Shining Arcanine said:
About trading stocks, ownerships of stocks is an attempt to control a company and never was meant as a way to make money. The only money to be made in stocks usually comes from other people's expense, so complaining about how you do not make anything off
a particular stock is absurd when you never complain about making money that some else lost.
Microsoft hasn't paid a decent dividend to it's investors since 2004 after it's last split.
And somebody suggested they donate money to BP?
The Microsoft of today is on the decline.
"About trading stocks, ownerships of stocks is an attempt to control a company and never was meant as a way to make money"
Warren Buffet would disagree. So would I.
I made plenty of money off of the stock market in 2009. Many will make plenty of money off of the recent dip due to worried and undecided Europeans, including myself.
"Talking down the stock so you can buy back in hey?"
Not at all. I will simply sell off and buy something more profitable like a good investor should. Real Estate Investment Trusts are forced to pay dividends when they make a profit. Most of them have written off all they can write off and should return to
profitability in 2011. If they are still in business that is. REIT's are a much more attractive dividend earner than MSFT. MSFT has turned into a socialist company with socialist goals and that's been reflected in it's decline.
Bill Gates wouldn't be selling off otherwise. He doesn't need the money. Unless there's something that we don't know.
Some of these ultra rich VCs that everybody looks up to are showing that they were just at the right place at the right time after all.
If you are a programmer, you probably make more money per month than Elon Musk(who sold off Paypal/x.com). That's saying something.
Not that it has anything to do with Microsoft, but I am actually looking towards investment in American based software and tech companies with American ideas and backing. Companies that have little or no international influence to cloud their goals.