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Haven't I Seen This Before?

By Chuck Butler

 

Welcome to this edition of Chuck’s Thoughts from the Butler Patio. I absolutely love putting these letters together each week for you, dear reader, and hope that I open your eyes to something other than the run of the mill financial letter.

 

Last week, we observed the 10 years since the collapse of Lehman Brothers. To this day, it still irks me to no end that the government decided to save Bear Stearns, but not Lehman Brothers. There’s a great book on the whole subject, Too Big to Fail by Andrew Ross Sorkin ... if you’re not familiar with the whole collapse, you might want to find it and read it!

 

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Take this Job and Shove It

By Chuck Butler

 

The old song by Johnny Paycheck went like this… "Take this job and shove it, I ain’t a working here no more…"

 

Welcome to this week’s: Thoughts from the Butler Patio… The title of this week’s discussion popped into my head when I read that the Quit Rate here in the U.S. had reached an 18-year high… So, we have that to talk about, and what the ramifications might be from that data.

 

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On The Road Again

By Chuck Butler

 

Unlike Willie Nelson, I’m a stay-at-home kind of guy, and I CAN wait to get on the road again.  But this trip has a side trip to Long Island, to meet up with some good friends, so I’m excited about that! 

 

The currency rally that lasted about 10 days has faded once again, proving to be another false dawn. The U.S. has done its best to tick off a large portion of the world. The San Francisco Fed produced a paper that sounds like I wrote it… And the history of currency and trade wars leading to shooting wars is all there for us to learn from.  Is anybody worried?  And a discussion about how India’s Central Bank (the RBI) is now selling Treasuries and buying gold, ala the Russian Central Bank, is in the cards this week…

 

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Aren't We Supposed to be Friends?

By Chuck Butler

 

Welcome to this week’s Thoughts from the Butler Patio!

 

I’m back home, at least for a few more days, so I’m out on the Butler patio, yelling at the top of my lungs to anyone who will hear me… Pretty soon I expect the local police to show up and ask me to quiet down, as I’m upsetting the neighbors. Okay, I say, and I head inside ... only to turn around and head back to the patio and scream some more!

 

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A Case of the Remorseful Buyer

By Chuck Butler

 

Welcome to another trip to the Butler Patio…  When this one arrives in your email box, I will finally be back home (at least for 10 days). But for the writing of this letter I remain in South Florida, where it’s hotter than blazes, which doesn’t bother me, and it pours just about every afternoon. I’ve always said since I began coming to this location in 1998, that when it rains here … IT RAINS!  

 

We’ve got President Trump upset with the Fed chairman, and we’ve got the case of – "Who’s buying the Treasuries?"  And a few other things that might creep into my mind while I’m writing… So, ready? Let’s go!

 

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Central Bank Frustrations

By Chuck Butler

 

Welcome to another edition of the Butler Patio… I’m currently stuck in S. Florida, so I have no patio to preach from at the moment, but if I put it all down in words on paper, somebody will read it!

 

The Trade War digs its heels in deeper… Gold continues to be subjected to China’s whims, and just when everyone is thinking that it’s happy days are here again, the economy is showing signs of fatigue…  And of course there’s bound to be a discussion about Central Banks and bankers after that heading above, eh?

 

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