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09-SEPTEMBER 01-2023

The wheelGood morning.  The jump in inflation and then jump in interest rates to fight that inflation has led a number of assets to whipsaw in price.  But good news is potentially coming for those interested in a car.
That’s because inventories have started to grow, particularly with electric cars.  Even though those cars carry a big tax credit of up to $7,500, the lack of demand could indicate that the market is getting off its low inventory era.
Investors should be aware that auto sales are cyclical, and a down cycle could be bad for automotive stocks right now.  But for traders, it could be a good shorting opportunity in the months ahead.

Now here’s the rest of the news:

BRICS Begins De-Dollarization Using “Debt Based Strategy”
A development bank formed and led by the BRICS economic coalition is approaching de-dollarization from a debt angle, with plans to reduce dollar-denominated lending.  The Shanghai-based New Development Bank is instead focusing on the use of BRICS currencies… [Read Here]

September 01, 2022

Good morning.
For years, investors have benefitted from buy and hold investment strategies.  That’s made sense, as interest rates and inflation have been low, and any market hiccups have been papered over with central bank bailouts.
That tune may be changing, as rising inflation for longer periods may impact the success of that strategy.  And the de-globalization of the economy will create more inefficiencies overall, and thus investors should expect lower returns.  That may be a sign that investors should look to hold their positions for a far shorter-timeframe, and look to buy only when a value looks enticing.
That also likely means a more active market for traders, especially if markets continue to remain volatile.

Now here’s the rest of the news:

The Worst Economic Policy Possible
Governments and central banks have become the lender of first resort instead of the last resort, and this is immensely dangerous.  Global debt soars, inflation creeps in and many of the so-called “supply chain disruptions” are the result of zombification… [Read Here]

Fed Chairman Jerome Powell Triggers Chaos Among Investors
Fed Chair Jerome Powell, in his to-the-point speech today at the economic policy symposium in Jackson Hole, appears to have attempted to pull the rug out from under the tightening-deniers that had been fanning out across the internet… [Read Here]

September 01, 2021

Have No Idea EitherGood morning.
While the stock market is poised to continue rising over the next few years, September kicks off what is historically the worst month for stocks.  And October tends to have the biggest one-day drops in them as well.
As some have also noted, the S&P 500 hit new all-time highs on 10 occasions in August.  The last time these events occurred were in 1987 and 1929, years both known for some big October drops.  While history doesn’t repeat itself, it does rhyme, so traders may want to lighten up on their most leveraged trades ahead of Labor Day weekend.
Keep some cash on the sidelines and look to take advantage of any drop in the next 8 weeks, and history suggests that should allow you to beat the market’s average historical return in the last four months of the year.

Now here’s the rest of the news:

Flush with Free Money, Americans Spent Heroic Amounts but Inflation Ate it Up –Wolf Richter,Wolf Street
Pay more, get less.  Spending on durable goods after inflation was down 10% from historic spike.  But service prices surged, pointing to next source of inflation… [Read Here]

September 01, 2020

Mothers Day_2Good morning.
Back in the early 2000’s people would trade stock splits as a strategy.  Buy the announcement and play the pre-split run.  Looking at how Apple Inc and Tesla Inc performed, so far so good.  The theory was that the companies would experience a post-split depression where the price underperformed.
In the current scramble to get money in the market, these names have shown a resilience to the normal and have embraced the exceptional.  The fact is people are going with what has worked so well for so long and it looks like there’s still room to add more.

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5 Tips for Staying Sane While Working from Home
Thanks to our current circumstances, many of us are working from home — whether you want to or not.  And even if you’re used to working from home, chances are that right now is anything but ordinary as other family members who aren’t usually around may be home too.  It can be a tremendous challenge for many of us to work from home during these unsettling times.  With that in mind, we wanted to share some of our top tips for working from home productively without destroying your health or sanity.

#1: Establish a routine… If you don’t have to show up at the office at a certain time and you don’t have anyone watching, it’s tempting to just let go of having a schedule at all.  This is usually a mistake.  In fact, having a regular routine may be even more important when working at home.  Consider:

    • Waking up and going to bed at a regular time
    • Getting dressed before work (just as you would if you were leaving the house)
    • Scheduling your week with periods for work, exercise, meals, rest, and personal/family time

This will help create some much-needed stability and focus in a very chaotic and challenging time.

#2: Take breaks… This is always important — not just when you’re working from home.  The Pomodoro Technique is a popular time-management method, for example, that involves using a timer to break work into intervals, usually 25 minutes in length, separated by short breaks (for example, 3 – 5 minutes).  During the breaks:

    • Do some bodyweight exercises
    • Go outside
    • Do some stretches
    • Refill your water
    • Play with your kids or pets
    • Give your spouse/significant other a hug and words of affirmation

Taking breaks helps to release the pressure valve and keep you fresh and productive throughout the day.

#3: Create and maintain boundaries… When you’re working from home, it’s all too easy for work to simply take over every waking moment (and maybe some sleeping moments too!) of your life.  It’s critical that you establish boundaries between your work and personal life — for your own benefit, and your family’s too.  This can involve:

    • Setting a time to start and end time for work each day
    • Putting away your computer, phone, etc., when you’re not working
    • Communicating with your family about when it is/isn’t okay to interact during the work day
    • Turning off notifications on your phone when you’re not working
    • Doing a digital detox/screen-free day on Sundays

#4: Eat well… Again, this is something we ought to be doing no matter where we work.  But it’s particularly relevant when working from home, because the pantry and refrigerator are always just a few steps away.  Establishing set meal times (see #1 above) can go a long way toward preventing stress-related overeating.  Since you’ll be at home, do your best to make healthy food options convenient and readily available.  On the flip side, limit temptations by not having junk food around, or at the very least, create obstacles to accessing it (i.e., out of sight, out of mind).

#5: Go easy on yourself… Working from home can be a big adjustment if you’re not used to it, and that’s even more true given our current circumstances.  You were probably not prepared for this.  You may not have a home office or a dedicated work space.  Your may have kids at home, rather than at school.  The house might feel crowded and not conducive to work.  Maybe you’re under a lot of stress with work, facing financial difficulties, or dealing with illness in the family.

Many of us are being stretched in countless ways, and in a situation like this, it’s important to cut ourselves some slack.  It’s okay not to be as productive as you normally are.  It’s okay to spend more time with your family.  It’s okay to do a little more self-care than you typically do.

And if we allow ourselves to simply go with the flow, we might be surprised at what we discover.

Stay Strong,

September 01, 2019

Darren Hardy shared in his Daily Motivational Message: An Elite Winning Strategy

Watch it here and share your thoughts below!

Wasn’t that good … G R E A T … 😉

September 01, 2017

Fly Away with me

Lao Tzu once said, “To see things in the seed, that is genius.

Well for me … to travel and see a new part of the World, even to explore a new Province in Canada, is my genius.  Pls allow me to share a few Kodak moments… (’bout to discover Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, and Newfoundland).

Worked this morning, but by noon I was on my way home!  Packed my bags … and wicked off to the airport, (by Mike and Donna), with my wife by my side and ‘tickets in hand.’  Halifax, NS — here ‘we’ come!

Big thanks guys…


Come From Aways, Do You?

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