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  • Tesla Is Fully Priced, With More Risk Than Opportunity [View article]
    The author is correct.
    Perhaps another tidbit of information is that Tesla sells mostly in just two areas of California, San Francisco Bay Area and Southern California.
    This means the market as of today is not that large for this car.
    Tesla is an expensive heavy tank. It must be to carry the huge battery around to have a long driving range.
    Where I live all electric cars are charged by natural gas (Moss Landing Power Plant). I suggest it's cheaper and easier to run the car on natural gas and cut out the wires, transformers, and waiting around. Honda Civic comes to mind, but others will appear.
    Hybrids are more practical than an all battery powered car, and people living in very cold or hot places would be nuts to depend on a Tesla.
    I can't even imagine driving a Tesla on a night in January in New Hampshire.
    Mar 5, 2014. 02:51 PM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Microsoft Vs. Apple In The Headlines [View article]
    It doesn't matter much what Microsoft does.
    Microsoft made its fortune being a copycat and the customer has begun to abandon copycats.
    What made me laugh was strolling through the San Jose CA mall and noticing they put up a silly Microsoft Store right across from the Apple store. It was pathetic, I guess someone would check out a macbook air and then see the cool HP craptop in the Microsoft store and be impressed?
    Sure, Microsoft is not going out of business and will still pay a dividend.
    That's all she wrote folks.
    Mar 5, 2014. 12:36 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Dumb Investment Of The Week: Tesla Motors Stock [View article]
    Inconvenient in most of the USA, particularly in freezing winter at night in most of the USA and boiling summer in the south.
    You may be surprised how few places there are to top up compared to the places you may wish to go to.
    Mar 5, 2014. 04:01 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Dumb Investment Of The Week: Tesla Motors Stock [View article]
    The author is correct. Some people love Tesla and hate his comments (love is an emotion not based on facts).

    An all battery powered car is inconvenient so will not ever be dominant in market share. Gasoline may become a smaller % of cars, as natural gas cars gain popularity, e.g. Honda Civic, natural gas=$2/gallon equivalent.

    Tesla is in a very competitive business and guys at BMW did as well in their math and engineering classes as anyone at Tesla. So, what specific advantage does Tesla have? A bigmouth CEO named Musk.

    Do what you want, but my money doesn't follow the empty talk of a guy who killed the messenger from tne NYTimes who had a bad experience with Tesla.

    Where I live there are lots of electric cars, relatively speaking (northern California). I see many Nissan Leafs around and Volts are commuter cars. Teslas you may see here and there but they are huge expensive tanks.
    Mar 4, 2014. 02:26 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Ukraine Crisis: A Decision That May Have Sealed The Fate Of The EU [View article]
    The Europeans would speak German, not we Americans.
    Mar 4, 2014. 01:26 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Why Modest Economic Growth Is Bullish For Equities [View article]
    Great, so anemic GDP growth of 1.9% may be good for us since we own stocks.

    It's not good however for the U.S.A. because 92 million people out of the workforce means more government spending/debt to keep them happy.

    I'm going to own stocks regardless but it's a shame and a waste that for 5 years nothing has been done to help the economy grow. Those "shovel ready jobs" where I live were improved bathrooms on the freeway.
    Mar 4, 2014. 12:54 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Ukraine Crisis: A Decision That May Have Sealed The Fate Of The EU [View article]
    The EU will cave in to Russia bullying because EU has no energy, either fossil fuel, nor military energy nor human energy to confront a bully like Putin.
    The U.S.A. has changed Europe's diapers seveal times before: WWI, WWII, the Cold War against the Soviets. Lately, Europe wanted the U.S.A. to do the heavy lifting in Libya which Americans didn't even want to do.
    I feel sorry for Ukraine, since the EU has no credibility no leadership and no military to help them.
    Putin could send that same 16,000 troops to Texas and they'd be run out in about 8 hours by the citizens, Perry wouldn't even call the national guard.
    Mar 4, 2014. 12:35 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • If Tim Cook Does Not Care About The 'Bloody ROI', Does He Care About The 'Bloody Stock Price'? [View article]
    I agree with the author.
    I have been a long time Apple computer consumer and I have shares of Apple.
    BUT, Mr. Cook should remember that it's rude to respond to reasonable questions from shareholders with anger.
    Mar 3, 2014. 03:21 AM | 14 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Is Tesla Motors Worth $65 Or $320? Are Ford, GM Or BMW Better Bets? [View article]
    Tesla is a welfare scheme disguised as a car company. Be that as it may, there are other competitors in the car business who will keep Tesla small.

    Nissan Leaf, Volt, Ford CMax, BMW, Prius, and more will not sit still for Tesla to take their business.

    The other problem for Tesla is they believe in something wrong: people really want convenience and performance. A Tesla is an expensive tank that has no gasoline engine for backup, therefore it's inconvenient.

    Sure, where I live in California the climate is mild enough for Teslas to be somewhat popular.

    I once lived in New Hampshire and I assure you no one up there would drive a Tesla in winter at night.

    Bad climates like winter in the whole USA almost scare car owners away from fully battery powered cars. They will never be as popular as a gasoline or hybrid car.

    Go ahead and build the coolest battery factory in the world. There was once also a fantastic buggy whip factory built too, now it's gone.
    Feb 28, 2014. 02:08 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • 10 Reasons To Avoid Apple's Shares [View article]
    Baloney, where to begin?
    Apple is like gold because the mountain charts look vaguely similar? What baloney, no one was ever paid a dividend by gold. I just saw my 1099 from my Apple stock and that is real money.
    Apple keeps rolling along making a fortune. Why do you invest in stocks in the first place? To get a piece of the action of the winners.
    Apple is a profitable, dominant brand not a meaningless fad (e.g. Whatsapp) that makes no profits.
    This article is absurd but also useless since if you don't own stock in Apple, your mutual funds likely do. Or, is the author suggesting you own neither? What is an investor supposed to do, buy gold and wait for the zombie apocalypse?
    Feb 27, 2014. 01:12 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Why Apple's Valuation Is Irrelevant [View article]
    There are those who believe Whatsapp is worth $19 billion dollars?! Brother.

    Some believe Amazon is worth a ton even though no one can find profits. Whatever.

    Apple "needs a new product". Well, does anyone doubt whether there will be a new product someday? Their new desktop is going to be very popular but only among computer users.

    I expect a new consumer product from Apple that is not a fast computer eventually. I can collect my dividends while I wait.

    If not, Apple will still make a fortune selling their products for quite some time, the Apple stores are full of happy customers if you go to one, it's the preferred brand which will not change overnight.
    Feb 26, 2014. 02:49 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • 3 Reasons Bulls Take On Too Much Risk [View article]
    Bears never get paid dividends nor capital gains, bulls do.

    My little old lady neighbor is richer than God. She's 95 so she doesn't make changes to her portfolio. She got rich owning stocks like Deere for 60+ years.

    There are always reasons to be worried but you "gotta be in it to win it."

    Cash=lending my money to banks for free.

    U.S. Bonds=lending my money to Uncle Sam for almost free.

    Gold=hoping for the zombie apocalypse so it goes up enough to beat my stocks.
    Feb 26, 2014. 12:26 AM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Is Buying Stocks Near All-Time Highs The Right Move? [View article]
    Buying stocks as an investor (not trader) depends on your age, goals and risk tolerance.

    I'm always buying if I have extra money come in.
    Feb 25, 2014. 03:12 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Missing Ingredient: Confidence [View article]
    There is no confidence because this is not a real economic recovery.
    The U.S.A. went into a depression following the Lehman implosion, and Bernake fearing the worst opened the faucet at the Federal Reserve.
    Unless and until there are new people in Washington DC, there will be no confidence because raising taxes and regulations kills jobs.
    The first thing that should have been done in January 2009 was TAX CUTS to stimulate economic activlty. What did we get? Obamacare which is regulations and taxes, a double whammy of economic impediment.
    The 92 million people out of the workforce have no confidence, and hearing our politicians say that legalizing tens of millions of illegal workers will "grow our economy" makes them feel even less confident.
    If having tens of millions of workers with no skills make economies grow, then China and India would have higher living standards than Switzerland or Singapore.
    Feb 25, 2014. 02:01 AM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Next Melt-Up Emerges [View article]
    Do not buy direct investments in emerging markets, or an "emerging market" mutual fund. Stay out of there.

    I have once lived in an "emerging market" and the same large multinational companies are making money there that you are familiar with. Those are domiciled in USA, Europe, Japan. Stick with those.
    Feb 24, 2014. 11:47 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment