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08-AUGUST 02-2023

Good morning.  Over the weekend, regulators at the FDIC closed Heartland Tri-State Bank.  While not the headline collapse of Silicon Valley Bank or First Republic Bank, it’s a reminder that the banking sector still has some issues that need to be resolved.
The biggest problem could come from our central bank, the Federal Reserve.  While it’s best known right now for raising interest rates, the bank’s balance sheet makes Silicon Valley Bank look responsible.  Rising yields have cut into the central bank’s bond portfolio, with about $910 billion in losses on paper at the moment.
Of course, unlike a local bank, the Fed won’t get a depositor rush.  And their ability to create money as needed is why they’re absorbing the losses so far.  But it’s clear that the Fed is juggling a lot right now, and any small move here could lead to a further banking crisis or another resurgence in inflation.  While markets have been holding up well, traders may still want to look for some downside opportunities – they may just pay off now that they’re not expected.

Now here’s the rest of the news:

Analyst: Gold Just 12 Months Away from New All-Time High
Nitesh Shah analyzes the bullish and bearish cases for gold in the year ahead.  Shah believes all it will take for gold to reach $2,225 next year will be a meeting of “consensus expectations” which… [Read Here]

Why the Durban Accords Matter to You
Just when we thought the global de-dollarization drive couldn’t accelerate further, the Durban Accords put the dollar in their crosshairs.  “The days of a dollar-centric world is over, that’s a reality,” claimed a senior BRICS spokesman… [Read Here]

August 02, 2022

That PaintingGood morning.
The stock market’s strong rally of the past few days has allowed it to retrace nearly half of its losses since the start of the year.  That could mark the end of the recent drop – or it could be simply a bear market rally before the longer-term downtrend picks up.
Some clues point to further downside.  While the Fed didn’t raise interest rates more than expected last week, they continued to warn on inflation, which still runs hot.  And a number of central bankers have warned that the Fed isn’t ready to pivot yet on its current rate-hike trend.  That may occur after the Fed’s next meeting in September.  With the economy already in a recession, using the original definition, raising rates now is far from bullish.
Traders should continue to remain cautious.  A sign of peaking inflation should be a good sign that the Fed will soon pivot.  Until then, expect the worst, including a lot of daily volatility, and you won’t get blindsided by this market.

Now here’s the rest of the news:

How To Stress Test Your Retirement Before It’s Too Late
Inflation is soaring at a rate not seen since 1981, Federal fund rates are rising, and the yield curve is inverting… which is the most reliable indicator of… [Read Here]

Why This Recession Is Different Than All the Rest
Before we dive into just how dire the economic situation is in the U.S., on the global level things aren’t “peachy” either.  In fact, the IMF is predicting a huge… [Read Here]

August 02, 2021

Holiday Monday in Canada!

Current Events_8Good morning.
August is usually a slow month for investors.  But, the market usually goes for a wild ride in September and October, which are historically the two worst-performing months of the year.  While October makes the history books for all the big down days (1929, 1987, 2008), September is worse on average.
In the meantime, while the economic numbers look great compared to a year ago, consumers are drawing down savings substantially.  And the end of a national eviction moratorium could lead to some unrest in the housing market.  These factors all point for some strong reasons to hedge, either by selling covered calls against stocks, or by raising some cash.  Traditional hedges like gold haven’t been a strong performer here, and likely won’t unless it’s backed by another immediate stimulus program.

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

Gold … $1,815.69 (+0.7%)
Silver … $25.57 (+1.3%)
Platinum … $1,056.50 (-1.3%)
Palladium … $2,692.50 (-0.6%)

Now here’s the rest of the news:

Gold Is “Dirt Cheap Financial Insurance”
Egon von Greyerz assesses the current risks in the markets.  Based on historic valuations, here’s why physical gold as the only “financial insurance” available to investors, and why it’s comparatively dirt cheap… [Read Here]

The Nobel Prize Solution to Retirement Anxiety
Retirement anxiety is at an all-time high, and for good reason.  Surveys suggest millions of Americans have given up on retirement altogether.  Here’s how to reduce anxiety by taking control, making a plan and reducing risks… [Read Here]

Upcoming Spending Spree Risks Economic Meltdown
Almost $4 trillion of proposed infrastructure and social spending is just too much (after the $1.9 trillion already spent in COVID relief already).  Stanley Druckenmiller fears it’s going to cause an economic meltdown… [Read Here]

August 02, 2020


“I choose to be a BIG fish in a small pond instead of a small fish in a big pond.”
(Say this 3 times today)

Here’s to a better YOU … and now … Today’s DarrenDaily Recap Sunday.  A collection of the weeks videos from Darren Hardy.  Enjoy!

Describing its beauty!!!  Gros Morne National Park near Rocky Harbour, NFLD.

Gros Morne National Park near Rocky Harbour, NFLD

A tidal pool below the cliffs of Lobster Cove Head in …

August 02, 2019

Cash in on the International Currency

No matter what you do for work – whether you realize it or not – you’re in the networking business.

International NetworkingAny banker will tell you – an honest one anyway – that your greatest financial asset is your ability to earn income.  It’s not your house, your bank account or your car.  They don’t actually want your collateral, they want your payments.

What’s important to them is your ability to earn money on an ongoing basis.  That ability is based on your health (your capacity to work), your knowledge, you skills, your reputation and your experience.

It’s also based on who you know.  It’s always been that way.  Who you know and how well you know them counts for as much – if not more – than what you know and how good your product/service is.

Contact SportsWhen you network people together, everyone wins – you and the people whom you connect.  Your contact list – your network of coworkers, business associates, friends, golfing buddies and the like is a gold mine.  Treat it like one, and you’ll have an abundant supply of the New International Currency.

You must work your list.  Call People.  Send them referrals.  Maintain contact.  Networking is a contact sport.  Mail copies of articles they should find interesting.  If you want to build and maintain relationships, you have to be proactive.¹

“Some of the biggest challenges in relationships come from the fact that most people enter a relationship in order to get something: they’re trying to find someone who’s going to make them feel good.  In reality, the only way a relationship will last is if you see your relationship as a place that you go to give, and not a place that you go to take.” — Tony Robbins

Who you are shines through, who you are hoping to become.  😉

¹ The World’s Best Known Marketing Secret, by Dr. Ivan Misner [Business Network Int’l]

August 02, 2017

My Friend,

I will remember the days where I had to go to my 9-5 job…

I will remember the days when I was told to jump, I jumped.

I will remember the days when I was told to sit down, I sat down.

I will remember the days of essentially being a paid slave, and I hated it.

BUT, I WILL also remember the DAY I took the leap of faith & REALLY began the laptop lifestyle as I like to call it and truly beginning to put the ITT team to work for myself.

I WILL remember those days and while it was so exciting to see the possibilities of a new, brighter future, it was also a bit scary.

Now let’s turn the clock ahead in your life say, just five short years from now.

What will you look back on and remember?  The day you saw an oppor-tunity like this but did nothing, or the day you seized an opportunity like this and finally turned the comer‘?

It’s been said that 97% of the population does little to nothing with life’s best opportunities … so the question remains, are you gonna’ be one of the 3% or the 97%‘?

The choice is yours, but it’s just that — a choice that needs to be made.

Make the right choice!


Come From Aways, Do You?

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