A New Approach to Futuring

Computational Futuring for breakfast today. 

A few headlines to get the coffee rolling this morning, then our first day of Winter issue gets into a novel way of futuring that will likely be incorporated in our further software adventures into futuring called Nostracodeus II.

S-curves are really interesting critter because they help visually sense what is going on in conventional numbers often presented in histogram form.

Plus in the charts, any big tax selling may be holding off until next week…which leaves us wondering when’s the best time to do tax selling…

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A Light Crown Project Progress Report

We continue out backroom lab work on one of the most exciting segments of science in a long time, namely the growing interest (and positive results) being recorded  by photo biomodulation.

While we covered some of the work in our October 8 report, there is a lot more to report and the use of light to retard the onset of dementia, fight age-related macular degeneration, or simply reduce the ravages of time with anti-aging properties, this morning’s report is much longer than usual (5,200 words on topic) but I think you’ll agree once we wonder through the data and experimental science, there’s reason to be very hip to what’s coming.

Not to mention that understanding some of the science may dramatically alter your investment performance…

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Three Tripwires for Trump

With the market soaring along at new all-time highs, what could possibly go wrong?

I mean besides the Fed decision due out in about six hours, or the Electoral College results coming Monday, or the problems of the National Debt and of course, all the dirty backroom politics of Washington, right?

We delve into that after we bring you up to speed on the Electoral issues just ahead. 

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A Real-Life "Flash-Roll" Tale

Our report this morning centers of the experience of one reader, who we will not name, but who was recently separated from nearly $10,000 via an internet scam.

At the heart of this international fraud, we find a stack of cash, an urgent trip to Amsterdam to a “private bank” – and a lot more.

But before we go there, we need to look at how our Blow-Off top in the market is coming.  And as you’ll see in the ChartPack, we’ve only (to borrow from the Carpenters) just begun.

Bean up.  Computer problems are resolved and we’re back ready to rock n’ roll.

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Crafting Your Personal "Annual Report"

Companies have them, but why should they have all the fun?  They form the basis for a lot of budgeting work and setting the action and work plans for the coming year.

So why not use a similar approach for yourself?  I mean, you do have a personal income statement  and an expense line or more, right?

With a little diligence, you too can have an 87.5% chance of having a merrier Christmas season next year.

We walk through processes on the way to a fatter bank account next year.

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Robots Don’t Pay Income Tax

This is certainly obvious, but what would happen if non-stationary machines (robotic) were required to have Social Security numbers and pay…you know...income tax?
We get into that along with some discussion of accounting rules about depreciation this morning.
But first, let’s see how the president-elect has just basically put the whole U.S. State Department on probation, shall we?
Time to bean ’em up and fire a few lazy neurons…

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Prepper’s Notes: Filtering Financial Planners

A number of readers have asked about Financial Planners.  Do I know any good ones…and so on.

This morning, we look at the problem of finding a good one and we give you some ideas to kick around during your search.

Ultimately, though, the problem is that any kind of financial “planner” can only be as good as their vision of the future.  While that has worked in the past, like the old disclaimer says: “Past performance is no assurance of future....”

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Red Flags for Commercial Real Estate?

This being the weekend of shopping craziness, we look at how the looming battle between online retailers and conventional shopping mall operators could burst into anti-trust actions in 2017.

Not only that, but as it happens, one of the major implosions of the Greater Depression will be the loss of assets formerly held as shares in real estate partnerships and corporations that invest in conventional retailing.  That in turn will collapse pensions like nobody’s business.

The Returns line is looking pretty dicey, to say the least.

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Stupidnomics–A Rant

A couple of points on  whether we should do away with Interest tops this morning’s discussion in our Focus section.

No, not as in Sharia law.  As in simply eliminate all the financial shenanigans that seem to accompany the game of charging “interest.”  Might change business cycles, too…

After that, I suppose the chart comparing time-to-inauguration of Herbert Hoover and Donald Trump’s time to the Oath would be the second most interesting thing.

That and our Model which is…well…we’ll get to that, too.

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