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Friday, 22 February 2008
Blue Chip Companies With Many International Customers

Sure green stocks are really sexy these days, but how can you separate the winners from the losers? No doubt, green companies will become the next big bubble on the worlds' stock markets.

In the short term, there will probably be a flight to quality blue chip stocks by smart investors. The speculators can chase can chase gold and energy securities until the cows come home. Who wants to be another crazy in crazy sectors?

Here are my top ten old economy stocks with international exposure that I believe will do well in 2008. They are based in Canada and the United States:

  1. General Electric Co. ($34.37): It now derives 50 per cent of its sales of power-station generators, locomotives, lighting supplies and medical equipment from outside its home market.
  2. Caterpillar Inc. ($69.95): Despite its exposure to the troubled U.S. construction market, it is forecasting a rise in 2008 profits of 5 per cent to 15 per cent. Offshore orders for its heavy equipment, accounting for half its total sales, have more than compensated for softer sales growth at home.
  3. Potash Corp. of Saskatchewan Inc. ($149.35): It's the world's largest potash supplier, accounting for roughly 15 per cent of global production. Increasingly, its output of fertilizers and related feed products is shifting to developing-world markets where rising incomes are bringing agricultural self-sufficiency within reach.
  4. Coca-Cola Co. ($58.76): The cola giant, which once insisted on peddling only Coke abroad, has learned humility in recent years, building market share in the Pacific Rim and South Asia by reformulating its soft drinks and juice products to local tastes, and acquiring dominant local beverage brands.
  5. International Business Machines Corp. ($106.16): It generated 65 per cent of fourth-quarter 2007 sales from outside its homeland and retains its near-monopoly on mainframe computers. These are much in demand from emerging-economy governments and corporations upgrading their computer networks. Lucrative contracts to service its equipment will further entrench IBM in its newest markets.
  6. Bank of Nova Scotia ($47.38 Canadian): The most international of Canada's Big Five banks. It operates in more than 40 countries outside Canada and the U.S. Over the past five years, BNS stock has outperformed all but Toronto Dominion Bank.
  7. Procter & Gamble Co. ($66.30): It long ago transplanted its vaunted marketing prowess overseas, and currently is threatening to push long-established rival Unilever PLC to the margins in the booming Indian market.
  8. Whirlpool Corp. ($88.49): The world's largest appliance maker (Maytag, KitchenAid, Amana, Jenn-Air), which we think of as a "household infrastructure" firm, enjoyed a 2007 payoff from its assiduous studies of how consumers in Mumbai, Singapore and Rio de Janeiro use its products. (For instance, washing machines are stored in the small kitchens of Russian and Central European households, and must be small enough to tuck under the kitchen counter.) In 2007, healthy overseas growth compensated for the weakening North American demand.
  9. United Technologies Corp. ($71.53): It's the world leader in elevators (Otis) and air conditioners (Carrier), and with big stakes in aircraft engines (Pratt & Whitney) and helicopters (Sikorsky), is a low-key infrastructure supplier with outsized performance, including a stock that bested the S&P 500 by a 2-to-1 ratio over the past five years, and boosted profits by 91 per cent during that time. UTC is largely insulated from the North America consumer economy, and its rising offshore profits have compensated for the U.S. housing meltdown.
  10. Bombardier Inc. ($5.53): As the world's largest rail-equipment maker, it supplies streetcars to Brussels and monorails in Asia. And the former stock-market darling, still recovering from the 2001-02 recession, continues to fatten its order book for private planes, despite the U.S. downturn, thanks to the recent proliferation of Russian and Asian tycoons.

In days gone past, experts in "new technology" were sometimes very wrong. Are you aware that Thomas Edison fought with Nicola Tesla over how electricity should be produced, "Direct Current Versus Alternating Current"?

Nicola Tesla won and the alternating current has lighted our homes and ran our appliances for the last hundred years.


Posted by qualteam at 10:16 PM EST
Updated: Sunday, 24 February 2008 10:49 AM EST
Thursday, 21 February 2008
The Benefits Of Early Retirement

Of course, if you love your job, you wouldn't retire from it, you'd just take a long vacation like the man above.

I've worked close to 35 years for Canada Post and I don't love my job. I don't hate it either, but I get the feeling that I should move on to something more creative like writing.

Having a pension will enable me to devote more of my time to writing and other creative pastimes like karaoke singing, basketweaving and religious myth collecting. 

More than a week ago, I added up my non income tax expensives from my pay stubs for 2007. They totalled over $7,000. This included CUPW union dues, Canada Pension Plan premiums, Canada Post Pension premiums, Unemployment Insurance premiums, Disability Insurance premiums, etc.

By next year at this time, I won't be paying into plans where I get nothing back. I'll be collecting from investments that I paid into for a long, long time. 

Part of this plan involves buying and paying off the mortgage on a well maintained house. You can then live mortgage free or sell the house and take every red cent as profit.(In Canada, you can do this.)

One, also, has to invest in a pension plan that's into the stock market. This will help pay off the mortgage and pay for an income distribution plan that you'll need in your golden years.

The long range view is that some risks have to be taken to earn some decent savings. Unless you inherit a great deal of money, your mental smarts have to be there in house buying/selling and in stockmarket buying/selling.

If you do the above, maybe you can obtain early retirement or a long, long vacation.

 

 


Posted by qualteam at 9:40 PM EST
Updated: Saturday, 23 February 2008 10:57 AM EST
Sunday, 17 February 2008
A Top Ten "Funny" Word List

  1. The Popeye Motivational Principle: "That's all I can stands. I can't stands no more."
  2. McDogfood: Any sandwich bought at McDonalds.
  3. Death: Nature's way of telling you to slow down.
  4. Work: A place to go after breakfast.
  5. Pupsqueak: The sound a yawning dog emits when it opens its mouth too wide.
  6. P-Spot: The area above the urinal in a public restroom that men stare at, knowing a glance in any other direction would arouse suspicion.
  7. Metrosexual: A gay man who would bitch-slap or hit you with his manbag if you irritated him.
  8. Fauxhemian: Someone who adopts the trappings of the Bohemian lifestyle without actually straying too far from the straight and narrow of social conventions.
  9. Little Bugger: A gay midget wrestler.
  10. Hell: Spending an evening with an insurance saleman.

 


Posted by qualteam at 9:54 PM EST
Updated: Sunday, 17 February 2008 10:10 PM EST
Saturday, 16 February 2008
Creepy Transit Ads About The Drug "Obay"

Ads like the above have been appearing in bus shelters throughout the Greater Toronto Area. Another ad states "My son used to have his own ideas. Now he doesn't."

This whole campaign seems like something out of a sci/fi movie like "The Stepford Wives" or "They Live".  Aliens take over the bodies of parents and start turning their kids into "The Stepford Teenagers." Very scary.

Using drugs to produce docile easily controlled people, definitely sends a negative message to me. Most of the free nations of the world have fought against totalitarian regimes like Nazi Germany that advocated unquestioning obedience to a superior power.

 


Posted by qualteam at 10:14 PM EST
Updated: Tuesday, 19 February 2008 10:37 PM EST
Thursday, 14 February 2008
Happy Valentine's Day

I hope you're enjoying the sensation of "feeling good" that exists between a man and a woman who have chemistry together. Little things like a look, a word, a touch and a kiss at the right moment can send the pulse racing. Add in some good music and some fond memories and the night is ready for romance.

On the other hand, maybe Valentine's Day is simply spending some quality time together with your sweetheart.

Whatever it is to you, passionate or subdued, enjoy each other's company to the maximum.

If you're alone this Valentine's day, touch the hand of an imaginery lover and enjoy this beautiful romantic song below:

Sweet Caroline/Neil Diamond


Posted by qualteam at 10:16 PM EST
Wednesday, 13 February 2008
Happy Fifth Anniversary Of The Barron Blog

The Barron Blog started on Feb/13/03 and after 1255 entries, it's still here on Feb/13/08.

Mainly, this blog reflects the world and the universe from my point of view. I try to deal fairly with issues concerning religions, economics, the environment, wars, aliens, gambling and other things that capture my attention from time to time.

Often, I try to connnect with "The Mind of The Christian Brotherhood" to gain extra insights into realities not easily perceived by human beings.

"The Mind Of The Christian Brotherhood" is the interconnection of minds of all the Christians who died since year 33 A.D. These are the experiences and the insights of millions of spirits who have eternal life and who share "The Mind of Christ" with their brethen.

"As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be: World without end."

I feel that I have one foot on Earth and one foot in eternity.

Self-help books, history, the arts, sci/fi, computers, and science in the 20th and 21st centuries have unfolded mysteries before our eyes. 

Hopefully, "The Barron Blog" will continue to link up to knowledge that is helpful to all of us.

 


Posted by qualteam at 10:52 PM EST
Updated: Wednesday, 13 February 2008 11:06 PM EST
Sunday, 10 February 2008
The Shame Of Religious Bigotry

There is one sin that most of us are guilty of and that includes me: RELIGIOUS BIGOTRY (i.e. My spiritual/belief system is better than yours.).

History is strewn with attacks on religious minorities of one kind or another.  Here's how one author looks at this issue from an over-all perspective on "The Religious Tolerance Website".

Bigotry seemed to be fostered by established religions against emerging religions. In the first century, Christians were thrown to the lions and slandered as cannibals. Later on,  when they had own hierarchy of popes, cardinals and bishops, they presecuted "Gnostics" who had weird unauthorized Christian beliefs.

Bigotry continued through inquisitions and witchhunts into the 17th century.

In the 19th century, Joseph Smith, the founder of the Mormons was maytred for his revisionist view of Christian mythology.

In the 20th century, both Jehovah Witnesses and Judaism felt the sting of persecution in one form or another.

In the late 20th century and earlier 21st century, the most hated religions became Islam and Scientology. To me, the press or the internet fed distortions of their religious doctrines to the masses and this prejudiced people against them.

One of the basic human rights is "Freedom Of Religion". We have a right to search out sacred scripture anywhere to help us find our way. If we agree with one belief and not another, that's totally our prerogative.

During the 1960s, we revolted against the conformist mentally of those who followed blindly authorities in religion or politics. To quote a famous hippie saying: "Where's it's at for you dad, isn't necessarily where it's at for me".


Posted by qualteam at 8:53 PM EST
Updated: Sunday, 10 February 2008 10:27 PM EST
Friday, 8 February 2008
Rebuilding Bodies

My uncle used to find and rebuild old decrepit Mustangs for the purpose of resell. He was very successful because classic 1960s Mustangs were in high demand.

Just imagine if classic bodies could be rebuild in a similar way. Wouldn't there be a demand for them in the spirit world? Just imagine having a body like "Superman", "Darth Vader", or "Bugs Bunny". It boogles the mind.

In the 1970s, there was TV program about a rebuilt human being. It was called the six million dollar man starring Lee Majors.

In the 21st century, the techology is there to rebuild body parts from stem cells.

On a personal level, when I was in a dentist's chair, I had a vision of super dental hygenists rebuilding my body from a past life. Believe it or not, these beings worked on my teeth as the first step in a "body rebuild". It doesn't stop there. With the Brotherhood of Christ, not only are bodies rebuilt, but minds and old civilizations as well.

Step by step, a new universe is being created that will never be destroyed.

 

 


Posted by qualteam at 11:55 PM EST
Updated: Saturday, 9 February 2008 12:28 AM EST
Thursday, 7 February 2008
I Entered My First Poker Tournament Yesterday
Mood:  party time!

That's not me winning the tournament. It was only for $526.00. I didn't win that either.

With $7200 worth of play money, I goofed and went "all in" with two pair against three of a kind. I just didn't see it coming.

Well, I learned my lesson and finished in 46th spot out of a field of 275. I even walked away with $3.00 in prize money.

I'm getting better, but I'm not ready for "prime time poker" yet.

 


Posted by qualteam at 5:30 PM EST
Tuesday, 5 February 2008
Trying To Play And Win At Texas Hold'em
Mood:  vegas lucky

I love watching the pros play "Texas Hold' em" on TV. Most of the time, they seem to be doing what I'd do in different situations. That doesn't mean, I know a great deal about Texas Hold'em poker. I don't, but I play the game fairly well intuitively.

Recently, I've opened up an account with Poker Stars.com.

Playing free poker was definitely, the stupidest and boringest thing I ever did.

I then, started playing small money games with fixed limits and blinds of $.02/.04. This was OK, but the winnings weren't exciting. I think I won a dollar after two hours of play.

I moved up to the $.25/.50 game quickly. I had to play smarter or I'd lose a few bucks. Who wants that?

Well, I'm in the black ($8.00) after five hours of playing. Try doing that at a casino.

I'm still educating myself on "Texas Hold'em". Any game is more fun when you study it and play it properly. I used to do that with Chess and Backgammon years ago.

A good basic video on the world's most popular poker game is placed below. Have fun and don't let poker control your time and money.


Posted by qualteam at 2:22 PM EST
Updated: Tuesday, 5 February 2008 2:35 PM EST

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