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Where Were You 30 Years Ago This Week?

By Chuck Butler

 

Thirty years is a relatively long time ... three decades… and a lot of trading days between the day the stock market saw its largest one-day decline, until now, when things seemingly know only one way, which is up.   

 

I was close to everything that was happening in 1987 at our little stock brokerage at the old Mark Twain Bank. Yes, this week marks the 30th anniversary of the “Great Stock Market Crash of 1987."

 

 

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What Economic Sanctions?

By Chuck Butler

   

Well, I’m tired … I’m tired of talking about the problems in the U.S. economy and with debt accumulation. It’s times like this that I have to dig deep down and convince myself that readers want more information than what I’ve given them so far. So I’m going to start this week’s letter with a ditty about the national debt, and then get into some thoughts on Russia’s economy… 

 

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Remembering What the Word “Peak” Means

By Chuck Butler

 

About 10 years ago, the phrase that was getting more air play than a song from the Beatles in the day, was Peak Oil…

 

The geologists and analysts all over the world were talking about how the oil fields of the Middle East, were drying up, and that Brazil’s offshore findings were getting more difficult to find as we went along. They gave statistics, and showed charts of the oil fields, and tried to make their point that Peak Oil was here, and that buying oil on contracts was the way to profit from this dwindling commodity.

 

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Where's the Economic Growth?

By Chuck Butler

   

At my 20th High School Reunion, I was on a committee to find our classmates. Then, being about the only person there that had public speaking experience, I was asked to give the opening remarks to the crowd. 

 

I decided to have some fun with it, and told my classmates that they were very difficult to find, and we had even put some of their faces on milk cartons! I would like for us to remember the long-lost milk carton… Nowadays milk is delivered in plastic jugs, so it would be difficult to put someone’s face on a milk jug these days!

 

 

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The Strong Dollar Trend Appears to be Over

By Chuck Butler

 

You know the old saying, “A watched pot never boils”? Well, I think that I’ve fallen victim to that saying a few times in my life, but never as much as right now. In 2001, I wrote a White Paper titled "The Decline of the Dollar." I was all over the end of the strong dollar trend, like a cheap suit. A little early, mind you, but way ahead of the crowd. I was ridiculed by some, who didn’t believe the almighty dollar would become weak again. I used to kid about how I had gone out on a limb, but had chosen a big, fat sturdy one to hold me!

 

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