Maybe even three:
The people of Joplin need help in rebuilding their lives. As Kansas Citians have both a tradition of generosity and plentiful options for charitable giving, the likelihood is high that this city will do its share.
The Red Cross and Salvation Army are seeking money to support relief efforts. Heart to Heart International is seeking medical volunteers and help in putting together hygiene kits. Area businesses and churches are looking to help, as well.
But it hardly requires an expert to behold the devastation in Joplin and see that, while charitable resources are essential, private donors will not be able to fund all that is needed. Joplin needs new school buildings, a new power grid, massive work on its hospital. And thatâ€™s only the beginning.
This brings us to a rather shameful debate now taking place in, of course, Congress…[Rest of editorial]
Again, a caveat: I’m still under-performing the market over the last year (although still with a return in excess of 16% this last 12 months, as of this writing). This may or may not be because a lot of my holdings are non-US businesses…and today’s two picks are no exception.
First up is ASM International N.V. (ASMI), headquartered in The Netherlands, and which is in the semiconductor business–it’s a pretty large ($2 billion plus capitalization) company.
And, secondly–and this is one I’m actually pretty enthusiastic about–Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft (VLKAY.PK)–manufacturer of the first car I ever owned (a 1971 VW Bug that I paid $2000 for new!). This is the first time Volkswagen has ever shown up on my screen (and it’s a $14 billion dollar company, by the way), but the screen really likes it, so I’m going to load up.
Good luck, and be careful!
Pat Robertson explains why liberals love to kill babies:
(It has something to do with lesbians and stuff).
If you’re reading this, I guess you didn’t “make the cut”:
God Bless America!