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  • The Supreme Court is due to hear a "pay for delay" a case today over whether it's legal for drug companies to pay generic rivals tens of millions of dollars to hold off from launching copycat versions of medicines. The case is the FTC vs Actavis (ACT) and involves Abbott Labs' (ABT) AndroGel testosterone treatment. The FTC says the practice costs customers $3.5B a year, while drug firms argue that it protects innovation.
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    This constant cry of "innovation" to justify almost anything by the big money people is just so much phoney baloney, to use a polite term. About time that the common people, that are being fleeced, and the media called it for what it is, BS. Unfortunately our government seems to have been bought off for the most part.
    By the way I'm long ABT.
    Mar 25 08:42 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • 4 Dividend Stocks To Avoid The Social Security Blues [View article]
    Your position is contrary to the often heard line that if the money sent to SS were invested elsewhere it would almost invariably provide a better income that does SS. Certainly that was the line my company handed to USA employees on foreign assignments that were put on foreign based payrolls to avoid SS payments.

    Seems that those so called Conservatives, are we into name calling now?, who blast SS like to have it both ways.
    Feb 10 08:19 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • 4 Dividend Stocks To Avoid The Social Security Blues [View article]
    I frequently read and find a lot of value and useful information in D4L posts. However, this distorted post has nothing to do with your expertise and is a disservice to your readers. Keep your politics and misinformation out of your otherwise useful posts.
    Jan 3 05:01 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Time To Short The New York Times? [View article]
    Getting around the paywalls just goes to show that people want content but will not take responsibility to pay for what they get. The anarchy of free and mostly useless information leads to wasted valuable time and general cultural anarchy. People bemoan the loss of quality while generally buying the cheapest regardless of quality. Free crap is still crap.
    Dec 27 11:00 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Paul Krugman Is Right [View article]
    Regarding the efficiency of broad tax cuts vs. targeted government spending, it is hard to see how a tax cut will help people without jobs since they will have little or no tax to pay and therefore no benefit from the tax cut.
    Nov 16 06:33 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Emerson Electric Company: Dividend Stock Analysis [View article]
    Thank you. I appreciate your consistent methodology which enables a useful comparison across and within industry groups. While no method is without risk, being consistent and using proven metrics is a good way to avoid mistakes of emotion.
    Aug 20 09:34 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Real House Prices Will Probably Keep Falling [View article]
    No doubt some govenment index. Perhaps the CPI for a starter. I don't see that as a major issue or reason to hold the concept hostage. Looking for the ideal is just an avoidance tactic.
    Jan 8 09:49 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Real House Prices Will Probably Keep Falling [View article]
    Many very good and thoughtful comments. Too many variables and fuzzy factors to really make other than a personal evaluation.

    I take issue with the common position, touched on in some comments, that capital gains are being income that should be taxed at regular rates. Obviously gains on investments (speculations?), whatever they are, that have only been held for one or two years are current income. However an investment that has been held for many years, such as a house or equities, can show a paper profit of 50%, or more, and still be a loss in terms of purchasing power at the time of sale.

    Until capital gains profits, or losses, are indexed against inflation, they will be unfairly taxed and real investment discouraged. The current system favors and therefore encourages speculation and short term trading to the detriment of the US economy and society.
    Jan 2 11:19 PM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • China Raises Its 25% Tariff On American-Made Cars [View article]
    The lack of USA suppliers is a red herring issue that is usually brought up whenever a change is proposed. Starting up new suppliers in the USA with the latest technology would be a good problem to be able to work on and solve. It would not take very long to reach fruition either.
    Dec 20 06:20 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • While Others Are Occupying Wall Street...Investors Should Be Watching Executive Compensation [View article]
    I don't think we are getting value for the money. The so called top talent are mostly bureaucratic managers primarily looking out for their own best interests.
    Nov 26 01:37 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Why Obama's Job Speech Failed [View article]
    To a great extent Cautiousinvestor seems to be also making a political statement.

    Education is a USA culture problem. Expecting schools and teachers to solve the issues of inattentive and disruptive students is unrealistic. In Asia people place high value on education and families correct behavioral problems at home. The USA has been throwing money at this education problem starting with the Great Society and has only gone backwards these many years. No doubt unions are only part of the problem.

    Infrastructure rehabilitation is a well know need. If we had started at the beginning of this recession/depression many infrastructure projects would be well underway by now. The delay time to plan and design infrastructure projects before getting workers on site has been used those opposed to this administration as an excuse to not use infrastructure to create jobs. Remember Infrastructure projects also create the need for materials and equipment manufactured off site.
    Sep 11 11:46 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Cut, Cap and Balance = R.I.P. USA [View article]
    In general I think we agree. My point is that using the post office as a blanket indictment of all government activities as inefficient serves no useful purpose and is misleading. In addition, efficiency isn't the only criteria by which many government activities should be evaluated, and efficiency itself can be defined in different ways by those with different perspectives.

    Any thinking person knows that the post office is a subsidized service available to everyone including the mass mailing of advertising materials by private companies. The fact that the PO loses money doesn't necessarily mean that it is inefficient.
    Jun 26 12:49 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Cut, Cap and Balance = R.I.P. USA [View article]
    Dennis, yes I've been to the post office frequently. I find the service efficient and polite. Where else, what private service, gives you the ability to sent a hard copy letter anywhere in the USA for 44 cents? What package services are more cost effective?

    Not all of government is efficient, most notably our legislative body that denies the rest of us medical benefits equal to theirs. However, blanket complaining that anything the government does is inefficient just doesn't fly. Even though some government regulators have been asleep at the wheel, like the SEC and FED, I would not like to turn over food, drug, environmental, and most others over to private enterprise.
    Jun 25 11:56 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Exxon Mobil Returning Cash to Shareholders [View article]
    The key to share buybacks is the total number of shares outstanding over time. If the shares are being bought just to provide for the overly generous stock options being given by most corporations then the buybacks are only benefiting the already overpaid executive management and the total number of shares outstanding is relatively constant. How has the number of treasury shares held by XOM gone up over the last 10 years?
    Jun 25 11:03 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Roubini: China Is Slowing the Recovery in the U.S. and U.K [View article]
    Howard, thanks once again for your thoughtful presentation and analysis. Your polite and useful replies to various comments indicate a real grasp of the situation.
    May 30 06:07 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment