Life Loops and Investing

Yes, an odd topic, but one useful if you are troubleshooting bad trading. To get started we’ll go over some macro-basics.  Then adapt to trading analysis. After, that is, a few morning data points, the “war check” in eastern Europe.  And, of course, the ChartPack of the stock market which is off running competition with the ISS in terms of altitude, lately. More for Subscribers ||| Not a Subscriber? SUBSCRIBE NOW! ||| Subscriber Help Center

SatGourmet: Cornflakes and Tender Chicken

We have been blessed with many outstanding contributions around here from several readers.  Especially “Looking Outside of the Box” (LOOB),  He’s not only demonstrated cooking sharpness, but in past shop episodes, has generated some first-class cardboard furniture including a college frat-house bound bar set up. It would be a hard choice to narrow down to one reader to do a cooking show on TV with (having no studio-kitchen or television gear to speak of) but one …

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PPI and War Coming

For the one – PPI – it’s supposed to already be here.  Just out from the Labor Department: (How’s your Life going to work when crypto sites and your bank, market, etc. report similar “can’t handle the load” results?  Got a plan? Why Dow futures are up 73 boggles the wetware. Cyber-war target softening?) What we eventually got – half an hour late? “The Producer Price Index for final demand increased 1.0 percent in March, …

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Jobs Improve? Ukraine: Waiting to Blow

We are almost ready to open a weekly “jobs pool.”  Idea is simply tossing a dart to see who can make the closest guess to the Labor Department’s weekly new unemployment claims. Media hype – before the release – was that new filings would drop under 700-thousand.  Here’s the results: Please note that we highlight the NOT Seasonally Adjusted numbers. Simple Career Advice: If you’re under 30 – and not set on a career path …

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Real Estate Trends

In our usual look-ahead way, we assess a couple of trends you may be able to use to advantage in coming years.  Both having to do with real estate. In addition to this morning’s selection of news (and fresh international trade results) we are also throwing a party as the Aggregate Index has (finally!) peeked above the old all-time high set February 12th. We also won’t miss a few data points about war in the …

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Celebrate a Tax Hike? World Downside Up!

Slowly, we’re becoming convinced the world is mid-process in a complete Values Reversal. Consider 50 Years Ago: Race mattered little:  Performance did.  Today, performance has moved to the back seat in corporate H.R.  We’re living in the “check-box” world of correctness. Gender/bent didn’t much matter:  Performance was the whole ball game.  Today?  Got checkboxes for everything. Weather didn’t matter:  You worked regardless.  Today, it’s not weather – it’s climate. Take a day off to protest. …

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American Pump & Dump — Blizzard Planning

UrbanSurvival’s roots, as you know, go back to 1997 when I was finishing a distance-learning MBA.  As a result, we evolved a steely eye toward whatever the present “economic fairytale” might be. In the tradition of Fractured Fairytales, we’re stuck this morning in the sad case of Made-Up Markets.  The (not really) Federal Reserve is buying things up.  The money supply is at least 26% higher than a year ago.  And with Slow Joe and the …

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ShopTalk Sunday: Toolbox Shoot-Out, ShopSmith?

If a discussion about toolboxes and whether a ShopSmith (serious multi-tool) seem like an odd pairing, relax.  It’s not.  Both have everything to do with how you get “the job” done. Let’s Do Toolboxes First It always struck me as odd:  That Pappy Ure’s shop was constantly piled with tools and projects.  Yet, when we were out salmon fishing, he un-erringly would say “Hand me a swivel from the tool box, second bin from right.”  …

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