Sep 202014
 

Tweet Sick of hearing about my travels yet? TOO BAD SUCKAS. I OWN YOU. I’m writing this in a “business hotel” in Osaka, which is really just a Japanese version of a motel. My room consists of a bed, tiny TV (which has a pay-per-view porn option by buying a card from a vending machine), a small desk, and a bathroom the size of an airplane lavatory. Forget about the sites, let’s talk a little about Japan’s impending demographic doom. A third of the population is over 65, and 40% Read More [...]

Sep 122014
 

Tweet By this point next week, your old pal Nelly will be in Japan. Insert your own panties in a vending machine joke here. Is it sad that the very first thing I got excited about was the fact that they drive on the wrong side of the road there? Because I certainly did. I can just picture getting t-boned by some Toyota being driven by a Japanese man on the phone. He’ll be very apologetic, but I’ll be dead, all because I looked the wrong way crossing the street. Read More [...]

Aug 302014
 

Tweet It’s the long weekend. What are you doing here? Oh, your family doesn’t love you? …That’s awkward. Do they even like you? No? Yikes. Okay, don’t fret. The fine folks here at Financial Uproar (see how I made it sound like this is a legitimate business instead of some jackass with a laptop?) have some good weekend content to keep you entertained. In reality, you picked a great weekend to spend here and not with your family. Why? Because all the hotel websites are giving away all sorts of discounts Read More [...]

Aug 222014
 

Tweet Notice how the title says SHORTING Coke and not SNORTING Coke? I feel like it’s important that you know the difference between the two. I’ve talked about this a number of times before, but I really think you’re a sucker to buy Coca-Cola shares at these levels. It trades at more than 22x earnings, even though income (and revenue) has been pretty flat. It keeps buying back shares by using debt, even as it gives ALL the options to management, pretty much negating the effort. And it’s getting practically desperate Read More [...]

Aug 082014
 

Tweet Last week, I asked you all to suggest changes to Friday now that Recycle Friday has died a merciful death. And for the most part, y’all DIDN’T GIVE ME SQUAT. Okay, that’s a lie. Holy Potato came up with the only good idea, telling me to cut posting down a day. So that’s what I’m doing. Originally, I started doing the Dump on the weekends, since there wasn’t a whole lot of PF related content published on the weekends. And, a few years later, there still isn’t. I thought Read More [...]

Aug 032014
 

Tweet So you think you’re some sort of serious investor now, and this blog isn’t quite giving you all the information you need. Where exactly should you go to get the info that’ll give you the upper hand? Besides the sites I link to every week, of course. Here are a few ideas, most of which I read every single day. Seeking Alpha – The biggest site on the internet dedicated to analysis on individual stocks, publishing up to 100 new articles a day. I’d say there’s a little too Read More [...]

Jul 272014
 

Tweet Now that I’ve been in the country a few days, I’ve noticed a few things about the land of Korea (AKA Japan’s bitch). Here’s the lowdown, just in case you ever come and join me. That’s not an invitation, dammit. I was told before I left that folks would stare at me in the subway, like I was some sort of weirdo type foreign guy. This happened a bit (especially with young kids, they love foreigners), but what really struck me was how a lot of the older generation Read More [...]

Jul 202014
 

Tweet Well kids, it’s official. Remember that thing I’ve been talking about off and on for the last two months (plug time? YOU KNOW IT) that you’re probably really tired of? Well, you’re in luck. Because as your eyeballs move across the screen, my eyeballs will be thirty-some thousand feet in the air. And the rest of me too, I suppose. My flight was leaving early in the morning, so I was just going to pull an all-nighter at the airport, which is probably at least in the top 5 Read More [...]

Jul 062014
 

Tweet Oh, that title will make sense in about 6 paragraphs, and spoiler alert, it might be the funniest thing you’ve ever seen. In the investment world, a lot gets talked about when it comes to investing in companies with a certain competitive advantage. Thanks to Warren Buffett, value investors often refer to this competitive advantage as a moat. As an example, Canada’s telecom companies have a huge moat. If we actually got a 4th national wireless player, this company would have to spend billions of dollars just to get Read More [...]

Jun 292014
 

Tweet Let’s talk a little about the stock market and how it just won’t stop. It’s like that one rave I went to and everyone was on E! They just wouldn’t stop doing whatever it is people on E! do, like sitting  down and rationally discuss issues affecting the world today. That seems nice. Yesterday, I came across this tweet. 25 Worst Quarterly U.S. GDP Prints In History (see if you can spot the outlier) pic.twitter.com/T9WQsOLA3Q — J. Lyons Fund Mgmt. (@JLyonsFundMgmt) June 28, 2014 I know that weather was Read More [...]