20 Dec
2019

Warriors coach Steve Kerr on Kevin Durant’s departure: ‘He started to get restless’

first_img“I have run I have crawled, I have scaled these city wallsBut I still haven’t found what I’m looking for”Full disclosure: I have no insider knowledge of Kevin Durant’s musical tastes. But if Warriors coach Steve Kerr is to be believed, you’d think U-2 would be a fit.This week we learned how Kerr spent part of his summer vacation — sitting down with Bill Simmons as Simmons was writing the recently released … CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos or video on a mobile devicelast_img

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17 Dec
2019

Dicamba Deadline Questions

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Pamela SmithDTN Progressive Farmer Crops Technology EditorDECATUR, Ill. (DTN) — The Illinois Fertilizer and Chemical Association (IFCA) has issued a statement on dicamba stewardship supporting June 30 as a cutoff date for application in that state.Concerns with weather-related planting delays of soybeans have some in the agriculture industry beginning to question the cutoff date, said Jean Payne, IFCA president. “IFCA felt it important to again communicate the primary reasons for the cutoff, which have not changed,” she added.In February, the Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA) hosted meetings to discuss the management and regulation of dicamba use on soybeans. As a result of those discussions, the department implemented a 24(c) Special Local Needs Label with several protective measures. The most notable of those was an application cutoff of June 30, 2019.Participating in these meetings were Acting IDA Director John Sullivan, Deputy Director Warren Goetsch, the management team of the IDA Bureau of Environmental Programs, representatives from IFCA, Illinois Farm Bureau, Soybean Association, Corn Growers, UI Weed Science Extension and the registrants of dicamba products labeled for use on soybeans: Bayer, BASF, Corteva and Syngenta.In 2018, IDOA received 546 total pesticide complaints, including 330 dicamba-related complaints. In 2017, there were 430 total complaints, 246 of which were related to the use of dicamba on soybeans. Prior to the 2017 introduction of the new formulations of dicamba for use on tolerant soybean varieties, total pesticide misuse complaints average 110 per year from 1989 to 2016.“The weather delays this spring have been a huge challenge,” Payne said. “However, our industry’s commitment to stewardship is often tested when conditions make it difficult to conduct normal operations. But it is our resolve to do the right thing, even when it is difficult, that makes the IFCA organization so successful in terms of managing pesticide and nutrient policy so that we have the trust of other organizations, and the legislature, to effectively police ourselves.”IFCA issued the following reasoning of why it would not support an extension of the cutoff date:1. The reason for the cutoff date is to protect sensitive crops (orchards, specialty crops) and sensitive areas (trees, residential areas and other natural areas). Application of these products in the summer months, as temperatures increase, can increase the volatility of even low-volatile formulations of dicamba. The fact that many specialty crops, trees and other sensitive plants have reached mature vegetation and/or reproductive stages by July poses a more pronounced risk to those plants and areas from any off-target movement of dicamba. The industry group that met in February acknowledged that the June 30 cutoff would preclude the use of dicamba on double-crop soybeans, but believed this decision to be appropriate given that sensitive areas, trees and specialty crops such as orchards and vineyards are also prevalent in the Southern Illinois landscape.2. The possibility of late soybean planting was discussed at the IDA-Industry meetings. However, establishing a cutoff date would still, even in a year when soybean is planted late, enable the use of dicamba in soybean in early growth stages in the majority of instances where a dicamba application is desired. Soybeans planted prior to May 15 must already abide by 45 days after planting restriction for dicamba application, which in those instances will occur prior to June 30.3. The long-term use of dicamba in soybeans and corn is paramount. In supporting the cutoff date, the Illinois ag industry looked at what can be gained, versus what can be lost, in terms of herbicide needs for both soybeans and corn. If complaints to IDA from both farmers and the non-farming public do not decrease in 2019, the future use of dicamba in all crops is in serious jeopardy. There are methods available to successfully manage weeds, using dicamba as a tool, but not as the singular product choice. The impact of dicamba on trees and sensitive areas is a major concern of the non-farming public; if we cannot reduce complaints and off-target symptoms, there is a high probability that the Illinois legislature may take up the issue of dicamba use, and other pesticide uses, resulting in potential restrictions that would be far more onerous than a reasonable cutoff date for dicamba use.The University of Illinois also issued a statement on May 6 to provide guidance for weed management options given the June 30 cutoff date and other label considerations.University of Illinois weed scientist Aaron Hager reminded Illinois growers that there are actually four cutoff dates to keep in mind in the state with regard to dicamba:— R1 soybean growth stage (from original registration in fall 2016).— 45 days after soybean planting (from renewed labels in October 2018).— V4 soybean growth stage for those using Tavium, a recently labeled dicamba premix from Syngenta.— June 30, 2019, mandated by the Illinois 24(c) label.Farmers in other states have different requirements and should adhere to state labels. However, Hager’s bulletin also contains generic information on how to manage weeds in late-planted situations. To read the entire bulletin report go to: http://bulletin.ipm.illinois.edu/…To read the entire IFCA statement in support of the June 30 cutoff go to: https://ifca.com/…Pamela Smith can be reached at Pamela.smith@dtn.comFollow her on Twitter @PamSmithDTN(ES/AG)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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17 Dec
2019

You have (1) new message in a bottle!

first_img SharePrint RelatedFAQs: The lost treasure of Mary HydeJuly 10, 2017In “Learn”The journey’s begun and your ship’s underway!July 24, 2017In “News”The lost treasure of Mary Hyde awaitsAugust 7, 2017In “News” This week July 17-July 23, work with your crew to collect 30 gold coins on the Friend League and earn the first map piece souvenir. You’ll be one step closer to finding the lost treasure of Mary Hyde!The more friends you have on Geocaching.com, the easier it will be to keep sailing on…Don’t have many geocaching friends? Share your username in the comment section of this blog post. If others follow suit, you can add each other on Geocaching.com and make friends all over the world!To earn the souvenir you must contribute at least 5 gold coins towards your crew’s total. The Friend League will refresh every Monday at 5am (PST), noon (UTC). This week’s souvenir will be awarded to your profile on Wednesday July 26, 2017.Week 1 point values:Find and log a geocache = 5 gold coins.Find and log a geocache with 10 or more Favorite points = 10 gold coins.Attend and log an event cache = 10 gold coins.Still scratching your skull? Head on over to the frequently asked questions to learn more.————————————————————————————————————————-Get on board:Add friends to your Friend League.Go geocaching to earn gold coins:As a team, earn 30 gold coins to receive the first map piece souvenir. (You MUST individually contribute at least 5 coins to earn the souvenir.)All logs must be submitted by Wednesday, July 26, 5am PDT (Pacific Daylight Time), noon UTC (Coordinated Universal Time) to qualify for the first souvenir.Later that day (Wednesday, July 26) you will be notified by email if you earned the first souvenir. (Make sure to sign up for the Weekly Newsletter and Educational and Promotional in your email preferences.)To learn how to earn the next souvenir, follow Geocaching on  Facebook or Twitter, or sign up for the Weekly Newsletter. If you earn all four souvenirs to complete the treasure map, you’ll earn the meta treasure chest souvenir!Start yer quest!Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

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15 Dec
2019

HP Makes A Chromebook: What Does It Mean?

first_imgTags:#Chromebook#Hewlett-Packard#HP#Microsoft What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … When the world’s largest PC manufacturer starts making Chromebooks, what does it mean? Does it reveal a degree of uncertainty about the direction of the PC? A response to the perceived complexity of Windows 8 machines? An underserved market it can exploit?Why not all of the above?Early Monday morning, Hewlett-Packard announced the Pavilion 14 Chromebook, a $329.99 netbook boasting both a larger screen – 14 inches – than rival Chromebooks, as well as a new pricing tier. HP’s Pavilion 14 brings the total Chromebook count to four: the $229 Samsung Chromebook, the $199 Acer C7, the $449 Samsung Chromebook 550, and the Pavilion 14. HP’s screen may be the largest of the bunch, but its processor – a dual-core Intel Celeron – sits below the Chromebook’s 550’s Intel Core processor.More Of The SameThe new HP Chromebook is essentially the same as the others: it runs Google’s Chrome OS, a bare-bones operating system that, on the surface, does little more than launch a Web browser. (Some games, such as the indie hit Bastion, also have been ported over to the OS.) Each of the four Chromebooks, aside from the C7, includes a 16GB solid-state drive, and connects to the Web via a Wi-Fi connection. HP said that the battery life  for its version is a disappointing 4.25 hours, rather than the 6 hours or so offered by some of the other Chromebooks.Google has positioned the Chromebook as “companion devices,” the same tack HP took as it launched the Pavilion 14. In my own use, I’ve found that Chromebooks and Chromeboxes are a simple, easy and effective way of accessing the Web – although a dearth of apps and a complicated approach to printing mean it can’t quite compete with full-fledged PC functionality. But there’s something to be said for a “PC” that boots up and resumes almost instantly, downloads patches in the background and offers a managed computing experience better than anything Apple or Microsoft offer. A Slap To Microsoft?Still, the fact that the largest PC maker in the world began offering a Chromebook just months after Microsoft launched Windows 8 might be seen as a slap in the face to Microsoft. And long-term, HP’s Chromebook may blossom into something more. For now, though, analyst Bob O’Donnell with IDC saw the announcement as nothing more than HP dipping its toe into a new market. “I think they’re trying to offer an even lower-cost notebook option with this and trying to stand out with a larger-size screen,” O’Donnell wrote in an email. “But ultimately, I think it’s testing the waters and filling out their price range.”ReadWrite reached out to both Microsoft and HP for comment, but we haven’t heard back. In the meantime, a statement from HP indicates that it believes the market for Google’s ChromeOS is growing. Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement “Google’s Chrome OS is showing great appeal to a growing customer base,” said Kevin Frost, vice president and general manager, Consumer PCs, Printing and Personal Systems, HP, in a statement. “With HP’s Chromebook, customers can get the best of the Google experience on a full-sized laptop—all backed up by our service and brand.”HP & Chromebook: An Odd Couple When It Comes To PrintingIt might be a bit odd to think of Hewlett-Packard and Chromebooks together, if only because of the awkward approach Google takes toward printing. You can’t connect a USB printer directly to a Chromebook or Chromebox; instead, you either need to connect to a network-connected printer through a service called “Google Cloud Print” or use a Chrome extension to a traditional PC or notebook that is itself connected to the printer via a USB cable. (Of course, if your home doesn’t have a dedicated desktop PC hooked up to a printer, the latter approach may not work so well for you.) Apparently, wirelessly connected PCs and multifunction printers are now common enough so that HP felt that there’s enough of a critical mass to make this approach feasible.But as far as the direction of the PC market is concerned, the impact of an HP Chromebook is clearly muddy. That is, no one quite knows the direction the venerable PC will take over the next few years. The conventional thinking seems to be that minicomputers gave way to desktops, desktops to notebooks, and notebooks to… where, exactly? Tablets are one answer, and HP’s Windows 8 convertible notebooks fill that niche. But there may still be profits to be extracted in cheap netbooks, and Google’s Chromebooks may answer that call.Market Research?In addition, by offering its own Chromebook, HP can gain invaluable market information. Instead of hiring IDC or Gartner to provide  sales forecasts on the expected success of the Chromebook category, HP can use the Pavilion 14 to generate real data on which way the wind is blowing. If over time we see HP announce a refreshed or additional Chromebook, we’ll know that the Chromebook’s sails are filling out.Images courtesy of HP.center_img Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Related Posts markhachman The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

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30 Nov
2019

PVL organizers call Soltones’ PSL ban ‘absurd, uncalled for’

first_imgThe PSL punished Soltones on Monday for supposedly violating the One League Policy after the former three-time NCAA MVP, who was signed with Iriga in the ongoing PSL Grand Prix, suited up in the 2017 PVL All-Star Game.Palou argued the “ridiculous” penalty, noting that the former San Sebastian hitter “has no contract with the PSL.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“She is only on loan to the team of Iriga as her mother league is the PVL,” the league executive wrote.Palou also thinks Soltones did nothing wrong as the PVL All-Star Game was done for the benefit of HERO Foundation, a foundation established to raise scholarship funds for children of soldiers who gave up their lives in the line of duty. MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA “I don’t see anything wrong with what Gretchel did. In fact she should be commended for helping in this fund-raising event by her participation,” he said.The All-Star event has been staged yearly by the PVL to benefit a charitable institution or victims of calamities.Palou also stressed that the 2017 PVL All-Star has been scheduled at the start of the season, even before Soltones was borrowed by Iriga to play in the PSL.ADVERTISEMENT QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohortcenter_img Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netEmbattled open spiker Grethcel Soltones found an ally in  Sports Vision, the organizer of the Premier Volleyball League, following her one-year ban and P50,000 fine handed out by the Philippine Superliga.“The suspension and hefty fine on Soltones by the PSL officials is absurd and totally uncalled for,” Sports Vision president Ricky Palou said in a statement released to the media on Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion LaVar Ball wants son Lonzo to shoot more: ‘You’re not going to make it if you don’t take it’ View commentslast_img read more

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28 Oct
2019

a month agoArsenal youngster Smith Rowe out for two weeks with concussion

first_imgArsenal youngster Smith Rowe out for two weeks with concussionby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal midfielder Emile Smith Rowe is set to miss two weeks of action after suffering a head injury against Nottingham Forest.Manager Unai Emery said after the 5-0 win that Smith Rowe’s collision with Forest skipper Jack Robinson wasn’t serious.The 19-year-old has suffered concussion and will not return to action for at least six days due to FIFA protocol.The Daily Mail adds that Arsenal will likely extend that break to two weeks given Smith Rowe’s age.It was the youngster’s first appearance this Eason after covering from injury. About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img

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24 Oct
2019

World Bank Impressed with Jamaica’s Macroeconomic Achievements

first_imgNewly appointed World Bank Vice President for Latin America and the Caribbean, Axel van Trostenburg, says Jamaica’s macroeconomic achievements, to date, have been “extremely impressive”.“I don’t know any country that has achieved, over a sustained period of time, the fiscal adjustments and reforms as Jamaica has done, and produced a most spectacular reduction of its debt level that reached almost 150 per cent, to fall, this year, below 100 per cent,” he said.“It’s certainly a world achievement… that probably would be number one, in terms of that success”, he said, adding that “I can only congratulate the country for this.“I think this is very good news. I can only [urge] you to continue this, because many countries could start learning from [this] miracle in Jamaica, that despite the many challenges, the country has made this enormous progress,” the World Bank Vice President added.He was speaking at a media briefing at the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) on Tuesday (April 30), to announce an additional US$140-million World Bank loan provision for Jamaica.The funds will bolster the Government’s efforts to strengthen Jamaica’s resilience risks associated with natural disasters, as well as support human capital development and enhance the social safety net for the society’s most vulnerable citizens.Mr. van Trostenburg, who was making his first visit to the island since his appointment, said Jamaica’s achievements are worthy of being highlighted.“I certainly mentioned to the Finance Minister (Dr. the Hon. Nigel Clarke) that we may need to actually highlight it a little bit more in the (Bank’s) membership, so that other countries can also learn what are the factors behind this,” he noted.Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, for his part, noted that Jamaica’s 55-year relationship with the World Bank remains strong, with over 140 projects facilitated to date.He said the provision of the US$140 million, resulting from discussions that Dr. Clarke had during the Bank’s recent series of spring meetings “comes as a result of good management of the economy”.“It shows that the World Bank and other International Development Partners are willing to place their loan portfolios with us because we are managing our economy the right way,” Mr. Holness added.For his part, Dr. Clarke said the World Bank has been an “excellent partner” of Jamaica over the past 55 years and “during the course of that time, has contributed to many signal achievements”.“We look forward to working with you for decades to come,” he added.last_img read more

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7 Aug
2019

Satellite operator SES has delayed the launch of i

first_imgSatellite operator SES has delayed the launch of its Astra 5B satellite, claiming that launch partner Arianespace said it would not have its Ariane 5 booster ready in time for next month. The satellite was due to blast off from the European spaceport in Kourou, French Guyana, on December 6 and arrived there on November 6  to be readied for launch.SES said in a statement that the Astra 5B launch would now take place in January 2014 and that the satellite will “be put into safe storage until the launch preparations can resume.”last_img

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4 Aug
2019

In This Issue ECB keeps rates unchanged Euro

first_imgIn This Issue.*ECB keeps rates unchanged. *Euro and Gold rally! *FOMC has “other policy moves”? *India joins other Asian currency moves higher.And, Now, Today’s Pfennig For Your Thoughts!A Jobs Jamboree Friday!Good day.  And a Happy Friday to one and all! How about that win for our Rams on national television last night? WOW!  This is the first time in over 8 years, that we have a winning record (3-2) at any point of the season! So, you can understand my excitement a little, hopefully. Otherwise, you’re stamping your foot and saying, Come on Chuck, get on with this letter!Well. today’s the day the markets have been waiting for. the U.S. non-farm employment data, or, as I’ve always called it. The Jobs Jamboree!  I saw earlier in the week that the “experts” were forecasting an increase of jobs created in September of 115,000.  And then after the ADP report printed their version and showed that the believed that 162,000 jobs were created, the “experts, changed their call to 125,000. When will they ever learn? The ADP hasn’t given us a good indication of the non-farm number since its introduction.  So, given this information, I’ll have to change my earlier thought that 125,000 jobs were created and say, that only 105,000 were created.No matter the number, 115,000, 125,000 or whatever, it’s not enough! Yes, it’s better than job losses, but, we can’t grow our economy with less than about 250,000 per month. One of the key things to look for each month has become the data that reports the number of people that have stopped looking for work, thus in the Gov’t’s infinite wisdom (NOT!) they say they no longer count as unemployed.  So, the unemployment rate drops, and the Gov’t throws a party to celebrate, when in reality, it’s all smoke and mirrors.Long time readers know that I prefer to look at the Avg Hourly Earnings and Avg Weekly Hours Worked components of the Jobs Jamboree.  And here’s where we can really learn stuff, for what good does 115,000 new jobs do if they are min. wage jobs with little benefits?  I know, it’s better than standing in the unemployment line, but maybe it isn’t.  Think about that. a person’s pride has to come in there somewhere, right?   OK. so, this wage stuff is where I see a real problem for the U.S. workers. Wages have been pretty stagnant for a number of years now.  for instance year-on-year we’ll see an increase in wages of 1.8%…  That’s not going to keep up with inflation, folks.OK. So, I spent quite a bit of time on the Jobs Jamboree this morning. Let’s take a look at the currencies.  Yesterday, I told you about the mini-rally that the euro was trading in. Well, that mini-rally lasted throughout the day, and by the time I left for home, which is much earlier in the day than I used to leave, the euro had rallied back to 1.30.  And Gold had added to its $10 gain in the morning to reach its highest level of 2012 at $1,792.This morning, the euro is still trading a bit above 1.30, but Gold has backed off $1,792, but just by a couple of dollars.  Speaking of that high for the year in Gold, last year I did some research and presented it to you all, that showed how Gold’s low level for each year had been its price in January.  Well, that pattern is holding true again this year. yes, there are 3 months left, but once Gold hits the psychological level of $1,800, all heck could break loose. I read some research yesterday on this, and the charts show that a break above $1,800 could establish a new trading range, forming a base for Gold to test the previous highs.  WOW! That’s pretty bullish. and actually has something behind it rather than the reports from the Big Banks that say they see Gold at “X”.The European Central Bank (ECB) and the Bank of England (BOE) both kept their rates unchanged and didn’t announce any new plans yesterday.  Recall I said that the ECB had the scope to cut rates, but I think ECB President, Mario Draghi, is waiting for Spain to request Eurozone assistance before he uses one of the last arrows in his quiver.  And I find that to be a good strategy.So, the markets rewarded the euro for the non-rate cut move. That’s different than I thought they would go with the news, so once again the markets have changed horses in the middle of the stream.  This morning, German Factory Orders were weaker than expected, and that caused a little slippage in the euro, but not much, as everyone is focused on the Jobs Jamboree in the U.S. this morning.Did you see the color of the U.S. Factory Orders for August?  Well, in case your local or national cable news outlet didn’t bring this to your attention, U.S. Factory Orders in August fell -5.9% !  That’s awful folks. no wonder jobs in August were only up 96,000 (with 87,000 added by the BLS from the Birth / Death model)  It’s too bad this data isn’t more up to date, so we could see if this data rebounded or not in September. I have the feeling it didn’t, but. you never know who’s cooking the books!The Fed’s meeting minutes from their meeting in September printed yesterday.  All but one member voted for the new round of Quantitative Easing (QE).  The actions taken by the FOMC in September were fairly aggressive and the Fed noted that if the outlook for the labor market “does not improve substantially”, they stand ready to undertake further QE or “employ its other policy tools” until such an improvement is achieved.  Hmmm. wonder what those “other policy tools are”?  I’m of the opinion that QE is the last chance saloon for central bank policy tools. So, now I’m intrigued as to what those “other policy tools” could be.  Well, not to be gloom and doom, but it’s my opinion that we’re going to get to see the Fed Heads implement those “other policy tools” whatever they might be!The Commodity Currencies rebounded with the euro yesterday. These currencies that include: The Aussie dollar (A$), Canadian dollar / loonie, and New Zealand dollar / kiwi, had been pushed back earlier this week when the weaker than expected Chinese Manufacturing data printed. But they are rallying this morning, and that always does my heart some good to see these currencies rally, for when they do, the risk taking is back, and the optimism for global growth has returned.So. which way does the dollar move today, after the Jobs data prints? Well, since the markets changed horses in the middle of the stream on us in the Eurozone, they will probably do so here to. So, I think we’ll get back to conventional thinking here, and if the data is better than expected (125,000) the dollar will be rewarded, and sold if the data is weaker than expected. Since I think the data will be weaker than expected, I’m looking for the currencies to rally further today.  Of course that will all be thrown out the window, should the data come in stronger than expected, which you can’t rule out, given the BLS’s propensity to make adjustments to the numbers.Don’t know if you’ve been charting the currencies in the currency round-up each day, or weekly, etc. but, if you have, you’ve probably noticed the gains in the Indian rupee this past week. Yes, we’ve seen these strong moves in the rupee before only to see them wiped out.  This move doesn’t really have legs to run on  yet, as it is moving higher on the flow of funds into India. Apparently, foreign flows into the Indian stock market have been very large, as investors around the world look for bargains and yield. We all know these flows can be reversed in a heartbeat, so be careful here.The Asian currencies as a whole though are looking pretty good these days, and with things in the Eurozone calming down a bit for now, these currencies are recovering nicely.Then There Was This. All this week I’ve harped on and on about price manipulation in Gold & Silver. a reader sent me this story that had some great data and facts that back up what I’ve been saying. from wealthcycles.com.  “Many know that as part of the Dodd-Frank Act, Congress directed the CFTC (Commodity Futures Trading Commission) to impose limits on speculative positions in physical commodity futures and related contracts. This means silver and gold shorting may become more difficult.One reason this rule change is important is that institutional traders that hold large positions in commodities futures in some cases have the ability to skew the markets. For example, in a relatively small market such as silver futures, large short positions can have the effect of artificially suppressing prices. Currently JPMorgan Chase, which inherited a large short position in silver futures when it bought Bear Stearns in 2008, is believed to control about 35% of silver futures contracts–a large enough position to hold considerable sway over market prices. The Dodd-Frank rule change was intended to limit gold and silver futures positions held by a single investor to no more than 10% of the market.”Chuck again. Too bad a U.S. district judge in Washington sided with the big banks to prevent the position limits from coming into effect.  The CFTC had received 15,000 letters that “generally were supportive of the proposal”  So once again, the will of We The People has been pushed aside. shame, shame, shame.To recap. It’s a Jobs Jamboree Friday, and the day the markets have waited all week for. The experts have upped their forecast based on the ADP number from Wednesday, to +125,000. Chuck thinks it will be 105,000. The mini-rally in the euro yesterday, carried the single unit to just above 1.30, where it has stayed overnight and through the morning. The ECB left rates unchanged, thus giving the euro some help in the rally yesterday.  The Commodity Currencies have rebounded a bit, and the Asian Currencies are stronger.  Gold reached its high level for 2012 yesterday at $1,792.Currencies today 10/5/12. American Style: A$ $1.0245, kiwi .8240, C$ $1.0195, euro 1.3010, sterling 1.6185, Swiss $1.0735, . European Style: rand 8.6075, krone 5.6785, SEK 6.59, forint 217.30, zloty 3.1310, koruna 19.1305, RUB 30.98, yen 78.50, sing 1.2265, HKD 7.7535, INR 51.85, China 6.3230, pesos 12.75, BRL 2.0185, Dollar Index 79.38, Oil $91, 10-year 1.67%, Silver $34.94 and Gold. $1,791.45 and our usual Friday tradition is to take a peek at the U.S. Debt Clock by clicking here.That’s it for today..  Well, Baseball’s version of made for TV games, will take place today. I’m not a fan of this 1-game play-in game, but it what it is, and the Cardinals are playing so I’ll be glued to the TV in hopes of a victory!  That was some game by our Rams last night. and to beat the team that left us in 1989 ( I think) was sweet!  Rams last night, Cardinals tonight, and my beloved Missouri Tigers Saturday night, WOW! For those of you keeping score at home, I’m feeling pretty good these days, the infection in my leg is still there, and reminds me of that throughout the day, but it’s much better. the tumor in my mouth continues to shrink. YAHOO, I’m hoping the “magic pills” that my friend Ed calls them, are having the same effect on the tumor in my chest! So, there you go! And looky there, it’s time to go! I hope this turns into a Fantastico Friday, don’t you?  Let’s go make this a Fantastico Friday!Chuck Butler President EverBank World Markets 1-800-926-4922 www.everbank.comlast_img read more

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4 Aug
2019

How to Get Rich Surely The strategy I recommend

first_img How to Get Rich Surely The strategy I recommend is faster and more fun than scrimping and saving and much, much more likely to work than any sort of get-rich-quick scheme. I’d like to illustrate my strategy by telling you how I did once make more than a million dollars in the lottery—without buying a single ticket. In the 1980s, my business partner had an idea. We would publish a magazine featuring stories of lottery winners and essays by crazy professors with theories about how to beat the odds. At one time, we had 100,000 subscribers paying us $39 per year. You can do the math. It didn’t happen overnight. It took years and thousands of man-hours to make it work. It was the result of a good idea, lots of experience, and lots of hard work. And perhaps a touch of luck. This is how you get rich surely. You don’t sit around dreaming or throwing what little money you have at ideas. You work hard and smart to earn good money, and you put a large percentage of that money aside to build a business, acquire property, and invest in smart and safe opportunities when they arrive. This is the way the great industrialists made their fortunes 100-plus years ago in America. And it is the way many entrepreneurs and professionals make their money today. When I wrote Seven Years to Seven Figures, I interviewed eight people who had developed multimillion-dollar wealth in under seven years. I asked them exactly what they did. Ultimately, I was searching for a common denominator. As it turned out, I came up with three things that they had in common. They had all: 1. Learned a financially valuable skill 2. Started a business in an up-trending market niche 3. Spent considerably less than they made and saved the difference This validates what experience tells me: if you are willing to put in the time and follow proven principles of wealth-building, you can become wealthy in a relatively short amount of time—even if you are broke or in debt right now. Fortune magazine predicts that 1,700 people will become millionaires each day into the 2020s. If you get rich surely, the way I suggest, I think you could be one of them. Regards, Mark Ford P.S. Over the last five years, I’ve worked with a team of bright people to develop essays, reports, and how-to manuals on building wealth surely. They’re based on my own personal experience doing these things myself or coaching others through them. 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Editor’s note: Today, we’re featuring a powerful essay from our good friend Mark Ford. Mark has built dozens of businesses from scratch…creating millions of dollars of wealth in the process. He knows more about building wealth than just about anyone. In this classic piece, he describes the three ways to get rich… Is it possible to begin with nothing and acquire wealth in America? Is it still possible today? I’ve been studying that question for almost 20 years. And the answer is unequivocal: It is. It is still possible for ordinary, wage-earning Americans to become wealthy. From my research, I have seen that there are basically three ways to get rich: 1. Slowly (in 30 to 40 years) 2. Quickly (overnight) 3. Surely (in seven years or less) How to Get Rich Slowly The Millionaire Next Door, a best-selling book from 1996, revealed that the typical American millionaire acquires their fortunes by scrimping and saving. Just about anyone can get rich this way. You simply put a reasonable percentage of your income into an ordinary investment program for 30 or 40 years, and voila! You are rich! The median income in America was $56,516 in 2015. If you invest 10% of that income ($5,652) at a compounded return of 10.2% (the S&P 500’s track record from 1915–2015) over 30 years, you’ll end up with over $1,000,000. This is due to the “miracle” of compound interest, but it is in no way miraculous. It is a certainty based on historical averages and simple math. But there is a hitch. You have to start relatively young. If you start, for example, when you are 50, you will have only $206,712 accumulated by the time you are 65. If you start when you are 60, well… You get the picture. Getting rich this way doesn’t require guts or brains. All you need is a commitment to work hard to make enough money to save every month… and the discipline to keep socking it away. How to Get Rich Quickly Acquiring wealth by scrimping and saving is a sure thing, but it does take a long, long time. Even if we have the time, most of us don’t have the patience for it. But getting rich quickly—the ultimate financial aphrodisiac. Is it possible? The answer: yes, but only if you are very, very lucky. We read and hear about it all the time. A chicken farmer in Idaho discovers a Rembrandt in his barn. A barber in New Jersey hits the state lotto. And the one I like best—some guy made a million bucks by investing $5,000 in a penny stock! Those are the stories. But the odds of any of these things happening to you are incredibly slim. I don’t gamble because I know there are many other ways of entertaining myself that are less addictive and less costly.last_img read more

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