The Motley Fool – September 4, 2015

“Will they or won’t they?” is the question everyone on Wall Street and throughout global finance is asking themselves (and others), referring to whether or not the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates for the first time in nearly a decade at this month’s meeting of the Federal Open Market Committee on Sept. 17-18. The Fed has been at pains for some time to emphasize that its decision is data-dependent. As a result, analysts and pundits go over every significant economic data release with a fine-tooth comb.

Sometimes you’re up, sometimes you’re down,
Sometimes you’re almost to the ground.*

*old spiritual

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NPR – September 1, 2015

About 39 percent of those who slept six hours or less got sick. Of those who slept more than six hours, “only 18 percent got colds.” “It’s striking. “Why a good night’s sleep is protective isn’t yet clear, but the scientists have a hunch. “There’s evidence that people who don’t get enough sleep show higher levels of inflammation,” says Sheldon Cohen, a psychologist at Carnegie Mellon University who’s been studying the common cold for decades and co-authored the study.

Block that virus, avoid that sneeze.
The simple secret: GET YOUR ZZZZZZZZZZZ.

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Buzzfeed – March 6, 2015

The Dow is made up of just 30 blue-chip companies that supposedly reflect the overall performance of American industry. But unlike other indices that investors follow more closely, like the S&P 500 or the Nasdaq 100, the 119-year-old DJIA is weighted by the dollar price of the individual stocks in the index instead of the overall size of the companies. That creates some very strange results. It will mean Apple, the world’s biggest public company, with a market capitalization of $753 billion, will be less important to the index than 3M or Goldman Sachs.

Even useless data helps me to forget,
That what I call “investing” is really a BET.

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BBC – August 28, 2015

The founder and chief executive of the Ashley Madison infidelity dating website has stepped down.

So, another high-flyer falls to earth.
Why? “The wages of sin is dearth.”

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The Wall Street Journal – August 21, 2015

As parking in major cities becomes scarce, developers are charging record prices for parking spaces in luxury condominiums,

Wretched excess can sometimes be funny.
$1 million parks both your car and your money.

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