Business Travel and Time Buffers to Ensure Connecting Flights

Consider if you will all the new challenges that the TSA is presenting to travelers at airports. They are causing time delays, airport congestion, and people to miss their connecting flights. Yes, protecting the American People is paramount, and that’s their job but let’s talk about how this effects us business travelers shall we. Why you ask? Because as a business traveler, you can’t afford to miss an appointment, so what you need to do is to have a buffer between connecting flights, and in case there is a flight delay due to extra screening, or some incident caused by TSA personnel, you will not have your travel plans ruined.Yes, many business travelers have merely had enough of this nonsense, but it’s still something that must be dealt with. Indeed, these issues can also play havoc on trying to get to your Rent-A-Car on time, as if you don’t show up when scheduled they may run out of cars to rent, or if you get to the hotel too late they may have already rented the room out, assuming you are a no-show.Business travelers are having a heck of a time on the airlines, due to all these new rules and regulations to prevent holiday underwear bombers or something? There are ways to expedite through security by getting a special pass, along with a background check. Although it is a hassle because business people don’t have time to go get all that done, it will save time during travel, and it’s perfect for the seasoned business traveler who spends more time on airplanes and they do it their children’s soccer games.Additionally, because global warming is such a big deal, the temperatures have been dropping world-wide, and therefore cold weather and the coming Ice Age are causing even more flight delays. And if an airliner is on the runway or ramp longer than three hours waiting for the weather to clear it has to go back to the terminal, as per new FAA laws. This means the flight might be canceled, and then you’ll be stuck in the airport terminal until you can get on another flight, if one is even available.It is for all these reasons that a time buffer is about the only current solution, rather than buying a corporate jet to shuttle yourself around. Therefore having time buffers to ensure connecting flights to get to your destination and accommodations is serious. Please consider all this and think on it.

How to Make Money in Online Business the First Time You Try

It usually takes a while for people to earn their first dollar online after they start an online business This is because most people come into online business without any experience and have to go through a “figuring it out” phase.But what if it was possible to take away the learning curve, the guess work that usually dogs our attempt to make money online?.What if there was a way to start making money even before you start learning?.If there was such a way what would it entail?.How would it obliterate the dreaded learning curve that holds so many people back?.The most difficult part of learning to make money online is learning to become an effective marketer. This is where many people fail.This is the mother of most of the money making casualties on the internet.So anything that would remove the time lag between starting a home business and making your first dollar online would have to deal with this problem effectively.It would have to circumvent or totally obliterate this problem so that people can start making money soon after they start an online business.It would essentially have to remove the need to be an effective marketer in order to make money in the online business arena.So can such a program exist? Does it?If it does what form would it take? How would it effectively deal with this problem?.I believe the answer would be AUTOMATION.This is what I mean.Something else would have to do your marketing for you.And that thing would either be a ROBOT or a HUMAN BEING.The history of trying to automate the marketing process using robots has been an abysmal one.It has often met with colossal failure and people have completely lost faith in that approach.I think the reason for the failure is rather simple. ROBOTS DON’T THINK. No matter how smart they are.And marketing is a “people thing”. The science of understanding human desire and satisfying it in a manner that benefits both the marketer and the prospect.Robots don’t understand any of that that’s why they fail.So the only way to eliminate the problem of the length of time it takes for people to make their first dollar online after starting an online business is to come up with a system that includes a way for established marketers to assist with the dreaded marketing process at least in the first few months after a newbie start an online business. So that he can start making money at the same time that he starts to learn.This would have to be part and parcel of a money making program for it to be effective. Part of a whole as it were of products,websites, and learning.Because it would be hard for some one who is just starting out online to assemble his own marketing army as it were. And it would be vastly more expensive.And that’s another reason why it would have to be part of an existing money making program.To help bring the cost down and make it more affordable to people on a low budget.That’s what I believe it would take to make money in online business the first time you try.And such a program already exists.

SPDN: An Inexpensive Way To Profit When The S&P 500 Falls

Summary
SPDN is not the largest or oldest way to short the S&P 500, but it’s a solid choice.
This ETF uses a variety of financial instruments to target a return opposite that of the S&P 500 Index.
SPDN’s 0.49% Expense Ratio is nearly half that of the larger, longer-tenured -1x Inverse S&P 500 ETF.
Details aside, the potential continuation of the equity bear market makes single-inverse ETFs an investment segment investor should be familiar with.
We rate SPDN a Strong Buy because we believe the risks of a continued bear market greatly outweigh the possibility of a quick return to a bull market.
Put a gear stick into R position, (Reverse).
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By Rob Isbitts

Summary
The S&P 500 is in a bear market, and we don’t see a quick-fix. Many investors assume the only way to navigate a potentially long-term bear market is to hide in cash, day-trade or “just hang in there” while the bear takes their retirement nest egg.

The Direxion Daily S&P 500® Bear 1X ETF (NYSEARCA:SPDN) is one of a class of single-inverse ETFs that allow investors to profit from down moves in the stock market.

SPDN is an unleveraged, liquid, low-cost way to either try to hedge an equity portfolio, profit from a decline in the S&P 500, or both. We rate it a Strong Buy, given our concern about the intermediate-term outlook for the global equity market.

Strategy
SPDN keeps it simple. If the S&P 500 goes up by X%, it should go down by X%. The opposite is also expected.

Proprietary ETF Grades
Offense/Defense: Defense

Segment: Inverse Equity

Sub-Segment: Inverse S&P 500

Correlation (vs. S&P 500): Very High (inverse)

Expected Volatility (vs. S&P 500): Similar (but opposite)

Holding Analysis
SPDN does not rely on shorting individual stocks in the S&P 500. Instead, the managers typically use a combination of futures, swaps and other derivative instruments to create a portfolio that consistently aims to deliver the opposite of what the S&P 500 does.

Strengths
SPDN is a fairly “no-frills” way to do what many investors probably wished they could do during the first 9 months of 2022 and in past bear markets: find something that goes up when the “market” goes down. After all, bonds are not the answer they used to be, commodities like gold have, shall we say, lost their luster. And moving to cash creates the issue of making two correct timing decisions, when to get in and when to get out. SPDN and its single-inverse ETF brethren offer a liquid tool to use in a variety of ways, depending on what a particular investor wants to achieve.

Weaknesses
The weakness of any inverse ETF is that it does the opposite of what the market does, when the market goes up. So, even in bear markets when the broader market trend is down, sharp bear market rallies (or any rallies for that matter) in the S&P 500 will cause SPDN to drop as much as the market goes up.

Opportunities
While inverse ETFs have a reputation in some circles as nothing more than day-trading vehicles, our own experience with them is, pardon the pun, exactly the opposite! We encourage investors to try to better-understand single inverse ETFs like SPDN. While traders tend to gravitate to leveraged inverse ETFs (which actually are day-trading tools), we believe that in an extended bear market, SPDN and its ilk could be a game-saver for many portfolios.

Threats
SPDN and most other single inverse ETFs are vulnerable to a sustained rise in the price of the index it aims to deliver the inverse of. But that threat of loss in a rising market means that when an investor considers SPDN, they should also have a game plan for how and when they will deploy this unique portfolio weapon.

Proprietary Technical Ratings
Short-Term Rating (next 3 months): Strong Buy

Long-Term Rating (next 12 months): Buy

Conclusions
ETF Quality Opinion
SPDN does what it aims to do, and has done so for over 6 years now. For a while, it was largely-ignored, given the existence of a similar ETF that has been around much longer. But the more tenured SPDN has become, the more attractive it looks as an alternative.

ETF Investment Opinion

SPDN is rated Strong Buy because the S&P 500 continues to look as vulnerable to further decline. And, while the market bottomed in mid-June, rallied, then waffled since that time, our proprietary macro market indicators all point to much greater risk of a major decline from this level than a fast return to bull market glory. Thus, SPDN is at best a way to exploit and attack the bear, and at worst a hedge on an otherwise equity-laden portfolio.