4 investments you don't want to own

Long-term Treasurys and industrial commodities are among the best ways to lose money these days. Here's what to avoid buying now, and some better alternatives.

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Apr 27, 2014 3:52PM
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At 51, here's the advice I give my son.

Consume less, save more, ignore the experts, don't take risks with your money, you don't need to be rich, you need to be secure.

Half the problems with this world is our obsession with absolutely meaningless things we treat as if they were sacred relics from God itself.

All driven by billions in research into how to make people desire meaningless things and treat them like sacred relics from God itself.
Apr 27, 2014 3:54PM
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It is time to start hiding your savings in your mattress again.
Apr 19, 2014 7:03PM
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Follow the exact opposite advice in the article and you likely have a better chance of seeing any of it after the crash wipes the Kool Aid out. 
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Don't buy into anything sponsored by this crumbling world. Especially our own government! I don't often ponder the end of the age, but when I do, I think of Washington D.C.,/ Wall Street... Stay thirsty my friends
Apr 20, 2014 2:23PM
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Re: Emerging Markets, If the fund rose 8 fold (800%)  in a few years and fell 20% in the last year the investors back then were NOT "Foolish Investors".  They have still made 600% on their money.  To buy now might be foolish, but it wasn't a few years back.  Also, not selling now might be foolish.
Apr 19, 2014 9:08PM
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Most of these investment options do kind of suck. But, they are no more suckier than Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, Tesla, (enter your momo darling overpriced stock here____________). Point being, just about everything sucks now in terms of risk and reward. Thank you Janet Yellen and the Fed. And, bad as these options are, they’re as good as it gets for many investors.

P.S. You pension fund manager probably feels the same way too.

 

Apr 27, 2014 4:41PM
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The odds of a dividend are better for you if you eat a sh!t sandwich as opposed to investing in Obamaville. 

Apr 27, 2014 5:14PM
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i invested every thing in a bag of cheetos....all i got to show for it...is this cheezey smile...; ]
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Bernake and his near 0% interest put a lot of people into the Wall Street Casino a place they would rather not be. Where is a safe haven for your money? My bank is paying .3% Janet Yellen looks like she will stay with what Bernake started. He was the worst Fed ever!!!
Apr 27, 2014 3:45PM
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Perhaps detroit might be a good investment, in another 5 to 10 it could see itself in a enviable position as by then the rest of the country will be going through what they have already experienced.  
Apr 20, 2014 11:22PM
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I would point out that 5-year Credit Union CD's are paying 2% interest (3 month interest penalty for early redemption), I-Series Savings Bonds are paying 1.38% interest (same penalty after 1-year, 0.2% fixed and 1.18% for inflation - the last number changes each six months based on May and November CPI numbers), and TIPs are paying around 0.9% (same penalty after after 1-year, -0.1% fixed and 1.0% for past month's inflation).  The interest on I-bonds does not have to be declared on taxes until you redeem the bond. Interest on I Bonds and TIPs are exempt from state and local taxes.

I personally keep a small amount of my portfolio in I-Bonds, a little more in CD's, and wouldn't touch TIPs.

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Better off stuffing your money under your mattress and in the walls of your house than listen to the so called experts, they play with other people's money so what do they care.
Apr 27, 2014 10:48PM
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In vest in me! I'm a contactor trying to gobble up a couple of houses and rehab them I could easily pay a 5% return on your investment. That is dam better then any of your suggestions and I could do it in only four months. American small business changing things one hammer swing at a time!
Apr 27, 2014 10:07PM
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First the government taxes you like crazy. Then they raid your SS fund to zero. Then they put the country into trillions of deficit like crazy and take loans on the future of the country. Then they float treasury bonds for people to invest into government...really!!!. How many ways are they going to take your money. And now they are into selling marijuana as well. What the hell, we cant leave too many people to claim the Social Security, do we.
Apr 27, 2014 9:12PM
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These so called experts forget that as our economy even at low growth numbers continue to build infrastructure so the correct commodities are always good trades and investments


Apr 21, 2014 7:28AM
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And add to the list ANYTHING remotely related to the legal recreational pot industry.  It's been legal for only a few months in Colorado and already traffic deaths and injuries have increased that are directly attributable to stoners and there have been at least two deaths as a result of pot use, one a suicide and the other a homicide.  It was never as harmless as its proponents suggested and I suspect that the experience of Montana will be the future in those states foolish enough to go down this road- a short period of legalization, long enough to see the full downside, followed by recriminalization.
Apr 27, 2014 9:33PM
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For investment purposes I would like to remind  you all that debt has to be paid off and that the dollar value of paying that will create very high inflation....which means that the value of the dollar  will suffer badly....and the value of your income will suffer badly....So invest in something that will not devalue...
Apr 27, 2014 5:21PM
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Watch out investing in cattle....as fast as we grab em..
Apr 27, 2014 10:47PM
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I would not invest any of my money in these Bonds etc.  Sounds like leftover junk Bonds from Wall St. and the junk commodities left over that the Gov't bought up.
Apr 27, 2014 8:49PM
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Ag should be pretty good especially with almomst 20% of Chinas farm land bing contaminated.  
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