Posted February 27, 2023
By Matt Insley
The Wizarding World of NATO
“Who is working for peace to try and end this war?” asks Dave P. after the one-year mark of the war in Ukraine last week. “Where’s the United Nations? UN, do your job!”
We’re well beyond expecting these organizations to de-escalate war.
Including this organization (which could be considered one of Russia’s prime agitators)...
No, this is not a hoax.
This is NATO’s twitter featuring “Pavlov” — a journalist who says he voluntarily joined the Armed Forces of Ukraine days after Russia invaded. And here he compares an actual hot war with works of fiction (except William Wallace).
It’s next-level jackassery. Really mind-blowing stuff.
Speaking of mind-blowing (in the most literal sense), Russia and the U.S. have been pulling out of nuclear arms-control agreements for several years now.
We should all be concerned…
Source: The Federation of American Scientists, CNBC
Ugh. Let’s hope (pray?) we can arrive at a resolution before the unthinkable happens.
In the meantime, we follow up on ways to protect your capital from a whipsawing stock market…
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Your Rundown for Monday, February 27, 2023...
“I think people are shocked that yields are as high as they are,” says certified financial planner Anthony Watson of Thrive Retirement Specialists. Mr. Watson is, of course, talking about bond yields.
Since the Panic of 2008, with the exception of 2018, U.S. Treasury yields have generally stunk because of the low interest-rate environment. But, with the Fed’s series of rate hikes over the last year, bond yields have steadily climbed.
“Currently, shorter-term Treasury yields are higher than longer-term yields, which is known as an inverted yield curve,” says an article at CNBC.
[Typically, the yield-curve inversion zooms in on the yields of 2-year and 10-year T-bills; yields on the two this morning sit at 4.79% and 3.92% respectively… This can be a recession indicator, by the way.]
“After paying next to nothing for years, short-term interest rates have spiked. That means you can actually make a decent amount of income from any cash you have on hand,” observes Paradigm’s retirement-and-income specialist Zach Scheidt.
“This is great news for savers like you and me, especially during an uncertain period in the stock market.
“As the Fed continues to hike interest rates and fight against inflation, stock prices are whipsawing back and forth.
“This year the most speculative (or risky) stocks have rebounded sharply after some big declines last year,” says Zach. “And it's tough to tell what the next few months will bring.
“As you know, I think it's a great idea to buy quality stocks at reasonable prices and hold on for long periods of time.
“But with short-term interest rates this high, I think it's wise to use some of your money to buy short-term Treasury bonds for the next few months.
“This will protect your capital and leave you with cash to take advantage of new opportunities… later this year.”
Zach concludes: “So if you're holding some of the more speculative stocks, consider taking some of that capital and putting it into safe short-term Treasury bonds that now pay an attractive amount of income.”
Market Rundown for Monday, Feb. 27, 2023
S&P 500 futures are up 0.60%, just under 4,000.
Oil is down 0.35% to $76.04 for a barrel of WTI.
Gold’s moving sideways at $1,818.40 per ounce.
The same goes for Bitcoin, taking a breather at $23,635.
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