4 Financial Market Factors To Keep In Mind For 2017 (2 min read)

Written By Millionaire’s Digest Team Member: Eric Bruin

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Modern portfolio theory, even with its limitations, has significantly helped investors accomplish their financial goals for the past 65 years. Harry Markowitz, the father of MPT, helped more people become millionaires than nearly anyone else in the history of finance (I know of only two other people who contributed more). For investors of all ages, diversification is now a requirement for sound investment. Whether you have a 401k, IRA, pension plan, or brokerage account, your diversified investment positions are likely going to change over the next year due to movements in the overall market.

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If a law is fundamentally flawed, you’re supposed to point that out.

Mary P. Sinclair (September 23, 1918 – January 14, 2011) was an American environmental activist and one of the nation’s foremost lay authorities on nuclear energy and its impact on the natural and human environment.

3 Germany Facts

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1. Germany was the first country in the world to adopt Daylight saving time (DST, aka summer time). This occurred in 1916 in the midst of WWI and was put in place in order to conserve energy.

2. The capital of Berlin has more bridges than Venice in Italy – Berlin boasts 960 bridges, 59.8 square km of water in lakes, and ~180 km of navigable waterways. Combined with its surrounding state Brandenburg, it has Europe’s largest inland water network.

3. Prison escape is not punishable by law in Germany – German law maintains that it’s a basic human instinct to be free and, therefore, prisoners have the right to escape jail. Actual escapes, however, often do not go unpunished as prisoners are still held responsible for damage to property or bodily harm against any individual upon their breakout.

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Germans take their day of rest very seriously. Shops are shut, people take leisurely walks and there will be absolutely no domestic drilling thank you very much. It is against the law to drill at any time on a Sunday. And it doesn’t stop with DIY either, take note that throwing away bottles in the recycling bins is also strictly forbidden outside certain hours – just check the containers.
In the same vein, Germans like their peace and quiet and it is STRENG VERBOTEN (strictly forbidden) to tune your piano at night.

Goodbye, American neoliberalism. A new era is here | Cornel West

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The neoliberal era in the United States ended with a neofascist bang. The political triumph of Donald Trump shattered the establishments in the Democratic and Republican parties – both wedded to the rule of Big Money and to the reign of meretricious politicians.

The Bush and Clinton dynasties were destroyed by the media-saturated lure of the pseudo-populist billionaire with narcissist sensibilities and ugly, fascist proclivities. The monumental election of Trump was a desperate and xenophobic cry of human hearts for a way out from under the devastation of a disintegrating neoliberal order – a nostalgic return to an imaginary past of greatness.

White working- and middle-class fellow citizens – out of anger and anguish – rejected the economic neglect of neoliberal policies and the self-righteous arrogance of elites. Yet these same citizens also supported a candidate who appeared to blame their social misery on minorities, and who alienated Mexican immigrants, Muslims, black people, Jews, gay people, women and China in the process.

This lethal fusion of economic insecurity and cultural scapegoating brought neoliberalism to its knees. In short, the abysmal failure of the Democratic party to speak to the arrested mobility and escalating poverty of working people unleashed a hate-filled populism and protectionism that threaten to tear apart the fragile fiber of what is left of US democracy. And since the most explosive fault lines in present-day America are first and foremost racial, then gender, homophobic, ethnic and religious, we gird ourselves for a frightening future.

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Goodbye, American neoliberalism. A new era is here | Cornel West