Why Ford – They Are The American Innovator

This post is a month overdue.  All I can say is I am way busy.

Anyway…While at the CTIA (the wireless conference) show in San Francisco last month I had the pleasure of getting to see first hand the 2011 and 2012 Ford models that were there.  They were there as it related to the Sync technology Ford was showcasing.  I was amazed at the technology, but I was also amazed at the design and quality of the vehicles.  I will admit, I had been a GM fan (up until they filed for bankruptcy) for years (disclosure – I own a GMC Yukon).  From the Focus to the Taurus to the Edge to the Explorer, all were cars I would feel compelled to own.  In addition to the designs, the colors were pretty cool too.

As you may know, I am a fan of Jim Cramer.  He has been extolling the virtues of Ford’s CEO Alan Mullaly over the last year on Mad Money.  The business is doing phenomenal, sans bailouts from taxpayers, and is poised to do even better on the backs of these upgraded and resilient brands.

Great job Ford.  Way to make America proud.

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Getting Back to Even – Cramer

Some love him, some hate him; many have no idea who Jim Cramer is.  Mr. Cramer is an energetic, knowledgeable, pragmatic stock and investment aficionado.  Two years ago I read his book “Stay Mad” that highlighted conservative ways to get into the stock market and make money realistically.  Then a little thing called “The Great Recession” came along.  Though I was not heavily invested in the market, many took major hits to their long-built financial portfolios.  Cramer came out with a new book to address how to get square again – “Getting Back to Even”.  In it, he suggests ways to take advantage of depressed stock prices, but to be smart in evaluating those stocks to avoid getting caught up in the wrong mentality – greed.  The best advice I read (and will soon be putting to use) is to only own as many stocks as you can comfortably do one hour of research and homework on per week.  He says five is the typical amount.  I have recently subscribed to his daily TV show that is available on video podcast via the iTunes store.  Check him out.