BUSINESS, EDITOR'S DESK, EDITORIAL, GREEDY CREEP, MONEY

Family Picnic. You’re Selling What? Family, Friend, Or Customer? Both?

JUNE 8, 2018. You have friends and family. They have friends…and everyone’s spending money and people talk and eventually business, friends, and family collide. Confusion.
Keeping family ties clear and sweet is hard enough, without injecting business. So why do it? Family. In-laws. Good intentions. Is it wise? Is it “good business?” Once started is it unstoppable? Family. Money. Reality.

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CULTURE, EDITOR'S DESK, EDITORIAL, MONEY, THINKING NOW

Money Looks. There It Is Again.

JUNE 4, 2018. Wealth forms the axle around which the world turns. The development of civilization is marked by developments in wealth and expressions of said. Wealth created currency so it could move freely. Now it moves digitally and invisibly, in seconds.
Money is a product of culture. How many forms and faces has money shown us? Culture is the context within which we view, color, and understand money. But do we? Prison or path to freedom? Is it up to you?

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BUSINESS, CULTURE, FUNDAMENTALS, INVESTING, MARKETS/ECONOMY, MONEY, Specials

Summer Money 2018. 11 Econ Snaps To Go .

MAY 22, 2018. Summer money’s happy, and hotter. It’s buttery and slippery and cheap. It spends like tax refunds.
Ask any perspiring parent parked in line at Universal Studios, Orlando. Who backs out after a death quest to the ticket window? Surrounded by a hopping gaggle of expectant family members, you’ll pay. Heat you up, and you’ll pay. Cash works better at times, if you can carry enough.
Summer’s unique. Makes sense. It’s a heady mix of light, warmth, and fun. Soon you will face that seasonal vortex of fun. Bam. That’s summer thinking–and summer money. 11 econ snaps to go. With this constellation of large-picture econ snaps you’ll know precisely where you stand all summer long. The fed funds rate will go up again in June. Thongs please.

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BUSINESS, GREEDY CREEP, MONEY, THE AMERICAN DREAM

$1+$1=$2 Add 40%–We Insist. Got a Mortgage? Roll In Some Heavy Punch.

APRIL 29, 2018. Admit it. You’re emotional. We are too. Being emotional While messing with money. Hum.
Now the markets are acting twitchy. The President has a hard-on for Amazon.
TWTR’s dropping while FB is about to blast higher–fact. Investors live like heat-stressed metro riders jammed into a hopeless madhouse at 100 summer degrees. Hum.
We all need a win–right now. We need something to point to, proving exactly why we work so hard. A quick clear sweet win is mandatory to keep spirits up in challenging times. Momentum matters. Help is at hand.
STOCKjAW’s delivering the Mo in these near shambolic times. Win now, when 1+1=2.8 for you. It’s value vs. cost. Value wins, when you know where to find it.

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BUSINESS, FUNDAMENTALS, INVESTING, MONEY

Terms Matter–Tone Too. Who Knew? Price. Cost. Value. Risk. Worth.

APRIL 28, 2018. America dangles price-tags from top to bottom. Simple enough. The market has price tags too. But what it says on the tag is probably not what it’s worth.
Each item on the NYSE showroom floor has a price and risks to go with that tag price. Often the two don’t match. The trouble doesn’t end there. Everything with a risk means potential cost, or loss.
Bu then none of that says anything about what it’s worth. Worth can be a bit subjective, at least temporarily. We don’t like confusing price with cost, or price with worth. Do you?
STOCKjAW takes a look. Why not? We need these tool-words every day.

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EDITOR'S DESK, FUNDAMENTALS, INVESTING, MARKETS/ECONOMY, MONEY

Reduce Your Risk Now. 5 Box List.

APRIL 24, 2018. On May 1st U.S. tariffs against China ramp. That’s a week away. Does anyone think our markets will be perfectly fine? Not. Time remains to reposition portfolios for tariffs, or more.
In an environment of rising rates and shadows of inflation, investors face a global atmosphere of nuclear tension, unclear alliances, and an odd mix of political and legal discord and confusion in Washington. With the next Tweet may very well come another tussle, fight, or who knows?
Standing pat seems, questionable. Being gaffed seems, possible. Investors are pressed, insistent issues piling up. Time to reevaluate holdings and overall market exposure. Yet few places remain to hide from a potential equity price collapse and pain. What are investors to do? We’re sticking with our established themes, and checking position size. Is less more now?

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