16 January 2020

Stocks and Precious Metals Charts - Brood of Vipers - Stock Option Expiration Tomorrow

“Although I say that wisdom is better than strength, nevertheless the common wisdom is despised, and its words are not heard. A wise man speaking quietly is worth more than the shouts of a tyrant commanding fools. Wisdom is better than weapons of war, but one sinful man can destroy much that is good."

Ecclesiastes 9:16-18

"The barbarian hopes — and that is the mark of him, that he can have his cake and eat it too. He will consume what civilization has slowly produced after generations of selection and effort, but he will not be at pains to replace such goods, nor indeed has he a comprehension of the virtue that has brought them into being.

We sit by and watch the barbarian. We tolerate him in the long stretches of peace, we are not afraid. We are tickled by his irreverence; his comic inversion of our old certitudes; we laugh. But as we laugh we are watched by large and awful faces from beyond, and on these faces there are no smiles.”

Hilaire Belloc

"‘Woe to you, you hypocrites!  You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside, but on the inside are full of the bones of the dead and everything unclean.  On the outside you appear righteous, but on the inside you are full of hypocrisy and wickedness.  You snakes, you brood of vipers.'"

Matt 23: 23-33

The truth can sometimes hurt. It is not always to see what we have become. But the truth will set us free.

Stocks rose to a new high today.

Gold and silver finished slightly lower, with the Dollar slightly higher.

The impeachment 'trial' of Trumpollini is now proceeding in the Senate.

Politicians are for the most part not admirable at their best.  But courage and integrity are scarce commoditities in this current crop of Senators and executives.

The GAO released its report today, finding that Trump and his administration broke the law.

I still believe that we will see a major change in the US political and economic scene by July.  

Tomorrow is a stock market options expiration.

There will be a three day weekend for the US markets because of Martin Luther King observance on Monday.

Have a pleasant evening.