Saturday, July 30, 2016

Paying Dividends

Company Name/Ticker Current Dividend Yield Current Price
region (MORL) 48.97% 15.24
Westrock Company (WRK) 38.95% 43.63
Ennis,Inc.(EBF) 37.94% 17.62
RiverNorth Opportunities Fund, Inc. (RIV) 34.20% 18.95
region (SMHD) 27.31% 18.715
Oxford Lane Capital Corp.(EBF) 26.40%   9.13
PowerShares Dynamic Energy E&P (PXE) 25.22% 19.5499
Credit Suisse AG (SLVO) 21.65% 10.4201
SandRidge Mississippian Trust I (SDT) 21.63%   2.51
region (CEFL) 21.44% 17.95
SandRidge Mississippian Trust II (SDR) 21.26%   1.89
AccuShares Trust I (OILD) 20.71% 26.7
DHT Holdings, Inc. (DHT) 20.37%   4.8
Credit Suisse AG (GLDI) 20.18% 10.52
Cornerstone Strategic Value Fund, Inc. (CLM) 20.12% 17.34044
Cornerstone Strategic Return Fund, Inc. (The) (CRF) 20.03% 16.7699
BlackRock Multi-Sector Income Trust (BIT) 18.85% 16.94
CNX Coal Resources LP (CNXC) 18.67% 13.53
Arlington Asset Investment Corp (AI) 18.64% 13.48
InfraCap MLP ETF (AMZA) 18.52% 11.219


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Sunday, July 24, 2016

Innovators Inventors Investors



Friday, July 22, 2016

In the Stocks

 Most Expensive Stocks

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  1. Berkshire Hathaway
  2. Seaboard corporation
  3. NVR Incorporated
  5. Markel corporation
  6. Chipotle Mexican Grill
  7. Autozone
  8. Google
  9. Intuitive surgical
  10. Netflix Inc.
  • $219,000
  • $   3,920
  • $   1,332
  • $   1,215
  • $      748
  • $      658.68
  • $      645
  • $      567.68
  • $      457
  • $      454

Share and share alike


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Saturday, July 16, 2016

Executive(s), sweet

Bank of America

Brian Moynihan  Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer
Dean Athanasia   President, Preferred and Small Business Banking
Catherine P. Bessant  Chief Operations and Technology Officer
Sheri B. Bronstein  Global Human Resources Executive
Paul M. Donofrio  Chief Financial Officer
Anne M. Finucane  Vice Chairman
Geoffrey Greener  Chief Risk Officer
Christine P. Katziff  Corporate General Auditor
Terry Laughlin  Vice Chairman, Head of Global Wealth and Investment Management
David G. Leitch  Global General Counsel
Gary G. Lynch  Vice Chairman
Thomas K Montag  Chief Operating Officer
Thong M. Nguyen  President, Retail Banking Co-head, Consumer Banking
Andrea B. Smith  Chief Adminstrative Officer
Bruce R. Thompson Vice Chairman


Friday, July 15, 2016

Chairman o' a board

Rob Walton
Arthur D. Levinson
Bill Gates
John Wendell Thompson
Eric Schmidt
Alex Gorsky
Jeff Immelt
Dr Christoph Franz
Charles O. Holliday
Fu Chengyu
Carl-Henric Svanberg
Takeshi Uchiyamada
Tony Hayward
Jiang Jianqing
Wang Hongzhang
Zhou Mubing
William B. Harrison jr.
Tian Guoli
Peter Brabeck-Letmathe
Jörg Reinhardt

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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Shares everything

When looking at the largest shareholders, they tend to be founders of company giants who naturally have a large alotment. Shareholders as giants themselves are harder to find.
The exception is BlackRock which 'has shares in everything' and are large enough to have an impact if other investors follow suit.

All the Presidents, Men

Company presidents 

Yi Huiman
Zhang Jianguo
Zhao Huan
Jamie Dimon
Rex Tillerson
John Stumpf
Tim Sloan
Chen Siqing
Li Chungyuang
Lamar McKay
Brad Smith
Sergey Brin

These are a selection. Even a short search among the giants reveal an ambivalent attitude to the position - there are companies whose president had been dismissed, ones who pointedly note that the position is vacant, and a number where the structure has no single president; some having regional presidents, others a group of section vice-presidents looking after different aspects of the business.
There are also a few deemed 'CEO and President'. I've listed Tillerson but Wal-Mart and Toyota/Toyoda are other examples.

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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Consuming little

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  1. Tuvalu
  2. Montserrat
  3. Nauru
  4. Cook Islands
  5. Palau
  6. Kiribati
  7. Marshall Islands
  8. Anguilla
  9. Dominica
  10. Maldives
and I know there seems little point in noting the smallest consumer markets since they are similar to the smallest importers and so forth - islands small in size and population

Sunday, July 10, 2016


Any discussion about consumption is tempered with the knowledge that there are children starving. I was brought up with this in the background; on charity hoardings, blared from the radio, as an admonition from mother if you didn't like something on your plate.

Yet, while conspicuous consumption continues unabated, there are an estimated 2.8 billion people living on less than $2 a day and more than a billion people who lack reasonable access to safe drinking water.
These figures are shocking but, because we've been able to conduct our lives behind this safety fence with regular droughts and famine happening somewhere else, we're enured to it.

Saturday, July 09, 2016

Product placement

Business Insider itemises those products that have become pervasive, with the sale reflective of their time in the market.

I've drunk plenty of Coke but nowhere near the amount drunk by devotees. It's inevitable with my interest in seeing what things taste like that I found myself drinking strawberry and grape Fanta in Indonesia years before they made it here. Probably the only thing I haven't consumed from CocaCola Co is their bottled water and I suppose I don't bother with diet soft drinks.

No Corolla but I did drive a Corona in a former life.

I stopped being a gamer early in the piece but my kids had a Playstation.

I know I'm also in a minority that has never played Angry Birds.

 I've ended up with Android tablet and phone but I've had no end of exposure to the iPad and the iPhone.

Lay's chips I've not consumed in the same quantity as Smith's but that would be a national distinction.

I remember one of my sisters being under the spell of Michael Jackson but, while I was relentlessly exposed to the Thriller album, I never contributed to his estate.

I can remember a Rubik's Cube in the lounge on the farm, so it made it everywhere.

The best-selling product I most identify with here is Harry Potter as my children were the perfect age to grow along with the characters and we had this immensely fun time of buying each instalment and taking turns to read. They were very good at not giving away plot points.
I made sure I read the series before I'd look at any associated item like the films

Tuesday, July 05, 2016

Over consumption

Consumption is measured using household final consumption expenditure

Is there an economist in the room?  'Household' to include a couple of hobos under a bridge through to a family in a Point Piper mansion. Perhaps the homeless, by definition, don't constitute a household. Hostels, boarding houses and nursing homes do though.

The figure is that paid by the consumer, inclusive of tips or taxes.

The countries with the largest department stores and shopping malls, swineherds, mines, retailers, warehouses and factories are stuffed with consumers. This makes sense. They are cultures geared for consumption.

Service hasn't been rendered but it is included in expenditure. As is wages and rent.


Apart from those on a diet or ascetics of every kind, most of us are happy consumers. Coming from a farm, I never lost the novelty of having such easy access to transport networks, fresh bread and milk, takeaway.

So pikelets are consumed; made from flour, milk, caster sugar, egg and butter. You bought these pikelets at a local fete or you made them yourself: sifting the flour and proud of the milk from your cow and eggs from your chickens. There are varying expenses and people paid for their goods or service - churning the butter, for example - though the literal consumption makes that final phase in the chain of production easy to identify.

Now let's consider the wooden ruler. It's produced for a market. The miller of birch, oak or boxwood is confident that a product made from his raw material can sell to stationers and newsagents and they in turn know that students will come in looking for just such an item. They may not all have an intimate knowledge of every other link in the chain of commerce but they know the current demand.
Perhaps for the manufacturer of the ink there's enough to know that the person buying the ruler will rule a straight line or measure something rather than whacking it around and damaging it, it really doesn't matter how long it remains in their possession or how often it's used once the transaction is complete.

The rulers are made in a factory rather than handplained, I imagine. Where consumption is concerned, even if the ruler was broken in a fit of temper before it could be used, the means of production, the source of the raw materials, the labour, additional costs or obstacles are of far less importance than what the person who paid for it thinks: the taste of the pikelets and the satisfaction of having a ruler that fits in the pencil case and comes in handy sitting an exam.

Those producing something for a market know there is a consumer. If the ruler stays in the shop then we have no consumption. The retailer is a second buyer, given that there would be a manufacturer buying the wood and the ink, and they are acutely aware of how often rulers go marching out the door - having been paid for.

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Friday, July 01, 2016

Securing a Good Purchase

As with the sales side of the ledger, the terms tend to be used according to what is being bought and sold. You could still specify the largest buyers of rubber, purchasers of graphite or customers for incense-cedar or basswood. Analyse the market for protractors or set squares.
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