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10.4.2017 - The Vegas Shooting Bookmark

Today's free investing newsletter starts with a commentary about the Vegas shooting. While I do not know exactly what happened, I do know what didn't happen. Some 64 year old patsy didn't single -handedly injure 500 and kill 59 people. The video's disprove that theory, as does the sounds and even the direction the people were running. 

 

No, there's an agenda here and who's behind it is the question.  

 

Then of course we talk about the market's insatiable drive higher, a drive based on coordinated Central bank QE. How long will it go? What's the end game? What happens when it ends?  It's all good conversation. 

10.3.2017 Bookmark

10.3.2017

Good morning all.

If you're wondering "what the hell was yesterday all about" you weren't alone.  Art Cashin has been a staple on the exchanges for a long long time. This is his quote on a quick interview by CNBC

10.1.2017 - Free Investment Newsletter Bookmark

The Honest Mechanic

 (and other anomalies)

Today I’m not going to rail against the bankers. I’m not going to whine against the Fed, or call Wall street any dirty names. Nope, today I’m going to talk about something that seems to be missing from society lately. The concept of being a good person.

 

What brought this up? A few things, all bundled into a short period of time. First off, I learned quite late that a “friend” of ours had spent the hurricane and the next 16 days in the hospital. Suffering from an ulcer, he was overtaken with vomiting and actually tore his esophagus and collapsed a lung. He almost died.

Any time something like that strikes, it takes you by surprise and gives you that kick in the head to tell you “hey, slow down, remember your friends, say a kind word, etc.” 

 

But it was my trip to the mechanic’s this week, that really got me pondering just how much society has appeared to change. Quite often when the conversation tends to focus on the typical mechanic, it can get pretty harsh. I’ve heard them called rip-off artists, and all manner of criminal. How many times do you hear someone say that some mechanic did 300 dollars worth of work only to find out he really only replaced a 20 dollar part that took him 20 minutes?

9.18.2017 Bookmark

9.18.2017

Good morning all, welcome back from your weekend. I hope it was a pleasant one for you all. I've written enough Hurricane news for now, so let me just say all is getting better day by day.  The ONLY fly in the ointment I see right now is that today at 10 am, they're going to turn off the power for about 3 hours, as they have to replace a couple "sewer lift stations" in our area. 

But at least it's scheduled, not some "out of the blue"  power outtage.  

7.24.2017 Bookmark

7.24.2017

Good morning all and a happy new week to you.  As is the case, I truly hope you all had a blessed weekend and enjoyed yourselves. I won't grumble about the weather ( Yeah I will, shut down AGAIN from biking or beaching, as we had wicked boomers on and off from 5:30 am each day!)  but I will say I had a lot of fun on Saturday evening as our friend Ted came to visit, watch some UFC fights and have a great chat.  So, while the weather once again put our outdoor activities on hold, it didn't stop  me from making a big pot of sausage and meatballs, which thank goodness, turned out pretty good. 

2.10.2017 Bookmark

2.10.2017

Hello everyone, we've made it to Friday.  What a week it's been, eh?  Not a day goes by where there's not some drama concerning Donald Trump or the protestors, or what have you.  Then we had a Fed head saying that by reducing the balance sheet they might be able to do QE in the future. Then we had another suggest that a rate hike in March should not be off the table. Not to mention the uproar about Conway suggesting people buy Ivanka's products. Sheesh!

9.17.2016 - Financial Intelligence Report Bookmark

Rates, or Japan?
 
On September 20 and 21, the Federal Open Market committee meets to discuss monetary policy. Billions of gallons of digital ink, and a thousand hothouses worth of hot air has been spoken concerning whether the Fed's will hike rates for just the second time in 10 years.

So we'll know that answer on Wednesday. Naturally, the common thinking is that "no way" will they hike rates, simply because despite an overpriced stock market, the true economy is grinding and groaning itself lower. Between the retail sales, the productivity, the regional Fed reports, etc, it is clear that on a fundamental basis...they can't hike.

3.10.2016 - Insiders Club Bookmark

3.10.2016

Good morning all, welcome to Thursday.

Well, he did it. Draghi brought out the bazooka.  In a policy move that only an academic from Wall Street can understand, if what you've been doing doesn't work, then do more of it.

3.8.2016 - Insiders Club Bookmark

3.8.2016

Good morning all, welcome to Tuesday and what ever fun that's going to bring.

Yesterday they pulled the magic levitation rabbit out of the hat. I had gone short Friday, thinking that they might come to their senses over the weekend and let this market pull back some, but no... they refused that and I covered my short for the slimmest of profits.

12.3.2015 - Insiders Club Bookmark

12.3.2015

G' morning all, are you ready for today?

So yesterday the market fell apart a bit. They're trying to blame it on the "event" out in California, but I'm none too sure that's got anything to do with it. It didn't help matters none, that's for sure, but Wall Street rarely pays attention to so called "shootings" .

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