From Tragedy to Business Models

The tragedy of San Antonio this week got us started thinking in some unusual ways as we looked at causes of – and future implications – of human trafficking. People will go to great lengths to move to new areas.  Maybe there’s a business model in that? Toss in the ChartPack and some headlines, and it’s all a mid-week brain-food stew. More for Subscribers       ||| SUBSCRIBE NOW!       |||   Subscriber Help Center … Continue reading

Housing RIPS!

Just in from S&P/CoreLogic: NEW YORK, JULY 25, 2017 – S&P Dow Jones Indices today released the latest results for the S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller Indices, the leading measure of U.S. home prices. Data released today for May 2017 shows that home prices continued their rise across the country over the last 12 months. More than 27 years of history for these data series is available, and can be accessed in full by going to Additional content on the housing market can also be found on S&P Dow Jones Indices’ … Continue reading

Fed Week: Effects of FX

We think it’s a pretty safe bet that the Fed won’t raise rates this week when their decision is announced on Wednesday.  But it’s also clear to us that the Fed is definitely grinding its foot into the floorboard with printing to keep this ol’ pig of a market going up – for just a while longer. As a result, we would look for the Fed, while not raising rates, per se, to perhaps indicate a “minor” change to their trading desk in order to move things gently toward the … Continue reading

Coping: With “Your Inner Tool Slut”

One of the things that makes us all ‘urban survivors’ is that we have an interest in self-determination. Now, to do this at work is hard, which is why so many of our readers are into gig work, contract work, and consulting.  No boss means more fun….except that then come quarterly taxes, insurance shopping, and all that happy horse-dink… But outside of work, the typical US reader actual does stuff so this morning a romp through some of the new tool offers at Amazon which struck me as pretty interesting… … Continue reading

Solar Cycles: Drivers of Markets?

An intriguing question, for sure.  A few headlines, one of our key indicators flashes a warning, and worries of falling food production from drought… Just the stuff to get the mind on matters other than the battles of the Swamp Critters.  More for Subscribers       ||| SUBSCRIBE NOW!       |||   Subscriber Help Center … Continue reading

Dumb Readers and Decoherence

Ure is in a sour mood this morning.  No, not your fault.  Mine.  Because I don’t administer an IQ test before letting people read this site. It began  with a piss-ant troll commenting that “You were wrong” in yesterdays pre-opening comment. Oh? (Continues below)   WTF kind of loser would write that?  Sure, the Dow only went up about 20 points early, but the NASDAQ and the S&P (2,475.25 intraday) hit records. Record highs beget profit taking, but so what??  The run’s not over, as we see it. Sadly, this … Continue reading

Coping: Golf, Cats, and Robots

You need to flip over first thing this morning to our Rural Pioneer (TM) website where Oilman2 has a dandy article worth a read: “Transhumanism, Robots, AI and Hopium.  Then go read his piece on tax burdens on working Americans. “Our American Burden” ought to raise your BP a few points.  OM2’s a great writer and we enjoy his contributions. Meanwhile, back at the ranch, it’s been a while since we had us a simple chit-chat about the leisurely pace of life here in the Outback of East Textus (sic).  But … Continue reading

Waxing My Crystal Balls (…ahem…)

It isn’t that hard to see the future, at least when it comes to markets and where we go next.  There are a lot of tools that even us “small fry” investors can use to improve our odds, but a surprising number of people seem content to make a single decision and hold with a position through thick and thin, with the off-base thought that things will average out in the end. Sure, it is nominally true, but buy and hold from the market peak in 1929 would have killed … Continue reading

Coping: The New Doom Porn: Robotics & AI

If you’re going to be an urban survivor, you are going to have to “keep an open mind, but not so open that your brains fall out.” Since 1997, we have been “calling it like we see it” when comes to market, tech, and futuring.  We’ve used all kinds of tools to get there, but when comes right down to it, the best “Future Detector” there is has already been installed between your ears.  The problem is that few people take the time to update their personal operating systems (uploading … Continue reading