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Mon May 4

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MarkR replied to the Macro Economic Trends and Risks board. 12:03 AM

Re: The Engineer's Lament

That is actually a pretty common service in most cities in Canada.

Wow! I'll have to let my Russian friends know ... they seemed to indicate that it was unique to Russia.

Sun May 3

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MarkR replied to the Macro Economic Trends and Risks board. 9:40 PM

Re: OT: NYC Stuff - and an educational rant

Who do you think is going to win this race?

It depends. If test scores are good predictors of success, then the winners will probably be those nations with the highest test scores. If other factors dominate as predictors, then perhaps [more]

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MarkR replied to the Macro Economic Trends and Risks board. 9:22 PM

Re: The Engineer's Lament

Of course, Norway has fewer drunken cowboys driving 90 mph on a two-lane highway due to its very strict drunken driving laws.

The blood alcohol limit in Russia is 0.000%. Any alcohol detected will cause penalties, severe ones in most [more]

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

Re: The Engineer's Lament

Not a surprise. Europe generally has good local transportation in cities of any reasonable size. Most US cities lack *decent* public transportation that would permit people to reasonably NOT use their car.

And yet, the traffic in and [more]

Fri May 1

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MarkR replied to the Macro Economic Trends and Risks board. 6:44 PM

Re: The Greek fight will be over soon

Of course the ports are being sold to Chinese companies - giving them a foothold in Europe.

Of course, if the situation changes sometime in the future, Greece could simply nationalize those ports if necessary.

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MarkR replied to the Apple board. 11:28 AM

Re: Buyback vs. Dividend

Again, it is not monetarily intelligent to talk about buybacks as being good or bad, or better than dividends, or anything else...without considering the price that is paid, relative to a conservative evaluation of the intrinsic value of the [more]

Thu Apr 30

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MarkR replied to the Apple board. 11:45 AM

Re: Buyback vs. Dividend

I much prefer buybacks over dividends. First, because it allows *me* to choose the time that I take gains from my investment, and thus allows *me* to choose when they are taxed. Second, because it allows the company to choose when to return capital [more]

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MarkR replied to the Macro Economic Trends and Risks board. 12:23 AM

Re: Negative interest rates

Default?

Maybe. But not for a while. If I sell you a $1000 10-year bond, AND you are obligated to pay me an annual interest rate of -0.1%, then I certainly won't default until the end of the 10 years after I've collected 10 years [more]

Wed Apr 29

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MarkR replied to the Macro Economic Trends and Risks board. 1:58 PM

Re: Control Panel: Green signals

I'm profoundly worried about the unprecedented central bank money pumping since the financial crisis. How can that possibly end well?

Now I'm also worried about something else. Typically, when there is a recession (either approaching [more]

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MarkR replied to the Lending Club board. 1:32 AM

Re: My LC experience

TX state regulations prohibit funding new loans so I was restricted to the resale market.

That kind of sucks! You need a friend with an address outside of TX :-)

No loans for medical, weddings, holidays

I [more]

Tue Apr 28

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MarkR replied to the Retire Early Liberal Edition board. 12:33 AM

Re: Poll: Do you resemble your spouse/SO?

Nope, not at all ... especially when naked! :-)

Sun Apr 26

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MarkR replied to the Macro Economic Trends and Risks board. 8:58 AM

Re: Energy = Wealth

So what do you propose - stopping all oil burning?

I didn't propose anything, all I did was reply to a comment I saw. But stopping most burning of oil might be a good thing net net assuming we had reasonable cost alternatives for [more]

Sat Apr 25

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MarkR replied to the Macro Economic Trends and Risks board. 8:55 PM

Re: Energy = Wealth

I am sure EPA does not agree with dumping any of our waste products of oil in our oceans, rivers, lake, creeks, landfills, sewers, backyards or anywhere else.

Of course not! We just dump it right into the air we breathe. You pump [more]

Fri Apr 24

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MarkR replied to the Macro Economic Trends and Risks board. 2:04 PM

Re: Energy = Wealth

that ordinary oil is more expensive than nuclear

Oil (fossil fuels) has a huge advantage over nuclear - it is socially acceptable to dump almost all your waste products of oil anywhere you please (into the air, etc) while it is [more]

Thu Apr 23

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MarkR replied to the Macro Economic Trends and Risks board. 1:04 PM

Re: Happy Birthday To It

... until we wouldn't know what to do with it all.

He was correct about everything ... except for this part. Somehow, as the power of our computing devices increase, we always seem to find a way to use all that power and to desire [more]

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MarkR replied to the Macro Economic Trends and Risks board. 1:02 PM

Re: OT: Robots and Drones

They should have programmed it to lift it's leg periodically near a tree. And to chase the car for a bit. :-)

Wed Apr 22

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MarkR replied to the Macro Economic Trends and Risks board. 7:00 PM

Re: Gross's Bund Bet

When it comes to central banks and their shenanigans, Gross is playing with fire. If the ECB ups its bid (driving Bunds into even deeper negative rate territory), Gross could get his a$$ handed to him.

I'm not sure exactly how [more]

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MarkR replied to the Macro Economic Trends and Risks board. 6:38 PM

Re: Why invest in anything?

Towns/cities own a number of sporting/entertainment facilities. For example, some of the facilities that towns are here own are pools, tennis courts, soccer fields, baseball fields, greenways, basketball courts, amphitheaters, etc.

I [more]

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MarkR replied to the Macro Economic Trends and Risks board. 3:43 PM

Re: Why invest in anything?

There are a lot of city owned golf courses around. The little township I live in owns 2. With the state in the grip of trickle down economics, where the state reduces revenue shared with the cities to pay for business tax cuts, golf courses are [more]

Tue Apr 21

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MarkR replied to the Macro Economic Trends and Risks board. 7:42 PM

Re: Why invest in anything?

I don't think a sane person should invest his savings in this mess.

So what are you planning on doing with your money? Keep in mind, that there are very few places you can put it without it being "invested" in [more]

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