Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Well - I’m guessing that is about to come to a crashing halt.
The most recent school shooting in Parkland, Florida - and by “most recent school shooting” it should alert you as to what is coming - has brought to mind several things that you humans have been debating but have brought upon yourselves. What?
The good-old Second Amendment to the Constitution, for one. It was written by a group of white slave-owners who also believed that one shouldn’t vote unless HE was a land owner. This came in a time when single-load muskets were technology, and militias were formed to fight-off British invaders. Gain some perspective.
Nowadays (I’m sure you’ve heard) we have semi-automatic weapons, and guns that can fire-off hundreds of rounds a second. Not only that, but the militia has been replaced by an on-call military that doesn’t have to dress-up in their homes to defend our nation. We pay taxes for that.
AND, they supply their own weapons. Go figure.
The part you get hung-up on is the idea that the Founding Fathers were some sort of supernatural sages who foresaw a nation where muskets and citizen army’s were going to be normal. It’s not.
They didn’t have any idea that children in school would be shot to death several times over the last 30 years, or that people going to concerts would have to fear for their lives, or that people boarding airplanes would have to remove their shoes ... you get the point .... right?
The second amendment is an antiquated notion, and we lean on it out of habit - not out of nevcessity. Nobody outside of the military needs an automatic weapo, and it’s not what the second amendment meant by “the right to bear arms.” You know that.
We entrap ourselves with a lot of old-world notions that have no place in modern society. You accept computers, cell phones, air conditioning, and other such modern conveniences - yet you will not accept the idea that a notion brought about 200-plus years ago is somehow relevant to modern society.
Meanwhile, your children are being gunned-down in your support of this stupid idea.
So, go ahead and un-friend me, un-follow me, dislike, or whatever - hate me - because your politics or your ideals conflict.
The fact is - if it wasn’t for that ridiculous notion put forth on July 4, 1776 your kids would be safe because you wouldn’t be beholden to an antiquated notion of what you refer to as “freedom” because some guys with their heads in stone on a monument said it should be so.
Get your fucking head out of the sand.
Thursday, January 11, 2018
It will be worthwhile to look at this again after earnings season, which kicks-of on Friday with the big banks.
OK, so here's your chart. I took a look at this today and, even though I don't put much faith in charting, some things are too difficult to ignore.
Friday, December 15, 2017
Sunday, November 26, 2017
I’m pretty happy with my investment choices - and if you’ve been following along, you would be, too. [Ooops]
The options at this point are: What to do with Pfizer and Key. Pfizer pays a dividend in a week, so I’m content to stick with it until then. For some odd reason, I’ve stuck with it longer than I had anticipated. Only my investment in Ford was more agonizing. Key is a great bank, but they are a ... bank, and as such tend to waffle with this goofball that is in the White House and his so-called tax cut - but I digress.
I continue to be long DelTaco (TACO) and would advise you to be, too. They will struggle with costs and the eternal problems of bringing people into their restaurants, but ... people have to eat somewhere, and the stock is priced right, and if you aren’t in already, at the $12 area, you should be. The management team knows what they’re doing. Ride along.
It says here, I’m 60 and I’m supposed to be risk averse, but I enjoy the risk. Hence, my investments in Square, Limelight Networks, and Extreme Networks. Otherwise, I’d be in stable investments like bonds (yuck) and income stocks, which are only appealing to me if they are growth stocks - which Pfizer doesn’t seem to be at this point. I’m struggling to hang onto this thing. The part of me that wants to sell it combats the part of me that thinks that their management team will find some way to make this thing a growth vehicle. But that growth vehicle seems to be a pipe dream, and there is growth to be found elsewhere - which is where Square, Limelight, and Extreme Networks come in.
ACCO Brands is a value stock. I lose patience with value stocks because the market doesn’t appreciate them, and I can’t wait for “the market” to appreciate something that I already appreciated. They trade at a lower valuation because they ... well, aren’t valued highly. That’s the way it goes. At some point, it will come around for them, but you have to have patience, and patience is something that is growing short for me now.
Square continues to grow at an alarming rate, partially because of their embracing of Bitcoin. I don’t have time to explain it, and I also don’t have the knowledge of the so-called cryptocurrency to know what the fuck is going on, but suffice it to say that I’m along for the ride. And, it’s quite a ride. Get on board. The ticker symbol is SQ.
I’m in a good place, investment-wise - which balances the horrible place I’m in career-wise. My job is stagnant, and my pension sucks compared with other co-workers who have been with the company a similar amount of time. It’s the reason I have to make the best of my investments. My salary stinks compared with people who have been with the company as long as I, and I have to make the best of the time I have left to resuscitate my retirement savings. It’s pathetic, but true. I earned so little for so long that I have to make the best of it now.
I try to balance the risk with the reward, and I advise you to, too. I’ve resisted big-money investments in Amazon, Google, Facebook, and Netflix - although I have found an ETF that contains them and others, so it’s less of a risk. Ticker symbol FDN. Find it. It’s a struggle, finding stuff and keeping up with it all. It’s a huge stress on my life, and I’d rather not deal with it, but I have to - if I’m going to be able to retire in some sort of comfort. In my darkest hours, I don’t think I’ll be able to retire at all. In the long run, I have failed at it, and only now do I realize that my time has been spent in worthless anxiety. I will struggle to make the best of it.
If it seems that I’ve got the world on a string, it’s not a string so much as it is a yo-yo. I’m playing catch-up in a world where most of you have already caught up.
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Will these companies and brands go away, or merely re-invent themselves and keep up with the changing times? I'm guessing that, as you read this, there is a meeting going on somewhere with the management of these companies deciding how they are going to deal with this "new millennium" of consumers and how they will adapt to their changing habits.
Sunday, November 12, 2017
The third album was a pure masterpiece, and the kid was dumbfounded.
Thursday, November 9, 2017
I’ll keep you in the loop.