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August 2009

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How Ikea Manages to Pay Almost Zero Taxes On its Profits

August 30, 2009 – Comments (5)

Would it shock you to learn that aside from producing ergonomic furniture and .99 spritzlhoven pans (okay, I made that up), Ikea is actually the world's largest charity?   [more]

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A Great Starbucks Customer Service Story

August 28, 2009 – Comments (3) | RELATED TICKERS: SBUX

We've written before about bad customer services...specifically what happened when United Airlines(allegedly) broke a guitar.  [more]

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Loads of Tech News: Dell and Intel on the Rebound, and Apple Strikes a Deal

August 28, 2009 – Comments (3) | RELATED TICKERS: DELL , INTC , AAPL

Looking at the headlines, you might have noticed it's a day of full of rainbows and puppies frolicking in glorious meadows today in technology. Let’s get happy people, the tech rebound is in full swing! Or so you’d be led to believe by the headlines… But we’re really looking at some news that’s only positive because of reduced expectations. To be fair, the sector’s been down for a while so any incremental improvement should be welcomed, but the numbers are a reminder of the deep hole many of the cyclical technology firms are digging out of.  [more]

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Economy Gets a D...Beats Parents' Low Expectations

August 27, 2009 – Comments (7)

The latest Q2 GDP forecast stayed the same as the last forecast -- a drop of 1%.  However, this is portrayed as quasi-good news b/c economists expected a 1.5% drop.  [more]

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Exotic notes from the latest Fool HQ speaker

August 26, 2009 – Comments (1) | RELATED TICKERS: WFM , CTRP , BIDU

Extending our string of great guest speakers at Fool HQ (including Whole Foods head honcho, John Mackey, ex-Pixar University dean Randy Nelson, and Moneyball/Liar's Poker author Michael Lewis), James Fallows, National Correspondent for The Atlantic, visited us yesterday.   [more]

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Obama, Belgium, and Beer

August 25, 2009 – Comments (10) | RELATED TICKERS: MSFT , INTC , LYV

President Obama's top antitrust official, Christine Varney, has said that recessions can provide foundations for large companies to take advantage of a complacent business landscape, thus engaging in predatory behavior that can harm consumers and obstruct competition. It seems like the corporate environment may shift away from former President Bushs' more laissez-faire attitude toward the likes of the 1990's when big cases were brought against Microsoft (NYSE:MSFT) and Intel (Nasdaq:INTC).That's fine by me. Really, it is. In general, the more competition, the better.   [more]

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Fannie Mae is up 200% in ONE MONTH?

August 25, 2009 – Comments (5) | RELATED TICKERS: FNMA , FMCC , ETFC

Shares of Fannie Mae are up 12% as I write this. If you look at its historical  prices, the company has soared 83% over the past week, not including today's price jump. If you go back even further..the stock has rocketed almost 200% in one month. Huh?? What in the world is going on?!  [more]

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Bernanke's Back...and the Fool Fed Field Trip

August 25, 2009 – Comments (4)

Three Fed nuggets today:   [more]

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Thank You Goldman Sachs

August 24, 2009 – Comments (3) | RELATED TICKERS: GS , MS

The WSJ just broke a report that basically says something I bet we all instinctively knew anyways, but nevertheless it is still making ripples. Essentially, Goldman Sachs' (NYSE:GS) research analysts are conducting "trading huddles" where they give "short-term" stock tips to other analysts who then call their 50 best clients with the advice. So what's wrong with that? Well, the stock tip is often contrary to what the analysts are writing in their research reports -- research reports that all the clients, not just the best ones, are privy to.   [more]

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What are the best buys in the market?

August 24, 2009 – Comments (2)

Where are the opportunites today? Here are a couple I see:  [more]

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Last Weekend to Cash the Clunkers

August 21, 2009 – Comments (7)

Per the New York Times:  [more]

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Are Americans Getting A Raw Deal On Their Cell Phone Bills?

August 20, 2009 – Comments (2) | RELATED TICKERS: AAPL , T , GOOGL

A recent OECD study showed that Americans (along with Spain and Canada) pay the most for cell phone coverage in the world.  [more]

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The Words That Lifted AIG 30% Today

August 20, 2009 – Comments (8) | RELATED TICKERS: AIG

Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can move a stock 30%!  [more]

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Is Buffett Bullish or Bearish on America?

August 20, 2009 – Comments (3) | RELATED TICKERS: BRK-A , KO , JNJ

We've gotten some slightly conflicting messaging from the Oracle of Omaha recently...but like the words of any good oracle, it's up to us to decipher the true meaning.  [more]

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Who makes more: Top-10 CEO's or Top-10 Athletes?

August 19, 2009 – Comments (11) | RELATED TICKERS: BX , ANF , ORCL

Both lists were surprising...I will be impressed if you guess more than 5 correct in either list (if you haven't peeked already). I hadn't heard of two of the top 10 athletes.  [more]

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Bernie Madoff, An Equal-Opportunity Destroyer and Lover

August 18, 2009 – Comments (2)

Today on Days of Bernie's Lives, there's a new scandal heating up. We catch a glimpse of Madoff's life 20 years ago, before the orange jumpsuit was the new black. In this flashback episode, we see a younger, happier Madoff. Inappropriate relations. Scandal. Money.    [more]

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Brett Favre is Back...Which CEO's Should Leave?

August 18, 2009 – Comments (1)

Per CBS affiliate WCCO, Brett Favre is expected to sign with the Minnesota Vikings later today.  [more]

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Can you make Facebook money?

August 18, 2009 – Comments (4)

Anand is wondering if his co-workers saw him eat that M&M off the floor.  [more]

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Bonuses Are Back (Until They're Not)

August 18, 2009 – Comments (3) | RELATED TICKERS: AIG , MER , BAC

There’s been much hype recently about high-flying employees from Wall Street banks receiving outrageous bonuses. Under the circumstances, the public has a right to be upset, seeing as they’re on the hook for an absurd amount of bailout money.   [more]

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An Important Economic Indicator -- Cocaine?

August 17, 2009 – Comments (5)

Newsflash: 90% of domestic paper money is tainted by cocaine, according to this article at LiveScience.   [more]

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Why the market's down today

August 17, 2009 – Comments (5)

So the S&P 500 is down over 2% as I write this. As always, we try to keep a long-term focus and let the vicissitudes of the market offer us favorable entry and exits points. That's the theory, at least.   [more]

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Friday Night Fight Club -- the Social Media Showdown

August 14, 2009 – Comments (3)

Last week, oil stocks single-handedly beat bank stocks as the better investment opportunity. This week we welcome two social media giants.   [more]

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Happy Madden Holiday!

August 14, 2009 – Comments (3) | RELATED TICKERS: EA , GME , AAPL

In case you don’t know Madden Holiday is the day of the year when the newest version of Electronic Arts (Nasdaq: ERTS) flagship Madden football franchise is released.  Many Gamestop (NYSE: GME) stores were open at midnight so eager gamers/devotees could be the first to play it.  Even the city of Newark, NJ has officially recognized it with an event next weekend.  [more]

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Are We Following In Japan's Commercial Footsteps?

August 13, 2009 – Comments (4) | RELATED TICKERS: MPG.DL , MS , GS

Most of the recent economic indicators have illustrated that we may be at the bottom of the residential housing market. However, it’s quite typical for commercial property to lag in recovery to its residential counterpart. As more and more bad news floats to the surface about commercial property, one has to wonder what the U.S. has in store for itself, and whether or not we’ve learned enough to dodge the mistakes and malaise that doomed the Japanese only a decade ago?    [more]

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AIG's new CEO starts with ... a vacation?

August 13, 2009 – Comments (4) | RELATED TICKERS: AIG

AIG seems to be so profitable (see Anand's blog post: http://caps.fool.com/Blogs/ViewPost.aspx?bpid=240145&t=01001329399083857736) that the company's brand new CEO feels he doesn't even have to show up for work.  [more]

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The Latest Volley in the U.S. vs. China Trade War

August 13, 2009 – Comments (2)

Looks like someone just leveled the playing field (well, actually, we'll have to stay tuned to see how this turns out...China could react in a number of ways...but it's a positive sign for U.S. exporters).  [more]

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The Alphabet Index

August 12, 2009 – Comments (10) | RELATED TICKERS: A , E

For those of you looking to get your kids involved in the stock market, here's an idea for the nursery school set: The Alphabet Index.*  [more]

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Should Bernanke Stay or Should He Go?

August 12, 2009 – Comments (18)

If he goes there will be trouble. If he stays it will be double.  [more]

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Should Companies Promote Their Stock?

August 11, 2009 – Comments (7) | RELATED TICKERS: F

This question came up recently after Ford promoted a Motley Fool article on Ford's twitter feed.   [more]

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The Recession's Over! Now Good Luck Finding a Job...

August 11, 2009 – Comments (14)

First of all, I don't actually believe the recession's over yet, but there’s some questions below on employment once the economy actually regains traction.  [more]

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A moment of housing market clarity

August 11, 2009 – Comments (11)

Usually I drive by the Lincoln Memorial and think nothing of it, but some days I drive by and marvel that I live in (or at least around) arguably the most powerful city in the world. Today, I'm having that kind of moment of clarity with housing...here are some stats that jumped out at me from a recent Bloomberg article (provided by real estate site Zillow.com):  [more]

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Uncle Sam's Hand On Your Cash

August 11, 2009 – Comments (2) | RELATED TICKERS: C

As of July 31st, the House of Representatives officially passed their version of the we’ve got our eyes on your wallet bill, formally named “The Corporate and Financial Institution Compensation Fairness Bill”. Surprisingly, the bill emerged from the House much less restrictive than many anticipated. Here are the highlights and some pros and cons:      [more]

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Buying a Car During a Recession

August 10, 2009 – Comments (9) | RELATED TICKERS: KMX , TM , GM

Recently I've begun a personal journey to buy a car. The Hunt. And the experience has been fascinating.   [more]

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Economic Showdown: The WSJ vs. The New York Times

August 10, 2009 – Comments (8)

We all want to know: is this recent stock market recovery a sign of recovery or a sucker's rally?  [more]

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Your favorite pet peeve from earnings reports?

August 09, 2009 – Comments (4)

OK, maybe not too hip, but we are an investing site, after all.  [more]

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Friday Night Fight Club -- Oil or Banks, Which Is The Better Investment Opportunity?

August 07, 2009 – Comments (18)

Last week, Google slammed Apple in our Friday Night Fight Club. This week, we've got two new contenders, and they're definitely heavy weights.   [more]

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Is AIG Really Profitable?

August 07, 2009 – Comments (16) | RELATED TICKERS: AIG

The headlines are blaring that AIG has swung to a profit (WSJ link...may require subscription) and its stock is up almost 20% so far today.  [more]

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Michael Crabtree is the subprime lender of the NFL

August 07, 2009 – Comments (13)

Michael Crabtree, the wideout who the San Francisco 49ers drafted at as the 10th overall selection, wants more money than the 10th selection normally warrants.  [more]

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Jobs Report: Reading Between the Lines

August 07, 2009 – Comments (2)

This morning the Labor Department reported that nonfarm payrolls declined to 247,000, substantially lower than the 443,000 that were lost in June and also lower than the 475,000 that most economists were expecting. Great news, right?  

Well – GDP still contracted by 1%, annually, during the second quarter. And while the job cuts were well below what was anticipated, 247,000 losses is still an unbelievably high figure by any sort of historical standard.  And while the unemployment rate actually declined to 9.4%, this is generally a lagging indicator, and it is commonly believed that unemployment will continue to rise for the remainder of the year.   [more]

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The Top 10 People We Wouldn't Trust to Balance Their Checkbooks

August 06, 2009 – Comments (10) | RELATED TICKERS: GS , AIG

Basically, here are the 10 people we'd least trust with our money...we know we're probably missing some whoppers, so help us out in the comments!  [more]

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A Danger to Investors? You Tell Me.

August 06, 2009 – Comments (5) | RELATED TICKERS: CSCO , ORCL

Last week, my colleague Paul Elliott emailed me his most recent column, titled "Are You Playing With Fire?" Little did I know Paul was going to set off a mini-firestorm (indulge me the pun).

For those who haven't read Paul's article (and if you haven't, please do), here's a quick primer: In response to Motley Fool HQ chatter about options (we have a free educational video series on the site), Paul articulated his ambivalence and hesitation about Main Street retail investors using options -- the "fire" of his headline:  [more]

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Another great speaker at Fool HQ

August 05, 2009 – Comments (3) | RELATED TICKERS: DIS

Adding to our recent string of great speakers visiting Fool HQ, Randy Nelson, the former dean of Pixar University, spoke with us today. Basically, he was in charge of in-house education efforts at Pixar (now part of Disney), the creators of Toy Story, Ratatouille, etc.  [more]

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NOT MY CHEESY POOFS!

August 05, 2009 – Comments (17) | RELATED TICKERS: WEN , PEP , YUM

Yes -- it very well could be that not only your cheesy poofs, but also your sugary drinks and $0.99 nuggets from the Wendy’s (NYSE:WEN) dollar menu are all in jeopardy of being “specially taxed”.  Congress is now considering a tax on these types of food and drinks to help pay for the proposed expansion of health coverage. This could obviously have significant effects on the companies that produce these products, such as Pepsico (NYSE:PEP) and Yum! Brands (NYSE:YUM).   [more]

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Bank earnings get murkier...

August 05, 2009 – Comments (2)

The Washington Post reports the latest on mark-to-market, the accounting debate bank investors shouldn't miss (recall that a mark-to-market-related rule change drove much of this bank stock resurgence).  [more]

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What the heck is a flash order?

August 04, 2009 – Comments (3) | RELATED TICKERS: GS

You learn a new Wall Street term every day.  [more]

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The Next Killer App

August 04, 2009 – Comments (3)

Kind of a follow-on post to yesterday's Cash for Clunkers post...we were wondering if and how you'd destroy the old cars...I love that the government has a 136-page manual on how to kill a car...there's an OJ joke in there somewhere...  [more]

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Can you game the Cash for Clunkers program?

August 03, 2009 – Comments (16)

A lot of us are thinking it:   [more]

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Apple and Google in the Fight Club Ring

August 03, 2009 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: AAPL , GOOGL

Last Friday, we kicked off our first Friday Night Fight Club by putting Apple up against Google. So far, you all have overwhelmingly picked Google over Apple, if you had to bet your retirement on one of the two.   [more]

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The S&P 500 is Up 50%!

August 03, 2009 – Comments (2)

The Dow gets all the pub, but if you want substance, the S&P 500 is where it's at.  [more]

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