Al Jacobs has been a professional investor for nearly four decades with expertise in areas that include real estate, mortgage, securities investment and the operation of a private trust company.
Signs That Show You Know How to Handle Money
The ability to master your money is not something that just happens. It
takes time, training, and temperament. Whatever praise or criticism you
may direct at the American public school system, one thing must be acknowledged:
The handling of personal financial affairs is not a subject to which much
attention is devoted. Whatever the average citizen knows about saving and
investing did not come from the classroom. This is understandable, of course,
if only because the typical classroom teacher is equally mystified by the
world of money. Nonetheless, there are those among us who have figured out
how it all works, and what it takes to prosper.
Are you one of those
persons that has managed somehow to get the hang of it? If you recognize
yourself in most of the twenty-five following scenarios, then you can
confidently answer "yes" to that question.
1. Your credit card
bill is paid in full each month with never a penny in interest incurred.
2. You understand
that the variable annuity in which your neighbor just invested will prove
to be a sad mistake.
3. Despite orchestrated
furor by the media, you recognize that the $30 it costs to fill your vehicle’s
gas tank is cheaper in today’s dollar that the $15 it cost 20 years
4. You enjoy financial
talk shows for their entertainment value while knowing that 95% of what’s
said is nonsense.
5. The only type of
life insurance that you’d ever consider purchasing is a term policy.
6. You’re not
tempted to invest in something because of a hot tip you get from a friend
7. You have serious
doubts that the 3-unit course in basic English composition offered at
Eleganté University for $900 is any better than a similar course
conducted at Midtown Community College for $60.
8. You are sufficiently
sophisticated in real estate to know that the worst house in the best
neighborhood beats the best house in the worst neighborhood.
9. You owe nothing
on the vehicle you drive.
10. You have a pretty
good idea by mid-November how much your income tax obligation for the
current year will be.
11. When hearing that
the S&P 500 Index just hit an all-time high, you are not inclined
to call your broker with a buy order.
12. It’s beyond
your comprehension why anyone not certifiably insane would purchase a
13. Your checking
account balance never drops below the minimum limit that triggers a monthly
14. You’re aware
that an option to pay your auto insurance premium in two installments,
with a "modest convenience fee" instead of a single payment,
probably works out as a loan at about a 25% interest rate.
15. Although you thoroughly
enjoy the home in which you live, it’s considerably less expensive
than you can afford.
16. You know practically
nothing about the option market—and intend to keep it that way.
17. You feel instinctively
that every dollar you contribute in FICA taxes to the Social Security
system is a dollar lost to you forever.
18. Whenever you’re
negotiating a purchase and qualify to receive a discount, you do not hesitate
to ask for it.
19. You entertain
no illusions that a financial advisor will provide sound counsel merely
because of the Certified Financial Planner (CFP) designation held.
20. You make the maximum
possible contribution to your retirement funds.
21. Whether your choice
of wristwatch is a top-of-the-line Rolex, a fashionable Cartier, a respectable
Bulova, or an economy Timex, you recognize that all are battery-operated,
with a similar quartz movement, and none fail to keep excellent time.
22. You find it baffling why anyone would buy a lottery ticket.
23. You cannot remember when you last borrowed money for an unexpected
24. The newspaper advertisement offering a half-pound silver commemorative
medallion from The Perfidious Mint, at the "special advance price of only
139 dollars," forces you to suppress a laugh.
25. You have no confidence in the concept of "Investor Confidence."
If the sentiments expressed in most of those situations do not reflect
your thinking, you’re not in control of your financial destiny. In that
case, you can use a little guidance. A visit to the Newsletter Archives
on my website at www.onthemoneytrail.com might be a good place to start.
Jacobs has been a professional investor for nearly four decades. His
business experience ranges from real estate, mortgage, and securities investment
to appraisal, civil engineering, and the operation of a private trust company.
In addition to managing his investments on a day-to-day basis, he is a featured
financial columnist for both online and print publications. He is the author
of Nobody’s Fool: A Skeptic’s Guide to Prosperity. You’re
invited to subscribe to his financial Newsletter, "On the Money Trail,"
at no cost or obligation, by visiting On
the Money Trail
Ed note: While I do not know Mr Al Jacobs, I could not help but chuckle at how close his mindset is to my own, except of course, for the 10% of my portfolio invested in penny stocks. (Sir John Templeton began his fortune investing in penny stocks)
Monday, March 16, 2015
Monday, March 2, 2015
IBC Advanced Alloys Corp - Canadian with U.S. Roots
IBC is an integrated manufacturer and distributor of rare metals (beryllium) based alloys and related products serving a variety of industries including nuclear energy, automotive, telecommunications and a range of industrial applications. IBC has 80 employees and is headquartered in Vancouver, Canada
IBC's Advanced "BEO" Nuclear Fuel exceeded critical performance factors in tests.
This advanced product, manufactured using IBC's proprietary Beryllium materials, is designed to reduce costs and increase safety of advanced nuclear fuels in the rebirth of that industry.
(see illustration on left)
The Nuclear industry predicts $1.2 Trillion worth of new plants will be constructed or started by 2030 with Asia leading the expansion of Nuclear power in the 21st century.
In Sept 2014, IBC was awarded a contract by the LockheedMartin Corp to produce the housing components for it's F35 fighter jets "EOTS" systems utilizing it's proprietary "Beralcast" advanced material, with the promise of more to come.
(see illustration at right)
The F-35 is the most advanced fighter jet ever built and for Lockheed to include this tiny manufacturer of specialty materials as one of it's suppliers ensures that IBC should punch above it's weight for years to come.
delivered several unmanned aerial system (UAS) ® technology to the U.S. Department of Defense.
demonstration articles manufactured using IBC’s proprietary Beralcast castings.
In November 2014, IBC Partnered with two European firms to Develop and Distribute a New High Performance Alloy
Although it is still a microcap company trading on the venture exchange mostly in Canada, IBC is creating a dynamic global beryllium and advanced alloys company.
IBC's common shares are traded on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol "IB" and the OTCQX under the symbol "IAALF."
All indications are that IBC will be profitable in 2015 and we expect a significant turnaround in IBC's stock price. We have been loading up on IBC Shares with that expectation.
We see it as an investment in the future.
Friday, January 30, 2015
al and has been tested for the production of specialty filaments.
The installation of an industrial-scale extruder in Q1 of 2015 is in line with the milestones established in the Company’s business plan. Sales of conductive graphene filament are expected to begin before the end of the first quarter of 2015.
Graphene 3D CEO Daniel Stolyarov commented, “The Graphene 3D team has worked tirelessly to begin commercial production of our materials. We are excited to now be making the transition from developing the materials in our research lab to beginning industrial scale production and moving forward to revenue generation. I am personally looking forward to offering our filaments to customers and to receiving their feedback on our products. Graphene 3D plans to continue expansion of production capacity in the near future, as we anticipate growing demand for our materials”.
About Graphene 3D Labs Inc.
Graphene 3D Lab is in the business of developing, manufacturing, and marketing proprietary graphene-based nanocomposite materials for various types of 3D printing, including fused filament fabrication. The Company is also involved in the design, manufacture, and marketing of 3D printers and related products for domestic and international customers.
The Graphene 3D facility is located in Calverton, NY and is equipped with material processing and analytical equipment. The Company has three US patent applications pending for its technology. For more information on Graphene 3D Lab Inc., visit www.graphene3dlab.com.
This news release contains “forward-looking information” within the meaning of applicable securities laws. Forward-looking information in this news release includes statements about the commercial grade plastic extrusion equipment and its uses.
In connection with the forward-looking information contained in this news release, the Company has made numerous assumptions, regarding, among other things, equipment to be used in the production of conductive 3D printing filaments and the capabilities of such equipment. While the Company considers these assumptions to be reasonable, these assumptions are inherently subject to significant uncertainties and contingencies.
Additionally, there are known and unknown risk factors which could cause the Company’s actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by the forward-looking information contained herein. Known risk factors include, among others, any malfunction by the equipment or an incompatibility between the equipment and Graphene 3D’s material process.
A more complete discussion of the risks and uncertainties facing the Company is disclosed in the Company’s continuous disclosure filings with Canadian securities regulatory authorities at www.sedar.com. All forward-looking information herein is qualified in its entirety by this cautionary statement, and the Company disclaims any obligation to revise or update any such forward-looking information or to publicly announce the result of any revisions to any of the forward-looking information contained herein to reflect future results, events or developments, except as required by law.
THE FORWARD-LOOKING INFORMATION CONTAINED IN THIS PRESS RELEASE REPRESENTS THE EXPECTATIONS OF THE COMPANY AS OF THE DATE OF THIS PRESS RELEASE AND, ACCORDINGLY, IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE AFTER SUCH DATE. READERS SHOULD NOT PLACE UNDUE IMPORTANCE ON FORWARD-LOOKING INFORMATION AND SHOULD NOT RELY UPON THIS INFORMATION AS OF ANY OTHER DATE. WHILE THE COMPANY MAY ELECT TO, IT DOES NOT UNDERTAKE TO UPDATE THIS INFORMATION AT ANY PARTICULAR TIME EXCEPT AS REQUIRED IN ACCORDANCE WITH APPLICABLE LAWS.
Neither TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.
ED Notes: Lomiko Metals owns 40% of GGG - We are investors in LMR
Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Here are the details
|Jan 14, 2015||Triple Moving Average Crossover (4-day 9-day 18-day)||Short-Term Bullish||$0.12||n/a|
|Jan 08, 2015||Momentum||Short-Term Bullish||$0.12||n/a|
|Jan 08, 2015||Price Crosses Moving Average (21-day)||Short-Term Bullish||$0.12||n/a|
|Jan 05, 2015||Short-term KST||Short-Term Bullish||$0.12||n/a|
|Jan 05, 2015||Continuation Wedge (Bullish)||Intermediate-Term Bullish||$0.12||Bullish $0.22 - $0.24|
IBC Engineered Materials Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of IBC Advanced Alloys Corp, manufactures Beralcast as a family of beryllium aluminum alloys that overcomes the limitations of pure beryllium and existing aluminum alloys, while retaining the benefits of the two metals.
IBC Advanced Alloys Copper Division manufactures and distributes a wide variety of copper alloys as castings and forgings including beryllium copper, chrome copper and aluminum bronze in plate, block, bar, rings. They also develop specialty copper alloy forgings for plastic mold tooling and resistance welding applications.
The U.S. Dept of Defense is currently testing Beralcast alloys for use in their UAS and UAV programs in aerospace (Airforce), on land (Army) and underwater (Navy). This program is ongoing.
IBC Engineered Materials, a wholly owned subsidiary of IBC Advanced Alloys, is also collaborating with Purdue University and the University of Texas on the production of Beryllium Oxide Enhanced nuclear fuel to increase the safety and longevity of nuclear fuel rods. IBC and PUrdue share patents for this technology.
IBC trades on the Canadian Venture Exchange (ib-tsxv) and on the OTCQX International as IAALF
Earlier today I spoke with Ian Tootill of IBC regarding their outlook for 2015. Although he cannot discuss any upcoming contracts or talks with other companies besides Lockheed, he did say he is very optimistic that IBC is moving steadily toward profitability in 2015.
Currently IBC's market cap is only $9 M with 80 Million shares outstanding at today's price of .11c Revenue for 2014 was over $20M
Disclosure: We are investors in IBC Advanced Alloys Corp
Monday, December 29, 2014