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Following my Contest Progress . . .

September 17, 2009 – Comments (0)

For those of you who have missed my contest progress comments, you will find them below my last BLOG post.   My progress can only be termed as astonishing . . . check it out.



And They Said I Don't Know What I'm Doing . . .

July 09, 2009 – Comments (4)

Phfft!   Today I showed them.  I achieved the beloved status of worst of the lot in contest playing.   Yep, out of 320 players, I (choke) am number 320!    And I did all this by doing very little.   I just made choices that I couldn't change . . . that's the CAPS way.    You laugh . . . HAH!   I have the better part of the year to change this thing around, and change it around I shall!   I'll be Champion of the World . . . you'll see.  [more]



What's he Best Time to Buy Into a Contest?

January 30, 2009 – Comments (1)

<>I think the CAPS contests are fun.  I’m not sure why, because after I pick the maximum number of stocks, I have pretty much done all I can do to win.   Still I enjoy looking each day to see my place in the ranks change from # 3 to # 231 then back to maybe # 11.   [more]



A Good Idea to Buy Large Dividends??

January 27, 2009 – Comments (3)

I've been following the stock  PLD mostly because of its enormous dividend (19.8% as I write this, 1/27/09).   I can't help but wonder why EVERYONE  isn't buying this stock just to get the fat dividend.  What's the downside of buying such a stock?   Yes, I  suppose the stock price will drop 19.8% when the dividend is paid, but if you put the stock in an IRA account (no tax on dividends), then where's the harm?  If the stock is otherwise a good buy, then the stock price will probably go up fairly rapidly to recover most of that 20% drop.   Why?  Because that's what usually happens after a dividend is paid.  What am I missing about this situation?  PLD seems to be a good security to hold, so should I get some of it?  Why would you NOT buy it?



Solving A CAPS Strategy Problem

January 26, 2009 – Comments (5)

<>I (and perhaps you) have a recurring CAPS strategy problem that seldom occurs in my real world of investing.   CAPS has some strange rules that remove some of the choices I have in the real world.   Consider the following situation: <>In CAPS I pick stock “ABC” (a fictional security) that I really believe will make some money (score points) for me.  So I assign a “thumbs up” call to my pick.  Alas, after awhile I notice that “ABC” has a Score of -34.56 and a Stock Gain of -42.40.   I would like to correct this situation without making things worse.   It seems that I have the following alternatives:

1.  Do nothing . . . just live with it.  [more]