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11-NOVEMBER 13-2023

Federal Employee_22Good morning.  Several key pieces of economic data are pointing to a slowing economy.  One overlooked metric is the Chicago Fed National Activity Index (CFNAI), which looks through 85 pieces of data and creates a different picture than the headline news.  Even better for investors, the CFNAI tends to correlate strongly to the stock market with a slight lead in the data, rather than a lag.
Right now, the CFNAI is pointing to the economy slowing to a crawl.  It’s not a worst-case scenario for markets, but it could be a sign that 2024 may be an uneven year for markets.  We could even see some stagflation, where we have growth lower than the level of inflation.
Until the CFNAI points to a different path, traders will be able to profit from this trend as different sectors outperform relative to others.  Investors should continue to look for high and safe yield-paying assets, and potentially assets like commodities, which can protect from stubbornly high inflation.

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Central Banks Are Making HUGE Gold Moves (New Report)
Last year’s all-time record central bank gold buying figure might not last long.  Between inflation, de-dollarization and economic uncertainty… [Read Here]

November 13, 2022

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Taken from Signal Hill this shot overlooks Dead Man's Pond]

this shot overlooks Dead Man’s Pond.

November 13, 2021

Your Distinctive Mark

“The great and glorious masterpiece of man is how to live with purpose.” –Michel Eyquem de Montaigne

My grandfather was always fascinated by the fact that with all the billions of people who have lived, there have never been two people exactly alike.  When you think about it, it is a bit mind-boggling.

There are nearly 6 billion people on the planet.  And never before have so many had such easy access to what’s going on around the globe.  With all these people and all this knowledge of what others are doing, it’s easy to feel inconsequential.

We sometimes compare ourselves to others and wonder what unique talent we have to offer.  What difference can we make?  What’s our special place in the world?

The truth is we’re all unique.  We each have something special to contribute.  The challenge is in discovering what that is.  I consider it our sacred duty to discover and demonstrate our unique potential.  And I think we’re unfulfilled unless we’re doing so.

It is to this issue that Sir Cecil Beaton was speaking when he wrote, “Be daring, be different, be impractical, be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers, the creatures of the commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary.”

And yet, it appears that few people spend much time thinking about what their purpose is, what they really want, what they have to offer and preparing how to best deliver that to the world.  Most people spend more time planning a family vacation than they do planning their lives.

⇒ How can you leave your unique mark of distinction upon the world?  Think about it.  Ponder it.  Open yourself to the belief that you and you alone have a special purpose – because you do.

And when your days are done, you can say you truly lived – that you have made a difference.

November 13, 2020

Taken A Day OffGood morning.
Covid cases hit a record high yesterday.  While President Trump continues to assert that the case numbers are up because testing is up, stocks are forward looking.
Looking at the Biden transition team, a push is already being made for a 4-6 week lockdown until a vaccine can be widely distributed.  If so, the stock market could be in for another meltdown in early 2021, even with the Federal Reserve pumping like crazy.  It’s easy to see why stocks have now mostly given back the gains from the Pfizer vaccine news.

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During times of tribulation, my Greek grandmother usually invoked this village wisdom: “The dogs may bark, but the caravan moves on.”  If my Yia Yia were alive today, she’d probably apply those words to the current political situation in America.
Spooked by all the post-election barking?  Just move on.  Regardless of your political affiliation, you can take this statement to the bank: Joseph R. Biden will be sworn in as the 46th president of the United States on January 20, 2021.  That date is set by the 20th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, meaning it’s enshrined in law.
Typically in the past, the loser of the presidential race would give a gracious concession speech and accept the results.  But the law does not require a concession; that’s merely social custom.  Biden has clinched insurmountable leads in the Electoral College and popular vote.  Efforts to overturn the results based on charges of “fraud” are doomed to fail.  [Move On!]

November 13, 2019

Craft Your Magic!

When creating you magic; errr … sales message, make the prospect feel that who (s)he currently is — or what (s)he currently has — is not good enough.  It is now your duty to let him/her feel the agony of staying at his/her current status.  Make him/her visualize the undesirable outcome for not making any change in his/her life.  Here’s Darren Hardy to share more wisdom…

If you can craft your message in a way that it appeals with one or more of the triggers below, you are more likely to get better results.

      1. Desire for pleasure
      2. Fear of pain
      3. Having/saving more money
      4. Prevention of loss of money
      5. Attainment of excellent health and long life
      6. Enhancement of relationships
      7. The need for love, respect, security, recognition, and trust

Probably the biggest motivators are pleasure and pain.
Sex, drugs & rock-‘n’-roll.  😉

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