11-NOVEMBER 05-2021

Bad News_1Good morning.
One of the greatest success stories of the past 50 years in the US has been rising worker productivity.  Simply put, thanks to an increase in technology, the average worker has been able to do more in the same amount of time.  Increased productivity sometimes goes to higher wages in the form of promotions, and often goes into a company’s improved bottom line, which can help its share price rise.
Since the Great Recession, worker productivity growth has slowed.  And in the third quarter of 2021, it dropped a full 5 percent, the largest drop since 1980.  One data point doesn’t make a trend.  But the lower overall growth of the past decade suggests that economic growth may be slower on average in the post-pandemic era.

Precious Metals Prices
Price at week’s end (change over last week)

Gold … $1,819.77 (+2.0%)
Silver … $24.23 (+1.0%)
Platinum … $1,042.66 (+1.3%)
Palladium … $2,068.38 (+1.5%)

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November 05, 2020

Lucky YouGood morning.
It’s clear from the stock market’s strong performance yesterday that Wall Street has a clear favorite in the election.  The winner?  Gridlock.  With a Republican-controlled Senate and Democratic-controlled House of Representatives, the final winner of the White House will be hamstrung.  They won’t be able to pass their party’s agenda.
But they will be able to engage in bi-partisan handouts.  The most likely first stop is in another stimulus plan.  That’s why the stock market soared as the election uncertainty ended.  With some big potential changes in tax rates or regulating the healthcare industry off the table, corporate America isn’t expecting any big changes… at least until the next election.

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Regardless of who wins the White House, next year should usher in a new era of growth.  First, let’s examine the near-term risks.  Don’t get me wrong, the outlook for stocks remains positive over the long term.
As Americans this week nervously await the official winner of the presidential election, all eyes have turned to our country’s interim leader.  I’m referring to Jerome Powell.
The coronavirus crisis is getting worse, Congress is mired in political paralysis, and the presidency hangs in the balance.  In this vacuum, the U.S. central bank has been functioning as a de facto fourth branch of government.  That makes Fed Chief Powell a highly influential voice.
A new fiscal stimulus bill might get enacted during a post-election lame duck session of Congress, but in this fractious political climate, the odds aren’t good.  We’ll probably have to wait until 2021, a reality that makes the Federal Reserve the major player right now in shoring up the pandemic-wounded economy.

November 05, 2019

When is too much of a good thing too much?  Or too little, too late?  What have you done with your first million dollars earned?  Questions without answers.  Here’s todays’ DarrenDaily…

Why?  Why can’t people see what we see?  Why don’t they get excited about the benefits we offer?

Son, Just tell them a story!!The answer is how we communicate with people.  This attention, retention, and remembering is accomplished best with a story.  Stories are the most natural way of learning and remembering.  We can’t remember facts one hour later, but we remember movies years later.  When we deliver information in a story format, our listeners pay attention and remember.

An easy solution to a difficult problem.  Try to include our most important facts within a story, and we will make a difference in our listeners’ lives.

Problem solved!  😉

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