Harry Newton's In Search of The Perfect Investment
Newton's In Search Of The Perfect Investment. Technology Investor.
8:30 AM EST Tuesday, December 12, 2006:
Quiet, as Christmas approaches and the Fed holds another meeting to figure interest
rates. The betting is they won't change. Inflation is still the fear.
Urgent for all
of us to check our realized gains and losses this year, our dividends, earnings
and the realized gains and losses of all our funds and managers (hedge, mutual
etc.). You may be surprised. It may be time to take some losses. Do it quickly.
The year is ending.
Wall Street expects
the Federal Reserve Open Market Committee to leave interest rates unchanged
for the fourth straight month when its policy setters conclude their last meeting
of 2006. Investors are anxious to learn what the Fed will say about economic
growth and inflation.
The Fed has held
the fed funds rate target steady at 5.25 percent since August, when it paused
after raising rates 17 times in a tightening cycle that began in June 2004 and
that effectively killed the housing boom.
Oil is up a little
ahead of an OPEC meeting on Thursday that may agree supply cuts. U.S. crude
prices traded 33 cents higher at $61.55 a barrel.
to your customers works: Though we complain about too many emails,
the fact is that email to our customers works. Our tiny tennis club now uses
it. Bingo, we're selling more court time. There are three basic and easy ways
to send bulk emails:
1. Send a normal
email to Joe Blogg, but include zillions of BCC names -- blind copy.
Your people won't see who else got the email, but they won't see their own name.
They'll think it's spam.
2. Use Outlook's
mailmerge skills. Put together a list of your customers in Excel. Get Outlook
to link to it. Bingo, you have personalized emails. It's limited, but it works.
3. AY Mail
is the most sophisticated email blasting software. I've used it to send
hundreds of thousands of personalized emails. You can create much more professional-looking
emails with AY Mail. You can also manage regular email blasts much more easily.
A simple "home" version is $99.95. A "professional edition"
is $169.95. You can also download a trial version -- but you're limited to only
15 recipients. Use it wisely. Hint: Write clever copy. Offer a "cents off
coupon" "free delivery," or create an impending event: "Buy
today, get Christmas delivery"), this software will return its cost many
thousand-fold. Believe me. Highly recommended. Click
+ Don't call overseas from your cell phone.
+ Avoid calling overseas cell phones. My latest bill shows they're 5.5 times
as expensive to call as a landline.
+ Skype to Skype calls are the cheapest. Their quality is superb. And they're
free. What more could you ask?
+ Skype to landline is among the cheaper ways to call overseas. My $10 pre-pay
with Skype seems to be lasting forever.
Biggest Failing: There Is No Iraq: That was the headline of a weekend
piece in the New York Times. As we seek one goal, the Iraqis themselves
seek another, viz:
Right now, Sunnis,
Shiites and Kurds see freedom more as the opportunity to be free
of one another than to forge a liberal democracy. Thats how subjugated
peoples, from the Soviet Union to Yugoslavia, tend to react to the lifting
of tyranny. Iraqi behavior is not especially strange.
Allen's Classic Recipe for Roast Beef
everything -- except poverty and a toothache." -- Mae West.
said money can't buy happiness simply didn't know where to go shopping."
-- Bo Derek.
1 large Roast
1 small Roast
Take the two roasts
and put them in the oven. When the little one burns, the big one is done.
perfect investment (?)
Moshe, 88, goes to see his financial advisor. "So what is the appropriate
investment for me?" asked Moshe.
replied the adviser, "I have found a terrific investment that will double
your money in five years."
crazy?" said Moshe. "A five-year investment? Why, at my age, I don't
even buy green bananas any longer."
This column is about my personal search
for the perfect investment. I don't give investment advice. For that you have
to be registered with regulatory authorities, which I am not. I am a reporter
and an investor. I make my daily column -- Monday through Friday -- freely available
for three reasons: Writing is good for sorting things out in my brain. Second,
the column is research for a book I'm writing called "In Search of the
Perfect Investment." Third, I encourage my readers to send me their
ideas, concerns and experiences. That way we can all learn together. My email
address is .
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