11 June 2018

Stocks and Precious Metals Charts - Natural Born Killers - Stock Option Expiration on Friday

"Three dark personalities, narcissism, Machiavellianism, and psychopathy have been studied in businesses.  Although the first two share similar traits with psychopathy, such as superficial charm, lying and manipulation, the inability to accept responsibility for their actions, and the complete lack of empathy, guilt and humility, a large body of research has demonstrated that psychopathic individuals are more dishonest, treacherous and destructive than the others.

While all three dark personalities can be bad news for a company, corporate psychopathy is the most dangerous.  Nevertheless, because they use hard/deceitful manipulation tactics, are perceived as more dominant, and use overt means to appear more 'attractive' to those they wish to manipulate, psychopathic individuals may have the upper hand when it comes time to identify and select the most likely to succeed candidate for employee selection and promotion."

Cynthia Mathieu, The Devil Lurks In the Suit

"Psychopathy is a personality disorder characterized by twenty well-documented traits and characteristics.  The most visible are glib/superficial charm, a grandiose sense of self worth, a strong need for stimulation (that is, psychopaths are easily bored) and impulsivity. 

However, there are others, which they successfully hide from view, in particular pathological lying, conning, manipulation, a lack of empathy, remorse and guilt.  Over time, one might begin to see examples of irresponsibility, lack of realistic, long-term goals, and their failure to take responsibility for their own actions."

Paul Babiak, co-author with Robert Hare of Snakes In Suits

“Killers aren't always assassins.  Sometimes, they don't even have blood on their hands.”

Ruta Sepetys,  Salt to the Sea
Bloomberg said that this will be the most important week for the world economy.

Trump is meeting with North Korea's Kim, the UK MP's will be voting on a Brexit bill, the Fed is expected to raise rates 25 bp, the ECB will be updating their plan for bonds, and the BOJ is expecting to maintain its stimulus.

And there will be a stock option expiration in the US on Friday.

Despite a little action back and forth in the markets today, they seemed to be largely 'holding their breath' waiting to see what happens next.

Need little, want less, love more.  For those that abide in love abide in God, and God in them.

Have a pleasant week.