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Trendlines: October 3, 2019

1. Debt and Spending

“Fear the spending, not the debt” is the title of this  article written by economist Brian Wesbury. He very adroitly points out how the debt in the US (held by the government and households) is worth paying attention to but not nearly as much as the “spending” problem so pervasive in the halls of the US Congress. See if you don’t agree with his premise which is down the middle and non-partisan. 

2. Self-Driving Cars

Have you ever wondered how self-driving cars navigate their way through traffic, or over the river and through the woods? This is one graphic to aid your understanding and allow it to come more to life. 

3. Healthy Eating

If you consider yourself a “foodie” and one who prefers healthy choices, this may serve as an update. For the rest of us, I would place these two lists in the good-to-know category.

Dirty Dozen foods: strawberries, spinach, kale, nectarines, apples, grapes, peaches, cherries, pears, tomatoes, celery, potatoes.

Clean Fifteen foods: avocados, sweet corn, pineapples, sweet peas, onions, papayas, eggplants, asparagus, kiwis, cabbage, cauliflower, cantaloupes, broccoli, mushrooms, honeydew. This is according to the Environmental Working Group (EWG) for 2019.

Some fruit and produce growers push back on lists like this and say, “better to eat some fruits and vegetables – organic or not – than none.” Kind of hard to argue their point.  

Trendlines – Jim Butler, CFP®, AIF®


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