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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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A Little About Me

By Chuck Butler

 

I’ve been writing for DTL for over three months now… And I have to say that I’ve thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it! I know that I came to the majority of you out of the blue, and just dropped on your laps on that first Thursday that I submitted an article… My friends, Mary Anne and Pamela wrote a glowing introduction about me, but… I kept thinking… These people don’t know me. They have no idea who I am, what I’ve done, and what shapes my way of thinking… So, I thought I would not write about the markets today, and instead give you the “story of Chuck.”  Don’t worry, this shouldn’t take too long!   As usual I have a couple of pictures to start you off with… You should get a kick out of these…

 

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The War On Cash

By Chuck Butler

 

It all seemed so innocent, years ago… You could stop for gas, and not have to go into the station to pay. Pay at the pump. It was marketed to women with young children in the car, but in reality, it was a time saver, and got you in and out of the gas station quickly. As consumers, we had been using revolving credit cards at Sears, and other big stores for years, so when the Visas and Master Cards of the world began showing up in our mailboxes, we were very excited!

 

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Did You Witness the Great American Solar Eclipse?

By Chuck Butler

 

WOW! Is about all I can say about the GASE (Great American Solar Eclipse). I sat out in my backyard and watched everything turn dark, not dark like night, but twilight dark. It was pretty cool. I know that a lot of you weren’t able to witness it, just make sure you mark down your calendars for the next one… of course the last one was February 1979…  My wife was asking me where we were in Feb. of ’79, and so I thought about it and recalled that we were living in Des Moines, Iowa, and probably trying to dig ourselves out of the mounds of snow on the ground, and deal with the subzero temperatures…

 

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Something's Brewing With Gold

By Chuck Butler

 

Welcome back to another week of fun on the Butler Patio! For those of you who are new to my writings, The Butler Patio is where I used to tell my readers that they would have to meet me to further discuss things. When I started writing for Dow Theory Letters, they wanted me to have a name for my articles, and “On the Butler Patio” seemed to fit perfectly! 

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