Washington Redeemed! (AAPL,EWP,CBOE,FB)

Washington Redeemed! (AAPL,EWP,CBOE,FB)   Never were fans of big government here at Normandy.  Don’t think it’s good for the overall health of the nation, nor for its better management or even for its longevity.   Never trusted it.  Always figured the goal was to put everyone on the payroll and then force feed them worthless currency.  Where else are the buzzturds gonna turn for a buck?!   Nope, always preferred the local brand of self-governance – really local! So the thought of someone – an outsider – coming to the big house ready to do battle with the forces-that-be was intriguing.  But whether Senor Trump actually fits that bill remains an open question.   We’ve heard about ‘draining the swamp’ and we see a contentiousness between the White House and the establishment leadership that has certainly never existed to this degree.  But whether this actually leads to the change that so many desire – a restrained government reach, and more power to local authorities – is too early to tell.   It would be nice if the extraordinary waste of our tax dollars were actually curtailed.  No more federal research money spent on “incontinence cups” and ‘flatulence valves” (no joke!),…

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Buy Everything! Now! (EWP)

Buy Everything! Now! (EWP)   One looks at the numbers, does a double take and asks, “How the heck did this happen?  And how long can it continue? It doesn’t make any sense!”   Consider the bond market – now on a torrid rip higher that added 4% in the span of just ten weeks.  Nominal returns on ten year issues are a meager 2.16%, while the real return is now figured at a measly 0.36%.   What gives?   Why the buying thunder?   Where’s the fire?  And who’s behind the horde of purchases that swamped the market in the last two months?   More than that, why buy bonds at all?  And why now?  The dividend yield on the S&P 500 is a competitive 1.69%, while a great many blue chips offer a whole lot more.  And consider, too, that the S&P 500 has paid investors 17% in capital gains over the last seven months (since the election) and is showing no signs of letting up.   Why both bonds and stocks?   Why is everyone buying both?   And not only that, but what’s with gold these days?  Why is everyone boarding that bus, too?   Is…

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