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  • April Nonfarm Payrolls: +165K vs. consensus +145K, 138K previous (revised from +88K). Unemployment rate 7.5% vs. consensus 7.6%, 7.6% previous. [View news story]
    What is mindboggling to me is how the methods they use to calculate can be over 50% off (adjustment last month)

    ..Or has their "new method" of calculating jobs being implemented now?
    May 3, 2013. 08:56 AM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Using Life Insurance Products To Fund Long-Term Needs [View article]
    Per your comment..

    "Insurance is meant for protection, not savings. It is also meant for scamming the tax man, especially with respect to estate taxes."

    I have been an insurance broker for 30 years...and probably a minority in my industry.... but agree with you 100%
    Apr 30, 2013. 09:29 AM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Stock Analysts Have Faith In U.S. Employment Recovery [View article]
    Always enjoy your articles Richard..Thanks

    I have been looking at these stocks favorably for some time, but not because of economy but because employees will be using them much more due to healthcare reform. I'm an insurance broker and do group benefits and have already seen evidence of part time/temps being implemented.
    Apr 12, 2013. 08:16 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • To TIP Or Not To TIP [View article]
    I think that would depend on what return a person was content with and what their risk tolerance was.

    If you have someone that needs 20% return or more a year to retire, then TIPS would certainly not be for them.

    ...but others may just need to not lose what they have accumulated to be content and return of their money trumps return on it.

    ...and for those
    Performance & Risk
    YTD Return: -0.12%
    3y Avg Return: 8.44%
    5y Avg Return: 5.70%

    ....has served them pretty well.
    Apr 12, 2013. 08:03 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The "widespread impression" is that "Texas is corrupt, callous, racist, theocratic, stupid, belligerent, and most of all, dangerous," writes Erica Greider in a new book. Greider sets out to counter this perception and explain why America should learn from the Lone Star State. The economy is thriving, helped by weak government, strict lending laws, Nafta, mass immigration and generous business incentives, not to mention lots of oil. [View news story]
    Your 2024 stats will probably apply to United states in general.
    If tax payer and welfare trends continue..we will have about 40% paying income taxes and 1/3 of population unemployed..on welfare-food stamps and disability (on gov payroll) by then.

    Give a man a fish and you've fed him for a day...teach a man to fish and you've fed him for a lifetime!
    Apr 7, 2013. 09:24 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Yanzhou Coal Mining Ltd: Definitely Not A Gold Mine, But Offering Solid Returns In The Future [View article]
    Nice research...Thanks Henry

    This has been an interesting stock which I have traded several times over past 8 years. Has had some majors swings during that time. My entry figure has always been around $15 and setting on small loss currently but this stock has always bounced back strong in the past.
    Appreciate your input!
    Apr 4, 2013. 07:33 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Major Asset Class March Performance Review [View article]
    Lots!... of info in easy to read graph
    Thanks James
    Apr 3, 2013. 08:37 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • China takes further measures to cool the property market, with Beijing banning single-person households from purchasing more than one home. The city is also increasing the minimum down-payment for those who want to acquire a second property. Researcher Yi Xianrong isn't convinced by the measures, which "are aimed more at short-term problems rather than the long-term healthy development of the property market." [View news story]
    Sam...your certainly correct about findings ways around it...

    Reuters) - At Shanghai's Zhabei District marriage registration center, officials divorced a record 53 couples in a single day this week - that's about one every five minutes - as couples rushed to untie the knot to avoid tougher tax laws on home sales.
    Mar 31, 2013. 09:53 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • 10 Demographic Trends Investors Should Be Thankful For [View article]
    When the economy is so frail that the gov is forced move "and continue to keep" interest rates at 0% in effort to keep economy from imploding...the prudent have to be "somewhat concerned".
    Mar 23, 2013. 08:25 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Protected Principal Retirement Strategy: One Last Bear Market Alternative [View article]
    I believe it's David Fish ..and thanks for article Ralph. I always look forward to your opinion.
    Mar 19, 2013. 08:08 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Why America's 20-something's aren't destined to be poor, but its 30-somethings might be: "Today’s 30-somethings are climbing out of a deep enough hole that they may never become as wealthy as the boomers unless home values rebound dramatically, and even then, many will only be getting back to even," The Atlantic's Jordan Weissmann writes. (also[View news story]
    You forget what it was like before 2007 when you and your sister Pelosi took control of congress after your infamous "worst economy since great depression" mantra was drummed into everyone by the drive by media...of course what happen after you got control Paul Harvey would say..Is the rest of the story!

    Month by month employment #'s

    Year Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
    2003 5.8 5.9 5.9 6.0 6.1 6.3 6.2 6.1 6.1 6.0 5.8 5.7
    2004 5.7 5.6 5.8 5.6 5.6 5.6 5.5 5.4 5.4 5.5 5.4 5.4
    2005 5.3 5.4 5.2 5.2 5.1 5.0 5.0 4.9 5.0 5.0 5.0 4.9
    2006 4.7 4.8 4.7 4.7 4.6 4.6 4.7 4.7 4.5 4.4 4.5 4.4
    Mar 16, 2013. 11:39 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Muni Bond CEFs Take A Beating Again [View article]
    Some states have a federal and state tax free fund. We have a very good one in Ky. Rated 5 star by Morning Star. I have been very satisfied with it through the years. I would assume option exist in other states.
    Dupree KY Tax-Free Income KYTFX
    Mar 16, 2013. 07:33 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • The Stagnation Behind The Excellent Jobs Report [View article]
    Enjoyed article Felix... Thanks

    Always nice to get input from all angles to help us make our own judgements.Is so easy for many to only listen to what we want to hear.
    Mar 9, 2013. 07:11 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Here's What Investors Need To Realize After The Terrific Jobs Report [View article]
    "What the real investor needs to realize" the entire report which you failed to mention..for "some reason"


    The figure, well ahead of the consensus estimate of 163,000, also came with a decline in the unemployment rate to 7.7%. The lower jobless rate was a combination of several factors, but a significant portion of the dip came from 130,000 workers who dropped out of the labor force. The number of unemployed persons edged lower, to 12 million.
    Mar 9, 2013. 06:52 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • The Successful Failure Of PIMCO Total Return ETF [View article]
    Ditto here Larry on owning both..
    ..on PTRAX a note of interest, My wife is employed by Fruit of Loom who was purchased years back by Warren Buffet and taken privite.
    Their 401 has numerous funds available and top performing fund for 5 year period was PTRAX.

    I am always amazed at# of people that bash Bill Gross.Don't know what future brings but he sure has let us sleep well in the past.
    Mar 3, 2013. 07:49 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment