Author Archives: Tim Knight

Not on the Same Page

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Just about the only time I see a large number of magazines at once is when I’m going through an airport, such as last night. I often find the strangest part of the magazine section to be the women’s magazines, since they seem a peculiar combination of righteous indignation and breast-display. These two magazines were next to one another, and the juxtaposition of message was particularly striking:

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It seems that Allure featured a self-congratulatory “call to the industry” to stop obsessing over youth. Don’t hold your breath, people. Nothing’s going to change.

Equities in Real Money

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Using good old SlopeCharts, I thought I’d do a little experiment. As you know, stocks are at lifetime highs, but in nominal terms. I wondered what things look like in terms of “real” money (as measured by GLD), so I entered the symbol (SPY/GLD) and got this result:

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What jumped out me is that, in these terms, we are actually lower than we were in the pre-financial crisis peak! In addition, the ultimate low for the market wasn’t the famous March 2009 bottom, but instead took place a couple of years later (which makes sense, if you look at bank and financial stocks, which plunged until then). Food for thought.

Just the Equifax, Ma’am

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Since it turns out that the woman in charge of information security at Equifax was a music major with no technology background………

…….the company has had its reputation permanently tarnished and wiped out billions of dollars of shareholder value within days. Some folks I’ve spoken with think it’s heading for the single digits. My opinion is that the company has really screwed the pooch on this one, but maybe, just maybe, it’ll find some temporary support around $90 or so, as I’ve drawn here:

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