Thursday, February 5, 2015

The Third Easiest Way to Have Ten Million Dollars

The easiest way is to start with ten million dollars, especially now that interest rates are so low. I think that's just a given.

The second easiest way is to print it. It's just paper. No big deal if you work for the Fed.

The third easiest way is to invest $40 in a company just after World War I that once put highly addictive cocaine and sugar in their products but has since replaced these ingredients with high fructose corn syrup. Let's see. Unless you invested as a baby, that would put you over 100 years old right now. Enjoy your ten million dollar windfall!

January 7, 2014
Warren Buffett Tells You How to Turn $40 Into $10 Million

Warren Buffett is perhaps the greatest investor of all time, and he has a simple solution that could help an individual turn $40 into $10 million.

In case you haven't guessed, the advice is to buy Coca Cola in 1919. Very useful. Some might argue that this is just a plan you should be following when picking stocks in the modern age though. Okay, I'll bite.

We'll want to buy the stock of a company right after a world war. Since Albert Einstein once said that World War IV would be fought with sticks and stones then I suggest we patiently wait for Sticks & Stones Inc. to appear, lol. Sigh.

Investing in Coca Cola 17 years ago certainly wasn't a good plan. The stock price is currently where it peaked in 1998. No joke.

That's okay though. They may have a fantastic marketing idea for the future. Will there be a new propaganda campaign? One that highlights the merits of Newest Coke over New Coke and Classic Coke? Or for that matter, competing carbonated beverages in general? There are so many to choose from!

February 5, 2015
Coke duped into tweeting Nazi propaganda

Coke suspended its #MakeItHappy automated social campaign after Gawker, a gossip and media blog, concocted a prank that had the soft-drink giant inadvertently tweeting out lines from Adolf Hitler's autobiographical manifesto, Mein Kampf.

Genius! Never saw that coming! How do I invest in this innovative company as it attempts to relive the success of previous world wars? I want to get in on the ground floor before the next person does! $40 is chump change! Put me down for $80! Twenty million dollars here I come! Mwuhahaha!

This is neither investment advice nor Nazi propaganda advice. You know this because we do not live in a society that condones torture, unless terrorism is involved. Look, what I'm trying to say is that this is not a police state yet. I'm therefore still comfortable typing gallows humor. Okay, maybe not 100% comfortable. Somebody needs to heckle though or we may all someday lose the ability to heckle. So do your civic duty! Heckle often! It's not like there are a shortage of reasons!!


Stagflationary Mark said...

And how do we know if terrorism is involved and torture is therefore okay ?

That's easy. As soon as the government claims terrorism is involved then terrorism is involved. See how that works? Don't even need proof! Hahaha!

And why am I laughing? It's a coping method to deal with the stress of where are country is headed over the long-term, lol. Sigh.


Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety. - Benjamin Franklin

Troy said...

In June 1982 AAPL was $12.75, its post-IPO low -- $40 invested then would be worth $21,000 now.

After its IPO in March '86, the savvy investor had plenty of time (months) to scoop up as much as he wanted at around $30/share. 9 splits later, these 1.33 shares would be worth $16,000 today, or $23,000 if sold at the all-time high back in '99.

More interestingly, 1 share of AAPL bought for $12.75 in 1982 would pay $84/year today, while 1 share of 1986 MSFT would be paying $360/year today.

So just 100 shares of MSFT bought in '86 for $3000 would be enough to live on now.

Troy said...

(2nd paragraph above is talking about MSFT)

Stagflationary Mark said...


Meanwhile, RadioShack just declared bankruptcy, Some long-term investors are undoubtedly regretting their decision to buy and hold. Go figure.

Troy said...

between 5:35 and now I just watched Back to the Future II -- same general plot element I suppose between stock picking and time travel.

Stagflationary Mark said...


Yeah, time travel is superior to hindsight. Well, unless you watch Butterfly Effect movie that is!

Hey, Crash Dive for iPhone is an awesome WW2 sub game so far. Two big thumbs up. Keep in mind that it is just my first day though. I reserve the right to change my opinion.

mab said...

Don't even need proof! Hahaha!


The point of torture is to arrive at the "truth" you need. No joke.

Under the threat of torture, Galileo gave the Church their "truth". And in Salem, scores CONfessed to being witches amongst other things.

It wouldn't take long to get me to admit to being Little Bo Peep!

I heard radio talk show host Mark Levin espouse torture a few years ago. He cited a Gov't report about 911 mastermind Khalid Sheik-someone. How do we know this Khalid dude was the mastermind? Well, besides being an Arab with a beard, he CONfessed after being water-boarded!!!! Hey, the dude CONfessed, what more proof does one need?

Stagflationary Mark said...


Torture would definitely work on me.

Them: Do you believe in God?
Me: Absolutely!
Them: Which one?
Me: Could you give ne a hint?

After having Shingles and extrapolating what a properly motivated human could do to me, I have no doubt that I would spill my guts (perhaps literally) on any subject I'd be asked, whether I actually knew the answers or not.

Troy said...

$7! That's spendy for an AppStore business model . . .

Niche games support higher prices, but it's weird how elephants like Clash of Clans takes so much oxygen out of the store.

Mobile gaming is social gaming, as its easier to see what your friends are buying when have their PC with them, not in some room of their house.

Stagflationary Mark said...


Yeah, I'm also playing Heroes Charge.

In theory, it is free to play and one could have fun doing just that.

In practice, should be called Heroes Charge It, lol. They do not pressure you to pay but the carrots do dangle and I have eaten a few, lol.

On the orher hand, finished Zombie Highesy 2. There was never a desire to pay and there was really no need. Not sure how that business model works. Same goes for Sim City BuildIt. Enjoy the game and no real reason to spend so much as a penny. Go figure.

Stagflationary Mark said...

Zombie Highway 2 and BuildIt just require a bit of patience. I'm generally a very patient person. Those without patience are subsidizing my gaming.

Heroes Charge needs real $ or you fall behind others. That's okay if you don't mind but patience alone can never catch you up.

I like all these games but if I was truly wise I'd stick to the games requiring patience only. ;)

A_Nonny_Mouse said...

I do believe that the "Kenneth Brett" comment is ... wait for it ...

Stagflationary Mark said...

He spammed me not once, not twice, not three, four, or even five times. Not six, seven, eight, nine, or ten times! No, sir.

Eleven times on eleven different posts all with tge same Identical SPAM!

And did blogger see it as SPAM? Nope. It reserves that honor for some of my regular commenters, lol. Sigh.

Forehead. Phone. Whack. Whack. Whack.

(No desk to beat my head against.)