Good morning.
Working from homeThe market has been gearing up for some form of stimulus bill to be passed this week.  It’s been patient and resilient to any negative news.  With the jobs numbers hitting, it’s likely that bulls will need another catalyst to keep pushing valuations.
That, of course, is likely a stimulus bill. Republicans in the Senate are trying to force stonewalling Democrats to come to the table by tomorrow on a bill.  The tactic being used is a drop-dead date of today.  If a bill isn’t passed, it may be more than the bill that drops dead today.

Now here’s the rest of the news:

Gold’s Hot Streak Has Legs to Continue to $3,500 (Or Higher)
Historically low interest rates may be the main driver behind the ascent, but these analysts point to a number of other reasons to suggest a longer run up.
The Dollar’s Ongoing Fall From Grace Will Soon Catapult Precious Metals to Even Greater Heights
Alt-Market.com’s surveys the current economic landscape and makes an impassioned argument for all Americans to own gold and silver now.
Gold Breaks $2,000 — And Its Outlook Remains “Wildly Bullish”
Gold and silver have been on a remarkable run as of late, but this new policy shift from the Fed could send them to greater heights.  “Silver expected to outperform gold.” —Weizhan Tan

Gold closed the week at $2,037.68 (+3.0%) and silver closed at $28.41 (+15.9%)

August 07, 2019

Doomsday Metric: Fossil Fuels

The lithium-ion battery, which is destined to power the bulk of the world’s road-going vehicle fleet by the middle of the century, has occasionally been referred to as the “successor to fossil fuel” or even the “next gasoline.”

Though that may be metaphorically true, the lithium-ion battery itself actually shares a common root with fossil fuel and the fossil fuel industry.  In fact, the technology owes its very existence to one of the biggest oil companies in the world: Exxon.  It was Stanley Whittingham, a young British chemist working at Exxon in the early 1970s, who first proposed the lithium-ion battery.

His early design was destined for failure for a multitude of reasons, not the least of which was the cost of one of the essential materials, titanium disulfide, which was selling for about $1,000 a kilogram at the time.

The battery itself consists of many layers and components, but by far the most important of them all, in terms of mass and cost production, is the cathode.

cathode

It is the development of and improvements to this structure that largely guide the performance of lithium-ion batteries, not just in terms of energy storage and longevity, but in the metric that’s most important both to the consumer and the producer: the cost.

Experts say there-will-be an eight-fold growth by 2024.  Hope I’m here to see it!  😉

August 07, 2017

Have a stiff neck?

Not complaining, but me too.

This past month I was unfortunate enough to:

  • break a tooth … it now requires a crown;
  • scratch my left eye … I put drops in every few hours to reduce the “red itchy” blurry-vision; and
  • “crack-my-neck” … making it very painful to lean [my neck] from side-to-side or turn it to look left or right.

You would think I was in a fight … AND LOST!

NO!  Nothing so serious, just a misplaced-step.

REW

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