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Got Budget Issues??…Follow Detroit’s Plan

Hmmm…Don’t know what to do when budgets need to get cut??
Close almost 50% of schools!..duh!!

Detroit Schools

Makes sense, right? Well, it does to Detroit, Michigan who has plans to close 50% of its schools within the next 2 years if they don’t receive federal funding for educational needs. This means that classes can hold as many as 62 students at one time. That’s A LOT of students. I didn’t go to the smallest of schools, nor was it one of the biggest, but I don’t ever recall seeing that many students in one of my largest lectures while attending college. On record, Detroit schools have accrued a $327 Million deficit over the years.
How and why, you might ask? Well, it’s no surprise the economy has been going through a downward spiral. And with teacher pensions and union contracts continuing to grow, cities are faced with making major cuts, or facing bankruptcy. Although schools have received federal funding, it has still proved to be a waste as American’s literacy have fallen lower amongst world statistics in education.
The good news is there are solutions to this problem which include changing the entire structure and paradigm of how we educate our children. With the internet, online schools, and home schooling – which statistically bring on higher learning and literacy- Schools may have to face alternatives to traditional teaching.

Getting Back Into Shape

I hurt my knee.  Actually, I am getting old and the daily jogging that used to be regular exercise is now more wear and tear than my knee can endure for more than a couple of days.  And that convenient excuse provided sufficient rationalization to neglect my commitment to a necessarily healthier lifestyle.  As I mentioned; I am getting old.  But alas, the constraints of my wardrobe have forced me to acknowledge that even my best efforts to control diet are insufficient; there is just no substitute for the regular, consistent practice of healthy habits.  So this week I am back to regular, daily exercise with the “knee-friendly” NordicTrack to fulfill the objective to restore a more active metabolism.

Likewise, this week, I have returned to the regular, daily practice of trading the stock market.  Over the last couple of months I have been engaged full-time in pursuit of a new opportunity that presented itself unexpectedly.  Now that it has run its course, I am free again to focus my time and energy on buying and selling stocks for a living; my third occupation, having evolved from an avocation to, a passion, and finally emerging as a vocation.

But like many things that we aspire to do well, a commitment of conscious deliberation and preparation, along with consistent, regular practice and execution is required.  And so I have begun the effort to get my trading “back into shape,” and towards that end, have resumed the regular, consistent practice of engagement with the trading community of Hedge Fund Live.  I am still a bit rusty, but already enthused and renewed by my reacquaintance with the previously familiar, and excited by the new and evolving facets and faces of the site, webcasts, and resources.