Number’s Dump and a Globalism Rant

OK, almost a Peoplenomics report (no charts though and shorter) but very serious this morning. On the top of the agenda is a bunch of economic data, but then I get in to a serious rant on how the Fed is inserting itself in globalist trade with a regional Fed chief’s remarks in Ireland.  That’s a country which is supposed to recapture $14.5 billion in avoided taxes from Apple, so it’s almost an echo of president Lame Duck’s trying to tell Englishmen how they should vote down Brexit. And yes, … Continue reading

Coping: Apes-that-Press-Lights & Surveillance

I just wasted half an hour thanks to Microsoft’s “Anniversary Edition” of Windows 10. You may not have the same issues because I am a very cranky old geez when comes to people making changes to my computing environment without a) asking my permission at the time and b) giving me reasonable options. Worst of all c) Don’t change things I don’t want changed. Admittedly, we are not “normal computer users.” We may have more computers per person than most households. Over at the house, we have a writing station … Continue reading

Losing Our Past, Dooming Our Future

So much for the Hillary Rally (“Rallary“) the market put on Tuesday.  This morning we’re back to the bull and bear slugfest in earnest.. Futures were up a tad, but we’re really in a trading range as you’ll see in this morning’s ChartPack. Our main concern now is not so much about the looming (early 2017) recession.  It’s about the horrific debt burden on young people from things like education debt, that will dramatically slow, or even prevent the next recovery. More for Subscribers       ||| SUBSCRIBE NOW!       |||      Subscriber Help … Continue reading

Home Prices Chill

Hot off the press release: NEW YORK, September 27, 2016 – 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 July 2016 shows that home prices continued their rise across the country over the last 12 months. YEAR-OVER-YEAR  The S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller U.S. National Home Price NSA Index, covering all nine U.S. census divisions, reported a 5.1% annual gain in July, up from 5.0% last month. The 10-City Composite posted a 4.2% annual … Continue reading

Home Prices Chill

Hot off the press release: NEW YORK, September 27, 2016 – 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 July 2016 shows that home prices continued their rise across the country over the last 12 months. YEAR-OVER-YEAR  The S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller U.S. National Home Price NSA Index, covering all nine U.S. census divisions, reported a 5.1% annual gain in July, up from 5.0% last month. The 10-City Composite posted a 4.2% annual … Continue reading

Coping: Zeno and the World’s Unluckiest Man

I double-checked with my Bro-In-Law (BiL) and he said “Sure, go ahead….” So here’s the latest on his house-search and how life works if you’re the world’s unluckiest man. As of our last mention, everything had been moving toward a close on the 28th. But because the people in the home want to move, the real estate people want commission and Bates & Bride want to get the move done, it was moved up to the 27th. But alas… I was working on the old farm truck paint rub-out when … Continue reading

Liars and Linguistics: “Secretary Clinton”?

A few points of interest about the debate tonight, starting with a discussion of positional power. If you skipped the grown-up organizational development classes in grad school, the short version is people tend to bow or bend to the will of people with power. The President of a Company directs his subordinates, but he is beholden (to the degree of stock ownership, lol) to the Board of Directors. Stuff rolls down hill. But what happens when a once company president is gone from the job: Is is still referred to … Continue reading

Coping: Water Heater Recycling Challenge

Time for us to gavel-in another meeting of our Board of Directors.  Since you’re still reading, congratulations! You have just joined the Board. A short agenda for this morning’s meeting: We have an old water heater that came out of the Brother-in-Law’s apartment when he noticed (before disaster struck thankfully) that there was water around the inlet and outlet pipes.  Tightening didn’t resolve it. Sure enough, this cheaply made POS had started to leak exactly at the warranty expiration. Funny how that works, eh? This is a short 110V tank … Continue reading

Markets Face "Floptober" Says Reality Ratio

This will take a bit of discussion to fully understand.  But off in the background, I use a series of indicators and one of these relates to bond pricing as a function of stock prices.  It typically will show a peak (and / or passing) well before the stock market follows suit. Which, says the indicator now, should result in a mighty painful “Floptober” to come. More for Subscribers       ||| SUBSCRIBE NOW!       |||      Subscriber Help Center … Continue reading

Kondratieff & Elliott Waves: Top In?

When you read a lot of alchemy you will no doubt run across the Philosopher’s Stone references. The stone is said to have magical powers like turning mercury or lead into gold. It’s also reputed to be used in making the elixir of life which can extend/delay aging. Magick, though, runs off the rails. People do things like pee in a glass container, seal it, and lay it in the sun for years then drink it believing the “powers” are in there. Greed and the thirst for eternal life are … Continue reading