|September was a Surprise.......
The proponents of a double-dip recession certainly came
away with some well deserved egg on their faces. What was that
percentage gain for the month again?
Meanwhile out here in
Nevada where Harry is talking about how much he loves guns and that is
the main reason we should vote for him, Nevada leads the nation
in unemployment and locally the unemployment picture is about 14%.
Maybe this time around we can get rid of this embarrassment to
the state, if not the country, and vote in someone who actually has the
best interests of the state at heart.
The odds of this happening? I'd give it 45% that Harry is given his well deserved walking papers.
09-17-2010 - The business of
accusations and demonizing.......something......... got off to an early
start this month but I was prepared:
took this to be one of the better bets in that the next time financials
run, and they will, that BAC will return some nice,
reasonable profits to the pile of cash used for buying up demonized
stocks. It is in my opinion a mildly disturbing way to increase
portfolio assets but it works.
09-22-2010 - What happens when you miss estimates?
Adobe did, and promptly lost 20% of its value.
it worth looking at? I don't know. I asked my sister who is
quite familiar with the company and she suggested staying away from it
because of the popularity of open source, which she thinks will eat
into the bottom line.
I think their applications are fine, but they are in my opinion overpriced.
How are a few of my favorite dividend producers doing?
It's interesting that everyone nowadays is talking about dividend
producing stocks these last few months. How long have I been
talking about them? Let's see.........quite a while. Can't
do that with money markets or bank savings accounts these days.
The Small One:
I've basically owned B&G foods since it went public and have not been disappointed.
P/E of 35 I think is a little rich to make any major purchases but if
you like the yield, you can buy on the dips and do ok.
Year to date the stock is up almost 25% on price alone, which makes it worth a look.
The Big One:
stocks tend to weather recessionary pressures quite well. Altria
is up almost 18% for the year so far, excluding dividends.
And speaking of dividends, the dividend increased by 3 to 38 cents. With a yield of about 6.5%, that's not bad!
The Government Guaranteed One:
let the big price drop fool you. This was the result of a
large distribution of cash which in this case, was invested in more
A 6.7% yield year to date in this climate?
This fund is doing better than some large cap stocks. The
fund does use leverage to boost returns and..........
normally outclasses the Vanguard fund by a bit more that what is shown
here but if you are on a fixed income, half a percent does make a
Here is a reminder as to why if would be a good idea for the conservatives to regain control of one or both houses.
If you think your taxes are high now, here are the tax rates scheduled for next year: 2011 Rate Changes
So what is up with Government Motors, formerly known as GM?
What exactly are Pink Sheets - How do they Work? Is a Pink Sheet Trade Risky?
we all know by now, GM went bankrupt and tax payer funds were
used to bail the company out, as tax payer funds were used to bail
practically everything else out. This even includes the
restoration of mosques worldwide (what this has to do with bailouts
does leave one curious about exactly what side of the aisle the
teleprompter aligns itself with).
When a company like GM goes
bankrupt, odds are the stock will no longer meet the minimum
listing requirements of the major exchanges like the NYSE or NASDAQ.
Minimums might mean the ability to keep the price of a share of
stock above $1.00 or a minimum value for the company itself, expressed
in mathematical terms thusly: Number of Shares Outstanding X the share price.
CAUTION - THE ORIGINAL SHARES TRADING UNDER 'GM' ARE WORTHLESS IF THE COMPANY BECOMES BANKRUPT.
you hold on to shares of a company facing imminent bankruptcy,
you can lose everything if hang on to those shares. Shares
you are currently holding do not automatically morph into OTC or Pink Sheet shares if the company gets delisted. The original shares become worthless.
a company (GM in this case) fails to meet minimum listing requirements
the stock gets delisted and usually ends trading Over the Counter
(OTC) on the Pink Sheets.
From a quality (and I use the term
loosely) point of view, being listed on the OTC exchange is preferable
to the Pinks. Companies listed on the OTC still have to meet some
minimum standards and still have to file paperwork with the SEC.
The ticker symbol changes as well, which should notify an
investor that there is something amiss.
A company that cannot
meet the minimum standards of the OTC has one more option left.
This option is one step lower on the investing rung of the ladder and that
would be the Pink Sheets.
Pink Sheets don't have to report
anything, nor are they required to meet any minimum standards at all.
Pink sheets by the way, were so named because info on the company was
actually traded on pink paper. There are other reasons for listing on
the Pinks, other than standards. Sometimes the company is too
small to list. Sometimes it is a small start up and it doesn't
want competitors to know how much cash it actually has on hand.
Sometimes.....it is a way for crooks to make a lot of money.
of curiosity one day, I looked for the new GM ticker symbol to
see what was going on. I could not find a ticker for GM on the
OTC exchange. I thought that rather strange. Looking
further, I discovered that GM was actually trading on the Pinks:
Motors Liquidation Company......You have to hand it to those doing the listing - they do have a sense of humor.
Liquidation looks like a real prize to invest in, doesn't it. One
could have made a lot of money if they bought (let's see... $5000
divided by 6 cents.....that would be 83,333 shares) 83,333 shares at 6 cents and managed to sell them at the high of 88 cents, which would have netted me a gain @ $72,000 dollars.
is the allure of the OTC and the Pinks. You can make a lot of
money. You can also just as easily lose a lot of money.
These two exchanges are full of pump and dump, naked short
selling and much manipulation in general.
is best to walk rapidly the other way when you see these types of
offers which are either for a service or info on a specific stock.
like this most likely pump the pink or otc shares they own, hoping to
make money off of you - the sucker who ends up with thousands of shares
of a worthless stock.
If you thought you were getting a
fantastic deal on 500,000 shares at a nickel a piece, consider
that the people that put you up to this could have bought millions of
shares at a half cent or less. They are the ones making a fortune
on that stock that got pumped up to a nickel because they sold, leaving
you holding the bag.
This is a Test:
You know GM is going to go public in a couple weeks. Do you:
Buy up as many shares of GM, now trading under the pinks as
MTLQQ and hope to make a killing when GM gets re-listed in a major
B. Wait until the IPO comes out and buy as many shares as you can afford?
C. Sit this one out.
The only wrong answer here is A. Why?
CAUTION - SHARES TRADING UNDER 'MTLQQ' ARE WORTHLESS IF THE COMPANY GOES PUBLIC UNDER A NEW IPO.
works both ways. Shares in MTLQQ cease being of any value once GM
goes public. Don't get left holding a bag of worthless shares.
My last observation on this whole GM fiasco is this:
Why would such a large company choose to list itself on the pinks rather than on the OTC.
I think it's a rhetorical question.
An Actual Example
Cook is a busy boy. He continually spams investing bulletin
boards in hopes of enticing investors into buying up shares of OTC
companies and at the same time promotes these penny stocks in his
Herman Cook then scours the news for really cheap penny stocks which are trading for next to nothing and buys a boatload.
news is not good news and Herman is not above manufacturing his own
news regarding some kind of upcoming statement about blow-out earnings,
new contracts etc. pertaining to the company. I checked this out
and it was an actual OTC article. I wouldn't say the stock is set
to explode though........
pump and dump scheme started in early February. He probably began
buying massive amounts of shares in the .05 to .08 cent range.
then started filling up the bulletin boards with news of this explosive
penny stock and how one could make a small fortune off of his timely
It took less than a month after people got on board,
pumping themselves up with words of encouragement from other
'investors', who praised them for their sound investment decision.
this point herd mentality enters and people bid the stock up.
After all, the stock was 8 cents yesterday and today it's a
dime. That is really nothing at all!
And on it goes until someone pulls the plug and dumps their shares.
say Herman buys 100,000 shares at the outset for 8 cents apiece. That
works out to an $8,000 investment. If he successfully rides the run-up
to 19 cents a share and sells, he has done very well indeed and
has doubled his investment, plus a little.
(Note: this is an extremely conservative example of what one could make)
Fast forward eight months or so and the penny stock is now truly a penny stock.
has moved on to other penny stock pumping schemes, leaving lots of
novice investors who had stars in their eyes, with pennies instead. Hopefully they learned something.
I had my fun with
the really cheap stocks for a year or so and it centered around all the
new wireless start ups. I actually made out quite well but enough
was enough. It's a suckers game over the long term.
Some of the last blooms of the season.