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by stuper1
Fri Aug 30, 2013 2:49 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Syria
Replies: 248
Views: 36625

Re: Syria

I'm sure the dead, the maimed, and their survivors will be put at ease Obama's reluctance. Well, I think the idea is to reduce the number of dead/maimed by reducing the killing/maiming capacity of the Assad government.  Of course, there's no certainty in the calculation; it's just a guess on probab...
by stuper1
Fri Aug 30, 2013 1:58 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Syria
Replies: 248
Views: 36625

Re: Syria

Speaking of Iraq the "gassed his own people" line has kind of a familiar ring to it, doesn't it? I refer you to MT's signature about not believing anything you read in the papers. And even if he is gassing people, constitutionally speaking I would still say no, there is no difference. #1 - Not real...
by stuper1
Fri Aug 30, 2013 1:02 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Syria
Replies: 248
Views: 36625

Re: Syria

Or Boehner can instruct Obama that, under our Constitution, in the absence of an attack on the United States, Congress alone has the authority to decide whether the United States goes to war. [/size][/font] A case that was strongly made by two senators named Obama and Biden during the Iraq fiasco. ...
by stuper1
Tue Aug 27, 2013 6:00 pm
Forum: Gold
Topic: GTU
Replies: 20
Views: 7699

GTU

GTU has been selling at a discount ever since the big gold drop in April.  The discount doesn't seem to be getting any less even with the price increase over the last two months. I've been waiting for the discount to decrease, or go back to a premium, so I can sell and buy some physical gold. Does a...
by stuper1
Tue Aug 13, 2013 4:53 pm
Forum: Permanent Portfolio Discussion
Topic: Another re-balancing question
Replies: 7
Views: 3202

Re: Another re-balancing question

Backtesting shows higher gains with re-balance bands much wider than 15/35 (even up to 50% or more), likely due to momentum.  This would indicate that holding on to your excess stocks longer should be good on average, but probably not if there is a huge stock downturn coming up (wouldn't be surprisi...
by stuper1
Mon Aug 12, 2013 11:26 am
Forum: Gold
Topic: Short Covering...
Replies: 6
Views: 1841

Re: Short Covering...

What does this indicate?
by stuper1
Fri Aug 09, 2013 1:14 pm
Forum: Permanent Portfolio Discussion
Topic: Stay the course...How long is too long?
Replies: 12
Views: 3619

Re: Stay the course...How long is too long?

Be sure to look at real returns after inflation.  If inflation was at 3.5% annual average during your pre-PP years, then your real return was really only 2.5%.  Maybe in your PP years so far, your real return was 0%.  So, the difference in average annual returns is only 2.5%.  It's still not what yo...
by stuper1
Mon Jul 15, 2013 7:21 pm
Forum: Gold
Topic: How do gold dealers make money?
Replies: 13
Views: 6525

Re: How do gold dealers make money?

I have wondered the same thing many times.  I don't have any specialized knowledge, so I could be way off base. All I can think is that at any given time, the number of buyers and sellers must be fairly even.  The dealer's profit is simply the premium between his buy and sell price. Even as I write ...
by stuper1
Wed Jun 26, 2013 12:15 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Seeking Book Recommendations for Young People
Replies: 8
Views: 1585

Re: Seeking Book Recommendations for Young People

Ok, Ad Orientem, what age would you recommend to start teaching your kids about personal finances?
by stuper1
Tue Jun 25, 2013 12:41 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Seeking Book Recommendations for Young People
Replies: 8
Views: 1585

Re: Seeking Book Recommendations for Young People

How about The Wealthy Barber?  Is that one any good?
by stuper1
Tue Jun 25, 2013 12:09 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Seeking Book Recommendations for Young People
Replies: 8
Views: 1585

Seeking Book Recommendations for Young People

My son is 12.  Does anyone have any recommendations on good personal finance books for this age and up?
by stuper1
Fri Jun 07, 2013 5:31 pm
Forum: Stocks
Topic: Bad 401(k) Part II: Now with Collective Investment Trusts
Replies: 17
Views: 7835

Re: Bad 401(k) Part II: Now with Collective Investment Trusts

My 401k has some BlackRock collective investment trusts that I have a lot of money in.  How bad are these things really?