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On the Butler Patio

August, 2017 Archives

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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China's Secret Plan

By Chuck Butler

 

Welcome back to the Butler Patio, where we discuss things with no holds barred! But attempt to keep some levity to the discussion, because, well, I don’t want to have to warn you to put away the sharp objects before you read the letter! 

 

I’m going to talk about China today, so I hope you have an appetite for this discussion! I’m actually on my summer vacation, while I write this letter, but no biggie, just a few hours away from the beach! And speaking of the beach, here are some pictures from my beach…

 

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Pension Plan Problems

By Chuck Butler

 

I love to tell this story to people… Back in 2003, myself, and friends Duane and Rick decided that we should go to spring training in Jupiter Florida for the first time. It would be the first time for them, or for us together, but I had been a regular at Cardinals Spring Training games going back to when the team trained in St. Pete, Florida.

 

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