Bill Gates Hates Microsoft Stock! I think I know why....
Gates is dumping his Microsoft with wild abandon. I am not a computer geek, but I think I know why.
Take a Gander here:
Of note, the richest man in the world does like:
REPUBLIC SERVICES, INC. RSG
Some Fool might be wise to shadow or investigate Gate's new love of RSG? Si or No?
Now, why does Bill hate Mircosoft?
My guess is:
1. The Best Free Software of 2009
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3. Plus, MSFT CEO Balmer is no optimist:Ballmer likens economy to depressions of 1837, 1873, and 1929
Feb 06, 2009
Microsoft Chief Executive Steve Ballmer sketched a dire portrait of the world economy on Friday, likening it to market conditions in 1837, 1873, and 1929, each of which involved bank failures, high unemployment, and a depression.
"This is a once-in-a-lifetime economic crisis," Ballmer told a retreat of House Democrats in Williamsburg, Va. "There is a lot of history around that, and frankly if you stop and think about it, 1837, '73, '29, 2008, it's almost exactly a whole lifetime between each of the major economic difficulties that we face."
Ballmer said that economic growth in the last 25 years was fueled by innovation, globalization, and debt--and that the current levels of debt were unsustainable. "In 1929, for example, just before the stock market crash, the private debt-to-GDP ratio was 160 percent," he said. "Last year, private sector debt as a percentage of the GDP: 300 percent, far more leverage."
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer: "This is a once-in-a-lifetime economic crisis.
"In my view, what we now have will be a fundamental economic reset," he said. "The economy is going to have to re-establish itself at a level of spending that reflects the real value of underlying assets before we can all start growing again at a healthy rate."
"PC sales (are) discretionary in most home budgets, the second, the third PC," Ballmer said, adding that Microsoft nevertheless will continue to spend more than $9 billion a year in R&D. "Consumer electronics has that characteristic. Fifty percent of capital spending in this country is on information technology. Less capital, less spend on information technology. No sector will be immune."
Microsoft shares have fallen by about half since the fall of 2007, a steeper fall than the Dow Jones index but in line with the tech-centric Nasdaq.
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5. I should mention, no one outside of the US pays for MS Office, they just make copies.