Is The Elephant Dead?

Is The Elephant Dead?

IBM was in the news this week, but not in a good way. Tech columnist and author Robert X. Cringely reported in late January of an upcoming massive layoff at IBM, saying 26% worldwide. If true, that would be more than 100,000 people. IBM, and some analysts, quickly denied that, and suggested any layoff would → Read More

What Stocks Are Doing Well?

What Stocks Are Doing Well?

I Googled several phrases like ‘Top Stocks for 2014’ for stock recommendations from top advisors. I then checked how they actually performed over the year. It was a pretty mixed bag. We look at the 11.5% rise in the S&P 500 and think most stocks did well. Basically, it was hard to lose. Unless you → Read More

How To Be Buffettesque… Affordably

How To Be Buffettesque… Affordably

Are you an admirer of Warren Buffett? Would you like to own a portfolio of “Buffettesque” stocks that is reviewed weekly – with well-informed portfolio adjustments quarterly? However:            1) Buffett’s prime shares [Berkshire Hathaway Class A—BRK.A $ 209,782/sh] are priced too high for you;          2) Even with the availability of → Read More

POT Stocks: The “Wild West” of Equities

POT Stocks: The “Wild West” of Equities

When I grew up during the era of the TV Western, I often imagined myself as a part of the show – always (of course) as one of the good guys: Marshall Matt Dillon (Gunsmoke), Matt Dillion and his deputy, Chester, were long time fixtures on “Gunsmoke” during the glory years of the TV Western! → Read More

How Well Do You Know The Dow Jones Industrial Average? Take The Quiz! (Part I)

How Well Do You Know The Dow Jones Industrial Average? Take The Quiz! (Part I)

On Monday, September 23, something we hear about at least five days a week will be moving through a rather rare and very significant change. By that date, the Dow Jones Industrial Average will officially have dropped three components [Alcoa (AA), Bank of America (BAC), and Hewlett-Packard Company (HPQ)] and added  three new members [Goldman → Read More

A Dividend Index Fund for the Long-term?

A Dividend Index Fund for the Long-term?

Up until the start of “taper trouble” in May, when Federal Reserve Board Chair, Benjamin Bernanke, first uttered what has become the dreaded (oft reviled) “T” word, stocks, funds, and ETFs with a solid “dividend tilt” had been (figuratively) “selling like hotcakes”!  Here are just two of the countless statistics I could throw at you → Read More

IBM: Epitome of “Credit Worthy”

A historically significant development occurred in late July that flew under most people’s radar. IBM offered $1 billion of 10-year corporate bonds on July 25, and the bond issue sold out at a new 10-year record low rate: 1.875%. I can guarantee that most of you are scratching your heads wondering: “Fine, but what’s the big deal?” Thanks for asking! The “big deal” is this: 1) IBM has a → Read More

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