Personally I see this as a bad ting for the Tree.... being lumped in with all of these other dot.com "wonders" I liked Lending Tree at about 15 or 16 when I bought a load and still have the little buggers, and it seems like this may be the time to get out personally. I see any large "collection entity" such as the one buying the Tree as generally a bad thing as it depends on the better operating companies to balance out the weaker companies. This can work, <cough> Berkshire Hathaway <cough>, but then again somtimes it doesnt, <cough> AOL-Time-Warner <cough>. I think the Money Tree is s strong performer but unless you've got a guy in charge of the overall hierarchy, <cough> Warren Buffet <cough>, with a lot of confidence in the management of his chess pieces and a hands off attitude I think you're going to see the Tree lost in a collection of rather mediocre businesses. I would rather own one outstanding business by itself tha have to own a flock of less than stellar ones to get at the candy I want. What does everyone here think?
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