Lost Decades?

Cam Hui had a post up exploring the current state of affairs in Europe as he ponders the ingredients for a lost decade. I would submit that if there are seeds for a lost decade then what it would actually be is a second lost decade. Over the last ten years the DAX is up 20%, Spain is up a little less, the CAC in France is down a hair more than 20% and the Netherlands are down about 35%. While we’re at the FTSE 100 is up single digits. Things not like about Europe include that the continent does not offer much diversification compared to other parts of the world, the demographics are lousy, the fundamentals stink in most places and threaten the one place that may not stink (Germany). Maybe Poland, Slovakia, Estonia and Turkey (if it every really gets in they way it wants) can help turn the fortunes around but there are far better foreign destinations to choose from. For this you need to look at the country indexes not the ETFs which have all done better because the US dollar has gone down against the Euro. That is Mount Rainier on our way to take Pep to the U-W training facility in Eatonville. I took that one with my phone. Thank you for all the suggestions on yesterday’s...

Pep

As I mentioned a few days ago, we are headed up to Seattle today with Pep pictured to the left. Pep is a very hyper dog who has been returned four times for being too hyper. He is not suited to be someone’s pet but his hyperactivity and ball focused behavior makes it very possible he can be trained as a working dog of one kind or another like search and rescue. As some of you may know, my wife works full time in dog rescue for United Animal Friends, mostly things related to regular adoptions and she also does email communication, social media and is on the board. With a lot of phone calls and emails she got Pep accepted into a training program at the University of Washington–I don’t know if accepted is most precise term but you get the idea. Kind of a neat thing, all the stuff in the “travel bag” that Joellyn bought for Pep was covered by a Petsmart gift card from a Random Roger reader so a big thank you for that. This was why I asked for input about coffee houses in Seattle. After we drop Pep off we are going to hang out for a couple of days. I’d still welcome any coffee house...

Pep

As I mentioned a few days ago, we are headed up to Seattle today with Pep pictured to the left. Pep is a very hyper dog who has been returned four times for being too hyper. He is not suited to be someone’s pet but his hyperactivity and ball focused behavior makes it very possible he can be trained as a working dog of one kind or another like search and rescue. As some of you may know, my wife works full time in dog rescue for United Animal Friends, mostly things related to regular adoptions and she also does email communication, social media and is on the board. With a lot of phone calls and emails she got Pep accepted into a training program at the University of Washington–I don’t know if accepted is most precise term but you get the idea. Kind of a neat thing, all the stuff in the “travel bag” that Joellyn bought for Pep was covered by a Petsmart gift card from a Random Roger reader so a big thank you for that. This was why I asked for input about coffee houses in Seattle. After we drop Pep off we are going to hang out for a couple of days. I’d still welcome any coffee house...

Sunday Morning Coffee

Barron’s Electronic Trader column this week linked to a very neat resource that appears to be called Subject Browser but the URL is http://stocks.overthefalls.com/. Whatever the name, when the page loads you can put in a ticker symbol in the search box at the top of the page and it will load the symbol into the various websites located in the left hand sidebar. Once it loads it provides for instant toggling and the links in each window are functional. This allows, for example, looking at the Key Statistics from Yahoo and the chart from whatever your favorite chart site is (I’m assuming Yahoo charts is no one’s favorite). I did have a couple of quirks with it. One that several of the links to the left could not load, this could have something to do with my satellite based ISP (our only choice for now). The other quirk was that after a few minutes the page refreshed on its own to the Seeking Alpha page for whatever symbol was plugged in. I’m not sure if that was something I did or not but if anyone knows please leave a comment. Still this made a great first impression. I think this sort of thing might exist elsewhere but the combination of the clean interface and tabbed like loading of all the sites made it very comfortable to use. Short post today as my hectic schedule continues until the end of the month. I’ve had fire department stuff Friday, yesterday and this morning I am headed out to proctor make up pack tests (three miles, 45 lbs with a 45...

Sunday Morning Coffee

Barron’s Electronic Trader column this week linked to a very neat resource that appears to be called Subject Browser but the URL is http://stocks.overthefalls.com/. Whatever the name, when the page loads you can put in a ticker symbol in the search box at the top of the page and it will load the symbol into the various websites located in the left hand sidebar. Once it loads it provides for instant toggling and the links in each window are functional. This allows, for example, looking at the Key Statistics from Yahoo and the chart from whatever your favorite chart site is (I’m assuming Yahoo charts is no one’s favorite). I did have a couple of quirks with it. One that several of the links to the left could not load, this could have something to do with my satellite based ISP (our only choice for now). The other quirk was that after a few minutes the page refreshed on its own to the Seeking Alpha page for whatever symbol was plugged in. I’m not sure if that was something I did or not but if anyone knows please leave a comment. Still this made a great first impression. I think this sort of thing might exist elsewhere but the combination of the clean interface and tabbed like loading of all the sites made it very comfortable to use. Short post today as my hectic schedule continues until the end of the month. I’ve had fire department stuff Friday, yesterday and this morning I am headed out to proctor make up pack tests (three miles, 45 lbs with a 45...