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08-AUGUST 31-2023

Drinking '24Good morning.  New job growth slowed in August to nearly half its July level.  And the second quarter GDP data indicated a slowdown from its first estimate.  The economic slowdown is here.  So far, the economy has managed to deal with the jump in interest rates from zero percent less than two years ago to over 5 percent today.
Meanwhile, company executives sound fairly bullish on their earnings calls.  Discussions of a recession have significantly dropped.  It’s possible that the economy is moving towards that “soft landing” that the Federal Reserve has been hoping for.
A slowdown will likely reflect itself in slowing asset returns.  That could mean choppy markets in the next few months, with a slight year-end rally.  Investors and traders alike have opportunities for any selloff, which, like August’s drop, may seem scary at first, but prove short-lived.

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Wells Fargo Issues Urgent Warning About Recession
Late payments on credit card balances are rising, and that could be a warning sign of difficult times to come in the US economy, according to Wells Fargo.  Strategists at the bank pointed to credit card delinquencies surging among commercial banks… [Read Here]

America’s Big Three Entitlement Bankruptcies Are Inevitable
America’s federally sanctioned entitlement programs, Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security, each face bankruptcy in the next few years.  These three entitlement programs consume about fifty cents of every federal budget dollar, or $2.7 trillion in fiscal year… [Read Here]

August 31, 2022

Peter PrincipleGood morning.
The pandemic has brought about a number of unusual surprises.  The housing market took off at a time when many thought that sales would drop as people stayed at home.  Today, we’re facing a labor market with shortages, as the latest data shows nearly 2 jobs for every available hire.
With many recently-laid-off employees quickly finding new work, the labor market remains strong.  That’s good news for labourers, but bad news if you’re trying to slow the economy and wring out inflation.
That’s a likely reason why the jobs numbers are about to make markets more volatile.  It’s also why traders should expect some more down days ahead, as we’re nowhere near bringing down inflation enough to make the Federal Reserve comfortable.

Now here’s the rest of the news:

Bridgewater Executive Says The Fed’s Credibility Is Almost Gone
Rebecca Patterson, chief investment strategist at Bridgewater Associates, the world’s largest hedge fund, sat down with Pensions & Investments for its relaunch of Face to Face, the brand’s popular Q&A interview, featuring the best… [Read Here]

Top Analyst: Are We Going Down Or Up?
You’d be amazed at how many financial advisors, insurance brokers acting as financial advisors, financial planners, warehouse wealth managers, financial consultants and other assorted intermediaries in this business could not for the life… [Read Here]

August 31, 2021

Faster Than Price IncreasesGood morning.
Before it ended with the tech bubble, the prosperity of the 1990s occurred in part to declining inflation expectations and rapidly improving technology.  That led to massive increases in productivity.  But it was also the age of the office cubicle and drab corporate culture, lampooned most notably in the cartoon strip Dilbert.
With a rising number of workers looking to work remotely full time, or follow a hybrid model of being partially in office while working from home some days, companies are acquiescing.  That’s partially due to a labor shortage, but it may also be because signs show that productivity is starting to improve — and a rise in productivity was a big reason behind the rapid growth and low inflation of the 1990s, a policy that could help unwind pandemic-era monetary measures and still keep the economy growing.

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August 31, 2020                                                

What my dad needs mostGood morning.
There are ebbs and flows to the market but right now it’s more flow than ebb.  The melt-up that we’re experiencing is an indication that we may not be at the peak and the scramble for institutions to be long and show performance is palpable.
While the longs currently rule, Thursday’s spike in the VIX is an indication that the longs are hedging.  Another reflection of the degree of hedging that is happening is reflected in the S&P 500 Skew index.  It’s lofty levels coupled with the market’s movement tells you to be long, but hedged.

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“The best part of network marketing?” … It’s something we want and choose to do!
Don’t be a jerk.
When we see a prospect, and then decide not to tell the prospect what we have to offer, that is rude.  We are being a jerk.
We decided to say “no” for the prospect.
Scared of approaching or telling the prospect about our offer?  Let’s fix that.  We should figure out a way to tell the prospect about our offer in a way that is comfortable for us.  Withholding the luxury of choice from prospects isn’t nice.

Networking is about connecting – not broadcasting.

    • How do we feel when someone throws a flyer at our front door?
      That is one-way communication and we don’t connect with the flyer’s offer.
    • How do we feel when someone sends us a spam offer in our email?
      That is one-way communication and we don’t connect with the offer.
    • How do we feel when someone talks at us in a commercial or video?
      That is one-way communication and we don’t connect with the offer.

Networking is “live” two-way communication with a person.
Something to think about if we are in network marketing.  […thanks Tom ‘Big Al’ Schreiter]

August 31, 2019

May the following quotes inspire you to attract the best into your life, focus on what you truly want and design the life of your dreams.

    • There is a truth deep down inside of you that has been waiting for you to discover it, and that truth is this: you deserve all the good things life has to offer. —Rhonda Byrne
    • Whatever is going on in your mind, you are attracting to you. —Bob Proctor
    • It has been proven now, scientifically, that an affirmative thought is hundreds of times more powerful than a negative thought. —Michael Beckwith
    • There is no such thing as a hopeless situation.  Every single circumstances of your life can change! —Rhonda Byrne
    • When you think of the things that you want, and you focus on them with all of your intention, the Law of Attraction will give you what you want every time. —Lisa Nichols
    • If you are feeling good, it is because you are thinking good thoughts. —Rhonda Byrne
    • There is no blackboard in the sky on which God has written your purpose, your mission in life. —Neale Donald Walsch
    • That principal can be summed up in three simple words: Thoughts.  Become.  Things. —Mike Dooley
    • Instead of focusing on the world’s problems, give your attention and energy to trust, love, abundance, education and peace. —Rhonda Byrne
    • This is like having the universe as your catalogue. —Joe Vitale
    • The last frontier is not space, as Star Trek would say, but… mind. —Fred Alan Wolf
    • Everything else you see and experience in this world is effect, and that includes your feelings.  The cause is always your thoughts. —Rhonda Byrne
    • …there’s something that is within you, there’s power within you, that’s greater than the world. —Michael Beckwith
    • This is a feeling universe. —Michael Beckwith
    • I don’t care what city you’re living in.  You’ve got enough power in your body, potential power, to illuminate the whole city for nearly a week. —Bob Proctor
    • See the things that you want as already yours. —Rhonda Byrne

Yes!  The Law of Attraction Really Works…

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