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  • Crude Oil: Where Is The Bottom? [View article]
    1998 oil was $11/bbl=$16/bbl 2015
    Aug 20, 2015. 10:54 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Tesla: You Are Funding Elon Musk's Iron Man Lifestyle [View article]
    P.T. Barnum, DeLorean, Musk all feed people koolaid and the supply of fools is high until it's all over.
    Tesla is a welfare sheme disguised as a car company. They lose money at an alarming rate.
    Those who believe in Tesla make assumtions: 1. people who dislike battery cars will change their taste 2. Tesla has inept competitors 3. Tesla has some technological advantage.
    Electric cars have been around since 1902. They're as popular today as they were then.
    Aug 19, 2015. 11:46 AM | 10 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple's Fall: Why It's A Buy [View article]
    I too still wonder what will happen with iPhone sales overseas.
    I'm a Mac fanboy since 1984, they were always superior but not marketed effectively.
    My own anecdote is a female who is foreign and in love with her iPhone, but she loves the Nexus 7 tablet she got for Christmas a year ago and won't get an iPad. For tablets Android is more fun than iOS.
    People in China and India will have the choice of a nice Android phone, and many may buy them instead of iPhone.
    I think Apple will keep making profits, but they have to keep sharp because they're not the only nice product out there in phones and tablets.
    Aug 16, 2015. 11:08 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple's Fall: Why It's A Buy [View article]
    I enjoyed the article. But, maybe it's because it reinforces my beliefs.
    Apple will make money, but total product dominance is usually fleeting, so I am prepared to see profits grow more slowly in the future. So what? Apple is still making huge profits.
    I'm not actively buying more shares because I'm pretty long already. A few days ago Apple paid me another 8 shares so I'm pleased if the share price stays level for a while. Compounding dividends is for me.
    Aug 16, 2015. 10:52 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Banks Are Sorry They Took Your Money [View article]
    You are repeating a myth. Illegals are doing all kinds of jobs, not just "scut work".
    There are no jobs Americans won't do; there are wages and conditions they don't like.
    Would you run into a burning building for minimum wage? No, but for high pay and a pension you might.
    I have lived in Mexico, and they are exporting their poverty to the US.
    My mother was a chambermaid in the summer and picked strawberries.
    I mowed lawns, painted fences and shoveled snow.
    Supply and demand applies to wages, so more workers depresses American wages.
    Aug 15, 2015. 08:05 PM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • 10 Dividend Growth Stocks For Your Retirement Portfolio's Aggregate Yield 4.3%: Part 2 [View article]
    I think you're conservative which is ok if you have a lot of capital in income producing investments.
    But I know I will be above a 20% stock allocation forever.
    My father is 94 and my neighbor is 97, and both own more than 20% stocks.
    Do they need the risk at their age? No, but the habit of seeking some capital appreciation dies hard.
    Aug 15, 2015. 06:55 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple: Thinking Outside The iPad Box [View article]
    I'm a fanboy for Mac since 1984 and I'm a shareholder.
    I don't know if others have used a good Android tablet, but I prefer it to iOS and maybe others have found that it's a reasonable substitute. I have an iPad Air and a Nexus 7, both are nice to use. The Nexus is in no way an inferior device.
    Re: touchscreens on computers; I think touch input is inefficient compared to trackpads and keyboards. I would not find this a useful feature on a laptop nor a desktop, ever.
    Apple competitors are making good alternatives, so Apple will have to keep apace. I have confidence that Apple will have the ability to keep improving but total product dominance is usually fleeting.
    Aug 13, 2015. 09:28 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Tesla: Things Are Turning Ugly Very Quickly [View article]
    Teslas also are priced thousands of dollars each below the cost of production.
    Aug 10, 2015. 10:15 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Tesla: Things Are Turning Ugly Very Quickly [View article]
    Tesla is a rent seeking welfare scheme disguised as a car company. It's been left behind by superior technology (Chevy Volt), has huge and capable competitors (GM, Toyota, BMW) and loses money yet it's supposed to be "the future".
    The problem is that the consumer didn't get the memo and he doesn't buy battery cars with no engine in them. Why not?
    Because anyone who ever owned a laptop knows that someday the battery must be replaced.
    Because gasoline is now about the same price adjusted for inflation as it was in 1960.
    Because the USA is sitting on top of an ocean of natural gas and you can run cars on it.
    Events outside of Tesla's control have doomed them to selling to a niche market.
    Niche market=low growth.
    Aug 7, 2015. 09:41 AM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • So Now We Learn Why Tesla's CFO Is Calling It Quits [View article]
    I enjoyed the article.
    If the author puts his money where his mouth is, then he actually has a reason to be accurate. The market doesn't care what anyone writes here about anything.
    It's lucky that the consumer rejects Tesla and doesn't buy the cars, or the company would lose more money than it already loses.
    The range anxiety of electric cars is only solved by having a huge battery in an expensive electric car.
    Sure, I've seen a few Teslas around N. California. I have only seen 2 in Palm Beach Florida; one was full of people with the windows all down on a steamy hot day. Why? Because with the AC on full blast "goodbye range, hello anxiety."
    Aug 6, 2015. 09:54 AM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple: The Market's False Correction [View article]
    I like a low share price because in about a week my Apple dividend will buy me some free shares. I want more shares.
    Aug 5, 2015. 06:35 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple: The Market's False Correction [View article]
    Stock analysts exist but this doesn't mean you should care what they say.
    Remember, none of them even realized that the mortgage backed securities were based on sub-prime mortgages held by illegal aliens and other unqualified people with "liar loans" in places like Florida, California, Arizona, Nevada.
    Tens of thousands of Wall Street workers disappeared with billions lost.
    People who work to skim some of your capital as "wealth advisers" or stockbrokers need to say they employ analysts.
    Or, independent guys selling "information" also need to be analysts themselves so you will pay for their top secret newsletters.
    My neighbor is a 97 year old lady who is richer than god. She never read an analyst report nor cared what someone on TV says about her stocks. She made a fortune buying blue chip stocks.
    Apple is a blue chip stock on sale today. I would buy some more but the dividends keep providing me more free shares so I'm OK.
    Aug 5, 2015. 10:18 AM | 10 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • 5 Stocks I Am Buying For My 2-Year Old [View article]
    I would approach this differently than the author. But, there is nothing wrong with his approach.

    I would avoid taxes. So, I would either 1. get child 529 plan 2. buy UTMA account with Vanguard Tax managed or Index funds. There is not much tax consequence to Vanguard Index Total Stock Market and there is essentially no tax consequence to Vanguard Tax Managed funds.

    Of course there are also Vanguard Dividend Index funds which may also be tax efficient but I don't know how efficient they are.

    I wish my father had invested $10,000 in 1955 for me :)
    Aug 4, 2015. 11:18 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Microsoft: The Long Struggle Ahead To Grow Windows Revenue [View article]
    I agree, the new Apple ads suck. They make no sense. Android smart phones do everything an iPhone does, some like Moto X do more than an iPhone can.
    On the subject, I am not so pleased with how Apple does some things.
    The last MacOS I will use is 10.6 the newer ones aren't any improvement.
    iOS is inferior to Android on tablets and smart phones.
    iCloud sucks, I prefer dropbox.

    MS dumb ad update: Web ads with 2 year old children.
    Jul 29, 2015. 10:30 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Microsoft: The Long Struggle Ahead To Grow Windows Revenue [View article]
    Microsoft amazes me sometimes with the most inane ads I have seen on TV.
    The microsoft phone ads were absurd, with a woman standing in lingerie next to the man in bed who would rather play with his phone. Other phone ads were as bad.
    The Surface ads with the dancing dimwits was almost painful to watch.
    Zune may have had ads but I actually can't remember them.
    Now there's a microsoft cloud ad showing people reacting to soccer. Soccer?
    I love hating Microsoft while Apple makes me rich.
    Jul 24, 2015. 12:01 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment