The “Oracle of Omaha” is being examined again. But too much of the coverage implies that there's some magic formula out there that can make you a billionaire like Buffett. It's the “magic bullet” theory of investing, and I speak the truth when I say that it won't work for you.
Look, Warren Buffett appears to be a nice man. He seems a bit fond of having more »
Investing in utilities can be a very good move … if the right sort of luck is with you.
A recent story about Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK) indicates just how much of a factor random chance can play in investing. Sure, that's true for all investing, but for utilities investing it's more obvious than in other sectors. In its recent earnings call, Duke said that its first quarter profit more »
Time Warner Cable (NYSE: TWC) and its CEO Glenn Britt are thinking about killing broadcast television for good.
There was a time – as recently as four weeks ago – where the broadcast networks were worried about their signals being digitally relayed. A small startup named Aereo was doing so and winning court battles about it. It meant that consumers of television could get broadcast signals via the Internet and time shift more »
"The future of tablet computer isn't e-readers." Huh. Nice to know...I guess.
That's the statement by Barnes & Noble (NYSE: BKS) CEO William Lynch in a recent interview. Lynch was discussing the move by the bookstore – and tablet – company to add a new feature to its Nook tablets. That feature? Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) Play.
By adding Google's app store to the Nook, Barnes & Noble is accomplishing two more »
So advertising can still get it done, apparently.
That's a surprise to me, frankly. To think that a company like Viacom (NASDAQ: VIAB) can still see growth in the ad sales of one of its – admittedly flagship – cable networks in this age of cash-for-content is a confusing sign.
All the recent data indicates that consumers are moving away from ad-supported media, yet still Nickelodeon – which is owned by Viacom more »
Editor's Note: This article has been amended to correctly identify GM's product line.
I'm not old enough to remember it, and I'm not young, but there was a time when investing in automobile manufacturers was the safest, most predictable thing one could do.
Been a while, isn't it? That time is one with the dinosaurs, the Corvair and possibly honest members of congress. Still, despite more »
It's obvious that the current car culture can't last all that much longer.
For more than a century, the automobile has taken control of cities in the western world, and it's spreading over the developing world. The only problem with that is that it comes with pollution, the fractionalization of neighborhoods and resource depletion. None of those are good things.
Most of them won't ever go more »
Consolidation in the media business isn't new, and it's not stopping either.
A recent report hints at a merger between media empire Time Warner (NYSE: TWX) and CBS (NYSE: CBS). In truth, such a deal makes sense--combining a content giant like Time Warner with a distribution specialist like CBS is a natural fit. If consummated, it would also be a sign of the changing global media landscape.
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Seriously, when will people stop buying the Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) hype?
In it's earnings call for last quarter, online retailer Amazon.com reported a lower profit margin, a lower net income and indicated that it anticipates next quarter's net to run somewhere between $10 million and a loss of $340 million. Of course shares jumped 2.2%.
Really, the hypnosis-like hold Amazon has on investors is a mystery more »
It's possible that BlackBerry is right...for all the wrong reasons...at least the reason's stated.
In the news today, BlackBerry (NASDAQ: BBRY) CEO Thorsten Heinz gives his reasons why the company is going to likely avoid getting into the tablet computer market. In an interview, Heins indicated that BlackBerry will not re-enter the tablet market, even if the new Z10 and Q10 BlackBerry phones are successful in more »
As part of the digital revolution, the idea that companies can be supported by advertising revenue is dying.
Before I became a broker, I spent my career in magazines and newsletters. It was a truism then that customers who would pay $40 per year for a magazine – which then had to be supported by millions of dollars in advertising – would pay $2,000 per year for a newsletter – if that more »
If Congress rescinds the mortgage interest deduction it will harm a growing housing recovery.
Whether that's good or not is another question. But there's no doubt in my mind that even something as small as limiting the amount that can be deducted will shrink the speed at which the housing – and economic – recovery occurs. It's the tricky part of trying to fix the federal spending problem: how more »
Young people, more than anyone esle, should be investing in the stock market.
It's senseless for them not to. Sure, as a broker, I continually heard young people complain that they didn't have money to invest. Or I'd be told that investing was something their parents did or that they'd “get around to that later.” Again, senseless. When a person is young is the best time more »
Mobile technology is no longer the coming thing; it's here and everyone better learn to adapt.
From the growth of tablet computers to the collapse of the PC industry to the rapid rise of smartphones, mobile tech is here. Firms that can manage the switch will thrive and those that can't will find themselves dying off. It's that important a shift. This is akin to the switch more »
Soooooo … state governments want a piece of that sweet, sweet online sales dollars.
That's not the only reason that Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY) introduced the Marketplace Fairness Act, of course. But I'd bet it's the largest one, no matter what Enzi says. It's not been fun being state and local government since the collapse. Tax revenues are down while committed expenditures weren't declining commensurately.
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It's easy – but not true – for investors to consider Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) a special case; they would be wrong.
Google is good, yes. It's an innovative company with a corporate culture that encourages a seemingly endless stream of new gadgets that delight and entertain. It's also maintained a high level of profitability based on online advertising mostly. There are only two quarterly periods going back to mid-2008 more »
Not all investing is socially responsible investing. Sometimes you just want your investments to pay off.
Back when I was a broker, I had clients every week ask me about socially responsible investing. They'd be concerned that they put their money into companies and funds that were doing good in the world and so forth. That's fine. But sometimes investing it just a tool to promote one's more »
Consolidation in the airline industry is doing nothing to help companies succeed.
Note I said nothing about surviving. They're doing that...but just barely. In fact, I don't think even that is a guarantee for the plethora of airlines that we have in the American market space right now. I think the likeliest – and most useful – thing to occur would be for several of these firms to just more »
A new bill moving through the Senate aims at restricting big banks' ability to risk on the taxpayers' dime.
At least that's what the bill's sponsors say. Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and David Vitter (R-LA) have proposed that large banks – those with more than $500 billion in assets – be required to maintain capital equal to 15% of their assets at all times. If a bank has between $50 more »
The obvious problem is that of content. While it would be nice if all content was available on all platforms, that's not a practical solution. If exclusive deals are out there, Disney is the one I'd like to have if I were Netflix. In addition to the cartoon classics, Netflix also gets more »
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