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Would somebody please write a post related to investing (a stock, an idustry, or stock market in general)...???

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August 08, 2010 – Comments (19) | RELATED TICKERS: SUN , DY

I do get it that people get really bored on a Sunday afternoon, but this is getting a little excessive, if you ask me.

Take a look at today's Most Recommened Posts list:

1. The Path of Free Markets (Socio-political; Controversial)

2. Declining Middle Class (Socio-economic; Depressing)  

3. Japan: America's Lost Decade (Inflationary-Deflationary; Sleep-inducing)

4. Valedictorian Speaks Out Against Schooling in Graduation Speech (Some gal graduated high school; Big F. Deal)

5. Would You Give Up Government Benefits (No-brainer; I wouldn't)

And here are the ones that are on the blog front page right now, which haven't made the Top 5 list yet, but I bet you will before midnight:

- What you Non Layer Sheep DON'T Understand

- Public Pension Underfunding Per Person

- It's Official... Should We Arrest Congress Just Like Madoff

- NYT with More Insanity. Embraces"New Normal" 

19 Comments – Post Your Own

#1) On August 08, 2010 at 11:06 PM, alstry (35.38) wrote:

Let me tell you a little secret....when the Federal Government is borrowing more money per year than the total earnings of every company in America......

There is no investing......until you restructure the system.....

It is just the way it is......I am not sure why you fight it.

I guess if you were borrowing a million bucks a year and living the high life.......you would think you were successful....

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#2) On August 08, 2010 at 11:10 PM, BroadwayDan (97.40) wrote:

What's wrong with a little bit of the controversial? There's a Foolish mutual fund, ten or so premium newsletters, an entire site FILLED with investment ideas, 11:00 o'clock stocks. Would you rather see the entire CAPS blogosophere filled with nothing but well-reasoned articles explaining why oil and bank companies are undervalued? There's also literally 100s of 1000s of stock pitches. 

People pick stocks for ENTERTAINMENT, and covering the world of business offers countless interesting life lessons, theories, fascinating side stories, etc. If you're claiming that there's not enough investment information around here, I could not possibly disagree more. In fact I can't fathom anything more boring than some Fool prattling on and on, yet again, with charts and graphs and elaborate discussions of why the market might go up or down this week and whether or not Paulson or Krugman are right, etc. 90-99% of average investors should be in mutual funds and working on making money to invest anyway, not reading blogs. 

That said, of course, I agree that intelligent posts about investing should be the majority of posts.  But technically speaking government has an effect on investing. 

 

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#3) On August 08, 2010 at 11:17 PM, ragedmaximus (< 20) wrote:

       I say short brka  brkb cause profit down 40% it doesn't get any easier than that!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! send me 1% i'll be happy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

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#4) On August 08, 2010 at 11:27 PM, ValueDragonStyle (96.64) wrote:

Dan, I didn't mean to "attack" you guys (I liked and rec'd your post, btw.).

It was just interesting to me that there are so many "non-investing-related" posts today.

Alstry, you say there is no investing.

Well, if someone invested in the stocks you were shorting in your CAPS portfolio, that person would be rich by now...

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#5) On August 08, 2010 at 11:42 PM, ChrisGraley (29.74) wrote:

Ok, Ok,

 

Media is Hot!

;) 

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#6) On August 08, 2010 at 11:51 PM, dragonLZ (99.54) wrote:

Ok, Ok,

Media is Hot!

ChrisGraley, that's more like it...

p.s.

I promise one of those within the next three days... :)

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#7) On August 08, 2010 at 11:55 PM, goalie37 (91.82) wrote:

I'd love to start a discussion as to why defense companies are so undervalued, but I'm sure that would disintegrate into a political debate very quickly.  :)

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#8) On August 09, 2010 at 12:12 AM, ValueDragonStyle (96.64) wrote:

goalie37, so you are one of those who think we should start another war as wars are good for the economy.

Well, I don't like your point of view, but I see a lot of recs in your future if you post something like that... :)

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#9) On August 09, 2010 at 12:16 AM, BroadwayDan (97.40) wrote:

DragonZ - no worries! Your point is well taken as always. Thanks and here's to cash for all. 

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#10) On August 09, 2010 at 12:20 AM, rd80 (98.44) wrote:

A Post Related to Investing

Now can we get back to gov't benefits, Japan, arresting congress and sheep?

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#11) On August 09, 2010 at 12:20 AM, amassafortune (29.43) wrote:

If you want to buy a stock, you'll do OK, or at least be less wrong, if you own MO. But don't discount the collective value of blog posts that don't recommend a stock. 75% of professional advice you pay for will lose you money, so a higher number of specific stock suggestions from a free site is not likely to help anyone much.

Look at PAYX. Chart it against the S&P for the past five years. It tracks pretty well. Two years, yes, one year, yes..Now look at the past month. This is a stock tied to the fortunes of many small-to-mid sized companies. It has consistently made lists for growth and dividend stocks. It continued to hold up vs. the S&P during the crash of 2008. Suddenly, it is underperforming. One of its core businesses is administering 401ks. ADP, in some similar business segments, is still holding up better, so it is too early to broadbrush a conclusion for similar businesses.

On the other hand, articles are beginning to appear about an increased rate of 401K hardship withdrawals. PAYX began to erode about the same time congress went home for the 4th of July without extending unemployment benefits.Coincidence, maybe, or it could be a significant piece of data. If it continues, this is a trend that has not been seen in any recession since 401Ks were passed. This phenomenon, as part of the shrinking middle class subject, has a direct effect on how quickly the stock market might return to its status as a long-term, outperforming investment option. 

The U.S. continues to take similar actions as Japan did 10 years ago, and continues to see similar results. We continue to be told the U.S. can take similar actions and get different results. European/Euro countries, many with higher debt/GDP ratios, have rejected more debt and central easing, and their markets have firmed up. The U.S. market has been bouyant with the expectation that more easing may be announced as early as this Tuesday's Fed meeting. So, we continue to get policies that have not been shown to work for 10 years, and ignore recently-implemented policies that are showing good early signs of stabilizing the EU. 

From ZeroHedge, If Retail Investors are Leaving Stocks in Funds and ETFs, Then Who is Buying Stocks?  Good question to know the answer to before you ask and act on any more stock tips or advice. One of Zero's readers, Mr. Pain links to this social experiment which is worth the time to watch all five parts. After watching, ask yourself if our financial leaders are doing good, independent analysis that backs up their policies and decisions, or are they just continuing the trends and tendencies that got them to these high positions and have served them well in the past. 

Then ask yourself if you really need another specific stock discussion, or if it might be beneficial to zoom out and scan the wider political and economic landscape for a bit.

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#12) On August 09, 2010 at 12:45 AM, Tastylunch (29.22) wrote:

Dragon, For once I agree with you 100%. :)

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#13) On August 09, 2010 at 6:54 AM, dragonLZ (99.54) wrote:

rd80, Thank you.

+1 rec without seeing the post... :)

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#14) On August 09, 2010 at 6:59 AM, dragonLZ (99.54) wrote:

Dragon, For once I agree with you 100%. :)

Tastylunch, I assume you are referring to my Media is Hot claim.

Good. Better late than never, I guess... :)

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#15) On August 09, 2010 at 7:23 AM, dragonLZ (99.54) wrote:

You know what guys?

I just realized my post is not related to investing... ????!!!!!

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#16) On August 09, 2010 at 12:43 PM, Bays (30.23) wrote:

Totally agree with you on this one.   Enough is enough with the macro predictions, and political blogs.  Economists can't predict sh**, and neither can you. Every great investor will agree that you should focus on individual companies, and stop wasting time on predicting economic movements.  It's a god damn waste of time. Everyone should read some Peter Lynch.

We need more blogs like TMFDeejs, that is, blogs about specific companies.

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#17) On August 09, 2010 at 12:47 PM, Bays (30.23) wrote:

"If you spend more than 13 minutes analyzing economic and market forecasts, you've wasted 10 minutes."

Peter Lynch

Enough said.

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#18) On August 09, 2010 at 12:48 PM, Momentum21 (92.16) wrote:

Economists can't predict sh**, and neither can you.

I should put this over my desk, in my wallet, above my bed, etc. LOL 

 

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#19) On August 13, 2010 at 11:30 AM, catoismymotor (41.19) wrote:

As long as I pi$$ed someone off with my link last Saturday I'm a happy Fool. :)

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