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Back To The Future – I Don’t Get it

Back To The Future – I Don’t Get it

“Back To The Future” – I am not sure I understand that movie title. Does it mean that going back to what once was will take you to what will be? If so, and I am making a leap here, can this “concept” be applied to the market?   The market has been showing signs of going back to the days of rising high, falling hard, rising high, and, well, falling hard again. Supposedly, this behavior is...

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A Little Of This, Some Of That, And Enough Is Enough

A Little Of This, Some Of That, And Enough Is Enough

There was a time when three TV channels, a handful of metropolitan newspapers, and local radio stations told us what we needed to know. True, you could buy a book or a magazine for in-depth information, but, generally, our sources were limited compared with today, which then forces the question: do we have too much information? Almond milk sales are soaring, but is it good for you? Here we...

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Did I Just Mention Christmas?

Did I Just Mention Christmas?

Before I get too far this morning, I need to step back just a bit, just before this past three-day weekend. Memorial Day weekend is poised to be the busiest in a decade. According to the American Automobile Association (AAA) and IHS Global Insight, about 37.2 million travelers are forecasted to travel by air and road during the weekend. This would be the highest travel volume since 2005. I...

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Let’s Stay At The Top Of The Food, Water, And Energy Chains

Let’s Stay At The Top Of The Food, Water, And Energy Chains

Humans are great – when things get rough, the smart get going. We have risen to the top of the food chain because we can think our way out of problems. Sure, it often takes a crisis to get the smart going, but once they do get a thinkin’, the problems we face get smaller. Google has developed software that can run on low-power devices and give them the ability to communicate with other...

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Five Years Is Not Too Far Away

Five Years Is Not Too Far Away

What will the world look like in five years? What will life be like? How will technology define our existence then as compared to now? Every day, I wonder about these questions and more. For example, how long will it take for cutting edge, applied research to become reality for many who need it? Engineers at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab have developed a next-generation...

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Hey Man, Let's Go Munchy Shopping

Hey Man, Let's Go Munchy Shopping

Life is so rich it is hard not to touch upon the light, the serious, the dire, and the helpful when one consistently reviews its variety through the myriad stories that appear daily. For example, I live here in California, an energy island, if you will, a land cutoff from the easy flow of gasoline that other parts of the US east of the Rockies enjoy. Since there are no pipelines to bring in...

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Hilltop Screaming Is So Passé

Hilltop Screaming Is So Passé

In May of 2009, it became my focus to rail against what I the aptly named the “hill-top screamers.” I noticed then, and over time it has become reinforced, a corps of folks had become ground zero for basically creating and perpetuating the idea that the US and global economy was doomed. The apocalypse was coming – too much debt, too much stimulus, too much Fed, hyper-inflation, no jobs, no...

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Imagination, Health, Airlines, And Robotic Assitants

Imagination, Health, Airlines, And Robotic Assitants

I imagine … Those words have inspired humankind as long as humans have been able to imagine. And the historical creations that have come of those words have rocked humanity in beautiful and wondrous ways, and they have shaped our world. Now, we have them again from a millennial writing about the Apple Watch … I imagine being able to walk into a store and simply brandish my wrist at the...

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The Energy Flow Is Negative, But The Market Holds On

The Energy Flow Is Negative, But The Market Holds On

Right here, right now, the S&P 500, the Dow, and the Nasdaq Composite are hanging just below their all-time highs. This week, the market has shown that it is concerned about the economic-data news, but it is also betting on the Fed holding off on raising rates. In short, the market is in a holding pattern, not preparing for a fire sale. The VIX confirms this, as it sits in the 12-13...

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Confusion, Organics, And Those Dang Millennials Again

Confusion, Organics, And Those Dang Millennials Again

Okay, so the weekly unemployment report comes in and it is touching upon a 15-year low, and the market goes up. That seems right, yet … Dollar bulls are pondering what’s left of the rally that had pundits talking of dollar hegemony just months ago. The U.S. currency slid toward the lowest in almost four months a day after stagnant retail sales became the latest data to undermine prospects...

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Small, Middle, And Bad Business

Small, Middle, And Bad Business

One can never expect to know everything, for sure, but even understanding that, I am still surprised when I come across an economic term that is unfamiliar to me – Middle-market manufacturing.      In commerce, middle-market companies or midmarket companies are generally those companies with revenues between US $5 million and $3 billion per year. The wide range is due to the fact that there...

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Myth Busting And Fading Traditions Means Markets Change

Myth Busting And Fading Traditions Means Markets Change

Every morning, my lovely, wonderful wife brings me my morning cup of joe, so I can concentrate on my reading and writing. I love that service, her, and the coffee. As it turns out, far from being unhealthy, that java feed just might be good for me, really good for me. Drinking moderate amounts of coffee is linked to lower rates of pretty much all cardiovascular disease, contrary to what many...

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Think Apple Watch, Not Google Glass

Think Apple Watch, Not Google Glass

On Friday, I left you with a teaser about the Millennial generation. Well, here is my follow up … Every sweeping cliché about Millennials - that they are addicted to the itch and twitch of immediate gratification, that they are not interested in participating in the casino stock market - is being sent to the generalization graveyard. This notion of the feckless Millennial, living in their...

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Don’t Blink – The Tide Is Rolling In Fast

Don’t Blink – The Tide Is Rolling In Fast

The tide is changing. The fear of the Fed raising rates is no longer causing the market to panic sell. The market seems to have accepted that higher rates are coming, and when they do, the world will not fall apart. It is, as some say, now “baked into the cake.”  All you have to do is look at market reaction when the monthly US employment report came out on Friday to see that the fear is...

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Old Markets Fade And New Markets Form

Old Markets Fade And New Markets Form

The iconic thinker from the 1960s, Marshall McLuhan, is known for his commentary on media, particularly television (“The medium is the message.”), but he also said something else quite profound, especially when placed in a market context – There are not two sides to a story; there are forty, at least (I paraphrase.). This is and has been a major focus in this writing space – when it comes to...

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