The next stock market crash - how could it happen?

It’s often in hindsight that we look back and see the warning signs that preceded a calamity of some sort. The problem is, we dismiss or rationalize the red flags and subsequently fail to act to prevent the impending doom.

Sometimes it is easier to identify a bad outcome beforehand because it is relative to the situation and number of inputs.

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Brexit Update - Bojo and the Backstop

Recently elected Prime Minister of the UK, Boris Johnson, is making it clear the UK is leaving the European Union on October 31 with or without a deal.

If you are unfamiliar with what is going on here, in 2016, the UK held a vote about whether or not to stay in the European Union, a group of 28 countries working together economically and politically. Why would they want to do this?

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Earnings could tip the scale

The US stock market has been on shaky ground this year. A variety of economic numbers across the globe have shown slowing growth across geographic regions. And yet markets are still near all-time highs….Why? Bad news should be bad news, right? Good news is good news…right? Wrong. We are currently (and I emphasize “currently”) in a “bad news is good news” market dynamic.

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Illinois to become 11th Recreational Cannabis legal state

Illinois budget problems are well known. Govenor J.B. Pritzker has been an advocate for marijuana legalization as a part of a solution to help the state’s finances. The governor had an aggressive agenda and was recently able to broker a bipartisan agreement on the budget and a massive new infrastructure plan which includes a provision to legalize recreational marijuana use in the state.

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2019 Cannabis Outlook and Predictions

2019 could be a transitional year for the legal cannabis industry. Here are some thoughts and predictions for the new year: (NOTE: THESE ARE OPINIONS ONLY AND MAY OR MAY NOT OCCUR IN 2019)

  1. More Operations come online - Even though a state or country passes a marijuana legalization provision, the products are not available immediately for sale. Rules and regulations have to be passed to facilitate the sale within the state.

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If you need a risky surgery, would you get a second opinion?

If your doctor was recommending a major surgery that could affect you for the rest of your life, would you get a second opinion?

Why?

You trust your doctor. He’s credentialed. (hopefully) You have known him for a long time. He treats your friends and family as well. BUT… you would still probably get a second opinion. Right?

Sometimes receiving another point of view can be helpful in solving a problem. In fact, an alternative viewpoint could illuminate solutions that you didn’t even know were available. And just because you get another outlook, it doesn’t mean you have to follow that plan.

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New York moving to Legalize Recreational Marijuana within Months

Governor Cuomo in New York is moving quickly forward to legalize recreational cannabis use. Cuomo had been an opponent of legalization, but his stance has softened in the last few years and changed completely after a recent study suggested “the benefits of taxing and regulating the drug outweighed any negative effects.” Various organizations and groups are already fighting for the revenue legalization will produce.

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2018 Farm Bill Nearing Passage for CBD and Hemp Companies

The 2018 Farm Bill is nearly ready to go to President Trump’s desk for a signature. The Farm Bill includes many provisions, but one of the most interesting is the inclusion of hemp.

The bill will LEGALIZE INDUSTRIAL HEMP

This is ANOTHER huge step forward for the cannabis industry in general. If passed, industrial hemp will be removed from the Controlled Substances List and will officially be a legalized agricultural commodity.

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Midterms and the Market

The Democrats successfully retook the House last night in the U.S. Midterms. The question is, “What does that mean for your portfolio?”

With a divided Congress and polarization at extremes, the Trump/Republican legislative agenda will likely come to a screeching halt. The Democrats do not have enough control to really “undo” anything, but they can stand in the way of further moves by Trump.

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