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  • The ECB Provides A Reason To Look Overseas [View article]
    Apple closed at $381.21 on the Friday before Jobs death in Oct. 5 , 2011. Since then it has split 7 for 1. It closed at $98.47 last Friday. $98.47 times 7 is $692.79, an 182% increase in slightly less than three years. This doesn't count the fact that in Aug. of 2012 AAPL began paying a dividend which has increased along with the appreciation in the stock price. 1.9% dividend yield at its current price.
    AAPL stockholders may be holding the bag. So far, it's a bag of gold.
    (Long AAPL - 9% of portfolio)
    Sep 7 01:39 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • BP ruling will force billions more in payouts, but how many billions? [View news story]
    So President Obama and Mr Holder are the bad guys when the court makes a decision that you don't like?
    Save your Confederate money boys. The South will rise again!
    Sep 4 08:05 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Even The Council On Foreign Relations Is Saying It: Time To Rain Money On Main Street [View article]
    Don't forget that all wage earners pay 7.65% social security and medicare - or if self employed - 15.3%.
    If that isn't a tax I don't know what it is.
    It goes into the federal coffers and is not put into a "Lock box" as Al Gore suggested. It's a good thing it doesn't, because a giant portion of the nation's wealth would be out of circulation if it were.
    Those who are living paycheck to paycheck will spend most of any windfall promptly and thereby create jobs. It is so simple and logical that it will never happen.
    Sep 2 10:18 AM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • McDonald's Version Of Gone In 60 Seconds May Just Be What The Doctor Ordered [View article]
    Will Burger King rise to Tim Horton's level or will they bring it down to theirs?
    In Canada Timmies is the absolutely best fast food place.
    If they can duplicate that kind of food and service in the US. MCD may be in trouble.
    I am long time long MCD. But---Timmies may be a mighty competitor.
    Aug 25 02:51 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Russia inspecting McDonald's after closing four restaurants [View news story]
    Does anyone know whether MCD's Russian stores are company owned or franchised?
    Aug 21 01:27 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Introducing The 'Conservative Total Return' Portfolio [View article]
    I recently ordered a subscription for Office for Mac from MSFT.
    I was totally baffled by the hoops one had to jump through to try to install it. A code was required, but finding out what the code was finally ended up being impossible for me. (Looking for help on the Internet I learned that mine was not an isolated problem) I cancelled the subscription (But had to pay for one month).
    I ordered the same program to be sent to me as a CD. The instructions said that the CD included the elusive code number. A week and a half later I have not received the CD.
    I would not want Office except that I have to be able to open certain business correspondence. My old Word for Mac doesn't work on my new iMac.
    As a long time Mac user I am appalled by this ineptitude. When I order something on line from Apple it installs easily. If I order something to be sent to me it arrives in a day or two.
    Recently MSFT laid off many thousands of employees (I think it was 15,000??).
    Apple is growing as are Samsung and others. MSFT is on a downward path I believe.
    Aug 21 10:31 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • McDonald's: Too Many Headwinds To Count [View article]
    My strategy for the last 40+ years is to buy the stocks of leading companies, provided they pay a substantial and rising dividend. I never buy one that doesn't pay a consistent dividend. So far this strategy has worked extremely well. I have missed out on a few rising stars it is true. I have also missed owning many duds.
    I am a long time holder of MCD and have confidence that they will put these problems behind them in due time. While I wait I am somewhat protected by the very secure dividend.
    Aug 9 04:07 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Canadian banks seek to fill U.S. "vacuum" [View news story]
    Big U S banks were following high risk strategies long before Obama. Regs. were loosened under Clinton and the big banksters went wild. Community and regional banks not so much.
    Dodd Frank is necessary to rein in the big guys while unfortunately, smaller banks are struggling to comply with the additional regulations.
    Canadian bankers and bank regulators have acted more responsibly.
    Jul 23 03:03 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Canadian banks seek to fill U.S. "vacuum" [View news story]
    I wouldn't worry too much. Most of the U. S. bankers who were downsized were not the top executives who caused the trouble. The mid and lower level people just followed the policies set in the exec. suite. They will be very happy to follow the lower risk strategies of their Canadian bosses I think.
    I am a U. S. citizen, but have been long RY and BMO for a several years. TD and BNS are OK too, but I like the other two slightly better.
    Jul 23 01:20 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Two downgrades for McDonald's post-earnings [View news story]
    Brokers make their livings by our trades. It doesn't much matter which way the market moves so long as it moves.
    Long term investors love to hold MCD because of its consistent performance over many years. However, the alarm du jour published by their analysts may motivate some to sell or buy. More grist for their money mills.
    Jul 23 11:35 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Bank Of Montreal Faces A Challenging Canadian Environment [View article]
    If one isn't trying to hit home runs, but is happy with a good batting average, BMO is worth holding. The dividend looks pretty safe and likely to continue growing. It is less than 3% of my portfolio but I continue to like it as a reasonably safe alternative to bonds.
    Jul 22 11:02 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • State Medicaids feeling the pinch from Sovaldi [View news story]
    Sorry. I should have said M.
    Jul 21 05:52 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • State Medicaids feeling the pinch from Sovaldi [View news story]
    You aroused my curiosity when you mentioned Gild increasing their R & D budget, so I checked. Here it is from their financial statements:
    2009 - $939.9 B
    2101 - $1,072.9 B
    2011 - $1,229.2 B
    2012 - $1,759.9 B
    2013 - $2,119.8 B
    Total for five years: $7,121.7 B
    If all their R & D budget went towards Hep C research, which seems unlikely, they are a wee bit short on the $11 B figure.
    Jul 21 01:42 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • State Medicaids feeling the pinch from Sovaldi [View news story]
    I received my first paycheck in 1944 at the age of 14. I am still working (part time) at age 84. I have been continuously employed for 60 years-- That's my idea of welfare. I ran a family company for many years and served on the board of a NYSE company for 13 years. I am not against capitalism in any way.
    I am against the current mentality expressed by so many here that health is for those who can afford it and everyone else can just suffer and die.
    There was great community spirit during WW II and I believe it carried over to the day of the Salk polio vaccine. At that time there not a word spoken about the distribution being "socialistic". There was universal approval.
    Today is the day of "I've got mine. If you don't have it too bad!
    Jul 21 09:14 AM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • State Medicaids feeling the pinch from Sovaldi [View news story]
    Per the American Liver Foundation's web site: There are approximately 6,000 liver transplants performed annually in the United States.
    Currently, about 17,000 adults and children have been medically approved for liver transplants and are waiting for donated livers to become available. The waiting list grows every year.

    Does that answer your question?

    Most of the the people with Hep C will never have a liver transplant because there aren't enough donors - and society wouldn't pay for them if there were.
    Jul 20 04:52 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment