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Monday, March 8, 2021

Blitz!

This is a photo of my home town taken by the Luftwaffe in 1939, I think it was about the 3rd day of the war. They thought the factory was important, although when they bombed it they missed and hit a hen house. The chickens were shaken but not stirred. Sign in to see full entry.

Still here

Just a note to say I'm still here, even though I've nothing to say. Maybe better to say nothing than bore you all with a lot of nonsense about Chickens and floods and neighbours. I want to keep the account open, and I'm still toying with creative writing, but let's face it, the whole world and their brother are writing stories right now. Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, February 26, 2021

Down but not out!

The whole market is down at the lowest point of the week. This looks like a horror show right now, but I just watched a video in which a guy pointed out that the 10-year yield Bonds went up. This means money flowed there and not the stock market. But he also pointed out that there was so little take-up of the bonds it looks like there is no appetite to buy us US debt. Bonds can't go up much more, and the market will go crazy once people are allowed out to spend their money. A bit worried, but we... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, February 22, 2021

Big Risks!

As of the time of writing the S&P500 is well down. I'm running at about $150 loss of the markets at the moment but hopefully, it's going up. This is the only way you can ever make any money from the market. It's a big headache waiting to see if you are even going to get your money back. But I've never come across anything else. This time last year was one of the biggest dips in the market ever. I held onto my positions and luck came out on my side. I had to move the stop-losses, which is... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, February 18, 2021

Potholes!

Our local town is Stamford. And the road system has changed little since the Victorian age. In the old days, there was no such thing as Tarmac so they just used ash from the fires. This was just trampled in and they hoped for the best. As you can imagine, road repair was just luck. But when the army came in during the war, they surfaced most of the roads with Tarmac. Many of the roads around here have never been serviced since. So when Potholes spring up the Council just hope a magic fairy is... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Water-water everywhere!

We had a burst pipe in the village yesterday and had to ration water for 48 hours. Now it was not just a matter of no shaving or washing up, we were worried about drinking water, and more importantly, Mother was worried about water for her horse. Just makes you think about how little it takes to knock us back to the middle ages. Ironic really, as the name of our village is: Tinwell. Which some people took to mean Village of the 10 Wells. Some of the old houses still have wells in their cellars,... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, February 15, 2021

Bitcoin

The Crypto's have gone a bit mad of late. As I look at it today, they all took a dip, but this is a good thing as people are only going to buy them when they are cheap enough. When it all started the idea was to have a currency that could transfer money between countries without the monstrous fees. But as it grew in popularity something happened. The price went up then stopped. Stopped dead. When you think about it, what would happen if someone gave you a gold coin? You would think: "This is too... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, February 14, 2021

Keep Going!

This is just a brief note to keep the account going. Not much going on here in the UK. Very cold. Well, cold for us. We have had such mild winters here for the past 5 years so we have to get used to it again. Not that it will last much longer, as the gulf stream keep us warm. Lockdown has proved more mind-numbingly boring than anyone would have imagined. I don't miss large crowds of people any more. I think it's because I worked in a very large supermarket and got used to meeting hundreds of... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, February 5, 2021

NFP

Non-Farm Payroll day. This is not as important as it once was, but it still packs a punch. Traditionally it was something to do with calculating the total employed people in the USA for that month. It got in a mess because they could never work out how many people worked the land, especially during harvest. So they made the decision to work out everything BUT the farmhands. When I first started trading it could jump like a lottery win, but now it hardly moves. It still makes a difference for the... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, January 28, 2021

Wow!

A big down day for all the stock market, but sadly one we were all expecting. Some stocks were deliberately manipulated by users on Reddit and Robin Hood. Gamestop was hyped to the point of madness, going up 1,000%. This is a disaster for anyone wanting to make genuine money. When it gets like this, the best thing to do is stay away! The Indexes are designed to go up not down and I'm convinced they will recover. There are delegated places where the indexes like the S&P 500 are expected to go... Sign in to see full entry.

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