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Fidelity Investments New Account Look — Now In Preview, Permanent In Mid-Nov. 2014.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Did YOU REALLY think I would let you look at my account? Wow. Give me a call. I have some great real estate I can sell YOU.


Starting yesterday they want us, i.e., Fidelity online customers, to test drive the new user interface. I was in a hurry yesterday, BUT did.

I kind of like it. LOTS of information on one busy screen BUT I like data. I am a strong believer that you can never have enough data. So in that respect I am a believer.

All the columns are also sortable. That can be handy, BUT be aware of it. IF you accidentally did a sort, all your positions will be in the ‘wrong’ places, BUT there should be a THICK underline below the column that is currently active in terms of the sort. IF the thick underline is NOT under ‘Symbol’ then your positions will not be in alphanumeric order. Remember that.

Yes, ‘Pending Activity’ is also still there BUT not as prominently. Look for it below. You can click on the ‘+’ to expand it.

The ‘Options Summary’ is neat. I could get addicted to that.

The one thing that really sucks. ‘Current Value’ & ‘Quantity’ are columns 5 & 6 respectively. That is awkward.

I called up Fidelity and, as ever, spoke with a very nice Rep. He ‘confessed’ that I wasn’t the first person to complain about this. Even he didn’t like it.

We agreed that the BEST solution would be to give us the option to reorder the columns. That would be REAL neat.

Found something else and just conveyed it to Fidelity. Screens do NOT automatically resize. So if you move an open tab from one screen to another, as I can and will do — with my dual-monitor set up — the tab doesn’t automatically resize. YOU have to manually hit the Windows resize button at the top. Fidelity now knows about it.

So that is about it. I like it. It is a LOT. I will get used to it. IF they give us movable columns it could be real nice.


Fidelity Investments (New) Online Training Events With On24 Webcast Technology — Quite Cool.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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>> Alibaba IPO
>> GoDaddy IPO
>> Resisted ‘FKU’ but bought ‘EROS’
>> OptionMonster option trading book
>> Facebook has bigger market cap than IBM

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Click to ENLARGE. This afternoon’s ‘On24’ Webcast technology based Browser pane I had for my online training event. I was impressed. Worked well.


As I have alluded to before, multiple times, I do play options and have done so for nearly twenty years. But, I just do covered calls. That I understand how to do, quite well, given that over the years I must have written hundreds of them.

But, I have no clue about any of the other option strategies. Today I heard ‘Iron Condor’. I have NO CLUE.

Over the years I have promised myself that I will teach myself options. Knowing who I am and what I can do, I do know that I will be able to master options and even be pretty good at it. BUT, I have yet to set out to learn options. I always appear to have some excuse — mainly that I am writing a book. Well, I am writing a book again …

I get a fair amount of e-mails from Fidelity — which is fair enough because I do have a fair amount of transactional volume a week through them. Quite a few of the e-mails have to do with informational or training events. Fidelity no longer calls me to offer me financial advice or access to financial advisors. They have access to my record and performance. They know that I muddle through … and that muddling through is all that I am interested in.

Last week I got an invite for this “Generating option trading ideas using Fidelity’s tools and resources” event — today, at noon. I knew I really should ‘attend’ because Fidelity’s option ‘platform’ totally baffles me. I don’t use it. Good ol’ option-chains is all I need or at least all I use.

I registered, which was not a problem. I got e-mails with a link. This morning I had yet another reminder — which was good. At 11:45, within the 15 minute pre-event window, I clicked and was automatically ‘enrolled’ without having to type in anything.

It was slick. It was seamless. No glitches. Very smooth. I was impressed.

I have, over the years, going back maybe 15 years, used various online Webinar technologies. I am sure this was the first time I had used ‘on24‘ Webcast. I was pleasantly impressed. It did what it had to do with no fuss and to me that is the beauty of a good Webinar tool. It should not get in the way. It should facilitate without getting in your face. That it did.

It was a decent educational Webinar. Yes, after 30 minutes I lost interest. But that is par for the course. I am NOT good, never have been, at any ‘classroom’ based education and training. I have to do it on my terms on my pace. But now I know some places to look.

I am going to bite the damn bullet and get the damn book EVEN if it is not available online. I know that that is what I should start with.

But, I am pleased and impressed with Fidelity and On24 — but, 99.6% of the time I am always impressed with Fidelity. They try and they are good.


Two Of Last Week’s ‘Hot’ IPOs, Vivint Solar & Yodlee, Plummet Within First 72 Hours.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Click to access “MarketWatch” coverage for each.

Red track on chart is that for SPX — S & P 500 index.

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Two classic examples that all IPOs don’t do well. Even Alibaba is down from its first day — albeit not from the $66 that some lucky buggers were able to get it at, that being the IPO price.

I was aware of both of these IPOs and ‘tracked’ them given that Fidelity told me that I might have a slim chance of getting an IPO allocation.

I stayed clear of VSLR because it was solar and I had read enough bad things about that sector. I am GLAD I did. But there was something very scary about what happened with that IPO. The day after the IPO, “Seeking Alpha” (which is a bunch of unregulated, amoral, unethical cowboys as far as I am concerned) published an article saying that VSLR was “destined to destroy shareholder wealth“. The stock plummeted. They claim that they could not publish this article, i.e., that it was on embargo, till after the IPO. Please. I feel bad for all those that got 3rd degree burns.

I was interested in YDLE. Most IPOs to do with ‘the cloud’ have a pop — because people think the cloud is sexy and strategic, though in reality we have been exploiting cloud for the last 10 years, IF not more. Some of you, I know, can’t even remember ‘the network is the computer’. I do. I decided to beg Fidelity for 2 shares at the IPO — that being all that I could afford at $12 a share.

Well they didn’t give me those 2 shares — probably because you have to ask for allocations in blocks of 100!

I am GLAD that Fidelity didn’t give me those 2 shares.

I can buy YDLE in the open market now — without any flipping restrictions.

So I am just giving YOU a heads up because unlike the clowns on “Seeking Alpha” I am not out to get you so that I can make some money. Maybe that is where I go wrong.


I Am Grossed Out That Janus Stooped So Low As To Hire Discredited Bill ‘the’ Gross From PIMCO.

bjbhxchartaa34Anura Guruge, June 8, 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.
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Click for WSJ coverage. Google ‘PIMCO EFT’ for much, much more. Gross is just gross.


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.


Paddy Kelly, The Other Musical Maestro That Enlivens The Evergreen “The Brigadoons”.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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>> ‘The Brigadoons’ — 2014 Highland Games
Sep. 22, 2014.
>> Video clips
of the ‘The Brigadoons’ from Loon — Sep. 24, 2014.

>> Highland Games 2014 Loon — Sep. 22, 2014.
>> Highland Games 2014: Performers
Sep. 22, 2014.
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Glengarry Bhoys 2014 Loon — Sep. 22, 2014.
>> Manchester Pipe Band — Sep. 22, 2014.

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It is remiss of me to rave about “The Brigadoons“, by far my all time favorite performance group at the ‘Highland Games‘, without giving a nod to Paddy Kelly — another one of their maestros and Denis Carr’s sidekick (though I have yet to see Denis actually try to kick him). Suffice to say, like everybody who has ever been involved with “The Brigadoons”, he is incredibly talented and, moreover, a really nice person.

So I want to give him a plug — not that he needs any help from me. He is in “The Glengarry Celtic Hall of Fame“, as of 2007, along with Rob Taylor (2004), “The Brigadoons” as a group (2006), Dennis Carr (2013) et. al.

So do yourself a FAVOR and check Paddy Kelly out. Listen to his tracks. BUY THE CDs. Like him on Facebook. You will THANK ME for bringing him into YOUR life. He will enliven and enrich it. It is people like Paddy that pope’s refer to as ‘Salt of the Earth’. They make the World go around that much more smoothly.

Thank you Paddy. Thank you “The Brigadoons”.


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Click to access Paddy Kelly’s FAMILY Website …


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Paddy Kelly’s music. I listen to this OFTEN for inspiration. He is good. Very good. Try “Song for Ireland” for starters.


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He does do Facebook. I am impressed. I can’t figure Facebook out. Whatever ‘presence’ I am ‘supposed’ to have on Facebook is done by Deanna. [I just sold my Facebook ‘IPO’ shares last week to buy Alibaba. Yes, there are no sacred cows in my book when it comes to stocks.]


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The Hall of Fame. Impressive. But well deserved.


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“The Brigadoons”: 2 Video Clips On YouTube From 2014 Highland Games At Loon.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Related Posts:
>> ‘The Brigadoons’ — 2014 Highland Games — Sep. 22, 2014.

>> Highland Games 2014 Loon — Sep. 22, 2014.
>> Highland Games 2014: Performers
Sep. 22, 2014.
>>
Glengarry Bhoys 2014 Loon — Sep. 22, 2014.
>> Manchester Pipe Band — Sep. 22, 2014.

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Trademark “The Brigadoons” on Sunday of the 2014 ‘Highland Games’ at Loon [New Hampshire]. This is a 2 minute video clip, by Deanna Guruge, that captures the more traditional Glengarry ‘Celtic’ flavor of this very talented and engaging group. You really should watch and listen. Click to access the YouTube video. Denis Carr is in fine form and Paddy Kelly (extreme right) is having a ball.



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Another video clip, again by Deanna, of “The Brigadoons” at Loon, on Sunday. This at 3 minutes is longer and is NOT one of their traditional numbers. This is “The Brigadoons” showing what great all-round entertainers they can be. Denis, of course, is in fine form but Paddy Kelly really goes to town in this piece with movements, sounds and pantomime. Classic. You will laugh. Barvo. Click to access YouTube video.


Two video clips, now on YouTube, from the 2014 ‘Highland Games’ at Loon.

Deanna shot both of these.

I shot still pictures with my Canon.

These two videos, in my opinion, don’t really do them ENOUGH justice!
They are even better.


Here is my photo montage of still images from that same concert.

Click to access photo montage on YouTube. So three videos altogether on YouTube from Loon 2014.


“Cobra Poison” — Do NOT Drink Too Much Coke After Eating Too Much Durian. It Could Kill You!


Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.
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Durian is a tropical fruit.

It has a God-awful smell!

Foul (let alone fowl) doesn’t even come close to describing its pungent, stomach churning smell.

I do not like Durian.

I stay well clear of Durian.

I have no sympathy for those that eat Durian though they swear it is like eating sweet egg custard.

Well, I will just stick with the egg custard.

Well I got this message from Archbishop Emeritus Oswald Gomis of Sri Lanka SO I have to give it heed.

It appears that drinking too much coke after eating too much durian can be fatal.

Well, you know what I say about moderation in all things (sex being an exception).

I gather they have even started calling this, viz. too much durian with too much coke, ‘Cobra Poison’. Cute.

Gather that a Chinese tourist in Thailand died of ‘Cobra Poison‘ recently —
hence this wave of warnings.

Fancy that. Going to Thailand to eat too much Durian. I thought most tourist went to Thailand just for the 3 ‘Ss’.

But, I am doing my job and passing this along.

My honest recommendation: stay away from Durian.

I do not think anybody has ever attributed aphrodisiacal properties to Durian —
and trust me nobody will want to be within 200 yards of you IF you smell of Durian.


“The Brigadoons” — Incomparable & Evergreen at the 2014 “Highland Games” at Loon, New Hampshire.


Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.
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Related Posts:
>> Highland Games 2014 Loon
 — Sep. 22, 2014.
>> Highland Games 2014: Performers
Sep. 22, 2014.
>>
Glengarry Bhoys 2014 Loon — Sep. 22, 2014.


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Copyright of these pictures may be enforced.

To me this will ALWAYS be the face, voice and SPIRIT of the “Highland Games”, Loon, N.H.

Yes, he saw me taking pictures from the front row.

He asked Teischan for a hand. Not sure whether he knew who she was and that she has seen & heard them ever since she was born. She is eight and this was her 7th games — and we never miss the Brigadoons.


That I am an avid and rabid fan of Denis Carr and The Brigadoons is NO secret. I first saw them, at the then ‘Performance Tent’, opposite the gondola, at Loon, in 1998 — and it was love at first note. They struck a chord. To me THEY ARE the ‘Highland Games‘. Everybody knows that — the ONE performance that I have to see. No caveats. Once I have seen them I am happy.

Yesterday, before their performance I got to shake hands with Denis and say “hello”. I took the first picture right after that, with their blessing. I don’t like to bug performers before their performances. I know they like to get their thoughts together. I miss Jackie Smith. I used to always shake hands with him too and say “hello”.

Yesterday it all became very clear — though there really was no reason for any clarification. As soon as Denis started singing I felt a joy of sheer bliss coarse through my veins. It was like, I assume (because I have yet to try it though I keep on promising myself that I really must try it) having a good single malt pumped into me intravenously. I immediately felt refreshed and rejuvenated. I had finished the printed version of “Popes: 101 Facts & Trivia” the night before and was feeling the usual writer’s equivalent of postpartum depression. Listening to Denis I was at once reenergized ready to start on the next book! Thank you, Denis. That alone was well worth the $20 entrance. I will gladly pay $20 to see just ‘The Brigadoons’ any day of the week. They really are magic. Do you kind of get this feeling that I kind of like the Brigadoons.

denisteaIt was a bit of a low-key affair on Sunday. I think Denis had been drinking too much tea! That is an insider joke and we will honor his privacy THOUGH it should be noted that YET AGAIN a member of the Brigadoons was absent due to pregnancy. I wonder what they put in their TEA! They didn’t have their kilts on. They appeared to have lost them the night before. It must have to do with the tea! It was still GOOD. Very good.

We just happened to be seated in the front row – Deanna having got the seats before the performance. But I knew we had to leave 10 minutes before the end! The ‘Glengarry Bhoys’ were starting at 1:45 pm at the Concert Tent and I didn’t want to miss their entrance after — what was it 13 years! I felt dreadful when we got up. I kind of did an embarrassed wave, ducking move. I think Denis made a remark. But I am also sure that they know that we are their GREATEST fans at the show.

That ‘they’ didn’t schedule the Brigadoons in the Concret Tent is inexcusable. They are still BIGGER and BETTER than most of the names that get to play in the Tent.

IF ‘they’ had any sense, which alas they don’t, they would have had ‘The Brigadoons’ at the Tent at 1:00 pm followed by the ‘Glengarry Bhoys’. Then maybe they might have even jammed together.

Well here is a photomontage of 27 pictures I took of ‘The Brigadoons’. Alas I can only use YouTube provided music. But enjoy. It is fun to see them in action. I do have two short videos of them, that Deanna took, which I will post on YouTube later.


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Click to access photomontage of 27 pictures taken of ‘The Brigadoons’ at the 2014 Highland Games at Loon on Sunday, September 21. The music is NOT THEIRS. Sorry!


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