Harry Newton's In Search of The Perfect Investment
Newton's In Search Of The Perfect Investment. Technology Investor.
AM EST Friday, September 29, 2006: Several readers
have suggested that Washington conspiracy theories don't fly. Washington isn't
smart enough. Yet...
Cheaper oil and lower interest rates will help get Republicans elected.
2. We have an "oil" administration -- Cheney and Bush are from oil.
They understand it.
3. There are only a handful of oil producing countries, each of whom could be
spoken with. If Pakistan got the message, why not Saudi, Kuwait, etc.? It's
a small favor to drop prices until November.
4. There are only a handful of big oil producing companies, all of whom are
major contributors, and major beneficiaries from recent tax and other legislation
Washington has passed.
5. oil producers, enjoying the recent spike in fuel prices, raked in petrodollars
and put much of their profits in U.S. Treasury bonds, causing bond prices to
rise and interest rates to fall. That was serendipitous.
would not surprise to see both oil prices and interest rates rise after
the November elections.
if you think there is a only a 10% chance of Harry's theories coming true, you
will owe it yourself:
To organize your borrowings now while interest rates are cheap. Now might be
a good time to buy that piece of real estate you've always wanted.
To organize your energy needs for the next year or so. Can you hedge your home
and office energy needs?
Software has moved up. It could go higher as
more laptops gets stolen and the need for protection becomes stronger.
read The New York Times. There are now four ways:
1. The paper version.
Pro: It's familiar. Con: It's a pain to dispose of.
2. The Internet version -- go to www.NYTimes.com..
Pro: It's all there. Con: It doesn't look like a newspaper. You also need a
broadband connection and you need to stay connected.
3. Download it from NewsStand.com. Pro: It's nice to read. Con: Waiting while
it downloads is a pain. And it's not cheap.
4. The new Times Reader beta. Pro: It's nice to read. It comes up instantly.
You can load up and take the day's issue electronically with you. Read it on
a plane. You will be able to search, highlight, annotate, print and email. Try
this beta. It's neat: Click
This is what the New York Times looks like on the Internet.
This is what it looks like courtesy its new, neat Reader.
of the day:
to take a gun away from someone
trouble with being in the rat race is that even if you win, youre still
a rat. Lily Tomlin
I pray you never need this advice. Click
up with fakes
EBay is loaded with fakes that are promoted as real. Several companies including
LVMH and Tiffany have filed lawsuits against eBay. LVMH contends nearly all
Vuitton and Dior items sold on eBay are fakes. EBay says it does everything
to stop fraud (but clearly doesn't do very much.) Only a minute number of products
sold on eBay are fakes, it says. In short, buyer beware. Newton's eBay rule:
If it's too cheap to be real, it isn't.
home needs a lovable bunny rabbit
This 9" plastic white bunny is called Nabaztag, the Armenian word for rabbit.
It comes from Violet, a small French company. Nabaztag connects wirelessly to
your home's computer network. Its ears can twirl or point up or down to notify
you of incoming e-mail or the rise and fall of stocks. It can read aloud emails
or news headlines, converting text to speech. It can announce the time or play
songs from your digital music collection. Color lights that glow inside its
belly tell the weather. All yellow, for instance, can mean sunny; all blue can
mean snow. Your rabbit performs according to preferences set up by the user
on Violet's Web site. You can assign different light signals for emails that
come from different people or contain certain keywords in the subject line.
Nabaztag can even marry another rabbit, and the two can link up over the Internet.
The owners of the pair enjoy bunny love, by getting their bunnies to mimic each
other's ear movements. It costs $150 in Europe.
fancier Bluetooth earpiece:
Mvox Duo is a
Bluetooth headset and a Bluetooth speakerphone. It tells you who's calling.
It has excellent voice recognition and does voice calling over a cell phone
or a PC (e.g. Skype). It has 8-megs of memory for storing phone numbers -- a
mini-Outlook. The $199 gadget will be available for $199. I like the idea. To
watch the Mvox VP marketing demo the phone, click
demonstrations are on the Internet
DEMO shows off 70 new technology products twice a
year. Eager executives pitch their wares. Some of the videos are neat. Click
here. Caution: Not all work.
punchline is obvious, yet still funny
As part of his yearly physical exam, the doctor
requested a sperm count from his 85-year-old male patient. The doctor gave the
man a jar and said, "Take this jar home and bring back a semen sample tomorrow."
The next day the
85-year-old man reappeared at the doctor's office and gave him the jar, which
was as clean and empty as on the previous day. The doctor asked what happened.
The man explained:
"Well, doc, it's like this. First I tried with my right hand, but nothing.
Then I tried with my left hand, but still nothing.
Then I asked my
wife for help. She tried with her right hand, then with her left, still nothing.
She tried with her mouth, first with the teeth in, then with her teeth out,
We even called
up Arleen, the lady next door and she tried too. First with both hands, then
an armpit, and she even tried squeezin' it between her knees, but still nothing."
The doctor was
shocked! "You asked your neighbor?"
The old man replied,
"Yep. None of us could get the jar open"
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
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