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  • As corn prices explode in the face of the worst drought in over a half century, ethanol, once touted as the homegrown, eco-friendly replacement for foreign oil, is fast becoming the new product everyone loves to hate. The fact is however, we've come to rely on the corn-based fuel's high octane level as a boost to the sub-grade gasoline currently being churned out of our nation's refineries. The crisis leaves us with two tough choices: higher gas prices, or higher food prices.   [View news story]
    One other component to the argument against ethanol that gets very little attention is it's depletion of another resource, water.
    Jul 28, 2012. 12:07 PM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Why China Matters To U.S. Dividend Income Investors  [View article]
    I was not comletely clear on this. It only pertains to the fact that China's central bank no longer needs to purchase through a "primary dealer", but can place their bid directly.
    Jul 15, 2012. 08:09 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Why China Matters To U.S. Dividend Income Investors  [View article]
    Richard,
    Please correct me if I am wrong, but I am under the impression that our treasury has implemented a program where China is now buying U.S. debt at negotiated prices that are not public knowledge. If this is true, how will China be able to influence interest rates when they do not purchase from the normal auctions? In other words, they have no bearing at all now on the bid to cover ratios.
    Jul 15, 2012. 07:19 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Valuations Of Johnson & Johnson, Merck And Abbott Laboratories  [View article]
    I look forward to reading any future articles you may write on this equity.
    Jul 8, 2012. 06:40 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Valuations Of Johnson & Johnson, Merck And Abbott Laboratories  [View article]
    Christopher,
    I feel that any in depth analysis of ABT going forward should be done with the view as two companies, rather than one. Do you favor either company over the other after the split? I currently have ABT as an investment, and think the split will add value. I will be in a wait and see mode to determine whether to hold both companies or to hold one over the other. Do you have an opinion on make up of this company after the breakup into 2 companies?.
    Jul 8, 2012. 05:06 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • 3 Highly Profitable Dividend Stocks That Analysts Advocate  [View article]
    Obviously, you don't understand Dividend Growth investing either.
    Jul 8, 2012. 11:27 AM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Big Copper Developments Will Affect These 4 Stocks  [View article]
    I think you should consider that SCCO already hedges a large percentage of their production now, more than any other producer. The price they receive now fluctuates less than the other miner's you mentioned. This is a downside in a rising price enviornment, but very stable for them when prices fall. If what you write becomes true, I envision other miner's adapting more to Southern Copper's strategy.
    Jun 23, 2012. 10:42 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • CSX, Union Pacific, Norfolk Stock All Undervalued  [View article]
    Eh, not gonna happen. Depends to much on subsidies and cost passed on to over burdened states.
    Jun 18, 2012. 07:21 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Fed Policies: Dr. Bernanke's Monster  [View article]
    You blame George Bush? Hell, lets just go back to the beginning and blame George Washington. Why do we always look back to place blame? Life is not about where you have been, it is about where you are going.
    Mar 5, 2012. 07:26 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Not only is further stimulus off the table, but the Fed is likely to emerge from next week's policy meeting with a slightly more upbeat view of the economy, reports Jon Hilsenrath. The fast decline in unemployment has taken Fed officials by surprise, and it could mean more underlying strength in the economy than other data would indicate.   [View news story]
    Nice funning with you. See ya next fall on the grid iron.
    Mar 4, 2012. 10:22 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Not only is further stimulus off the table, but the Fed is likely to emerge from next week's policy meeting with a slightly more upbeat view of the economy, reports Jon Hilsenrath. The fast decline in unemployment has taken Fed officials by surprise, and it could mean more underlying strength in the economy than other data would indicate.   [View news story]
    Bear fan's transcend the greatest Bear of all. "Papa Bear" George Halas. Any dig a bear fan can get in to someone from Packer Land, player or fan, only makes the old man smile. Wherever he may be now.
    Mar 4, 2012. 10:04 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Not only is further stimulus off the table, but the Fed is likely to emerge from next week's policy meeting with a slightly more upbeat view of the economy, reports Jon Hilsenrath. The fast decline in unemployment has taken Fed officials by surprise, and it could mean more underlying strength in the economy than other data would indicate.   [View news story]
    From IL and can not take any Packer fan seriously. Aaron Rogers- career year. Soon you will forget him just like the last one. What was his name? Bart Favre? Brett Star?
    Mar 4, 2012. 08:45 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Fed Policies: Dr. Bernanke's Monster  [View article]
    I agree that this president has been a complete failure. But you are really making my point. The congress must be viewed as one entity in presenting legislation to either be signed or vetoed. The fact, as you state, they have not negotiated a budget to present for 3 years is most definitely a lack of leadership in congress whatever the reasons are. If this institution can not agree on a budget, what chance do they have to agree on long term fiscal policy? Yes, the president must have input on the matter. But there seems to be very little common ground in which to negotiate. This is why I consider this election to be one of the most important elections in many years. We the people must send a clear and consise message to Washington on the direction WE choose.
    Mar 4, 2012. 04:38 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Fed Policies: Dr. Bernanke's Monster  [View article]
    Wyostocks,
    You are too naive. Do you think this president and this congress will really do what is right? Forced or not. Their idea of a solution is only to bicker and play to their respective ideological bases. On the other hand, if all they do is nothing, maybe a true equilibrium in the markets will be found. Will hurt like Hell though. But I still don't think sound fiscal policy will ever take place under this administration. The conclusion to my thought's are, if our elected officials would have enacted sound fiscal policy after the collapse Ben could have or should have ended monetary stimulus after QE1.
    Mar 4, 2012. 03:14 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Fed Policies: Dr. Bernanke's Monster  [View article]
    Eric,
    This is one of the best articles I have seen explaining this subject. I would like to add the mad Dr.'s two assistant's, (U.S. Congress, and the President). They have failed to keep up their end of the bargain pertaining to sound fiscal policy. I too agree the Fed should have ended monetary stimulus after QE1. It is easy for the masses to focus on one villian, Uncle Ben. But I am ready to give him the benefit of the doubt, I beleive he has always thought this problem to best be solved by long term sound fiscal policy. But in all seriousness, what really has congress and the administration done since the crisis to promote sound fiscal policy? Did Ben have a choice? Without the President and Congress agreeing on either short term or long term solutions, what was Ben to do? Throw up his hands and say "Oh well I did all I can do"? The true villain's in this story are the elected official's, the congress and the President. Neither of these two villains wanted to take the political risk's to enact the correct policies going forward.
    Mar 4, 2012. 02:41 PM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment
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