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  • MBA Mortgage Applications [View news story]
    the only growth industry in this country is Washington DC bureacracy.
    Feb 18, 2015. 10:21 AM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Wall Street Breakfast: Grexit Risks Resurface As Talks Break Down [View article]
    Yep - our involvement in Syria and Iraq only created a greater enemy, but of course we had to arm them first.

    Look on the bright side of our reckless neocon foreign policy - our military industrial complex will be well shielded, profiting off of the blood of our youth.

    Just think - if we can only get a real war started in Ukraine, then the money will really pour in to Washington and weapons contractors. Who makes radiation suits?
    Feb 17, 2015. 12:52 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Futures on the rise after Ukraine cease-fire plan [View news story]
    Russia doesn't want Ukraine - it is a total economic and political basket case. They just don't want NATO (Let's be honest, NATO is the United States and it's vassal states that have little military value) troops and weapons right on their border. Their goal is for Ukraine to remain non-aligned.

    Ukraine signed it so they can get more indebted to the IMF. Once the money is received, all bets are off. If I lived in Eastern Ukraine, I'd bury my weapons where they are hard to discover, but easy to retrieve.
    Feb 12, 2015. 09:22 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Midwinter Natural Gas Update [View article]
    I'd play fuel oil if I was playing cold weather in the northeast.

    Whenever there is a serious draw on the power grid in New England, utilities are forced to fire up expensive reserve generators. Then everyone electricity rates skyrocket.

    It will only get worse now that Yankee Nuclear Power Station is off-line for good. Ditto on the blockage of power lines from Canada. So more manufacturing moves South - they don't want that in New England anyways.
    Feb 11, 2015. 05:57 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Marine Harvest ASA's (MHG) CEO Alf-Helge Aarskog on Q4 2014 Results - Earnings Call Transcript [View article]
    Sounds like another dividend, correct? Same as last one - 1.12 Krone, or around 16 cents before taxes.
    Feb 6, 2015. 01:05 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • EIA Natural Gas Inventory [View news story]
    Drawdown was less than expected - inventory went down by 94 Bcf vs 121 expected.

    Not good if you are long natural gas. You wanted to see a negative number larger than 121
    Feb 5, 2015. 10:41 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Is The Declining Unemployment Rate A Big Lie? [View article]
    Pay and benefits stink in Corporation America compared to when I started. Your management considers you merely another input to be outsourced to some 3rd world country if at all possible.

    New guys don't realize how bad they have it compared to when I came out of college.
    Feb 4, 2015. 08:27 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • 'The Turn' Is Near For Natural Gas Pricing, Buy UGAZ [View article]
    I've done some trading in DGAZ the last month or so. I wish I didn't sell out at $7.25. I do agree that nat gas will turn, but not sure if it will be this month, or later in the spring.

    I believe both of these funds (DGAZ and UGAZ) are operated by Credit Suisse, out of their Nassau office. Besides whatever risk that may indicate to retail investors, there is what I call an inherent "bleed" in these funds, where longer term they never match a true 3x performance of natural gas, up or down.

    I get nervous holding investments like this for more than a couple of weeks - and while it may be a good time to buy UGAZ, the deck is stacked in favor of the "house" in these types of investments longer term.
    Feb 3, 2015. 12:28 PM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • EIA Natural Gas Inventory [View news story]
    actually, it is Credit Suisse through their office in Nassau. I'm out of both right now - sold DGAZ too soon, apparently.

    Where gas ends, up hard to say. Too much risk for me to get into either for now, though the bears are driving right now.
    Feb 2, 2015. 10:53 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • EIA Natural Gas Inventory [View news story]
    I only trade them - holding no longer than two weeks due to the fact their is an inherent "bleed" in them as well on share price.

    They do tend to have a cycle short term, but they are not really even a "fund" - they are some sort of investment vehicle set up by one of the big banks thru the Cayman Islands.
    Jan 29, 2015. 04:30 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Rieger Report: Should Municipal Bonds Be 'Core'? [View article]
    Munis have done very well the last 12 months. Just stay away from Puerto Rico bonds.
    Jan 26, 2015. 11:15 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • A High Dividend Stock Yielding 8%+ That Just Quadrupled Its Dividend And Goes Ex-Dividend Soon [View article]
    I'll keep that in mind when I get my 1099 from Scottrade.

    Good question.
    Jan 16, 2015. 12:21 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Public Payrolls Still Dragging Down Overall Employment [View article]
    Government employment merely reduces efficiency of the private sector by creating more bureaucrats and busy-body's whose "job" is to hassle other people.

    My first job out of college was a government job - we as an economy are better off paying most of them to stay home rather than have them doing their jobs.
    Jan 13, 2015. 01:17 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Japan prepares record budget [View news story]
    Thought most Japanese government debt is being bought by their Central Bank, directly, or indirectly.
    Jan 12, 2015. 08:46 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • The Austerity That Never Happened [View article]
    Interesting thing is while the "deficit" was $500 billion, total government outstanding debt increased by $1.1 trillion.

    All of those pesky "off budget" spending items. It is all a dog and pony show. I don't have any confidence in either political party to solve what is coming.
    Jan 7, 2015. 10:38 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment