EDITOR'S DESK, FUNDAMENTALS, INVESTING, MARKETS/ECONOMY, STOCKS

In the EYE of the Storm.

NOVEMBER 9, 2019. Hurricanes, typhoons, and cyclones are all tropical storms. Mostly they differ only in hemispheric location. Does it matter what we call them? All create chaos and loss, with a halftime pause. This year’s hurricane season ends on Saturday, November 30th.
Wall Street and those who comment on said have no season. They create chaos and toss shit around all year long. We saw that this week. Xerox? You Fa King kidding? 92%YTD. Oops. The Real Real”s apparently not all real, and neither is most of the coffin nail-pounding hog shit spun by the street. Spin’s just business, like loose electricity, regardless of the precise nonsense it’s comprised of.
We do our own homework, like a mad typhoon. Why? It’s nobody’s money but ours, and trust is no substitute for knowing. Even really smart, savvy, and honest people disagree, and blunder sideways to the tune of billions. On Wall Street you often can’t even tell you’re in a blow, until you’re already spinning. Besides, you don’t really want to repeat goofy moves made by others while crouched in “The Eye of the Storm.”

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Editor's Choice, FUNDAMENTALS, GREEDY CREEP, INVESTING, Reader's Choice, STOCKS, THINKING NOW

4 Bullets To Savvy Dividends

OCTOBER 26, 2019. Dividends don’t flutter from fall skies like seasonal leaves. Dividends are paid out of cash flows, if there’s enough. Who has enough? It isn’t always those promising. No problem. Checking’s a piece of cake. We’ve got cake.
But paying isn’t the only issue. Dividends are paid by companies doing real business, in a rapidly changing environment. No one gets a free pass through macro chaos or the battle for market share. The fight for cash flow goes on everyday and everywhere. That includes “dividend aristocrats” like JNJ, with it’s’ 57 year history of consecutive dividend raises. How about an affordable, recession-proof, price-performing example, paying 4%? We’ve got that too.
Hoping to be paid regularly for the market risks you take isn’t rocket science. But it isn’t simply aristocratic standing either. Smart people get this one wrong, routinely. We’ve got the right, in “4 Bullets to Savvy Dividends.” Make sure you’ll be paid, top and bottom–and enjoy.

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BUSINESS, CULTURE, EDITOR'S DESK, INVESTING, MONEY, STOCKS, TECHNICALS, THINKING NOW

The Better Than Bond. Payment In Dollars Not Pennies.

JANUARY 21, 2019. Night-dreaming your way through fixed-income brings results similar to automobile crumple zones. Yet mashed returns are common to market tourism particularly for bond fund buyers. Even Batman can’t make bond funds fly. So why try? Alternatives exist.
Popular culture historians will tell you that bond funds were birthed ugly deep below Gotham City. Who knew? Commissioner Gordon flatly refuses to hold bonds–in any form. When we cornered him one night at a Wayne Manor blast he claimed disgustedly to have actually “seen how they were made.” Well, maybe.
Either way, bond funds are in reality stock market vehicles riding on a comfy cushion of fees, and semi-mysterious low-paying paper promises. “Complexity” you say? Well–yes. Complexity leads to confusion and confusion often results in wreckage, except for the Fund Family. They live right next door to Bruce’s place.
Fund business was the foul reality that sent us out, along with the postal service, into the gloom of the Gotham night in search of an alternative. STOCKJAW shows you the goods–bond and bond fund alternatives. All pay more–much more. And with equal safety. See what we uncovered.

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BUSINESS, FUNDAMENTALS, INVESTING, STOCKS

Who’s Up For A Fight? Bring Camping Gear. This May Take A While.

April 10, 2018. The very real drama of gigantic lawsuits doesn’t all occur in court. AT&T’s play for Time-Warner, and a potentially brighter future, is growing hot. The date and time are set. Are you staying in for the fight?
Meanwhile Harvard dropout mega-billionaire Mark Zuckerberg trolls the halls of congress on a meet and greet redemption tour. And today the Facebook pontif presents the company’s case before a packed congressional subcommittee primed for ranting, and maybe regulating.

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BUSINESS, INVESTING, STOCKS

Radio Waves Never Die And Tech Never Sleeps.

MARCH 6, 2018. Absolutely everything changes and never stops. Both the equities market and our leading technologies turn themselves over almost daily. So what?
Radio waves never die. Nor does tech scramble. Do you know what’s next? Few do. Will your dead landline snake back to sparking life soon? AT&T isn’t sure, yet interested. Let’s look at EM.
During this prolonged market turn, dividends are a tough play. Many payers exist but none truly appear to be gimmies. That was before tax cuts. Got a dividend payer you can trust? Want one? We may have one.

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FUNDAMENTALS, INVESTING, MARKETS/ECONOMY

Here It Comes Again.

FEBRUARY 12, 2018. Europe’s great this morning. Both Shanghai indexes are up. These are always good signs for a U.S. open. But really, who knows which nervous system traders and investors will bring with them this morning? We’re calm. Why sweat? Markets are sort of like volcanoes. Clues exist, but don’t trust ’em too much.

Today STOCKjAW’s keeping our head. We’re checking fundamentals for TTWO and T. We’re also looking for sales.

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CULTURE, EDITORIAL, INVESTING, STOCKS, THINKING NOW

Investor Stress Test. Having Fun Yet?

FEBRUARY 10, 2018. Remember the side-lined money that finally came creeping back late last year? Trial by fire, flame-thrower really. New money floated in swarms to market homes, following endless empty years in the wilderness. Our market promptly exploded. One lever-jerk release of pent-up fury. All bore witness. Retail investors wanted some. What about now? Does “horror” capture the welcome received by returners? What now? Are you just in? Thinking about leaving?

This week ripped a gap in most portfolios. We sunk 6.4%. We trimmed , and cut, prior to the crash. We’ve only bought since then. What’d we sell in the run-up? What’s worth buying now? Making faces at the market.

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