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  • McDonald's Pullback Presents Buying Opportunity [View article]
    IMHO, visit a MCD and try a combo meal before you invest. Last week I agreed to watch my granddaughters who hadn't yet eaten supper. My daughter said to take them to MCD and they could play on the playground equipment after eating so it would be an easy babysit.

    I had a combo meal for myself. The burger had lettuce and tomato on it but I forget its name. It had no taste at all. The fries cooled down quickly and were inedible thereafter. They ended up in the garbage can. The soft drink passed muster.

    How can same store sales in the US be maintained when the food is substandard?

    I have no position in MCD including a short and don't plan on adding it to my portfolio until the fries are better!
    Mar 9 10:02 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • What The Rest Of Us Can Learn From Chimera Investors' Mistakes [View article]
    I am not a hotshot technical analysis guru but a person who is learning about the investments.

    I looked at the CIM chart on Yahoo. I think it is called a death cross when the 50 day MA crosses down through the 200 day EMA. CIM has two crosses like this. First around February 2008 and the second in May of 2011. With this pattern why would you not have sold just after the crosses?

    It had a long run along $4/sh which was exactly on the moving averages at the time but has lost ground since May.
    Jan 20 12:08 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Goodbye Wells Fargo, Hello Credit Union [View article]
    A couple of ideas for those considering a CU.

    Make sure your CU is a member of the Credit Union Service Centers. You can transfer money between CU's and get other services.

    My CU belongs to the CO-OP network for its debit/cash withdrawal cards. Every 7-11 store in the US has a Citibank ATM that belongs to this network and I don't pay any fees. I think all CO-OP ATM's are fee free for member institutions but this may be an option with your particular CU.

    I have belonged to CU's since the 60's and never had a problem with my accounts or needs for financial help.
    Oct 19 11:46 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Unemployment's Here To Stay [View article]
    "they’re hiring new entrants into the labor force, rather than people making up the ranks of the unemployed"

    The new entrants are also getting entry level wages so they cost less. We see this in the US auto companies. New assembly workers have a lower pay scale than the long time employees.
    Oct 8 12:42 PM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • At Risk In Competition With Apple [View article]
    My wife and daughters agree with your observation that the e-ink doesn't hurt your eyes like a back lit LED screen does. They wouldn't trade their Kindle for any other technology.
    Sep 29 12:14 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Strategic Intelligence Report: Truckers Running on Fumes [View article]
    I traveled I-40 in NM and AZ in March and noticed a lot of truck traffic all running 75 MPH. Trucks don't get good mileage at that speed.

    I also noticed trains on the parallel railroad tracks hauling a lot of trailers on flat bed cars. For long haul shipments I think that US freight should be containerized as are the goods from China, shipped by rail and then trucked the final short distance to their destination.
    Apr 23 07:43 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Dividend Champions: Focus on Master Limited Partnerships (MLPs) [View article]
    Thanks for an informative article. Most authors of investment articles don't mention the year end tax form. MLP's are not the only investment that issues K-1s. There are ETFs and ETN that also issue them. I have been surprised to receive a K-1 in the middle of February from an ETF.

    I have never gotten one that had a value >0 in the UBTI field.I don't know if it is even a possibility that an ETF or ETN can generate outside income.
    Mar 3 06:45 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Canada's Timber Industry Cuts Out the U.S. in Favor of China [View article]
    I found this site when I was doing due diligence a while ago on a Canadian forest stock. I don't know who is behind the site or if they have a special agenda but it might be worth your time to take a look.
    Feb 9 01:55 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Savvy ETF Retirement Investors Should Consider Cloning Morningstar's Retirement Plan [View article]
    Your idea is worth my investigation. Thank you for this article.

    What percentage is allocated to each class? The diversification matches my investing instincts but the allocation is important to achieve the performance you show in the chart.
    Jan 22 12:01 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Pocket Change Portfolio December 2010 Update: Added United Health REIT, Leggett & Platt [View article]
    "I have classified some of the listed stocks as hold, thus I am neither buying or selling. While for other stocks, I am waiting for the appropriate exit point. For all the remaining, I am actively buying."

    I am new to SA. Your articles are very informative and helpful. The above quote is on the page in the header for your PCP portfolio but nothing that I find shows these rankings. My interpretation is that you are souring on some of the stocks on the list.
    Jan 16 10:14 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Dividend Portfolio November Update: An $11,000 Annualized Income? [View article]
    I'm probably newer than you on SA. I am interested in the formulas you use in your spreadsheet for YOC and YOM. Your approach to dividend stocks sounds like a promising method for selecting and tracking them.

    If you don't mind sharing the formulas I think others also would be interested. Maybe you could post an article on the subject.
    Dec 14 01:08 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Cramer's Stop Trading! AT&T Needs to Leapfrog Verizon (12/6/10) [View article]
    I am a retired engineer who worked on the very first modern cell phone systems. The technology from the beginning was designed by Bell Labs to prevent dropped calls. If calls are being dropped as I have seen documented in many articles and comments then the current AT&T has cut corners and not invested in enough cell sites. Cell sites should overlap their signals so hand offs can be accomplished. In rural areas this may not be economically feasible but in any metro city there should be no dropped calls in a properly engineered network.
    Dec 8 02:53 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment