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  • McDonald's: Are The Golden Arches Tarnishing Or Should You Buy The Dip?  [View article]
    the price we get today vs earlier this year is like one of those 'make it a meal for free' coupons
    Nov 8, 2012. 07:58 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Buy The Post-Earnings Sell-Off In Western Union For Rebound Potential, 4% Yield  [View article]
    I feel WU is more of a play on the income differential in various countries. poorer folks from poorer countries going to wealthier countries that need to transfer money home is a big part of the WU business model.

    I think those kind of folks (and their families) are not particularly tech savvy individuals, or may simply not have access to that technology. it may also be that they find it difficult to switch to other methods, due to lack of supporting infrastructure. finally, some of them simply may not trust alternative methods.

    Also you have to remember that Western Union has been around for a long time. their current primary business isnt even their original business. the company was founded in 1850s around the telegraph technology! we in north america are very fortunate people. many around the world are not as fortunate as us. as long as there are rich countries, poor countries, rich people, poor people, in this world, there will be a market for WU's services.
    Nov 4, 2012. 09:41 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Royal Dutch Shell Q3 Profits Fall 15%, With Dividends Up $0.01 To $0.43  [View article]
    i like RDS a lot as a Canadian investor. UK ADRs are one of the few overseas equities I can hold in an RRSP without losing out on the dividend tax withholding. i like it when foreign companies follow US style dividend strategies. many foreign companies fluctuate their dividends based on earnings, so some years it is up a lot, other years it is down some. i much rather prefer the consistency of US style dividends.
    Nov 3, 2012. 12:55 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • After a valiant effort, Mayor Bloomberg has thrown in the towel and cancelled the New York City marathon this weekend because of disruptions caused by superstorm Sandy. City officials had held out hope that the event could still be pulled off, in a demonstration that the city was on the road to recovery. Unfortunately, the logistical nightmare proved to be more than even New Yorkers were equipped to handle on such a short timeline.  [View news story]
    having a hard time understanding why it even took this long to make the decision. i'd have done it even before Sandy hit, to give people flying in more of a heads up.
    Nov 3, 2012. 12:47 AM | 13 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Verizon's Margins Stood The Test, AT&T's Didn't  [View article]
    i think for telecoms the ones up north offer more compelling value? i like Rogers (RCI) and Telus (TU)
    Nov 3, 2012. 12:46 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment