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7 Modern Folk Remedies That Actually Work

The Daily Reckoning - Wed, 19/11/2014 - 19:02

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In ancient Chinese medicine, the cure for stuttering was a good hard whack in the face.

But it must… and this part is crucial… be on a cloudy day.

The funny thing about folk remedies is some of them actually work.

Early American settlers apparently believed that urine cured acne. We don’t know if that’s true. And we’re not that interested in finding out.

Merrie England’s once-favored method of treating sore throats was to wrap your own dirty socks around your neck.

Again, not interested.

All cultures and societies have folk medicine of their own. And the modern day is no different.

The funny thing about folk remedies is some of them actually work. Today, we’ll take a look at the ones that work… and how to use them…

ONE: Eradicate foot odor with vodka. Suffering from foot stench? Wipe down those dogs with a vodka-soaked washcloth. The alcohol is antiseptic and destroys the fungus and bacteria that causes odor. And it dries out the moisture that allows these organisms to grow. (Yes, you could use rubbing alcohol. Whichever is closer-at-hand.)

TWO: Cure your headache with a pencil. When stressed, most people clench their jaw and teeth. This can strain the muscles in your face and temples and cause tension headaches. A simple trick is to put a pencil between your teeth, but don’t bite down. By doing this, you’re forced to relax your jaw. This will ease the tension.

THREE: Bad breath? Cure it with bacteria. The live bacteria in yogurt have been shown to suppress the bacteria that cause bad breath. The “good” stuff will fight off those baddies that make your breath kick. Eat up.

The live bacteria in yogurt have been shown to suppress the bacteria that cause bad breath.

FOUR: Listerine cures blisters. While it’s not as effective for bad breath as yogurt, Listerine does have one use: curing blisters. Moisten a cotton ball with the burning blue and dab the blister three times a day. Watch the blister go away.

FIVE: Cure mouth herpes with tea. Suffer from cold sores? Lemon balm tea has antiviral properties that have been shown to tame herpes outbreaks (the mouth kind, not the sexually transmitted kind). Dab your cold sore with the tea several times a day and voila… mouth herpes no more!

SIX: Grind your corns with licorice and jelly. This is a weird one. Licorice contains estrogen-like compounds that can soften your skin. Especially the rough skin of calluses and corns. So grind up a few licorice sticks, mix them with petroleum jelly, rub it on your feet, and ignore all the weird looks your family gives you.

SEVEN: Motion sickness? Pop some olives. Motion sickness makes you produce excess saliva. This excess saliva is a signal to your body that something is wrong… in turn, making you feel nauseous. Olives have tannins that can help dry out your mouth and trick your body back to wellness.


Chris Campbell
for The Daily Reckoning

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Categories: Economic Blogs

Double Your Money from the Laughing Stock of the Market

The Daily Reckoning - Wed, 19/11/2014 - 18:19

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[Ed. Note: Back on January 15th, Greg Guenthner alerted readers to Alcoa’s breakout. He now feels Alcoa can double your money as it begins another rally... Read on...]

The blockbuster trades take the most guts.

As a dude by the name of Joseph Campbell once said, “The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.”

Damn straight…

And today we’re going to see if you’ve got the guts to pull the trigger on a trade that could double your money by this time next year. I’ll tell you what it is in just a minute…

You have the perfect opportunity to play the new breakout in Alcoa stock right now…

It’s so tempting to run with the herd. And sometimes, it can produce fantastic trades. You ride the wave of hype and hope — and cash out somewhere along the way when the party starts getting a little crazy.

Then there are the “hate trades”. These are the stocks that your worst enemy wouldn’t wish on you. They’ve been heaved out of a third-story window, run over in the street, and given last rites. Not even the most diligent value investor can find a pulse…

But listen, fortunes are made from these trades. They’re the trades that can make your year — or even pile up an entire decade’s worth of gains. If you have the guts to grab these potential turnarounds in the early stages, you could easily ride some of the biggest waves you will ever see. And that’s what we’re looking at today with one of the most hated stocks out there. I’m talking about Alcoa.

Let me explain…

Yes, in late September 2013, Alcoa Inc. was dropped from the Dow Jones Industrial Average. The aluminum manufacturer had been a Dow component for 54 years. But its low share price had become a bit of a problem for the Dow (which, unlike the S&P 500, is a price-weighted index). That means that toward the end of its run, even a major move in Alcoa shares barely registered on the Dow. In that sense, the company had become irrelevant.

So Alcoa got the boot. The stock was already considered a joke. It never beat earnings expectations and shares always seemed to find lower ground. No one took the stock seriously. And that’s the best thing that ever happened to it…

Alcoa’s expulsion was the final straw for this stock. Every last bull was chased from the barn. The running of the bulls was just the spark the stock needed to begin a new rally. September 2013 was the bottom. From there, a massive change in trend helped carry this stock to gains of more than 102% in a little more than a year…

I alerted you to this move back on January 15th. I said that unlike many stocks on the market, Alcoa had yet to come close to its pre-financial crisis highs. The breakout was changing that fact. And even after its massive run, this stock is nowhere near its 2008 high water mark north of $40…

Now the good news…

I believe Alcoa’s rally to its old 2008 highs begins today. Even if you missed the first signs of this massive trend change last year… Even if you failed to buy when I wrote you again back in January… And even though AA has already handed patient investors more than 120% in just 14 months… You have the perfect opportunity to play the new breakout in Alcoa stock right now… and potentially double your money over the next year.

Settled down yet? Good. Now let’s see if you have the guts to make the right move…


Greg Guenthner
for The Daily Reckoning

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Categories: Economic Blogs

My Favorite Stock McDonalds Just Got Kicked Off My “Buy” List

The Market Oracle - Wed, 19/11/2014 - 17:28
Keith Fitz-Gerald writes: This has been one of my favorite stocks for over 10 years. I’ve called it a rock-solid investment, a powerful income play, and a global challenger that would be able to outmaneuver the competition to react to changing consumer preferences around the world. I’ve recommended it as a “BUY” twice to my Money Map Report readers, who had the chance to see great returns of at least 42.90%.
Categories: Economic Blogs

European Economies in Perpetual State of Shock, What's Scarier Than Deflation?

The Market Oracle - Wed, 19/11/2014 - 17:24
As early as 2011, our analysis warned that Europe's deflation was coming -- here's why For the economies of Europe, the past few months have felt like one long ice-bucket challenge that never ends: A perpetual state of shock induced by the bone-chilling fact that deflation "...has become a reality in many European countries." (Oct. 24, New York Times) At last count, eight European nations are now in outright deflation, including:
Categories: Economic Blogs

Breakfast with a Lord of War and Nuclear Weapons

The Market Oracle - Wed, 19/11/2014 - 17:19
By David Galland, Partner, Casey Research For reasons that will become apparent as you read the following article, I was quite reluctant to write it. Yet, in the end, I decided to do so for a couple of reasons. The first is that it ties into Marin Katusa’s best-selling new book, The Colder War, which I read cover to cover over two days and can recommend warmly and without hesitation. I know that Casey Research has been promoting the book aggressively (in my view, a bit too aggressively), but I exaggerate not at all when I tell you that the book sucked me in from the very beginning and kept me reading right to the end.
Categories: Economic Blogs

Stock Market Waiting for the Trendline Break

The Market Oracle - Wed, 19/11/2014 - 17:13
SPX has made a 5-wave impulse from the top and may be correcting up to 2048.00 as I write. The Orthodox Broadening Top trendline is at that level or a bit higher. An aggressive sell signal may be generated as SPX crosses beneath the trading channel trendline at 2040.00.
Categories: Economic Blogs

The Abenomics Japan Economic Death Spiral

The Market Oracle - Wed, 19/11/2014 - 17:09
As Japanese Prime Minster Shinzo Abe has turned his country into a petri dish of Keynesian ideas, the trajectory of Japan's economy has much to teach us about the wisdom of those policies. And although the warning sirens are blasting at the highest volumes imaginable, few economists can hear the alarm. (A longer version of this article can be found in Euro Pacific Capital's Global Investor Newsletter.) Data out this week shows the Japanese economy returning to recession by contracting for the second straight quarter (and three out of the last four quarters). The conclusion reached by the Keynesian apologists is that the benefits of inflation caused by the monetary stimulus have been counteracted, temporarily, by the negative effects of inflation caused by taxes. This tortured logic should be a clear indication that the policies were flawed from the start.
Categories: Economic Blogs

Gold Manipulation - Efficient Markets Driven By Symmetrically Available Information - Algorithic!

The Market Oracle - Wed, 19/11/2014 - 17:05
"What a piece of work is a man, how noble in reason, how infinite in faculties, in form and moving how express and admirable, in action how like an angel, in apprehension how like a god! the beauty of the world, the paragon of animals." - William Shakespeare, Hamlet
Categories: Economic Blogs

The U.S. Economy’s Ebb and Flow

The Market Oracle - Wed, 19/11/2014 - 16:59
Paul Krugman recently wrote an op-ed in The New York Times about the exit of Bill Gross from Pimco and why that happened because he didn’t understand that we’re in a deflationary or depression-like economy. He kept betting on interest rates rising on a lag from money printing or quantitative easing (QE) but that never happened and his massive bond fund suffered. I don’t agree with Paul Krugman about too many things, but I do agree with one of his major points in that article.
Categories: Economic Blogs

Gold Rises After Unusual Russian Central Bank Gold Buying Announcement

The Market Oracle - Wed, 19/11/2014 - 16:53
Russia’s central bank bought about 150 metric tons of the metal this year, announced Governor Elvira Nabiullina yesterday. The pronouncement immediately created buying in the market, prompting gold to rise to a two week high at $1,200 an ounce.
Categories: Economic Blogs

Why Gold and U.S. Dollar Do Not Always Move Inversely?

The Market Oracle - Wed, 19/11/2014 - 16:50
Arkadiusz Sieron writes: The strength (or weakness) in the U.S. dollar is one of the most important drivers of price of gold. However, this is not always true and there are times when they rise or fall simultaneously. The positive correlation between U.S. dollar and gold occurred, for instance, from May through December 1993, from May until November 2005, and at the turn of the 2008 and 2009.
Categories: Economic Blogs

What You Need to Know Before Investing in Alibaba

The Market Oracle - Wed, 19/11/2014 - 16:44
Michael E. Lewitt writes: It's 13F season, when the world's largest hedge funds disclose their biggest holdings. And this year, some of the world's best investors – George Soros, Dan Loeb, John Paulson, David Tepper, Louis Bacon Moore, Leon Cooperman – all have significant stakes in Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. (NYSE: BABA). If it wasn't clear before, this makes it official that Alibaba has taken the investment world by storm.
Categories: Economic Blogs

Global Irrational Exuberance Enters a New Phase

The Market Oracle - Wed, 19/11/2014 - 13:20
Brendan Brown writes: The present global plague of asset price inflation — with its origins in Federal Reserve quantitative easing policies and featuring much irrational exuberance — is transitioning into a new phase. Some optimistic commentators suggest a benign and painless end to the plague lies ahead. They cite the skill of the Federal Reserve in “ending QE.” These optimists even suggest that meanwhile, controlled injections of new viruses of asset price inflation by the Japanese and European central banks could have a good outcome, and this justifies the risks of the procedure. None of this optimism is justified by the evidence, nor by the known pathology of asset price inflation.
Categories: Economic Blogs

The Government Owns Your Children

The Market Oracle - Wed, 19/11/2014 - 12:00
Scott Lazarowitz writes: Well, the CPS vultures are out there, once again. This time in Seminole County, Florida. In June the county’s Child Protection Services bureaucrats took a 12-day-old baby away from his vegan Seventh Day Adventist mother who insisted on breastfeeding the baby, and, when the baby was losing weight the mother refused to take him to the hospital and instead she provided the baby with a supplemental vegan formula. That diet and method of healing was consistent with her religious beliefs, but her “doctor” believed otherwise, reported her to the “authorities” who arrested her, and had CPS seize her child.
Categories: Economic Blogs

G20 and BRICS Great Schism

The Market Oracle - Wed, 19/11/2014 - 11:53
Global trade relationships and agreements are moving in very different directions. The public relations press releases hide the undercurrents that are driving the formations of alternative economic alliances. While the G 20, markets its all inclusive umbrella policy forums, the mere formation of a BRICS counterweight forecasts deep and fundamental differences. So what is really behind the creation of a different approach to the post WWII dominate U.S. lead model? A clue can be found in an attempt to modify the operations and direction of IMF functions.
Categories: Economic Blogs

Gold & Silver Timing and Flexibility is the Key to a Successful Trade

The Market Oracle - Wed, 19/11/2014 - 11:49
Background Gold has not glistened since the summer of 2011 when a substantial rally took it to an all-time record price of $1900/oz. Since then however it has been a one way trek south punctuated by an occasional weak rally or head fake. Gold’s inability to sustain a meaningful move to higher ground has been damaging to any portfolio that has acquired gold, silver or the associated mining stocks over the last 3 years or so. Gold’s bull market lasted for 10 years from 2001 to 2011 before its rally came to an end. One can be forgiven for expecting such a rally to continue indefinitely as the same data which supported the precious metals surge were more or less still in place. Gold’s fall from grace can be attributed to many reasons including the attraction of a roaring stock market, resurgence of the US dollar, cost of storage, poor sentiment, etc. Depending on the time that one entered this market determines ones current p/l position. Those who purchased gold, silver and the producers in the early years of this bull market will be sitting on handsome profits, assuming they had a buy and hold strategy. For those who are relatively new to this sector of the market it has been a roller coaster of a ride with values being in a progressive state of deterioration.
Categories: Economic Blogs

Forget About Crude Oil Price Testing 2009 Low

The Market Oracle - Wed, 19/11/2014 - 11:43
Oil has hit a slick recently with price sliding over 30% in the last five months. There are now calls for price to potentially  test the 2009 lows. While I think this is a bit extreme, let’s investigate the charts to see what the evidence there suggests.
Categories: Economic Blogs

What Blows Up First? Part 5: Shale Oil Junk Bonds

The Market Oracle - Wed, 19/11/2014 - 11:33
One of the surest signs that a bubble is about to burst is junk bonds behaving like respectable paper. That is, their yields drop to mid-single digits, they start appearing with liberal loan covenants that display a high degree of trust in the issuer, and they start reporting really low default rates that lead the gullible to view them as “safe”. So everyone from pension funds to retirees start loading up in the expectation of banking an extra few points of yield with minimal risk.
Categories: Economic Blogs
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