January 23, 2013
ONE OF THE smartest things I've done with my investing is to start using stop-loss orders, saving myself a fortune. I use them when I take chances on speculative stocks, and they keep me from getting burned. And even on my solid, long-term investments, they spare me big drops and I can always buy back in later. The trick is just believing in why you bought it in the first place and not hesitating to jump back in while it's down. - Z., online The Fool responds: Placing stop-loss orders when you buy a stock can indeed be helpful.
March 18, 2011 |
NEW YORK - Strolling around Manhattan's Chinatown and Central Park, where he filmed scenes from his new film "Limitless," director Neil Burger is reliving his movie's arc. And his career. Which may not be all that far apart. Burger, 48, radiates a calm that comes from going through the Hollywood ringer. He's moved from anonymous commercial work, to the critically acclaimed "The Illusionist," to the box office disappointment "The Lucky Ones. " In between were numerous projects that never got off the ground.
March 13, 2011 |
He's a former Navy SEAL and looks the part, with a buzz cut, lean physique, and straight-back posture. Neil Smit, the new president of Comcast Corp.'s giant cable division, has done tours of duty with America Online, Nabisco, Charter Communications, and a private firm that negotiated for the release of kidnapped executives in South America. The 52-year-old, however, believes he learned his most important leadership lessons in his daunting and elite role in the military. In an interview last week in his 53d-floor office at the Comcast Center, he enumerated them: Build your team.
October 10, 2010
To learn more about the stop-loss bonus, including submission requirements and military service links, go to
October 10, 2010 |
Army Spec. Garett Reppenhagen was serving as a cavalry scout and sniper in Iraq and looked forward to leaving in October 2004. Then came new orders. He'd be staying nearly 10 more months, like it or not. Reppenhagen was among tens of thousands of service members who were held over by the Pentagon's controversial "stop-loss" policy, which can mandate duty beyond enlistment periods. Congress last year approved a $500 bonus for each month of extended service, with a claims deadline of Oct. 21, 2010.
September 13, 2008 |
When I deployed to Iraq with my National Guard unit in 2005, I found myself fascinated by the Forward Operating Bases, or FOBs, where we lived, worked and took creative measures to entertain ourselves. FOBs are unique melting pots. They house and employ a great percentage of just about every color of the racial rainbow, including Iraqi civilians. Therefore, after watching current movies and television shows - such as Stop-Loss and HBO's Generation Kill, I am quite worried that Hollywood will continue to uphold the myth of a diversity-deficient military.
July 25, 2008
Since the U.S. troops have been working overtime, the government should pay them overtime. Legislation introduced by Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D., N.J.) would compensate soldiers $1,500 per month for extended duty. It would be a well-deserved reward for enduring the Pentagon's unfair "stop-loss" policy. In the past four years, the Defense Department has extended involuntarily enlistment periods for about 60,000 service members. At present, as the war in Iraq entered its sixth year this summer, more than 12,000 soldiers - including 4,000 National Guard members - were under stop-loss orders.
July 21, 2008 |
Army Spec. Joe Fabozzi thought he was getting out of the New Jersey National Guard in December 2003. He wound up dodging bullets and mortar shells in Iraq four months beyond his enlistment. Army Spec. Garett Reppenhagen expected to leave Iraq in October 2004. New orders kept him there nearly 10 more months. And Army Sgt. Robert Reichner hoped to leave Kosovo in June 2004 to restart his civilian life. He was sent to Guantanamo Bay for another year of duty. The three were among about 60,000 service members who have been held over during the past four years by the Pentagon's controversial "stop-loss" policy.
March 28, 2008 |
THE HOLLYWOOD-Goes-to-Iraq movie has turned into something of a box office ghetto, but "Stop-Loss" may be able to break out. It has more muscular studio backing, and an old-fashioned issue-movie sense of purpose that could serve it well - it's built around the so-called "back-door draft" that presses some Iraq-Afghanistan vets into service involuntarily. "Stop-Loss" opens in Iraq, with a short combat prologue that establishes beyond all doubt the courage and honor of its main character - Sgt. Brandon King (Ryan Phillippe)
March 28, 2008 |
It's been nearly a decade since Kimberly Peirce made the Oscar-winning Boys Don't Cry . Her newest film, which she cowrote and directed, might well carry the same title. It is about boys, fierce and fervent, who have enlisted to fight in Iraq. They don't cry. They joke, rage, seethe, shoot, sustain injury and complete tours of duty - only to be redeployed again. Admittedly, the opening sequences of this MTV-produced film look like The Real World: Karbala . Co-opting the style of soldier-shot footage captured on digicams, cellphones and Palm Pilots, the early scenes of Stop-Loss are unpromising and inauthentic as a Parisian popster who tries to imitate Elvis.