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  1. In the price war being waged by U.S. brokerages, the biggest battle looks to be that for ETF (exchange-traded fund) dominance.

    Just this week, both Fidelity and Charles Schwab announced they would each expand commission-free trading to hundreds more ETFs.

    Why are ETFs so important for brokerages? Much like your student council elections in middle school, this is a popularity contest—and low-cost ETFs have become popular enough to attract about $3.3 trillion in assets as of the end of December (plus 91% of millennials said ETFs were their choice investment vehicles last year).

    But that’s where the fun ends and the Hunger Games begin, according to Bloomberg’s Barry Ritholtz. “New [ETFs] must endure a brutal Darwinian struggle for attention and assets...new ETFs need a good investment idea and a catchy marketing approach,” he wrote.

    Zoom out: The average ETF lifespan is 3.4 years, per Bloomberg Intelligence.

    Do you have any ideas for a catchy ETF?

  2. Things most people don’t realize:

    • Just how much time and workload are involved in running a blog
    • That most blogs are abandoned within the first three months after starting — for precisely the above reason
    • That most monetized blogs don’t actually make money
    • That most reasonably ‘successful’ blogs are run by established PR companies 

     

    Check out the actual numbers:

    The Internet contains some 980 million websites. Of that, roughly 100–180 million are blogs.

    Without going into the calculations, roughly 2–4 million fresh blogposts are published daily. That means only 36 million blogs are actually active to any significant extent out of the 100–180 million blogs that exist.

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    Madness, chaos, wild confusion and disorder. This is the way the universe began - we're told. As the "dust" settles things become  more orderly more and more still. Yet, stillness is not always proof of becoming more orderly, just look at my room! It's very still! But definitely not orderly.

    My room reflects my state of mind, my house reflects my body, my property reflects my immediate social environment, further a field reflects my place in society. On and on until we pan out to view the whole world, the planet, as my body, filled with sextiillions of elements from the atomic level, all the way up to the planetary scale. My room is a mess, my house is much the same, my property is isolated but has a good view, my local community seem to be active. Further a field society is sinking into mud on one side and overcoming huge mountains on the other. Panning out into space, the planet looks dry and brown as industrialisation consumes the globe like a nasty rash.

    Weather systems are becoming more and more difficult to predict, even reversing in some cases. It is the perfect time to start a doomsday religion! Kidding, just so you know :)

     

     

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    just raised $100 million and is working to refinance more than $1 billion in debt. The parent of Kmart and Sears is also pursuing an additional $200 million in funding and plans to shave off $200 million in costs. If those efforts aren’t successful, says CEO Eddie Lampert, the company is willing to explore “all other options” to strengthen its balance sheet. One of numerous brick-and-mortar retailers hit by the “retailpocalypse,” Sears closed multiple stores in 2017 and announced even more just last week

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  5. A true follower of Christ and one of Jehovah's Witnesses should remember this paragraph from the Theocratic Ministry School Guidebook.

    I'm guessing Frederick Franz himself wrote this paragraph although @JW Insider might have a better idea.

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    These are mild ones...

    I've recently caught some JW"s @tromboneck (sorry to call you out there) using the work "heck" instead of "hell" etc....

    tsk tsk...

    @TrueTomHarley will surely come down on me hard on this one.... I've seen some of his language before. :o

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    Its common to asked by someone "Have you eaten balut? Do you want to taste later?" It so easy to be tempted and eat later on. Because its hard to explain them scriptural principles regarding our basis for not eating fertilized duck egg. 

    Its important to let them know you are one of Jehovah's Witnesses. Their reaction? They might already know we don't eat or agree with blood transfusions. If they ask "why", you can remember Paul's word in Acts 15:29. He knows good health means to abstain in blood. You can show them fascinating scriptural basis of our belief. You can ask them to eat barbeque or cracklings instead. 

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