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Two Safe Ways to Profit From the "Alibaba Shockwave Effect"

In the mid-1990s, I was fortunate to meet and start working with an Upstate New York money manager named Anthony M. Gallea.

The relationship began when I attended and wrote stories about some of the investment seminars he periodically held for prospective and existing clients. He then became a “source” for some of the investment stories I periodically wrote for Gannett Newspapers. And we ultimately collaborated on a pretty successful book about “Contrarian Investing” that was published by Prentice Hall.

Along the way, Tony shared some pretty important snippets of investing wisdom…

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    Why Sinofsky Left Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT)

    It hasn't even been three weeks since the hugely hyped release of Windows 8, and Windows division president Steven Sinofsky has left Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT).

    The abrupt departure has many questioning the success of Windows 8, Sinofsky's relationship with Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, and the evolution of the software giant.

    "It is a little surprising to see a departure of someone at this level in charge of so many products with such immediacy, with no transition period. Microsoft is going to enter another period of management transition," Michael Gartenberg, an analyst at Gartner Inc. told Bloomberg News.

    During his tenure at Microsoft, Sinofsky won accolades for leading intricate software projects and making sure they were delivered on time.

    It had been widely speculated that Sinofsky, a 23-year Microsoft veteran, would take the reins when Ballmer stepped down.

    But according to insiders, Sinofsky and Ballmer didn't always see eye-to-eye.

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