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05-MAY 11-2023

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Team... team... teamYesterday’s inflation read of a 4.9 percent year-over-year rise was well under expectations in the low 5 percent range.  That helped the market bounce higher at the open.  The better news is that shelter costs are starting to come down.  That’s often the biggest cost for consumers after taxes.
The bad news?  The rate of inflation’s slowdown from its peak of 9.6 percent in 2022 is also slowing.  Getting inflation down from about 5 percent to 2 percent will be much harder, especially with the stresses that the current jump in interest rates has had on the economy.
Chances are we’ll see the Fed pause from here, and hope that inflation continues to trend down in the coming months.  That’s somewhat bullish, at least for now.  After the strong market rally this year, it likely points to a sideways-trading summer until the data points to a clearer picture.

Now here’s the rest of the news:

How Many Americans Are Using Credit Cards To Buy Necessities?
The Federal Reserve’s report uncovers the unbearable financial pressures on American families face in an age of inflation.  Rising prices on essentials like food and rent broke budgets forced families to buy groceries on credit.  Borrowing on credit cards to make ends meet reached… [Read Here]

FDIC Sends A Message To Foreign Depositors
Along with the rest of Silicon Valley Bank’s assets, federal agents seized $14 billion in foreign deposits.  These former SVB customers have been waiting for access to their money ever since.  They recently received a message from the FDIC, explaining that… [Read Here]

May 11, 2022

CriminalGood morning.
Typically, growth stocks lead the market.  That’s because these companies have the ability to scale up rapidly, and one of the best signs of a stock heading higher over the long haul is increased earnings.
Yet every few years, value stocks have their time to shine.  A year ago, Warren Buffett’s performance as being derided.  Yet he’s buying stocks now.  In contrast, Ark Innovation, the hypergrowth fund managed by Cathie Wood, is now not just down relative to Buffett — but it’s underperforming the S&P 500 since its inception.
Can these trends reverse in time?  Yes.  Will they reverse right away?  Probably not under current market conditions.  That’s a sign to tread lightly with growth stocks, and only focus on buying profitable industry leaders in tech right now.

Now here’s the rest of the news:

Fed Warns About Devastating ‘Negative Feedback Loop’
A sharp increase in interest rates to tame fresh inflation shocks would pose a risk to the American economy, the Federal Reserve said on Monday as it reported a “higher than normal” chance that trading conditions will suddenly deteriorate into…  [Read Here]

Biden Caused “My 401k” To Trend On Twitter
Critics of President Joe Biden had “My 401k” trending nationally on Twitter this week.  After the Dow closed down nearly 2% on Monday with 11.86% down so far this year, while the Nasdaq was down 4.3% on Monday and 26.59% down so far this year… [Read Here]

May 11, 2021

Removing His PainGood morning.
In the wake of the financial crisis, tremendous government support went to financial institutions such as banks.  Those companies took years to rebuild balance sheets, slowly work off bad debts, and get back to normal.  In the Covid crisis, by contrast, direct stimulus to everyone, plus extended unemployment benefits plus extra funds to small businesses.  The result?  Money everywhere, all at once.
That may be why inflation is now showing up everywhere too.  Created money going to everyone rather than through the banking system has gotten it into as many hands as possible – whether it’s been needed or not.  While bailing out the banks may have taught them not to worry about risks, we’re now primed to expect a bailout of everyone in the next crisis.  The shotgun approach worked better politically than a targeted approach, but we’re still figuring out the costs.

Now here’s the rest of the news:

Homebuilders Are 4 Million Homes Behind –Chris Igou, True Wealth
To say there’s a housing shortage is an understatement … there are more buyers in the market than there are homes by a wide margin.  And last month, we saw another sign of that imbalance.  Mortgage finance company Freddie Mac recently came out with a shocking number.  Homebuilders need to build 3.8 million single-family homes to meet current buyer demand in the U.S… marking a 52% increase in the housing shortage since 2018.  That’s a huge jump in just a few short years.  And it highlights how extreme the imbalance is in the housing market today.

The Lumber Market Delirium –Peter C. Earle, AIER
In the commodities futures markets, lumber has typically been among the most quiet.  Here’s why that once-sleepy market is up over 450%… [Read Here]

May 11, 2020

Are you OkayGood Morning.
You knew it was coming.  The carnage that was displayed in last month’s jobs numbers were eye-opening.
However, the market seems to be willing to find the silver lining to everything.  It was “better than expected.”
That was enough to begin to lift value stocks up by the boot straps, which may goose the market even more in the coming weeks.

Precious Metals Prices
Price at week’s end (change over last week)

Gold … $1,714.35 (+0.2%)
Silver … $15.60 (+3.2%)
Platinum … $775.00 (+0.7%)
Palladium … $1,951.20 (-1.6%)

Maybe … just maybe ‘we’ need to rethink this!


Just maybe ‘we’ need to rethink this … maybe!

May 11, 2019

How To Deal With Haters

Don’t Listen to Naysayers.

Achieving a successful life of significance isn’t easy.  It’s a constant uphill climb, and along the way, you’re sure to cross paths with your fair share of naysayers, or what the cool kids call haters or trolls.  As a matter of fact, having a contingent of haters is probably a good sign that you’re on the right track.  But even though it’s normal doesn’t make it any easier to deal with the doubt and soul-sucking negativity.  If you’re human, any shadow of a doubt can deter you from leading the life of significance that you were born to live.  Since entertaining the negativity of naysayers can stall, if not completely thwart, your progress, we wanted to share 7 top ways to deal with haters and forge ahead for success!

Maintain a clear vision.  You have to make sure your compass is always pointing in the right direction.  You’ve got to have goals, baby.  A clear vision not only provides the ultimate litmus test, it also helps keep you centered.

Keep haters in perspective.  We have a tendency to focus on the negatives.  Instead of reflecting on all our successes and the countless votes of support and encouragement, we tend to think about that one negative voice.  Block that out, and instead, highlight the bright spots.

Not everyone with a different viewpoint is a hater.  When we view everyone with a different viewpoint as a naysayer, we’re selling ourselves (and them) short.  Constructive criticism is tremendously important for personal and professional growth, and sometimes, the people who tell us what we need to hear (but don’t want to hear) are the folks who care for us most.

Don’t apologize to haters.  You may think that haters will go away if you apologize, but that’s like adding fuel to a fire.  To them, apologizing means they win, and not only don’t they deserve that, it also means they’re likely to heat up even more.

Don’t let past hurts and fears influence your reaction today.  If you were ever bullied as a child, there’s no question that insecurities can impact how you feel today when met with naysayers.  Learn to look at what is happening through your mature, experienced adult eyes — not your hurt child eyes.

Keep a “success file” for those tough days.  Some days are harder — much harder — than others to deal with criticism.  These are the types of days when a success file comes in super handy.  A success file is a place where you keep positive, encouraging notes, emails, cards, letters and the like.  These are affirmations that can help remind you that the good far outweighs the bad — so much so that it’s laughable.

Feel empathy for haters.  Unfortunately, most naysayers might appear to be pathetic, sad, lonely people who can only feel something by bringing others down.  It may seem odd, but lift them up, as you may not understand what they are going through, send them love and hope that things will get better.

Make it a great day!

May 11, 2018

Work Smarter, Not Harder

We get it.  Creating content consistently is a lot of hard work.

And trying to run your business while writing killer marketing content can make you feel like there’s never enough hours in the day.  But what if I told you there was a proven way to create tons of content and automate your workflow — while saving time and money?

The trick?  It’s called batching.

Batching is a tactic used by some of the most successful marketers.  It lets you maximize your focus on one task at a time and accomplish a lot in one sitting.  Here’s how you can use batching to write fantastic emails your audience will love.

    • Spend one day planning and outlining your monthly email content.
    • Spending another day writing and editing your email content for the next month.
    • Finally, schedule your monthly emails and set up automated campaigns to deliver them.

With AWeber Free, you can automate your emails to send at a predetermined time.  Or use Campaigns to set up a series of emails to deliver to your audience.

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May 11, 2017

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