Critics State Plan will lead to higher state and local taxes and an increased reliance on user fees, such as tolls, water and sewer fees, transit fares and airline ticket taxes.
Senior White House officials who briefed reporters over the weekend say the plan is aimed at fixing the current system of funding infrastructure that they say is broken in two ways.
The first is that the country has been under-investing in infrastructure, leading a state of growing disrepair. The American Society of Civil Engineers gives the nation a grade of D+ for the condition of transit, highway, bridge, rail, water and other infrastructure, and says the country is in need of an investment of $2 trillion more than is currently budgeted.
The second way the White House says the system is broken is in the lengthy federal permitting process, which officials say can take five to 10 years or longer, driving up costs. Full Story
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The USA and the West are hoping Russia attacks the smaller NATO Members. As they will not come to their aid, they will use these attacks to strip their citizens of even more rights in the guise of protecting them against Russians or some other terror threat. What happened after 9/11? Has the world become any safer. What happened after the series of terror attacks plagued Europe in 2016; did anything change? The only thing that changed was the individuals suddenly lost a huge amount of freedom. And with each Terror attack, the government seizes more and more of whatever little freedom is left.
Investing is all about not allowing one’s emotions to do the Talking; once your emotions start talking your money starts walking away from you. The financial crisis of 2008 scarred many individuals and scared away even more; add in the Great Recession, and one can see that the average Joe can come up with many reasons to avoid the stock market. However simple market sentiment analysis could have saved many a person from losing a significant portion of their wealth. To make matters worse, the unemployment rate remains stubbornly high, and wages in most instances are dropping instead of rising which means that many Americans have little to no disposable income left after expenses. Don’t for one second believe the twisted statistics issued by the BLS (Bureau of labour department); those statistics are on par with toilet paper.
False Perceptions lead to False BeliefsMarket Sentiment suggests that most individuals assume that they need a lot of money to invest in the markets. Individuals making $30,000 or less per year are more likely to avoid the stock market, citing insufficient funds as one of the main reasons. There appears to be a misconception in thinking that one needs a lot of money to invest in the markets. Nothing could be further from the truth. One can start off with small amounts and slowly add to this base over the years.; the power of compounding is amazing. If you start young enough even putting away $50-$100 a month can add up to a sizable bundle by the time you retire.
Wikipedia defines anxiety as an emotion characterised by an unpleasant state of inner turmoil, often accompanied by nervous behaviour, such as pacing back and forth, somatic complaints, and rumination. It is the subjectively unpleasant feelings of dread over anticipated events, such as the feeling of imminent death. Anxiety is not the same as fear, which is a response to a real or perceived immediate threat, whereas anxiety is the expectation of a future threat. Anxiety is a feeling of uneasiness and worry, usually generalised and unfocused as an overreaction to a situation that is only subjectively seen as menacing.
Anxiety-like fear is an emotion that is totally useless when it comes to trading the markets. In fact, one could argue that they are almost the same thing. An anxious person worries about events they cannot see but they are highly capable of creating a mountain of a molehill. Fear is usually based on something tangible but anxiety is based on something that is not real. Both these emotions are destructive and should be avoided at all costs. The Anxiety Index allows the astute trader to use this data to gain an edge in the financial markets.
Sentiment Trader: Market Sentiment Helps Identify the Markets TrendThe Tactical Investor is the only financial site to maintain such an Index. It took years to develop and is based on data that we personally collect. We don’t have to rely on second-hand data that might be tainted as we control the data. We are continually fine-tuning our data collection protocols. The latest development includes an AI (artificial intelligence component) which scours the net for keywords and phrases. The phrases are then ranked and given values ranging from 0-100.
Stock Market today; focus on the facts and not the Fear FactorAmericans will list a plethora of reasons as to why they can’t or won’t invest in the markets, but most seem to centre around the fact that most of them don’t have enough to invest in the markets. However, these same chaps that don’t have enough to invest in the markets have enough to spend on $3.00 tasteless cup of coffee and or purchase an avocado sandwich that is even pricier. Many of these so-called broke individuals also just happen to have the latest iPhone or the latest Samsung model, both of which will set you back north of $700. The iPhone 10 when it comes out will cost north of $1000.00
You add all the things that people spend money on today, and you will find out that a large majority of the stuff they claim to need is not only unnecessary but also detrimental to their well being. Hence, stop fixating rumours speculating on whether the stock market today looks healthy or not. If the masses are scared then the stock market today or tomorrow or any other day is a buy. When the masses are happy its time to head for the hills and vice versa.