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12-DECEMBER 08-2023

Broken intoGood morning.  While 2023 has been a strong rally off of 2022’s bear market, many investors can point to a number of factors that signal dangers ahead.  Interest rates have been rising this year, choking off credit in a deliberate attempt to slow the economy and bring down inflation.  Overshooting that goal could lead to trouble.
Enter Japan.  The Bank of Japan has started hinting at an interest rate hike.  Typically, that’s a warning signal for the global economy, as Japan’s lower interest rates compared to other countries make it an early indicator of trouble.
Investors and traders shouldn’t expect any market pain yet, other than some seasonal weakness in the next few days.  Going into the end of the year, the Santa Claus rally is likely to play out.  But it does suggest taking a more cautious tone as the calendar flips to 2024.

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Biden Struggles To Control Inflation
This week, the White House announced the launch of a Council on Supply Chain Resilience, created to… [Read Here]

December 08, 2022

her husband came homeGood morning.
It’s been a poor year for just about every asset class.  Both stocks and bonds are down at the same time, a move that’s rarely seen, as interest rates have been on the rise.  Cryptocurrencies were crushed.  And the soaring strength of the US dollar continues to weigh on the forex market.
Amid these big drops, gold has had a relative shine.  The metal is down about 2 percent for the year.  While the metal hasn’t moved much in the past 2 years, it may continue to shine now.  While traders expect inflation to come down, the metal has held its own, even as it failed to materially break to new highs in fears of inflation during the pandemic and the height of money-printing by governments.
Traders might see some opportunities here going forward, particularly as expectations for the metal are low right now.  That’s when gold tends to have some of its most surprising moves higher.

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Jamie Dimon On Next Year: ‘It Could Be A Hurricane’

JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon on Tuesday warned that stubbornly high inflation could trigger a U.S. economic recession next year as steep prices cause consumer spending to dry up.  Businesses are still in good shape and consumer… [Read Here]

New Poll Reveals How Damaging Inflation Really Is

A new Gallup survey released on Tuesday found that more than half of Americans are experiencing “financial hardship” due to inflation, while 13 percent say they are experiencing severe hardship.  The 55 percent experiencing… [Read Here]

December 07, 2021

Conflict ResolutionGood morning.
Long-term investors know that buying when the market is down is an astute move.  With the sharp rebound in stocks from the shortest bear market in history in early 2020, traders have decided that any drop of more than a few percentage points constitutes a dip worthy of being bought, with the acronym BTD popping up on any selloff.
This mentality has been the case in the past few days following the Omicron variant fears hitting the market at the end of November.  Bank of America (BAC) notes that the inflows from this recent selloff have been the strongest since 2017.  As long as investors are bullish – and have funds to keep the BTD mentality alive, the market will likely continue to trend higher, even with the occasional dip to buy along the way.

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Top Analysts Make Huge Christmas Predictions for Gold
Gold has always been a popular gift, so it is bound to be a big seller during the holidays.  But one analyst thinks this year will be jaw-dropping. [Read Here]

Analyst Discovers a Hidden Scam Ruining Peoples’s Lives
Adjusted for inflation, consumers’ personal income from all sources – from wages, interest, dividends, rental income, unemployment compensation, stimulus checks, Social Security benefits, etc. – so “real” personal income dipped by… [Read Here]

December 07, 2020

Make It Happen PeopleGood morning.
The broad investment world tends to follow narratives.  That’s why we’ve been able to profit from the market’s swings on every headline on a prospective trade war over the past few years.  This year, the name of the game has been stimulus.
The on-again, off-again stimulus proposals point to some kind of massive giveaway from the government at some point.  The only real question is the size of the stimulus, and when the checks can be distributed.  So far, talk of stimulus has been enough to offset a rise in Covid cases and local shutdowns going into the winter.  Chances are the market may have a bumpy few weeks, but that may just be what’s needed to get a deal passed.

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US and EU in Race with China to Secure Essential Lithium
The global lithium market is predicted to grow by 500% to handle the explosion of electric vehicles and renewable energy.  Unfortunately, right now communist China controls 80% of the world’s lithium supply.

December 07, 2019

Ultimately, isn’t HAPPINESS what everyone seeks?  Look around you!  Yes, cats purr … and dogs wag their tails.  Today’s video message that explores this truth, “One Way You Can Truly Be Happy.”

George Bernard Shaw was once quoted as saying, “People become attached to their burdens some-times more than the burden are attached to them.”  I totally disagree … our burden couldn’t give a damn.  Just like money couldn’t give a damn.  Give someone a hug today … now that matters  🙂

Come From Aways, Do You?

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