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by CathyF
29 May 2012 16:03
Forum: Stocks, Bonds, ETFs, Funds, REITS and More
Topic: Facebook (Symbol FB)
Replies: 59
Views: 3433

Re: Facebook (Symbol FB)

I wouldn't even think of buying this unless it was under $10, and still had the growth promises that management claims. Even then, it's a gamble. In 10 years, Facebook will be dead. You'd have to hope to dump it well before that.
by CathyF
23 May 2012 16:28
Forum: Financial News, Policy and Economics
Topic: Greece
Replies: 392
Views: 27466

Re: Greece

izzy wrote: You are aware of the steadily decreasing supply of drugs in Canada,supposedly due to generic manufacturers not meeting US standars?.If this is happening in other countries too we may have quite a problem on our hands!
Less drugs and a healthier lifestyle may do western civilization some good.
by CathyF
20 May 2012 15:25
Forum: Stocks, Bonds, ETFs, Funds, REITS and More
Topic: Telus (Symbol-T, Symbol-T.A)
Replies: 361
Views: 61825

Re: Telus (Symbol-T, Symbol-T.A)

A lot can happen in 5 days. Five days ago, I got my robocall from Telus CEO asking me to vote (I did). The important thing is that shareholders have the right to vote. I got that call too. I had no intention to vote, but that call made me angry enough to vote... AGAINST management. I own T, and I s...
by CathyF
03 May 2012 16:13
Forum: Financial Planning and Building Portfolios
Topic: High Net Worth? Get Thee To An Advisor!
Replies: 271
Views: 12400

Re: High Net Worth? Get Thee To An Advisor!

The above-linked report states that households with public sector employees have more in retirement assets than other households, but that's <snip> Thank you Bruce, for a thoughtful rebuttal. Bylo's rude snipping and sarcasm was hardly helpful. I think it's probably just my personal anecdotal evide...
by CathyF
03 May 2012 08:16
Forum: Financial Planning and Building Portfolios
Topic: High Net Worth? Get Thee To An Advisor!
Replies: 271
Views: 12400

Re: High Net Worth? Get Thee To An Advisor!

Or is it possible that we both labour under some form ofconfirmation bias? Could be. I honestly don't know. It just seems that a lot of professionals that get into financial trouble work for the government. There could be many reasons for that. I personally have my own anecdotal evidence, but I don...
by CathyF
02 May 2012 10:34
Forum: Financial Planning and Building Portfolios
Topic: High Net Worth? Get Thee To An Advisor!
Replies: 271
Views: 12400

Re: High Net Worth? Get Thee To An Advisor!

I've been asked by friends how to find a good advisor and here are four questions that I suggest. Good thing they didn't ask how to find a good mathematician. :wink: :rofl: As an aside, why is it that when I read about these kinds of financial disaster stories, the couple involved usually works for...
by CathyF
13 Apr 2012 08:49
Forum: Stocks, Bonds, ETFs, Funds, REITS and More
Topic: Apple Corp (Symbol-AAPL)
Replies: 641
Views: 43671

Re: Apple Corp (Symbol-AAPL)

Yes, I don't think cheap e-books hurts writers. It hurts the publishers, because Amazon wants to deal directly with the writers. It's the publishers that are unhappy, because they're not making big bucks from cheap e-books. I really don't have much sympathy for middle-men that like to screw both the...
by CathyF
12 Apr 2012 20:52
Forum: Stocks, Bonds, ETFs, Funds, REITS and More
Topic: Apple Corp (Symbol-AAPL)
Replies: 641
Views: 43671

Re: Apple Corp (Symbol-AAPL)

The other companies don't employ cheap off shore labour? The other companies don't try to optimize profits? Sure, they do. But Apple liked to pretend it was ethical. That was, of course, always garbage. But now people are starting to see through it, because Apple is big enough now to get the spotli...
by CathyF
12 Apr 2012 17:40
Forum: Stocks, Bonds, ETFs, Funds, REITS and More
Topic: Apple Corp (Symbol-AAPL)
Replies: 641
Views: 43671

Re: Apple Corp (Symbol-AAPL)

They do have a moat it is their brand. Just like there are people who won't drink any soft drink except CC or wear anything but Nike footwear or drink anything but Starbucks coffee. Its goodwill and blue sky which is worth a lot in the world of commerce. But is that goodwill going to stand up now t...
by CathyF
04 Apr 2012 11:56
Forum: Stocks, Bonds, ETFs, Funds, REITS and More
Topic: BlackBerry (Symbol-BB) formerly Research in Motion (RIM)
Replies: 737
Views: 67918

Re: Research in Motion (Symbol-RIM)

If it drops below $10, it might make a good speculative buy if you think Microsoft or someone else will buy it. I don't think there's much value in the business (beyond perhaps another 2-3 years of earnings), but the patents and real-estate might be worth something.
by CathyF
04 Apr 2012 11:49
Forum: Stocks, Bonds, ETFs, Funds, REITS and More
Topic: Apple Corp (Symbol-AAPL)
Replies: 641
Views: 43671

Re: Apple Corp (Symbol-AAPL)

do you think your supplier at half the cost is treating workers better the Mr Cook's crew? Probably not, but so what? Is this some sort of race to the bottom, i.e. to squeeze workers as hard as possible in order to maximize profits? In any case, Apple has even less reason to squeeze their workers s...
by CathyF
03 Apr 2012 17:21
Forum: Stocks, Bonds, ETFs, Funds, REITS and More
Topic: Apple Corp (Symbol-AAPL)
Replies: 641
Views: 43671

Re: Apple Corp (Symbol-AAPL)

Agreed and thanks to Wallace for taking the time to share. My opinion has long been the qualatative componnet is the more important part of the game. This story brings to light an obvious question: to what odds is it is a sustainable phenonmenon? If it's not, how long can it last? An interesting th...
by CathyF
31 Mar 2012 18:18
Forum: Stocks, Bonds, ETFs, Funds, REITS and More
Topic: BlackBerry (Symbol-BB) formerly Research in Motion (RIM)
Replies: 737
Views: 67918

Re: Research in Motion (Symbol-RIM)

I also have held THI since their IPO. Tim's has surprised me. I expected it to do okay after the IPO, but basically just stay the same value and pay out a dividend. I didn't think it had much room left to grow, but they seem to be doing well. I never really understood why they are held up as a Cana...
by CathyF
30 Mar 2012 18:26
Forum: Stocks, Bonds, ETFs, Funds, REITS and More
Topic: BlackBerry (Symbol-BB) formerly Research in Motion (RIM)
Replies: 737
Views: 67918

Re: Research in Motion (Symbol-RIM)

This is the bounce I expected in the hedge fund contest. Now he has to deliver next quarter! Are you crazy?!? Does this look like a good stock chart to you? http://www.google.com/finance?chdnp=1&chdd=1&chds=1&chdv=1&chvs=maximized&chdeh=0&chfdeh=0&chdet=1333146084531&chddm=375819&chls=IntervalBased...
by CathyF
30 Mar 2012 15:14
Forum: Stocks, Bonds, ETFs, Funds, REITS and More
Topic: BlackBerry (Symbol-BB) formerly Research in Motion (RIM)
Replies: 737
Views: 67918

Re: Research in Motion (Symbol-RIM)

Going, going, GONE!

If you haven't bailed out on this company already, take a lesson from Nortel.
by CathyF
29 Mar 2012 07:52
Forum: Stocks, Bonds, ETFs, Funds, REITS and More
Topic: Trading fees at TDWH
Replies: 9
Views: 2155

Re: Trading fees at TDWH

Mutual funds...read carefully...40$ + extra,plus whatever the fund charges for early withdrawal (before 7 years holding the fund in many cases) That is only for certain funds. Most funds are free to buy and sell, as long as you hold them 30 days. http://www.tdwaterhouse.ca/products-services/investi...
by CathyF
26 Mar 2012 17:08
Forum: Stocks, Bonds, ETFs, Funds, REITS and More
Topic: Apple Corp (Symbol-AAPL)
Replies: 641
Views: 43671

Re: Apple Corp (Symbol-AAPL)

I'm not a fanboy, and never had an Apple product except a clone Apple IIe back in the 1980s. But I'd have to be blind not to notice the appetite for this company's products. I love it when I visit a store of any company whose shares I own, and I get to see: - Customers crowds are both young and old...
by CathyF
23 Mar 2012 13:04
Forum: Stocks, Bonds, ETFs, Funds, REITS and More
Topic: Full Service Broker/Advisor Fees
Replies: 7
Views: 1403

Re: Full Service Broker/Advisor Fees

If you have a small account and you're only being charged $200, then they're not making any money off you and you may as well stay with them. I presume they hope you'll grow your account so they can rake in the fees. If you have several hundred thousand dollars in your account, and they're charging ...
by CathyF
23 Mar 2012 10:38
Forum: Financial Planning and Building Portfolios
Topic: High Net Worth? Get Thee To An Advisor!
Replies: 271
Views: 12400

Re: High Net Worth? Get Thee To An Advisor!

Insomniac wrote:Geez. Pape's just the reporter.
I'm okay with shooting the messanger! :lol:
by CathyF
23 Mar 2012 07:40
Forum: Financial Planning and Building Portfolios
Topic: High Net Worth? Get Thee To An Advisor!
Replies: 271
Views: 12400

Re: High Net Worth? Get Thee To An Advisor!

Investors don't understand fees No suprises here. At least not to me. That article is from Gordon Pape. IIRC, wasn't he a shill for a reverse-mortgage company a while back? Something like that, I think. It seems a bit hypocritical of him to talk about avoiding RESP and insurance products, while pus...
by CathyF
20 Mar 2012 14:11
Forum: Stocks, Bonds, ETFs, Funds, REITS and More
Topic: Apple Corp (Symbol-AAPL)
Replies: 641
Views: 43671

Re: Apple Corp (Symbol-AAPL)

Beyond their operating system what does Microsoft have that has an enduring and profitable future? Their Office suite is probably a pretty big money-maker too. But I agree that Microsoft is a gamble, as with most high-tech companies. The problem with Microsoft, is that there are completely free alt...
by CathyF
20 Mar 2012 09:39
Forum: Stocks, Bonds, ETFs, Funds, REITS and More
Topic: Apple Corp (Symbol-AAPL)
Replies: 641
Views: 43671

Re: Apple Corp (Symbol-AAPL)

Why is it that every other smartphone, tablet and notebook PC maker uses batteries that are easy for customers to replace on their own while iStuff is designed to force fanboys to pay a third party 2x or 3x as much for the same thing? Because Apple treats its customers as idiots. And they may be pa...
by CathyF
20 Mar 2012 08:03
Forum: Financial Planning and Building Portfolios
Topic: High Net Worth? Get Thee To An Advisor!
Replies: 271
Views: 12400

Re: High Net Worth? Get Thee To An Advisor!

ghariton wrote:The financial advisor and his client

(video clip)

George
Pretty condescending.
by CathyF
20 Mar 2012 07:55
Forum: Stocks, Bonds, ETFs, Funds, REITS and More
Topic: Apple Corp (Symbol-AAPL)
Replies: 641
Views: 43671

Re: Apple Corp (Symbol-AAPL)

I don't "get" the tablet market. They seem like toys. Too big to carry around in your pocket, and too small to use for real computing. Give me a laptop over a tablet. For carry-everywhere portability, I'll use a smartphone. Kudos to Apple for creating a tablet market where none is needed. I wonder h...
by CathyF
19 Mar 2012 20:25
Forum: Stocks, Bonds, ETFs, Funds, REITS and More
Topic: Apple Corp (Symbol-AAPL)
Replies: 641
Views: 43671

Re: Apple Corp (Symbol-AAPL)

It's tech. What always happens in tech is one of two things: (1) Some other tech company comes along and makes a better widget, making your stuff obsolete. (Apple did this to RIM.) or (2) Your stuff is so popular, that everyone and their dog makes a similar product, making margins razor-thin. (Nokia...