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  • Bitcoin Is For Real And It Is All About The Flow Of Money  [View article]
    I think I finally understand.
    China merely needs to sell US treasury bonds and buy Bitcoins to consolidate its leadership in the 21st century. Right?
    Sep 10, 2015. 07:05 AM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Has Gold Mine Cost Cutting Gone As Far As It Can Go?  [View article]
    Something is not right here. With global warming, obviously vast regions of gold mining potential have opened up that may never before been accessible. And with glaciers receding, new placers may replenish previously mined stream beds. Not everything has been gone over and discovered, and new survey technologies might revise the opinions long established by old survey technologies.

    But please go on with the old clich├ęs and leave opportunity to those that really have a vision of what is going on.
    May 19, 2015. 02:41 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Uranium's Glow Still Smothered By Safety Concerns  [View article]
    It all seems rather absurd to talk of a new demand for uranium when the world has an extreme lack of capacity to store or process spent fuel.

    Even in the USA, the majority of nuclear reactors are still the final destination for spent fuel. And in many instances their storage is stressed to near capacity or needs to consider redesign.

    If nuclear power is every going to revive itself, a comprehensive fuel cycle needs to be implemented. And the added costs included. And there is always the 'other nuclear fuel' that is a by-product of rare earth production and can not be used in nuclear weapons, Thorium.
    May 17, 2015. 12:18 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Big Chill: What's Wrong With The U.S. Consumer?  [View article]
    I suspect that the Fed keeps up this nonsense just because they need to manage the federal debt. Without an ever growing GPD rate, the national debt might become a very serious problem.

    Irresponsible leaders becoming responsible? We would first have to redefine leadership as requiring people of responsible character. As it is, leadership is usually defined by a person's initiative (or to be more to the point, a 'me first' attitude). Get rid of the bums.
    May 15, 2015. 12:19 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Big Chill: What's Wrong With The U.S. Consumer?  [View article]
    Look for those that are increasing their 'wallet share'. I love it.
    I don't have an ATM card, rarely use a credit card --- just so I can knock out line items that want to latch onto my 'wallet share'.

    Consumerism and consumer driven economies need young impulse buyers that have to have the good life now. In an aging economy, we all are pretty well-aware of how much money we wasted along the way to our Golden Years.

    The truth is that economist and capitalist don't want to accept that demographics are portraying a more value driven society. The majority of advertising is targeted at youth, just because they buy quickly and buy often... and often something of lesser lasting value.
    May 15, 2015. 12:10 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple Profits As The Android Commodity Strategy Backfires In China  [View article]
    While I have never purchased an Apple product (always expensive), I have been living in Asia for 20 years and watched the situation evolve. I personally use Debian Linux and Android, but Linux is completely snubbed by most users.

    It seems that Apple's success is based on having a premium, sexy product image, while overcoming the problems of language barrier for technical support by providing something perceived as a 'safe and stable cocoon' in a rather messy technical world. People simply pay more to think less about their devices, and they also pay more to display a bit of conspicuous consumerism. Asians love to do this and Apple seems fully aware of how to optimize their loyalty. And the Apple logo allusion to 'original sin' always has a bit of a come hither appeal. It is flirtatious..

    I buy generic functionality, but just doesn't seem to be what the mass market is about. MS has greatly abused its customer base and businesses future is all about satisfied customers.
    May 14, 2015. 04:35 AM | 8 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Cuba: A New Customer For The U.S. Farmer  [View article]
    Cigars, and cash sent home from Cuban baseball players.
    Dec 22, 2014. 09:50 AM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Stock Market Uptrend Is The Most Overbought In 40 Years  [View article]
    Have you considered that English might be a second language for the author and the usage is quite logical in his first language?

    I get the message.. the market is way over-bought.
    Oct 10, 2014. 10:50 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • September Can Still Happen  [View article]
    September is happening.
    A. I have never seen the USA so solid about going onto a war footing.
    B. The Alibaba IPO seems to be extremely optimistic about participation (unlike Facebook's lukewarm reception).

    I really can't sort out the George Soros pessimism buzz. It seems those transactions were in February which did indeed feel very gloomy. But it seems that Wall Street has shaken off the gloom. And we don't know what George Soros has done since then except that he is very upbeat on Argentina.

    But do bear mind that we are headed in headwinds of a Mid-Term election. October could be a very sad affair, especially if Russia wants Europe to freeze over due to a lack of natural gas.

    There is a lot in play.
    Sep 16, 2014. 11:47 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • How To Use Money Supply Statistics For Market Predictions  [View article]
    Excellent topic. In the 1970s and early 1980s the money supply figures were widely reported and watched by the public. That was a period of stagflation. I suspect the Fed decide to downplay the money supply publicity since then.

    And of course, the issue of the Fed's wealth and profits seem to be kept out of view to allow them more room to manage.

    So finding ways to peek into both are worthy pursuits. Technicians that desire to debate your conclusions are missing the real need for this data.
    Sep 14, 2014. 09:00 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • IMF Deal Will Break Ukraine, Harm Global Stability  [View article]
    Then why has the USA been building LNG Export infrastructure on the East Coast for the past several years. Russia only provides 25% of Europe's energy needs. Libya, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia are all providers.

    The Ukraine energy bottleneck has been a concern for at least a decade. Russia has previously threatened to cut off all the gas to Europe. Italy even tried to start construct of 10 nuclear reactor projects as a response.
    Mar 28, 2014. 02:33 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • 2014 Comparison To 1929: Pattern Or Absurdity?  [View article]
    This is a case study in how to deceive the public with charts and pseudo-techinical jargon.
    Mar 5, 2014. 10:47 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • 1929 Analogies Only Go So Far  [View article]
    Read John Galbraith's 1929, and you will see significant parallels with the events of 2007-8..

    As for now, such events are no longer in play as the fundamentals of the banking regulations have worked hard to stabilize the world's economies.

    I suspect if another 1929 event is to occur it will be about 60 years forward of 2007, after we have had enough time to get stupid about what we allow the banks to do.
    Feb 19, 2014. 03:31 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Tech Bubble 2.0 In Cloud And Social Networking Stocks?  [View article]
    Yep, cloud computing and social networking make assumptions that people will mindlessly participate in whatever products computer technology can throw at them.

    But it really seems to me that the novelty is beginning to wear off. I have no real use for either.
    A. Cloud computing has never made it clear how they will assure 100% privacy of my data.
    B. Social networking is indeed fun if your are young, in college, and dating -- but people mature and grow weary of managing an information buzz that doesn't reward them in any meaningful manner.
    Jan 19, 2014. 11:48 AM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • This New Budget Proposal May Limit Your Annual Retirement Income  [View article]
    Republicans fiddling while Washington, D.C. burns.

    If only I could contribute $205,000USD to my own retirement fund in one year.........

    Get real... pure greed of the uber-rich.
    Apr 9, 2013. 02:06 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment