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5.27.2017 Free Investment Newsletter Bookmark

Memorial Day
 
This holiday, which is currently observed every year on the last Monday of May, actually started as Decoration Day after the American Civil War in 1868.  That is when the Grand Army of the Republic, an organization of Union veterans founded in Decatur, Illinois, established it as a day for the nation to decorate the graves of the Union war dead with flowers.

5.24.2017 Free Investment Newsletter Bookmark

The .380

 

I knew it would happen, it always happens. Over the weekend while talking “off topics” in my last article, I had mentioned I had changed my personal concealed carry gun from a Ruger LCP to a Barretta Pico. It is chambered in .380. I should have started counting the seconds after it was sent, because I knew someone would write in and give me noise about carrying a .380 for self defense.  This was the first and most colorful of them. (exactly as I received it for special effect)

5.20.2017 - Free Investing Newsletter Bookmark

Off Topics
 
I’m not going there today. Nope.  No Trump, no special prosecutor, no Seth Rich mysterious murder cover up, etc.  Today I’m going off topic on several issues. Why? One, to take a break from it all...but two...because sometimes the things you’ve been told and might even believe are not always set in stone. . So, let’s go off the reservation a bit, and talk about a few different subjects.
 

5.17.2017 - Free Investing Newsletter Bookmark

Ransom, The Test
 
So, the story goes that some hacker saw in a Wikileaks email, that the NSA had created a Malware, and this hacker gleaned it and unleashed it on the world. Called Ransom-ware, the virus gets in your hard drive and encrypts all your data. It is then useless to you. Then the hacker tells you that for a price, he will send you the key to decrypt all that info and you get your computer back.

5.14.2017 - Free Investing Newsletter Bookmark

All of it
 
Today's letter is about pondering. We're going to ponder the future. It should be interesting.
 
I would guess that by now most of you know that things are just not like they used to be. If you went back 30 years and tried to tell the investing community that GAAP accounting would be replaced with "pro-forma" or "adjusted" earnings, they'd look at you funny. If you told them that in some years, fully 40% of the market's moves were based on stock buy backs, buy backs financed by selling Corporate debt, they'd giggle at you.

5.10.2017 Free Newsletter Bookmark

The Greater Fool
 
I continue to do a fair amount of radio interviews, and Tuesday I had the distinct pleasure of chatting with my friend and radio host Phil Mikan out of Connecticut. We were talking markets, manipulation, pensions, economy, etc, but there was one particular issue that I wanted to stress to his listeners.

5.6.2017 Free Investing Newsletter Bookmark

Russian Roulette
 
Several years ago, I was privy to see some fairly high level documents that suggested a “change” in our nuclear war capacity. For decades, the idea was that there would always be “détente” and thus no large scale nuclear war. Détente is the simple idea that if I have nukes and you have nukes, we’d mutually destroy each other and thus the best war would be no war. There’s no winners.

But the warmongers and spinner heads at the think tanks, began to change their tune about 6 years ago. I mentioned this a few times over the years, but most of the reaction was the typical eye rolls and “oh boy, Bob’s going off the deep end again”.  See, the new thinking is that if we put enough anti-missiles on Russia’s borders, we could actually launch a nuclear strike, and then shoot down their response missiles before they got anywhere.

5.3.2017 - Free Investment Newsletter Bookmark

Trump, the Mystery
 
Did you all read the Sunday letter where I quoted Mr. Assad on his view of Donald Trump? If not, I’ll just pull out a couple quotes to get you up to speed:

4.29.2017 -Free Investment Newsletter Bookmark

Who is This Guy?

 

My goal for this weekend’s letter was to explore the “Trump” situation. I wanted to get into a long discussion trying to figure out just who he is, and what he’s doing. As you know many are depressed that he seems to have flipped on many issues he ran on. Then there’s others that are suggesting a lot of it is for “show” while he tries to work his deals and get things accomplished.

4.26.2017 - Free Investment Newsletter Bookmark

Why Nothing Matters Part II
 
For the weekend I wrote about why nothing seems to bother the market. Not wars, not falling sales, not a 1% or less GDP, not false flag attacks, not missiles flying through the night....nothing.  And we revealed to you the reason, the Central banks have bought up 1 Trillion dollars worth of financial assets in just the first quarter.
 
Then I went on to explain why. See, there’s so many things “connected” to the markets, that if the markets were allowed to fall, the ripple effect would be huge. Consider a pension plan that is allowed to keep a certain percentage of their money in stocks. That plan might be the life savings of 25,000 people. But if the amount they have vested in the market was to be slashed by say 50%...that’s a lot of people that just saw their retirement go to hell in a handbag.

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