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Fri Jan 30

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MarkR replied to the Apple board. 10:35 AM

Re: Apple pay moving the needle (not) article

If this dedicated device allowed you to pay for things without having to stand in line or take it out of your pocket (so, you just pick up the things you want to buy and walk out the door without stopping), then it might have some appeal (though [more]

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MarkR replied to the Macro Economic Trends and Risks board. 1:30 AM

Re: The Greek Debt Trap

Then, for the third time in a century, we can watch Germany destroy Europe.

Was Europe "destroyed" before they adopted the euro? I seem to recall lots of business trips there and it looked pretty good to me. Sure carrying [more]

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MarkR replied to the Apple board. 1:23 AM

Re: Apple pay moving the needle (not) article

People are going to buy a device just so they can use it to pay for things a little more conveniently? I don't see it happening with "the masses".

Hmmm, many millions bought a little device that you stick on your car window [more]

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MarkR replied to the Apple board. 1:21 AM

Re: Apple pay moving the needle (not) article

Not quite true.I have a 5S which will connect to the iWatch and work with Apple pay. I'll be waiting up on watch ordering night to be early in the queue.

Ah, yes, I forgot that the watch has its own secure processor (for the credit [more]

Wed Jan 28

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MarkR replied to the Apple board. 11:33 PM

Re: Apple pay moving the needle (not) article

You mean like an Apple Watch?

Kind of, but much less expensive, the kind of thing that the masses can and will get themselves just as a convenience. Nobody without an iPhone 6 or newer will purchase an Apple Watch.

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MarkR replied to the Apple board. 4:05 PM

Re: Apple pay moving the needle (not) article

I think Apple should (will?) eventually build a non-iPhone Apple-Pay device. Like an iPod Touch (or a nano, or shuffle, or something even smaller) with Apple Pay integrated into it. Probably just after the security module chip gets integrated with [more]

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MarkR replied to the Macro Economic Trends and Risks board. 11:48 AM

Re: The Greek Debt Trap

In the past, bankruptcy was the inviolable right of all debtors. That is no longer the case.

Without the availability of bankruptcy relief, all you have left is debt slavery.


As a country, you can have bankruptcy, you just [more]

Tue Jan 27

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MarkR replied to the Macro Economic Trends and Risks board. 10:54 PM

Re: The Greek Debt Trap

So that's it. I see Greece winning this rematch with a first round knockout.

And the Germans are saying - well, if Greece can dispose of their debt so easily (one simple election) then why wouldn't Spain, Italy, Portugal, etc take the [more]

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MarkR replied to the Apple board. 10:47 PM

Re: Conference call revelations

To be fair, Jan/Feb/Mar/Apr can be "early", May/Jun/Jul/Aug can be "mid", and Sep/Oct/Nov/Dec can be "late" if you divide the year up into thirds for using the colloquial early in year, mid-year, or late in the year [more]

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MarkR replied to the Macro Economic Trends and Risks board. 2:10 PM

Re: OT We're #1

I'd be OK with Michigan, in spite of the snow and cold, if it wasn't so expensive to live here. Lansing has floated a plan to bump the sales tax up to 7%, supposedly to fund road maintenance, because the legislature is too terrified of the tea [more]

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MarkR replied to the Macro Economic Trends and Risks board. 1:55 PM

Re: When currencies fail, companies R hurt

I didn't really appreciate the degree of problems caused by US Dollar relative strength until I read yesterday that Kimberly-Clark lost almost half a BILLION Dollars ($462 Million) just in Venezuela due to the currency [more]

Sun Jan 25

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MarkR replied to the Macro Economic Trends and Risks board. 9:59 PM

Re: Democracy in Action

The worry is that Germany will decide to cut Greece loose because they believe that if they allow Greece to "get away with it" and cease austerity and write down a bunch of debt, that other countries (Portugal, Italy, Spain, etc) will [more]

Sat Jan 24

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MarkR replied to the Macro Economic Trends and Risks board. 10:56 PM

Re: Lopsided recovery-educating the poor

MASTERY

But that's not fair [in the US]. The kids that can't master the material won't be equal to the kids that can master it! #politicalcorrectness

Fri Jan 23

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MarkR replied to the Bonds & Fixed Income Investments board. 12:11 PM

Re: PAAS buy/write/dividend for income

Apparently even the financial media don't quite get it.

http://www.cnbc.com/id/102355388

Thu Jan 22

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MarkR replied to the Macro Economic Trends and Risks board. 2:55 AM

Re: intelligent provocative column on intelligent in

maybe we see a little blip up in wealth equality?

That's not going to happen, because the "problem" isn't returns and expenses, the problem *is* that most people prefer to spend their money on big cars and on new toys than [more]

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MarkR replied to the Macro Economic Trends and Risks board. 2:49 AM

Re: Quite a bargain, really.

AND you get a water-proof, reusable container, for free (although you may have to pay an extra deposit on that).

And said container is made out of crude oil byproducts! :-)

Mon Jan 19

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MarkR replied to the Macro Economic Trends and Risks board. 11:52 PM

Re: Wealth of 80 = Wealth of 3.6 Billion

That wouldn't do much for an American in poverty, but could make a big difference to a number of the other 3.6 billion people.

Essentially a transfer of ~$450B from Western/richAsian nations to African/poorAsian nations. And the 3.6B [more]

Fri Jan 9

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MarkR replied to the Macro Economic Trends and Risks board. 1:31 AM

Re: Cheap oil is killing my job

Everyone that complains about the government should stand up and say just what government services they directly benefit from should be eliminated.

Well, for one, I think all deductions (personal deductions and personal exemptions*) [more]

Mon Jan 5

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MarkR replied to the Bonds & Fixed Income Investments board. 5:11 PM

Re: buy/write for income JMBA

They've been doing a LOT of discounting via selling cheap gift cards all over the place. Direct, promos, groupon, etc.

Thu Jan 1

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MarkR replied to the Apple board. 12:35 AM

Re: Let's Keep This In Perspective

But in 15 years maybe something totally different will come along that will catch Apple off guards.

Hmmm, maybe that's a good reason to keep ~$150B in the bank ... to buy that "new thing" while it's on its way up.

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