Market Drop: Welcome to March 17, 1930

I warned you (before the Friday Open last week) that we would be seeing a “crash window” open this week.  And (try not to look surprised here) the Dow futures earlier were down more than 500 points.  And losses in Europe were in the 2 1/2 percent range. ...

Culture War Between the Uncles

We size up the death of Uncle Sam as an internal “national cohesiveness marketing tool” of America.  Which is then contrasted with China’s roll from socialism, heading for communism, becoming instead socialists rediscovering Confucianism. ...

2 Depression Friday: Opening of “Crash Window”?

Two Depressions to track:  One is a Tropical Depression that will be headed up into Texas next week.  And we worry about what looms for 2021 in personal finance.  We’ll begin with this latter (depressing topic) first. Crash Window? Somewhere in...

Money on Rails: Options Beat-Down, Busting the 50?

Well, well, well…  We’re about ready to make a sizeable bet on the S&P 500 busting or – under – the 3,000 level before the election.  Because as of this morning’s future’s pricing, looks to me like we MAY be about to start...

Down-Conditioning

Another nominee is presented in our quest to find the Grand News Unifier. That is, the person, organization, or affinity group that could be blamed (or credited) with much of what passes for “news.” Interesting topic, I hope you’ll agree.  Just as...

Balloon Economy – Rally to Where?

When I got up this morning, stock futures were up another 200 on the Dow and the balance of the market was looking bouncy as well.  Things have calmed down a bit.  But the big deal is the Fed statement tomorrow. The problem – which we’ve repeated many...

Fed Week: Sports Implodes, Fires Lumber On

The headline captures most of it – in terms of “all the news you need to know” this week.  Unless we get a real -legit – left field event.  So – as I have been threatening for days months YEARS – I really will be doing shorter...

Sunday Coffee in the Shop

Many items on the agenda this morning. Not the least of which is the… Fires Still Raging Our condolences and support to families in California and Oregon who have lost homes and valuable personal effects in the raging wildfires out west.  Talking to friends up...

RKA on 3DP with a Side of CNC

Rapid Knowledge Acquisition on 3-D Printing with a side of Computer Numerical Control is on the agenda today.  Along with our ChartPack which has sure been getting interesting, here lately.A few headlines and then “Ready?  Set? Print!”More for...

Assessing Your CPI Exposure

Most people don’t have any idea what their CPI exposure is. In other words, how much more do you need to make (per hour, monthly, or annually) to actually keep even with the price of things going up? Given that we have been running somewhere around the 2% Cost...

Markets: Of Train Wrecks and Trackage

To set the mood for today’s look at what’s ahead for the economy, we recommend a 2-minute warm-up exercise consisting of your choice of: Train Wreck compilation 1 Train Wreck compilation 2 Track Wreck compilation 3 Train Wreck compilation 4 Or, if you have...

AARoI and Tactical Trading Notes

Screw the “usual” few headlines this morning. We’ve got bigger fish to fry.  Age-Adjusted Return on Investment in the focus section.  Plus, with the markets indicating at least something of a bounce at the open, a look at techniques to...

WIGO: Depression Onset

WIGO?  What Is Going On.  And this morning the answer is “Oh, nothing much – just Joe Biden’s Depression getting organized. No – not a political assessment – just what our charts over on the Peoplenomics side of the house are hinting at. ...