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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Market Decline Has Fear & Greed Index Showing Fear

CNN's "Fear & Greed Index" has fallen into the "Fear Zone" with the markets decline from their March 1 record closing highs.
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Today Investors are skittish as:

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Wednesday, March 08, 2017

CIA Hack to Get Window 8 For Free

As a Microsoft (MSFT)shareholder, I hope the company demands a full accounting of the CIA and NSA to make sure every workstation that has Windows software paid for the license.  
From a WikiLeaks tweet yesterday: 
"Don't want to pay for Wndows? The CIA's hackers have a pirate guide to skip product key activation https://t.co/ogJJWUZ2Hg"
"The default MDSN Windows 8 installation requires Product Key Activation in order to setup.  The following steps are useful in editing the MSDN iso to enable the Skip button during the install."
Hell, over 30 years ago when I was at HP and it was easy to get and install illegal, pirated software, having it on a work computer without the proper license was something that would get you fired and walked out the door.  
It is "interesting" as Mr. Spock would say that there is no warning on this hacked document that doing this is illegal.

Perhaps  Microsoft will get a huge revenue boost by going after the CIA and NSA to get paid for the stolen software.... This could be a nice, special dividend for us shareholders!



Monday, March 06, 2017

China Lowers 2017 GDP Growth Target

According to the Financial Times article, "China targets economic growth of around 6.5 per cent," China lowered its annual economic growth target to "around” 6.5%, compared to last year's target range of 6.5% to 7%.

Do you believe these numbers?

This lower target was announced "on Sunday morning by Premier Li Keqiang in his annual “work report” to China’s parliament, the National People’s Congress. "

Other comments in the article of note:
  • "Reflecting Beijing’s caution, Mr Li said the government’s fiscal deficit target would remain unchanged at three per cent of GDP; last year it came in at 3.8%."
  • "Retails sales growth is also expected to moderate slightly to ten per cent this year."
  • "In his work report, Mr Li also predicted that fixed asset investment, a key driver for the world’s second-largest economy, would increase nine per cent. Fixed-asset investment grew only 8.1 per cent last year, below the government’s initial target of 10.5 per cent."
Note: You may have to enter "China targets economic growth of around 6.5 per cent" into a Google search window to get a direct link to the article.  

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