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« Reply #25 on: July 12, 2022, 03:43:47 pm »
CD rates are still less than inflation.  It's still a net money loser after inflation and taxes.

True, my point was  only used it as an example.  If you have other safe investment vehicles that yield more, that's great....  That's even more of yield differential versus your 2.5% mortgage.
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« Reply #26 on: July 12, 2022, 03:49:13 pm »
I saw (see) it as a decent dip, and increased Au ownership.  What is really strange about the fin news the past week, is it seems only the $USD is doing well, even to the point of sapping strength from the commodities market  Even stranger are the dupes out there who think a Sovereign country that is $31T in debt, and has 129% Debt to GDP ratio, is a flight to financial safety.  It's like Bizarro World.

These still good go lower, but they are bucking the technicals of what I feel are in place, even at a 3 year inflation adjusted low.

The US is like the smartest kid on the short bus right now. I wonder how long it will last if our economy deteriorates further.

I expect metals to explode at some point, and could see that expanding to land and other real goods investments.
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« Reply #27 on: July 12, 2022, 03:53:36 pm »
The US is like the smartest kid on the short bus right now. I wonder how long it will last if our economy deteriorates further.

I expect metals to explode at some point, and could see that expanding to land and other real goods investments.

Good observations.  Everybody's $10000 question is how this thing unravels. If we see commodites start rocketing up, I am betting we are on the hyperinflation express.
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« Reply #28 on: July 12, 2022, 04:44:06 pm »
Good observations.  Everybody's $10000 question is how this thing unravels. If we see commodites start rocketing up, I am betting we are on the hyperinflation express.

The thing that really keeps coming up for me @catfish1957 is that economically we are in no mans land. The world economy has never been in this position before, and I couldn't possibly tell anyone how it might all go forward from here.

For example, while we have steep price increases in gas and food, the dollar has risen so much that import prices have dropped on many things, substantially in some cases. I think you'll see alot more of those kind of crosscurrents in the days ahead.

I think we all might end up getting whipsawed by it all.
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« Reply #29 on: July 12, 2022, 04:53:52 pm »
The thing that really keeps coming up for me @catfish1957 is that economically we are in no mans land. The world economy has never been in this position before, and I couldn't possibly tell anyone how it might all go forward from here.

For example, while we have steep price increases in gas and food, the dollar has risen so much that import prices have dropped on many things, substantially in some cases. I think you'll see alot more of those kind of crosscurrents in the days ahead.

I think we all might end up getting whipsawed by it all.

For close to 30 years our government has become complicitly criminal in their fiscal responsibilty to this country.  You can only kick the can down the road so many times until the can or the sneakers disinergrate.

They have proverbially painted themselves in a corner.  When interest rates start rising, the U.S.Bills and Bonds  as investment tool will be so leveraged that the so called to flight to safety will actually become the opposite.  When public, private, and foreign government demand in U.S paper evaporates, the house of cards will start tumbling. 

The actual triggering date may be about the time world economies stop using $USD as reference currency.

The end result will be exceedingly ugly. I am talking 3rd world ugly.
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Re: Investment Tips Thread
« Reply #30 on: July 14, 2022, 02:09:06 pm »
Update on the precious metals dip.....

12 Jul 2022 10:10 cdt

Gold- $1728/oz.
Silver- $18.86/oz.
Platinum- $854/oz.

Lowest prices in 18 months. Taking account inflation, maybe the best price in nearly 3 years.

Shit!!!!  Anyone else watching this?

14 Jul 2022 9:03 a.m. cat

Gold- $1699.30/oz
Silver- $18.13/oz
Platinum- $817.10/oz

This defies the fundementals......    And not what to expect in an inflationary economy.

Plus a economic, politcal storm brewing for the EU, thanks to Italy.  Hang on to your hats.  $USD now actually worth more than a EURO.
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« Reply #31 on: July 14, 2022, 06:33:55 pm »
Shit!!!!  Anyone else watching this?

14 Jul 2022 9:03 a.m. cat

Gold- $1699.30/oz
Silver- $18.13/oz
Platinum- $817.10/oz

This defies the fundementals......    And not what to expect in an inflationary economy.

Plus a economic, politcal storm brewing for the EU, thanks to Italy.  Hang on to your hats.  $USD now actually worth more than a EURO.

Very weird, in a series of economically weird things.
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« Reply #32 on: July 15, 2022, 04:14:48 pm »
I see they spruced it up to 1.75% lately, with MM being 0.9%.

At this rate, we will be back to Jimmy Carter days by year end.
Just raised again to 2.25%
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« Reply #33 on: July 15, 2022, 04:17:59 pm »
CD rates are still less than inflation.  It's still a net money loser after inflation and taxes.
yes it is and is a terrible investment.
 But holding some cash is wisdom in this volatile environment and bonds and stocks can be even bigger losers.

At time capital preservation can be more important than returns.
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« Reply #34 on: July 15, 2022, 04:33:02 pm »
yes it is and is a terrible investment.
 But holding some cash is wisdom in this volatile environment and bonds and stocks can be even bigger losers.

At time capital preservation can be more important than returns.

Agree...

Almost 5 years ago, I scored some Jumbos yielding 3.75%  Good investment at the time, while inflation was at 1-2%, and being able to park some capital into the safety, and decent level of liquidity.    There is kind of an art and strategy, in getting the best in class rates....  (1) $ volume (2) go for long length (3) Take Jumbo option (4) Negotiate the heck out it, even if you have to move the money.  These guys didn't want that.

But right now CD's and their interest rate/inflation spread is the worst I have ever seen it in my entire life.  These poor banks and Credit Unions are about to get squeezed, and that may be one of the biggest financial news events in the near future.

Right now for me, Gold is looking really good at $1700/oz.
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« Reply #35 on: July 15, 2022, 05:50:17 pm »
2008 was a real eye opener for me.

I had never seen Money Market Funds "break the buck" prior.  I was not aware that Money Market Funds could loose principal.

The bank withdrew our Home Equity Line of Credit (HELOC) even though we had over 40% equity in our home.  We had to take out a home equity loan @8%, which we quickly repaid.

The time I need cash the most may be the same time that is least available.  I started hoarding cash.  Some investment professionals would say this was a less than optimal deployment of my capital.  My main motivation was to be able to sleep at night knowing I could pay my bills and keep my home if the fit hit the shan again.

Now, I have too much cash.  Now I am incrementally deploying my cash to pay down my mortgage, dollar cost acquire stocks, and contribute to my employer 401-K and my Roll-Over IRA from a previous employer.

My investing guiding principles are to only risk money I can afford to lose (learned this gambling at the dog track) and to be able to sleep at night knowing I'll have access to cash should I need it.

At certain points in life, preservation of capital is more important than return on capital.  The credit market seizing in 2008 was one such time.

Cash is a (psychological and financial) hedge against uncertainty.
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« Reply #36 on: July 15, 2022, 07:03:08 pm »


Cash is a (psychological and financial) hedge against uncertainty.

I have no faith in the $USD right now.  That is why my recent tendencies for flight to safety has been towards precious metals.
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« Reply #37 on: October 26, 2022, 02:43:45 pm »
Not exactly an investment tip, but for those of us that watch the markets, is anyone else noticing the bump in stock indicies and at least some stabilzation of interest rates.  Commodites too, have not only not spiked, but are seeming to ease.

Wall Street and its sentiment is by far the best barometer of how elections are going.  Not wanting to get everyone's hopes too far up, but I think a GOP takeover of the house and senate is now baked into market performance and sentiment.

This pretty much cooks Pedo Joe's agenda the next few years, unless our resident RINOs. betray us.
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« Reply #38 on: October 26, 2022, 02:54:05 pm »
Not exactly an investment tip, but for those of us that watch the markets, is anyone else noticing the bump in stock indicies and at least some stabilzation of interest rates.  Commodites too, have not only not spiked, but are seeming to ease.

Wall Street and its sentiment is by far the best barometer of how elections are going.  Not wanting to get everyone's hopes too far up, but I think a GOP takeover of the house and senate is now baked into market performance and sentiment.

This pretty much cooks Pedo Joe's agenda the next few years, unless until our resident RINOs. betray us.

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« Reply #39 on: October 26, 2022, 03:13:51 pm »
In the short term, a Dem victory would be a windfall for energy companies - they'd be able to further maximize profits on existing long-term capital investments.

I like to keep an eye on energy pipeline companies and refiners.  Biden won't allow new ones to come online, so, the existing ones will only increase in value as the government-created energy supply deficit continues.

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« Reply #40 on: December 27, 2022, 03:46:05 pm »
Friendly reminder, that this is the week to kick the tires on the portfolio, and make moves that will impact your taxes, (be it distirbutions, capital gains, etc.) and investment direction for '23.

I am still in Bear expectation mode.  Not wanting to appear to be crying "Wolf", but the matter of correction is not a matter of if, but of when.
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« Reply #41 on: February 06, 2023, 10:56:49 pm »
Not a recommendation, as everyone should understand the risk, but there are a some hardware/chip stocks out there that have been so beaten down in the overall trashed tech sector, that the are yielding almost 5% in divys alone.  Check 'em out if you have some discrectionary play in your portfolio.

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« Reply #42 on: March 07, 2023, 05:20:27 pm »
In the short term, a Dem victory would be a windfall for energy companies - they'd be able to further maximize profits on existing long-term capital investments.

I like to keep an eye on energy pipeline companies and refiners.  Biden won't allow new ones to come online, so, the existing ones will only increase in value as the government-created energy supply deficit continues.

I also recently bought some silver coins (2021 Royal British Mint 2oz Silver Bullion Queen's Beasts Completer 5lb coin) for neumistic reasons more than melt value:



I was just enthralled with the quality and level of artisanship in the design.
Nice dip in Silver right now....  $20.35/ oz
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« Reply #43 on: July 22, 2023, 03:40:48 pm »
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« Reply #44 on: November 09, 2023, 04:15:55 pm »
Just an editioral point on my behalf........

The Big 7 of Tech Stocks in the  S & P 500 make up 27% of the Market Cap of The S & P 500

Where's the antitrust zeal we've seen the past 90 or so years?  That's how entrenched the socialist dims have put a stranglehold on us by enabling an  industry that has put them in power into perpetuity.
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« Reply #45 on: November 09, 2023, 04:23:13 pm »
Investing is no different than any other form of gambling ... only play with money you can afford to lose.  Any investment could go to $0 at any time.

This is a time when oversized entrenched monopolies, duopolies, and oligopolies have competitive advantage because of their sizes, capitalization, and access to credit.
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« Reply #46 on: November 09, 2023, 04:29:22 pm »
Investing is no different than any other form of gambling ... only play with money you can afford to lose.  Any investment could go to $0 at any time.

This is a time when oversized entrenched monopolies, duopolies, and oligopolies have competitive advantage because of their sizes, capitalization, and access to credit.

And the FTC with their complicit dim masters seem to be giving Big Tech a pass.....

But watch the gnashing of teeth, when the same clowns start parsing the Exxon-Pioneer and Chevron-Hess acquistions.  Again, these 4 in combo don't exceed $1T in market cap.

My point is that the FTC is highly suspect in their application of scope, and it's bias iis deeply entrenched in furthering left wing causes.
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