The Cozy Coupe – Best Selling car!

Sunday, June 07, 2009

Little Tikes Cozy Coupe, Justice at the wheel

A classic toy car is being inducted into an auto museum in Cleveland – and it outsold every other car in the U.S. in 2008.

The Cozy Coupe, a plastic cherry-red sports car, allows toddlers to sit on a bench-style seat and poke their legs through to the ground. When they start walking, the car begins to go.

On Saturday, it will take its place next to historically significant automobiles at the Crawford Auto-Aviation Museum.

The Cozy Coupe sold 457,000 units in 2008, topping the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord. In the ’90s, it outsold both the Accord and Ford Taurus.

It would land in the top-20 best-selling models of all time, if considered, having sold more than 10 million units in its 30-year history.

The museum will house one of the first Cozy Coupes to come off the production line in 1979.

Little Tikes Cozy Coupe 30th Anniversary Car

Little Tikes Cozy Coupe 30th Anniversary Car – from Amazon, or your neighbors freecycle pile!

The Cozy Coupe is made by The Little Tikes Co. in Hudson, Ohio. The proud owner of this model is Justice.

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What is the best way to invest $2000?

Let me ask you a question –
Is this money you don’t anticipate needing, or do you want to invest in a business or stocks?
A business or stock investment is a long term cost, and the money will (hopefully) appreciate over time.   If you need it right away, it may not be liquid enough to pay some bills, as an example.
If you are concerned about liquidity, consider buying a CD (certificate of Deposit) which you can roll over every 90 days or withdraw.  If you want to invest, you have decisions to make; Do you want to pick stocks or take a long term view with 1 or more ETF’s/funds/individual stocks?  Will this be in a retirement account or regular trading account?


Are there things besides the stock market to invest in, that may appreciate? -Yes.
Some Artwork (looks good and may be sold profitably at a later date)
Coin collections (silver or gold, they have smelt and collectible value)
Almost anything collectible that retains value (Lionel trains?)
You could consider putting $1500 in the stock market, and invest the rest in (as an example) Silver Eagle Coins, which can be purchased on Amazon or eBay.


That is what I would do – Invest smartly, make sure you think it through, and enjoy any future Picasso you may buy.  

The Experts Guide to Collecting & Investing in Rare Coins – From Amazon

COLLECTING AUTOGRAPHS -Amazon

Consider talking about this investment with your accountant and/or your lawyer.  They may have some ideas too.

Another thought – If you invest in the stock market, look at securities you can buy in the $5 to $10 range.  Unless you have a lot of confidence, investing $1500 in two shares of Google might be risky… Buy one share of Google and 100 shares of a different stock pick.  (as an example)

Disclaimer – I am not a professional financial adviser, so invest accordingly and consult friends, advisers, and people whose opinions you trust. I do own Google stock and lots of others; I collect specific coins, Silver Strike Casino Tokens, and souvenir pencil sharpeners.  It works for me, your results will be different. -Alan

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Are there more workers than jobs? Why doesn’t everyone have a job?

Despite media reports of historically low unemployment, the Washington Post reported that there is one job for every person searching for a job.  . (from There are 7 million unemployed and 6.2 million job openings. What’s the problem?)

Labor, Credit, and Goods Markets: The Macroeconomics of Search and Unemployment (MIT Press)

Is America Running Out of Unemployed People to Fill Jobs? – Wall Street Journal  This article claims that “In mid-2015, there were 2.3 million more unemployed people than open jobs. By January, the gap had narrowed to 372,000.”  

Consider this: 65% of job postings for secretaries who work for executives require a college degree. But among current executive secretaries, only 19% have college degrees, according to Joseph Fuller, a Harvard Business School professor. That’s a big gap between expectations and reality. (from Money.cnn)
The War on Normal People: The Truth About America's Disappearing Jobs and Why Universal Basic Income Is Our Future

“When you operate in a market, you have to keep raising your price until someone is willing to accept your bid. But for the last several years, American employers have steadfastly refused to raise wages. And now their stinginess is catching up with them. In many instances, employers simply aren’t offering sufficient incentives for people to apply for their jobs, show up to interviews, accept their offers, or show up to work. Some number of people would prefer the low level of income they have, or no income at all, to doing the work on offer at the wages listed. As Minneapolis Fed President Neel Kashkari told a group of businesspeople earlier this week, “If you’re not raising wages, then it just sounds like whining.” (From Slate)

Many theories have been offered to explain the gap between job openings and actual hiring. The most likely is that workers lack the skills required for available jobs. Another is that available skilled workers and available jobs are in different parts of the country. Yet another is that employers have become more picky. All three play a role.
The debate is far from settled, and the JOLTS report doesn’t provide enough detail to reveal the definitive answer. It does, however, provide some useful insight into trends by industry. These show a sharp split that may help explain why many openings are going unfilled. (from advisor perspectives)

Read this carefully;  the Advisor Perspectives report clearly hyupotehsizes ”  The most likely is that workers lack the skills required for available jobs” and then backs it up with “the JOLTS report doesn’t provide enough detail to reveal the definitive answer.”

Betrayed: The Legalization of Age Discrimination in the Workplace

Consider this Soul-crushing title:
No You Can't Be an Astronaut: Why you shouldn't follow your dreams--and what to do instead
Unemployment Is Really Low. So Why Can’t These People Find Jobs? (From Time)

When the corporate system insists YOU (the jobseekers) are the problem, it validates their ultimate hiring choices, despite earnest job-searching.  As an example:

Job descriptions are often boring and dull. Companies all use the same language and format. When you create a job ad, you want to use attractive and unique language that catches the eye. Don’t list ten things that candidates need to apply, list ten reasons why they would want to work you. You need to enter all the essential information, but you can make it appealing at the same time. (Advice from Insight for Professionals)

Don’t lose hope, the job market is changing all the time, and despite the corporate disdain for paying fair wages, training, ageism, discrimination and misbehavior, there are jobs, the Gig economy, and more – which I will cover in a future blog!

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Like the Changing Tide

I sincerely hope that you have noticed that the mood of the banking industry has been changing. With Sheriff Obama at the reins, Government bailout money no longer has the lush excitement of Lottery Winnings for the banks. Especially now that the government has more restrictions, rules, and “rake-back” capability.
The world would be a nicer place with banks that recognise the changing conditions in the marketplace, and salvage their customers before putting their “tin begging cups” in the face of congress.
One of the banks I have dealings with just go cited by the OTS (Office of Thrift Supervision) for “systemic abuse of the Truth in Lending Act”. This caused the bank to immediately hire 2 law firms just to whitewash their exposed behaviors. I hope the OTS keeps digging, because there may be more bad behavior that this bank is liable for.
Being a Bank customer for many years, I have always had a good relationship with lending institutions. The overt greed and willingness to “bend” the rules has made this a strained relationship with a “war of the roses” overtone.
Banks need customers; not just the “A” list, wealthy, and connected ones, but all of them. This makes for a healthy relationship, and products that meet the needs of multiple customers. When the banks (both regulated and UN-regulated institutions) lobby and win favorable changes in the rules, the customers are at risk, not to mention the effect on the worldwide economy.
I only hope the sheriff goes far enough to catch the bad guys, and put right a broken banking system. And that goes for the credit card bandits, er, banks, too!

Energy Independence for America

The following is my opinion, and if you agree, feel free to bookmark or pass this on.

Gasoline dropped .25 cents a gallon in the past 2 weeks, and it seems it is the “thank you” from the oil companies to congress and President Bush for allowing them to drill offshore. Trump and Kennedy stopped the wind farms off their prospective turfs (Jones Beach state park in NY, and Hyannisport, MA), but seem oddly quiet about the prospect of big oil rigs in the distance. Perhaps they are too far South (Florida, Texas, etc) for them to care.
While Wall Street is rallying, I must confess my distrust of this action – The oil companies sell Alaskan oil to Japan, and our offshore oil will most likely have a similar fate – although China and India seem to be the likely customers.
The real solution is clear – We MUST stop importing $700 BILLION dollars worth of oil into this country every year. Fellow Americans, the oil supply is going to be USED UP. Our dollars are not helping American industry, but oil Sheiks and corporations who are using part of their profit to finance terrorism and religious extremists. ENERGY INDEPENDENCE, using Solar, Wind, Tidal, and Geothermal technology to replace oil is an idea that has come. This winter the average home will use $4,000 to $10,000 worth of energy, oil/gas/or coal. We need, as a people, to start using conservation and alternative fuels immediately.
After the November Presidential election, when the Oil lobby continues its shameless pursuit of unfair advantage (Oil company subsidies, tax advantages, etc.) we should be prepared and un-surprised when oil continues to hit new highs.
I urge you, and your friends, family, and colleagues, to push, write, endorse, and shout to our elected officials that OUR needs HAVE to be met; The VOTORS and all the people of this country need relief in the form of an ENERGY POLICY FOR SELF SUFFICIENCY.
WE ARE 50 YEARS BEHIND IN BATTERY TECHNOLOGY. We are years behind in Solar and Wind technology. Our Nuclear technology is old and needs rethinking, and the political and technical hurdles must be overcome for these tools to be updated and brought to the forefront of our thinking.
Enough grandstanding for the Oil companies, they got their offshore drilling, “what’s in it for us”?

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Alan Chenkin has a Master’s Degree in Public Administration, and a Bachelor’s in Political Science. His thesis was published in 1979 on “Solar Energy and the Federal Government”. He is an expert in document imaging and workflow technologies, and is concerned about the current state of our economy with regards to Energy, Jobs, and the lack of responsibility in Government and Corporate America.