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  1. Jeff Matthews


    It's how 60 year-olds play "Elf on a Shelf." I don't get it.
  2. This reminds me of back in the day when I had an affinity for old cars. 1954-1960. Sooooo cool! The body styles, with wings and fins, did it for me. After I owned them for a few years, I realized it was true what I had heard people say many times: "They don't build them like they used to." All I can say in reply is, "Thank God!" Those old pieces of shite are long-gone and somebody else's PITA. I hope they enjoy every minute of their ownership.
  3. Here's the scoop from AT&T, directly: (source: https://about.att.com/story/2021/q4_earnings_2020.html) I see what they did. There was a large, non-cash expense taken, for which they made an adjustment. It looks like some sites report adjusted EPS, while others don't. Kind of sucks.
  4. Can anyone help me figure out why I regularly see discrepancies in earnings history of companies? Here's an example: The first pic. is from mactrotrends.com: (source: https://www.macrotrends.net/stocks/charts/T/at-t/eps-earnings-per-share-diluted) This next pic. is from NASDAQ.com: (source: https://www.nasdaq.com/market-activity/stocks/t/earnings)
  5. Check out AT&T, Exxon, Energy Products, Altria. There are some others, too. Chevron is financially strong and yielding around 6%.
  6. To be fair, in those days, you needed at 12.5% return because you had to pay an even higher rate than that to buy a car. With interest rates so low right now, a 7% yield is actually quite nice! That 7% will pay all of your mortgage interest and leave you 4% as a bonus.
  7. You wouldn't know that by the record sales these days.
  8. It's interesting how times have changed. CD's don't provide squat, but that's because the Fed has made home-buying more affordable by reducing rates to rock-bottom.
  9. "Stagflation!" I remember that as a kid. It didn't register to me back then. I just knew it was "bad."
  10. People must have been financing cars for 20%. I know they were paying 11%+ for car loans in the early 90's. That was the heyday, I was thinking about. I'm probably a little younger than you. In those days, you could get around 5-6% for CD's.
  11. Richard (Coytee) and I were just discussing this sort of thing. There is a false impression that the only choice is risky stocks and CD's which pay nothing. In the middle exist good dividend stocks. They yield better than CD's yielded in their heyday. Yields today on some very good companies are 7-8%.
  12. Me, too. But sadly, I have a feeling that the hedge fund guys are investing other people's money, and a lot of unwitting people got burned.
  13. The $80 Turbotax for Home and Small Business creates and files them for you. I just did mine last week.
  14. I don't know if this will help any of you going through severe anxiety attacks, but one of my brothers described attacks he had similar to wuzzer's around 5-7 years ago. He said it scared him like he was going to die. He didn't really know what brought it on and had no history to help explain it. His doctor prescribed a small dose of Xanax. He said it worked very well, and in fact he weaned himself down to just taking a half a pill to keep the attacks at bay. I don't recall if he said anything happened far enough in advance of the attacks to make him know to take the Xanax as needed or if he took it around the clock. After a while of taking small dosage Xanax, he finally stopped taking any of it and has been fine ever since. As far as anxiety goes, I have to wonder whether the anxiety comes from the heart palpitations or whether anxiety triggers the palpitations. If the attacks are really sudden and severe, don't assume it's necessarily a mental or mood issue. Also, different drugs work differently on different people. Don't be afraid to ask your doctor to experiment with different ones until you find a right fit. Good luck!
  15. Did any of the mods get any belated Christmas gifts?
  16. Delta to Wussies: Leave Your Pets at Home
  17. 11 million population on lockdown with orders not to leave city. https://www.foxnews.com/world/chinese-city-lockdown-coronavirus-surge
  18. Just in case you were too stoned and missed it. https://www.nasdaq.com/articles/cannabis-stocks-may-be-2021s-big-winners-2021-01-07
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