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START YOUR ENGINES... (continued) duce inexpensive cars to compete with the Ford Model T. Chevrolet won the debate and lent his name to the Classic Six. However, a few years later, while Louis was on a European vacation, Durant introduced a smaller, cheaper car. Upon Chevrolet’s return to Michigan, the two men’s dispute grew, and Chevrolet sold out his shares and left the company. Durant went on to control General Motors, acting as president until 1920. • • The names of Edward Murphy and Alanson Brush are probably not familiar ones, but you’ve certainly heard of their business venture, the Pontiac Buggy Company. First manufacturing horse-drawn carriages in Pontiac, Michigan, the business evolved into producing two-cylinder engines. When Murphy died unexpectedly at age 45, General Motors bought the company. Production of Pontiacs in America continued until 2009, when a G6 model became the final car produced. • • Ford is not America’s oldest automobile company, as many believe. That distinction belongs to Buick, ahead of Ford by one month. Founded by Scotsman David Dunbar Buick, it was incorporated in 1903. Mr. Buick had previously been in the plumbing business, successfully inventing a process for creating white porcelain bathtubs and inventing an innovative lawn sprinkler. He invested his earnings in a new business venture, producing two-cylinder engine automobiles. Almost from the start, the company had financial problems, and David Buick signed his company over to William Durant in 1904. Soon afterward, Buick became part of General Motors. • • Before there was the Ford Motor Company, there was the Detroit Auto Company, Henry Ford’s first endeavor in 1899. The venture failed completely, leaving him in financial ruin. After acquiring new investors (including the Dodge brothers), he began a second company, another one he left behind. (This business later became the Cadillac Company.) Finally, in 1903, Henry Ford founded the Ford Motor Company, and by 1906, it was the No. 1 car manufacturer in America. He introduced the Model T in 1908, which was a less expensive auto designed for the common man. Famous Ford names include the Thunderbird, introduced in 1954, the Edsel, a failure that debuted in 1957, and the Mustang, launched in 1964. • • Henry Leland was assigned to liquidate the assets from Henry Ford’s second company and ended up taking it over. Leland named the company after the founder of Detroit, a French explorer named Cadillac, who reportedly was one of Leland’s distant ancestors. He operated the company until 1909, when it was purchased by General Motors. Cadillac is noted for producing the first vehicle with an electric starter in 1912, followed by the first mass-produced car with an eight-cylinder engine. In 1924, the company was also the first to use lacquer paint, giving customers the choice of several different colors, rather than what other competitors were offering — black! • • Gothenburg, Sweden, is the birthplace of the Volvo, with the first one rolling out of the factory in 1947. The name came from Latin, meaning “I roll.” Eight years later, the company had produced 15 million vehicles. Today, Volvo has more than 90,000 employees. • • When you hear the name of John DeLorean, his sleek stainless steel twoseater with the unusual full-wing doors might come to mind. However, DeLorean achieved fame first for his contributions at General Motors, most notably the Pontiac GTO and Firebird. At age 27, with a Masters degree in automotive engineering, he joined the Chrysler organization. Less
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than a year later, he was working for the Packard Motor Company. Two years later, DeLorean made the move to GM, where he eventually became a vice-president. He is considered by many to be the creator of the “muscle car.” At age 48, he abruptly resigned from GM to start the DeLorean Motor Company. He chose Belfast, Ireland, for his manufacturing plant, and the factory began production in 1981, anticipating sales of 30,000 cars per year. By early 1982, the company had collapsed and was in receivership and closed in November, having produced only 9,000 cars in a 21-month period. • • Although we frequently associate Lee Iacocca with the Chrysler Corporation, he initially worked for Ford Motor Company from 1946 to 1978. He was the head designer of the Ford Mustang in 1964 and became president of the company in 1970. Because of ongoing conflict with Henry Ford II, Iacocca was fired in 1978. He joined Chrysler, which was losing millions of dollars and on the verge of closure. He went to work rebuilding the company, turning it around completely. • • Fiats have been around since 1899 when the Fabbrica Italiana Automobli Torino (translation: Italian Automobile Factory of Turin) was founded. The company built its first factory in the United States in 1908.
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Unfortunately, many people sell investments for the wrong Dustin Friend reasons. Some people want the money to purchase so-called “hot” investments, even if these new investments aren’t appropriate for their needs. Others own investments that have lost value, and fearing further losses, they decide to sell — thereby violating the oldest rule of investing: “Buy low and sell high.” These types of behavior can lead to at least two major problems. First, if you’re constantly selling investments, you’ll likely incur fees, commissions and taxes that can erode any returns you did manage to achieve. And second, by frequently selling off your investments and buying new ones, you’ll find it difficult to follow the type of consistent, long-term financial strategy that’s essential to help you work toward your goals. If you shouldn’t sell investments to find quick gains or to avoid losses that may not even occur, when should you sell? You might want to sell: If your goals have changed — You bought certain investments because you thought they would help you make progress toward your objectives. But over time, your goals may change, so in response, you may need to sell some investments and use the money to purchase new ones that are more suitable for your new goals. For example, early in your career, you might have benefited from owning investments that offered high potential for growth, but as you near retirement, you may need to shift some — but certainly not all — of your growthoriented vehicles to income-producing ones. If the investments themselves change — You might have bought a stock because you liked the company’s products, business plan or management team. If any of these factors change significantly, though, you might need to re-evaluate your ownership of this investment. If you need to rebalance your portfolio — You may have decided that your investment portfolio should be composed of specific percentages of stocks, bonds and “cash” instruments. But due to changes in the value of your investments, these percentages can shift somewhat, resulting in a portfolio that no longer reflects your goals and risk tolerance. If that happens, you’ll need to rebalance your holdings, which may require you to sell some of your investments. If an investment has chronically underperformed — Sometimes, an investment simply doesn’t perform as well as you had hoped. When this happens, you may be better off by selling the investment and using the money to pursue new opportunities. However, don’t rush to judgment. Before you sell an underperforming investment, try to determine why it hasn’t done well. Is it because the market as a whole has slumped? If so, your investment could rebound when the market does. Or are there separate factors, unique to this
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Is Sick Cat Doomed to Live Alone? DEAR PAW’S CORNER: We adopted a kitten, “Charly,” a little more than a year ago, and she tested positive for feline leukemia. Our vet prescribed a medicine and she has been fine. She is an indoor cat. Now a new kitten has found its way into our yard, and we have fed it. She will not come to us, but she and our cat play through the window. We were told our cat should not be around any other cats, as she could give them the disease. If the new kitten comes to us and receives the shot that protects against feline leukemia, would it be possible for the two cats to cohabitate? -- Amy V., via email
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DEAR AMY: There is a possibility that both cats can eventually live together; however, if or when the stray kitten trusts you enough to come to you, you will need to keep her isolated from Charly for a little while longer. First, the new kitten will need to undergo tests by the veterinarian for both feline leukemia (FeLV) and feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV), as well as for other illnesses and parasites like worms and fleas. She’ll need to be spayed and receive her required vaccinations. Second, kittens are at higher risk to contract FeLV, so she’ll need to be housed separately from Charly until she reaches six months to a year in age. Both should receive twice yearly checkups and their immunizations kept up to date. Charly and the new cat may not mesh indoors as well as they do at the window. If they fight at all, they’ll need to be kept separated, so introduce them to each other very carefully. Also, the new cat mighht never adjust to the indoors. Be prepared for that, and at least get her spayed and vaccinated to protect her and the neighboring cat population. Send your questions or tips to email@example.com. (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.
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