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by Anura Guruge
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by Anura Guruge
>> BJHHX has decent 2013
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Up until about 7 months ago when I sold a fairly large (at least for me) holding in JAHYX (viz. Janus High-Yield Fund) I had been a very content and loyal Janus mutual fund customer for well over 20 years. I swore, but always in a positive sense, by Janus. In a way I still feel I have some ownership of Janus. A ‘relative’ of mine who INSISTS on basing all of his investments, rightly or wrongly, on my recommendations has been in JATTX (Janus Triton) [and VILLX (Villere Balanced)] for the last 4 years or so. He, risk averse and reluctant to ‘churn’, has done well …
I owned ‘Janus Twenty’ for close onto 20 years and did reasonably well. There were times when I had more money in Janus funds than with any other fund family.
I liked Janus. Not anymore.
But hiring the gross Gross was utterly gross.
Yes, I know Gross is richer than God and likes to talk like the next Messiah on drugs. Yes, given that I do watch quite a bit of CNBC I have had to listen to him talk his sheer drivel for too long. I have never found him convincing let alone credible. Yes, of course, you can be richer than God if you resort to practices like this …
That the SEC is investigating his flagship fund for false pricing sums
up everything I have always felt about Gross and PIMCO.
Yes, Janus has had a nice POP both in terms of financial gains and PR. But this is blood money. This move will hurt Janus in the long run.
I do a LOT of research into mutual funds, stocks and ETFs. I have done lots of research into mutual funds, stocks and ETFs for a very long time. When I do my research, using multiple ‘Guruge-special Excel spreadsheets’, I am very thorough. I have NEVER found a PIMCO fund for which I could NOT find a better alternative. PIMCO funds is for the rich and lazy. Gross got so much wrong. He even admitted that he got bonds and stocks mixed up in 2013. Well I did exactly the opposite of what Gross was telling people to do and I did quite well in 2013 — THANK YOU.
Janus you have just made a FOOL of yourself. I will never invest a cent with you AGAIN — even if you wire ‘the Gross’ tomorrow, like PIMCO were planning to do.
This was one heck of a GROSS move. Even from where I sit, with no Janus holdings, I feel violated and cheapened.
Gross, Gross, Gross.
$10 Tickets For Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey ‘Built To Amaze’ Circus In Manchester, NH, For October 2, 2014.
by Anura Guruge
>> “Built to Amaze”
>>— July 23, 2014.
>> ‘Dragons’, Oct. 2013
>> — Oct. 7, 2013.
>> The circus elephants have
>> arrived — Oct. 2, 2013.
>> Oct. 2013 circus/elephants
>> in Manchester — Sep. 29, 2013.
>> Circus will play down
>> elephant parade — Aug. 15, 2013.
>> ‘Dragons’ circus is coming to town — July 6, 2013.
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This is ONE HECK of a deal! I hate to say this BUT ‘they’, viz. ‘the brothers Ringling’, must be getting desperate. I am always thankful, each year, that they faithfully come back to Manchester because they don’t get the crowds that they deserve. I knew that they had $15 for the opening night on Thursday, October 2, 2014. And trust me those $15 are GOOD. I have said it before and I will say it again: the Verizon Arena is not that big and the ‘2nd-tier’ seats are perfect for the circus. We discovered this … like 8 years ago. Deanna had a FREE voucher for Devanee for the circus. It is a program that the “Ringling Brothers” have. Register your new baby, within the first year, and you can have a voucher, for a FREE ticket, redeemable ‘whenever’. So I went to get tickets for the 4 of us — one of them with the voucher. Then the catch. The voucher was only valid for ‘$22’ seats. So I ended up buying three more ‘$22’ seats. Was a bit apprehensive. We were delighted. The seats were GRAND. We have sat in the ‘$22’ seats ever since with great satisfaction.
I know that the $15 opening night tickets are for our ‘$22′ seats. So that was a good deal. Not sure whether these $10 are for those seats. They could be — IF they have any left, but to be fair, we are talking, basically, the entire 1st-tier arena [i.e., tickets that go 1xx’]. So that is a LOT of seats. It could be the next tier up, i.e., tickets starting ‘2xx’. That won’t be as good BUT for $10 that is still a DECENT choice.
So check it out.
I would NOT buy any of these tickets online — though I have also heard that ‘the brothers Ringling’, for all the NE shows have waived the online booking charges. I make a special visit to the Box Office, in Manchester, to buy the seats in person. Has always worked out for me. Very helpful. So that is the SCOOP.
‘Shellshock’/’Bash Bug’ In Unix/Linux Servers Already Appears To Be Slowing Down Amazon, Yahoo, WSJ etc.
by Anura Guruge
>> Avast Forum Hacked — May 27, 2014.
>> Healthcare.gov Hacked — Oct. 1, 2013.
>> Vatican Hacked — Apr. 20, 2014.
>> Avast 2014.9.0.2016 & GrimeFighter
>> — Apr. 6, 2014.
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I had started to notice on Tuesday strange, inexplicable ‘lag times’ and ‘anomalies’ on the Amazon ‘server cloud’ (though not with Amazon per se), Yahoo (particularly Yahoo Finance), MarketWatch (which is a part of WSJ) to name the biggest and the ones where the ‘issues’ were most pronounced. It appeared, from where I sat, as if they were weathering a medium-scale ‘denial of service’ (DOS) attack. The servers weren’t down (and out) they were just struggling to keep pace.
I think what I have seen could be the TIP of the iceberg. This Shellshock could turn out to be HUGE — and have the potential to make the Internet grindingly slow.
What we also don’t know is how much damage has already been done.
This one is BIG. I would keep a very close eye on the Internet. In terms of privacy, financial data, e-mails, images etc. we are ALREADY screwed. ‘They’ have probably ‘scraped’ up trillions of bytes of data. Too late to worry about that. We are all screwed. Now lets just focus on keeping the Internet up.
So much for the up till NOW much vaunted security of Linux. What a relief that Windows has escaped this mortar attack though just at the client end. 90% of the servers we use run Unix or Linux.
You have been given a good heads up.