Who says vibrant political debate isn’t alive and well in America? Your reactions to my comments fell on both sides, vaguely in line with the latest polling numbers:
“Today’s article is as poorly reasoned as any defense of President Clinton that I have read. But then arguments by analogy, such as you have made, […]
“Can you offer any profound advice about buying puts, as a small percentage of my portfolio, on a company which gets a bump in price on ridiculous takeover rumors? I’m thinking of 3Com, which will not, under just about any circumstances, be taken over by either Cisco or Intel. It seems if I bought a […]
Recently I told you how smart the guys at amazon.com are. Today, another smart Internet site: www.reference.com. It is to news groups and forums and “mailing list” discussions what Lexis-Nexis or AltaVista or somebody is to searching newspapers and magazines. And it’s free.
It lets you store your queries (so if you are interested […]
I was sitting next to a guy at dinner last night who grew up in Swawaw, Alaska.
“Where?” I said.
“Seward. Named after the guy who purchased Alaska. Seward’s Folly, they called it.”
“Oh. That’s right. The old Interior Secretary or whatever he was.” (He was Lincoln’s Secretary of State, but I don’t want you […]
You know I rarely write about specific stocks, if only because I’m not so great at picking them. But I did fall into the trap not long ago of telling you about Calton Homes and then to my amazement see some good news.
I think it’s worth a follow-up, because of the curious way […]
From Eric: “Here’s our situation. My wife and I just finished getting our credit card balance down to $0. I have one year left on a car loan at 7.5%, ten years left on three education loans at 8-9%, and we both do pretty well, so we have about $1,800 per month left over after […]
“Public disclosure of once-secret industry documents,” reported the Associated Press recently, “has shown that Big Tobacco privately considered tobacco addictive and harmful at least four decades ago, even as it brushed aside claims that it manipulated nicotine in cigarettes to hook smokers.”
It is now clearer than ever that those seven tobacco-company CEOs were lying […]
Many of you joined Mark Brady in setting me straight. “Your comments today on Posh being a travel acronym [Port Out, Starboard Home] are a little misplaced. Actually, the acronym was supposed to refer to travel to India from England. There was a long discussion about this on the urban legends newsgroup. The relevant […]
“A difficult question I’d like your insight on: How might I identify stocks which I have a reasonable chance of holding forever and enjoying roughly a (U.S.) market rate of return? I am primarily interested in holding in taxable accounts.” – Gilman Miller
A.T.: Your question is either very simple or very difficult, so let me […]
“In your recent article, you stated that if a person may need the money in 5 years do not consider putting in the stock market. Why do you feel that way? Five years seems to be a nice length of time for your stocks to grow as opposed to leaving it in a bank […]
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If you think it's messy there, said Albert Einstein of his paper-strewn office, you should see it up here, he smiled, pointing to his head.~.
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