We love to break the monotony of the usual Financial “Stuff” with an off topic just to keep it fun…. Fortunately there are some really interesting and unusual charts that grab our attention frequently!
Our friends and Visual Capitalist continue to push out some of the neatest charts ever ….
With an unused make up snow day today (not sure how that happened but oh well) – kiddos out today – and next week being Spring Break an attempt personally to take some R & R time next week, I am out today and next week….
Always tethered, this time lightly as Jen and Donald are very capable of covering !
BREAK IN – Spring has sprung… each year the family watches for the early budding Tree in the back yard… Great News, the deep freeze of just a few weeks ago did not do our early budding tree in AND in the last 24 hours the blooms have started…
Who needs the Groundhog… kidding-
Well done Pierce for spotting !
While gone, the finishing touches will be put on the Newsletter, AND next week we will do a shortened version of one of the main articles – Why You Should Check Your Social Security Earnings Record Now!
Time Change Weekend – YAY
In addition to a little R and R, next week, we get my favorite time change! YAY
Sure we lose an hour of sleep…
Sure it seems to take a bit longer to adjust as the years go by…
But the Suns stays up LATE in the evenings…
Friday and Next Weeks Posts
If I can stay away from the keyboard – no promises…haha
In addition to the Newsletter Preview Post mentioned above, a re-run of another reminder post will occur as well.. hat tip DK from the field as a neat reminder!
Ahhhh…. but today is a Friday and I am away, but tethered lightly… enjoy your weekend and your Friday!
After a fairly heavy February Review post and looking back into February’s posts …. seeing a lot of heavy … we intentionally went very light and much to the happiness of 13 year old, who is a regular gamer..
While Elon Musk can certainly be a controversial figure… especially with his Cell phone and Twitter App Opened… he has a way of making successful endeavors.
Not withstanding the above, we find Musk an innovator and certainly not afraid of what critics may say. Here and here and even here in our Newsletter earlier this year we spoke of Musk. With Musk’s announcement of moving to Austin Texas, we likely will be seeing and hearing more from him.
The following chart was just too good to pass up from our friends at Visual Capitalist.
As a reminder, a short seller makes a bet the stock will go down, which usually happens much faster than a stock climbs, by borrowing the stock from some one, selling it with the intent of buying it back at a lower price. Two big catches with this technique are that a short sellers losses are unlimited as a stock may grow to the sky and if too many shorts end up on the same company, a short squeeze or unnecessary and unwarranted run up in the stock as everyone buys to cover may occur….. trampling the Shorts !
The most interesting part of this chart from our friends at Visual Capitalist in our opinion is the synthetic versus notional value of assets… What?
Ok… so we laid some Wall Street Gibberish on you…
All of this is near the end of the chart…
Derivatives …. A synthetic product is basically a product of some type that allows you to use a small amount of money to control a larger amount of assets… most importantly for a defined period of time…..
Used correctly, most of these types of products are for lowering risk, also called hedging…
Used aggressively, these products are speculative and can cause harm to an investors portfolio….
Notional or real value of the assets held by Derivatives are currently a Quadrillion … not a term used frequently… such the interest…
It’s a long chart, but very informative and interesting… take a moment to digest… think it worth it!
This again from our friends at Visual Capitalist who usually do not do animated charts, but we sure like this one…
This one is 11 minutes long…well worth the time, but we know most will not watch for more than 2 – Pick a time frame when you think you may know what everyone was searching – You will likely be surprisingly wrong – again, VERY short attention spans for everyting!
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The is the vocal portion of J.K. Financial, Inc. a Dallas Texas Based Fee Only Total Wealth Financial Planning Firm. Founded by John Kvale, a Dallas Texas Fee only Financial Planner and Total Wealth Manager.