Avoiding “Slogatory” & Why New Cars are Partly “Free”

April 17, 2013 —  I told you last week how retail sales figures showed how  about the only thing holding this economy above collapse has been car sales.   I’ll get out the chart in a sec. to make that point, but there are some  interesting dynamics in play now that are definitely working in Detroit’s (and  Tokyo’s and Seoul’s) favor.  But first, as always, a visit to the morning  headlines along with some coffee and mental vitamins to help jump-start our  mid-week thought processes…Oh!  Almost forgot to mention we will show how  UrbanSurvival readership Fridays may be telling us something about the trading  day to come Monday.  Fell out of some research I’m doing on my new book  (about time) that will be recommended reading before tackling use of our Nostracodeus software…   Oh…and one of our key indicators has just flipped over to “Time to be  short…”

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Strategic Planning for a Gen-Xer

April 13, 2013   One of our Peoplenomics subscribers is a Gen-X’er who is  wondering what to do with his life financially – which means strategically – if  the world doesn’t collapse in a heap of broken bits around us.  I asked him to  share his situation including details about holding and such so that we could  use him as a group example.  He graciously supplied lots of details and using  these (no personally identifiable information, though) we have a fine discussion  lined up this morning.  After – that is – we roll with coffee and headlines,  plus maybe an aspirin (blood pressure not hangover) and a few vitamins and  breakfast thoughts…

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Taking Out America: A FICTIONAL Short Story

April 10, 2013 — Sometimes it can be very entertaining – not to mention  sharpening of the mind – to write a fictional account of the future since it  puts things into perspective which otherwise might be dismissed by logical  mind.  Too easy, many times, to dismiss a good – and credible – scenario simply  because the mind creates logical objections that are tantamount to saying  “They’d never do that!”  Examples may be found as near as Pearl Harbor, or at  site of the Twin Towers which, we recall, had already been hit previously in a  terrorist attempt.  But before we “Go Clancy” on you, the usual sober looking at  the morning’s news and the very much inebriated markets which were hitting the  rocket fuel to an extent that has to make North Korea envious.  But as we all  sadly reminded, space is not the final frontier yet: dirt is.

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Can Economics “Simply Fail?”

April 6, 2013 — Unlike tomatoes, which do well in plenty of sunlight, there are some  aspects of economics that do better in the dark.  Dark in in ‘things the little  people don’t know’ because – if they did – there would be pitchforks at the  ready and villagers at the gate.  This morning, a short summary of several areas  where the whole field of economics is getting right up to the ragged edge:  Everything from the Nth customer problem to the crashing of the labor  participation rate, to a 260 gB data dump that outs the names, places, and  amounts of keep trusts (of high net worth individuals) and corporations who are  rather expert at tax dodging.  This is especially troublesome because we’re just  nine days from the ‘little people’s’ tax deadline.  So have the blood pressure  meds at the ready, and turn  up this Youtube tune to set the mood…it’s where economics is.

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