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September 2009



Walmart Has Everything?

September 28, 2009 – Comments (3) | RELATED TICKERS: WMT

When I was a child the slogan "Sears Has Everything" was accurate, but I don't think that has been true for a very long time.  [more]



My First Special Dividend Payment Ever

September 28, 2009 – Comments (3) | RELATED TICKERS: TRA.DL

Terra Nitrogen announced that it will pay a special dividend of $7.50 a share. How exciting! I feel special :) Since I have 10 shares I assume that is a $75 unexpected gift to this shareholder not counting taxes. Will this affect my CAPS score?



How to Avoid Emotional Investing: Count Your Other Assets

September 25, 2009 – Comments (5)

Besides a stock portifolio, you might have land or other tangible objects of value (your Sedgeway, a sapphire pendant) not related to your performance in the market. But I'm not primarily thinking about tangible assets able to be bought and sold on Ebay. I'm thinking about categories of assets that we all possess but may take for granted.   [more]



Someone I appreciate, outoffocus

September 18, 2009 – Comments (4)

outoffocus, this is for you!

Thank you for doing your part to make the blogging experience a pleasant one. As a new investor, I particularly appreciate those with more experience who take the time to help a beginner. In this current economy, I value those who help me keep a sense of humor and proportion. Today I feature someone who deserves some screen time. Let's hear it for outoffocus!



Apple Picking at Skytop

September 14, 2009 – Comments (11)

I had thought of naming this "Economic Green Tree in NC," but I decided to take pity on my readers and in no way imply that this is investing advice :) This Saturday we had an absolutely wonderful time walking around an orchard picking apples: Macintosh, Jonathan, Jonagold and Golden Delicious to be exact. At the end of the orchard there is a bamboo forest with a walking trail and beyond that is an area with cute barnyard animals. One chicken sported something that looked like an afro. Neat! Then we lugged our apples back up the hill to purchase them and enjoy a treat of fresh pressed apple cider and old fashioned homemade donuts. I was thankful that this year was not a drought year. The apples were abundant and big. Also the orchard was well kept. We plan to come back in October to get some Granny Smiths, possibly a pumpkin or two, and some pictures of the trees changing colors. I find the cycle of the seasons very comforting, it reminds me that God keeps his promises about seedtime and harvest continuing on. If you need encouragement, find an orchard! Look at something really growing!  [more]



Remembering September 11

September 11, 2009 – Comments (0)

On that tragic day, it was a slower time at work in SC so I was browsing the news when I saw footage of the trade tower falling. I thought at first that someone had created a cruel internet hoax. When I checked multiple sources, I found out it was really happening. Later on a customer from Long Island called, she could see everything from her apartment. In the next couple days whenever customers called with zips either starting either 10,11 or 20 I knew they were probably directly affected in some way. My uncle works in DC so I remember having a sinking feeling myself although I knew he probably wasn't anywhere near the Pentagon. Many customers who called were very upset and terrified so I prayed with them. (Disclosure I work for a Christian book publisher so people assume rightly that we believe in God.)  [more]



Russia in Color before the Revolution (in honor of zloj)

September 10, 2009 – Comments (5)

I just had to share this link of color photographs taken before the fall of Russia in 1917. This is like time travel! Enjoy. (zloj this is for you :)



Blogging: The Perfect Venue for the Golden Rule

September 07, 2009 – Comments (3)

I really enjoy blogging on MF caps. After all, where else can you ask a perfect stranger for an opinion on Tesco's business model? Or share what holdings you have in your stock portifolio to get constructive criticism? Try doing that the next time you are waiting in line at the grocery store or airport. On second thought, don't :). We talk about money (I know less than I thought), politics (I enjoy you guys better than the official news services), and morality (some of us talk about right and wrong and God), and sometimes simpler things like what kind of vinegar to use in stir fry, where to go gem mining, etc.  [more]



Ticker Confusion: Help!

September 04, 2009 – Comments (3)

How do I remove a pitch from the wrong ticker? I was trying to rate Tesco (a big box grocery in the UK) but evidently I was promoting an energy company instead. Upon further searching TSCDY.PK seems to be the right ticker for the UK store, not TESO as I originally thought. I'm sure I'm not the only person who has "ticker identity syndrome." I know that I can end my pick in caps but is there any other way to fix a pitch? Currently TESO will be my fun mystery stock. Right now it is doing well:)  [more]



Bug Collecting in Full Force a Seasonal Observation

September 02, 2009 – Comments (1) | RELATED TICKERS: RHP , NOW.DL2

Now that children are back to school, some of the parents at my office are industriously looking for bugs. Those who don't have 7th graders ( the grade here where the bug collection is for) are still looking for those who do. I suspect this science project is in the nature of a review for parents and their friends as to what is a bug, and what is not a bug (hint spiders don't qualify, usually it must be insects only), and which bugs are most desirable. Don't let your child be humilated by having the fewest and least varieties of bugs. Show your children that you care by taking them to a bug rich abandoned field or enlist your co-workers/employees to help. Janitors are bug finding specialists. There is nothing like a successful, interesting project which involves everyone and raises morale:) Those who live up North have even less of a window for bug collecting. Don't delay!   [more]