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COMMODITY INSITE

Over the past several months I have been touting loudly that inflation has finally arrived and the commodity markets per se were poised to do much better in 2018 and beyond. Few have been as bullish and optimistic about commodities as yours truly. Consider some of my past comments and ramblings.

Our Pledge

When I was only six years old and barely in first grade, we stood and pledged allegiance to the flag before we prayed.  

And one of us would take a turn reciting The Lord’s Prayer.  We all were oh so innocent.  We didn’t have a care.  

COMMODITY INSITE

With the Independence Day, July 4th at hand it seems appropriate to put on hold talk about the Big Four: stocks, bonds, currencies and commodities. Instead, this week I would like to suggest a handful of movies to watch before or after any planned picnic or fireworks to watch.

Dude Horse View

This ranch is better than most I’ve seen where rations are a mighty lean.

We’re gettin’ oats and real good forage, better than stuff from year old storage.

Well, stayin’ in this corral, I’d say, is what I’d rather do today.

Then spend it with a dude, of course, who’s probably never rode a horse.

COMMODITY INSITE

A few weeks ago, The Wall Street Journal posted a solid piece entitled, “Trade Fears Threaten Best Year in Commodities Since 2002.” The first sentence reads as follows, “Commodity markets, reveling in their best year since 2002, tumbled Friday as new tariffs announced by the U.S.

Hollowtop Smoke Signals

From across the room, the circular opening looked suspiciously like a miniature submarine’s torpedo tube. My stomach tightened at the sight of it. That’s not to suggest I’m not brave to a fault. However, when suddenly confronted with unsettling situations, my fertile mind sometimes tends to imagine the worst possible outcomes.

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