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A man who wants to lead the orchestra must turn his back on the crowd.” – Max Lucado

Markets and the Economy – more doomsday predictions:
The timing may be off on this one, but it is hard to disagree with the fundamental analysis. The end of QE or easy money, by itself, will be shocking. The broader context this demonstrates should have your attention. Bank of America Begins 66-Day Countdown Until the “Ghost of 1937” Returns
If BofAs view of the world doesn’t hit you, perhaps Fidelity will. “It’s Time to Hold Physical Cash,” Fidelity Manager Warns Ahead of “Systemic Event”
Oh, I just can’t pass on this one, either. All you hear about is how rosy the employment picture is in the US, yet the statistics, when viewed critically, tell a far different story. So, are we ready for a rate increase? With labor market only halfway back, too soon for rate hike

Markets and the Economy – how about China then?:
I saw this and went ‘wow, that’s a big bet.’ Mind you I did place some credence in the comments below on alternative China strategies. China’s A Shares: My Biggest Bet in 67 Years of Investing
The very same day I came across these two articles, and put a great deal of caution into my reading of the earlier one. The Simple Reason Why China’s Stratospheric Stock Market Rally Can’t Fuel Economic Growth The Biggest Threat to Chinese Stocks: “Shadow Lending” Crackdown

Retire securely – don’t forget it, for a minute…:
Allow me to harp on an old topic, fees. Do yourself a favor, understand the fee structure, top to bottom, in your retirement accounts, all of them. Are You Letting Fees Destroy Your Retirement Savings?
This may be more effort than you want, and it may not really matter to you … if you’ve been listening … still, a comprehensive review of the US retirement landscape. The Reality of the Retirement Crisis

Travel – save some money and get away:
Some ideas here I had not considered … most notably call the hotel. How to get a cheaper hotel deal: Ten tricks to try
Just because it is cheap doesn’t mean it has to be miserable. How to Find First-Class Airfare for Under $1,000
Since you are flying first-class now, this becomes relevant. They’ll book longer flights for a better wine list. Meet the oeno-fliers.

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