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Oct 23rd, 2015 06:13 PM
KV
Re: Görges' Fans Chat Thread: Volume 1

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Originally Posted by kadiHH View Post
Did I say that ? My understanding of the Chinese economy is that the amazing economic growth over the last two decades has been primarily from increased domestic demand in addition to their phenomenal export success. For American investors, it was certainly attractive to invest in Chinese mutual funds that took advantage of economic growth in the double digits, compared to an American economy that was only growing 2-3% a year.

I think I might have said at the time that my personal position on investing is to only invest in companies or industries that I am knowledgeable about, and to avoid investments that I don't fully understand or don't have enough information to make educated decisions. For me, China falls into that category. How heavy a hand does the government have in industry in China? What about currency manipulation? Corruption? There are too many unknowns, as far as I am concerned.

I feel more comfortable investing in an American company that has growing market share in China--like Nike for example--and can take advantage of the increase in disposable income of the growing Chinese middle class. I understand Nike's products, its marketing strategies, its corporate structure, and it's a local company--I drive by the world headquarters every day, and I know many people who work there.

That being said, I also drive by a large VW facility frequently, know its products well, know people who work there--but am very thankful that I don't own any stock in the company at the moment.

Investing . Sometimes it's like gambling at a casino, unfortunately, but many of us must rely on some form of it in order to retire someday--private pensions here in the US are an endangered species.
Speaking of investing or margin account you can do it in several ways. You can do it with your bank, as long as they provide you with the results you want it's fine. If not then you'd better sell you shares take the money and spend in whatever you like.
What I think about team sports that if the fans want their team to become more successful they should give a monthly small contribition. (though it's up to the team how much).
Latest | West Ham United
West Ham come to my mind first. Yes, they're moving over to a bigger stadium. Not to worried about the fan base. But there's no guarantee a big stadium and a football-minded area will make you a subtop team. On the contrary the biggest teams like Real Madrid/bayern/El Barça/Man Utd etc don't really need it that hard. I'd rather invest in West Ham than let's say governments/politics, the way I feel about it it's you get more appreciation.
Oct 10th, 2015 08:46 PM
kadiHH
Re: Görges' Fans Chat Thread: Volume 1

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Originally Posted by KV View Post
Since Julia's been on the Asian tour. What's remarkable about China I bet I am not the only one in which China's some impact on the margin account. When things go fine economically in China, there's a good chance you've a good plus on your margin account when things go wrong the contrary happens. (unless you've a very bad economical situation in Greece).
To be honest if I were from Chinese origine or live in China, I wouldn't mind that much to make deficit on my margin account. Hopefully China will recover the stock market crash as soon as possible.

BTW, Karen I think you once said China are on the up economically mainly cause of people want to invest.
Did I say that ? My understanding of the Chinese economy is that the amazing economic growth over the last two decades has been primarily from increased domestic demand in addition to their phenomenal export success. For American investors, it was certainly attractive to invest in Chinese mutual funds that took advantage of economic growth in the double digits, compared to an American economy that was only growing 2-3% a year.

I think I might have said at the time that my personal position on investing is to only invest in companies or industries that I am knowledgeable about, and to avoid investments that I don't fully understand or don't have enough information to make educated decisions. For me, China falls into that category. How heavy a hand does the government have in industry in China? What about currency manipulation? Corruption? There are too many unknowns, as far as I am concerned.

I feel more comfortable investing in an American company that has growing market share in China--like Nike for example--and can take advantage of the increase in disposable income of the growing Chinese middle class. I understand Nike's products, its marketing strategies, its corporate structure, and it's a local company--I drive by the world headquarters every day, and I know many people who work there.

That being said, I also drive by a large VW facility frequently, know its products well, know people who work there--but am very thankful that I don't own any stock in the company at the moment.

Investing . Sometimes it's like gambling at a casino, unfortunately, but many of us must rely on some form of it in order to retire someday--private pensions here in the US are an endangered species.
Oct 9th, 2015 07:25 PM
KV
Re: Görges' Fans Chat Thread: Volume 1

Since Julia's been on the Asian tour. What's remarkable about China I bet I am not the only one in which China's some impact on the margin account. When things go fine economically in China, there's a good chance you've a good plus on your margin account when things go wrong the contrary happens. (unless you've a very bad economical situation in Greece).
To be honest if I were from Chinese origine or live in China, I wouldn't mind that much to make deficit on my margin account. Hopefully China will recover the stock market crash as soon as possible.

BTW, Karen I think you once said China are on the up economically mainly cause of people want to invest.
Jul 6th, 2015 04:53 AM
kadiHH
Re: Görges' Fans Chat Thread: Volume 1

Thanks Uwe!

When the US went up 4-0 in the first 16 minutes, and Carli Lloyd had the fastest hat trick in the tournament, I thought the game was going to be a repeat of Germany v Brazil during last year's men's world cup. Thankfully, the Japanese did find their game and got back into it so it was still a competitive match until the US went up 5-2. I'm so happy we won after a 16 year drought in the competition that matters.

You're right about the US being insular and liking US-centric sports Howard, but there are many forces at play against the dominant sports in this country. Baseball is losing fans because it is such a slow sport. I used to be a huge NY Yankees fan, but I just don't have the patience to sit through a 9-inning game anymore. Football will decrease in popularity not only because of our growing Latino population who favor futbol, but also because parents are becoming concerned about the inherent dangers for young people playing football, with head injuries being the greatest concern. Now of course soccer is also dangerous for youth because of head injuries, but it's not as much of a contact sport. I wouldn't be surprised if youth leagues ban heading the ball in the next five years or so because so little is known about brain trauma in young kids. Basketball and soccer peacefully coexist in my city, with both professional teams enjoying sold out crowds. Since they are played in different seasons, they don't really compete with one another.

Why tennis is not more popular in the Pacific NW where I live truly baffles me. We have picture perfect weather for about four months out of the year which would make any one of the big cities--PDX, Seattle or Vancouver BC--a great venue for a WTA event. Vancouver has a 100k ITF, but I would love to see a decent sized tournament in the area. I wish Nike would throw some money behind sponsoring such a tourney in its backyard.
Jul 6th, 2015 01:54 AM
joy division
Re: Görges' Fans Chat Thread: Volume 1

I obviously missed the best part but that was quite some easy cooking for the US team.
I´d like to have seen them play against France but after all this is a clearly deserved title.
Well done and congrats, Karen.
Jul 5th, 2015 08:42 PM
HowardH
Re: Görges' Fans Chat Thread: Volume 1

I can see the US becoming quite strong in football, especially among women, but I don't see it being possible for it to be the dominant sport within your US culture.

From the outside it seems clear to me that the current US sports scene is very "insular" and likes to have its own sports, sports which you have basically invented and patented. It's a certain kind of mindset which likes to "own" a sport, to play sports which are inherently "American". Hence the hugely popular American football which is not played that much in the rest of the world although it does exist here and there. Basketball is the one sport which the US began which has really spread everywhere, but the heart and soul of basketball is still the NBA, good players from every country dream to go play in the NBA, it's the equivalent of the ATP and WTA. Baseball is also big in Japan, but really is still a US sport- top Japanese players head over to play in the major leagues.

On the other hand soccer or association football is a European/South American sport, very popular all over the world (the most popular sport by all accounts). So it can never be considered to be an "all-American" sport. The same is roughly true of tennis, which is the biggest individual sport in the world, and therefore cannot be considered to be "owned" by any one country.

I think American sports fans tend to prefer to play and watch games which are inherently "from the good old US of A" or at least are dominated by US players and teams. So while they have the capacity to become stronger in football, especially in women's soccer, I don't see it overtaking your major US sports at all. I think many US sports fans, players and parents of children will consider it somehow more "patriotic" to play and watch Gridiron, baseball or basketball. Kids will still consider those sports as avenues to gain popularity among their friends- soccer would be a less popular choice for boys, but it's probably not such a big deal for girls. That's what it looks like on the outside, anyway. Of course the future is never easy to predict, so anything can happen.

Well, I suppose if the immigrant population starts to outnumber the older established families in the US things might change, but you would need a massive demographics shift towards families from Europe and South America. I still doubt the main 3 US sports can be overtaken easily. If such a thing happens it might not be within any of our lifetimes. Then again I'm not that familiar with the changing demographics within the US, so you would know that kind of thing better.
Jul 5th, 2015 07:43 PM
kadiHH
Re: Görges' Fans Chat Thread: Volume 1

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Originally Posted by joy division View Post
Well your men`s team also did quite well 2 months ago, even though it was just a friendly match.
Anyway, I think the American ladies simply were better in every aspect of the game, as the French team was against Germany in the quater final.
I don`t know much about women`s football but I think the German team actually did play at their best, they simply haven`t developed and improved anymore in the last few years as some other teams did.
Btw. the US team is successful for a long time but for the first time I noticed the buzz of the American people in women`s football. Football seems to be massively coming up also for the men in your country.

Good luck for the final! I guess it won`t be easy against the technically sound and well organized team of Japan.
Thanks! I am worried about Japan--they are great counter-attackers. I was hoping England would prevail and get to the final, but that own-goal with seconds to play--how heart-breaking for the Brits. The US finally found its offense against Germany, so I'm hoping they can disrupt the well-oiled Japanese machine and that our defense just continues to do what they have done so well.

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Originally Posted by KV View Post
Yes, a few top premier League players are going the US (Gerrard/Lampard etc). Even though they are slightly past peak in most of the P.L. sides they'd be first choice. Well, congrats to USA and Japan then. Something never experienced before. I wasn't aware of a summer break. After the competitions you had the Copa + Wc's women. And now the Pre-qualifications-E.L. have started.
Many years ago, the NY Cosmos signed Pele and Franz Beckenbauer to try to ignite interest in soccer in the US. I can see soccer becoming the dominant sport in the US as demographics change, maybe in 30 years or so. Initially our immigrant population was really the driving force behind the game's growth, but now the popularity and the high quality of the youth leagues have improved our player pools and have created home-grown fans.

As Uwe said, our men's team beat Germany in a friendly match recently--which was huge for the US of course, and kind of shrugged off by the Germans, at least the ones I know . It will be a long, long time, however, before we come close to having the same kind of football culture that the rest of the world has.
Jul 4th, 2015 04:57 PM
KV
Re: Görges' Fans Chat Thread: Volume 1

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Originally Posted by joy division View Post
Well your men`s team also did quite well 2 months ago, even though it was just a friendly match.
Anyway, I think the American ladies simply were better in every aspect of the game, as the French team was against Germany in the quater final.
I don`t know much about women`s football but I think the German team actually did play at their best, they simply haven`t developed and improved anymore in the last few years as some other teams did.
Btw. the US team is successful for a long time but for the first time I noticed the buzz of the American people in women`s football. Football seems to be massively coming up also for the men in your country.Good luck for the final! I guess it won`t be easy against the technically sound and well organized team of Japan.
Yes, a few top premier League players are going the US (Gerrard/Lampard etc). Even though they are slightly past peak in most of the P.L. sides they'd be first choice. Well, congrats to USA and Japan then. Something never experienced before. I wasn't aware of a summer break. After the competitions you had the Copa + Wc's women. And now the Pre-qualifications-E.L. have started.
Jul 4th, 2015 08:32 AM
joy division
Re: Görges' Fans Chat Thread: Volume 1

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Originally Posted by kadiHH View Post
I swear on my honor, I changed my profile pic before I saw your post Uwe!

Our ladies had to show our men's team how it's done . What makes it doubly special is that I've been watching some of these players for years. Not only do a couple play for our PDX professional team, but several used to play for the University of Portland.

I'm just glad that Germany was not playing their best, and that the US saved their best effort (so far I hope) to beat the number one team in the world. I'm a big fan of Nadine Angerer, since she is the PDX Thorn's goalie, but I wasn't upset that she let two go by her last night .

My husband might be going up to Vancouver for the final on Sunday because his friend has tickets--I'm very jealous of course, and outraged because he decided to turn traitor and root for Germany last night. Bad timing on his part, obviously .
Well your men`s team also did quite well 2 months ago, even though it was just a friendly match.
Anyway, I think the American ladies simply were better in every aspect of the game, as the French team was against Germany in the quater final.
I don`t know much about women`s football but I think the German team actually did play at their best, they simply haven`t developed and improved anymore in the last few years as some other teams did.
Btw. the US team is successful for a long time but for the first time I noticed the buzz of the American people in women`s football. Football seems to be massively coming up also for the men in your country.

Good luck for the final! I guess it won`t be easy against the technically sound and well organized team of Japan.
Jul 2nd, 2015 01:01 AM
kadiHH
Re: Görges' Fans Chat Thread: Volume 1

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Originally Posted by joy division View Post
Karen, I think I know what you`re doing right now.

Good luck to your team.
I swear on my honor, I changed my profile pic before I saw your post Uwe!

Our ladies had to show our men's team how it's done . What makes it doubly special is that I've been watching some of these players for years. Not only do a couple play for our PDX professional team, but several used to play for the University of Portland.

I'm just glad that Germany was not playing their best, and that the US saved their best effort (so far I hope) to beat the number one team in the world. I'm a big fan of Nadine Angerer, since she is the PDX Thorn's goalie, but I wasn't upset that she let two go by her last night .

My husband might be going up to Vancouver for the final on Sunday because his friend has tickets--I'm very jealous of course, and outraged because he decided to turn traitor and root for Germany last night. Bad timing on his part, obviously .
Jul 1st, 2015 12:01 AM
joy division
Re: Görges' Fans Chat Thread: Volume 1

Karen, I think I know what you`re doing right now.

Good luck to your team.
Jun 13th, 2015 11:54 PM
RU90
Re: Görges' Fans Chat Thread: Volume 1

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Originally Posted by HowardH View Post
Kind of makes sense when you look at the completely differently levels of play she can exhibit from one match to another. What she wants to listen to probably depends on her mood.
Or in the same match, even
Jun 13th, 2015 09:00 PM
KV
Re: Görges' Fans Chat Thread: Volume 1

Looks like I'm the only one in here, who likes Schlagermusic. Though I'm more into the 70's Schlagersongs than Helene Fischer. Well, in Germany's main Channel ZDF, you hear more 70's Schlagersongs than current ones. Yes, indeed many of the Schlagersingers are from South-Germany. There were days in Germany at least in NRW where at one stage Deutschrock esp. Spider Murphy Gang was the most the popular, above heavy metal bands like Deep Purple/ACDC. By the teenagers hardrock back then, by the elderly it's Schlager. But maybe in Bavaria people may have a different taste.
Jun 13th, 2015 06:49 PM
HowardH
Re: Görges' Fans Chat Thread: Volume 1

Kind of makes sense when you look at the completely differently levels of play she can exhibit from one match to another. What she wants to listen to probably depends on her mood.
Jun 13th, 2015 01:34 PM
Boogaloo
Re: Görges' Fans Chat Thread: Volume 1

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Originally Posted by Carl Sagan View Post
To be fair to Jule, she did once say in an interview that her favourite band was Einstürzende Neubauten.
Wow, that seems almost too good to be true. Hard to believe that someone could enjoy both Einstürzende Neubauten and Helene Fischer.
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