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23 октября, 16:00

A New Law May Be Affecting Your Food

Where will your next meal come from? If a growing trend with import foods continues, dinner will come from a land far, far away.

22 октября, 16:07

Profit From the Heartland's Newest Cash Crop

Midwestern agriculture has been hit hard by falling food prices. Can wind farms bring it back?

22 октября, 14:47

Climate lessons from the Clinton campaign's hacked emails

The Democratic nominee has a strong pragmatic streak on energy policy but also welcomes a push from the left.

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22 октября, 03:29

NO. JUST NO. Candy corn beer is scary popular at St. Paul brewery….

NO. JUST NO. Candy corn beer is scary popular at St. Paul brewery.

21 октября, 20:00

Chuck Grassley Isn't Going Anywhere, Thanks To Donald Trump

DES MOINES, Iowa ― The election gods are fickle overlords, and no one knows that better than Patty Judge. Things were shaping up for Iowa’s former lieutenant governor this year as she set out to challenge Republican Chuck Grassley, the six-term senator and chairman of the Judiciary Committee. Grassley ― he of the burgundy sweater vests and cranky tweets about the History Channel ― is Congress’ most famous curmudgeon. His dyspeptic reputation reached new “get-off-my-lawn” lows when he stubbornly refused to hold hearings for President Barack Obama’s most recent Supreme Court nominee, Merrick Garland, even though Garland is the lime-flavored La Croix of Supreme Court nominees: bland and inoffensive to most, and therefore palatable to a wide audience.  “The moment that really pushed me over the edge was when Chuck came out here and told us that he was not holding the hearings for us, that he was doing it for us,” Judge recalled. “That was enough. Time to stop that.” After Judge declared her candidacy on March 4, it appeared, at least for a fleeting moment, that the Democrats might be one seat closer to retaking the Senate. The New York Times called her a “formidable” challenger, which is about as emotional as the Times gets about anything.  In a normal election year, the Supreme Court’s unprecedented staffing issue, and Grassley’s role in preventing Garland from getting a hearing, would be the most-discussed aspect of this race. But that has been rendered a mere afterthought thanks to a Republican presidential nominee whose love of gold trim and threatening his opponents with extrajudicial vengeance is reminiscent of a Soviet bloc leader. Donald Trump’s bluster drowned out the uproar over Garland’s nomination, and Iowa’s disproportionately white electorate has taken to the reality star’s message more than voters in other, more diverse, swing states. Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton were locked in a statistical tie among Hawkeye State voters on Thursday, and Grassley commanded an impressive 14-point lead over Judge, according to HuffPost Pollster’s averages. It’s easy to see why Iowa Democrats thought Judge would be a good fit to replace Grassley, who has remained a popular figure in Iowa during most of his tenure. Like Grassley, Judge exudes a mixture of grandparent-ly gentleness and sharp-elbowed political know-how. This became apparent as we sat down for lunch at a brewpub in Des Moines in August. Things took a distinctly Iowan turn as Judge pointed to the menu and wondered aloud whether the ham ball appetizer could compare with her own recipe. Sensing an opening, I broached a shamefully flimsy, “Tell me something people don’t know about you?” line of questioning, hoping to elicit some more color of the ham-ball variety. Judge looked up from her menu to reply with complete sincerity that she wasn’t sure how to answer that, as her “name recognition is quite good here.” “I don’t see Chuck Grassley working for any of the issues that are on the front of people’s minds,” she said a bit later as our waitress appeared with an order of fried cheese curds. Grassley, she said, “has become a preacher” for the far right.  Iowa Democratic Party officials, nervous over the crop of comparatively unknown primary candidates at the beginning of this year, urged Judge to get into the race. She ticked off all the boxes: In addition to her stint as lieutenant governor from 2007 to 2011, she served in Iowa’s state Senate and was the state’s secretary of agriculture from 1999 to 2007. She owns a cattle farm with her husband. She is a former nurse. She’s a grandmother. She wears mock turtlenecks. She asks about your family. It’s hard not to like Patty Judge. While Grassley’s stonewalling of Garland’s nomination has been a major focal point (”FORTUNATELY, THERE’S ONE JUDGE GRASSLEY CAN’T IGNORE,” declared one pro-Judge ad) of the campaign, an even more critical part has centered around presenting Judge as a palatable alternative to an electorate accustomed to Grassley. What resulted has been a kind of aggressively earnest arms race, with each side trying to one-up the other’s corn-fed relatability. In Judge’s first television ad, she stands behind a cardboard cutout of Grassley, touting her Iowa roots and attacking her opponent’s judicial obstruction. Images of the candidate speaking to farmers in front of John Deere equipment flash across the screen. Not to be outdone, Grassley’s first ad featured a honey-voiced narrator describing the senator’s deep ties to the state, replete with images of corn fields, small-town main streets and Grassley mowing his lawn. This was capped off by the narrator declaring that Grassley can “find every Dairy Queen in Iowa.” As if things weren’t painfully Midwestern enough, the Judge campaign posted a video late last month featuring former “Prairie Home Companion” host Garrison Keillor challenging Grassley to attend a “Dairy Queen” debate with Judge. At the video’s conclusion, Keillor offers to “stand the expense of two banana splits.” After my lunch with Judge, we hopped in her new Chrysler 300 (”the Judges don’t buy cars every year,” she made a point of noting, adding that it’s “an American-made car”) and spent the day touring arms and agricultural facilities in the greater Des Moines area. It wasn’t entirely clear if the trip was actually a fact-finding jaunt, or a chance to show a Huffington Post reporter how engaged Judge is with Iowa’s crucial agricultural sector. It did provide the candidate a chance to nod intently at people discussing crop yields and appear unfazed when a tornado formed several miles away from a University of Iowa research facility we visited. But for all of Judge’s warmth, political expertise and ability to not appear bored as a know-nothing reporter from out East got an introductory lecture on combines, Grassley has maintained a double-digit lead. The Judge campaign is hopeful that it can tie Trump’s history of alleged sexual abuse and harassment to Grassley’s continued support for the GOP nominee. The development has garnered attention in the local press, but just as Trump has a scant amount of time to regain the ground he’s lost in the polls in recent weeks, Judge’s chances of pulling ahead grow fainter by the day. “Chuck Grassley’s refusal to condemn Donald Trump’s candidacy following the revelation of Trump’s disgusting statements about sexual assault is pathetic,” Judge said in a press release. The Grassley campaign, which didn’t respond to a request for comment for this piece, has tried to downplay the issue. “You stop to think, there’s only a few saints who have been president of the United States,” Grassley told a group of reporters in Iowa this week. Grassley added that he found Trump’s remarks “deplorable,” but added that he is “focusing on my re-election.” The taint of Trump’s candidacy might have sunk a lesser candidate. But Grassley is both an institution and a familiar face in Iowa ― he makes a point of making an annual visit to every county in the state, and he may very well know the locations of all those Dairy Queens. And it would appear that Trump has had the salubrious effect for Grassley of keeping the Garland nomination off the front page. Trump has sucked all the oxygen out of the room, and not just because of those great gulping nasal sniffs of his. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

21 октября, 15:00

To Get More Value from Your Data, Sell It

It’s a story as old as business itself: a company generates a byproduct in the course of its routine operations, then discovers that another company is willing to pay for it. A profitable new line of business is created. There are countless examples: corn millers have long sold the “gluten meal” that is left over from yielding corn starch and corn oil as food for livestock; oil companies routinely sell the hydrogen they create as a byproduct of the refining process. Today, companies in almost every industry are generating another valuable byproduct: data. Seemingly mundane accounting systems and customer databases now yield the raw materials that can be transformed into lucrative new services. But too few companies are capitalizing on the opportunity.  Data can be the “missing link” for a company that has never had access to the side of your customers that only you can see. Even data that may seem trivial to your business, when seen longitudinally over time, could be a prism of insight for another company. Generating new revenue from byproducts of data — and also existing products and services — is an example of what we call an “edge opportunity.” Our research into companies in 62 industries shows that top performers consistently expand businesses that are on the periphery of their existing operations, taking advantage of capabilities or resources they already have. In doing this, they avoid two common traps — seeking opportunities that are too far afield, often through mergers and acquisitions, which often fail because companies overpay and overestimate the revenues they will realize, or trying to eke profit out of existing businesses, doing more of the same while generating diminishing returns. To find opportunity at the edge is more effective because it generates new revenue from assets — customers, products or enterprise activities — that are already in place. Data is, of course, a prime example. Businesses are already generating it in the course of normal operations. But it may be even more valuable to other companies. Demand is high — the smart use of data can make nearly any product or service better. But to take full advantage of the opportunity, companies first need to overcome the barriers of culture and habit. Many companies guard their data as their crown jewels. They mine the data looking for every possible advantage over their competitors. Most are not inclined to ask, “What company would be willing to pay for that data?” But by failing to ask this question, they are leaving money on the table. The key is to identify companies that aren’t competitors — ones that operate in related fields but that do not go head to head. For instance, UnitedHealth built a business with $5 billion in annual revenue by reusing the aggregate information contained in the vast number of claim forms it processes. Drug companies pay for the data to see how their products are used, how effective they are, and how well they are competing with rival drugs. UnitedHealth’s resale of its data led to the creation of a new business, OptumInsight, that, in recent history, experienced multiples of both profit margin and growth rate vs. UnitedHealth overall. OptumInsight delivers a highly profitable revenue stream that United would have missed completely if it had focused purely on its core business and neglected to interrogate the “edges” of its foundational assets. Toyota, the master of assembly line efficiency, has built a new business that takes advantage of the GPS navigation devices it installs in cars sold in Japan. It captures the speed and position of cars and sells traffic data to municipal planning departments and corporate delivery fleets at prices that start at $2,000 a month. Cargill has built a new digital product line to supplement its age-old business of selling crop seeds to farmers. By analyzing its large database of information on how its seeds performed in various types of soil and weather conditions, it built software called NextField DataRX that can give personalized advice to a farmer looking to increase crop yields. Unlike UnitedHealth and Toyota, which sold data to new industries, Cargill created a new product to sell to existing customers. The Cargill move seems, on first brush, to be risky. UnitedHealth is already in the data analysis business, and Toyota simply made its data available for buyers to analyze. But Cargill created a new software package — which looks like a big leap away from selling seeds. In closer inspection, creating a software-based service was a low-risk, high-return move for Cargill. The company had already developed a database to support seed development, in order to provide advice to its customers about how to grow crops more efficiently. Commercializing the database and related data-analysis tools required only a small incremental effort. But it produced highly profitable returns — not surprising once you take into account the recurring nature of the revenue and its minimal cost of delivery. What’s the scope of the opportunity for companies? In 2015, the digital universe contained 4.4 zettabytes. (A zettabyte is one sextillion bytes, or 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 characters.) And that already unfathomable store will increase ten times over by 2020, thanks to millions of devices sharing information in the Internet of Things.  But only five percent of that data is being analyzed today. The rest is waiting to be exploited. Connectivity won’t just expand the data pool.  It will drive opportunity into new industries.  Thanks to the Internet-of-Things, medical equipment, industrial equipment, mining tools, utilities — even garbage cans — all will create and upload useful data. The companies that make these objects — many of them far more mechanical than digital — will be in a position to build new information businesses. And, it almost goes without saying, companies will continue to develop, refine and communicate privacy policies relating to data about customers – and ensure that customers know how it will be used. “Big data” indeed! By looking at their data as a resource — one that can be used to build services for existing customers or to create businesses to serve new customers — companies will discover yet another way they can consistently capture all of the return from the risks they have already taken. Big data plus an edge mindset is a powerful combination. Parts of this article are adapted from the book Edge Strategy: A New Mindset for Profitable Growth (Harvard Business Review Press 2016).

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21 октября, 09:52

Дисплей нового ноутбука HP Spectre 13 защищён стеклом Corning Gorilla Glass 4

Компания HP подготовила к выпуску портативный компьютер семейства Spectre, получивший обозначение 13-v111dx. Новинка выполнена в корпусе с углеродным волокном, а дисплей защищён от повреждений прочным стеклом Corning Gorilla Glass 4. Экран построен на матрице IPS WLED: размер составляет 13,3 дюйма по диагонали, разрешение — 1920 × 1080 пикселей (формат Full HD).

21 октября, 07:00

Lincoln's Religious Skepticism, Depression, and Difficult Relationships with Women (2000)

Lincoln never joined a religious congregation;[36] however, his father, mother, sister, and stepmother were all Baptists. Abraham's parents, Thomas and Nancy Lincoln, belonged to Little Mount Baptist Church, a Baptist congregation in Kentucky that had split from a larger church in 1808 because its members refused to support slavery.[37] Through their membership in this anti-slavery church, Thomas and Nancy exposed Abraham and Sarah to anti-slavery sentiment at a very young age. After settling in Indiana, Lincoln's parents continued their Baptist church membership, joining the Big Pigeon Baptist Church in 1823. When the Lincoln family left Indiana for Illinois in 1830, Thomas and his second wife, Sally, were members in good standing at the Little Pigeon Baptist Church.[38] Sally Lincoln recalled in 1865 that her stepson, Abraham, "had no particular religion"[39] and did not talk about it much. She also remembered that he often read the Bible and occasionally attended church services.[39] Matilda Johnston Hall Moore, Lincoln's stepsister, explained in an 1865 interview how Lincoln would read the Bible to his siblings and join them in singing hymns after his parents had gone to church. Other family members and friends who knew Lincoln during his a youth in Indiana recalled that he would often get up on a stump, gather children, friends, and coworkers around him, and repeat a sermon he had heard the previous week to the amusement of the locals, especially the children. When Lincoln returned to New Salem in late July 1831, he found a promising community, but it probably never had a population that exceed a hundred residents. New Salem was a small commercial settlement that served several local communities. The village had a sawmill, grist mill, blacksmith shop, cooper's shop, wool carding shop, a hat maker, general store, and a tavern spread out over more than a dozen buildings. Offutt did not open his store until September, so Lincoln found temporary work in the interim and was quickly accepted by the townspeople as a hardworking and cooperative young man.[98] Once Lincoln began working in the store, he met a rougher crowd of settlers and workers from the surrounding communities, who came into New Salem to purchase supplies or have their corn ground. Lincoln's humor, storytelling abilities, and physical strength fit the young, raucous element that included the so-called Clary's Grove boys, and his place among them was cemented after a wrestling match with a local champion, Jack Armstrong. Although Lincoln lost the fight with Armstrong, he earned the respect of the locals.[99] During his first winter in New Salem, Lincoln attended a meeting of the New Salem debating club. His performance in the club, along with his efficiency in managing the store, sawmill, and gristmill, in addition to his other efforts at self-improvement soon gained the attention of the town's leaders, such as Dr. John Allen, Mentor Graham, and James Rutledge.[100] The men encouraged Lincoln to enter politics, feeling that he was capable of supporting the interests of their community. In March 1832 LIncoln announced his candidacy in a written article that appeared in the Sangamo Journal, which was published in Springfield. While Lincoln admired Henry Clay and his American System, the national political climate was undergoing a change and local Illinois issues were the primary political concerns of the election. Lincoln opposed the development of a local railroad project, but supported improvements in the Sangamon River that would increase its navigability. Although the two-party political system that pitted Democrats against Whigs had not yet formed, Lincoln would become one of the leading Whigs in the state legislature within the next few years. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Early_life_and_career_of_Abraham_Lincoln

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20 октября, 23:53

6 Ways to Make Healthier Versions of Your Favorite Meat Dishes

Make your favorite meat dishes healthier with the help of these 6 recipes.

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20 октября, 22:44

The Spooky Halloween Supply Chain

Have you noticed the scary number of Halloween pop-up stores that are mystically appearing in your local mall this year? Halloween is big business! This pagan ritual is growing. It's estimated that around 170 million people in the U.S. will celebrate All Hallows' Eve this year. This will beat the more than 157 million Americans that celebrated Halloween in 2015. The recent National Retail Federation's annual survey highlighted that total spending for Halloween is expected to reach $8.4 billion, an all-time high in the survey's 11-year history. U.S. consumers are expected to spend an average of $82.93 on candy, costumes, decorations, and other items - up from last year's $74.34. What tricks and treats top the list? According to the survey, consumers plan to spend $3.1 billion on costumes (purchased by 67% of Halloween shoppers), $2.5 billion on candy (94.3%), $2.4 billion on decorations (70%), and $390 million on greeting cards (35.4%). When it comes to preparation, 71% of consumers plan to hand out candy, decorate their home or yard (49%), dress in a costume (47%), carve a pumpkin (46%), throw or attend a party (34%), take their children trick-or-treating (30%), visit a haunted house (21%), or dress their pet(s) in a costume (16%). Don't fear these supply chain challenges Halloween will present myriad challenges for supply chain organizations, be it manufacturers, retailers, or third-party logistics providers. These include: 1. Meeting consumers' needs both online and in-store: Social media is the fastest-growing influencer for the perfect costume, particularly Pinterest (17%), which has seen 133% growth since 2012. Others find inspiration from Facebook (17%), friends/family (19%), and pop culture (16%), which all beat traditional print media (14%). Searching for the perfect witch, superhero, or ghoul costume will lead consumers to sources online (35%) as well as in-store (29%). Meeting your consumers' needs will likely require having both an Internet and physical presence of some sort. 2. Ensuring you have the proper amount of supplies: According to the National Confectioners Association, chocolate is people's favorite Halloween candy, followed closely by candy corn (more than 35 million pounds are produced each year). It's estimated that approximately 90 million pounds of chocolate flies off the shelves during the week leading up to Halloween. This is great news for the world's chocolate manufacturers, such as the Ferrero Group, which is using cutting-edge business software to sweeten its aggressive business goals. But imagine if there was a poor cocoa crop, a natural disaster, or a health scare like Ebola leading up to the big holiday season. That would be a true Halloween horror story for manufacturers, and it highlights the need for global supply chains to be more robust, with backup for critical suppliers. 3. Overcoming human asset nightmares: An estimated 800,000 seasonal workers will be hired this year, many in pop-up stores. With this comes the bone-chilling proposition of onboarding and training new staff. Your organization needs to have an answer for quickly getting these temporary employees up to speed. And be warned: Once the calendar turns to November, the Halloween pop-up stores will mysteriously disappear and soon transform into Christmas shops. Make Halloween a scream for consumers As folks prepare to go out trick-or-treating in places such as Bloody Springs, Mississippi, Dead Mans Crossing, Indiana, Death Valley, California, Devil Town, Ohio, Hell, Michigan, or even Satans Kingdom, Massachusetts, think of how your supply chain can best produce and deliver treats to all of the eager, little witches or warlocks out in the world. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

20 октября, 19:17

Greed Is Destroying K-12 Education System

We now know the results of rampant greed among the politicians in those states that are cutting education budgets in their K-12 school systems. They would rather preserve the wealth of the wealthiest one percent than see any value in governments or governing of any kind. The cuts are for the most part in red states, causing their educational systems to crumble, which destroys the seed-corn of our democracy: educated children. The CBPP Center on Public Policies and Priorities has just published a study on what has happened to our public school systems in many of those states. "At least 23 states will provide less "general" or "formula" funding--the primary form of state support for elementary and secondary schools--in the current school year (2017) than when the Great Recession took hold in 2008, our survey of state budget documents finds," said the CBPP. "Eight states have cut general funding per student by about10 percent or more over this period. Five of those eight --Arizona, Kansas, North Carolina, Oklahoma, and Wisconsin enacted income tax rate cuts costing tens or hundreds of millions of dollars each year rather than restore education funding." Graph: CBPP And this is when there are 1.1 million more K-12 students to educate. The poster child for this red-state backlash is Governor Scott Walker's Wisconsin, which because of an all-Republican legislature and majority Supreme Court has been able to enact draconian budget-cutting policies, as well as cutting taxes of the wealthiest--that included a ban on public employees collective bargaining (except for police and fire), and cutting the University of Wisconsin's budget in order to turn it into a 'trade school', in his words. The result is projected to be a $2.2 billion state budget deficit over the next 2 years. A total of 19 states have made new cuts in their public education system, even though the Great Recession is over. This means less educated children, and without adequate educational opportunities there is no functioning democracy, period. It's a no-brainer. Keeping their constituents less-educated has been a hallmark of conservative policies in the red states. And the results are painful for their future, says the CBPP. • Weakening a key funding source for school districts. Some 47 percent of K-12 spending nationally comes from state funds (the share varies by state).[2] Cuts at the state level force local school districts to scale back educational services, raise more local revenue to cover the gap, or both. And because property values fell sharply after the recession hit, it's been particularly difficult for local school districts to raise significant additional revenue through local property taxes without raising tax rates, a politically challenging task even in good times. (See Figure 1.) • Slowing the economy's recovery from the recession. School districts began cutting teachers and other employees in mid-2008 when the first round of budget cuts took effect, federal employment data show. By mid-2012, local school districts had cut 351,000 jobs. • Impeding reforms widely acknowledged to boost student achievement. Many states and school districts have identified as a priority reforms to prepare children better for the future, such as improving teacher quality, reducing class sizes, and increasing student learning time. Deep funding cuts hamper their ability to implement many of these reforms. And where have those tax cuts gone? In 2010, the tea-party wave put Sam Brownback into the Kansas governor's mansion and Republican majorities in both houses of its legislature. Together, they implemented the conservative movement's blueprint for Utopia: They passed massive tax breaks for the wealthy and repealed all income taxes on more than 100,000 businesses. The result has been a $700 million budget deficit that has reduced job growth, and even personal incomes, said New York magazine in a recent column. "Between 2010 and 2012, Kansas saw income growth of 6.1 percent, good for 12th in the nation; from 2013 to 2015, that rate was 3.6 percent, good for 41st." There can be no other reason for the loss of fiscal probity by conservative Republicans. For most of modern U.S. political history, Republicans in general have cast themselves as the party of fiscally responsible governance, adhering to a simple equation: low government spending plus tax cuts -- the bigger, and broader, the better -- equals all-but-guaranteed economic growth and full government coffers. But, said a recent U.S. News report: Five years after the economic recession wreaked havoc on their budgets, at least a dozen red states are awash in red ink, facing nine- and ten-figure deficits heading into the new fiscal year. That's led GOP governors who won office by pledging fiscal responsibility, and bans on new taxes, to slash spending on everything from education to the environment while simultaneously increasing the financial burdens for the poor, along with the use of accounting sleight-of-hand to make the books look better. So Governor Sam Brownback's "blueprint for utopia" has been exposed for what it is, the camouflage for a massive transfer of wealth to the wealthiest. It is now well-documented by Senator Bernie Sanders, among others. The result is that almost all of the income gains since the end of the Great Recession have been to the top one percent, and starving our K-12 education systems of resources will only preserve such inequality. Harlan Green © 2016 -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

20 октября, 16:45

What's in Store for Corning (GLW) this Earnings Season?

Corning Inc (GLW) is set to report third-quarter 2016 results on Oct 25. Last quarte, the company posted a positive earnings surprise of 15.63%.

20 октября, 16:30

Cooper Tire & Rubber, Monsanto and eBay highlighted as Zacks Bull and Bear of the Day

Cooper Tire & Rubber, Monsanto and eBay highlighted as Zacks Bull and Bear of the Day

20 октября, 11:47

Bear of the Day: Monsanto Company (MON)

Bear of the Day: Monsanto Company (MON)

20 октября, 03:43

Backpage.com CEO seeks dismissal of pimping charges on First Amendment grounds

Lawyers for Ferrer and two men say that the charges run afoul of First Amendment free speech protections.

19 октября, 21:14

Pumpkins: An American Obsession

The beloved vegetable that fed New England’s starving settlers now produces more than $100 million in sales.

19 октября, 16:12

Two Days After He "Turned Bearish On Equities", Dennis Gartman Is Again "Net Long"

When on Monday, Dennis Gartman was commenting on the latest downtick in markets, he warned that "We Find Ourselves Turning A Good Deal More Bearish On US Equities", to which we had just one comment" "to those planning on shorting the S&P, you have been warned." Well, the latest flipflop did not take too long, and sure enough, overnight rumors that Gartman had once again flipped, were proven true, to wit: SHARE PRICES ARE UNIVERSALLY HIGHER as all ten of the markets comprising our International Index have risen in tandem, and they’ve done so with some sense if vigor, for four of the ten have risen by more than 1% and as several others were very nearly 1% higher. It is rare when there is this sort of universality in equity prices around the world, and historically such occurrences have taken place either at the very beginning of material new moves or at the very end of sustained bull or bear markets.   Margin debt continues to give us a great reason for pause and concern about equities. There are any number of ways to look at margin debt numbers and we’ve included charts of margin debts several times over the course of the past several weeks noting that the peak in margin usage characteristically… at least since the turn of this century… has led the downturn in equity prices by a year and one half or so.    This morning we note NYSE margin debt as a percentage of GDP and it is indeed very, very worrisome.   * * * [W]e have to admit that the trend is up; that the monetary authorities are continuing to supply reserves to the systems around the world and that that supply is making its way into equity prices rather  than into plant, equipment and labor. We are seeing, in broad global terms, what we have previously referred to as the Zimbabwe-isation of the global capital markets and we’ve no choice but to accept that fact and to recognize that that trumps all other “fundamental” and/or technical concerns:   In our retirement funds here at TGL we bought back into the same non-US steel manufacturing concern that we’d owned previously as it broke out to the upside. We own the corn ETF; we are aggressively long of gold/EUR and we own a leveraged gold mining ETF. We have balanced those positions with bearish equity derivatives sufficient to leave us marginally… very marginally… net long of equities. As a result, it may now be safe to start leaning marginally... very marginally... toward a bearish position.

19 октября, 12:10

Women Are Wavering in Trump County, USA

In America's presidential bellwether, Trump still has a lead—but women are peeling off.

18 октября, 23:49

Blowing The Competition Away: The Wind Power Boom In The U.S.

Wind energy is changing the economy of the Midwest. Wind is the fastest growing source of electricity in the United States, and about 70 percent of wind power is located in low income counties. These counties are typically rural, often Midwestern areas, where the dominant industry for decades has been agriculture. Increasingly though, many farmers are finding that leasing space to wind turbine operators is more lucrative than growing corn. That trend is likely to continue going forward, and it should alter the way energy companies and investors…

18 октября, 16:36

General Mills (GIS) Unit Launches Healthy Vegetable Soups

Progresso, the soup making division of General Mills Inc. (GIS), recently introduced Good Natured' soups which are high on vegetable content.