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by CountryBoy
Sun Jan 20, 2008 5:05 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Sunday NY Times: Volker - Too many bubbles for too long
Replies: 10
Views: 2792

Valuethinker

My thanks to all for their feedback

Valuethinker, you remain as always ......Awesome. Thanks.

I just finished reading the most recent Krugman book, with which you will not agree, but which I think should be required reading for all Americans.

Thanks.

CB
by CountryBoy
Sun Jan 20, 2008 2:49 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Sunday NY Times: Volker - Too many bubbles for too long
Replies: 10
Views: 2792

Sunday NY Times: Volker - Too many bubbles for too long

In the Sunday NYT Magazine section there is an in depth article on Bernanke where the following quote is noted: Paul Volker: "Too many bubbles have been going on for too long. The Fed is not really in control of the situation." Could someone tell me: 1-What the many bubbles he is referring...
by CountryBoy
Fri Jan 18, 2008 11:34 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What Book Are YOU Currently Reading?
Replies: 566
Views: 238600

Update

I am finishing up War and Peace of Leo Tolstoy which is great. I am also finishing up The Conscience of a Liberal by Paul Krugman which is absolutely great for different reasons. It discusses politics, economics, and the shifts of history and the causes behind it all. It is one of those books that a...
by CountryBoy
Thu Jan 17, 2008 9:13 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Wm Bernstein and Recency for those over 85 yrs old
Replies: 10
Views: 2766

Yes

Yes, Studs Terkel does add an additional dimension to topics. My father-in-law was in the labor camps in Germany during WW II. In reflecting back he sees the current political drift in American politics as very "dictatorial" and expresses real shock that it has happened. No he is not sayin...
by CountryBoy
Wed Jan 16, 2008 9:46 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Wm Bernstein and Recency for those over 85 yrs old
Replies: 10
Views: 2766

Wm Bernstein and Recency for those over 85 yrs old

I have read a lot of Wm Bernstein and recency and how current events shape our perception. I love reading history and Oral History in particular. Are there any people out there 85 yrs of age or older who could tell me how they view these times in the context of the Depression and WW II? It would see...
by CountryBoy
Wed Jan 16, 2008 9:30 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Financial Times: US may have lost financial lead to Europe..
Replies: 13
Views: 2637

Well

Valuethinker: "Rumours of my death have been much exaggerated... Mark Twain. " Since you know I respect your judgement I will take the quote as flippant, which is fine. I also am not sure that "lost financial lead to Europe" can be equated with death. Valuethinker "I think t...
by CountryBoy
Wed Jan 16, 2008 11:57 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Financial Times: US may have lost financial lead to Europe..
Replies: 13
Views: 2637

Financial Times: US may have lost financial lead to Europe..

In the FT today a lead article says "US may have lost financial lead to Europe." It can be found at: http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/3d6314ca-c38e-11dc-b083-0000779fd2ac.html Yesterday the FT carried an article that showed the US growth rate clearly behind that of Europe, Asia, etc. My question ...
by CountryBoy
Tue Jan 01, 2008 10:25 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: To ETF or Not to ETF
Replies: 92
Views: 51882

Rick

Rick, thanks for starting this thread. In it you list such costs as: 1. Expense ratio: 2. Commissions: 3. Trading Spreads: However I don't believe you raise the issue of Lower Taxes on ETFs that you address on page 64 of your book. Question#1: Did you do that on purpose? A comment above has "cb...
by CountryBoy
Tue Jan 01, 2008 10:06 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: The Core Four
Replies: 320
Views: 233364

Rick

Rick thank you for your answer and starting a new thread on the topic.

CountryBoy
by CountryBoy
Tue Jan 01, 2008 9:24 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Larry Swedroe re P. Bernstein and Collapse of the Dollar?
Replies: 7
Views: 2743

Larry

Thank you Larry, I appreciate your clarifications.

Barlow
by CountryBoy
Tue Jan 01, 2008 11:57 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Larry Swedroe re P. Bernstein and Collapse of the Dollar?
Replies: 7
Views: 2743

Larry

Larry, thank you for your answers. I do appreciate it. Just one more followup question to that and then I promise to keep quiet. You say My high fixed income allocation is due to very low need to take risk--and if you have already won the game, why keep playing? In other words the marginal utility o...
by CountryBoy
Tue Jan 01, 2008 11:36 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: The Core Four
Replies: 320
Views: 233364

Rick

Rick, with so many of us raising so many questions, it is easy to have some questions be ignored or forgotten about. Specifically, toward the beginning of this thread I asked but never heard back re: Rick, I bought your ETF Book and am continuing to study it. I am wondering if it could be more effic...
by CountryBoy
Sun Dec 30, 2007 11:26 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Larry Swedroe re P. Bernstein and Collapse of the Dollar?
Replies: 7
Views: 2743

Larry

Thank you Larry for the answer. Just to correct myself here, Peter Bernstein did not forecast the collapse of the dollar. Rather he was asked if there were a risk out there that concerned him then which of them would he care to comment on, and so he mentioned the reasons behind the collapse of the d...
by CountryBoy
Sun Dec 30, 2007 11:16 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: The Core Four
Replies: 320
Views: 233364

Rick, a question

Rick, I bought your ETF Book and am continuing to study it. I am wondering if it could be more efficient for some people to buy some of the Core funds in ETFs. For example if one knows that they are a DH and are going to put money in 'for the long haul' and not trade ETTs then couldn't it be more ef...
by CountryBoy
Fri Dec 28, 2007 10:25 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Larry Swedroe re P. Bernstein and Collapse of the Dollar?
Replies: 7
Views: 2743

Business Week

Business Week on the topic: For Warren Buffett, timing is everything. And with credit markets tightening, prices likely to rise, and longstanding competitors on the ropes, it may be the perfect time for the überinvestor to move into the business of offering bond insurance for cities, states, and gov...
by CountryBoy
Fri Dec 28, 2007 9:53 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Larry Swedroe re P. Bernstein and Collapse of the Dollar?
Replies: 7
Views: 2743

Larry Swedroe re P. Bernstein and Collapse of the Dollar?

On WealthTrack tonight Peter Bernstein was asked by Consuelo Mack re what risks he saw as possible in the future and he mentioned being worried by the dollar crisis and that if the collapse did come "the consequences are huge." To address this risk he suggested that short-term Treasuries a...
by CountryBoy
Thu Dec 27, 2007 10:42 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: WealthTrack-Dec. 28, 2007
Replies: 0
Views: 738

WealthTrack-Dec. 28, 2007

This Friday on WealthTrack; check local listings. Jean-Marie Eveillard Lead Portfolio Manager First Eagle Funds Peter Bernstein Economic Consultant Peter L. Bernstein, Inc. Question: I am a Diehard who does not subscribe to newsletters, but I am curious if anyone is familiar with Bernstein's newslet...
by CountryBoy
Mon Dec 24, 2007 10:40 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Best Virus Protection Software
Replies: 46
Views: 13313

Ken Schwartz

Ken Schwartz

Many thanks for the info.

CountryBoy
by CountryBoy
Sun Dec 23, 2007 7:22 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Best Virus Protection Software
Replies: 46
Views: 13313

AVG

Ok, so it looks as if AVG is the most popularly downloaded anti virus pgm on c/net, and it is free.

But could someone please explain why when you go to the www.grisoft.com, who produce it, that it lists $52.00 for a one year subscription.

Is the $52 for a fancy GUI?

Thanks..
by CountryBoy
Sun Dec 23, 2007 5:40 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Ben Stein: Sunday NYT, Part II
Replies: 10
Views: 2531

SPAWNTILYOUDIE

SPAWNTILYOUDIE Thank you for your very specific and fact based correction to my country of origin comment. Could you tell me: 1-What % of the COOL labels in fishing are currently accurate? I do not mean that question rudely, but rather since you are in the industry do you sense that it is adheared t...
by CountryBoy
Sun Dec 23, 2007 1:44 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Ben Stein: Sunday NYT, Part II
Replies: 10
Views: 2531

Ben Stein: Sunday NYT, Part II

Ok, so here is the hyperlink for Ben Stein's article in the NYT today: http://www.nytimes.com/2007/12/23/business/23every.html?_r=1&ref=business&oref=slogin The lead sentence is as follows: WITHOUT trust, there can be no free-market capitalism. There is plenty there for people to comment on ...
by CountryBoy
Thu Dec 20, 2007 9:52 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Of Municple Bonds and Short Term Durations...Larry??
Replies: 6
Views: 1606

Well

Are you refering to: PIMCO CommodityRealReturn Strategy Fund A (PCRAX) with 1.24% ER? The literature on it says: Rather than invest directly in physical commodities, the Fund employs an "enhanced-index" strategy. Specifically, the Fund gains exposure to the commodity markets through invest...
by CountryBoy
Wed Dec 19, 2007 5:05 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Of Municple Bonds and Short Term Durations...Larry??
Replies: 6
Views: 1606

Hi

My thanks to mas, DDB, and Larry. All suggestions gratefully received. Larry, could you please clarify specifically what is meant by a bit of CCF exposure to hedge that maturity (price) risk Since I am a DH and hold just Vanguard funds I am not sure how to follow through on that option. Thanks. Coun...
by CountryBoy
Wed Dec 19, 2007 12:11 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Of Municple Bonds and Short Term Durations...Larry??
Replies: 6
Views: 1606

Of Municple Bonds and Short Term Durations...Larry??

I have read Larry Swedroe's book and know that I must needs keep my bond duration short, like 2-3 years. However I believe that Larry has a large chunk of his AA in municiples. Could someone explain how to keep $ in municiples but with short duration for the average Diehard investor? I guess with a ...
by CountryBoy
Sun Dec 16, 2007 5:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Windows vs. Linux: Questions from a Beginner
Replies: 66
Views: 16072

.....

You guys are all Great and I really am grateful to you for your insights. I saw on the front page of the Business Section in the Sunday NYT today this: "For most people computers are complex and unreliable, given the crashing and afflicted with viruses..." This sentiment was expressed by M...
by CountryBoy
Sun Dec 16, 2007 12:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Windows vs. Linux: Questions from a Beginner
Replies: 66
Views: 16072

ok

Bob thank you for your patient walk through explanation. Most appreciated. And yes I have been reading re Ubuntu 7.0 in a thread very similar to this one. Anyone who is interested in learning more at this beginner's level re Linux may wish to check out: http://www.ozoneasylum.com/29369 for additiona...
by CountryBoy
Sun Dec 16, 2007 11:44 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What Book Are YOU Currently Reading?
Replies: 566
Views: 238600

well

War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy.

I read it once in college; once in my twenties, and now again at 66 yrs. old.

It refuses to be rushed but it does reward those who are patient.

(and yest I read my daily FT and weekly Economist also....)
by CountryBoy
Sun Dec 16, 2007 11:34 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Windows vs. Linux: Questions from a Beginner
Replies: 66
Views: 16072

Ok

This thread is definitely taking an interesting turn.......... People are talking about how wonderful Linux is but: 1-The implicit skill level to run it does not sound welcoming to the beginner who wants to just get on with doing other stuff and not spend so much time with the how of Linux... 2-Comp...
by CountryBoy
Sat Dec 15, 2007 6:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Windows vs. Linux: Questions from a Beginner
Replies: 66
Views: 16072

ok

BrandonSi, you sound so professional and practical.

Thanks so much for your well grounded guidance.

CountryBoy
by CountryBoy
Sat Dec 15, 2007 6:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Windows vs. Linux: Questions from a Beginner
Replies: 66
Views: 16072

Windows vs. Linux: Questions from a Beginner

Ok, I have been in computers about 25 years but not at the bits and bytes level. A year ago I bought a Dell desktop and had a very long difficult experience with the machine they sent and the customer service they provided. The NYS AG is suing Dell in a class action suit for many of the problems I e...
by CountryBoy
Fri Dec 14, 2007 10:32 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Rick Ferri's ETF Book Is Shipping
Replies: 36
Views: 8813

Well,

Rick, is this good news or bad news?...

I got my wife, the local librarian, to buy the book through our local library.

Country Boy
by CountryBoy
Thu Dec 06, 2007 2:14 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Laissez-faire and the sub-prime
Replies: 27
Views: 4988

well

Thanks Oppoent Process for I'm not sure if it's a left/right issue so much as it's a capitalist/marxist debate Now that definitely shines some light on the discourse from a different perspective. And the comment I feel that both left/right in this country are patriotic and, in the end, proponents of...
by CountryBoy
Thu Dec 06, 2007 1:52 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: New books on the horizon
Replies: 17
Views: 4119

well

Does this one by Jim Rogers count?
A Bull in China: Investing Profitably in the World's Greatest Market (Hardcover)
by CountryBoy
Thu Dec 06, 2007 1:27 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Laissez-faire and the sub-prime
Replies: 27
Views: 4988

well

Joe, In defense of the intellectual resources which I am dealing with here I should share the fact that I have about 25 yrs. experience in IT (information technology.) It is really a matter of vernacular in which people write. IT manuals I can read but I really do glaze over on the material you sugg...
by CountryBoy
Thu Dec 06, 2007 9:09 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Laissez-faire and the sub-prime
Replies: 27
Views: 4988

ok

Later.....Ok I went to that website and on the designated page read: Whatever the ultimate effects of an inflationary or deflationary movement upon the height of the rate of originary interest may be, there is no correspondence between them and the temporary alterations which a cash-induced change i...
by CountryBoy
Thu Dec 06, 2007 8:26 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Laissez-faire and the sub-prime
Replies: 27
Views: 4988

well,

As this topic progresses, I find I am not only thankful for people not getting caught up in the political rants of right or left but very grateful for people keeping the discussion on the level of a layman. I am just an ordinary guy who subscribes to FT and the Economist and is trying to understand ...
by CountryBoy
Wed Dec 05, 2007 10:23 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Sunday N.Y.T., Ben Stein, and Goldman Sachs
Replies: 26
Views: 5646

Well

VenData mentioned The Nation magazine that some people may not be familiar with. You can find a lot on wikipedia on it but briefly... The Nation is a weekly U.S. periodical devoted to politics and culture, self-described as "the flagship of the left.". Founded on July 6, 1865 as an Aboliti...
by CountryBoy
Wed Dec 05, 2007 2:17 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Laissez-faire and the sub-prime
Replies: 27
Views: 4988

Jack

It sounds from what you are saying re capitalism is similar to what Churchill said re democracy-something like...democracy is the slowest and one of the most cumbersome forms of govt but it is the best we have come up with so far. (My apologies to those people who know the actual quote......)Feel fr...
by CountryBoy
Wed Dec 05, 2007 11:47 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Laissez-faire and the sub-prime
Replies: 27
Views: 4988

Yes

You are right; you can't keep politics out of it. However I should have said partisan politics, rants, etc. To answer the question it is necessary to address the theory and practice of laissez-faire economics (and politics) as reflected by the subprime situation. I don't have a hidden agenda or for ...
by CountryBoy
Wed Dec 05, 2007 11:25 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Sunday N.Y.T., Ben Stein, and Goldman Sachs
Replies: 26
Views: 5646

well

I am not a lawyer; maybe others who read this thread are. However, if I were a state AG and wanted to build my case, I would build it incrementally the way it was done with Patrick Fitzgerald with Scooter Libby; going piece by piece and not going directly for the big fish. I personally loved the sty...
by CountryBoy
Wed Dec 05, 2007 11:04 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Laissez-faire and the sub-prime
Replies: 27
Views: 4988

well

Lasttoknow, thanks so much for addressing the issue. May I pursue it a few steps further? You say The US is not a free market economy This raises a few issues: 1-Is there a free market economy anywhere? 2-Is is realistic to expect a purely laissez-faire economy in the future? My answer to both is .....
by CountryBoy
Wed Dec 05, 2007 10:46 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Sunday N.Y.T., Ben Stein, and Goldman Sachs
Replies: 26
Views: 5646

well

I wonder if there is a connection between the Ben Stein article and the NYTimes of today Attorney General Andrew Cuomo of New York has subpoenaed major Wall Street firms including Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley and Deutsche Bank, seeking information about the business of packaging and selling subprim...
by CountryBoy
Wed Dec 05, 2007 10:34 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Laissez-faire and the sub-prime
Replies: 27
Views: 4988

Ok

As I said This is going to be a very difficult thread for people, but I think you can handle it. So far the responses concern who should be blamed and what are the cures for the subprime situation. However, this is not what the thread asks about. Rather I want to learn about the theory and practice ...
by CountryBoy
Wed Dec 05, 2007 8:50 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Laissez-faire and the sub-prime
Replies: 27
Views: 4988

Laissez-faire and the sub-prime

["Discussions should be conducted without fondness for dispute or desire for victory." - Ben Franklin] This is going to be a very difficult thread for people, but I think you can handle it. I am interested in economic theory and practice but don't want people to get caught up in the politi...
by CountryBoy
Tue Dec 04, 2007 8:33 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Sunday N.Y.T., Ben Stein, and Goldman Sachs
Replies: 26
Views: 5646

well

The folks on CNBC this evening were laying odds that Dodd would be leading an investigation of the situation.
by CountryBoy
Tue Dec 04, 2007 12:22 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Sunday N.Y.T., Ben Stein, and Goldman Sachs
Replies: 26
Views: 5646

well

Valuethinker, thank you as always for your corrections and perspicacity.

I am most grateful.


mumbling to myself......i still think he should write a book. ...he has depth, breadth, and even handedness....and he communicates simply and clearly...i still say he should write a book... :happy
by CountryBoy
Tue Dec 04, 2007 10:26 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Sunday N.Y.T., Ben Stein, and Goldman Sachs
Replies: 26
Views: 5646

well

Thank you Valuethinker; I had not thought of it in that perspective. I always learn from you. However, having said that is it not possible to say that Goldman Sachs is "gaming the system" via its men in high places and that the free market system is possibly not quite so free as some of us...
by CountryBoy
Mon Dec 03, 2007 9:17 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Sunday N.Y.T., Ben Stein, and Goldman Sachs
Replies: 26
Views: 5646

Yea

..Yea...the fact that we are providing the soldiers for one side and the money for both sides has always struck me as probably unique in all history......
by CountryBoy
Mon Dec 03, 2007 5:31 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Sunday N.Y.T., Ben Stein, and Goldman Sachs
Replies: 26
Views: 5646

well

I am very interested why more people did not respond here to the article. 1-Did everyone know this situation, or something like it, existed and so it is not news? 2-Or does everyone believe it is no big deal and people should let the matter drop and allow the market to function and be what it is and...
by CountryBoy
Sun Dec 02, 2007 2:51 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Sunday N.Y.T., Ben Stein, and Goldman Sachs
Replies: 26
Views: 5646

Sunday N.Y.T., Ben Stein, and Goldman Sachs

It's a long article folks but well worth the read. Among the points made is HERE is a query, as we used to say in law school: Should Henry M. Paulson Jr., who formerly ran a firm that engaged in this kind of conduct, be serving as Treasury secretary? Should there not be some inquiry into what the in...