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by barrett
Mon Mar 30, 2020 9:25 am
Forum: Bonds
Topic: The Bond Dream Room
Replies: 576
Views: 187857

Re: The Bond Dream Room

Only the Fed would buy long bonds with negative rates. When does it make sense to underweight them in the PP? I think many pension funds would still continue to hold them, no? One has to consider the alternatives of stocks, corporate bonds, etc. Isn't this how things have worked in places like Japa...
by barrett
Mon Mar 30, 2020 9:20 am
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Would you wear a mask?
Replies: 159
Views: 3774

Re: Would you wear a mask?

My wife says she thinks wearing one would make people think she is sick. I think we are going to have a change of plans in our household though. Sure, that is a common reaction so far here in the U.S... but I think it needs to change. Wearing a face mask when one is sick is just common courtesy in ...
by barrett
Mon Mar 30, 2020 7:07 am
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Would you wear a mask?
Replies: 159
Views: 3774

Re: Would you wear a mask?

Look at photos from countries like South Korea that quelled their outbreaks early. Notice how everyone in those photos is wearing some kind of mask. Also, how could anyone believe that a mask wouldn’t help reduce the spread of a virus found in the nose and throat? If you cough or sneeze, the mask m...
by barrett
Sun Mar 29, 2020 7:38 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Would you wear a mask?
Replies: 159
Views: 3774

Re: Would you wear a mask?

We started wearing masks when getting supplies about ten days ago. Wife went out this evening to make a grocery run and reported that for the first time nobody looked at her like she was crazy.

Why the hesitation to wear a mask?
by barrett
Thu Mar 26, 2020 7:22 am
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Coronavirus General Discussion
Replies: 2006
Views: 54225

Re: Coronavirus General Discussion

I don't think this link has been posted yet: https://inside.mountsinai.org/blog/mount-sinai-to-begin-the-transfer-of-covid-19-antibodies-into-critically-ill-patients/ The first paragraph reads: The Mount Sinai Health System this week plans to initiate a procedure known as plasmapheresis, where the a...
by barrett
Sun Mar 22, 2020 7:22 am
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Predictions for covid case count 12:01 AM 3/22/2020
Replies: 68
Views: 2277

Re: Predictions for covid case count 12:01 AM 3/22/2020

I'd like some predictions on when the quarantine will be lifted and people can go back to work and the gym, etc. IL, for instance, is on lockdown until 4/7, but that could be relaxed or extended. I'll go with Tuesday, June 2. And that even feels optimistic to me. What are you thinking, pug? I'm not...
by barrett
Fri Mar 20, 2020 1:43 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Coronavirus General Discussion
Replies: 2006
Views: 54225

Re: Coronavirus General Discussion

Islamic housewives? Or clothes from surgery? Casual Friday No escape from COVID-19 Open up wide, Keep up social distancing, I'm just a young boy, I need no sympathy, I'll spread it if I cough, if I blow, out my nose, sans elbow, Any way this thing goes, doesn't really matter to me, to me. Excellent...
by barrett
Fri Mar 20, 2020 9:57 am
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Coronavirus General Discussion
Replies: 2006
Views: 54225

Re: Coronavirus General Discussion

A few thoughts... I think people are correct to question the numbers coming out of China regarding new CV cases and deaths, but it seems clear that the trends there are at least positive. Factories are up and running and many people are back at work. Cars are back on the street. Health workers appea...
by barrett
Fri Mar 20, 2020 7:24 am
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Coronavirus General Discussion
Replies: 2006
Views: 54225

Re: Coronavirus General Discussion

Indiana schools now officially online only through May 1. But the real tragedy is that the chances of holding the Indy 500 (world's largest single-day sporting event) on May 24 are getting slimmer and slimmer. Realistically they are probably zero, but nothing official yet. Without looking it up, I ...
by barrett
Wed Mar 18, 2020 6:10 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Coronavirus General Discussion
Replies: 2006
Views: 54225

Re: Coronavirus General Discussion

Are you in Vancouver proper or somewhere else in the Lower Mainland? I used to work out that way a lot. And no home workouts now that the gym is closed? I'm about a 30 minute drive outside of Vancouver in the Fraser Valley area! Are you in the area too? And yeah, I've put together a home workout pl...
by barrett
Wed Mar 18, 2020 5:25 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Coronavirus General Discussion
Replies: 2006
Views: 54225

Re: Coronavirus General Discussion

Look at what the Coronavirus has done to your resident Canadian. With no work or classes to actually attend I ended up staying up till 5am watching Breaking Bad. EDIT: Aside from traditional risks in the market, which we're seeing now, counter-party risk is now very real as fund providers, business...
by barrett
Wed Mar 18, 2020 2:53 pm
Forum: Permanent Portfolio Discussion
Topic: Are you "staying the course"?
Replies: 39
Views: 1719

Re: Are you "staying the course"?

Yup, I'm sticking with the PP philosophy. I feel pretty good with the amount I have in the PP right now. I'd been shifting some money from stocks to cash in my formerly stock-only VP; I'll be shifting that back into stocks. FWIW I just sold some Treasury MM and bought some stocks in our smaller IRA...