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The Resurgence of the Price of Oil

By Chuck Butler

 

Come and listen to a story about a man named Jed, a poor mountaineer barely kept his family fed, and then one day he was shooting up some food, and up through the ground came a bubblin’ crude, Oil that is, Black Gold, Texas Tea.

 

Now I know that the Beverly Hillbillies was just a made-up story, but did you ever stop to think about the price of oil in the 60’s vs. the price of oil today? Old Jed would be king of the hill these days!

 

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Remembering a Time Long Ago

By Chuck Butler

 

My longtime good friend, and former boss, Frank Trotter, sent me a link on Friday last week, that took me to a list of my daily letters from May 1997!  The one thing I first noticed was I used to have hair!  And second, that the daily letter, A Pfennig For Your Thoughts, used to be quite a bit shorter each day!  You have to remember that the original letters that were hand written and left on the salespeople’s desks each morning, were written for them, the sales people, who knew all the acronyms and shortened agencies and data reports that I used in the letter…

 

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What Is On Chuck’s Mind This Week?

By Chuck Butler

 

I’ve got a lot of little things to talk about this week, and none that will take very long to discuss. I’d rather talk about one idea at a time, but sometimes things get like this, and we’ve got to spray the infield, if you will. Bar goers are familiar with the term “spray the infield," as it is said by someone who wants to buy a drink for everyone at the bar.  I won’t be buying any drinks, but I will try to touch on all the things that mean something to your investment portfolio this week. So pull up a chair, and let’s head to the patio!

 

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Retail Apocalypse Is Upon Us

By Chuck Butler

 

Welcome to another edition of On the Butler Patio… This week, we’re going to discuss two things that are front and center in my mind.  

 

First, we’ll talk about the retail sector’s problems, and they’re not all caused by Amazon. Second, we’ll talk about China’s crowding out of the petrodollar. So grab a beverage of your choice, and let's get to the patio!

 

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We Only Added How Many Jobs In March?

By Chuck Butler

 

Welcome back to another edition of Thoughts from the Butler Patio.

 

The first week of April brought us some very cold weather here in the Midwest, with bouts of sleet and snow, and Cardinals baseball games played in 35 degree weather! Stocks here in the U.S. seem to be caught out in the cold right now. But I’ll just move right along from that thought!

 

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