Should We Worry About Apple?

There are relatively few companies in which we associate a single person as the company. Steve Jobs and Apple is one of those companies. The initial announcement of the resignation of Jobs came quietly and calmly. It was not completely unexpected as Jobs has been having health issues that have been public since 2004. Even so the repercussions in the market have been significant. Current off-hours trading is seeing Apple stock drop a tremendous 5%,... Read More

DIY to Save Yourself Money: Shelves

I finally reached the point where I just felt that I needed to clear out my garage so that I could fit both of our cars in the garage. Water splashing from our front sprinklers was starting to leave hard water stains on our cars – which is not a good thing. In order to make enough room to fit both vehicles, I would need extra shelving in the garage. I checked out Costco and found some nice shelves that would meet my needs. I have a moderate... Read More

What is the perfect stock?

I was reading through some random financial blogs and I ran across a particular blog that posed the question “Is [insert stock name here] the perfect stock to invest in?” It actually made me sit up a little straighter in my chair because it’s something that I don’t normally even think about. The perfect stock? What is this I don’t even… … Philosophically I fall under the camp that believes that there is no... Read More

LinkedIn IPO: Three Weeks Later

Three weeks ago I wrote my predictions on how I thought LinkedIn’s IPO would pan out. I will admit, while the prediction itself was not exactly a bold prediction, we can see the stock starting to perform as expected. While I say it is performing as expected, I will say that it is higher than I expected. I personally did not expect the stock to peak at around $120 per share. I also certainly did not expect the stock to be at $72 per share at... Read More

Floods + Droughts = Higher Prices

Floods With the Mississippi River floods, farmlands around those areas have taken quite the beating – some deliberately.  News and media outlets have mainly been focusing on the human element and damages to homes and infrastructure, and rightfully so. Estimates are predicting billions of dollars worth of damages once everything is said and done. There have been a few stories covering the potential economic impact of the Mississippi floods,... Read More

Social Media is over-valued

I have been writing for a while now about my views on social media companies and their apparent valuations. I just cannot see how these valuations can be so high, especially considering the known business models they each use. LinkedIn was first, next comes the Groupon IPO. The good folks at gplus.com gathered data and put in into a nice infographic to see the various valuations of some social media companies. I will add that there should be at least... Read More

When is the right time to buy a home?

Same story, different day... Yesterday came news that the home-price index fell to its lowest point since 2002. It appears that now is a great time to invest in real estate! Errr… Wait a minute… Didn’t we hear the same thing last month and the month before? Are the people that invested last month suckers? I’m sure we all know the drill: Home prices go up? Great time to buy! Home prices drop? Great time to buy! Apparently it... Read More

6 ways to improve gas mileage

Prices at the gas pump are increasing and now 4 in 10 Americans are finding prices painful. So how can we save money on gas? I’m not going to say to buy a new car. Many are not in a position to buy a new car, and while buying a new car may save money on gas, you may actually end up spending more overall on the actual car itself. So what are other ways to save money on gas? Carpool – This is one of the more obvious solutions, but so many... Read More

LinkedIn IPO: Predictions

I wrote earlier about LinkedIn and raised questions about a social media bubble. Here we are a few months later and LinkedIn is expected to start trading Thursday morning on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “LNKD”. Reports are showing that the asking price has gone as high as $45 per share. At that price LinkedIn would have a market value of over $4 billion, which is more than 17 times the value of its revenue in 2010. So... Read More

Charter Communications doesn’t make any sense

Whenever I mention Charter Communications, the majority of the responses I get from people within earshot is “I hate Charter!” I don’t blame them. Charter Communications is available in this area and are notorious for their service interruptions and lack of customer service. When they filed bankruptcy in 2009, it came as no surprise to most. Paul Allen and his lack of leadership almost guaranteed Charter’s failure. The bankruptcy... Read More

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