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  • Market Is Not Out Of The Woods Yet - Cramer's Mad Money (3/26/15) [View article]
    "...one day the Apple watch will monitor health conditions, such as blood sugar or blood pressure..."

    Considering that wrist blood pressure monitors are universally inaccurate - every doctor says so - it could be a very long time before Apple's watch, or any other watch, incorporates reliable bp monitor.
    Mar 28, 2015. 10:10 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • 2015: What Is Oil Really Telling Us? [View article]
    Curious, not one mention of climate change and how that might impact investments. Heads in the sand? What if the vast majority of scientists are correct and the deniers are wrong?

    There is far too much evidence to ignore and eventually, possibly soon, a tipping point will be reached where public awareness of the danger shifts radically and behavior changes en mass. E.g. the western shelf of Antarctica is melting far more rapidly (60 years sooner) than even climate hawks thought. That alone will cause sea level rise that will radically change coastlines and major cities world wide.

    That will have major implications for investments yet no one on SA, CNBC or anywhere else in the business community even considers let alone discusses what that will mean for investments. Due diligence?
    Mar 7, 2015. 11:20 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple iOS Versus Android: Is This The Turn Of The Tide? [View article]
    I like aapl, I own the stock and a mac computer. iPhones are great, but to think that only Apple will be in the smartphone business is silly. Fashions change, competition is important in a capitalist system.

    Seems like everyone here likes the idea of a monopoly. I wonder how many commenters are using Sprint or Verizon (I think Verizon is still on it CDMA though they were supposed to transition off it) on which you cannot search maps or the web while talking on the phone with an iPhone.

    Personally, I couldn't put up with that. Plus, I often put my phone in my back pocket then get into my car and sit on the phone. Until Apple strengthens the 6Plus and gives both ability to shoot 4K video, I not particularly interested.
    Feb 27, 2015. 09:39 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Do Apple's New iPhones Initiate Peak Android? [View article]
    I love my Mac computer, think the new iPhones are good looking but don't want one. I don't like going all in for any one company in this age of eco systems - monopolies is a good synonym.

    The iPhone 6 Plus interested me but it lacks ability to shoot 4k video. I would like to see more ram, though theoretically with 64 bit it doesn't need as much. Still....

    I also think it's overpriced, or rather too expensive, when I can get something similar for less. It doesn't do anything special except for Apple Pay, which is good because of increased security. I'll wait and see what develops in that field.

    I don't believe Apple is a "way of life" like a commenter here stated. That's ridiculous, I'd say to him "Get a life." I do own Apple stock.
    Feb 17, 2015. 12:48 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Do Apple's New iPhones Initiate Peak Android? [View article]
    I love my Mac computer, think the new iPhones are good looking but don't want one. I don't like going all in for any one company in this age of eco systems - monopolies is a good synonym.

    The iPhone 6 Plus interested me but it lacks ability to shoot 4k video. I would like to see more ram, though theoretically with 64 bit it doesn't need as much. Still....

    I also think it's overpriced, or rather too expensive, when I can get something similar for less. It doesn't do anything special except for Apple Pay, which is a good idea because of increased security. I'll wait and see what develops in that field.

    I don't believe Apple is a "way of life" like a commenter here stated. That' ridiculous, I'd say to him "Get a life." I do own Apple stock.
    Feb 17, 2015. 12:47 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple Watch ASPs: Poll Reveals A Hint [View article]
    Absolutely right. I'm not interested in a watch but it's more than that. If they can make it monitor blood pressure it'll be a necessity for many people, nearly everyone over a certain age.

    I also agree JackDenial - as phones get bigger, it's nice to be able to put them down for awhile.
    Feb 12, 2015. 06:04 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Universal Goes Back To Basics With Jennifer Lopez's 'The Boy Next Door' [View article]
    "Back to basics" = worthless trash, aka "Gigle", "Maid in Manhattan"

    That's good for Universal?
    Jan 24, 2015. 10:09 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Unlearning Monetary Policy's History Lessons [View article]
    Yes, the 1921 "Panic" is now incorrectly used as exemplary by proponents of austerity.

    What's not mentioned is that the early 1920s were the beginning of a very large industrial expansion as new consumer products were being brought to market. That includes all the consumer appliances we take for granted now including automobiles and new forms of communication (radio, telephones) that moved from experimental to must haves. Mass production was starting to kick in at a level not seen before, in the US and then in Europe.

    The new mass-produced products needed style to be competitive so arts and design received a big boost which further aided employment. All that eventually made the 20s roar.
    Nov 11, 2014. 09:20 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Market's Knockout Punch Is Still To Come [View article]
    "That's because the debt owed was very small..."

    I was thinking of that and wondered how much more could be done before the economy was too negatively impacted.

    "...no one, except the privileged few, will be happy with the outcome."

    I think you're right on that one.

    The problem is, all societies have built up debt that eventually brought the system down. Some sort of reset mechanism needs to be developed.
    Oct 24, 2014. 01:24 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Market's Knockout Punch Is Still To Come [View article]
    This author is talking about is total collapse because of the debt. So which collapse is worse? Banks will fail anyway in tis scenario or.

    How would canceling debt cause deflation? It's crushing debt that causes deflation. Which is what we're seeing in Europe now (deflationary tendencies). People would spend more, not less. The haircut would be spread around because economies are so interconnected. Western countries have erased third world debt in the past and no one even noticed.

    It's all hypothetical, but bowing to the debt like it's a god is ridiculous. I'm not sure this author is correct anyway.
    Oct 20, 2014. 11:00 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • An Apple Bear's Wonderful Misadventure Analyzing Apple's Prospects [View article]
    Have you, Mr. Blair, been in any phone stores recently? I was in the T Mobile store and everyone who came in was buying an iPhone. I was amazed.

    At the gym, young black guys are really into the 6, especially the 6 Plus. My hipster friends are getting the 6. Nearly every female I talk to either has a 6 or is getting one.

    It appears the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus launch is bigger than any other phone introduction since the original iPhone.

    I'm not a fanboy, I have a Google Nexus 5 so I'm not particularly biased, but I haven't seen anything like this in a long time. I have to admit, the screen is really good even though the 6 is not fully HD. That's what I like about my Nexus 5, but the 6 screen seems as good as far as detail and it's overall appearance is better. I'm not going to get one but I am impressed.

    The A8 chip is a big improvement. The 5s was not much of an upgrade over the 4s by comparison and I really didn't like the Retina screen on the 5s. I thought it was totally overrated. The 6 looks much better, to me. I haven't seen a 6 Plus yet.

    Just from what I've seen on the street, I think Apple will do better with with this iteration of iPhone than nearly all analysts think.

    The new iMac with 5K screen really interests me. I'm not going to spend the money at this point, I've got a 2560x1440 screen for my macBook Pro, but I want one.
    Oct 20, 2014. 05:33 PM | 7 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Market's Knockout Punch Is Still To Come [View article]
    The debt to you, of course.

    Seriously, that's not exactly the debt this author is talking about. it's not what's going to bring down the system.

    What about student debt, business debt? Rather than let debt bring down the system (if it actually gets that bad, which seems to be what he is saying), cancel the paper debt out.

    The pain would be mitigated somewhat by a huge increase in business due to freeing up of money that had been allocated to pay "the debt." Businesses that took a hit would also see a big increase in sales, many stocks would go up, etc.

    All societies build up debt. When they collapse it causes more pain than debt defaults. The "Jubilee" was an old Christian institution where debts were erased. That was their way of dealing with it.
    Oct 17, 2014. 05:33 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Market's Knockout Punch Is Still To Come [View article]
    "Pater, it is always a grim pleasure to read your articles."

    Why is the name "Bill Bonner" in the by line?

    So forgive debts. Cancel them out, start over. That's a lot easier than destroying the entire economy as this column predicts. It's all paper anyway.
    Oct 16, 2014. 09:23 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • iPhone 'Super Cycle' To Power 20% Upside At Apple [View article]
    Average in.
    Oct 7, 2014. 02:55 PM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Fed's Credit Channel Is Broken And Its Bathtub Economics Has Failed [View article]
    You're giving more arguments for austerity. That Harding argument has been used before. Here's another view.

    "[From Kuehn's paper:] Austerity proponents depend on the argument that substantial cuts to federal spending moved the economy to a recovery in 1921, but this understanding fails on multiple counts. The bulk of both fiscal and monetary austerity occurred immediately prior to the onset of the depression. Any austerity in policy decisions by the Wilson administration, the Harding administration or the Federal Reserve Board after the depression began were moderate compared with the considerable austerity measures taken by the Wilson administration and the Federal Reserve before the downturn. The evidence seems to suggest, even more clearly than in the case of the Great Depression, that postwar austerity may have even helped cause the 1920–21 depression. Subsequent monetary easing by the Federal Reserve occurred concurrently with the economic recovery, which itself was underway by the time Warren Harding took the oath of office.

    ...So naturally I clicked on the link to Daniel’s paper, where I read this: “Contrary to the claims of Woods (2009) and Murphy (2009), most of the austerity measures were implemented by the Wilson administration before industrial production peaked in January 1920.

    ...I thought, 'That’s funny. I was meticulous in my research of the fiscal year / presidential term issues. There’s no way I made the mistake Daniel is attributing to me.' The reason I remembered, incidentally, is that the federal fiscal years ran on different dates back then (from starting in July 1, not October 1 as they do now), and presidents were inaugurated in March, not January. So you have to be careful when assigning events to one administration versus another."

    http://bit.ly/1xKvnkE

    A little government intervention in the financial over speculation that occurred in the years leading up to 2008, that is, if the SEC had merely made sure players were playing by the rules, might have helped avoid the meltdown.
    Oct 3, 2014. 09:22 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
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