January 16, 2014 |
Those of us who write about the housing market and the virtues of the 30-year fixed home loan -- as we did Wednesday -- can calibrate our watches by how long it takes a reader to respond as follows: "Hey, Canada doesn't have 30-year fixed mortgages, and their housing market's doing just fine! Usually about a nanosecond. This is a popular line of chatter for pundits too. Back in August, Matthew Yglesias of Slate.com questioned why "there's some urgent need for the government to subsidize 30-year fixed-rate mortgages.
January 30, 2001 |
Men's Wearhouse (MW) Jim: Don't buy Mike: Buy * Mike: I'll start with this question about Men's Wearhouse: Jim, would you say that George Zimmer is the Frank Perdue of the '90s? Jim: No question, though some readers might not get the connection. Zimmer is not only the chief executive of apparel chain Men's Wearhouse, he's also its pitchman on TV and radio, just as Perdue flacked--or flicked--for his chicken company. And like Perdue, Zimmer's very good at promotion.
February 17, 2012 |
A judge has dismissed a lawsuit that accused a columnist for The Times of illegally recording conversations with the president of the 1-800-GET-THIN marketing firm. The company is known for its ubiquitous billboards plastered along Southland freeways — and its catchy jingle that pops up on the radio and television — that promote shedding pounds via the Lap-Band weight-loss device. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Debre Katz Weintraub threw out the lawsuit that Robert Silverman, the marketing company's president, had filed against Times columnist Michael Hiltzik.
January 2, 2001 |
Lowe's Cos. (LOW) Jim: Buy Mike: Don't buy Mike: I don't know about you, Jim, but I've noticed around Southern California that there's a new store anchoring a lot of these new malls: Lowe's home improvement stores. I think of stores like Lowe's and Home Depot as lumberyards with a college education. Jim: You know, this might be a knock on any other company, but Lowe's is almost a Home Depot wannabe. Mike: Almost? That's exactly what Lowe's is. Jim: All right.
July 11, 2000 |
Sara Lee (SLE) Jim: Don't buy Mike: Buy * Jim: It's a good thing that Sara Lee's new chief executive is trying to turn this company upside down, because if he wasn't I believe Sara Lee would soon succumb to a new owner that would. Mike: Now Jim, before we continue with all that important corporate stuff, let me start by saying I think of Sara Lee as an old friend. Jim: My, so warm and fuzzy today, Mike. Let me guess.
July 4, 2000 |
Reader's Digest Assn. (RDA/RDB) Jim: Don't buy Mike: Don't buy * Jim: When it comes to Americana, Michael, I can't think of any more tried-and-true name than Readers's Digest, correct? Mike: Did you say tried and true or trite and true? Jim: Snippy right out of the box today, eh? But you're right. To many people, Reader's Digest isn't just old, it's musty old--as in not being of much use. Mike: That's right. When you flip the pages of Wall Street reports on this stock, moths come flying out.
April 11, 2000 |
Microsoft (MSFT) JIM: (Don't Buy) MIKE: (Buy) * Jim: Well, Mike, we're taking another look at Microsoft today, and it's only the second time we've revisited a stock we've already reviewed. Mike: Ironically, the first time was when we reconsidered Microsoft's archrival, Apple Computer. We both recommended Microsoft's stock last summer, but it seems there's been a spot of news lately that warrants a chat about whether the stock is still a buy.
October 19, 1999 |
Yahoo (YHOO) Jim: Well, Mike, we're back to one of our favorite topics, Internet stocks, and there's no bigger name in the business than Yahoo. In fact, you could say it's the market's Internet bellwether now. Mike: I suppose so. But to me, Yahoo is the quintessential situation in which you can love the company and hate the stock. Jim: Then you'll probably be surprised that I like this stock. Mike: No!
May 16, 2000 |
International Speedway (ISCA) Jim: Don't buy Mike: Buy * Mike: Our first stock today, Jim, is International Speedway, which I believe must be one of your personal favorites. Jim: The sport is one of my personal favorites. Mike: And the sport of course is NASCAR, which is to say, stock-car racing. Jim: That's right. Mike: Now, does it mean anything that when I turn on the TV today, the guy I see hawking all those cheesy, cruddy products that Michael Jordan used to shill for is now Jeff Gordon?
May 30, 2000 |
NetZero (NZRO) Jim: Don't buy Mike: Don't buy * Jim: Now, Mike, we both know the old saw about how one way to run a successful business is to give 'em the razor and sell 'em the blades. But-- Mike: What if you're giving away the razor and the blades? Jim: Exactly! Because NetZero offers customers free access to the Internet. Mike: As do several other firms, and their business model is basically the same: You get the free access all right, but in exchange they shove advertising down your throat.