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Stock market news has continued to weigh heavily toward politics compared to the usual economic indicators, stock news and even earnings.
For someone seeking to read up on the latest stock market news, this can be annoying.
I understood it during the election and the months following. But now it's almost nine months after, and eventually reporters will have to report on the actual data instead of political uncertainties.
Here we are at the start of a strong earnings season (so far), and as I browse through many of the financial news websites, they're still filled with political jargon.
However, these political headlines are stock market news … because they are affecting our economy and your stocks as I write this.
They may not have much of an impact in the long run, but in the short term, they are creating volatility that requires either a strong stomach, or the nimbleness to be able to adapt rapidly.
I take the latter approach.
I have seen a great deal of political impact in seasonality trading, where President Donald Trump's hopes to restore infrastructure spending and fuel US growth have propelled the materials sector higher through a seasonally weak period.
This is the kind of thing that we have to pay attention to as Trump continues to find his rhythm in office.
But political issues aren't just disrupting recent seasonal trends. They're slowing our economy as well – at least according to the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
Last week, the IMF slashed the projected US growth rate from 2.3% in 2017 and 2.5% in 2018 down to a tepid 2.1% for both years.
That's not only a cut to our growth, but it's a shot to Trump's ego. He campaigned on returning America to 4% growth. Since then, his promises are returning America to 3% sustainable growth, and the IMF temporarily had increased its outlook for the US
But in Trump's first two years, the IMF now sees mediocre growth at best, with expectations at just 2.1%.
The Status Quo of the New Regime
This reality of where our growth is versus where our growth is expected to be is evident on a quarter-by-quarter basis when you look at the Atlanta Federal Reserve's GDPNow forecast.
These expectations are important because they are basically the status quo of the new regime.
The IMF assumed Trump and the Republican-controlled Congress would be able to swiftly get things done. As we have seen with the health care dilemma, that isn't the case so far.
So should we ignore all the political news taking over financial headlines?
No. We can't. Clearly it is having an impact on our portfolios, and it's something we must continue to watch diligently.
But it doesn't mean old trends and strategies quit working.
In fact, I have still had a great deal of success even with Trump in office in all my trading – with solid win rates and consistent gains.
But it has required quick actions in some instances, while it meant sticking to my strategy in others. Together, it required patience and an understanding of what was at risk.
By having knowledge of the strategies I utilize, I'm able to understand which items are going to affect which strategies, and how to navigate the turbulence.
The stock market is very turbulent, so it's important that you have confidence in how to navigate it, with or without the added political issues.
Join the action as 8 of today's hottest MILFs compete for the National MILF Championship. The Winner is determined by a secret statistical formula you would not understand. Because it involves fractions.
The Basics of the Formula include:
– A Panel of Judges consisting of heterosexual men
– Asking 1000 people on the streets of New York City
– My personal vote
– Internet Buzz Statistics
– In the case of a tie, there is a high-stakes rock-paper-scissors tournament
March MILF Madness Game 1
A complete blow-out!
Pamela Anderson wins although she had more work than the Help Wanted ads.
Pamela destroyed 90210-oh-oh so hot Jennie Garth.
One judge comments: "Jennie is a normal hot babe up against a super hot buxom babe. Even though Pam is a quarter plastic, she's still slammin '.”
Then I dismissed him from being a judge for still using the phrase “slammin '.
WTF? Who says Slammin 'anymore? "Yo, Jennie is Fresh, but Pamela is da bomb, bro!"
My feeling is guys gave Pam too much credit for her past hotness and are overlooking her now-scary face and ugly implants.
My vote went to Jennie Garth because she has 2 kids and is expecting a 3rd but she still looks natural. And more like a human being. Personally, I think the human-look is hot.
But Pamela Anderson has been one of the most downloaded women on the Internet for 10 years! That's amazing.
But how many guys have downloaded hepatitis C from her vagina? Not hot.
One judge explained, “I vote for Pamela Anderson because of her t! Ts. You can bag the face. ”
Yeah, in March MILF Madness, there is a lot to be said for over-inflated basketballs.
Me? I love snuggle-bubbles, too. But if her face isn't pretty, I don't care about the t! Tty!
My vote was not so much for Jennie Garth, but against Pamela Anderson. I think it's time they sent her and her awful implants to the glue factory. In basketball terms, for Pam, it's way past overtime.
Part of a woman's hotness is her perceived sluttiness level, too. Keeping with the basketball theme of the event, we need to ask, “How many guys have dribbled on Pam Anderson's court?”
March MILF Madness Game 2
What an exciting finish! It was neck and neck! And cleavage and cleavage! Incredible!
Jennifer Garner is super hot. Super pretty face. And a killer body.
Melania Trump is a lot less famous BUT her body is reeeeee-dick-alus!
Melania was helped by her Trump name. People seemed to trust The Donald's judgment with the bims. As one judge remarked:
“She's banging Trump and Trump has banged a lot of hot chicks. Trump gives her the extra oomph. (Wouldn't we ALL like to give her the extra oomph!) Trump's owned the Miss Universe Contest and Miss America Pageant. He has competitions for hotness. He knows what he's doing. He's gotta have some expertise. ”
That's a damn good point.
While Melania was helped by her husband, Jennifer may have been hurt by the backlash against Ben “Dover” Affleck.
Guys had a lot of great things to say about Jennifer Garner. They love her dimples, her body, her eyes, her perky nipples.
Plus Melania's basketballs are most likely synthetic while Jennifer's are authentic.
But… Melania squeaks out a win in an upset !!
MARCH MILF MADNESS GAME 3
Another tight battle of the MILFs! Many felt Denise Richards' time has passed.
Though one judge vehemently dissented stating his desire to “get into the paint” with Denise:
“I would kill someone to have Denise Richards.”
But another judge wanted to pick and roll Heidi into bed.
He admits, “With Heidi, sometimes I find that I'm accidentally humping my couch cushions while watching her on TV.”
What's even grosser is that that judge still lives with his parents.
Heidi Klum still has that incredibly pretty face. And I think the images of her (fair or not) posing in Sports Illustrated's Swimsuit Edition will forever give her higher scores than she would otherwise earn today.
Hedi edges Denise!
MARCH MILF MADNESS Game 4
Christine Taylor (Ben Stiller's wife)
Michelle Williams (Brokeback Mountain bim)
Another close one!
Michelle Williams was hurt by guys who think chicks who have babies with guys who kiss guys in the movies are not as hot as chicks who have babies with guys who destroy weddings at the movies.
Major bonus points were given to Christine Taylor by Jewish voters. Because Christine is married to Jewish funnyman Ben Stiller. And every Jewish guy knows it's a Jewish guy's dream to get with a hot shiksa (non-Jewish girl).
To me, they are both hot shiksas. I voted for Michelle Williams (probably because I did not see Brokeback Mountain.)
And the winning MILF is…. Christine Taylor!
Stay tuned for more March MILF Madness! We're down to the The Final 4play!
Pamela Anderson vs. Melania Trump
Christine Taylor vs. Heidi Klum.
Cast your votes [http://www.hogwild.net/hogblog/2006/03/21/march-milf-madness-the-final-4play/] for the Top Seed (or on which Top you'd shoot your Seed .)