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Delivery2Christmas morning starts-off with speaking to our family in the UK.  Then some personal Christmas gift opening; followed by leaving home and having breakfast at my mom’s house.  The “Walker family” will all be there to share and whipping-cream waffle & fruit, bacon & sausage breakfast.  It has become a tradition followed by our “Secret Santa” gift exchange!  Merry Christmas everyone!

Good morning, and Merry Christmas!  Investors have a lot to be grateful for this holiday season. 2023 started with stocks coming off a poor December trading season last year… but markets moved higher for most of the year.  The fall selloff gave markets a 10 percent pullback, followed by one of the strongest snapback rallies in history.
Meanwhile, inflation has slowed significantly this year, while the economy has continued to grow.  Despite a poor track record at creating such “soft landings,” the Federal Reserve is starting to boast of having pulled one off.
Next year should see a bit more of the same, with a further drop in inflation, and further market gains.  Of course, healthy markets have pullbacks and drops along the way, so 2024 should offer investors and traders alike plenty of opportunities.

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Now here’s the rest of the news:

Why Gold and Silver Just Surged
Today we take a moment to reflect on recent action in the gold market.  Or, as one analyst said, “What a day, what a day!”  Between the Federal Reserve’s pivot talk and global economic uncertainty… [Read Here]

December 25, 2022

Today’s Christmas Day in Newfoundland!Taken from the museum, after lunch, of the St. Johns harbour

Taken from the museum, after lunch, of the St. Johns harbour.

December 25, 2021

This Christmas, please take time -out for yourself…

Dealing With Burnout

Burnout is often thought of as working too many hours.  But when you really think about the energy and mental capacity that’s typically involved with burnout, you quickly realize that it’s really not just about spending too many hours on the job.  It’s about so much more.

Those with burnout often experience fatigue, lethargy and depressed feelings.  A normally happy, positive and optimistic person, for example, may start to become grumpier and more cynical.  Burnout can also result in getting sick more often.

There are many factors that can contribute to burnout.  For example, the feeling that you no longer have control over your job and your life is quite common; in fact, that’s actually a major cause of stress, too.

Something else that those with burnout often experience is a lack of fulfillment.  For example, spending most of your waking hours working toward something that doesn’t meet your career goals or fulfill your purpose can wear you down.

Maybe you can relate. Have you ever worked a job that you felt was sucking the life and health out of you?  Maybe it paid well, but you hated every second of every day.  Maybe you found yourself getting sick, gaining weight or never doing the things you really enjoyed.  Maybe you were so drained, you didn’t have any drive or motivation to do anything but sit on the couch and watch TV when you got home.

So, what is the cure for burnout?  Well, believe it or not, nutrition is important.  This is because many essential nutrients (e.g., vitamins, minerals, essential amino and fatty acids) help our bodies create feel-good chemicals that help offset the feelings of burnout.

Social support is paramount, too.  And, no, that doesn’t mean having hundreds of friends on Facebook.  Rather, it’s the ability to have conversations with others without the fear of losing their love or friendship.  Meaningful relationships and connections help increase levels of the hormone oxytocin, which among many things is known as the “antidote to depression”.

Now, if you find yourself in a situation like that mentioned above — where you can’t just up and quit your job — the following things may be helpful…

  • Find other duties at your job that you find more fulfilling.  Even if it means doing “more” work, if these new responsibilities provide you with feelings of fulfillment and purpose, then it really won’t feel like work.
  • Consider spending time outside of work doing things that do make you happy and do provide you with a sense of purpose.  Yes, it can be hard to find the motivation to get moving, but contrary to popular belief, action breeds motivation (not the other way around).  Simply put, take action… any action will do!
  • Try something new.  Change your routine.  Take a weekend getaway with friends.  Try a staycation.  Explore your own town.

“So many people walk around with a meaningless life.  They seem half-asleep, even when they’re busy doing things they think are important.  This is because they’re chasing the wrong things.  The way you get meaning into your life is to devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning.” – Mitch Albom, Tuesdays with Morrie

Change That Up!

December 25, 2020

Merry ChristmasGood morning and Merry Christmas!
With one week to go in 2020, the economy remains shaping up with that “K” shape.  Some are far better off this year, particularly shareholders in companies that benefited from remote work trends.  Millions, however, are worse off.
With the market closed today, it’s the perfect time to reflect on 2020, and the year ahead.  There’s a lot to be grateful for — the early part of the pandemic pointed a far scarier picture, after all.  Have a wonderful holiday season with your loved ones, whether in person or remotely.

Now here’s the rest of the news:

COVID-19 Holiday Shopping Season Signals Rough Start to 2021
With more American going hungry, stimulus checks can’t save the economy or even small businesses – they just throw fuel on the inflation bonfire…

Despite all the Precious Metal Prices slipping this week … “Accommodative policies of the most central banks world over also meant money continues to flow to this asset class.”

December 25, 2019

Merry Christmas!

Darren has a short simple message: “A Fascinating Christmas”

Thank You!  😉

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