How stupid is that — “Black Tie Optional?” It makes everyone uncomfortable, throws everyone into confusion, and makes everyone a loser. If you wear black tie, you feel like a snob. If you don’t, you feel like a slob. Now there’s a successful social convention.
Seriously: it’s so dumb.
The convention should be either: […]
Did you know you can use Colgate toothpaste to remove scuffs from shoes and tar from bare feet? Or to do emergency spackling?
Did you know you can use Coca Cola to de-rust your chrome car bumper?
Downy Fabric Softener to eliminate the static-electricity shocks you get from carpets?
And that’s […]
In the good old days, when I was growing up, the Fifties and Sixties, gas cost around 30 cents a gallon, which would take the average car about 12 miles. So driving 120 miles cost around $3, which took the average production worker about an hour and a half to earn. (Some guy working for […]
A few months ago, I told you about “A Stock That’s Surely Going to Zero” — because if it wasn’t, it would have to be going through the roof. Since writing that column, it has gone neither to zero nor even to ankle height — it’s almost exactly where it was. About $3.75 ($5.50 […]
Three quick things first
1. MYM USERS
CompuServe made a change. If you can no longer get stock quotes . . .
a. From the FILE menu go to: PROGRAM SETUP, COMMUNICATIONS
b. Select COMPUSERVE and press Enter for “Service Setup”
c. Press F9, our hidden key
d. With […]
It is a tribute to the power of television, I think, or to people’s affection for the late Gilda Radner, that the largest response I have had all year was to yesterday’s column on mining. Oh, sure, a few of you chimed in on the side of the environmentalists or in defense of arsenic contamination. […]
Thomas McA.: “I still use Managing Your Money. I find it far superior to Quicken or Microsoft Money. I partially blame you for its demise. You spent so much time putting drivel into its publication that you forgot that Quicken was outpromoting you.”
Is this a great country, or what?
Jim Whyte: […]
Tom Wilder: “I am interested in (and own) municipal bonds. You recently stated:
The market for something like New York City general obligation bonds is deep, and even a full-service broker won’t gouge you too badly. But for some obscure dormitory, toll-road or hospital issue? That’s another story.
“What about insured bonds (i.e. […]
Guy Devillier: “My financial institution is now offering Unit Investment Trusts (also known as Defined Portfolios). What’s your take on these? And can you give a better explanation of what they are than the one-paragraph announcement I received?”
Hmm. “A way to grab too high a fee from you for locking you into a fixed […]
Quote of the Day
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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