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12-DECEMBER 03-2023

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Who would have thought the war in Ukraine would be taking us into another year!  I don’t hate much, but I do hate Vladimir Putin.

 

 

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December 03, 2022

Today!

December 03, 2021

Not good!Good morning.
With markets showing big daily swings on the latest news of the Omicron variant, investors have also been concerned over the speed at which the Federal Reserve may have to move to reign in its money printing in light of higher (and now non-transitory) inflation.
One other issue that could have impacted markets in the coming weeks was the debt ceiling.  Originally slated to be dealt with in September, a short-term deal kicked the can down the road until the holidays.  Now, a deal is in place to keep government funding in place through February, so it’s likely market may set up for a strong year-end rally if the Omicron news improves.

Now here’s the rest of the news:

Europe Breaks a 24-Year Economic Record… and the Outcome Could Be Nightmarish –Phillip Inman, The Guardian
The Eurozone’s latest inflation report broke a record that’s older than the euro itself.  Here’s why the ECB is allowing inflation to run out of control… [Read Here]

The REAL Cost Of Biden’s Infrastructure Bill Is Shocking Analysts –David Boaz, The Cato Institute
Here’s a rule of thumb to remember when you hear about a government project: If a politician says it’ll cost $1, it’ll end up costing $2 or more.  How much more? [Read Here]

December 03, 2020

The Blame GameGood morning.
There are two types of market highs: Cautious, and optimistic.  The recent market rally has been cautious.  New highs have been met not with a push even higher, but with caution, as yesterday’s lack of a rally has showed.
But, coming off of the day’s lows to close flat, it’s clear that markets aren’t quite ready for a big sell-off yet.  Traders can still find plenty of opportunities in this slowing uptrend.  The holiday season is typically both slow and bullish.  But given how far some names soared in November, traders may be able to profit on the downside from a number of stocks keeping the indices from soaring to new heights.

Now here’s the rest of the news:

 

December 03, 2019

but I will anywayGood morning.
Monitoring unusual trades is a great way to get an idea of what’s going on seemingly “behind the scenes” in the financial world.  One trade last week was a $1.75 million option bet.  The 5,000 contracts weren’t for shares of any company, however, but for a commodity: Gold.
More unusual was the price point on the contract: $4,000 per ounce.  That’s almost triple the current price of the metal, and more than double the commodity’s all-time high set back in 2011.  With the trade ending in June 2021, someone will either be booking a seven-figure loss, or a massive gain.  We like gold as a hedge trade, and a triple in this environment seems like a stretch… but a lot can happen in 18 months.

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Three years ago Tia Meyers was laid off from her corporate job in social media, so she decided to try working for herself by offering her social media strategy skills to private clients.  Today, this founder of Freelancing Females (an international community of 190,000 women who work for themselves) hasn’t looked back since, and along the way she’s learned many lessons that she freely shares with other women who freelance, or want to start.

In a webinar hosted by PicMonkey’s Hannah Dron, Tia explains how to get paid as a freelancer — arguably the most important aspect of working for yourself.  To get from A to $, Tia says that understanding the lifecycle of a deal will increase your chances of finding good clients, negotiating the fees you want, and then closing the projects on a positive note.  Enjoy!  😉

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