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  • Is The 4% Rule Becoming The 2% Rule? [View article]
    Government doesn't create jobs. Government prevents job creation because government uses force, which in turn, creates mal-investment.
    Oct 8, 2015. 02:21 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • ConAgra moving to Chicago, sets big job cuts [View news story]
    More political play - political power and money - in Chicago. More chances to make deals with the devil.
    Oct 1, 2015. 02:45 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Reports: Walmart set to axe hundreds of HQ jobs [View news story]
    Walmart is expanding is order-online-pickup-in... grocery program.

    So now, Americans can move even less and still get the food they crave. Americans don't even have to enter the store and walk around to buy their food. Someone will do it for them.

    Obesity? How is it happening?
    Oct 1, 2015. 10:24 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Kroger: Do You Prefer Share Repurchases Or More Dividends? [View article]
    Dividends. I want to continue to own. If share repurchases increase, EPS increases and the stock will get bid upward in the market, but I can only benefit if I sell it at that time.
    Sep 30, 2015. 01:20 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • New iPhone 6s hits stores Friday [View news story]
    I have a Huawei Y530 phone. Everyone makes fun of my phone, but I like it. Fits well in my pocket, has a nice screen, good UI, durable and I bought it unlocked for $120, taxes included.

    I have a BYOP plan for $28 per month and I can talk unlimited evenings and weekends across Canada, I have light data included and 200 minutes during the weedays.

    Not bad for the Canadian marketplace.

    Huawei is a great phone company, imho.
    Sep 26, 2015. 10:19 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • New iPhone 6s hits stores Friday [View news story]
    If deficit spending stimulated economies, then in years ahead, there would be no more need for deficit spending, right?

    If we spend to stimulate in year 1 and 2, then year 3 - 8 should have economic booms and surpluses. But, deficits are constant, so obviously deficit spending doesn't stimulate.
    Sep 25, 2015. 10:37 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Q2 GDP growth revised higher to 3.9% [View news story]
    GDP claims are lies.

    The government expands the money supply faster that the economy produces goods and services year-over-year.

    The government creates 4% inflation, lies about this and tells us inflation is about 1%. They then claim the difference (3%) is GDP growth.

    It's all a scam.

    It is amazing that so many people believe what the government tells them.

    Remember, the U.S. government told us they couldn't respond to the attack on the consulate in Benghazi because they didn't have military assets that could get there in time. Yet, I can get on a commercial airline and fly from Toronto to Tokyo in 12 hours. The U.S. government had 17 hours to respond to Benghazi.
    Sep 25, 2015. 03:43 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • New iPhone 6s hits stores Friday [View news story]
    If smartphones and degrees for everyone are so beneficial for society, why are we in such great debt?

    Why hasn't GDP outpaced deficits and debt spending?
    Sep 25, 2015. 12:43 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • On eve of iPhone launch, Sprint offers $1/month plan [View news story]
    Our economy is shrinking, debt is piling up, post-secondary is a massive market leading pit-hole, but save us all because as long as we acquire the next 'must-have' smartphone, all in the world will be fine.

    A generation addicted to their phones, but still unproductive as ever.

    By the way, if smartphones are so valuable and allow us to do more, why hasn't our economy taken off after their introduction into our lives?
    Sep 24, 2015. 04:12 PM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Volkswagen to discuss new management on Friday [View news story]
    When the government lies, where is the punishment?

    So what if VW cars pollute a little more than claimed.
    Sep 24, 2015. 11:46 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • August CPI in-line with estimates [View news story]
    From the Bank of Canada on how they measure inflation:

    'Now, let me talk about our core measures in detail. Measures of core inflation are usually calculated in one of two ways. The "exclusion method" is the most straightforward and, as the name suggests, involves excluding the prices of those goods and services that typically display more than a predetermined amount of variability. The "reweighting method," in contrast, doesn't exclude the prices of any goods and services. Instead, it assigns a weight to each component that is inversely related to its volatility. In other words, more volatile price series are given a lower weight.'

    Read it again and understand what they are saying:

    I will translate for you. With the reweighting method, they give less importance to goods and services that have large increases in prices. Then of course, inflation will be stated as lower than it actually is.

    With the exclusion method, they claim to exclude goods and services that rise more than a PREDETERMINED number that is considered acceptable. So, if something rises in price too fast, they will exclude it. Fucking hilarious.

    I don't consider price decreases in the above methods even though the government mentions that possibility because very few things, over time, go down in price, especially with a central bank that increases the money every year.
    Sep 16, 2015. 11:23 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • August CPI in-line with estimates [View news story]

    Right.................... government and the political class have shown themselves to be honest so often in the past.

    Go to the store and buy something. You will notice that prices, over time, rise much more than what the government claims them to rise.
    Sep 16, 2015. 11:08 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Wal-Mart Implements New Strategies To Stay Competitive [View article]
    It is suppliers own fault.

    I have seen it in Canada with Dollarama and Dollar Giant (the latter of these two dollar store chaines now owned by Dollar Tree).

    Suppliers give best prices and terms to bigger customers. Those customers have an easier time growing and then those customers get too big. The supplier finds themselves in their own bind. One they created themselves.

    A supplier should work to build all customer relationships, for the long run. Then, if Walmart is giving a supplier a hard time, the business isnt destroyed by the relationship.

    In short, suppliers put MOST of their eggs in one basket with Walmart. Then, Walmart controls them and actually ends up owing their business in reality.

    Looks good on suppliers. I am happy they are getting what they deserve.
    Sep 11, 2015. 09:41 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Alibaba Trims New Graduate Hiring [View article]
    That is shocking.

    Young people not being as efficient and talented as older people. LOL.

    In China, you see many 20s professionals who are directing managers of various division. When I talk to them, they have very basic business knowledge and would amount to nothing in North America. They literally couldn't make it in North America, but in China, they are treated as the best talent available.

    I once dined with an 'executive' whom worked at Coca Cola in China. She was an amateur. She was spouting off about how communism was good for China because it kept families close - yada, yada, yada.

    I couldn't believe that I struggled for years in the North American labour market to get promoted, yet Coca Cola in China was paying this lightweight a couple hundred thousand dollars a year for her useless brain.

    I think it is much easier to climb the corporate ladder in China as opposed to North America. I am jealous.
    Sep 8, 2015. 01:27 PM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Fiat Chrysler flags GM merger as 'high priority' [View news story]
    CEOs are not specially talented, but still command millions per year.

    CEOs get hundred million dollar severance pakcages even when the companies they run fail miserably. They negotiate termination or severance packages even before they are hired. They are guaranteed huge money whether the company fails or succeeds. Disgusting.

    No one complains about CEO pay, but they routinely complain that entry level workers get paid above $20 per hour.

    Watch Undercover Boss to see how useless the average executive is.

    My sister is an executive and makes over 300,000 now. I am much smarter and more talented than she is. Executive pay is a joke. Totally rigged. Friends helping other friends make fortunes. Conflict of interest, totally.

    Govt and white collar workers steal money and shit on the average blue collar worker. Then the white collar and govt superiors tell us that they are uniquely qualified to do all of this to us.

    Executive pay is not based upon free market principles.
    Sep 7, 2015. 04:56 PM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment