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Warren Buffett Speaks Out - Investors Listen!!

August 19th, 2009, 9:20 pm PDT.   Posted under Trade Alert !! by AppleOption.

Found in the New York Times, Warren Buffett wrote this about the economy…

Enormous dosages of monetary medicine continue to be administered and, before long, we will need to deal with their side effects. For now, most of those effects are invisible and could indeed remain latent for a long time. Still, their threat may be as ominous as that posed by the financial crisis itself. With government expenditures now running 185 percent of receipts, truly major changes in both taxes and outlays will be required. A revived economy can’t come close to bridging that sort of gap.

To understand this threat, we need to look at where we stand historically. If we leave aside the war-impacted years of 1942 to 1946, the largest annual deficit the United States has incurred since 1920 was 6 percent of gross domestic product. This fiscal year, though, the deficit will rise to about 13 percent of G.D.P., more than twice the non-wartime record. In dollars, that equates to a staggering $1.8 trillion. Fiscally, we are in uncharted territory… Unchecked carbon emissions will likely cause icebergs to melt. Unchecked greenback emissions will certainly cause the purchasing power of currency to melt. The dollar’s destiny lies with Congress.

If you are a INDIVIDUAL investor… You would be extremely wise to move your money to the sidelines (ie. cash or inflation protected securities).

The market is just as unstable as it was back in November… we just have a few Trillion of government money dumped into it. Just waiting for someone to cash out! Individual investors are never protected in this market, so you ride the trend and get out before the big boys do. I would not be surprised to see a sell off between now and January that may make the last sell off look small.

Government gives Tesla $465 Million

June 24th, 2009, 2:39 pm PDT.   Posted under Electric Cars by AppleOption.

The U.S. Energy Department on Tuesday announced $8 billion in loans to Ford, Nissan and Tesla to spur development of more fuel efficient vehicles.

Ford Motor Co. (NYSE: F) will get $5.9 billion to transform factories across the country to make more fuel efficient vehicles. Nissan Motor Co. got $1.6 billion to retool its factory in Smyrna, Tenn. Tesla Motors Inc., of San Carlos, Calif., got $465 million to manufacture electric vehicles.

“By supporting key technologies and sound business plans, we can jump-start the production of fuel efficient vehicles in America,” said Energy Secretary Steven Chu, in a statement. “These investments will come back to our country many times over – by creating new jobs, reducing our dependence on oil, and reducing our greenhouse gas emissions.”

The Advanced Vehicle Technology Program is part of the $789 billion economic stimulus package the federal government passed in January.

Tesla Model S Sequence

June 23rd, 2009, 1:33 pm PDT.   Posted under Electric Cars by AppleOption.

Today we received the Tesla Model S sequence number for production and delivery.

Thank you for your Model S reservation. The world’s first all-electric family sedan has attracted worldwide attention and has clearly accelerated the electrification of the global auto industry. We’re certain this will be a superlative vehicle that exceeds your expectations for utility, performance and efficiency.

Many customers have been eager to know their sequence in the Model S reservation list. We’re happy to be able to provide that information now.

Your sequence number is X XXX

The sequence number consists of two parts: alphabetical and a numerical designation. We are maintaining three lists that determine production sequencing:

- Signature Edition: your sequence number is prefaced with the letters SIG. Signature Edition is our special edition inaugural production run, and will be limited to 1,000 vehicles.
- Roadster preferential list: your sequence number is prefaced with the letter R. These positions will be at the front of our regular production run, and are designed to thank our Roadster owners for their contribution in making Model S possible. Each Roadster we sell puts us one step closer to developing Model S! You have received Roadster preferential positioning if you are a Roadster owner or received a preferential invitation (friends and family) from one of our existing Roadster owners.
- After our Roadster preferential positions, we begin our standard production run, which is denoted by a P indicator.

Your sequence number may not be identical to your vehicle identification number, or VIN. These numbers are designed to keep you apprised of your position, but the actual VIN will not be set until time of production.

We invite you to login to the Tesla Motors Owner’s Area - an interactive community for our Roadster and Model S customers.
If you do not already have access to the Owner’s Area, you will receive an invite with instructions for logging in.

Thanks,

Elon Musk
Tesla Motors CEO and Product Architect

Over 1,000 Tesla Model S Reservations

June 3rd, 2009, 3:15 pm PDT.   Posted under Electric Cars by AppleOption.

On May 12, 2009 Tesla Motors announced that they have surpassed 1,000 reservations for the Model S. Today we received the following email:

Greetings from Tesla Motors! This is a quick update on the status of our insider web page and on your forthcoming Model S sequence numbers. Our Owner’s Area of the web site is undergoing development for the addition of Model S customers, therefore we will be sending out your login and sequence position in the next two weeks.

More news here is that Daimler has announced a 10% investment in our company. We at Tesla are thrilled about the potentials of this collaboration, and believe it to be a huge vote of confidence in our cutting edge drivetrain technology. We will benefit from Daimler’s extensive experience to deliver an expertly designed, beautiful, high quality vehicle!

We look forward to getting you your number and owner’s area access soon.

Tesla Model S - Taking Reservations

March 29th, 2009, 1:17 pm PDT.   Posted under Electric Cars, Trade Alert !! by AppleOption.

If you are interested in purchasing this amazing new car… you need to hurry! They are on a 1st come 1st serve basis for registrations. You’ll need to put $5,000 down to reserve the car which is full refundable except a 1% processing fee ($50).

Tesla Model S - Soon to be Unveiled

March 20th, 2009, 5:13 pm PDT.   Posted under Electric Cars by AppleOption.

On March 26th, Tesla Motors will unveil a street-drivable prototype of their new 4-door sedan, the Model S (code named “WhiteStar”). The event will be held at the Tesla Design Studio inside the SpaceX factory in Hawthorn, California. The Tesla Motor’s Blog states, “Our objective with the Model S was to create one of the most functional, intuitive and beautiful vehicles on the road.” The new electric vehicle will be built in the San Jose, California assembly plant.

The Tesla Model S should hit the road in 2011. It is designed as a high performance electric sedan in the same class as the BMW 5-Series. The Model S is expected to debut with a price range between $57,400-65,000 (plus it would be eligible for a $7,500 tax credit) and will have an expected range of 300 miles per charge. In terms of performance, expect a zero to 60 mph time of around 5.6 seconds with a top speed of 120 mph. It is rumored to have 4G (the next version of today’s 3G) cellular connectivity allowing users to access the internet, make phone calls and listen to streaming internet radio.

The Department of Energy is in the process of approving a $25 Billion fund for the Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing loan program. The Obama administration has made it a top priority to get this cash to help secure jobs. Tesla Motors will likely get their fair share of this loan since it has actually build and sold an electric card, the Tesla Roadster. Tesla Motro’s Blog states, “[DoE informed them that] they may disburse funds from our $350M Model S loan application within four to five months.” The $350 million represents 1.5% of the total $25 billion in funds from the DoE.

The Tesla Motors business plan involves the Tesla Roadster and Model S as a means to redefine the public’s perception of an electric vehicle. Starting at the high end, the Roadster cost of $109,000 and subsequently the Model S cost of $65,000, will help pave the way for developing a more affordable third vehicle code named “BlueStar”

Warren Buffet

February 28th, 2009, 6:30 pm PDT.   Posted under Trade Alert !! by AppleOption.

$700 Billion Bailout, WAMU failure

September 26th, 2008, 5:16 am PDT.   Posted under Market Commentary by AppleOption.

As discussed Monday, the financial system continues to collapse.

While the Treasury’s $700 Billion Proposal is in a stalemate, the US government has siezed Washington Mutual.

For more information about the Treasury’s plan read the following link from the Wall Street Journal.

While the congress debates the details of the plan, hundreds of economist urge congress not to rush on a rescue plan. Read more at Bloomberg.com

Meanwhile, Washington Mutual has $307B assets and $188B in deposits. However the US government has closed the back and sold it’s assets to JPMorgan Chase & Co for $1.9 billion. From a financial standpoint, this just doesn’t make sense… JPM has recieved two deals of a life time in one year! There is definitely something strange about this deal.

The Office of Thrift Supervision said, “With insufficient liquidity to meet its obligations, WaMu was in an unsafe and unsound condition to transact business.” FDIC Chairman Sheila Bair said the bailout happened on Thursday night because of media leaks, and to calm customers. Usually, the FDIC takes control of failed institutions on Friday nights, giving it the weekend to go through the books and enable them to reopen smoothly the following Monday.

Read more about WaMu’s story, the largest U.S. bank failure in history!

How will anyone ever want to buy financial stock if the government can seize them at a moment’s notice when the markets are closed. The only people who lose here are the private investors!