Social Security Contingencies (Part 2)

Although I’m not a financial advisor, we do serve up an interesting mix of ideas for dealing with Social Security benefit reductions should they come along.  Say, there’s a pretty safe bet, huh?  Naturally, the fear porn industry is already offering projections.  But they are wildly premature. On the other hand, some of the basic lifestyle choices that we’ve made over the last 20-years have really started to pay off big in terms of low …

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9/11+20: America’s (Still) Soft Underbelly

Much somber discussion and recall this weekend. But around here, something more.  The realization that despite billions, if not trillions spent on the National Security State, America is just loaded with weak underbellies waiting for someone to attack. Perhaps related to the calendar, we’ll cover our new “Exceptional Fear Indicator” based on market action in the Aggregate Index. A series of remarks from my Consigliere who has been thinking long and hard about this.  As …

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Mark of the Joe? Feds Expand Executive Overreach

We need to have a talk.  We are mighty sensitive to “marks” around here.  Everything from Karl to Joe, with German currencies, and sea levels.  Above all, though, the 2-thousand year forecast of the “Mark of the Beast” is worth remembering. When Joe Biden gets on the television and makes moves to ensure 100-million people involved with the FedGov must all have shots?  Gets our attention.  But not for the obvious “Constitutional” or “control over …

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ShopTalk Sunday: Measurement Essentials & Planning

With the holiday weekend ahead – and a break in summer weather across the South from hurricane Ida, due to come ashore within the day – time to line up projects and tools for the big important projects this Fall. With this in mind, a quick overview of the first of our Four Shop Operations to build anything. Measure Cut Join Finish Sometimes, the order will slide around (slightly) for the last two.  I’ve built furniture …

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CFNAI, Invade Australia? And “What Do You DO?”

Chicago Fed National Activity Indicator is just out. Led by improvements in production-related indicators, the Chicago Fed National Activity Index (CFNAI) increased to +0.53 in July from –0.01 in June. Three of the four broad categories of indicators used to construct the index made positive contributions in July, and three categories improved from June. The index’s three-month moving average, CFNAI-MA3, moved up to +0.23 in July from +0.01 in June. Result? Market hype and happy-talk …

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