Pre-Holiday Run-up Over?

Ahead of a major holiday, there are only two questions that really matter. The first is “Do I cut the lawn before the Holiday, or after the Holiday?” Do it before and the place will look strack for guests.  Do it after and you won’t spend valuable pre-holiday time when you could be shopping for steaks and brewskis.   (I’ll be mounting up as soon as the column is posted.  Not that we have friends, but that’s what obsessive-compulsive is all about….) The other major question is how long can the … Continue reading

Coping: With the Late Night Intruder

We’re gonna share a story this morning that’ll make your toes curl. This is the kind of situation no one ever wants to face. When it happens, you might read a headline, but never a first-hand report – like this one. (continues) Here’s what happened: “Sunday night we went to bed at 10PM. At 1:30AM, the wife woke me saying she heard something in the house. I sleep with CPAP, so I sleep hard and deep. I listened, and heard something. I got the gun, thumbed the safety off, and left … Continue reading

This Glorious Blow-off: Updating the 1929 Replay

Ever since the Housing Bubble bottom in 2009 we have suspected that this will be the “big one” of this lifetime for all around to see it.  That’s because none of the excesses of the financial system have been resolved, as an inspection of the Dollar’s purchasing power will reveal. While you’ve been sleeping (which for most people lasts a lifetime) the Fed and CONgressoids have conspired to spend more money than they take in.  The way this POS economy has been kept alive has been by watering down the … Continue reading

Coping: Taxidermy for Humans?

There we were, Elaine and me… Having out afternoon martins and musing about how yes, these are our Golden Years.  Bird watching while sipping and listening to Martin Denny tunes.  We moved on to discussing some of the finer points of the upcoming golf course development here at the ranch.  But there was a trip-wire… One of the issues in laying out the course has to do with my mother’s remains.  She was cremated, as were her wishes, but she’d made it clear to me she wanted her ashes in a place … Continue reading

Why ETF’s Are Great (Until They’re Not)

Let me give you about 2,885 Words of Caution.  Yes, this morning’s Peoplenomics runs a little longer than usual.  But with good reason. You see, I’m going to show you why in a Crash, you may not want to be playing in the levered ETF game.  That bit of bad news aside, we do have alternatives for how to “make a killing” on the way down. First, though, a few headlines and our charts which all by themselves is worth the price of admission. More for Subscribers       ||| SUBSCRIBE NOW!       … Continue reading

Radical Islamic Terrorists Strike UK

A suicide bomber hit the Manchester (England) Ariana Grande concert overnight – and event that has claimed at least 22 lives with five dozen more injured. UK prime minister Theresa May calls it another act of callous terrorist act, which obviously, it is. As ISIS claims responsibility for the latest heinous affront to civilization, there’s a potential lesson to be learned about denial, obfuscation, media lies, and spin to be learned from how recent news events have strung together from the weekend forward… (continues) Let’s start with the string of headlines sampled before the … Continue reading

Coping: With the Ugliest Word in Finance

I’ll tell you what it is,  in a single word, too: Depreciation. It’s a complicated matter, but the bottom line is that in order to save the economic system we purport to love, it’s time for a serious rethink of what’s a business expense and what’s not. (continues) We start with a short discussion of what Depreciation is all about:  A Wikipedia snip is useful here: “Depreciation is a method of reallocating the cost of a tangible asset over its useful life span of it being in motion. Businesses depreciate … Continue reading

Climate Change? Maybe….

We will get to the futures (yawn) and the Chicago Fed activity index (snore) in a moment. But first a word about climate change. No, we won’t get talking about India and China getting serious about longer-term government commitment to the idea, although the NY Times over here is solidly supportive in their reporting. (Continues) No, what we’re talking about is cycles of the Sun which, in our view is getting the short shrift. As the Pacific Oscillation continues, though, we are already noticing that the summer, at least here … Continue reading

Coping: Prepping, Golf, and Mental Illness

This may be one of “them Texas tall tales” ya’ll have have heard about, but it began Saturday when I was burning the first of two pretty good-sized burn piles that have accumulated on the property.  Remember our “limbing-up” discussion? Elaine had successfully kept me away from burning until some “ground nesters” were done with this year’s broods, but when I lit off pile #2 Sunday morning and saw a rat I figured it was time to tear up my environmentalist ticket and get back to what Texans call “rat killing” … Continue reading