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  • The OPEC Catalyst As U.S. Production Slowly Declines [View article]
    Oil production will never be threatened in the long run. Even opposing sides - enemies of each other - both have an interest in free flowing oil.

    The oil 'threat' and middle east politics has become a hook. Everyone involved plays the game and in doing so, skims maximum profits from the 'turmoil' in the middle east.

    Oil is not priced in terms of scarcity or demand. It is a vehicle to park investment dollars. Same as gold. Gold isn't traded based upon supply and demand. It is traded as a trade - nothing more.

    Actual supply and also supply expectations haven't change enough to warrant a 50% price swing as has been the case recently. Actual demand and also demand expectations haven't change much either. The market knows this. Traders know this.

    Traders trade in and out of oil as a mechanism to play the market. That is it. That is how oil is priced.

    The oil market is equivalent to playing Monopoly.

    If the world really fell into catastrophe, oil would be so hard to acquire, store and transport that anyone holding a paper trade in oil wouldn't ever get to acquire or sell the oil in a free and unencumbered market. Their paper position would be worthless.

    Watch Mad Max. Do you think there is an oil trading futures market in that type of scenario?
    Sep 1, 2015. 01:25 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Uber closes funding round at $51B valuation; Microsoft reportedly invests (updated) [View news story]
    This gives Microsoft a chance to use their software more widely in a car platform, I suppose. All cars will be 'connected' in the next 10 years, so this is probably a very good opportunity for R&D at Microsoft.

    I think it is a solid investment. Whether Microsoft gets in at a 50B valuation or a 5B valuation doesn't matter at this point. 100 million really isn't that much to a company like Microsoft.
    Aug 1, 2015. 07:33 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Japan Proving The Monetary Black Hole [View article]
    How does nuclear power bankrupt a country?

    I don't understand the point you are trying to make. Please explain further.
    Jul 22, 2015. 08:03 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Japan Proving The Monetary Black Hole [View article]
    When governments lie about inflation numbers, they can claim the rise as 'real growth'.

    Real growth is a rise in units of production.

    I doubt very much that Japan had any noticeable growth in units of production.

    Governments are criminal organizations. I wouldn't trust what the Mafia tells me and I also don't trust what governments tell me in terms of their numbers.
    Jul 19, 2015. 11:28 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The iPhone Is Taking Over Apple [View article]
    Apple is trading at a cheap valuation. Which company would you rather own?

    Apple or Amazon?

    Amazon is trading at a ridiculous P/E.

    Apple is trading at a very reasonable P/E.

    Apple earns money, Amazon, basically, doesn't.

    Apple is growing, Amazon, on an earnings basis, really isnt.
    Jul 12, 2015. 09:27 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Barnes & Noble Names Ronald D. Boire Chief Executive Officer [View article]
    I heard him being interviewed about a month ago. Was not impressed with him at all.

    He spoke about Sears' supposed strengths in distribution. I was flabbergasted to hear him reference this.

    Sears has terrible distribution execution. They are consistently out-of-stock of key products, their POS systems are extremely out-dated, and while not distribution related, their product mix is all over the place except where the customer wants it to be.

    He has an impressive background and education, but listening to the man speak, I don't have any confidence in his abilities to right a poorly run company, Sears or Barnes and Noble for this matter.
    Jul 9, 2015. 09:30 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • PepsiCo beats by $0.08, beats on revenue [View news story]
    Revenue down by 5% is bad news. Suprised the stock went up so much.

    You can only cut so much. It's not as if Pepsico wasn't lean beforehand.
    Jul 9, 2015. 09:22 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • WSJ: P&G CEO Lafley set to leave company again [View news story]
    How many blades can they stack into a razor after they already put 5 in?

    Mach 8?

    The razor market pisses all consumers off!
    Apr 13, 2015. 09:54 PM | 7 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Walton family to cut from its near-50% stake in Wal-Mart [View news story]
    Unskilled CEO jobs pay well because CEOs decide their own pay, indirectly.
    Apr 12, 2015. 07:09 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Aflac Japan honored for support of working women [View article]
    I don't care about all these accolades, especially as it relates to another special interest group. Make me more money and pay me a higher dividend. All the rest is worthless crap.
    Apr 6, 2015. 01:12 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • More countries join China-backed AIIB [View news story]
    This also makes America weaker militarily.

    In the past, the U.S. could invade and kill whomever refused to use their dollar. But with China, its different. The U.S. will actually have to return to production instead of war and money printing.

    This is good news, long term, for the U.S. economy because it forces the U.S. govt to act more responsibly or go broke.
    Mar 29, 2015. 07:25 PM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Get U.S. Dividends From Canadian Dividend Stocks [View article]
    I will call your bluff ianxponent.

    The Ontario government has their own website that lists average wait times, as linked below:

    Remember, these are average wait times. Many people wait longer than the listed times at the link.

    And, more importantly, these are wait times AFTER patients have waited to see specialists AND waited for diagnostic testing procedures. So, the website lists hernia surgery as a wait time of 196 days in Guelph, Ontario. But, patients have to wait for initial diagnosis and testing, so the real wait from problem to surgery resolution is longer.

    ianxponent, you must enjoy life. You promote a lie that you know is a lie so that you can continue to support the politics that make you smile.

    I deal in facts. You deal in fantasy. That's why you don't like what I wrote. I deal in the truth. Try it sometime.

    I will include the link for wait times for hernia surgery in the city of Toronto, just so people can't claim Guelph as being too small a city.

    Toronto averages between 65 days to 200+ days.

    Yeah. We don't have waiting lists, do we?
    Mar 26, 2015. 10:01 PM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Get U.S. Dividends From Canadian Dividend Stocks [View article]
    Just remember, no matter how great our banks and energy companies are, we still live in a country where dogs and cats have access to healthcare faster than human beings do.

    If you are a person in Canada, you go on a waiting list for care. If you are an animal, you can be seen immediately.

    No reason to be proud of being a Canadian.
    Mar 26, 2015. 01:32 PM | 8 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • There Will Be No Oil Storage Crisis In 2015 [View article]
    If you took speculation out of the market, oil producers would still pump oil and the 'real' market would still exchange oil.

    Their is no speculation that takes place with car parts per se, but car parts are still traded between producers, retailers and consumers. Coca-Cola isn't traded as is oil, but Walmart still manages to stock their shelves with the product and Coke doesn't go bust because of a lack of liquidity.

    If their was a speculators market on furniture, the behaviour of furniture prices would act as does oil.

    Speculators aren't needed for oil. It is a myth.
    Mar 26, 2015. 01:21 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Hard Evidence: Why Pump Prices Haven't Fallen As Fast As Oil Has [View article]
    I live in a country where dogs and cats can access private healthcare, but people can't.

    Most people are dishonest and dumb. They want to live this way. It makes them feel more secure. If you ask someone to examine their predicament and make changes, they get nervous and upset.
    Mar 26, 2015. 11:16 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment