uncommon. Not something one depends on when financial security is at stake. Research, now, that is the way to go.
    Nov 9, 2014. 11:04 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • A Once In A Generation Change For Stocks [View article]
    Great article, Mr. Parnell.
    Since I have some of my assets in dividend paying stocks, my fingers are crossed that the divs will continue, lest i join the masses whose houses are underwater.

    It would be nice to go back to treasuries, and not have to concern myself with keeping up with the market. I could just re-invest in treasuries in my old age, knowing i have security and also interest income. I wonder if you think those days will return?

    The recent watering down of the value of the dollar has hurt plenty of us, and I'm glad Yellen notices. Maybe before I die I'll see stability and a reasonable cost of living and income from my assets. Do you think I should not hold my breath?
    Oct 30, 2014. 06:06 AM | 17 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • An Undervalued Income Stock That Pays A Sustainable 16% [View article]
    ……"The European Central Bank is well into its second targeted long-term refinancing option (TLRTO), which could jumpstart lending with hundreds of billions to banks at a ridiculously low cost of 0.25% for four years."………

    Unless I am dumb as dirt, those hundreds of billions at 0.25% will be somewhere less than however-many-hundreds of billions after four years at the current rates of inflation…..

    What am I missing here?

    If I loaned the bank my savings at point oh two five I'd lose money after one year, never mind four…….....Which is why I and so many others put some of our savings in the stock market……and hope we can get out with reasonable returns before the bottom falls out……….or buy more on the roller coaster drop I expect to happen sooner or later……...
    Oct 29, 2014. 07:03 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Cree below $28 as downgrades arrive; RBCN, VECO, AIXG also off [View news story]
    I'm glad the 1980s crash taught me to just sit tight and not get my knickers in a twist when the market drops. It will come back and the people who panicked will be left behind as the agile scoop stock up at bargain prices. Good companies are still good companies….I remember about blood in the streets….never thought that a good thing before, but am changing my views…...
    Oct 22, 2014. 03:47 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Tesla Motors loses battle in Michigan [View news story]
    Why would you??????
    Oct 21, 2014. 11:08 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Tesla Motors loses battle in Michigan [View news story]
    So glad I bought a Subaru.
    Oct 21, 2014. 11:07 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Tesla Motors loses battle in Michigan [View news story]
    Innovation? Isn't that supposed to be what this country is about? God forbid that the innovation comes from someone outside of Michigan.
    Oct 21, 2014. 11:03 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • 4 Things To Know About Seadrill Before Throwing It Overboard [View article]
    So you think the administration has that kind of power, do you? With the opposition doing all it can to foil our president and make him look bad at every turn, I'd not credit him with the power to lower prices. More likely, from what I've been reading, the US is just about energy independent…too much oil being pumped out and when there;s too much, prices drop. The drillers/frackers wanted to make a bundle in a hurry and couldn't save some for next year, next decade. All or nothing. Now or never. Extremes. Typical capitalists.
    Oct 21, 2014. 10:53 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Forgotten Issue Facing Seadrill [View article]
    As a new investor in SDRL, I also appreciate this article. But am wondering why this didn't come out before I bought, instead of after…LOL
    But no regrets here. I don't have that many years left and might as well take some chances. Still safer, for me, than mountain climbing and scuba diving.
    Oct 15, 2014. 11:19 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Cree: Strong Financials, But... [View article]
    Guess it's time to add more…… long term perspective is serving me well so far….
    Oct 7, 2014. 03:02 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Bed Bath & Beyond Earnings: More Stock Buybacks And Earnings Declines [View article]
    When I go in the store in the city nearest me, I find no sales people available and an overpowering stench of chemical potpourri. If I want to find something, I have to walk the whole store and it's still easy to miss seeing what I want, especially when I'm trying to breathe. No reason to shop there when there are pleasanter stores with sales help just across the road.
    And I own a paid for house and need replacements as well as new products. It would be great to do it all in one store. But this is not the one I'll consider.
    Sep 23, 2014. 05:58 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment