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Tue Jul 28, 2015 7:00 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Another look at dividend paying stocks
Replies: 23
Views: 1956

Re: Another look at dividend paying stocks

Do the comparisons of div and non-div stocks take account of re-invested dividends in the total returns? I always thought that reinvested dividends were one of the most important drivers of historical equity total returns. And also it seems to be that the volatility and drawdowns of div stocks ought...
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Tue Jul 28, 2015 6:50 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Visiting Northern Kentucky / Mammoth Cave area with kids
Replies: 10
Views: 348

Re: Visiting Northern Kentucky / Mammoth Cave area with kids

And you can always take a short riverboat ride on the Ohio out of Louisville and have lunch.
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Tue Jul 28, 2015 6:43 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Help--> Buying car from private seller
Replies: 11
Views: 674

Re: Help--> Buying car from private seller

Agree on Carfax not always reporting everything. Had my car evaluated at Carmax to sell it to them. They ran the carfax and it didn't report that I had been rear-ended previously and the damage repaired. Don't know why that didn't show up since work was done by a reputable bodyshop, but it didn't. A...
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Mon Jul 27, 2015 10:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: FWD vs AWD (Vehicle)
Replies: 39
Views: 1451

Re: FWD vs AWD (Vehicle)

You might want to consider how much power is transferred from front to rear wheels in you AWD vehicle, unless it is full time 4WD. For example, many AWD vehicles transfer less than 50% of the power to the rear wheels when they kick in. That might help a little bit in slippery conditions, but for my ...
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Mon Jul 27, 2015 2:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone using Mr Number cellphone call blocker? Stopped working
Replies: 11
Views: 1158

Re: Anyone using Mr Number cellphone call blocker? Stopped working

For those interested, here is the official word I just got from Mr. Number support: We apologize that the hang up option is not working for you. With the update to Android 5.0 (Lollipop), Android is not allowing hang up options for caller ID/call blocking apps. Unfortunately, this means that having ...
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Mon Jul 27, 2015 2:06 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Zions, Bryce, Grand Canyon Late March
Replies: 23
Views: 828

Re: Zions, Bryce, Grand Canyon Late March

Take your parkas. March can be kinda chilly and even snowy where you're planning on going. Grand Canyon is over 7000 feet altitude, you know. North Rim is closed until May so you would have to go to the South Rim.
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Mon Jul 27, 2015 11:43 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Is the commodity implosion foretelling a stock market crash?
Replies: 27
Views: 2648

Re: Is the commodity implosion foretelling a stock market crash?

Well, the real question is how this is actionable. Anyone who can predict in advance what the stock market (meaning primarily for most of us, the U.S. stock market) will do in light of commodity price changes (or anything else) can become unimaginably wealthy. There are multiple extrinsic variables...
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Mon Jul 27, 2015 9:29 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Should you invest in currency-hedged foreign stock funds?
Replies: 3
Views: 179

Re: Should you invest in currency-hedged foreign stock funds?

Here's a Vanguard paper saying the reverse. Currency management: Considerations for the equity hedging decision https://personal.vanguard.com/pdf/icrcmc.pdf When an investor’s primary motivation is risk management of a global-equity portfolio, applying portfolio theory implies adjusting the currenc...
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Mon Jul 27, 2015 9:28 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Should you invest in currency-hedged foreign stock funds?
Replies: 3
Views: 179

Re: Should you invest in currency-hedged foreign stock funds?

At no time before the last nano-second do I remember such a proliferation of the "factor investing" thesis either, except for the notion that investing in "small" and "value" stocks was a good idea - but it wasn't called "factor investing" back then. So, does ...
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Mon Jul 27, 2015 9:01 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Should you invest in currency-hedged foreign stock funds?
Replies: 3
Views: 179

Should you invest in currency-hedged foreign stock funds?

Position paper from Tweedy, Browne regarding the returns of currency hedged vs. unhedged foreign stocks. They basically conclude that volatility-adjusted returns to U.S. investors are superior with currency hedging: In summary, over long measurement periods, studies have generally indicated that the...
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Mon Jul 27, 2015 8:30 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Is the commodity implosion foretelling a stock market crash?
Replies: 27
Views: 2648

Re: Is the commodity implosion foretelling a stock market crash?

Well, it looks like the commodity implosion foretold the Chinese stock market crash at any rate. Down about 27% from previous high, 8% drop today. Coming to a theater near you?
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Sun Jul 26, 2015 3:45 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Edelman -- best days, worst days
Replies: 25
Views: 1702

Re: Edelman -- best days, worst days

Livesoft wrote: I'm chuckling about the linked Adam Grimes article dated Oct 15, 2015 I'm chuckling too. Oct 15, 2015 . Timing and prediction at it's finest. :happy Paul Not sure what point is being made with point examples. If we're playing that game, let's look at Oct 1, 2008 where we would have ...
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Sun Jul 26, 2015 1:24 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Is the commodity implosion foretelling a stock market crash?
Replies: 27
Views: 2648

Re: Is the commodity implosion foretelling a stock market crash?

gkaplan wrote:In the words of that great philosopher, Roseanne Roseannadanna, "It's always something," or to state in other way, my own way, "This is one more thing for me to ignore."

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Sun Jul 26, 2015 1:17 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Edelman -- best days, worst days
Replies: 25
Views: 1702

Re: Edleman -- best days, worst days

Not only are the best days and the worst days close together in time, but they tend to occur when the market is already downtrending. That's because the market tends to be more volatile when it's going down than when it's going up. If fact, a large proportion of the best and worst days have occurre...
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Sun Jul 26, 2015 11:24 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone using Mr Number cellphone call blocker? Stopped working
Replies: 11
Views: 1158

Re: Anyone using Mr Number cellphone call blocker? Stopped working

I rarely get spam calls, so I didn't realize that Mr. Number wasn't working properly with the Lollipop update. I've been busy with an issue between Google Play Services and my Battery Saver thanks to the Lollipop update. But, that's another story. Have you looked at the WhitePages Caller ID and Blo...
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Sun Jul 26, 2015 11:06 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Edelman -- best days, worst days
Replies: 25
Views: 1702

Re: Edleman -- best days, worst days

Not only are the best days and the worst days close together in time, but they tend to occur when the market is already downtrending. That's because the market tends to be more volatile when it's going down than when it's going up. If fact, a large proportion of the best and worst days have occurred...
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Sun Jul 26, 2015 10:39 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Edelman -- best days, worst days
Replies: 25
Views: 1702

Re: Edleman -- best days, worst days

I'm not a big fan of Ric Edelman, but this short article makes a good point. In the four years ending Dec. 31, 2014 the stock market earned 13% a year. Those four years covered over 1000 days of trading. If you had missed the best 14 days, your return would have been zero! If you missed the worst 1...
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Sun Jul 26, 2015 8:31 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Is the commodity implosion foretelling a stock market crash?
Replies: 27
Views: 2648

Is the commodity implosion foretelling a stock market crash?

Over the last 12 months, the Bloomberg Commodity Index has absolutely fallen out of bed. It has lost over 25% in the last 12 months alone and is now actually lower than it was at the bottom of the 2008 market crash, and has not been this low since 2002. There is a dramatic discrepancy between the pr...
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Sat Jul 25, 2015 11:05 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone using Mr Number cellphone call blocker? Stopped working
Replies: 11
Views: 1158

Re: Anyone using Mr Number cellphone call blocker? Stopped working

And I found this: I used to use MR NUMBER app to get the calls blocked and hung up. Seems to be the latest thing that doesnt work with Lolliop because now the phone still rings and it goes to voice mail. MR NUMBER says this is an Android feature and you can no longer block and hang up on people . TH...
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Sat Jul 25, 2015 10:49 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone using Mr Number cellphone call blocker? Stopped working
Replies: 11
Views: 1158

Re: Anyone using Mr Number cellphone call blocker? Stopped working

From some recent reviews on Playstore of Mr Number: Doesn't work right anymore Used to pick up and hang up calls on block list. Now it just let's them ring continuously. Please fix. Samsung galaxy s4. I'm now seeing this is a common issue. Not working Calls use to be blocked but were still able to l...
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Sat Jul 25, 2015 8:24 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: going to cash
Replies: 33
Views: 4767

Re: going to cash

If you're worried about rising interest rates and bonds, then go to CDs or a bond ladder. I went to a "no bonds" portfolio and moved my fixed income allocation to credit union CDs.
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Sat Jul 25, 2015 8:18 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone using Mr Number cellphone call blocker? Stopped working
Replies: 11
Views: 1158

Re: Anyone using Mr Number cellphone call blocker? Stopped working

I've been using Mr. Number for several years. I upgraded to a Galaxy S6 about two weeks ago and it works normally on it with the latest Android version. Strange. Are you using 5.1? On my phone all the call blockers now do is to silence the ring for blocked numbers. Otherwise, those calls are just l...
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Fri Jul 24, 2015 11:50 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone using Mr Number cellphone call blocker? Stopped working
Replies: 11
Views: 1158

Re: Anyone using Mr Number cellphone call blocker? Stopped working

I realize I'm having this conversation with myself, but in case some random person reads this thread I've tried a bunch of different call blockers and done a lot of searching on the internet. None of the call blockers does anything but silence the ring for blocked calls. They are then sent to voicem...
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Fri Jul 24, 2015 9:25 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone using Mr Number cellphone call blocker? Stopped working
Replies: 11
Views: 1158

Re: Anyone using Mr Number cellphone call blocker? Stopped working

I think the problem has to do with upgrading my OS to Android 5.1. Mr Number seemed to work OK with KitKat. In searching for solutions, I ran across some posts that Mr Number actually leaks your phone number to the internet. Sounds weird, but interestingly I got two strange calls from France and Cyp...
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Thu Jul 23, 2015 6:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone using Mr Number cellphone call blocker? Stopped working
Replies: 11
Views: 1158

Anyone using Mr Number cellphone call blocker? Stopped working

Thought I finally had my spoof call spamming under control on my cellphone using Mr Number app. But it has up and stopped working. All it does is kill the ringtone but the "blocked" spam calls are getting through again. Can't find a replacement app that allows me to handle blocked calls in...
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Thu Jul 23, 2015 11:50 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is there a service that will email you with each credit card purchase?
Replies: 34
Views: 2044

Re: Is there a service that will email you with each credit card purchase?

I use the alerts with my US Bank Visa Card. Something has always puzzled me. When paying my bill with the card, I immediately get notification of the charge. However, this doesn't include the tip, which I add before signing the receipt - making the final amount larger. So, how is it that the initial...
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Thu Jul 23, 2015 11:07 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Hard assets are having some very hard times
Replies: 16
Views: 1851

Re: Hard assets are having some very hard times

"Buy when there is blood in the streets, even if the blood is your own" ~ Baron Rothschild He was talking about physical red liquid arterial blood physically running in physical streets into physical gutters. He wasn't talking about a really bad day on Wall Street. And it's definitely apo...
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Thu Jul 23, 2015 9:05 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Hard assets are having some very hard times
Replies: 16
Views: 1851

Re: Hard assets are having some very hard times

Of course, if you really believed in precious metals and commodity futures you should be stepping up to the plate and buying with both hands, or at least rebalancing. This is the time, Grasshopper. Otherwise, you should get out and stay out and chalk your losses up to a lesson in risk tolerance. &qu...
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Thu Jul 23, 2015 3:35 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Are Stocks Overvalued? A Survey of Equity Valuation Models
Replies: 201
Views: 11271

Re: Are Stocks Overvalued? A Survey of Equity Valuation Models

I'm trying to identify the different perspectives about stock valuations here: - there is a bright light down the track that is growing larger - it could be a locomotive - start thinking about getting off the tracks - there is a bright light growing larger - it could be a locomotive - but there's no...
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Thu Jul 23, 2015 2:59 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Hard assets are having some very hard times
Replies: 16
Views: 1851

Hard assets are having some very hard times

Quite a lot of carnage in the commodity and precious metals space over the last few years. It's been pretty ugly. Wondering if there is anybody left standing in that space. Not so many posts about these asset classes lately: - GLD has declined by -8.2% annually for the past four years - SLV has had ...
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Wed Jul 22, 2015 10:34 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Lifelock charged with possible fraud by the FTC
Replies: 5
Views: 924

Lifelock charged with possible fraud by the FTC

The Federal Trade Commission on Tuesday charged LifeLock LOCK, an identity-theft monitoring company, with failing to protect its customers’ data and falsely claiming to alert them about problems. The charges say LifeLock is violating the terms of a 2010 settlement with the agency and 25 state attor...
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Wed Jul 22, 2015 10:06 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Is Harry Markowitz wrong? Why Optimal Portfolios Are So Difficult To Create
Replies: 33
Views: 2967

Re: Is Harry Markowitz wrong? Why Optimal Portfolios Are So Difficult To Create

Contrasting the "MPT way" with the "pre-MPT way": I feel fortunate that my original investing lessons were taught to me by experienced investors that had not yet embraced MPT. Instead, my original teachers taught that investment selections should be based on a carefully researche...
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Wed Jul 22, 2015 9:46 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do you hate your vehicle infotainment system?
Replies: 73
Views: 5889

Re: Do you hate your vehicle infotainment system?

My 2010 Lexus has several controls built into the computer. You cannot switch radio stations directly without clicking on menu and then navigating with the mouse to audio, and then mousing again to the desired station and clicking again. You can't even tell what station you are on without going thr...
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Tue Jul 21, 2015 10:20 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Is now a decent time to buy gold? [Portfolio help]
Replies: 88
Views: 6794

Re: Is now a decent time to buy gold? [Portfolio help]

You really don't want gold to do well. If it is then it probably means that the do-do is piling up somewhere. Be careful what you wish for: Again a big reason to own gold is that it tends to have a low to negative correlation to equities. Zweig notes the 39% decline since August, 2011. Since that ti...
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Tue Jul 21, 2015 10:11 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Is now a decent time to buy gold? [Portfolio help]
Replies: 88
Views: 6794

Re: Is now a decent time to buy gold? [Portfolio help]

Are we arguing about gold? How shocking. :shock: :shock: :shock:
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Tue Jul 21, 2015 3:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Ford Explorer vs. Honda Pilot
Replies: 36
Views: 3624

Re: Ford Explorer vs. Honda Pilot

The 2016 Honda Pilot comes with HondaLink. The guy told me this allows you to connect with your iPhone and project the iPhone screen onto your Pilot display screen. Requires a cable connection to the phone, not wireless. He said that you can then use the same Nav that you have on your iPhone - I thi...
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Tue Jul 21, 2015 2:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Ford Explorer vs. Honda Pilot
Replies: 36
Views: 3624

Re: Ford Explorer vs. Honda Pilot

Another nutty thing about the 2016 Pilot is that you can get the EX trim with the Navigation system OR the Honda Sensing (safety electronics) system, but not both. To get that, once again you have to cough up $47-$48K for the Elite trim level, which has stuff like the backseat entertainment system, ...
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Tue Jul 21, 2015 2:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do you hate your vehicle infotainment system?
Replies: 73
Views: 5889

Re: Do you hate your vehicle infotainment system?

Well, I'm down to taking a hard look at the infotainment systems in several SUV brands that I've been shopping. So far, I'm pretty disappointed in what I'm seeing. Many are needlessly complicated, rely too much on touch screen operation for basic functions, have buggy voice command, etc. Frankly, s...
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Tue Jul 21, 2015 7:30 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Ford Explorer vs. Honda Pilot
Replies: 36
Views: 3624

Re: Ford Explorer vs. Honda Pilot

I've been checking out the 2016 Pilot. A major turnoff is that you can only get blind spot warning and cross traffic alert by buying the highest trim level, Elite, at about $47,000. This has more krap on it than a Christmas tree. This is a ripoff and a deal-breaker for me.
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Tue Jul 21, 2015 7:27 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Is now a decent time to buy gold? [Portfolio help]
Replies: 88
Views: 6794

Re: Is now a decent time to buy gold? [Portfolio help]

It may be time to buy some gold, judging from the always wrong headlines that are popping up. If there's anything you can count on it's that the talking heads are always one day late and a dollar short, and do nothing but tell you what has already happened and why they knew it would: More from Marke...
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Tue Jul 21, 2015 7:08 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Consumer Cellular now offers service on both AT&T and T-Mobile
Replies: 12
Views: 1699

Re: Consumer Cellular now offers service on both AT&T and T-Mobile

When we were driving to Sears according to the CC rep if it was T-Mobile it would be labeled as such somehow. The number on the SIM tells you the carrier. All AT&T SIMS start with "890141" just like all VISA cards start with a "4" and Mastercards with a "5". But ca...
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Mon Jul 20, 2015 7:01 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Is now a decent time to buy gold? [Portfolio help]
Replies: 88
Views: 6794

Re: Is now a decent time to buy gold? [Portfolio help]

If you were a trend-follower and used Mebane Faber's 10-month moving average, you would have been out of gold for the last 31 months and watching the gold fanboys twist in the wind. :twisted:
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Mon Jul 20, 2015 6:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do you hate your vehicle infotainment system?
Replies: 73
Views: 5889

Re: Do you hate your vehicle infotainment system?

I see that a lot of folks are less than thrilled with their systems. One problem in buying a new vehicle and foregoing the infotainment system is that the manufacturers are bundling the infotainment system with other stuff you might actually want. For example, the only way to get blind spot warning ...
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Mon Jul 20, 2015 9:00 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do you hate your vehicle infotainment system?
Replies: 73
Views: 5889

Do you hate your vehicle infotainment system?

Well, I'm down to taking a hard look at the infotainment systems in several SUV brands that I've been shopping. So far, I'm pretty disappointed in what I'm seeing. Many are needlessly complicated, rely too much on touch screen operation for basic functions, have buggy voice command, etc. Frankly, so...
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Sun Jul 19, 2015 9:15 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Is now a decent time to buy gold? [Portfolio help]
Replies: 88
Views: 6794

Re: Is now a decent time to buy gold? [Portfolio help]

I see no point in investing a tiny percentage of one's portfolio in one particular asset, such as gold. What will that accomplish? Unless you can rationalize at least 10%, what's the point? If you've got a few bucks lying around you want to play with, go to the casino. At least you'll be entertained...
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Sun Jul 19, 2015 8:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Consumer Cellular now offers service on both AT&T and T-Mobile
Replies: 12
Views: 1699

Re: Consumer Cellular now offers service on both AT&T and T-Mobile

Since you can buy a Consumer Cellular SIM at Sears or Target, I wonder how you can tell whether it is AT&T or T-Mobile. I would imagine most people would prefer getting the SIM at one of these stores rather than ordering one from CC and waiting to get it. At least that's what I did. They credit ...
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Sat Jul 18, 2015 11:21 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Is now a decent time to buy gold? [Portfolio help]
Replies: 88
Views: 6794

Re: Is now a decent time to buy gold? [Portfolio help]

I don't think gold's the greatest investment, but I do think people tend to apply a double standard when talking about gold or gold mining companies. Many things are traded based on belief or branding. A luxury bag that is produced in the same dingy factory as a $10 bag (the only exception being th...
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Sat Jul 18, 2015 8:26 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: iShares FactorSelect MSCI Intl Small-Cap (ISCF)
Replies: 8
Views: 751

Re: iShares FactorSelect MSCI Intl Small-Cap (ISCF)

One must consider that in the event of a serious stock market drawdown, you will have zero liquidity in ETFs such as this and be strapped in for the ride right to the bottom. Could be a thrilling experience...
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Sat Jul 18, 2015 8:18 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Is now a decent time to buy gold? [Portfolio help]
Replies: 88
Views: 6794

Re: Is now a decent time to buy gold?

There is so little interest in gold these days that you can't even get the people on the forum to argue about it. Ditto commodities. We are in the midst of the long walk through the wilderness that investors in such alternatives must be prepared to endure. Gold withered on the vine for 20 years afte...

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