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Iraq’s CBI IQD Currency Revalue scenario.

A shared thought to entertain..jp

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THIS IS JUST MY OPINION OF WHAT IRAQ COULD DO…………(Brewbaby from DS)

I have been sitting here reading everything everyday that Iraq has put out in the media: i.e. the Dinar will RV, it won’t RV, they can cover by 2.5 times the nominal value and they can’t cover it, the political politics say it can’t happen the Parliamentary Finance says it has to happen, yada, yada, yada. Well, I put my thinking cap on and came up with a possible scenario of how it could happen, and here it is………..

We all know that Iraq has a history of never paying their bills, of always saying they are broke, of never making a decision until it is almost to late, and always looking for someone else to save the day for them. The IMF has been in Iraq since the May meeting going over their books before Iraq goes out on their own and screws things up, and also in giving CBI the opportunity to come up with a rate that is feasible to their situation (I think they already have one). The (4) banks that just opened up in Iraq if you think about it have covered the bulk of the Paris Club countries, BOA – USA, CITIGROUP – Middle East, JPMORGAN CHASE – Europe, and Standard for China and Russia. These banks are not in Iraq to twiddle their thumbs. They would not have opened up unless something was definitely fixing to happen and not in 6 months, they invest money to make money they need to get an ROI (return on investment) like yesterday. 
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This is where my thinking came in. CBI has 76-80 Billion in their coffers, and 30 Tons of Gold which at today’s price is another 1.25 Billion. The IMF told them they only had to back 15% of an RV instead of the normal 25%, (again someone saving their bacon). So, if 33 Trillion Dinar is 28 Billion in USD at .86 per Dinar, then 2.5 times that would be $2.15 per Dinar or 70 Billion, they are covered with 78 to 80 Billion.

Now, before you go getting excited, my theory is Iraq will not pay out 1 dime of anything they have to anyone or any country. The IMF and the Parliamentary Finance Committee is negotiating with every country that Iraq owes money to by coming out at a decent rate of let’s say $2.15 per Dinar and what those countries have in Dinar in their own coffers will cover the debt, or they will give Iraq immunity from the remainder of their debt to them. CBI and the Gold reserves, will cover the RV, and once again nothing leaves Iraq. The people will get a one to one in country so they know their USD is now equal to their Dinar (or vice versa) and they will get their new Dinars. They will be very happy, their ppp will increase so they can buy better goods from outside the country, and not have to accept the junk they have been getting from China.

So, to sum it up, between the CBI Reserves and the GOLD, the RV is covered at $2.15, the Countries that Iraq owes will get paid or accept the rate as their payment, because it increases their currency assets for their countries, the Paris Club banks are involved in the exchange inside Iraq so they will increase their currency assets, the protection can be lifted, and their 800 million in frozen assets stays intact, CITIgroup will collect Dinar and split it up between the Middle East countries for their currency assets, Kuwait will benefit from that and still get the balance owed them from the DFI for the 11 Billion, we will get ours, and the US will get their taxes from us and increase their currency assets thus decreasing our debts.

All of this and not one dime leaves the Country of Iraq. Perfect scenario for them, and they actually pay back their debts to everyone and they gain the 800 million in frozen assets, unprotected.

PLEASE, PLEASE REMEMBER THAT THIS IS STRICTLY MY OWN PERSONAL OPINION OF HOW THIS COULD TRANSPIRE……..DO NOT TAKE IT OUT OF CONTEXT. THANK YOU!

Sources: Sunny’s shared post from “The Right Choice” facebook IQD group 

Blue’s added Thoughts: Interesting post for sure from Sunny and from Brewbaby over at DS..I can rap my thoughts around this with a few minor adjustments but overall very well thought out..and not unrealistic at all..

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Iraq’s CBI IQD Currency Revalue Scenario July 2013!

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Facing these challenges and many more, they took action to protect themselves and their shareholders. Now, these companies are starting to reward their stockholders with above average dividend increases.

Now lets break this down and bring in some great examples of this…

Even though I think Coca Cola is a sell at the moment lets start there.

Buffett Collects A 50% Dividend Yield… From Coca-Cola?!

When most investors want a big dividend check, they look at stocks with the highest yields. They think bigger equals better.

To some extent they’re right. Clearly, a higher dividend puts more cash in your pocket.

But you also need to consider a company’s dividend growth — and the likelihood it will continue that growth going forward. Given enough time, this can turn a lower-yielding stock into an even bigger income producer than some of the highest yielders on the market — and with a lot less risk.

Savvy investors know this and use it to their advantage. When Buffett bought shares of Coca-Cola in 1988, it paid less than 8 cents per share annually in dividends, yielding a modest 4%. But since then the company has grown its dividend by an incredible 1,300%, giving Buffett more than a 50% yield on his original investment today.

Fortunately, thanks to the “dividend vault” phenomena — which StreetAuthority co-founder Paul Tracy originally explained in this essay — investors have a chance to do exactly what Buffett did — earn outrageously large yields by owning solid companies with large cash hoards that will grow their dividends by a sizable amount over time.

Let me explain…

You see, starting from the financial crisis of 2007-2008, American corporations have been in a frenzy to hoard cash to protect their businesses from the worst. Over the five years following the crisis, many companies were still not seeing the demand that they wanted from consumers, so they just kept hoarding more cash.

Today, corporations in America hold close to a record $1.7 trillion worth of cash in the bank — an amount larger than the GDP of 180 countries. Because the economy is still on uncertain ground, many of these companies will choose to only use a small amount of this cash to expand their business. Instead, they’ll likely use most of it to reward shareholders in the form of dividends and share repurchases.

The companies most likely to do this are mature, steady growing businesses — companies like Coca-Cola and Microsoft, for example. In fact, we’ve identified 13 companies that are likely to use their billion-dollar cash hoards — or their own personal “dividend vaults” — to reward shareholders.

We expect these “dividend vault” companies to be some of the fastest dividend growers on the market over the next 10 years. And that could easily lead to double-digit yields in just a few short years for investors who buy companies like these today.

Take “Dividend Vault” stock Cisco (Nasdaq: CSCO), for example. It has a $47 billion “vault” — more than twice the size of Coca-Cola’s cash reserves.

The $134 billion company practically dominates the routing and switching market, providing what is essentially the “backbone” of the Internet. And considering that global Internet and data traffic is projected to continue growing at a near-exponential rate in the coming years, the company stands to benefit from steady cash flows to keep adding to its “dividend vault.”

But rather than just letting that money just sit there, Cisco has been rapidly increasing its dividend since it began paying one two years ago.

Since March 2011, Cisco has raised its quarterly dividend 183% — from 6 cents per share to 17 cents per share. For investors who bought it then, that means a $1,000 annual dividend check has turned into $2,830 in a little more than two years.

If you bought shares today and the company kept growing its dividend at that pace, you would collect a 73% yield just five years from now.

To be realistic, it’s unlikely that Cisco can keep raising its dividend by 90% every year, even with as much cash as it has saved. But even if the company increased its dividend by less than a third of that pace (with a more realistic 25% dividend growth rate) every year, look at what kind of yields you could collect after just holding onto your shares for a few years…

 

By 2018, you would collect a hefty 8.5% yield if you bought shares today. And in just 10 years from now, you would earn a 26% yield. In other words, by the 10th year, a $10,000 investment made today would throw off $2,600 worth of dividends in that year alone.

Now that’s tall order for most companies. But it’s not hard to imagine Cisco, with its $47 billion “dividend vault” and its stable, expanding business, growing its dividend by about 25% a year for the next few years.

Whatever the exact dividend yield ends up being, Cisco and the 12 other “Dividend Vault” stocks could grow their dividends for decades. And that could easily mean yields of 10%, 20% or more for investors willing to simply hold on and collect a growing stream of income from these stocks.

Sources:

http://www.streetauthority.com/research/3/item/8865

 

Buffett Collects A 50% Dividend Yield… From Coca-Cola?!


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Corporate America’s $1.7 Trillion

“Problem” Could Save Your

Retirement.

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Right now, Corporate America has a huge problem on its hands.

I’m not talking about another banking crisis, real estate crash or hedge fund manager running a Ponzi scheme…

And I’m not talking about any sort of ominous regulations being handed down by the U.S. government, either.

I’m not even talking about the growing levels of debt being accumulated by Uncle Sam each and every day — not to mention the lack of progress from our leaders in Washington in finding a solution to fix it.

Actually, the “problem” I’m about to tell you about is could be really a once-in-a-lifetime investing opportunity.

The problem?

Corporate America has spent the past few years hoarding money like it was going out of style, effectively creating what I call a “Dividend Vault.”

It started back at the height of the 2007-2008 financial crisis. Acting out of fear, companies started hoarding cash as banks stopped lending and the economy came to an abrupt halt.

And now this “Dividend Vault” is so large, many companies simply can’t decide what to do with all that cash.

The only solution: start paying that money out to shareholders as dividends.

A select few companies are already seeing the writing on the wall. They’re tapping into the “Dividend Vault” and using it to increase their dividend payouts, rewarding smart shareholders who knew about the “Dividend Vault” early on.

These investors appreciated the fact that these companies were saving for a rainy day. And now, they’re being rewarded…

For example, Neva M. from Sweet Home, Oregon, recently said she is “currently earning $22,000 per year in dividends” thanks to the “Dividend Vault.”

So how big is this “Dividend Vault”?

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According to information on an obscure form labeled “Z.1” buried deep inside the Federal Reserve’s website, U.S. companies now have a combined cash stockpile worth $1.7 trillion.

That’s more money than the gross domestic product of 180 countries.

It’s also enough money to give every retiree in the United States a check for $42,500.

Of course, these companies aren’t going to pay that out all at once. But you’d be surprised by the sheer magnitude of this opportunity. For example, S&P Senior Index Analyst Howard Silverblatt recently told The Wall Street Journal that S&P 500 companies paid a record $281.5 billion in dividends in 2012 — up 17% from 2011 and 14% higher than the previous record set in 2008.

And he says, “the only way for there not to be a record in 2013 is for mass cuts in dividends…” But with all that extra cash sitting in the bank, I don’t expect that to happen.

Right now, investing in the “Dividend Vault” is much more lucrative than, say, 10-Year Treasury notes… which yield about 1.87%. Also, the average yield of dividend-paying companies in the S&P 500 is not much better, yielding 2.6%.

I’ve already gone on record saying that we’re headed for a “Dividend Decade” — a period where ALL of the market’s returns in the next decade come from dividends.

That’s why I’m so convinced you need to own shares of companies that are tapping into their huge cash balances, or “Dividend Vaults.”

We predict these 13 companies will account for roughly 10%, or $30.1 billion, of all dividends paid by major U.S. corporations in 2013.

One “dividend vault” company could pay a 45% dividend yield right now if it wanted to.

With its wide economic moat (a 67% market share to be exact), this “Dividend Vault” stock has accumulated $45 billion in cash, which comes out to a whopping $8.48 per share… or enough to pay a special dividend that would make for a 45% yield.

Another “Dividend Vault” stock is one I call “the most shareholder-friendly company on earth.” (You won’t believe which company it is.) In just four years, the company has raised its dividend 85% and bought back 467 million shares of stock. Its shares have also returned roughly 100% since 2008 and 35% in the past year.

 

Action to Take –> While there are no guarantees with investing, I strongly believe investing in the “Dividend Vault” is going to be the best way to beat the market for years to come.

Sources:

http://www.streetauthority.com/income-investing/corporate-americas-17-trillion-problem-could-save-your-retirement-460384

Next we will discuss the “Dividend Vault” in detail and what companies could be a part of this..jp

Corporate America’s $1.7 Trillion

“Problem” Could Save Your

Retirement.

 


2 American Icons to Buy, 2 You Should Be Selling
July 15, 2013

When it comes right down to it, nothing is more American than the desire to achieve and to profit. In fact, buying great American companies has been a winning strategy of mine over the years. The key is to buy the right ones at the right time.

With that in mind, I thought I would take a look at some great American companies and see how they stack up in today’s market.

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Home Depot (NYSE: HD) is one of the truly great American success stories. The company started in 1978 with two stores in Atlanta and has been the fastest-growing retailer in U.S. history. Today the company has 2,257 stores in the U.S., Mexico and Canada. It’s the world’s largest home improvement retailer — and with the real estate markets starting to improve, Home Depot is in the sweet spot for future growth.

As American’s situation continues to improve, they will feel more comfortable spending money to fix up their houses and improve their yards. And Home Depot’s dominance of the marketplace means the company will see a lot of this spending. Portfolio Grader, my proprietary stock grading tool, has ranked the stock a “Buy” all year — this month the stock was upgraded to an “A” and is a “Strong Buy.”

Kellogg (NSYE: K) was founded in 1906 by W.K. Kellogg and his brother Dr. John Kellogg. The company used aggressive advertising, giveaways and premiums to rapidly gain market share in the domestic market. Eventually the company expanded internationally; today it is one the largest food companies in the world, with a large portfolio of cereals, snacks and other food items.

In 2012 Kellogg purchased the Pringles lineup of snacks from Procter & Gamble (NYSE: PG), making it the world’s second-largest snack food company. Kellogg’s already strong fundamentals have been improving with the economy and the shares were upgraded back in April — this stock is also currently a “Strong Buy.”

The unfortunate truth is that not all great companies make great investments. There are times during the market and economic cycle where conditions don’t favor even the very best of companies. When these great companies are out of step with the stock market, investors should stand on the sidelines.

Here are two giants of U.S. industry whose stocks should be sold right now:

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IBM (NYSE: IBM) has dominated the computer and IT space for decades, but right now those industries are growing at a snail’s pace. IBM is one of the most innovative companies in the world, with offices in 170 countries around the globe, but the pace of business is still too slow for substantial fundamental improvement.

This great company will be a great stock again at some point, but for now, investors would be wise to avoid the shares. The stock was downgraded back in May to a “D” rating, and IBM shares have retained their “sell” recommendation since then.

So it goes with Coca-Cola (NYSE: KO). The distinctive outline of a Coca-Cola bottle defines America in many foreign countries, and it is the dominant soft drink company in the world. However, sales growth will be in the low single digits for the next few years as business conditions around the world remain soft.

Right now, not enough people want to buy the world a Coke for the fundamentals to improve substantially, so expect the stock to continue to lag. KO was recently downgraded to a “D,and thus should be avoided or sold by growth-oriented investors.

The U.S. has seen some of the most revolutionary and important companies from inside its borders, and we have a reputation for the type of innovation and hard work that builds great companies. But in spite of their greatness, they are all subject to the cycles and whims of the economy. The fundamentals of these great companies will be in the sweet spot for investors at times and at others they simply will not be positioned for profits.

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Roundtable: 1 Stock to Buy in July

As we do each month, we asked a handful of our top analysts across sectors for one stock that looks especially compelling right now. Here are the companies they singled out. stock-market Bronze Bull This is an awesome Report I put together here and Luv most and  or all of these stocks within it..jp

Sean Williams:

Investors who’ve learned to live with the natural ebb and flow of the tech sector should definitely keep their eyes on JDS Uniphase  (NASDAQ: JDSU  ) . With AT&T committing $14 billion over a three-year period to expand its wireless 4G LTE infrastructure, and Sprint-Nextel and T-Mobile gearing up to deploy billions to set up their own 4G LTE networks, the demand for data transmission and fiber optics is nearing another big surge.  It usually takes a few quarters before we see fiber-optic and fiber-optic equipment suppliers benefit from this trickle-down effect; however, the signs that JDS could be ready to shock Wall Street are there. Finisar, Ciena, and Alliance Fiber Optic all recently blew away Wall Street’s growth and/or guidance estimates, clearing the path for the largest name in fiber, JDS, to clean up when it reports its fourth-quarter results in August. I have a suspicion this will be a quarter where JDS really turns some heads, and it could be the beginning of a sizable multiyear burst in growth for the entire networking sector.

Jay Jenkins: 

This month, I’m highlighting Spirit Airlines  (NASDAQ: SAVE  ) , the leader in bargain-basement air travel. Spirit has more or less doubled thus far in 2013, and I believe the company still has room to run. Why? Because Spirit’s focus is on cheap travel, and it’s cheap travel that consumers want. Sure, in the 1960s, air travel was all about the experience: in-flight meals, white-glove service, luxury and extravagance at 40,000 feet. Today? People want to get from point A to point B as cheaply as safely possible. The Concorde could fly at Mach 2 (1,300 miles per hour!!), but the plane was retired 10 years ago because consumers were not willing to pay the extra money to fly that fast. Spirit is winning market share today because consumers want the low-cost solution — not speed and not the creature comforts. And, as I head to the beach later this July, it doesn’t hurt that Spirit’s primary market is Florida, the Caribbean, and Central/South America. This summer, consider Spirit for your investment and budget air travel needs.  

Russ Krull:

 I’ve bought and expect to buy more Intel (NASDAQ: INTC  ) this month. I’m a dividend growth guy, and Intel is one of the best values in that arena. Intel doesn’t have the half-century string of annual dividend hikes of, say, Coca-Cola, but it does have a dividend yield that tops the S&P 500 average, a rock-solid balance sheet, plenty of cash flow to cover the dividend and a reasonable payout ratio — key ingredients in a dividend growth recipe. The weak spot is slumping personal computer sales combined with being slow to get into the mobile device market. PC sales numbers aren’t likely to recover, but Intel has started to crack the mobile device market. Combine that with all those mobile devices and cloud storage driving demand for servers, and I think Intel is a solid, steady grower. Earnings per share should also improve even if earnings stay flat, because Intel made a smart balance sheet move last fall: It sold $6 billion in bonds at rock-bottom rates to fund a stock buyback. Because the bond coupon rate was lower than the dividend yield, the deal improves Intel’s cash flow and, based on the latest quarterly report, the company is actually reducing its share count.  

Brian Stoffel: 

Perhaps no industry has received as much hype over the past two years as 3-D printing. Proponents will tell you that the technology has the ability to fundamentally shift the way we go about making the products we use. Bears will argue that the rise in stock prices for 3-D printers is inflated and simply can’t be supported by the fundamentals.  So why am I buying shares of industry Stalwart Stratasys (NASDAQ: SSYS  ? I have two reasons.  First, I like the job the company has done at focusing on fewer, larger, more strategic mergers than rival 3D Systems. Last year’s merger with Objet helped Stratasys gain exposure to industrial clients it otherwise would have had to fight tooth and nail for. And the company’s recently announced plan to merge with Makerbot shows that it’s serious about selling 3-D printers to consumers as well — a realm 3D Systems has led for some time now.  The second reason I’m willing to buy in, even as the stock trades for almost 60 times earnings, is because it’s still small. If 3-D printing fulfills even half of its potential over the next decade, I can’t imagine Stratasys being worth less than $20 billion. At today’s market cap of $3.5 billion, that’s a five-bagger in 10 years. Of course, there’s no way to guarantee such results, but I’m putting my own money behind it.

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Matt DiLallo: 

One of my biggest frustrations as an investor is to see a company I own come under attack by a group of vicious short-sellers. These public attacks are designed to shine a spotlight on a perceived weakness in order to knock the stock down so they can profit. Enduring these bear raids can be brutal, which is about how I’d describe the year for investors in LINN Energy (NASDAQ: LINE  ) . More often than not, these attacks distort the real story. In this case, those negative on the company are ignoring the fact that LINN has real oil and gas assets holding real value. Instead, they’d like you to believe the company is simply a mirage being covered up by accounting tricks.  The real story is that LINN, whose business model is built on buying mature oil and natural gas fields, has proved reserves of over 5 trillion cubic feet equivalent. Furthermore, the company is estimated to have another 14 trillion cubic feet equivalent of unproved reserves. Put more simply, LINN’s net asset value can be pegged anywhere between $37 a unit to as high as $65 a unit. Meanwhile, short-sellers have knocked its units down to the low $20s. That spells an opportunity for investors who don’t mind waiting for the attack to finally blow over.  I’m not saying the road ahead will be easy, especially in light of the fact that the SEC is now looking into the matter. However, the opportunity to earn outsize returns makes LINN a very compelling opportunity this month. In fact, I personally plan to take advantage of it as soon as the Fool’s trading rules allow. 

Rick Munarriz: 

We live in fragile times when it comes to identity theft security, and that’s why I’m going with LifeLock (NYSE: LOCK  )  this month. LifeLock is the top dog when it comes to proactive identity theft protection, monitoring subscriber identities for any breaches that may result in credit-damaging and emotion-draining identity theft occurrences. We’re not getting any less paranoid, and with millions of cases of identity theft taking place every year in this country, it’s easy to see why LifeLock has become so popular. Revenue climbed 42% in its latest quarter, fueled by a 19% uptick in subscribers and a healthy increase in the average revenue per account. There are now 2.6 million LifeLock subscribers, and the ascent has been refreshingly consistent. LifeLock has experienced 32 straight quarters of sequential growth in revenue and subscriber count. We’re not talking about new folks getting duped here. Retention rates have climbed from 84% to 87% over the past year.  LifeLock is still flying under the radar since going public at $9 last year, even though it has blown Wall Street’s profit targets away in its first three quarters as a public company. It hopes to stretch that streak to four quarters when it reports again at the end of the month. LifeLock’s been able to keep its own identity secret from investors, but solid growth in a booming niche can only go undetected for so long.

 

Dan Caplinger:

  My stock pick for July isn’t technically a stock at all, although it trades like one. Central Fund of Canada  (NYSEMKT: CEF  ) is a closed-end fund that owns three things: about 1.7 million ounces of gold, 77 million ounces of silver, and roughly $39 million in cash. Closed-ends are a type of mutual fund that resemble exchange-traded funds in that they trade on stock exchanges rather than being offered through a mutual fund company. Unlike ETFs, though, closed-end funds have a fixed number of shares, making them subject to supply and-demand effects that can create temporary bargains from time to time.  As you’d expect, Central Fund has plunged lately because of the drop in gold and silver prices. But if you believe that precious metals are due for a bounce, Central Fund looks especially attractive because of its roughly 5% discount to its net asset value. In other words, when you take the value of Central Fund’s gold and silver holdings and divide it by the number of shares outstanding, the per-share intrinsic value is higher than the prevailing share price in the market. Obviously, gold and silver are a risky proposition at this point, but given that Central Fund’s shares usually trade at a premium to the value of the fund’s bullion holdings, a return to those conditions could produce profits for investors even if gold and silver stay at today’s depressed prices.

Tim Beyers: 

Rupert Murdoch has finally made good on plans to separate his newspaper and entertainment businesses. Any investor can now buy shares in 21st Century Fox (NASDAQ: FOX  ) . Here’s why you might want to.  First, Fox isn’t just about the studio or the news channel. Fox Sports, Fox Business, BSkyB, and the edgier programming available on the FX channel also make their home at 21st Century Fox. But what makes this stock most appealing is a slate of big-name movies with even bigger box office potential.   According to Box Office Mojo, Fox has released 11 films grossing a total of $539.1 million domestically, a 10% increase over last year at this time. Upcoming releases include this month’s superhero sequel, The Wolverine, and a new animated feature, Turbo. Meanwhile, according to a recent 8-K filing with the SEC, Fox’s earnings improved from $0.82 a share in 2010 to $1.20 a share in 2012. Current-year earnings appear to be on track for much more. Either way, Fox’s growth story appears to be far from over.  

Jim Gillies: 

Dressbarn would seem a retail concept that shouldn’t work; the comparison of wardrobe source and cow palace would seem something few women would appreciate. Yet the store’s parent company, Ascena Retail Group (NASDAQ: ASNA  ) , is the epitome of Foolish. Growth — both organic and through well-timed acquisitions — has been prudent over the years. The company throws off a ton of cash and trades at a reasonable valuation. And the founding family still runs the show and maintains significant ownership.  All this has given investors a 10-year average return of 18.5%, and I think there’s more to come. Ascena’s store concepts include the aforementioned “barn,” maurices (casual and career apparel for younger women), Justice (trendy wear for preteen and “tween” girls), and Lane Bryant and Catherines (“plus size” women’s apparel). These last two concepts, acquired as part of the largest acquisition in Ascena’s history, are arguably why the company is attractively priced today. Management demarcated fiscal 2013 as “investment year” to align these two concepts, invest for growth, and bring together their distribution and logistics networks.  This investment plan looks to be coming to its end. Integration savings should start being realized in fiscal 2014, and the company surprisingly paid off half the acquisition-related debt in the most recent quarter. Expect higher free cash flow, lower capital spending, and the sale of a non-core business in the coming year, and repayment of all remaining debt and deployment of these higher cash flows in the service of shareholders going forward. 

World Stock Markets Sources: Motley Fool, JP’s Round Table Research Team,  Bluewaters2u, 

Roundtable: 1 Stock to Buy in July


Television Interview with Former Iraq CBI Governor Dr Shabibi.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9P6u78NhJBE&feature=player_embedded

Thanks to Sunny Bedi for post:

Here’s what was said in the video with Shabibi:
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The reporter asked him about the current problems with the CBI, and Shabibi responded with a defensive answer of all they have contributed and done to improve the economy in Iraq. He said they contributed since 2003 to give the CBI a good global image/reputation. He said they are proud of what they have accomplished and do not need to defend themselves. 

He thanked all that have stood by their side in the face of the injustice and unfairness they have faced. He alluded to things that were said are not true, and that the important thing is that the CBI returns to its formal role. He said the removal of Chapter 7 sanctions are a big victory for Iraq. From an economic standpoint, they are able to enter the economic world without restrictions. There is now a need to develop themselves to be equal to the rest of the world, to take full advantage of the opportunities, and to be successful in entering the economic world. 

He said there are some who said there was no true progress on the part of the CBI. But they had introduced the new currency (post Saddam). There are those who said it was the Americans who did this, but the national staff played a large part in this, working with the Americans to distribute it. 

Because of this there was large progress. They had previous inflation of about 68% when they started, but brought it all the way down to 5.2%. This was a result of the monetary policy they introduced whose goal was to reduce inflation and they achieved that goal. He said they greatly reduced inflation and worked with his colleagues on a policy which raised the value of the dinar (which was a part of fighting inflation) from 2,014 in 2002 to 1,169 in 2012. They had programs like the Reserves, Paris Club, etc.

The reporter asked about the CBI issue, if it is political or truly a matter of money laundering and wasteful spending, fraud, etc. He clarified that the role of the CBI is in trading currency, a direct process at a certain rate. He said if you want to see if there is corruption in the CBI, look to and concentrate on the auctions. How the dinar comes in, how it is exchanged to the dollar. Some employees may give better rates to certain banks. When it comes to the purchase, this is not the role of the CBI. This goes to the trade banks. Look at how some money is exchanged in other countries like Dubai for example.

The reporter referred to a statement by Turki, in which he said any amount of over 100 Million US dollars daily at the auctions is money laundering or fraud, but that the CBI report shows that there are some days where there is over 200 Million. Shabibi said that this requires a study. The issue is that the CBI is to preserve the stability of the price of the dinar, and has to fulfill whatever demand there is, taking into consideration what is in the reserve. The issue is the auctions. To solve problems, you also need to develop the economy. 

The reporter asked him about the resignation of Al-Suhail, and his accusations against the CBI. He said that that was unfortunate. He said Al-Suhail concentrated on issues and accusations against the CBI, accused the CBI of money laundering, but never showed them the cases pertaining to that. He said, his colleagues, who are honorable, but are now in prison, is that they were trying to make sure there were dollars behind the dinar and vice versa.

The reporter asked Shabibi about Khalid Shiltar, whom Shabibi accepted to be the head of the money laundering offices, even though he wasn’t qualified. Shabibi said that Shiltar came to the CBI, with a knowledge of the English language. Shabibi says he himself is weak in the English language. He said Shiltar came to the bank, but didn’t give us the truth or reveal the money laundering. The money goes to the trade centers, but go to the money laundering offices first. This is a separate committee, and they weren’t aware of all of this. 

The reporter said that Shiltar’s language of English did not qualify him for the position. He asked if Shabibi was under any kind of pressure from others to accept him. Shabibi said there was no pressure. He even knew some of his family. The truth is that he formed connections with some people who went against the CBI.

The reporter asked him about allegations from Miss. Fawzia Kathum that there was pressure on Shabibi to give amounts of money from the reserves to buy an electric plant which does not work, and to give money from the reserves to the government, and that Shabibi did not comply and that was the problem. Shabibi said this is another issue. This goes against the CBI laws. It is against the law to give funds from the reserve to anything but issues for the stability of the exchange price. That is why the issues of the auctions, taking dinar from the market, reduces pressure on prices and reduces inflation. The monetary policy is not a trade policy.

The reporter asked him who specifically asked Shabibi to take money from the reserves. He didn’t answer but said from the government in general. He said he can’t say who specifically. He said the government wanted 5 Billion from the reserves and the CBI refused. He said even Parliament helped them with that issue and it was lifted. He said if they had changed the law, or if it was in the process of being changed, it would be a different story.

The reporter asked about the reserves, that it is said they had 10 tons of gold. Shabibi said this was published, and with the Treasury. He said, when he left there was 67 or 68 Billion of combined dollars, sterling pound, euro and gold. 

The reporter asked how much in gold. Shabibi said about 32 tons. They went from 5 tons to 32 tons. He said when they decided to buy gold, it was about 1-2 months before he left. He said they did this because it is the most reliable and so there is more confidence.

The reporter asked if the local banks have an affect on the CBI. Shabibi said he did not know. But that the local banks require large reforms and development, to go to free trade, and they need help from the government by the government giving the local banks business. But that the local banks had work to do, increase their capital, not rely on auctions, and need to find loans even if it is with risk.

The reporter asked about the lifting of Chapter 7 sanctions, and if this posed any danger to Iraqi money. Shabibi said that this opened lots of opportunities. But is they have loans, the world is watching them. They (Iraq) have to pay their debts and fulfill their obligations. The CBI is separate.

The reporter then asked if he warned against anything. Shabibi said it is important to be in good standing members globally. They need to fulfill their obligations, specifically those agreed to by the Paris Club. He said he is worried that there are some people or ideas that will go in the direction against the Paris Club, and that they would be revised again by the Paris Club, and will not get the same conditions as in 2004.

The reporter asked what he meant by that. He explained that under the conditions of the Paris Club, they got a reduction or forgiveness of 80% in the loans. This is the best agreement in the world that can be given to an average income country. After the great increase in the Iraqi money and oil, if there is a problem with the Paris Club, they will definitely not get the same conditions. There will be those who will think they will have to pay more than the 20%.

Sources: Sunny Bedi at “The Right Choice”, Iraq Information News and Discussion site https://www.facebook.com/groups/therightchoice/ )

Going Global East meets West Blogspot – Link below

http://goingglobaleastmeetswest.blogspot.com/2013/07/translation-by-abby-news-video.html

and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9P6u78NhJBE&feature=player_embedded

#CBI, #Shabibi, #IRAQ, #IQD, #Dinar

Television Interview with Former Iraq CBI Governor Dr Shabibi


Tip of the Day!
Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Web Design and Social Media:

brand words

Brand with the Future in Mind

If you have plans to scale your business, it’s a good idea to build a brand early. When deciding between business or personal branding, be forward-thinking. If your personality or knowledge are what customers are buying, then a personal brand may be more appropriate. Whichever you choose, keep the future in mind to set yourself, and your business, up for longevity.

Brand Yourself man woman shadow

Think you’re clear regarding the difference of branding yourself vs. branding your business? Branding is a crucial aspect in developing a successful business. Whether you brand only your small business or you brand yourself (or both) depends exactly on what type of business you have and who your target audience is. But, you will find several serious downsides to being focused on branding yourself rather than the business unless all the company is you.

Branding Yourself

If YOU are the business, meaning much of your income source has been because of being a public figure of some sort or other — such as a speaker, an actor, an author, a life coach, or any position that has to have your voice and face to be in the picture and the business will end if you die or quit, then you do want to brand yourself. Aside from that small niche, you really want to brand your business instead of yourself.

Take some time to decide if your business might be sold if you die, or decide to sell and retire. In any other case, then you want to be branding yourself together with your business. If you can sell or pass on your small business to others, then concentrate on branding the company only as a separate entity from yourself. Granted, a lot of people do both especially those who have both a business that they could sell, and also engage in public speaking, writing, teaching and coaching. So, sometimes it isn’t an either or proposition but it is imperative that you look at your business to be sure that you are not neglecting an important possibility to brand your business outside of yourself. This ensures longevity past your lifetime or career.

Branding Your Small Business

Different than just branding yourself, branding your small business properly offers the message you intend to deliver, provides credibility, motivates the suitable buyers, and creates loyalty among customers.

But it also creates value outside the current state of your products and offerings. It can also create value when you’re gone. Maybe you are gone through death or simply because you arrange to sell the business and move on to other opportunities. Among the most wealthy people today they launched a business, then sold in the height of its popularity to earn millions. These folks were able to do that because the business had a brand separate from themselves which enabled them to sell to someone else who could continue the company without them.

Therefore if you now have a product or service based business that someone else could easily run without you, brand the business. For those who have a product that IS you, branding yourself is probably the route to take. But, the greatest thing to do is find a way to do both. Find a way to separate the parts of the business that happen to be just you, and the parts of the business that someone else could do should you sell it directly to them or hire them to do it.

It may be a difficult decision for many of us. We treat our businesses like extensions of ourselves and surely they can be, but when you are looking at the future value of your business, branding the company separate from branding yourself is essential for longevity.

Sources: http://EzineArticles.com/7749895, Aric Jackson, Web Design Solutions Unlimited, Manta

Aric Jackson is an Internet Marketer, 5 Time Published Author & International Speaker. He has a knack for helping Young & New Entrepreneurs across the country. This article was just one tip from his Free Report “Traffic Bootcamp.”

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The SEO Audit

Do you want more traffic to your site?

Is your site search engine friendly?

Are you providing a good experience for your customers?

SEO Bullseye

 

 

Duplicate Title Tags

Unique, descriptive page titles increase the likelihood that search engines will direct users in your target audience to your website. The Alexa Site Audit gives you a detailed listing of duplicate titles used on multiple unique pages to help users locate pages on your site.

Missing Title Tags

Most search engines display the page title in search results, and if your page is missing a title you could be losing an opportunity to drive traffic to your site. The Alexa Site Audit gives you a comprehensive list of pages on your site that are missing a title.

Long Title Tags

When search engines display your page title, they will often truncate titles that are too long. The Alexa Site Audit identifies all pages on your site with titles that are too long.

Multiple Title Tags

Each page on your site needs a unique title that describes the content on the page, but sometimes it is easy to have more than one title on a page. The Alexa Site Audit checks this for you, and will give you a list of pages with multiple titles.

Reachability

Reachability is a measure of how many links a crawler must follow to locate pages on your site. Our analysis of your site provides you with a list of hard-to-reach pages to help you quickly identify obscured content.

Redirects

Redirecting too many of the pages on your site to other pages wastes crawler resources and may result in a smaller number of pages being crawled. Our analysis can determine whether or not you are using redirects effectively.

Anchor Text

Effective anchor text concisely describes the destination page. The Alexa Site Audit provides a comprehensive list of links found on various pages of your site.

Broken Links

A broken link undermines the user experience, wastes search engine crawler resources, and can affect your placement in search engines. With the Alexa Site Audit, you can find all the broken links on your site and quickly make changes.

Dead End Pages

Pages without any links are not good for your visitors. We can show you which pages on your site are dead ends to help you improve the user experience.

Page Not Found

A good ‘404’ or ‘Page Not Found’ error page does more than simply report the error. Our analysis of your site can tell you whether or not you have created a proper ‘Page Not Found’ error page.

Long URLs

Most search engines display URLs in search results. If an URL is too long, people doing searches will see a truncated version and you might miss an opportunity to get them to click.

Duplicate Content

Reusing text and images on your site? This can have more of a negative effect than you know. Find out how the duplicate content on your site affects your search engine rank.

Duplicate Meta Descriptions

Meta descriptions, like page content, should be unique. We can help you find any duplicate meta descriptions across your entire site so that your pages get properly indexed.

Too Many Links

Links are good. Having too many links can potentially make the page more difficult to navigate, and could create other SEO problems. Discover the pages on your site that have too many links.

 

 Server Errors

Server errors indicate major problems with the content of your site. The Alexa Site Audit checks for server errors on your site and provides a comprehensive list of pages that are giving server errors.

Robots.txt

A misconfigured robots.txt file can inadvertently block crawlers from valuable content. The Alexa Site Audit can check to see if your robots.txt file is configured correctly, and provides recommendations if it is not.

Session IDs

Sites that use session ID parameters as part of their URLs may receive a lower ranking in search results. Find out which pages on your site use these with the Alexa Site Audit.

Search Engine Marketing (SEM)

Build upon your existing SEM efforts with our keyword recommendations, tailored to your site. Using our vast database of search analytics, we can help you find the more cost-effective and relevant keywords to use for advertising.

On-Site Links

We also analyze the link structure of your site to determine which pages could benefit from more links from across your site.

Hostname

Many websites allow for users to visit them through both http://domain.com and http://www.domain.com. Most search engines treat these as separate hosts, so it is important to have one redirect to the other or you risk splitting your Page Rank across the two versions of your site.

Low Word Count

Pages with little or no text content often receive poor placement in search results. In the Alexa Site Audit, you can find a listing of pages containing little or no text content to help improve your placement in search results.

Image Descriptions

Using image descriptions can help search engines index the non-text content of your pages, and makes your site more accessible for the visually impaired. Discover the location of pages on your site that have images without description.

Sources: alexa site audit, Blue’s Research Team

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Our Top-Ranked #1 Stock today Is “#FLY” July 2013.

We are building our Top 10 US Traded Stocks to own with a breakdown of each stock.
Capping the total at 10. Going forward, each Doc here will contain an adjusted ranking of the top 10, much as the college football rankings reflect a reordering after each poll.

1. FLY Leasing (NYSE: FLY) –2008, then known as Babcock & Brown Air — was added to the High-Yield PRO portfolio at $8.03 a share.

Fast-forward five years…

Fly-for-Web

By today, FLY’s share price had more than doubled, to $17.12. Including dividends, FLY’s total return amounted to more than 150%, nearly twice the total return of the S&P 500 during the same span.

Over the past half-decade, FLY’s sales have risen an average of 67% a year. Earnings growth has averaged 11% a year during that time. And free cash flow increased an average of 21.8% annually (180% in the past year alone).

It was that last metric — cash-flow growth — in combination with a strong relative strength reading that catapulted FLY to the top of the rankings.

In the fall of 2008, StreetAuthority’s stock market strategists liked what they saw in a tiny aircraft leasing company based in Ireland.

Major global markets were in freefall at the time. However, this company was doing the lion’s share of its business in some of the larger emerging markets such as China, India, Russia and Mexico, which were continuing to grow.

Moreover, according to High-Yield PRO, leasing companies stood to benefit from rising demand for used aircraft, as airlines sought to contain costs in a beleaguered environment.

Stay tuned for # 2 of 10 coming soon…jp

stock-market Bronze Bull

Sources: StreetAuthority’s stock market strategists, JP’s Round Table Research Team, Bluewaters2u Blog

Our Top-Ranked #1 Stock today Is “#FLY” July 2013


#Justin Timberlake

JT has video banned from YouTube.

SexyBack

 

The following content has been identified by the YouTube community as being potentially offensive or inappropriate. Viewer discretion is advised.

Jul 4, 2013
Source: @Luo_T
Photo : Getty Images
Yesterday ( #JT ) Justin Timberlake unveiled his latest video, “Tunnel Vision”. But barely 24hrs after its debut, the video has been pulled from YouTube due to its raunchy content!
JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE
watch video here:
“Tunnel Vision” features several scenes of bare chested women and this is a direct violation of YouTube’s nudity policy.

Copyright : MTV Base
Sources: MTV
JT
#Justin Timberlake. #TunnelVision, #Video Banned,
JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE VIDEO BAN! Tunnel Vision 07/06/1013
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