Shi and Mitsubishi
Many readers received this morning from our former publisher Rightside Advisors Inc. a promotion for a newsletter by Mr. Scott Fraser called the Natural Contrarian Press. Mr. Fraser is the subject of a “cease and desist” order by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Mr. Fraser’s advertisements and magalogs not only are unrealistic and unfounded but they are banned by the SEC because of previous misleading material he sent out.
Day of Reckoning
There was no joy in mudville as we went back to work after a 3-day weekend. Results from reporting companies was pretty grim. And the market is testing its Nov. 2008 lows.
*Regional trade finance bank Banco Latinoamericano de Exportaciones SA (BLX) does not expect the U.S. economic stimulus to help its Latin American business. "In general, 50% of the trade of Latin America is directly related to the U.S.," Bladex CEO Jaime Rivera to a conference call with analysts. He added: "Demand in the U.S. is down and is still falling. Most companies believe that process will continue."
No President's Day in Canada
Your editor is working on free-lance assignments on this supposed holiday. I am doing free-lance writing, not in competition with Global Investing, of course, because the transfer process from the former publisher, Rigthside Advisors, is proving to be very slow. Until we have your subscription records from Rightside Advisors or a successor entity, we cannot bill you for our newsletter. And I have no revenues. Read more »
After my GoGranny note of yesterday I was accused of hating the 21st century. Untrue. I was an earlier user of computer-to-computer data exchange, using the telephone lines between London (where my editors were) and Paris (where I lived) more than 25 years ago. It was slow but faster than going to the main post office to send a fax or dictating to stenographers or typing a telex.
But the present day Internet (not yet invented then) is full of time wasting, spam barrages and spamblocker irritants, identity spoofs and identity theft tricks, emails full of insults and indiscretions people wish they had not sent you about a minute after they did, attempts to part you from your money or your bank account details, and niggling procedures made more irritating by supposedly 'fun' music.
I almost did not do a blog today, harassed as I was by the registration process at GoDaddy.com where our domain names are housed. To change the address and email address I had to send them documentation like tax papers and a driver's license by fax.
Then it turned out a federal tax form was not accepted; they require a state tax form. And a driver's license in color will not be readable so they require a password page. And yur password has to be only numbers not alphanumeric.
Finding out these requirements required phoning the help line and listening to ghastly rap ye-ye music about GoDaddy while this GoGranny was on hold. Agh. So taking a clue from what Gertrude Stein wrote in her Radcliffe blue book for her exam with Prof. William James, I was going to write: “Dear Prof. James, I do not feel like writing an essay (blog) today." For this she got an A.
A world of shopkeepers
The retailing sector is taking the lead in making adjustments for the current financial crisis. Because selling goods is such a hand-to-mouth business, often financed by manufacturers or whatever is being sold, the storekeepers are quick to react to a crisis.
Belgium’s Delhaize Le Lion, a powerful supermarket chain, has simply stopped selling products from Unilever pending a price cut from the Anglo-Dutch firm, according to today’s Wall Street Journal. Read more »
The Ham-fisted Techie
I have now had our assets assigned back to my company by Rightside Advisors under law. The problem of finding a human being who can handle the technical issues of actually making the transfer remains. We hope to collect subscription and subscriber information from RSA to allow us to continue to not only provide you with your newsletters, but also to allow you to view our model portfolios and our ADRGuide. And, incidentally, to allow my company to bill you for subscriptions and renewals and other services like special reports.
Today’s further unlinking of indexes with individual stock performance increases my confidence in the stock-picking way we invest. The further breakdown in the link between the price of gold and that of oil further increases my confidence in micro-economic rather than broad-brush investment advice.
But having said that, I think there are lessons which can be drawn about the situation of companies in the same industry from the experiences of their rivals. Read more »
Now that we all have bought our Areva CIP, I figured I had better tell you why it is a deflation stock (as well as of course a play on nuclear energy.) ARVCF.PK is, as noted yesterday, controlled by the French Republic. CIP means we own investment certificates, not common shares.
Areva is also a total political football because it is state controlled. And in a deflationary environment, boy oh boy does the state take control.