Harry Newton's In Search of The Perfect Investment
Newton's In Search Of The Perfect Investment. Technology Investor.
8:30 AM Friday, September 9, 2005: The
Katrina devastation has affected an area of the United States larger
than Great Britain.
obliterated apartment complex in Long Beach, MI: Blown
away by Katrina. Only a few cars, including one in the pool, withstood the storm.
An amazing photo.
From this week's Time Magazine.
have two hands.
Today's Wall Street Journal writes,
Katrina is expected to slow growth and boost inflation in the second half,
according to a WSJ.com survey of economists. But recovery efforts could give
the economy a modest boost early in 2006."
There's an old
joke about the president of an investment being visited by a genie and granted
one wish. His wish was to employ only one -handed economists. Every time he
asked them what might happen, he was always told "On the one hand.... on
the other other.... In short, you can't predict the future. But I see nothing
to change my own predictions:
efforts will propel massive economic growth in 2006.
+ The massive amounts of steel, lumber, concrete and construction machinery
needed in the Gulf over the next few years will push construction costs up nationwide.
That's bad news for most of us -- except for the companies that make this
stuff. That's where we need to look for investment opportunities -- this
will all your papers be? Hurricane Katrina obliterated courts, records
and their support network in the New Orleans area. Companies have two places
they store their important papers and computer records -- their office and a
backup site. Do you? You should. Here's my "IT Backup Strategy":
+ Make five photocopies of everything. Make five envelopes. Give one to each
kid. Put one in my bank's safe deposit box. Put one in a small fireproof safe
in my country house. Send one to my trusted friend, Dan Good.
+ I will also scan all the papers and store them on my main laptop and the various
backup hard disks which I make regularly.
don't make this stuff up.
+ My friend who rents low income housing tells me the average low income
renter has a net worth of $2,500.
+ The corn in a one-pound box of cereal costs its maker 3¢.
Learning from the tennis greats:
+ Agassi talks about "spending a lot of
time to get still" just before he hits the ball.
+ Federer talks about his eye-ball
concentration. He claims to see the ball hit his racquet. He keeps his head
down well after he hits the ball.
+ In short, concentration (and great footwork) is the name in this exacting
sport. No tennis player has ever moved as well as Federer.
This weekend promises some great matches. The best should be Men's Semifinals,
Open TV Schedule
- 6:00 pm
Doubles Final / Women's SF
- 1:07 am*
Doubles Final / Women's SF
- 6:00 pm
8:00 pm -
4:00 pm -
1:00 pm -
promise and a threat?
An older Jewish gentleman was on the operating table awaiting surgery. His son,
a renowned surgeon, was to perform the operation. As he was about to get the
anesthesia he asked to speak to his son.
"Yes, Dad, what is it?"
"Don't be nervous, son; do your best and just remember, if it doesn't go
well, if something happens to me .. your mother is going to come and live with
you and your nice wife...."
Two fellows from Alabama were sitting around talking one afternoon...
After a while the first fellow says to the second, "If'n I was to sneak
over to your trailer Saturday and make love to your wife while you was off
huntin', and she got pregnant and had a baby, would that make us kin?"
The second fellow crooked his head sideways for a minute, scratched his head,
and squinted his eyes thinking real hard about the question.
Finally, he says, "Well, I don't know about that, but it sure would make
Al Qaeda spies
Two Al Qaeda spies met in a busy Los Angeles restaurant after they
had successfully slipped into the U.S.
The first spy starts speaking in Arabic.
The second spy shushes him quickly and whispers:
"Don't blow our cover. You're in America now. Speak Spanish.
+ Manhattan Pharmaceuticals: Click
+ NovaDel Biosciences appeals. Click
+ Hana Biosciences appeals. Click
+ All turned on by biotech. Click
+ Steve Jobs Commencement Address. The text is available:
Click here. The full audio is available. Click
+ The March of the Penguins, an exquisite movie. Click
+ When to sell your stocks. Click
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.
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