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  • 4 Income-Producing Stocks for 2013

    By Luke Pinkney - January 31, 2013 | Tickers: CMGE, MCD, MSFT, SCCO

    The day my parents retired was a day of pride for me.  Young enough to still travel and possessing a mutual wanderlust, Mom and Dad have undertaken numerous journeys and fulfilled-long awaited dreams since retiring a few years ago.  Their excursions have included trips to Europe using my airline travel benefits, a low-cost reposition cruise from Barcelona to Miami to deliver a vessel for the winter Caribbean season, and frequent more »

  • Zipcar and Avis: A Match Made in Heaven

    By Luke Pinkney - January 8, 2013 | Tickers: CAR, HTZ, ZIP.DL2

    On January 2, Parsippany, NJ-based Avis (NASDAQ: CAR) announced the purchase of Zipcar (UNKNOWN: ZIP.DL2), a pioneering car sharing service based in Cambridge Massachusetts. As a supporter of green technology and as an Atlanta-based member of the Zipcar movement, I am excited about this purchase. As an investor, I am elated.

    The procurement of this company ensures that Avis has a solid place in the future of the car rental more »

  • Can Microsoft Rise Above the Gang of Four?

    By Luke Pinkney - January 7, 2013 | Tickers: AMZN, AAPL, FB, GOOG, MSFT | Editor's Choice

    With all the media attention currently being showered on the technology sector's favored sons-Google (NASDAQ: GOOG), Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL), Facebook (NASDAQ: FB), and Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN)-(AKA-The Gang of Four), former goliath Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) finds itself in the uneasy position of underdog. Each company has its own area of expertise. Google has clinched the search market. Facebook dominates social networking. Amazon is the master of online commerce more »

  • How a Bag of Fries Can Save McDonald’s

    By Luke Pinkney - January 3, 2013 | Tickers: BKW, DIN, MCD, RT, WEN | Editor's Choice

    Working as a regional airline pilot, I have the advantage of a more random sampling of fast food franchises than the average french fry connoisseur.  In an admittedly informal survey I have been taking of McDonald’s (NYSE: MCD) restaurants over the last few months, a common theme seems to be occurring.  Out of ten purchases, from stores ranging from Wilmington, Delaware to Houston, Texas, eight of them included orders more »

  • Chinese Domination: 5 Reasons the Dragon Will Breath Fire in the World Economy in 2013

    By Luke Pinkney - January 2, 2013 | Tickers: CAAS, CHA, JASO, PTR, PKX, TSL

    If someone were to survey a random sampling of the people closest to me, he might conclude that I am a die-hard cheerleader for Chinese investment.  I would argue, however, that this is not the case.  For if I am a cheerleader I am a poor one, at best, for I only cheer when the team is winning.  At worst, I will abandon the team when it becomes obvious to more »