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August 2011



Question about Buffett "arbitrage"

August 09, 2011 – Comments (1) | RELATED TICKERS: TRH.DL

Reading Buffettology and it talks about how Buffett would invest in a company that was going to be acquired for a higher price so that he could pocket the difference between the acquisition price and the market price. However, it says to be sure of this, he always waited till AFTER the acquisition was stated. I was wondering if someone would help me verify the risk involved in this 'arbitrage' investment.   [more]



Value Watch

August 05, 2011 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: KLAC , OC , VALE

Owen's Corning-recently raised its quarterly outlook, profit rose, P/E of 4.78....not consistent with growth expectations. down 20% in last week because of market to watch    [more]



The Market's New Long Term Mood

August 04, 2011 – Comments (0)

  So here at fool everyone's a buy and hold. It has always worked and it always will. Of course, I agree-if you pick winner stocks, they will show their true colors whether the market wants them too or not. However, it is interesting that even now the average investor with no time to look at individual stocks for themselves is asked by every investment book in all of barnes and nobles(and quite a few humans) to endorse a buy and hold the market(S&P,NASDAQ,etc.) strategy. While it was true that stocks always yielded in the long run before both market crashes, look at the last 10 years- the S&P, assuming a 2% dividend, would have had a 2.1% annualized return for the last 10 years in a buy and hold strategy. The average investor is getting misleaded by investment books citing information from the 50 years before the 2000's...tell him that a 2.1% annualized return is what he's signing up for and he'l just run to 10 year treasury bonds(whose safety was ironically questioned too).  My question-has the US economy become too 'blue chip'? Is the stock market going to become to a place whereyou either buy the market via market timing or buy individual stocks through thorough research? Its arguable, but I am starting to get the feeling that the US economy has become a set back by the law of large numbers.  Also, would anyone happen to know the name(s) of other countries in the world with the same level of strict  reporting standards as the US has with the SEC?  [more]



Gotta Love the Mutual Debt Hate

August 01, 2011 – Comments (0)

  Here's the wonderful thing  about this debt deal. Everyone hates it. Frankly, in a country where there are partisan groups as different as Democrats and Republicans can we expect things to work out to everyone's happiness? And if the democrats are happy, the republicans aren't, and if the republicans are happy, the democrats aren't...but when they're both unhappy, it means they've been forced to accept that maybe it isn't about politics, and their future as a representative-maybe its about the stuff they've been promising us all along...its about AMERICA. When they're both unhappy it means they had to....COMPROMISE!?.....which is what we're going to need a lot of in the future. The publicity of this debt compromise was unlike much of recent history in the fact that at the end, Nancy Pelosi said something along the lines of 'This is not the bill that will make this country great. But we have to back it anyways.' You know what that means? It means she's making a sacrifice..unlike the politicians who start and end every sentence with 'the american people want this!', some politicians are beginning to understand. Thats progress folks.  [more]

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