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This website is being put up for sale on GoDaddy.com’s domain auction site. My intention was to create a financial and investing hub under the Asset Investing banner, however I never quite had enough time and energy to devote to it. Now I’m pursuing other endeavors and have decided to let someone else work on this unique property.

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This domain/website has a solid reputation on the internet and is well respected among other financial blogs. It is over 13 years old and has received organic search engine traffic for stock market analysis, financial planning and internet business articles. It has thousands of organic back links set up by unrelated third parties and in the past has reached a Google page rank as high as four. With just a little bit of maintenance it could easily surpass that.

MajesticSEO Over The Last 5 Years – 

  • External Backlinks – 75,346
  • Referring Domains – 5,573
  • Referring IPs – 3,434

Some of the unique perks of this domain name are that it is memorable and easy to spell, and while being specific enough that all visitors know this is a financial website, it is general enough that no other companies can trademark it and take it away from you. To further protect the Asset Investing brand, I’m including other TLD’s along with the dot com. Also included in this sale are listed below.

TLDs Included With AssetInvesting.com –

  • AssetInvesting.net
  • AssetInvesting.org
  • AssetInvesting.biz
  • AssetInvesting.us
  • AssetInvesting.info
  • AssetInvesting.mobi

The website is currently running on a wordpress backend so it may be easier to start your own website from scratch. However, I am completely willing to turn over the database of articles and plugin files to prevent any 404 errors during the transition. AssetInvesting.com also runs older versions of several premium plugins and in order to update those you will need to go to the third party websites referenced in the plugin files. There are also some custom made logos and graphics which can be included in the package.

Comparable Recent Domain Sales

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InvestingContrarian.com $5,000 EncoreNames (Feb 13)
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InvestmentAdvantage.com $2,288 AfternicDLS (May 08)
DistressedAssets.com $3,200 Sedo (Nov 11)
PersonalInvestment.com $2,900 NameJet (Dec 12)
InvestmentDisputes.com $2,000 AfternicDLS (Jul 12)
InvestmentPerformance.com $2,700 AfternicDLS (Jun 12)

As you can probably imagine, a 13 year old website has accrued a decent social media presence. The Twitter account associated with the website has over 12,000 followers and the Facebook page that was set up has received over 250 likes. Of course Twitter and Facebook own these pages and therefore they are not specifically for sale, but control of social media accounts (that allow changes in admins) will be shifted to the new owner(s) of AssetInvesting.com. If you have any questions regarding this domain sale please ask them in the comments section of this page and I will try to respond.

*Twitter, Facebook, and GoDaddy are registered trademarks belonging to their respective owners. No patents, trademarks or servicemarks are being offered in connection with this domain auction.

Citigroup is releasing its second quarter 2014 earnings this Monday (June 14) before the opening bell. The current consensus estimate is for the company to earn $1.06 per share. Some analysts have the company earning as much as $1.14 a share. Citigroup did beat analyst expectations last quarter significantly, however the previous two quarters saw the company coming in lower than a lot of expectations.

Xbox 720 by 2013?

A document has been floating around the internet lately that is allegedly Microsoft’s internal discussion of the next incarnation of the Xbox. Of course questions have been raised about the legitimacy of the document and whether the information in it is factual.

Several writers and analysts covering Microsoft have said that they believe it to be authentic. The document which was leaked a few months ago, also mentions Microsoft SmartGlass, which debuted at the E3 event just a couple weeks ago. The report was supposedly written in August of 2010 and provides information about some of the technical specs and features of the new Xbox.

The document calls the new console “Xbox 720” and projects a release date of 2013. It also details the release of Kinect V2 and augmented reality glasses. The starting price point is said to be $299.99 and the Xbox 720 will include some features which its competitors already have such as Blue Ray compatibility.

From a business standpoint there are a couple interesting statements in the document. For one Microsoft expects Sony to release its next generation Playstation in 2013. The company expects the Playstation 4 to be priced at $399 or less and the Wii 2 (or Wii U as it was recently announced) to be priced at $249 or less.

The document looks somewhat unprofessional but it appears to use Microsoft’s Power Point style utilized on other internal memos. It is also a relatively extensive document by someone who knows the business very well, so if it is a fake, it’s convincing. It’s 56 pages long and mentions some employees by name.

Attorney’s for Microsoft have apparently managed to get a lot of the copies removed from the internet, however GameInformer.com kept one which can be downloaded in pdf format here – Microsoft Memo. Check it out for yourself and tell me whether it’s real or fake in the comments section below this article.

UPDATE – Retail Properties of America Inc. has priced its shares at $8.00 per share and will start trading on the New York Stock Exchange tomorrow. (4/4/12 10:00pm ET)

Retail Properties of America IPO

Retail Properies of America is a real estate investment trust that operates over 270 properties in mostly shopping centers. It is one of the larger IPOs to go public in the past couple weeks trying to sell 31.8 million shares at a price range of between $10 and $12 per share under the ticker symbol RPAI. The underwriters are include J.P. Morgan, Citi, Deutsche Bank Securities, Keybank Capital Markets and the Co managers are – Scotiabank, Wells Fargo Securities, PNC Capital Markets.

Retail Properties of America’s Business

Retail Properties of America is the largest owner and operator of shopping centers in the United States. Their 270 plus properties are located throughout 35 states and some of their tenant’s include Home Depot, Wal-Mart and Best Buy.

Real Estate Investment Trusts

Real estate investment trusts are a very specific type of company, sometimes called REIT’s, which are taxed differently than a typical corporation. One of the factors to qualify for tax breaks is that the REIT distributes 90% of it’s taxable income in shareholder dividends per year. REIT’s are allowed to pay 100% of their taxable income out in dividends, however in the case of Retail Properties they require that income to help pay off debt. Therefore they will be required to pay income taxes on 10% of their taxable income. Those distributions are sole decision of the RPAI’s board of directors.

Retail Properties of America also has a significant number of common stock issued. Over 194 million shares are outstanding which could be sold following the offering, which would severely depress the stock.

Tenants as large as RPAI leases to, carry an inherent risk of massive store closings or worse a bankruptcy. Retail Properties of America claims to have dealt with this very well in 2008 when they lost 3.2 million square feet of rented space when Mervyns, Circuit City and Linens ‘n Things all went out of business. They were able to lease about 2.3 million square feet of space, mostly to existing tenants, by December of 2011.

Highly Competitive Real Estate Business

Unlike a lot of businesses, it is very difficult to identify one or two directly competitors. Instead, Retail Properties of America considers other real estate investors, pension funds, insurance companies, foreign investors, real estate partnerships, private investors and other REIT’s all as direct competition.

However, companies with similar businesses to RPAI stock would be Regency Centers Corp (REG) who own 217 shopping centers in 24 states. Kimco Realty Corporation (KIM) which has interests in 946 shopping centers with over 138 million square feet of gross leasable area (GLA). And DDR Corp., (DDR)  which owns 546 shopping centers in 41 states among others. Since its lows at the end of last November the Dow Jones Equity REIT Total Return Index is up 19.7%.

So where does this leave the Retail Properties of America IPO?

This is one of the most talked about IPOs to come out this week and may receive a pop its first day of trading. Also, other REITs have been doing well this year and because the have to pay such high divedends to investors it makes the stock more stable than a lot of other businesses. The REIT business is however, extremely sensitive to interest rates and a higher interest rate environment would be very detramental to Retail Properties of America and all REITs. Couple that with the high number of outstanding shares and future sales or the perception of future sales and the stock may not be strong in the long term.

AssetInvesting.com does not have a position in any of the stocks mentioned in this article, nor do we intend to open one within 72 hours of publishing it.

Technology giant Apple has removed a controversial application called ‘Jew or Not Jew’ from its App Store in France following objections from activists and religious groups that it is racist and violates French law. The iPhone application which was launched in early August allowed users to identify French celebrities as Jewish by dipping into a database of famous Jews, including movie stars, musicians, Nobel Prize winners and many more. A 35-year-old developer who is himself Jewish and holds both British and French nationality, said that the app was not discriminatory.

The action was initiated after repeated threats of legal action against the company from an anti-racism groups, SOS Racisme, the Union of French Jewish Students (UEJF) and the Representative Council of French Jewish Institutions (CRIF). Johann Levy, a 35-year-old developer who is himself Jewish and holds both British and French nationality, said that the app was not discriminatory. He said that it was a “recreational” tool designed for curious users who wanted an insight into the religious affiliations of famous people.

Explaining the company’s action, Apple spokesman Tom Neumayr, said, “This app violates local law and is no longer available on the app store in France.” According to critics, the iPhone app breaches the French privacy laws that prohibit compiling details about people’s identities and religious beliefs without their permission.

Violates French law:- The iPhone application which was launched in early August allowed users to identify French celebrities as Jewish by dipping into a database of famous Jews, including movie stars, musicians, Nobel Prize winners and many more. According to critics, the iPhone app breaches the French privacy laws that prohibit compiling details about people’s identities and religious beliefs without their permission.

Tom Heneghan, religious editor at Reuters’s Paris bureau, explained, “Not identifying people by an ethnic or religious category is a policy that goes back to the French Revolution, when both the state and the [Catholic] church were being fought against.

“When it comes to the classification of Jews, because of the memory of the Holocaust, it is all the more sensitive. No matter how trivial this app might seem, it goes against a very deep-seated policy.”

Recreational tool:- Meanwhile, Johann Levy, a 35-year-old developer who is himself Jewish and holds both British and French nationality, said that the app was not discriminatory. According to him, it was a “recreational” tool designed for curious users who wanted an insight into the religious affiliations of famous people.

He stated, “I’m not a spokesman for all Jews, but, being Jewish myself, I know that in our community we ask ourselves often if this or that celebrity is Jewish or not. For me, there’s nothing pejorative in saying publicly that this person or that person is Jewish. Instead, it’s something to be proud of.” The action was initiated after repeated threats of legal action against the company from an anti-racism groups, SOS Racisme, the Union of French Jewish Students (UEJF) and the Representative Council of French Jewish Institutions.

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Finally a technology that will prevent accidents by helping drivers do what they should be doing, paying attention to the road.

Sprint is rolling out ‘Sprint Drive First’ for Android phones, a new app designed to dissuade youngsters from engaging in potentially dangerous activities like texting and making or receiving phone calls while driving.

David Owens, vice president-product development, Sprint stated, “Sprint Drive First is another action Sprint is taking to encourage its customers to use their phones responsibly behind the wheel.

“We want to help our customers arrive at their destination. Texting while driving makes drivers four times more likely to crash their car. The person you want to call or text will be there when you get done with your drive; we want to make sure that you are, too.”

Sprint Drive First can be made ineffective if the user is a passenger in a car, or riding on the bus or train.

Working of the app:- Sprint’s Drive First will automatically disable all functions of the handset, the moment it senses the car is travelling faster than 10 miles an hour. Once in lockdown mode, the app will redirect all incoming calls, emails and text alerts to voicemail.

If the driver is engaged on the phone when Sprint Drive First kicks in, the call will be terminated immediately and the phone lock screen will appear. Anyone calling or texting the driver will be sent an automated message to notify them that the person is currently behind the wheel.

The Drive First app will unlock the device and make it functional only after the driver has been sitting still for a few minutes.

Overriding service:- The app can be programmed to have up to five numbers to ring through the handset when it is locked. It also has buttons to place emergency 911 calls and exit the app. Also, one can access three apps like navigation, music or weather.

Sprint Drive First can be made ineffective if the user is a passenger in a car, or riding on the bus or train. Walter Fowler, a spokesman for Sprint, explained, “You can’t stop a teen from turning it off, but there are obvious reasons why you’d want to be able to override it like if you’re a passenger in a car, or bus or train. So we feel the override does need to be there.” Sprint is rolling out Sprint Drive First for Android phones, a new app designed to dissuade youngsters from engaging in potentially dangerous activities like texting and making or receiving phone calls while driving. If the driver is engaged on the phone when Sprint Drive First kicks in, the call will be terminated immediately and the phone lock screen will appear. Anyone calling or texting the driver will be sent an automated message to notify them that the person is currently behind the wheel.

He added, “But kids should know that parents or account holders can receive notification if the service is overridden.”

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