Housing Still Hot

Just out from Case-Shiller/S&P: NEW YORK, JUNE 27, 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 April 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 www.homeprice.spdji.com. Additional content on the housing market can also be found on S&P Dow Jones Indices’ … Continue reading

Coping: Too Late to Learn Music?

Been thinking about something a fair bit lately.  We have this recording studio – and in it are a fair number of instruments.  But we can only play a handful of them. Sure, we both took music lessons when we were younger (which takes in most of the past century): Elaine played some violin (no fiddling around jokes, please) and I took piano until I couldn’t take it any more. But strangely – for someone who has designed and built professional multitrack studios and broadcast studios – I have never  … Continue reading

An Art to Holiday Trading?

Yippee!  This will be a pre-holiday week. And around here we look forward to such events because markets usually firm up ahead of holidays, although in the final hours of the lead-in to the holiday, there are also those who get cold feet and won’t hold through the holiday because of perceived risks. That said, ideally this week would see a solid market rally, through Thursday, or so – along with some fresh market highs  – and then a slight decline on Friday as the cowards of the Hamptons bail … Continue reading

Coping: Aging Eyes, Shop Work and a Welding Note

While Elaine and Zeus the Cat keep an eye on the homestead, Ure’s truly will be off to the eye docs for a one year (or so) follow-up to the eye surgeries this morning. As you’ll recall, this is from a conventional IOL of some 25-years going bad (by slipping out of position) and having to fall back to an anterior chamber lens.  While it works, having to wear rigid gas permeable contacts has been something I wouldn’t put my second worst enemy through. But in case you ever run … Continue reading

Qjuest for Hidden Variables

Want to get rich? Want to find a new way to play poker better (and/or longer)? You, my friend, might wish to consider a new hobby:  The Quest for Hidden Variables. Which we shall discuss with some application notes after headlines and charts this fine summer morning…then off to play some poker with the idea of learning about when to take the money and run. It’s the Wall Street version of “…know when to fold ’em…” More for Subscribers       ||| SUBSCRIBE NOW!       |||   Subscriber Help Center … Continue reading

Wading Through Healthcare

Oh, boy. Here we go again into a terribly (politicalized) discussion of who should get how much healthcare and who should pay for it. Going around today is the discussion of what kind of Medicaid cuts are coming in the (sickly) GOP healthcare reform of Obamacare. The Washington Post has a pretty good article here – “Under the Senate bill, older Americans will pay more for less health insurance…” But as much as they try to simplify things, there are some key differences in terminology that you need to be clear … Continue reading

Coping: With Altitude Adjustments

Major changes in the world…and some are going on in remote mountain areas. My buddy Gaye Levy (and her Survival Hubby) are on now genuine Mountain People.  Gaye recently retired from www.backdoorsurvival.com.  Unable to relax, she’s already writing a new site at www.strategic-living.net. Having done “all things prepper” she wants to focus on the more strategic aspects of life.  Long-term Urban readers will remember we collaborated about five years ago on the book 11 Steps to Living a Strategic Life: A Guide to Survival During Uncertain Times. (Continues below)   Her site … Continue reading

Working Sideways, Rally to Come

Although it is not a hard-and-fast rule, there is oftentimes something of an upward bias to markets in the period leading into major holidays. So, with the Fourth Of July three or four day weekend just ahead, it’s no wonder that I find myself somewhat long the market, waiting for the Big Move to the blow-off highs of July/August we’ve been predicting to show up. There is some sense that the market is climbing a wall or worry, the more realistic outlook is that it’s climbing a “wall of cash…” … Continue reading

Coping: With “Dancing Wu Li Physics”

With me focused on a new way of looking at statistics, and applying it at the gaming tables (remember that odd symbol in the dream world a while back?) I can’t think of a better discussion than the little matter of the evolving merger between physics and the world of religion slash belief sets. What makes this so much fun to watch is that a fellow by the name of Gary Zukav wrote a book a long time back in which he explained to the slow and those missing perspective … Continue reading