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Questions about Leftovers, Hobby Hype, Dollar Stores, Convenience, and More!

What’s inside? Here are the questions answered in today’s reader mailbag, boiled down to five word summaries. Click on the number to jump straight down to the question. 1. Planning for disabled child’s future 2. Investing while in debt 3. Show More Summary

J.C. Penney: Saying Sayonara To The Bankruptcy Discount

By Grey Value Management: Even a lousy business can be a good investment at the right price. In that regard, although they are very different businesses, J.C. Penney (NYSE:JCP) at $6 reminded us very much of DELL at $9 (see "Our Descent Into Dell" at Show More Summary

Tesla: Don't Be Fooled, The Chinese News Is Already Priced In

By Orange Peel Investments: By Scott Tzu In our first piece on Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA), we acknowledged that we like the company and the progress that they've made, but in this geopolitical climate, we're a little edgy about jumping into a position with a company whose valuation is now stretched as much as Tesla's is. Show More Summary

On Labor Day: The Tale of Generational Struggle for Middle Class Wages

When Fred Redmond, the Steelworkers’ vice president for human affairs, was a child in Chicago, he and a dozen siblings and cousins spent summers picking cotton for their grandparents in Mississippi. Fred’s great, great grandparents had been slaves. Show More Summary

Federal Reserve Is Getting Ready For The End Of Tapering

By John M. Mason: Only two more months to go until the Federal Reserve ends its tapering exercise. This month the Fed is expected to add only $15.0 billion to its securities portfolio. Then $5.0 billion in October. Then…well we really don't know. Show More Summary

The World-Class Stock I Could Own Forever

Let me start with a simple confession -- I love luxury hotels. There's simply nothing like a great living space to make you feel like a million dollars when on vacation or business. I can

Why Energy Transfer Partners LP Stock Is Going Nowhere in 2014

Energy Transfer Partners is missing out on the MLP run in 2014. Here’s a look at what’s going on this year.

Mindsets And Valuations Are Mimicking The Bubble

By Dan Strack: "Those who don't know history are bound to repeat it." -Edmund Burke Looking back at the bubble created in the late 90s, it's almost comical how irrational exuberance took hold and led to insane valuations of internet companies that had zero profit and little revenue to speak of at the time. Show More Summary

France's Moscovici Likely To Get EC Economic Affairs Role: Source

PARIS (Reuters) - Former French finance minister Pierre Moscovici has a "good chance" of being named to the European Commission's top economic and monetary role, according to a French diplomatic source. Proposed in July as France's representative...Show More Summary

Glitzy Atlantic City casino begins shutdown

Revel Casino Hotel opened just two years ago with high hopes of revitalizing Atlantic City's struggling gambling market

New Luxury Item: Butter?

Will American shoppers soon be saying, "I can't believe I can't afford butter?" Butter prices hit a record high on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange this week, and with the levels of the stuff in storage down 42% over this time last year, "Americans are about to be reminded that butter...

Over at Equitable Growth: #FF America's Best, Most Substantive, and Most Accurate Center-Left Polemicist Is... Jonathan Chait: Monday Focus for September 1, 2014

[Over at Equitable Growth]( A Baker's Dozen of recent keepers: 1. Keystone Fight a Huge Environmentalist Mistake 2. Why I’m So Mean 3. Wasting Away in Hooverville 4. Greg Mankiw Loves One Percent, Doesn’t Know Why 5. Show More Summary

Food Prices Have Begun Skyrocketing In Parts Of Russia

Last month, we showed how Russian citizens had taken to social media to denounce their government's decision to bad food imports in response to Western economic sanctions. Those complaints do not appear to have been misplaced: Deutsche...Show More Summary

Judge blocks Louisiana abortion law

A federal judge temporarily blocked enforcement of Louisiana's tough new abortion law shortly before it was to take effect on Monday. The law will technically remain on the books for now, but doctors can't be penalized for violating it until a court challenge is resolved. Show More Summary

Labor Day: Right to an API Key (Algorithmic Organizing)

Today is Labor Day which is meant to celebrate the workers movement (as an aside, in Germany and much of the rest of the world this is held on May 1). That might be a good time to think about what organizing labor might mean in the future. One...Show More Summary

6 Elite Companies To Research This Week

By Benjamin Clark: ModernGraham currently covers over 390 companies in its Valuation Index, analyzing each in detail to determine whether they fit a modernized version of Benjamin Graham's conservative metrics from his classic The Intelligent Investor. Show More Summary

Transocean Partners Had A Great First Month, But Can It Keep Up The Pace?

By Anthony Ruben: After a month of being a public company, Transocean Partners (NYSE:RIGP) surprised most observers (if anyone was paying attention) by soaring 30% over its IPO price (which was above the pre-IPO range) and capturing three "Buys" (or Outperform/Overweight) and a "Hold" (or Equal Weight) from analysts. Show More Summary

Why FuelCell Energy Inc. Has Skyrocketed 78% in 2014

What has FuelCell Energy Inc. done so far this year to send shares up an eye-popping 78%?

How to Buy Rental Property With Only a 3.5% Down Payment

The FHA offers very attractive terms for loans to purchase two-, three-, or four-unit residential properties.

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