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‘Highland Games’, Loon, 2015: ‘Stuart Highlanders’ (Bedford, MA) Grade 1 Pipe Band.

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This, a Grade 1 band, was THE featured pipe band at the 2015 NH Highland Games at Loon.

They were good and also extremely photogenic. So I ended up taking a TON of pictures.

Sharing a few with you. Enjoy.

You are welcome to reuse these images BUT they have to be attributed to ‘Anura Guruge at NHlifefree.com’. OK?




‘Stuart Highlanders’ (Bedford, MA) Appears To Be The Featured Pipe Band At The 2015 ‘NH Highland Games’ In Loon

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>> Red Hot Chilli Pipers‘, Loon, 2015.

>> Highland Games 2014 Loon.
>> Highland Games 2014: Performers.
>> Glengarry Bhoys 2014 Loon.

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The featured pipe band at the 2015 (Scottish) “Highland Games” at Loon appears to the ‘Stuart Highlanders‘ from Bedford, MA — though I could be wrong on this. They are one of the few bands named in the program.

I looked them up — and their name  is vaguley familiar. I am sure they have been at Loon before. BUT it appears that they have at least 3 bands. One is a Grade 1 Band! Their Website, though quite nice, seems to be woefully out-of-date. The last news item is from August 2012. So it is possible that they no longer have a Grade 1 — and it is even conceivable that they have even more bands. So not sure which of these bands will be appearing. IF it is a Grade 1 band that would be special and much appreciated — at least by ME. I don’t think we have had a Grade 1 pipe band in a LONG TIME. Maybe a decade. So this would be something to look forward to.


Here is a link that will get you to the ‘tentative’ 2015 Highland Games schedule — and they better finalize this fast since we are now within a fortnight of the Games starting.


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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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.

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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.

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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.


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