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  1. Besides his posts, I could tell from several PMs we shared this was a good man. All the best to his family. You will be remembered well.
  2. I see Punk has added you to his death pool. Ominous sign If you ask me. I'm guessing though you won't be worth the points unless he needs them.
  3. It's a nice research gateway app.....you are probably more into the numbers crunching business. On the other hand, all the research I did recently said that rates are sure to increase this year. I'm beginning to think the mass consensus might have some holes.
  4. Tell it to Micky D's. McDonald’s Fighting To Be ‘Relevant’ To Customers, CEO Concedes « CBS Chicago NEW YORK (AP) — McDonald’s is losing customers, as the world’s biggest hamburger chain struggles to attract diners with its higher-priced sandwiches and new offerings like Mighty Wings. “We’ve lost some of our customer relevance,” CEO Don Thompson conceded Thursday on a call with analysts. The Oak Brook, Ill.-based company reported disappointing sales for its fourth quarter, as fewer customers visited its established restaurants. Guest counts at those locations fell nearly 2 percent globally and 1.6 percent in the U.S. in 2013, according to a regulatory filing. And McDonald’s expects some challenges to persist this year. To win back traffic, Thompson said the chain will focus on speedier service, better value offerings and raising “awareness around McDonald’s as a kitchen and a restaurant” that prepares high-quality food. It’s expanding prep tables and plans to beef up staff during peak hours for better execution. It is also bringing in a new U.S. marketing chief, Deborah Wahl, formerly with homebuilder PulteGroup and automakers Chrysler and Ford.
  5. I use stockspy all the time. One of the best research tools for a phone that I've seen.
  6. Could be. You're the pro! BTW, I think Google's website is a mess. I can't get around that blasted thing.
  7. Ohhhhh.......lordy. It's here. I'm coming Elizabeth! SB if this image doesn't ring a bell there is no hope for you.
  8. Moody's gave the reasons.....and not the reasons you cite. Specifically this one is on Obama and his executive rule changes on the fly: “The past few months have seen new regulations and announcements that impose operational changes well after product and pricing decisions were finalized.” Also mention that the mix of yoot is not workable ('key factor') from a financial standpoint. :-(
  9. Yes...good point! I've got an web based app (Android Lost) that allows me to do that.
  10. In healthcare HIPAA comes into play. Someone steals your phone and you just happen to have medical record numbers on it. Very bad. /channeling Walt.......Ummmmmmmm, Walt you can probably root/rom your way around this I suppose.
  11. More good news on Obamacare. Slappies will slap. Begin. Better watch out Moody's...... DoJ gonna sue you! ......... Moody’s announced Thursday it was downgrading its outlook for health insurers from stable to negative based on uncertainty related to ObamaCare. The credit rating agency cited an unstable environment because of the healthcare law’s difficult rollout, and projected that insurers would earn 2 percent less than forecast in 2014. “While we’ve had industry risks from regulatory changes on our radar for a while, the ongoing unstable and evolving environment is a key factor for our outlook change,” Moody’s Senior Vice President Stephen Zaharuk said in a statement. “The past few months have seen new regulations and announcements that impose operational changes well after product and pricing decisions were finalized.” The Moody’s report also cites the slow enrollment of young people into ObamaCare as a reason for the downgrade. “Uncertainty over the demographics of those enrolling in individual products through the exchanges is a key factor in Moody’s outlook change,” the ratings agency said. Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/healthwatch/health-reform-implementation/196203-moodys-downgrades-health-insurers-over#ixzz2rGjdZ2Va
  12. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_the_largest_trading_partners_of_the_United_States
  13. Funny thing about China. Next to Canada our biggest trading partner. They also kill us in trade. But.....that's what Mr. MarketMan is seeing today.
  14. China manfucturing contracted in January. Big growth engine for the world is sputtering. No correction yet.
  15. Interesting...... Gross Told El-Erian Gross Told El-Erian ‘Hell No’ Seeking to Stop Departure By Sree Vidya Bhaktavatsalam and Alexis Leondis Jan 22, 2014 4:30 PM CT When Mohamed El-Erian first told Bill Gross several weeks ago that he wanted to leave to “recharge the batteries,” the co-founder of Pacific Investment Management Co. was ``shocked'' and ``discouraged.'' El-Erian, 55, for years had been putting in long hours as the public face of Pimco next to Gross, appearing in the office as early as 5 a.m., speaking on national television throughout the day, and responding to messages well past regular working hours. Gross, battling record redemptions from his biggest bond fund, tried to persuade El-Erian to stay. “From our standpoint he was doing a great job,” Gross said in a phone interview from Newport Beach, California. “The answer we gave him was basically, ‘Hell no, you can’t go.’ ” El-Erian, viewed as the successor to 69-year-old Gross in running the $237 billion Pimco Total Return Fund, stuck with his decision to step down as chief executive officer and co-chief investment officer of Pimco. The move took investors and analysts by surprise and forced Pimco to revisit its plans for a future after Gross, by naming two deputy CIOs. The firm is seeking to emphasize the depth of its investment talent by appointing several more in coming weeks, Gross said in the interview. “I intend there to be a number of heirs apparent and for each of them to have assigned asset roles on a global basis with a global menu,” Gross said in the interview. “We’re not just bond people anymore.” ..... The turbulence in the bond market over the past year isn’t the cause for El-Erian’s resignation, according to Gross. He cited other difficult times that El-Erian has weathered, such as turmoil in Brazil and Argentina when he invested in emerging-market debt. “Total Return is more on my shoulders than his,” Gross said, referring to the firm’s biggest fund. “I didn’t notice any additional stress whatsoever. He’s a man that deals with stress and that’s part of his makeup.” While the two occasionally disagreed, they’ve been “on the same page” in how they assessed the macroeconomic environment and the direction of the market, Gross said. “He’s a classically trained economist, I’m sort of a seat-of-the-pants-economist. All of that in combination was just a sound match,” Gross said. “If there was a disagreement at all, it was his decision to leave.”
  16. According to the WSJ this is your time SB. And you other stocken pickers...... Morning MoneyBeat: Correlations Drop; Stock Pickers Rejoice THE BREAKFAST BRIEFING If you’re a stock picker, you have to like what you’ve seen throughout the first few weeks of the year. The major U.S. stock indexes are all over the map in 2014, a stark contrast to what has*predominantly transpired in the years since the financial crisis, when macroeconomic themes drove market moves. The Dow Jones Industrial Average, the granddaddy of the indexes, is down 1.2% so far this year, with heavyweights such as IBM and Goldman Sachs dragging down the group’s performance this week. Twenty-two of the 30 blue chips have started the year in negative territory, with GE, Travelers and Nike each down by more than 6%. Conversely, the small-cap Russell 2000 and the Dow transports both closed Wednesday at record highs, up 1.5% and 2.0% respectively for the year. The Nasdaq Comp is poised Thursday to add to its 1.6% year-to-date gain, thanks to big after-hours rallies Wednesday from Netflix Inc. and eBay Inc. And yet, the broadest index of them all, the S&P 500, is essentially unchanged, off 0.2% in January. No matter how you spin the data, the divergences underscore how the broad market has struggled to regain last year’s momentum that drove the record-breaking rally. Investors are picking and choosing certain sectors and specific stocks, as opposed to last year, when a rising tide essentially lifted the entire market. Almost half of S&P 500 stocks (249 to be exact) are down for the year, with six of the 10 large-cap sectors in negative territory. By comparison, 458 stocks in the stock index rose last year, the largest amount of positive performers since 2003, according to S&P Dow Jones Indices. In addition, correlation among S&P 500 stocks – the tendency for them to trade in unison regardless of underlying fundamentals – sits at the lowest level in more than a year, according to Chris Verrone, head of technical analysis at Strategas Research Partners in New York. As we noted on Wednesday, earnings season is yielding clear-cut winners and losers, with investors looking beyond bottom-line results and watching margins and guidance instead. The trend is expected to continue with earnings season heating up this week and next. With the market sitting at frothy levels, investors are getting more discriminating over which stocks deserve more gains and which stocks don’t. Doesn’t sound very bubbly, now does it?
  17. We who invest in them like the term 'high yield' better. :-) But I suppose that's just a relative term in relation to investment grade. But there are different grades of junk.....BB and B are most secure and below that is ugliness.
  18. Speaking of Netflix I'm going to need to check on the second season start of House of Cards. I don't know where the money comes from to make that kind of production.
  19. I spent days studying bonds and couldn't find any traditional investment grade fund that could survive a rising rate environment. So I ended up with the best junk I could find. If they return 3 pct at year end I'll be happy. Osterweis does this very well. Up until this year Morningstar considered it as a multisector then bumped it to junk. I don't feel comfortable with floating rate or unconstrained funds.
  20. I see people at work who need to enter a security code each time they wake their phone. Spinach!
  21. I could easily live without a corporate sync. The key for me is where personal appointments need to be worked around work appointments. So I also keep a calendar on my phone that combines both.
  22. Touchdown is also available for iOS now. But I don't know anything about it on that platform. BTW..... http://www.nitrodesk.com/Security.html Remote Data Wipe In the event of a device being lost, stolen or the employee being let go, it is possible for the administrator or the employees themselves to perform a remote wipe of the sensitive corporate data. What makes our users love TouchDown Remote Wipe is that one can choose to only wipe corporate information selectively. Since the enterprise can only claim ownership of the data synchronized from its servers, only this information will be wiped, allowing the user to retain their personal data - especially critical in a BYOD environment. Performing a full device wipe in some situations can have catastrophic consequences, both from a personal perspective of the end user as well as from a legal perspective on the corporation. Employees increasingly resist the idea of the corporation asserting control over their personal data and TouchDown provides employees with the comfort of knowing that the employer cannot introspect, edit or destroy any personally owned information on their device.
  23. Android has a solution with Touchdown. You can sync email and calender among other things. But the lock code employers require only locks down the app rather than phone. So the worst thing they can do is wipe Touchdown related stuff. I use another app that is something like Touchdown. Also if you know you are leaving the company, you could always remove the sync in advance so they can't wipe your phone.
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