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Today!

April 09, 2021

The BuckGood morning.
Early studies are showing that the latest round of stimulus money went into spending and bank accounts, rather than into the stock market.  A few are even stating that the era of retail investors dominating the market may be over as a result.
Retail investors have done a lot.  They’ve saved GameStop (GME) from having over 100 percent of its shares shorted by hedge funds.  Its support of AMC Entertainment (AMC) may have saved the theater chain as well.  And looking at the prices of those companies compared to where they could be, it’s clear that retail traders may not have gotten as much of a boost from the latest stimulus… but they’re still a powerful force to be reckoned with.

Now here’s the rest of the news:

“I Don’t Know What I’m Doing… But I’m Making Money!” Despite Correction, Investors Are Exuberant –Lance Roberts,ZeroHedge
This isn’t a bull market or a bear market.  It’s a know-nothing market.  Investors who worked hardest used to earn the most.  Now?  The money goes to the dumbest… [Read Here]

Does National Debt Sill Matter? America’s Greatest Gamble –Zach Weissmuller and Justin Monticello,Reason
Fiscal hawks have sounded the alarm at rising debt levels, but their nightmare hyperinflation scenario hasn’t happened.  How do we know if this time is different? [Read Here]

How One Federal ‘Stimulus’ Program Cripples Small Businesses, Boosts Monopolies –Kenneth Schrupp,FEE
At the same time that our nation is struggling to fund record budget deficits, our politicians have decided to incentivize millions of Americans to remain on welfare…. [Read Here]

April 09, 2020

I need you to markGood morning.
Spring is here!  The daffodils and trees in my yard are blooming, which brings new excitement to me every day.  Despite the discouraging news that’s being blasted at us, I feel it’s a great time to see the natural beauty that nature provides.  This helps renew hope and optimism and eschew feelings of desperation and negativity.

“You have to assume that it will eventually pass and when it does you will be one of the survivors.” —Jim Pearce

Now here’s the rest of the news:

Marijuana’s Breakout Year Is Here (maybe!)
No one could have predicted the coronavirus outbreak.  Fewer still imagined that the DOW would plummet by 10% – the worst single-day drop since Black Monday 1987.  But now there is a way to accurately pinpoint surging pot stocks before they take off.

April 09, 2019

The #1 Hidden Source of Stress

Greetings, Friend!  If you’ve been following along with our newsletter for a while, you have probably caught wind that as awesome as technology — particularly tools like computers, smartphones, and tablets — can be, it’s a double-edge sword.  Often, it ends up making us the tool.  You see, studies have shown a wide range of harmful effects of excessive scree time — for both kids and adults — including:

    • Disrupted and shortened sleep
    • Decreased physical activity
    • Higher rates of emotional, social, and behavior problems
    • Higher rates of obesity

But why do smartphones and screens have these effects?  While there’s numerous potential explanations, here’s something you might have even noticed yourself when you’re engaged with technology … increased heart rate, more shallow breathing, and increased alertness to name a few.  While heightened alertness and clear thinking may be pleasant, a higher heart rate and shallow breathing are not.  And all three of these responses share one thing in common: they’re signs of a stress response.

In simple terms, it seems that screen time activates our sympathetic nervous system — the “fight or flight” response that is engaged when we’re faced with a perceived threat (whether it’s real or not).  Not surprisingly, research has confirmed that this is true.  For example, a 2019 study found that kids who used smartphones in the evening experienced an increase in heart rate and a decrease in autonomic nervous system activity, both of which are evidence of an activated sympathetic nervous system.

Meanwhile, a 2018 study demonstrated that sending an email and waiting for a response caused a sympathetic nervous system response.  Why does this matter?  Research shows that, on average, Americans check their phones somewhere between 150 and 300 times a day on average.  Each time we check our phones, we may be activating that “fight or flight” response.

This means that many of us may be spending the majority of our days in an active stress response.

In simple terms, we’re not designed for this.  When our sympathetic nervous system is activated, we’re prioritizing all of the functions necessary for immediate survival, and our bodies neglect the processes required for long-term health — like digestion, hormone production, tissue regeneration and repair, etc.

Perhaps you’re already familiar with the consequences of too much stress.  Simply put, chronic, persistent, unhealthy levels of stress contribute to virtually every modern disease.  Therefore, anything that consistently triggers a stress response — like too much screen use — can be seen as a player in the development of disease.

What can we do with this information?  Using screens, at least for some period of time, is unavoidable for most of us in today’s world.  But here are a few tips for minimizing their impact on your sympathetic nervous system, and by extension, your health:

    • Take steps to minimize unnecessary use (e.g., reduce time on social media, consuming news, etc.)
    • Turn off all nonessential notifications (do you really need a notification when someone likes your Instagram post?)
    • When you do get a notification, and/or before you pick up your phone, use that as a reminder to take a deep breath
    • Use apps like Time Out (Mac) or Workrave (PC) to remind you to take a break while using the computer.  During that break, walk away from the screen, breathe deeply, stretch, etc.

Once again, our goal here is to bring awareness to your daily life and perhaps make you think about your choices and what truly is important.

To You,

April 09, 2018

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Monday, Monday… Can’t beat that Day!!!  (or was that money… money?)

Took Caryl to “work” … and on the way … thinking nothing of it, but… we hit a “small” pothole in the road.  Returning home, found out my right-front tire is losing air.  No Problem!  I’m an AMA member; I’ll give them a call… the Automated Road Assistance “computer” would dispatch someone to remove, then install my spare.  Still a great Monday!

Checking the real-hard-outside attached-to-the-house mailbox, I smiled as I opened the card from my sister-in-law, Esme.  “Congrats on Your Retirement.”  My phone is ringing, confirming my address, and within minutes, the AMA driver arrives, pops the tire off, and puts on the “freaky little doughnut spare” from the trunk, [boot].  Later the same day, I drop the [tyre/tire] off at “Minute Lube” to be repaired.

It has been a brutal winter.  The roads, the vehicles, passengers and drivers have ALL taken a toll… This time last year, “we” were seeing Spring flowers everywhere, hearing Canadian Geese as they returned “home”, and cursed our beloved road crews as our roads were cleared of sand & gravel, and asphalt was patched…

Caryl made her own way home from work, and assured me she would do-the-same-tomorrow!  Yes, tomorrow… Tuesday… it follows Monday!

REW

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