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11-NOVEMBER 02-2023

no-boss cultureGood morning.  Automaker Ford Motors (F) put the brakes on a second EV battery plant in the past few days.  And the world’s largest wind-farm developer is pulling the proverbial plug on two projects in the United States.
That suggests that the transition to green energy is slowing down – and that stocks that play to these trends may be going bust.  While these stocks are well off their highs, a continued slowdown could lead for more shorting opportunities for traders.
Meanwhile, conventional energy stocks have fared well this year and look set to trend higher.  The leading corner of the energy space this year?  Coal.  Investors may not want to play that corner of the market, but owning conventional energy stocks should prove a strong trade in the months ahead.

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America’s “Misery Index” Is Not Looking Good
The Misery Index was created by Arthur Oken, an economist who worked for the Johnson administration in the 1960s… [Read Here]

Middle Class Tax Audits To Increase?
IRS Commissioner Danny Werfel faced a grilling by lawmakers on Capitol Hill this past week.  During the question he hinted that… [Read Here]

November 02, 2022

UphillGood morning.
While oil prices have been trending up in recent days, they’re still well below the peaks set in March, when Russia first invaded Ukraine.  Overall, crude oil is up over 15 percent in the past year.  Yet energy stocks in general have fared far better, with the XLE, an energy-sector-focused ETF, up over 60 percent year-to-date.
The reason?  High oil prices overall have led to a massive level of profits for corporate America.  ExxonMobil (XOM) saw shares hit new 52-week highs as the company reported record profits last week.  While some in Washington are talking about a “windfall” tax on oil, it’s best to remember that these companies face wildly fluctuating prices for the goods that they produce and explore for.  And that energy remains crucial for our needs, which is why prices are likely to continue remaining strong from here.
Traders should continue to take a bullish view on the energy space. Investors can be too, given the large number of dividend paying companies offering decent yields here.

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The Worst Shortage Possible Could Happen In 2023
In my entire lifetime, global supplies of diesel fuel have never been tighter than they are right now.  And that is really bad news, because the entire economy of the western world runs on diesel.  If we suddenly had no more diesel fuel, virtually all…[Read Here]

New Housing Report Reveals Middle-Class Carnage
With vanishing inventory, soaring mortgage rates, and stubbornly high prices, there’s little  left of the starter home idea.  The once-ubiquitous entry-level home is now mostly a myth.  Once upon a time, nearly 70% of all new builds were…[Read Here]

November 02, 2021

A Minute Please!Good morning.
Billionaires with most of their wealth tied up in a stock are often able to simply borrow against their holdings.  This avoids having to pay taxes on unrealized gains, and provides millions of dollars in “walking around” money while still profiting if those shares rise in value.  It takes a lot to get a billionaire to sell a meaningful amount of their shares.
But that’s the offer made by Tesla Motors (TSLA) CEO Elon Musk over the weekend.  He offered to sell $6 billion in shares and give it to the UN’s World Food Program.  The catch?  The agency would have to detail exactly how that money would be spent to end world hunger, rather than simply indefinitely continue operations as so many agencies created to combat a problem often do.
Anyone betting that Musk will have a tax bill on a $6 billion share sale anytime soon just doesn’t understand how these agencies operate.

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November 02, 2020

Guess WhoGood morning.
October once again proved to be a challenging month for stocks.  For 2020, it came in second to March.  The final drop came as many big-name tech companies reported good earnings.  Great earnings would have been better.  And it also didn’t help that many of these companies can’t offer much in the way of guidance in these uncertain times.
Many traders see that trend continuing.  While the election is tomorrow, a few pundits are pointing to contested elections that may drag out the final results for weeks.  That uncertainty could add additional volatility to stocks until it’s resolved.  Don’t worry, though.  Markets always find something to worry about.  So once the election uncertainty ends, it’ll be something else.  Today’s fear-based moves, however, are enough to make one wish for the China trade war volatility of 2019.

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Since making new highs this September, the Dow is down roughly 10% – just a day before the election.  And if the election is contested … the market could be in turmoil for weeks, maybe even months.
Do the best you can to make hay while the sun is shining.  But be aware that the storm clouds that are building right now are the most serious our ‘country’ has ever seen.

November 02, 2019

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