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February 23, 2015
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 Little Laughs!
Knock...Knock...Who is there? FedEx...FedEx who?
FedEx will be there tomorrow!
What is the worst kind of cat? 
CAT-astro-phe !
What do you get when you cross snowman with vampire
What kind of air can you breath?
Why did Dino go to the hospital?

Because he was (Dino) "Saur".
How do you make eleven even?

Take away the "el."


How do you make seven even?

Take away the "s"


Why did the chicken cross the railroad track?

Because it wanted to get to the Chick train.


What is a duck on the 4th of July?

A Fire-Quacker!!


Knock, Knock...Who is there?Banana...Banana who?  Banana...Banana who?Banana...Banana who? Apple...Aren't you glad I didn't say banana?


Are you 5?

No! I am not 5!  I am 4.95 plus shipping and handling!


Knock knock...Who is there?  Panther!Panther, who?   PantH-or-no-PantH I am going Thwiming!


Laughs above are credited to kids and various sources.

Business fun facts!


Over $18 Trillion a year is spend on Consumer Goods worldwide. Women account for almost two third of it. Just think about this women power!

Did you know the ancestry of American people? It is a melting pot of immigrants from all over the world. This trend continues today. These immigrants make the America great, including best in business.

There are over 300 million Americans. Ancestry of Americans include approximately Germans over 14%, African American 12%, Irish 12%, English 8%, Mexican 8%, Italian 6%, Hispanic 5%, French 4%, Polish Scottish, Dutch, Norwegian, Scotch-Irish, Native American, and Swedish add up to 11%. The rest are from other countries.

About 2008 US housing crisis...

At the end of 2008 approximately 7 out of 10 people in the US owned a home. The US population is over 300 million.

In 2008, $3.3 Trillion was the total loss in value for the US housing market. In early 2006 housing market value was close to $9.4 Trillion.

Not so fun fact…there are over 15 million home owners with questionable mortgage loans. Experts believe that 2/3 or over 10 million have potential of foreclosure...but this number is going down

President’s day - 3rd Monday of February

George Washington, the first President of United States of America, was born February 22, 1732. His birthday is a United States federal holiday celebrated on the third Monday of February. It is also commonly known as Presidents Day (or Presidents' Day).


Markets continue to rise
The DOW closed up 121 points or 0.7%, the S&P500 was up 14 points or 0.7% and NASDAQ was up 66 points or 1.33% week ending February 20th.  The oil was down a bit $5.21 or 3.56% to $50.75 per barrel.  The stock markets were closed on Monday for President's Day celebration.


Greece government gets closer to settle debt deal with European Union

For some time the Greece debt problem has been a concern to the European Union (EU).  During the major debt crisis which started in 2010-2011 the EU, with the help of International Monetary Fund (IMF) bailed Greece out by offering various loans.  These loans required Greece to improve its fiscal policies by cutting spending and improve its tax collections. Greece agreed to the terms then. 

Since then the Greek people have been unhappy with the Greek government's belt tightening policies called Austerity.  Greeks believe that the Austerity is too harsh and tough to do.  The Austerity program has been slow but it has helped to reduce debt.  However, in the recent elections Greek people voted in a new party which vowed to go back on the Austerity commitments made by the previous Greek government. 

Now the new Greek government wants to renegotiate the payment terms of the European Union (EU) and International Monetary Fund (IMF) approved bailout worth 240 Billion Euros.  The Greeks want more liberal and delayed timeline for re-payment than what is on the agreement.  The interest on the bail-out funds is due in a month.  If Greece does not pay the interest it will default on the EU/IMF loans which will send Greece into yet another economic and debt crisis. 

The EU wants to hold Greece accountable by making it live within means and get their act together by reducing growing debt which was the whole reason for the debt crisis.  After back-and-forth it appears that the EU and the Greek government may be coming to a mutual understanding on how the bailout monies will be paid back to the EU and how Greece will tackle its debt problem.

Immigration in America
There are over 300 million people living in America. About 80% are white, less than 13% are black, Asian are over 4%, and the rest are other races.  Ancestry of Americans include approximately Germans over 14%, African American 12%, Irish 12%, English 8%, Mexican 8%, Italian 6%, Hispanic 5%, French 4%, Polish Scottish, Dutch, Norwegian, Scotch-Irish, Native American, and Swedish add up to 11%. The rest are from other countries.  This is the only country in the world which has such a unique strength of diversity.
Source - Various websites with immigration data and CIA World fact book

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ADR (American Depository Receipts)

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Who is working and who is not? Volume 354.


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What is US debt ceiling, which president helped to create this debt, who do we owe this money? Volume 360.


What is "Taper" or "Fed Tapering of Q.E." means? Volume 369.


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February 17-20, 2015

Weekly Stock Market

Markets Up or Down?

Random Walk of stocks?

Buy Low? or Sell High?





Up 198



Up 44



Up 170



Foreign Exchange Rate

$1 is equal to





Euro (€)

European Union



Yen (¥)




Pound (£)

United Kingdom



Yuan ()




Rupee (Rs.)





Your Favorite Stocks


Bought one stock in Jan-15

This week stock is?

Your gain or loss?




$64.09 -$1.39


$94.19 $0.93

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