#occupywallstreet is not happy.Wall Street is a bully and Washington is a boss that is afraid of dealing with conflict.
Recently, it was reported that Citigroup was fined the equivalent of 7 days worth of profit (285 million dollars) for their role in triggering one of the worst financial disasters in US history. Citibank makes approximately 42 million dollars a day. The portfolio manager was ordered to pay fifty thousand dollars and won’t be allowed to trade on Wall Street for six months.
This ‘slap on the wrist’ couldn’t come at a worst time. People who have lost their jobs and their homes FOR LIFE aren’t too sympathetic.
We don’t need to see what happens behind closed doors between government officials and financial institutions. However, we do need to see specific significant measures taken to insure that this won’t happen again ie ZERO TOLERANCE.
EVERYONE needs to know what the rules are. When someone breaks those rules ( ie portfolio managers), investors should feel confident that the government has their back.
Confidence in the government will begin to create confidence in the economy.
Every year, I love to blow the dust off of this list. Resolutions. So much HOPE on January 1st of the new year.
Let’s see how long we last shall we?? It will be my hope to add a little bit of sunshine and lollipops to your world every month with some infotainment, motivation, gossip and stock tips. Okay, maybe not so much with the stock tips though I hear APPL is still a GREAT buy right now 🙂
Courtesy of Natasha Dern (Huffington Post). It’s pretty cool.
- Know that you have a mission.
- Gain perspective.
- Embrace challenges.
- Surround yourself with people who are on the same page.
- Seek out mentors who can inspire your path.
- Define your personal and professional boundaries.
- Clarify what your skills are worth.
- Reinvent yourself.
- Think of yourself as a corporation.
- Learn to act instead of react.
- Take advice only from people who’ve been in your shoes.
- Eliminate distractions.
- Grow your focus.
- Watch your thoughts. They play a role in your reality.
- Pay attention to details.
- Learn to listen more.
- Look beyond appearances.
- Practice more gratitude.
- Increase your stamina.
- Meditate. If you don’t, learn.
- Know your priorities.
- Write out your goals in full. Be specific.
- Under-promise and over-deliver.
- Keep your word.
- Maintain integrity.
- Take a leap of faith.
- If you have a dream, go for it.
- Keep your plans to yourself.
- Speak less and do more.
- Don’t settle.
- Take time to smell the roses.
- Go to sleep early.
- Make that phone call.
- Need help? Ask.
- Make your own opportunities.
- Refine your mannerisms.
- Be mindful of what you accept into your mind.
- Read more.
- Think savvy but be humble.
- Accept your present situation as is. It won’t last forever.
- Flow instead of resist.
- Have faith.
- Be a leader.
- Remember that money is not everything, but satisfaction is.
- Be authentic.
- Expect more from yourself.
- Remember that you are the creator of your destiny.
- Apply more passion to everything that you do.
- Define your vision.
- Remember that patience is a virtue.
- Breathe when in doubt.
- Remember that perseverance is king.
- Stay motivated and pass it on.
- Speak with more clarity.
- Declutter your environment.
- Make time to be with family.
- Remember that every setback is a set-up.
- Be more creative.
- Think outside the box.
- Don’t follow the herd.
- Carve out your own niche.
- Be bold. Be brave.
- Trust your instincts.
- Know your worth.
- Ignore your haters.
- Don’t brag. Let your efforts speak for themselves.
- Remember that timing is everything. Don’t give up.
- Use more logic than emotion.
- Cultivate discipline.
- Know your values.
- Beware of temptation. It comes in many forms.
- Think twice before you act.
- Know your weaknesses.
- Acknowledge the one/ones who gave you an opportunity.
- Say “thank you” to everything — the good, the bad and the ugly.
- Be the kind of person you’d want to meet.
- Say no to distractions.
- Follow your bliss.
- Remember that clarity precedes manifestation.
- Remember that your life matters, and you matter.
- Remember that failure is not a option.
- Surround yourself with people who know more than you.
- Eliminate jealousy.
- Eliminate competition from your mind.
- Do not compare yourself with others. It will cost you.
- Eliminate shortsightedness.
- Practice long-term thinking.
- Build credibility.
- Remember that greed is not an ally.
- Build your life on your terms.
- Take care of yourself.
- Know your opponents.
- Know your limits.
- Preparation invites opportunity.
- Take responsibility. Refuse to cast blame.
- When in doubt, walk away.
- Ask for what you want.
- Remember that love knows where to find you.
- Remember that determination unlocks the door to your potential.
Is there anybody with a small house?
Okay,so apparently, here is the prerequisite if you are going to one of the ‘final four’ on Bachelor or Bachelorette– you have to have a huge honking home. No- you have to a have a mansion. God forbid, you live in a semi-detached or horror of horrors- you’re renting. Duh duh duh.
Constantine- My Big Fat Greek stereotype in Atlanta Georgia
The thin line between sociopaths and mega high achievers. Check out this fascinating article
The most potent political image of the day- nawwwwwh
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I am very sad that Oprah’s daily show is officially over this week. But I’m especially sad because today would have been a GREAT day to cover this Chicago rooted story. It’s just amazing. It’s involves a guy who was drafted in the sixth round by the Chicago Bears last month. His name is JT Thomas. He’s 22 years old and what he did recently has nothing to do with football.
At the beginning of 2020, I decided that instead of making one resolution for the entire year, I was going to make 12 smaller resolutions – one per month.
In terms of resolutions, it’s the best thing that I have ever done.
Number one, I don’t feel like a failure for quitting my yearly resolution after one week and, more importantly, it gave me an opportunity to change my resolution if I wanted to.
My resolution for January started very small. Replace watching CNN with groundbreaking documentaries. I made a few recommendations last month. I would like to add the brilliant ‘American Factory’ – produced by the Obamas and winner of this year’s Oscar for best documentary.
My February resolution was perhaps a little bit bigger and a little more important than watching less CNN. I decided to look after my health.
My problem isn’t that I’m unhealthy, my problem is that I’m almost too healthy.
I never seem to get sick.
I don’t know if it’s my strong Dutch-Guyanese DNA or stubborn Dutch-Guyanese disposition that doesn’t allow me to admit when I’m not feeling well. At any rate, I decided to make my health a priority for 2020.
Once I put ‘health’ on my calendar some amazing things happened.
I started going to appointments! What a novel idea.
My doctor nearly fell off of her chair when I walked into her office.
I started checking my appointments off my list one by one.
Happy to say, so far, so good.
I’m very grateful that I’m healthy.
The big bonus – I have peace of mind.
Do we not live in THE best, if not one of the best countries in the world??
Thank you, Canada healthcare system.
People, make your appointments. Look after yourselves!
It’s so simple and it can be life altering.
Stay tuned for next month’s resolution.
I’m actually looking forward to it.