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Re-Energized

Energy

A little over six months ago I wrote about what was for a long time a disastrous investment that I made in a coal company that I purchased prior to Covid and subsequently dropped 80%. The post discussed many of the compelling reasons to hang on to the company because coal producers were extremely well-positioned to capitalize on very favorable supply/demand fundamentals.

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Recession Watch

Recession Watch

There’s no question now that the Federal Reserve is in full hawkish mode. The release last week of the minutes of the previous FOMC meeting left no doubt that they are on an aggressive path to squelch inflation through demand destruction and tightening financial conditions.

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Space: The Final Frontier

Space the final frontier

There’s nothing like a challenge to focus one’s mind, attention, and organization of one’s life to meet that challenge. I was playing doubles last Tuesday night and right before the match, I received a text from someone who I play singles with fairly regularly.

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Pressure Is A Privilege - Inner Excellence, Tennis, and Putin

Rafael Nadal

I had the distinct pleasure to once again attend the last three days of the BNP Paribas tennis tournament at Indian Wells. I purchased tickets for the quarterfinals, semi-finals, and finals for both men and women for singles and doubles. I love to observe the players in action to study how they approach their craft and adapt to different situations,

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Roll with the Changes

Interest Rates up March 2022

The Fed finally raised short-term interest rates last week. The market is expecting a very fast and steep rate hike cycle as this chart shows. This is a far cry from Powell reiterating that the Fed wouldn’t raise rates until the end of 2023 at the earliest.

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From Russia Without Love - Putin's Obsession

Russia without love Putin

This post is going to fall under the category of fake it until you make it. I am going to pretend like I have some special insights into Russia and its actions vis-à-vis Ukraine because I was a political science major, I took classes in Russian history,

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Let He Without Sin...

Banking soap box investing

I’m going to get on my soapbox for this post. I was talking to a friend who was picking my brain about banking relationships as he was thinking about switching banks for his business and he wanted to know about the one I use.

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A Hearty Year of Staying the Course

Gary Heart Surgery 2nd Anniversary

This week is the one-year anniversary of my heart valve repair surgery. I wrote about what I went through and some of the challenges I had at the time so I won’t rehash all of the details here other than to say that the surgery was pretty complicated,

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(de)Energized Europe

natural Gas Europe

A couple of months ago I wrote about the unfolding energy challenges related to the sharp recovery out of Covid and the transition to renewable energy sources. The article talked about coal and how the demand for it has increased significantly while supply has dropped due to Covid and the utter disdain for it as an energy source due to its carbon emissions.

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It's Getting Interesting

Interest Rate

The Fed blinked and acknowledged that inflation may not be transitory. When combined with its perception that the labor market is on the way to being healed, Jerome Powell has moved up the Fed’s estimate of the first rate hike by more than a year.

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