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The International Investor

August, 2016 Archives

Life is a Canvas

By Benjamin J. Butler

 

Gate 37, San Diego Airport, California

 

Yesterday I had a lunch with a friend of mine and Louise Hay. It was a real honor to meet one of America’s greatest self-help gurus in her beautiful San Diego home. My wife has benefited from listening to her many positive meditations each day. And I know Richard Russell was a big fan of hers. I asked her a number of questions and her responses were as you would expect. Anything in life is about your state of mind.

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First Responders

By Benjamin J. Butler

 

Santa Monica, California

 

As I landed on US soil for the first time in a while, I was greeted by the headline in the WSJ, “US in Weakest Recovery since 1949.” Some pundits think, though, that as inventories pulled GDP back to 1.2%, the next quarter will naturally bounce. I think that is a flawed analysis as inventory to sales ratios are at worrisome levels. But as I wondered around Santa Monica for the last few days, you wouldn't necessarily feel the precariousness of the US economy.

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