November 19, 2014
Interesting development for me in that FORBES Magazine interviewed me last week in connection with their upcoming December “Retirement 2015″ issue. I remain one of the “stars” at the Marketocracy site I’ve written about here (although not lately), and Marketocracy had passed along my name. I have given the FORBES writer the following 2 stock picks, which I will be purchasing myself today: Fonar Corp. (FONR), which engages in the design, manufacture, sale, and servicing of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanners, and Maiden Holdings, Ltd. (MHLD), which is an insurance company.
I now have a 10+ year record with Marketocracy. Those of you who are curious can see the records for my 2 “star funds” at the following links:
Pettit Mutual Fund #1
Pettit Energy Fund
April 19, 2011
…is what I’d like to give Greg Mortenson if this story indeed turns out to be true.
A book that has had a huge impact on my life is Mortenson’s THREE CUPS OF TEA–a very well-written and moving story of Mr. Mortenson’s efforts to build schools (and especially for girls) in Afghanistan and Pakistan. I bought and read the book; I have passed it along to others. I’ve even pretty much decided that upon my death all of my billions will be used to promote schools for girls in third world countries.
Apparently Mr. Mortenson made a lot of his story up. Heartbreaking.
It is still a worthy cause, mind you, but this story, if true, sets things back a long way. Why besmirch a good cause with your stupid lying? CBS won’t let me embed the video breaking this story, but you can find it here.
I first found out about it at Yahoo News here.
December 4, 2010
October 29, 2014
A couple of unenthusiastic picks this time around.
I’m going to take a small position in Barrett Business Services Inc. (BBSI), which barely makes it onto my screen and looks really boring–but sometimes you can make money with boring.
I decided to also put some what-the-heck money into Winnebago Industries, Inc. (WGO), also because it made the screen. Do people really still buy recreational vehicles? Winnebago is the leading brand of them, as far as I know. Maybe they’ve started making “hybrids” (?), because I thought these things got about 5 miles to the gallon and thus just don’t make sense at all–but the stock has been doing okay the last little while. Is it because We Boomers are prematurely senile and forgot we have a fuel crisis? Hey, I’d personally like to have one, but what with costing so much to buy and with the fact that I’d have to leave it parked in my driveway unless I went back into the work force…I just don’t know who is crazy enough to buy these things. Oh, yeah–me, I guess. Because I just bought a bunch of their stock and I can’t even “drive that around to visit the grandkids”…
[EDIT: I wrote this post a couple of days ago, aware that I would be traveling yesterday and unable to actually consummate my purchases until today. Turns out that BBSI plunged 34% yesterday and I dodged a bullet. I ended up buying it anyway--the PE ration is even better--but only half as much, since a plunge like that is "nervous-making"...]
October 8, 2014
Truly terrible several months for me–underperforming the market, which always is upsetting.
Okay, I’m going to split my money up between two similar investments: Fortress Investment Group LLC (FIG) and Apollo Global Management, LLC (APO), both companies being in the investment management business.
Which also describes me. (At least for myself).
More deep breaths…
September 18, 2014
Well, after a dearth of picks the last time I looked (August 27th), I found several this time around:
First up, I’ll be taking a half (limited confidence) position in both JMP Group Inc. (JMP), which is in the investment banking industry, and REX American Resources Corporation (REX), which is in the ethanol business, and which I actually purchased once before a couple of years ago, although I don’t recall how I did–I think pretty well.
I’m also going to take a full position in Alaska Air Group, Inc. (ALK), hoping to be able to get cheap airplane tickets to go watch the next Palin family brawl.
August 27, 2014
I think I’ve only done this once before, but…
Sitting it out for a few weeks.
Nothing showed up on my screen that I want to buy.
I’m just going to hold on to what I’ve got.
Call it My August Vacation, I guess.
August 6, 2014
Ouch! Taking a hit lately, but I keep on plugging.
Today I have two selections: Appliance Recycling Centers of America Inc. (ARCI), which apparently recycles appliances. A noble pursuit.
And BBVA Banco Franc (BFR), which provides financial services in Argentina–to the extent that Argentina HAS “financial services”. They defaulted a week ago and their market tumbled some 8%–making this a fairly risky pick, as so many of mine are.
The market is a little nervous-making these days, so…Good Luck!!
July 17, 2014
I’m going to jump back into AmTrust Financial Services, Inc. (AFSI), which I bought in July, 2010, and sold a couple of years later, pretty much doubling my money. It has kept running up (me missing most of it) and now is back on my screen, so I guess I’ll try, try again.
June 25, 2014
Just one pick this time around: Modine Manufacturing Company (MOD).
They manufacture “heat exchangers” for vehicles.
Anyway, they have a really low P/E ratio–which I always like, although that can also be a sign of something…wrong.
So, good luck!
And Happy Investing!