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  • Apple 2015 Outlook: Where Do We Go From Here? [View article]
    I guess I live on parallel planet where the Apple stores are jammed with people buying Apple products. I think Apple will keep growing profits and the stock price will follow.
    Jan 2, 2015. 11:26 PM | 51 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple Screwed Up Big Time [View article]
    I call baloney.
    No one wants an Amazon kindle however superior the screen resolution may be. People want an iPad.
    I gave a Nexus 7 to a female for Christmas, although she wanted the iPad.
    "Amazon and Google are deadly to Apple.." is about the most absurd thing I have read today. I believe the author has a spot awaiting him in politics. Get on a Greyhound to DC pronto.
    Jan 1, 2014. 03:14 AM | 32 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple Is In Deep Trouble: A Reformed Bull Speaks Out [View article]
    None of you guys must get out much.
    Take a look at an Apple store.
    I've seen them here and there: Fifth Ave, Beijing, San Francisco, Los Gatos CA, various shopping malls. The Apple stores are full of people who are buying products by the tens of millions.
    The obscene profits are going to not last but increase over time. They'll become grotesque.
    Oct 24, 2013. 03:01 AM | 27 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple: Soon A Member Of The $1,000 Club? [View article]
    Apple is doing great. The problem is that unless you live in a cave, you'll notice that the worldwide economy is not really doing so fantastic.
    So, Apple has a headwind of a consumer struggling to buy the premium products that Apple sells.
    Patient investors in Apple will be rewarded, it's just a matter of time.
    I like the stock to stay low so I collect more shares with the dividend.
    Jan 28, 2014. 12:38 AM | 24 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • 3 Reasons Why Apple Is Heading Lower [View article]
    The author assumes the basis for our shares of AAPL is $565 or something.

    Anyone who buys APPL shares today will make money: Apple pays a dividend equal to $1/share/month.

    If I found a suitcase full of cash on the sidewalk I'd buy more shares of AAPL and let Apple dividends buy me cars and free beer ad invinitum.

    I like AAPL shares staying low; the dividends buy me more free shares. I never worry about the share price, eventually they'll be up over $700 again. How soon? I don't care.
    Dec 6, 2013. 11:48 AM | 24 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Observations From My Trip To China [View article]
    I too have been to China. I was there as a consultant for a French/Amercian business that was considering opening a business there.
    China is interesting, impressive, modernizing, growing, and improving. China however has a problem: the culture of corruption and cheating is deeply ingrained. It is ever-present and nothing can stop it because at their core, Chinese are opportunists and cheaters.
    A friend of mine works as a tutor for Chinese students. Lately she is asked to compose *college application essays* for Chinese students to be admitted to US colleges. She has mixed feelings about this because she needs the work.
    A close friend was a Chinese female who constantly asked me to "help" her with college work. I found out "help" means "do" and I said it was fraud. Her friend was Chinese who attended Monterey Institute of International Studies and the American boyfriend did essentially all of her course assignments. This is considered perfectly normal Chinese behavior.
    A Chinese scientist told my client a bunch of baloney when we were in China. As I corrected the mistake the scientist made friends with me to discuss how we could manipulate my client.
    Does any of the above actually matter? Not if you are an American company selling products to multitudes of Chinese, e.g. Apple.
    Muddywaters research is an illuminating website for those who are curious to learn how Chinese game our system to get onto our stock exchanges with fake businesses.
    China is fun to visit and fascinating. They also will con and cheat you with the utmost courtesy.
    Nov 1, 2013. 04:10 PM | 24 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Samsung Is Apple's Worst Nightmare [View article]
    Oh Apple must be shaking in their boots worrying about the copycats at Samsung.

    I'm waiting to read that Alcoa is going to squeeze Apple because they make the aluminum cases for iPads, Macs, etc.

    Oh boy I'm getting my Apple dividend next week. I wonder what I'll buy with it?
    Nov 7, 2013. 12:51 PM | 23 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Reality Check For Peter Schiff [View article]
    Schiff is correct to be worried about the present course of politicians and inept people meddling with the USA economy.

    Wealth is created by 1. production 2. innovation that improves productivity.

    Capitalism requires saving.

    Savings taken by a government in taxes is not put to use as capital investment by anyone. Today's savings rate is very low and taxes are rising.

    It's a fact that as USA total debt grows to $20 trillion, the interest payments on this debt will require diversion of capital to pay this interest. The problem for the USA is that much of the USA Treasury debt is owned by foreigners.

    Therefore, hundreds of billions of dollars: 1. divert savings to taxes 2. divert US savings to payments to foreigners. This money is completely lost to the USA economy.

    To believe that the situation cannot harm our standard of living is to believe in the tooth fairy.

    Of course, a person in the USA doesn't notice. The prices of things rising gradually seems invisible.

    An advantage of the USA is there is growing productivity, i.e. natural gas and oil. In states where there is new productivity of these, the economy is doing fine, (Texas and North Dakota).
    Oct 31, 2013. 11:36 AM | 23 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Rumored iPhablets Expected In 2014 Will Not Save Apple's Bacon [View article]
    Wow, Apple's going out of business soon!
    I better sell my shares before Apple 1. pays me any more dividends 2. shares go up any more.

    Apple products are superior. Apple customers have more money. Apple owners are happy, loyal customers. Market share is irrelevant when Apple grows sales and profits worldwide.

    The Apple stores will soon be so full of Christmas shoppers it'll be like squeezing into a subway in Tokyo to get in there.
    Nov 18, 2013. 02:55 PM | 19 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Missed Lesson Of Great Depression And Financial Crisis Blinds Economists To Bubble And Coming Recession [View article]
    To clarify for the readers and author: wealth is derived from 1. production 2. innovation that often increases productivity.

    Excess wealth from production or innovation is either 1. saved and invested 2. taxed and recycled down via govt. wealth redistribution and/or malinvestment schemes, e.g. Solyndra, Windmill farms, cash for clunkers, etc.

    There is no way that increasing tax rates will 1. stimulate wealth production 2. encourage savings and investment.

    Government "investments" tend to be malinvestments, and govt. meddling into markets tends to make them distorted and lead to problems, e.g. housing market/mortgages and 2008 economic crisis.

    Swizterland has low tax rates and they do fine over there. Study Switzerland and get a perspective on how things can be done.
    Mar 24, 2014. 12:27 PM | 18 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Observations From My Trip To China [View article]
    To pile on for some curious readers:
    Chinese have a clever business of scavenging discarded cooking oil from drains outside restaurants.
    They also have poisoned many by spiking milk and other products with melanine to test higher protein content, killing babies there.
    Pork buns sold in Beijing streets were sometimes made of watered and mashed cardboard rather than actual dough.
    30,000+ people monitor all emails, many people use internet cafes which are all monitored, as is yahoo, gmail, hotmail, others.
    Television is censored so you will see the screen turn to snow when a politician from Taiwan is speaking. It lasts until he finishes.
    Fake Apple stores pop up here and there. They even have t-shirts to look like "geniuses".
    Fake "natural medicines" abound and are sold for high prices.
    Fake "medical treatments" also abound.
    Tigers are raised and killed and their bones used in "tiger balm" which is claimed to help joint pain. Shark fins are an expensive dish that claims to prevent cancer.
    I could go on but this may not have much to do about investing.
    Do readers know that many of the factories in China use prisoners? No wonder my Hisense tablet was only $129.
    Nov 1, 2013. 04:22 PM | 18 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Oil, Contagion And Equities: U.S. Equities Are The Next Shoe To Drop [View article]
    Actual trained scientists (not science class sitters) know that there is no way to prove the theory of CO2 from burning fossil fuels warming the earth. It is unprovable. It is also impossible to separate what we do with the vast variation of energy produced by the sun. To say we cause the earth to warm, you must assume that the energy received by earth is a constant; that's an incorrect assumption.
    There is vast evidence recently that it's not the case. The earth has not warmed for 15+ years, why not? CO2 rose in this time.
    CO2 is a plant nutrient, it's not Helium. So, if you raise the levels of an essential plant nutrient where phytoplankton and trees live, the growth of these can increase, which has been observed.
    The only actual potential problem of global warming is: higher sea levels in some areas.
    A potential positive of global warming is; farming vast areas of Canada and Russia lowering cost of food and decreasing hunger worldwide.
    The potential negative of global cooling; lack of rain and harvest failures, food shortages.
    The Maya and Aztecs build pyramids, sacrificed humans and even their own crops to appease weather gods. Today some people want to sacrifice our standard of living and cost of energy to the same non-existent god, today it's the global warming god. Al Gore is the high priest and conman for this new religion. He has lots of followers.
    Dec 15, 2014. 11:00 AM | 16 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple Should Send Delusional Carl Icahn Packing [View article]
    Steve would not have spoken to iCahn in the first place.

    Of course, Apple should ignore iCahn's bleating which they will I am sure.

    There are lots of shills on Wall Street like iCahn. There is only one Apple and they're doing great.
    Oct 24, 2013. 11:29 AM | 16 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Bogle's Views On Retirement Income [View article]
    Sure, we'd all love to live off of dividends and interest. Who wouldn't?
    The problem is what you have omitted: TAXES, and SS INSOLVENCY.
    1. Taxes will go up on people who saved. Their IRAs, regular accounts and the like will be taxed at ever higher rates because of our massive $16,000 billion debt.
    2. Social Security is OK for now, but future retirees (who retire in 2030 for example) will NOT be receiving much in today's dollars. They will also not get COLAs in the future.
    The proposed tens of millions of permanent social program "consumers" will completely overwhelm them so it's inevitable taxes on people who have saved and invested will rise.
    There goes your "dividend growth", it's going to go to Washington DC.
    Jul 18, 2013. 02:52 PM | 16 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple's Shareholder Program: The Day The Music Died [View article]
    Funny, I feel good as an Apple shareholder.
    After I got a nice 450% capital gain, Apple is now paying me one share per quarter as the dividend.
    I mean, what more could I ask for? Free beer?
    Some guys are never happy, or they just like to be contrarian.
    It's all OK, I mean, some people just don't get out much. I stroll by an Apple store once in awhile and I have no fear of the future of Apple.
    Apr 28, 2013. 04:03 AM | 16 Likes Like |Link to Comment