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  • The Berkshire-Buffett Bailout [View article]
    If it were not for all those measures stopping the bank runs, hundreds of millions of Americans' retirement accounts could very well suffer irrevocable losses. So in a sense EVERY investors got bailed out, does that mean you should be outraged at them, too?

    People are right to be outraged at banksters. But even lynching those guys would help me little, if my own retirement savings got wiped out.
    Jul 27 12:36 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Most of the developed world is pretty much in line when it comes to income distribution, but not the U.S., Brett Arends asserts, where the results are more in line with Zimbabwe, Argentina and El Salvador. The average Fortune 500 CEO pockets $10.5M a year, more than 300 times the average worker's pay.  [View news story]
    We need more Bill Gates & Warren Buffett, and fewer Chuck Prince & Mark Sullivan.
    Jul 20 06:56 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Unresolved Mortgage Bubble [View article]
    Speaking of inflation, if our "leaders" are not careful, we will get the worst of two worlds: hyperinflation in food, energy, healthcare prices, and severe deflation in equity and real estate prices.

    That's the ultimate combination for mass riots and armed insurrections.
    Jul 18 10:02 PM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Didn't Quantitative Easing End in March? [View article]
    Hey, at least 30% of Americans' financial assets and more than 50% of their retirement savings are in stocks, their willingness to spend (consumer confidence) depends on the wellbeing of the stock market, and our economy depends on consumers.

    Why shouldn't the Fed engage in a little reflexivity, especially that the inflation is low at moment?

    Otherwise, your made a great observation and provided very useful information.
    Jul 14 04:08 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Phasing Out Non-Recourse Home Loans [View article]
    The solution is not to eliminate non-recourse loans, but to force large down payments (30%) on these loans.
    Jul 11 01:15 PM | 8 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Why should Apple (AAPL -0.3%), Google (GOOG +2.7%), Microsoft (MSFT -0.6%) and the other tech heavyweights worry about NTP's new lawsuits against smartphone makers? Because NTP boasts a short but very successful history of enforcing its patents.  [View news story]
    Beating up a small Canadian firm in US courts is one thing, taking on Silicon Valley heavyweights on their home turf is something completely different.
    Jul 9 09:28 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • How Wal-Mart's Margins Could Be Squeezed by Rising Chinese Manufacturing Costs [View article]
    Retailers less exposed to China should benefit when all the discounters raise prices.

    The trick is to find them.
    Jul 9 02:29 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Large Number of Losing Streaks [View article]
    GOOG is down 12 days in a row.
    Jul 2 08:44 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Value Investors Should Be Looking at Microsoft [View article]
    Bill Gates is selling MSFT like there is no tomorrow:

    Nobody in this world understands MSFT better than him, so if he's selling like that, why should you be his counter party.

    From time to time, there will be trading opportunities in MSFT, such as what previous commenter did. But SPY performed just well, and carries far less risk.
    Jun 28 03:48 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Is the Fed About to Go Nuclear? [View article]
    Today's debt liquidation process is very deflationary.

    If the Fed doesn't print enough money, we will still get deflation.
    Jun 28 02:36 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Risk of Recession [View article]
    ECRI at this level doesn't mean the market will crater. People should find out what happens to SPX six months after Oct 1974 and Apr 1980.
    Jun 27 06:57 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Why Wal-Mart Is Still a Growth Company [View article]
    WMT hardly moves with the general market during the past decade:

    During the 2000-2002 bear market, it fluctuated between 42 and 65;

    During the 2003-2007 bull market, it fluctuated between 42 and 65;

    During the 2008-2009 bull market, it fluctuated between 42 and 65;

    Since the bottom in Mar 2009, it fluctuated between 46 and 55.
    Jun 25 11:29 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The world suffers from a leadership vacuum which will be all too evident at this weekend's G-20, William Pesek writes. "There’s a sense that the world’s problems are too formidable to fix... What we need is an adult or two in the room to make sure leaders tackle the big challenges of our day. Good luck finding any."  [View news story]
    Churchill's reputation before 1940 was that of an incompetent alcoholic without principle: he failed miserably at the Battle of Gallipoli, and he switched parties several times.

    When he replaced Chamberlain in 1940, FDR's first reaction was "that England didn't have anyone else beside that alcoholic?".

    Even though Churchill led England to the victory in WW2, he was still thrown out of 10 Downing Street in 1945's election. British people seemed to prefer that nobody Clement Atlee over the great war hero Churchill back then.

    Only much later did people begin to worship him.


    But it's common for people to take a romantic view of past characters, while bashing current authorities and institutions mercilessly.
    Jun 25 11:00 PM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Warren Buffett's Very Serious Sports Bet [View article]
    For those who don't know, France won the 1998 World Cup and was second in 2006.

    It was not inconceivable for France to win this time.
    Jun 24 11:14 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • BP: Now More Evil Than Goldman Sachs [View article]
    If GS stops handing out excessive cash bonus to its executives for a couple of years, the public will forget and move on to bash something else.
    Jun 24 01:46 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment