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  • Empty Storefronts [View article]
    Interestingly enough, that is what I see here (NC). All of the newer commercial real estate properties have donut shops in them, and not much else. I wonder if there's some kind of strange economic theory at work here.

    On Aug 31 07:43 PM Bruce Vanderveen wrote:

    > I never could figure why, unlike residential property, commercial
    > property seems to sport vacancies for such long periods. If I have
    > a residential property that is vacant for a month or more I look
    > on it as a fairly big problem.
    > I know a nice looking new strip mall north of Tampa, Florida that,
    > though open for 9-10 months, only has one unit out of 16 leased (a
    > donut shop).
    Sep 2, 2009. 04:17 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Sure It’s Legal … But Is It Right? [View article]
    Mere awareness of ethics does not mean that such knowledge will be applied.The question is whether or not ethics stand up to the pressure cooker that exists in some of these firms. Also, ethics doesn't cover your weekend in the Hamptons, your overpriced apartment in the city, or draw lovely members of the opposite sex.

    What you need is an MBA who can withstand the lure of easy money, not better ethics teachers.
    > Ethics in business? Do they even cover it in today's MBA programs?
    Sep 2, 2009. 03:30 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Goodyear Tires: Don't Count On a Recovery (GT) [View article]
    Bridgestone and Michelin are eating up Goodyear's market share from the top, while second-tier imports are taking their share at the bottom. Goodyear is going the way of the auto-manufacturing industry: Bankruptcy, buyout, or both.
    Sep 2, 2009. 03:10 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Due for a Correction? Market Is Already Priced for Grim Future [View article]
    Ebworthen hits the nail on the head: They are going to have to make up for declining revenues and increased spending somehow. The market is like an angry dog on a chain: It can only go so far before reality constrains it.
    Sep 2, 2009. 03:06 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Didn't Caterpillar Say Things Were Improving? [View article]
    I think they could be referring to at least some recovery in the metals markets. Their customer's(the mines) fortunes are improving slightly, and by association, so will CAT. I don't think it will be a massive recovery, but they may be significantly better off over the coming months than other businesses.
    Sep 2, 2009. 11:04 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Sell in September? Time for a Reality Check [View article]
    I believe one that marklamb's comment lines up with what Nicholas Nassim Taleb had to say in "The Black Swan". We can line up all the historical charts we want, but they really just give us a false sense of security that sets us up for an anomaly. I seem to recall a September about 8 years back that really took us by surprise.
    Sep 2, 2009. 10:45 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Google: Why Gmail Failed [View article]
    Google for domains/business was down as well. Our company uses it as our primary email service, and it was more than a little inconvenient.
    Sep 2, 2009. 10:35 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Take Advantage of Weakness in Metals and Mining [View article]
    Mining is experiencing a huge amount of consolidation and volatility right now. Unless you have great confidence in the management of Rio Tinto, BHP Billiton, and Vale, I would suggest sticking solely with metals that have already been mined and refined.
    Sep 2, 2009. 10:32 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Gold Bugs Rejoice: Bernanke's Back, Stronger than Ever [View article]
    I like the silver play, as every source I read seems to think that it is far undervalued. Silver for a high profit play. Gold for stability, with more modest profits.
    Sep 2, 2009. 10:22 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Stock Market Overbought: What This Means for Silver and Gold [View article]
    Gold at 800 is a pipe dream, my friend. The only hope for the dollar over the next six months, is that all the other currencies sink at the same rate. Our debts are enormous, and our creditors are antsy. Something, unfortunately, has to give.
    Sep 2, 2009. 10:17 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Gold: Four Reasons to Expect September Gains [View article]
    Let's see:

    Fed monetizing the debt - Check
    Japan reducing dollar holdings - Check
    China trading in USD for hard assets - Check
    Russia trying to accept their own currency for oil - Check

    How does anyone think this looks good for the dollar?
    Sep 2, 2009. 10:00 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Sell in September? Time for a Reality Check [View article]
    I think the last week in September through early October, will give us one of the worst percentage declines in the history of the market. The past few days are harbingers of a massive correction that is yet to come. The market is overpriced, and bank closures are going to accelerate rapidly.

    Get out of the market while you still can.
    Sep 2, 2009. 09:51 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Base Metal Miners Win UBS Upgrades [View article]
    We are in the heavy equipment/tire industry, and business has definitely been on the rebound, just in the last two weeks. The mines are beginning to ramp production up yet again. If our business is any indication, then the mining/metals sector is well on its way to recovery.
    Sep 2, 2009. 09:30 AM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment