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by CountryBoy
Fri Nov 02, 2007 9:16 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Financial Times: Nov. 2, 2007; The U.S. Economy
Replies: 9
Views: 2775

The Trade Gap.......

You say.. The trade gap measures tourist travel, culture preference, and other things not relevant to competitiveness. I thought it measured a whole lot of other things like: Our buying of oil Our buying of foreign made products And a whole lot more I did not realize it was just a culture preference...
by CountryBoy
Fri Nov 02, 2007 7:19 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Financial Times: Nov. 2, 2007; The U.S. Economy
Replies: 9
Views: 2775

Ok, fine

So what is your evaluation of this..... Sir, Chris Giles (“Economists’ rule change puts US on top of world”, November 1) tries hard to make some sense of this sorry tale. How can a country with a trade gap of $750bn or 7 per cent of gross domestic product be on top of any competitiveness league? fro...
by CountryBoy
Fri Nov 02, 2007 3:46 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Financial Times: Nov. 2, 2007; The U.S. Economy
Replies: 9
Views: 2775

Financial Times: Nov. 2, 2007; The U.S. Economy

Some of us subscribe to the FT and in today's paper there is a Letter to the Editor that I find of special interest. Since I am a Diehard with the apppropirate AA in VTSMX, I am interested in how other Diehards view this article from a long term perspective. The article is as follows: How can the US...
by CountryBoy
Mon Oct 29, 2007 7:49 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Low cost commodity index or ETF?
Replies: 26
Views: 6499

For the record......

I do not in any way suggest this question I raise is hot stuff, or a silver chalice, or any big deal, but when the Financial Times writes a full page article with graphs I do have a tendency to read it and think and want to explore more.......
by CountryBoy
Sun Oct 28, 2007 3:19 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Low cost commodity index or ETF?
Replies: 26
Views: 6499

I certainly respect those

I certainly respect those points.... And have you checked the price levels since 2005 of MOO that has already been cited? I do not in any way suggest this is hot stuff, or a silver chalice, or anything big deal, but when the Financial Times writes a full page article with graphs I do have a tendency...
by CountryBoy
Sun Oct 28, 2007 11:57 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Low cost commodity index or ETF?
Replies: 26
Views: 6499

docneil88

docneil88 thanks so much for the MOO referral. Most appreciated.

Now I just have a lot of research to do re the difference between DBC
and MOO and what it is that best fits my needs.

Thanks doc.
by CountryBoy
Sun Oct 28, 2007 11:14 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Low cost commodity index or ETF?
Replies: 26
Views: 6499

Supporting info......

I always like to hear what people's references or citations are when they discuss a topic. In this case my authority or citation is page 7 of the Financil Times of October 24,2007. It is a full page article with a graph that shows food prices starting in 2005. If anyone still has that article they c...
by CountryBoy
Sat Oct 27, 2007 2:52 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Low cost commodity index or ETF?
Replies: 26
Views: 6499

Interesting....

I believe the point I am try to make re your comment
why would the technological advances we achieved 200 years ago to avert the crisis when Malthus first wrote on the subject not be duplicated today?
is best answered by the current oil crisis that goes on and on...
by CountryBoy
Sat Oct 27, 2007 12:45 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Commodities differ from Commodity Funds
Replies: 120
Views: 28978

Rick Ferri and Larry Swedroe

Rick and Larry, I am most grateful to you both for conducting this discussion. As I have said a few months before here it is so great for the rest of us to be able to read your exchanges. I do not want to in any way interrupt the flow of the discussion but when you have a moment could you both pleas...
by CountryBoy
Fri Oct 26, 2007 10:54 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Low cost commodity index or ETF?
Replies: 26
Views: 6499

Food

My guess is that the production of food will over the decades become out paced the population growth. That Malthus is right and that while it won't become like oil, there will be a increased real scarcity as the FT article said. I am obviously thinking long term..... Funny that no one else projects ...
by CountryBoy
Fri Oct 26, 2007 6:25 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Low cost commodity index or ETF?
Replies: 26
Views: 6499

PCRIX.....Are you sure it is commodities?

PCRIX.....Are you sure it is commodities? PIMCO CommodityRealRet Strat Instl (PCRIX Its holdings show: TOP 10 HOLDINGS ( 81.25% OF TOTAL ASSETS) Company Symbol % Assets YTD Return % US Treasury Note 0.875% N/A 17.73 N/A US Treasury Bond 2.375% N/A 11.27 N/A US Treasury Bond 3.625% N/A 9.09 N/A US TR...
by CountryBoy
Fri Oct 26, 2007 6:05 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Low cost commodity index or ETF?
Replies: 26
Views: 6499

For the record

I just want to thank you for the fact that of sharing the information with me and not at the same time hurling epithets. I was expecting a blowback from the question. With that said, please allow me one question as part of that. The FT article talked about: 1-the growing longer term food shortage 2-...
by CountryBoy
Fri Oct 26, 2007 1:50 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Low cost commodity index or ETF?
Replies: 26
Views: 6499

Thanks

Many thanks fsfty.
by CountryBoy
Fri Oct 26, 2007 9:39 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Low cost commodity index or ETF?
Replies: 26
Views: 6499

Low cost commodity index or ETF?

A few days ago the Financial Times discussed rising food costs.... Vanguard has a Materials ETF called VAW and a consumer staples ETF called VDC, however neither one really covers food stuffs like the production of wheat, soy, corn, etc. I don't believe there is a regular Index fund by Vanguard that...
by CountryBoy
Thu Oct 25, 2007 9:44 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: The Economist and the Financial Times
Replies: 43
Views: 11273

Conclusions

Since financial media change editors and policies constantly and Since those of us on this forum prefer to be fact based vs. financial porno and Since as Valuethinker has said: .............You have to read it a bit like Pravda. as one does any financial resource...... Maybe it would be possible to ...
by CountryBoy
Mon Oct 22, 2007 5:28 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: The Economist and the Financial Times
Replies: 43
Views: 11273

Yes Dan

I agree. So very much time is spent dissecting and searching for the real news in an article. There is always so much noise and so little signal; the ratio is frustrating. In the NYT, the really interesting stuff is literally buried in little columns in the first section. Since I am 66 I have seen a...
by CountryBoy
Mon Oct 22, 2007 4:16 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: The Economist and the Financial Times
Replies: 43
Views: 11273

You want it?

You got it; it is right here.......

https://www.ftnewspaper.com/cgi-bin/ftu ... eeksRF99CC

Awesome opportunity; I am loving it.

Of course the WSJ and FT came out with comparable come ons with in two weeks of each other........coincidence?.. i think not....

enjoy

countryboy
by CountryBoy
Sun Oct 21, 2007 9:18 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: I Bonds and the NEW Treasury Direct Sign In
Replies: 7
Views: 2047

FYI

For those who wish to call at their own expense re use of the Access card you may do so at (304) 480-7711.
by CountryBoy
Sun Oct 21, 2007 4:24 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: The Economist and the Financial Times
Replies: 43
Views: 11273

Funny about that....

Up until today, I thought we were the only ones.....

:lol:
by CountryBoy
Sun Oct 21, 2007 4:01 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: I Bonds and the NEW Treasury Direct Sign In
Replies: 7
Views: 2047

Linenfort

Two things about Treasury Direct 1-Sometimes their database lets me in and sometimes it does not. Seriously, computers are not perfect and often I find their psw database does not work. 2-With the New Access Card they have sent it is an additional level of problems esp. given that their tutorial is ...
by CountryBoy
Sun Oct 21, 2007 3:57 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: The Economist and the Financial Times
Replies: 43
Views: 11273

Are you serious?

We have visits from Jehovah Witnesses on Sundays. Do they knock on your door too?
by CountryBoy
Sun Oct 21, 2007 3:30 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: I Bonds and the NEW Treasury Direct Sign In
Replies: 7
Views: 2047

Just for the record......

This is a bump.......

Does everyone else understand the new Treasury Direct Access card system?
by CountryBoy
Sun Oct 21, 2007 3:12 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: The Economist and the Financial Times
Replies: 43
Views: 11273

Well done guys......

My thanks once again to Valuethinker et al for the in depth, down to earth, topic specific insights. You are awesome in your ability to bring it all together and shed insight that is not available anywhere else. No where else on the internet or in print media is it possible to have gotten such artic...
by CountryBoy
Sun Oct 21, 2007 10:07 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: The Economist and the Financial Times
Replies: 43
Views: 11273

Ok guys

I come to Diehards/Bogleheads people because they are fact based, analytical, and drill down to the nitty gritty. I also come to them because they seem for the most part to be far more intelligent than I am and able to explore topics in greater depth than myself. I too need to drill down and that is...
by CountryBoy
Sat Oct 20, 2007 7:14 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: The Economist and the Financial Times
Replies: 43
Views: 11273

Gentlemen, please

I am glad we agree but why are things the way they are?

I come to you because you are smart and well read; you have to have an answer.......
by CountryBoy
Sat Oct 20, 2007 5:48 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: The Economist and the Financial Times
Replies: 43
Views: 11273

The Economist and the Financial Times

As many here probably already know the FT is making it possible to receive on your doorstep their newspaper free of charge for four weeks. I took them up on it and will probably pay the $99 for a whole year. I am also subscribed to The Economist which I think is quite good. My question is this: When...
by CountryBoy
Fri Oct 19, 2007 4:32 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: I Bonds and the NEW Treasury Direct Sign In
Replies: 7
Views: 2047

Many thanks for the pointer

I will be interested when others get their Access Card and tell me what they think.

I have never been exposed to anything like this card and how to use it before..............why am I always the last one to hear, know,.... :oops:
by CountryBoy
Fri Oct 19, 2007 3:29 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: I Bonds and the NEW Treasury Direct Sign In
Replies: 7
Views: 2047

I Bonds and the NEW Treasury Direct Sign In

Way back in the dark recesses of history some of us bought I Bonds via Treasury Direct. Today I just received my new ACCESS Card for sign on to my account. Attached to it is a letter that points to a tutorial for how to sign on to my account using this Additional level of security. I went through th...
by CountryBoy
Thu Oct 18, 2007 3:30 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Do Diehards prefer PC or Mac laptops?
Replies: 109
Views: 27310

Dell PCs

I am 25 yrs. in the computer industry and it is my opinion that there is no safe harbor when it comes to buying a computer. Rather it is luck if it works. I have been to all the boards and they all agree that you are taking potluck chance whether with Mac or PC or dell or hp etc. My experience with ...
by CountryBoy
Thu Oct 11, 2007 10:38 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Wealth Track This Friday: Ck Lcl Tv Listings
Replies: 5
Views: 1521

Matt

You are magnificent....and Fast on the response.

Most grateful for your guidance.

Country Boy
by CountryBoy
Thu Oct 11, 2007 10:15 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Wealth Track This Friday: Ck Lcl Tv Listings
Replies: 5
Views: 1521

Jean-Marie Eveillard

Could someone please tell me about Jean-Marie Eveillard? I don't know who he is other than that I believe I saw him interviewed once a long time ago on Wall St. Wk or some place like that. He seemed as if he did not get sucked into a lot of the spin and porno that you usually hear from brokers on Wa...
by CountryBoy
Wed Oct 10, 2007 4:42 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Wealth Track This Friday: Ck Lcl Tv Listings
Replies: 5
Views: 1521

Wealth Track This Friday: Ck Lcl Tv Listings

Bill Gross
Founder, Chief Investment Officer
PIMCO

Jean-Marie Eveillard
Lead Portfolio Manager
First Eagle Funds

Robert Shearer
Portfolio Manager
BlackRock Equity Dividend Fund
by CountryBoy
Mon Oct 01, 2007 9:41 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: A quote from history.......
Replies: 1
Views: 683

A quote from history.......

Many people here love history but are maybe not aware of the following quote: Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the c...
by CountryBoy
Fri Sep 21, 2007 8:55 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Expanding Your Google Skills
Replies: 2
Views: 1262

Expanding Your Google Skills

A large number of people on the Forum are heavy duty computer consultants and so probably already know this but some of the other members may wish to go to and bookmark

http://www.soople.com/soople_intcalchome.php

to find their percentages, etc.
by CountryBoy
Wed Sep 19, 2007 10:54 am
Forum: US Chapters
Topic: NY/NJ/CT Metro Diehards: Meeting Postscript
Replies: 7
Views: 3093

Many thanks

Appreciate the summary.

Sounds like another great gathering.

Country Boy
(barlow)
by CountryBoy
Thu Sep 13, 2007 8:12 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: M* to Launch Upgraded Message Boards
Replies: 71
Views: 29229

It is embarassing.....

The orange, lavender, and red says it all; unbelieveable. I designed websites for ibm, etc. for years but one does not need experience to see that the site is amateur, unprofessional, and truly quantifiably sloppy. Truly embarassing to the people who did it and those of us who might wish to use it. ...
by CountryBoy
Wed Aug 22, 2007 2:04 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: 3,000 Members Strong and Climbing!
Replies: 11
Views: 3488

Giving Credit

Let's remember the people who spend so very much time and energy maintaining this website. Afterall, it was the failure to "maintain" and the 'limited software' that also brought us all over here in the first place. So thanks to the Excellent Geeks behind the scenes that make this all poss...
by CountryBoy
Sun Aug 19, 2007 12:09 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Help me buy a bare bones laptop
Replies: 31
Views: 9616

Add to the list

of unreliable computer companies Dell. It is currently being investigated for having cooked its books for the last 5 years and Micheal Dell has just fired some of his accounting people. Plus in New York State they are prosecuting the company for fraud re: its customer service, lending, and hardware....
by CountryBoy
Mon Aug 13, 2007 8:26 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: On emigrating to Canada...
Replies: 16
Views: 4865

Am most grateful

Am most grateful for everyone's responses and am reading them carefully.
by CountryBoy
Sun Aug 12, 2007 5:58 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: On emigrating to Canada...
Replies: 16
Views: 4865

Thank you

That is an excellent suggestion and most appreciated.
by CountryBoy
Sun Aug 12, 2007 3:33 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: On emigrating to Canada...
Replies: 16
Views: 4865

On emigrating to Canada...

Everyone has their own political views and this is not a political question or thread. Rather I am looking for people who have emigrated to Canada or know of people who have. I am interested in 1-how it has worked out 2-whether or not they would recommend it. 3-what sources such as books or websites...
by CountryBoy
Wed Aug 08, 2007 5:21 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Why I need the Diehard and Boglehead forums
Replies: 2
Views: 1411

Why I need the Diehard and Boglehead forums

I have been a Diehard for about 5 years and have begun to realize that I check in with the two fora because they are a special community. Not just any community but one which values the values of learning, growing, helping, laughing, and sharing. In the contemporary world where politics shows us one...
by CountryBoy
Tue Jul 31, 2007 8:17 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: do people think you're nuts for living modestly?
Replies: 152
Views: 64931

It is so great

It is so great to read this thread and find like minded souls out there. Three thoughts if I may: 1-Jean Genet once wrote that in sex anticipation is everything. I sense with those people who have totally bought into the buy-buy-buy pathology that they anticipate that with the next purchase they wil...
by CountryBoy
Fri Jul 27, 2007 7:50 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Harry Potter effect on number of posts?
Replies: 20
Views: 6258

On NBC this Sunday

On NBC this Sunday there will be an in depth interview with the author as to her thoughts in retrospect and plans moving forward.
by CountryBoy
Fri Jul 27, 2007 7:34 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Nassim-Black Swan-Taleb Advises Index Funds no longer work
Replies: 46
Views: 19286

Nassim-Black Swan-Taleb Advises Index Funds no longer work

As I understand it on Wealth Track tonight, he said: 1-Since so many people do indexing and there is so much correlation between asset classes that indexing does not really work. 2-To keep 90% of one's assets in domestic/foreign treasury paper. Then invest the 10% in the high risk areas if need be. ...
by CountryBoy
Fri Jul 27, 2007 9:13 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Harry Potter effect on number of posts?
Replies: 20
Views: 6258

Well said Jazztonight

That said, I don't think less of anyone if they don't read or like the Harry Potter saga. But if you do, I think more of you! I finished it a couple of days ago and thought she did fine. Having read just about all the books on the required reading list for Diehards and being one myself, I think it ...
by CountryBoy
Thu Jul 26, 2007 10:02 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Wealth Track For July 27th
Replies: 1
Views: 1010

Wealth Track For July 27th

Bob Doll
Vice Chairman, Chief Investment Officer of Global Equities
BlackRock, Inc.

Jonathan Clements
Columnist
The Wall Street Journal

Nassim Taleb
Author
The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable
by CountryBoy
Sat Jul 21, 2007 3:57 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Harry Potter effect on number of posts?
Replies: 20
Views: 6258

Am glad to see people here value Harry Potter...

I am listening to the third disc of the audio cd with Jim Dale of the seventh and last Harry Potter book; having already read the previous six books. Am truly impressed that any folks here would even begin to know about Harry Potter. I was in line today to pick up my audio book at Borders book store...
by CountryBoy
Wed Jul 04, 2007 7:13 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Larry and Rick: An Appreciation
Replies: 21
Views: 5782

What a wonder full world it would be.......

Just think, if instead of keeping Jack Bogle, Taylor, Larry, etc. to ourselves we sent them to Washington....... Jack Bogle - as head of the SEC Taylor - as President. I understand at the last Diehard meeting that when asked to speak he got up; went through much preparation, and then broke up the au...
by CountryBoy
Mon Jul 02, 2007 7:32 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Larry and Rick: An Appreciation
Replies: 21
Views: 5782

Springman, I respectfully disagree

Those are truly wonderful people; I owe each of them very much. However, they do not engage in heated, heartfelt debates on an ongoing basis the way these two gentlemen do. I lived in England for 5 years and saw how a country had schooled its people in debating issues in every day life. Anyone can f...