Markets Pause and a Woo-Woo Lesson

Early market futures were pointing to a down opening.  But is that really so bad? Employment Cost Index Just out: Compensation costs for civilian workers increased 0.9 percent, seasonally adjusted, for the 3-month period ending in March 2021, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Wages and salaries increased 1.0 percent and benefit costs … Read More

“Bidenhood” Impact: Rent-Your-Life Grows

The Second Depression started, near as we can figure, in March of 2020.  That’s when the markets tanked and the Fed became the biggest inflator of paper assets – ever. In fact, the tip-off that the U.S. Economy is still on a ventilator may be clearly seen by anyone with half a brain.  Though even … Read More

Yes. Money Does Buy Happiness

Even with inflation coming, if you have even grocery money, you can hedge. We tackle some absurdities are we review some of the obvious untruths and lies about Money.  These are programmed into us from a very young age. The good news is that with a minimum of effort, you can do your own “de-programming” … Read More

Housing Rocks On

Just out from Case-Shiller/S&P/CoreLogic: “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 12.0% annual gain in February, up from 11.2% in the previous month. The 10-City Composite annual increase came in at 11.7%, up from 10.9% in the previous month. The 20-City Composite posted … Read More

Inflation Rears, Housing Pending, Traitor Named?

More coming for subscribers to our site tomorrow.  But if you want to “sense future” a bit, roll with this CNBC video via MSN which look at what roaring commodity prices may bring. A bit of strategy discussion tomorrow. Meanwhile, though, the Biden stock market is the strongest opening role since Dwight Eisenhower took … Read More

Markets Pause, UFO’s, and Double Woo-Woo

“This here is what’cha call a “target rich environment” to kick-off the week. Early Futures Don’t Tell The Dow Futures were up 8,, the S&P down 4-1/2 and the NASDAQ down 40.  But with better’n two-hours to the open.  Useless since no consensus there. This week (Palm Sunday week in Orthodox, Easter Sunday next weekend) … Read More

ShopTalk Sunday: DIY Pest Control Saves $$$

We used to spend $600+ per year on pest control.  Now?  Less than $150 and a little bit of time. Pest Control and Time This is a dandy example of the UrbanSurvival philosophy in action:  Select the lowest cost Vendor.  And remember, you can be the Vendor! Begin by remembering that your time is worth something. You … Read More

SatGourmet: Peanut butter Cookies from Cake?

Couldn’t resist:  From LOOB: I Got a request for peanut butter cookies from a cake mix from an old friend that asked me to share it. so here it is.. thank god for my daughter who first turned me on to making cookies with cake mixes.. they are the best.. although when shopping for cake … Read More

Print Higher or Collapse?

Our Saturday ChartPack teases some interesting problems for the coming week.  What we cannot possibly know, however, is how the Fed will response to increasing pressures. Toss in the “weak” Russian stand-back from Ukraine  and several other low intensity conflicts and a historical parallel to World War I appears.  Yep, complete with a Spanish Flu … Read More

Bouncing in the Decision Zone

Although we had a good-sized pullback in the market Thursday, it’s far from conclusive which way this pig-of-a-market will fly.  The green and blue traces Mr. Artist (lol) has penciled in seem to be indecisive today: The blue track is currently favored and the (crude, amateurish) small numbers lay out the Elliott possibilities for the … Read More

Markets in “Rally or Die” Zone, Reader Advisory

Reader Advisory First:  Three changes in our operations here to be aware of. First. I have made a few tweaks in appearance and performance of the various websites that keep me busy.  As of this morning, our Google Page Speed ranking for Urban is 87/97 (mobile/desktop), Peoplenomics is 100/100,   ComputationalFuture is 98/99 and Ultra-Make is … Read More

Living in the “Land of More”

An exercise in Future Forecasting comes into view. We take a concept from our “Invention Day” last Sunday and explore whether we can make a reasonable future forecast based on changing differential growth rates. If that sounds daunting, don’t run away and hide.  Because, dear reader, you too are living in the Land of More. … Read More

Market Telegraphing Future?

This being Adolph Hitler’s birthday, we have a natural inclination to be especially on guard against evil and its followers this week. And although we still h0ld that events which [MIGHT] lead to WW III will not happen until Orthodox Easter (May 2), what concerns us now is the degree of coming ripples in the … Read More

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