Your Questions About Money Making Stocks For 2010

John asks…

Is Cheryl (use only 1 square of tp) Crow taking things too far with her demands at concerts?

Is the amount of ENERGY needed to procure her items more than if things were left alone? Are her demands unreasonable or are some of them okay?
She needs 2 tour buses and 2 semi trucks to haul all her stuff…hypocrite…if she can make money it’s okay to pollute?

http://www.thesmokinggun.com/documents/celebrity/sheryl-crow-queen-green
AUGUST 11–Touring the United States and Europe this year, Sheryl Crow arrives at venues with an assortment of environmental demands certain to vex concert promoters, according to a review of the musician’s 2010 backstage rider.

The document, excerpted here, actually has a 2-1/2 page “environmental portion” to be “strictly followed and policed.” Seeking to “minimize the overall environmental impact of our tour,” Crow demands that only biodegradable cups and dinnerware be used by the caterer. Produce should be “organic and purchased from local suppliers as much as possible.” And for the five backstage “watering stations,” water “must be sourced from a local spring water vendor.”

According to Crow’s rider, her tour party travels between gigs in two 45-foot buses, while her equipment is packed into two tractor-trailers.

Crow, 48, also offers promoters “venue greening suggestions.” She wants “traditional light bulbs” swapped out for compact fluorescent bulbs in “all offices, dressing rooms and common areas.” “Eco-friendly cleaning and bathroom products” and “post-consumer recycled toilet paper and paper towel” should also be used. Crow’s rider also notes that, “We strongly encourage you to use renewable sources and/or to buy sustainable energy credits where possible. Many local utilities offer ‘green power’ as an option–please check with yours and opt in.”

The document also details how Crow’s backstage hospitality room is to be stocked. The singer needs an assortment of “biodegradable non-petroleum cups” and 24 “disposable napkins made of 100% recycled fiber.” Crow’s rider also lists a wide variety of drinks and snacks that she needs, including organic coconut water and two bottles of Cabernet Sauvignon (“Sheryl’s Favorite” is Stag’s Leap Artemis). Two “good quality, dark, organic chocolate bars” are described as “***VERY IMPORTANT***”

John answers:

Great example of the hypocrisy that rules the lib thought process!!!

George asks…

Why is the Media not all over OBAMA for blatently Lying to the American Public about TAXING?

ok here’s my list. Feel free to add more

OBAMACARE
The individual mandate, for example, will require all legal U.S. residents to purchase a government-approved health insurance plan beginning in 2014. Once the reconciliation bill is voted on in the Senate to amend the law signed by Obama this week, the individual mandate will require a single person to pay 2.5 percent of their income or $695 if they do not purchase health insurance

– imposes a new 3.8 percent tax on investment income referred to as “unearned income” for individuals with wages of more than $200,000 and $250,000 for joint filers

1) He does not want to renew the BUSH tax cuts. Claims it is because he needs the tax money, however, everyone I know is planning on spending less money and saving more in the near future. They are going to eat out less, not many any unneccessary purchases, and are hesitant to invest in business or stocks. How can increasing taxes not make this EVEN WORSE. SHouldnt Obama’s #1 goal to be to boost the economy? Increasing business? Increase Hiring? Increase puchasing??
Therefore 25% tax bracket becomes 28
28 becomes 31%
33 becomes 36%

Now so far that doesnt sound like only people making 250k or + ?
2) 10% tax on tanning salons (part of Obamacare) Do only rich people go tanning?
3) Taxpayers with children will lose 50 percent of their child tax credits;
Only rich people have children?

4) Federal death taxes will come back to life in 2011, after fading down to nothing in 2010.

5) Imposes a 40 percent excise tax on insurance companies and plan administrators for health insurance plans above the threshold of $10,200 for individual coverage and $27,500 for family coverage
aka Cadillac tax
I didnt know union workers were rich?

Why is the media not ALL OVER THIS every single day???

John answers:

A politician lies? Say it ain’t so Joe.

Daniel asks…

Anybody else NOT surprised that the insurance industry and PhRMA will now be “educating” the public?

Of course this is a “reform” so the insurance industry was staunchly opposed……lol…… it’s why Democrats got more money from the insurance industry for the 2010 election cycle……………wait a second.

So isn’t it interesting that despite all the rhetoric from Democrats BOTH the pharmaceutical industry AND the insurance industry (both stocks are up after the passage of this bill) will not be hurt in the slightest???

http://news.yahoo.com/s/time/20100324/us_time/08599197475700#mwpphu-container

The health-insurance industry, which spent months campaigning against Democratic health reform, has shifted focus in the wake of its passage, pivoting from opposition to making sure the new law succeeds beyond most expectations.

America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), the industry trade group, has agreed to sign on to a new, 50-state health care reform implementation effort, provisionally called Enroll America, which is being organized by Ron Pollack of the pro-reform group Families USA. “We are participating in it,” says AHIP spokesman Robert Zirkelbach. “The goal is to get everyone covered.” (Watch TIME’s video “The Story of an Uninsured Woman.”)

Other parts of the health industry, including drug companies and hospitals, are also expected to join the effort, which will focus on making sure as many uninsured Americans as possible get insurance under the law President Obama signed Tuesday. “We are literally going to try to raise tens of millions of dollars per year for the next several years, beyond 2014 when most of these things get implemented,” says Pollack. He says he plans to meet Wednesday with Karen Ignagni, the head of AHIP, to discuss the involvement of insurance companies.
http://www.opensecrets.org/industries/summary.php?cycle=2010&ind=F09

John answers:

Just when I think I can’t possibly get more disgusted, I do.

Steven asks…

call options for ETF’s ?

today my professor was talking about the stock market crash and such. he mentioned/suggested that we (the class) buy an ETF whose symbol is IYR. He said something about buying it and having the rights to sell it until Jan 2010… and that you could make a lot of money off of it when it goes down. it is currently at $61. can someone elaborate on this in ENGLISH? how do i go about doing this?

John answers:

When you buy a stock call option you are buying the right, but not the obligation, to buy a fixed amount (usually 100 shares) of the underlying stock for a fixed price for a fixed time period.

When you buy a stock put option you are buying the right, but not the obligation, to sell a fixed amount (usually 100 shares) of the underlying stock for a fixed price for a fixed time period.

So, if you want to make a lot of money when the stock goes down because you have the right to sell the stock, you need to buy a put option instead of a call option.

For example, if you buy the right to sell IYR for $60 per share until January, 2010 it would cost you about $10 per share. If you bought that option and the price of the stock dropped to $40 per share you could buy the ETF at that price then sell it for $60 per share with your option. That would give you a return of $20 per share on a $10 per share investment, or a profit of $10 per share which is equal to 100% of your investment. If the ETF dropped further you would make even more. If the ETF dropped to $25 per share you would have a sure profit of $25 per share, or 250%.

Of course, if the price stays at $60, or goes up, you can easily lose 100% of your investment. Even if the stock price drops slightly you can still lose money. To make money buy or selling (shorting) a stock you only have to be right about which direction the stock price will move. To make money buying an option you need to be correct about which direction the stock will move, when it will make that move, and how much it will move. That is a lot harder to do, but you can make a bigger percentage when you are right.

Note: Although I used the word “stock” throughout this answer, and technically an ETF is not a stock, everything I said applies to an ETF in the same way it would apply to a stock.

If you want a more complete explanation of options I suggest you take the “Options Overview” tutorial at

http://www.cboe.com/LearnCenter/Tutorials.aspx

Ken asks…

Edit this please? 10 points!!?

Edit this please? 10 points!!?
can anyone edit this for spelling and grammar! thanks =)

Earnings and Wages
The annual earnings for self employed decorators range widely, depending on reputation, experience, location, and the number of projects they work on. Experience and established decorators in large cities usually make the most money. Based on Payscale Canada, (updated on December 18th, 2010) the hourly rate ranges from $ 13.30 to $ 20.20 with a total of C $28,321-$42,043 yearly. Total Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).

Job Satisfactions/ Job stress

Interior decorating can have many benefits. An interior decorator will have the satisfaction of seeing her own vision come together. They also meet many interesting people, and often get to work in beautiful wealthy homes (including yachts!) as many people who hire interior decorators are wealthy. In addition interior decorators get the ability to work independently. Interior decorators however often have to work under stress to meet deadlines and stay on budgets to please clients. Self employed decorators might also be under pressure to find new clients to maintain a steady income.

John answers:

Earnings and Wages
The annual earnings for self -employed decorators ranges widely, depending on reputation, experience, location and the number of projects on which they they work Experienced and established decorators in large cities usually make the most money. Based on “Payscale Canada”, (updated on December 18th, 2010), the hourly rate ranges from $ 13.30 to $ 20.20 with a total of C $28,321-$42,043 yearly. Total pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits e.g. Healthcare.

Job Satisfaction/ Job stress

Interior decorating can have many benefits. An interior decorator will have the satisfaction of seeing her/his own vision come together. They also meet many interesting people, and often get to work in beautiful wealthy homes (including yachts) , as many people who hire interior decorators are wealthy. In addition, interior decorators have the perk of working independently. Interior decorators however, often have to work under stress to meet deadlines and stay on budgets to please clients. Self- employed decorators might also be under pressure to find new clients to maintain a steady income.

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