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  • Wall Street Breakfast: Eurozone Banks To Borrow €250B From ECB [View article]
    "as the country increases its efforts to bring companies into compliance with its 2008 anti-monopoly law"

    Another way for China to leech capital from western companies. If I open a pizza shop on the other side of town someone could argue I am attempting to "monopolize" the area.
    Aug 18 08:37 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Wall Street Breakfast: Amazon Unveils Mobile Credit Card Reader [View article]
    "Japan's economy contracted sharply in the second quarter after a national sales tax in April rose 3% and triggered a sharp decline in consumer spending. Real GDP shrank 6.8% in the three months through June on an annualized basis from the prior quarter"

    NY State should look at this carefully.
    Aug 13 10:26 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Wall Street Breakfast: Sprint Drops T-Mobile Bid And Replaces CEO [View article]
    We need to allow cash overseas to be brough "home" without tax penalty, until we do corporation will continue to move out.

    Uncle sam needs to realize a dollar at home tax free is better then no dollar at home.
    Aug 6 08:55 AM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Wages And Productivity [View article]
    Graphs that show wages versus productivity assume productivity gains are evenly spread.

    Generally, productivity increases are stronger the more sophisticated the work is, which socially aggravates the "inequality" of society.

    My view which is morbid I admit, is that we have fostered a society that encourages excess population growth by taking care of everyone. There is simply too many people in the world. This strains prices of food, energy, etc which really is what's keeping a lid on the economy.
    Aug 5 03:13 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • More on the July jobs miss; Treasury yields breathe sigh of relief [View news story]
    My opinion is that the Fed will continue to unwind QE regardless.

    QE was intented only as an "extraordinary" measure. It shouldn't be used unless we are in the depths of contraction.

    And I don't even agree with its use, I feel if lowering interest rates is not "enough" that means the economy has to go through structural changes, QE only tries to bandaid this reality.
    Aug 1 08:54 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • McDonald's, Another 'Victim' Of Vladimir Putin [View article]

    I have not run the numbers on McD. But if the WalMart CEO gave up his ENTIRE SALARY to be spread among workers it would result in about a 7 cent an hour raise. I get sick and tired of people complaining about CEO pay as if they somehow are hogging all of the pay from workers. Nobody grasps the pyramid concept, CEOs are paid alot because there is only one of them for the company.

    Increasing the min wage while non min wage workers must earn their raises is socialism. Remember what Aristotle said.

    "The worst form of inequality is to try to make unequal things equal."
    Jul 31 07:21 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • McDonald's, Another 'Victim' Of Vladimir Putin [View article]

    I have no reason to run the numbers as I do not invest in MCD for that very reason, socialism America causes anything value oriented to be a poor long term choice in my view. That is why WalMart has been struggling this year as well.

    Even if its "only" a 20 cent increase as you say, why should customers have to subsidize this increase?

    How much should customers subsidize? 20 cents? 50 cents? 5 dollars?

    Typical liberal strategy, start off with a small "manageable" increase and next thing you know its a huge increase weighing down the company/industry. Give an inch the government will take a mile, its been shown time and time again.
    Jul 31 11:40 AM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Treasurys take Chicago PMI plunge in stride [View news story]
    Maybe Chicago needs to raise their minimum wage to 15 to solve the problem! Wait, what?
    Jul 31 10:25 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • McDonald's, Another 'Victim' Of Vladimir Putin [View article]
    The labor movement demand absurd wages for work that requires no skills or education will be the straw that breaks McDs. Their whole business model was selling cheap consistent food, if they have to pay Chipotle wages they will crumble.
    Jul 31 09:15 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Buy McDonald's Before This Storm Subsides [View article]

    You call yourself a "staunch" republican yet are all for raising the min wage? Isn't the very basis of true conservatism limited government? How is a price control increase prior to full employment a sound economic policy?

    The problem in the US is not income, its cost of living, and raising the min wage will only further aggravate this as it has again and again. That's why it now costs more to go out to dinner with my girlfriend then to buy a microwave.
    Jul 30 04:43 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Searching For High Yield And Diversification With ETNs [View article]
    Isn't UBS coming under alot of scrutiny and just reported a dismal quarter?
    Jul 30 09:40 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Wall Street Breakfast: GM Faces New Ignition Switch Lawsuit [View article]
    "This year it seems minimum wage measures are becoming popular to put on the ballot "

    Using the state or local constitution as a policy tool is a sign that democracy is starting outlive it usefullness as Plato warned.
    Jul 30 08:51 AM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Buy McDonald's Before This Storm Subsides [View article]
    Where are all the liberals who claim increases in the min wage has zero impact on prices?
    Jul 29 01:35 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Finally...A Reality Based Cost Of Living Index [View article]
    My view is that overall consumer discretionary feels cheaper while consumer stables seem more expensive. Products like televisions, computers, microwaves, furniture, etc all seem flat or even cheaper in price over the last decade. But anything that one actually needs to for basic taking care of oneself is more, hygiene products, food, etc.

    I would rather have more expensive luxury and or discretionary products that I buy once every 3 years then more expensive items that I need on a daily basis just to take care of myself.

    So even if one lives a fairly meager life like me, you will feel the cost increases.
    Jul 28 12:07 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Why It's Still The Case That Americans Should Stop Whining And Complaining About Rising Food Prices [View article]
    If the only time after years you are getting a raise is from the government, you need to take a serious look at your career...
    Jul 27 09:26 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment