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DIY-Investors Webinars/Meetings (How to use ‘Zoom’)

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Mar 292020
 

How to get the best from Zoom (29th March 2020)

In these extraordinary times, when we’re all feeling socially isolated, we’ve decided to try out ‘Zoom’ for our on-line Webinars/Meetings. Our initial trial went well (thank you John Downey & Paul Molina for helping with that) and the video & audio quality seems very good. One added benefit is that, providing you have a webcam, people can see who is talking during the Q & A Session… which helps with the sense of community. Providing we don’t all  talk over each other, it may be possible to leave the microphone’s unmuted… so we’ll give that a try and see how it works.

The website for Zoom is zoom.us and there are many useful videos to help you get to grips with the system. Please take the time to view these, as they will improve your ‘user experience’ for the first few times you take part. I’ve added two of the most useful below…

How to Join a Zoom Meeting/Webinar

How to use the Zoom Controls

There is also a really useful simple guide, highlighting the most common problem that Zoom Newbies face, by an American chap (Joe Glines – who is an expert at AHK programming and automation). I’ve included that below as well!

Joe Glines Guidance Video

Mick’s Summary

I’ll be interested to get your feedback, after the first on-line Inner Circle Meeting this Wednesday (1st April 2020 – and no it’s not an April Fool… we really are using Zoom).

You might also like to know that a basic Zoom account is free! You may decide that it will be useful to you, to stay in contact with family & friends. I can recommend it, as I’m now using it every day for exactly that purpose!

Stay safe everyone!

If you have any comments or observations, regarding the above, then please use the contact us form Here.

Mick (29th March 2020)

US $1.8 trillion Support Package (25th March 2020)

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Mar 252020
 

US Support Package Announced

American President Donald Trump, and the Senate, have sanctioned a huge relief package for the American economy… worth more than $1.8 trillion (£1.5tn). This includes money to ‘bail out’ industries that have been affected by the coronavirus crisis.

It was described, by Republican Senate Majority leader (Mitch McConnell), as a “wartime level of investment” in the American economy.

On Tuesday, markets in the US had surged, jumping by 11.4% – the largest one-day gain since the Great Depression, in anticipation of a support package deal. This morning, shares have also risen in Europe on the news.

A full report can be found on the BBC Here!

As ever, please do your own research (DYOR) and make up your own minds accordingly.

If you have any comments or observations, regarding the above, then please use the contact us form Here.

Mick (25th March 2020)

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Coordinated Central Bank Intervention! (15th March 2020)

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Mar 152020
 

Coordinated Intervention in Markets

This evening, Sunday 15th March 2020, five central banks across the World took coordinated action… see the BBC report below!

I’ll be setting up an interim webinar for Inner Circle members to discuss the ongoing situation, so watch out for an e-mail with registration details tomorrow morning.

Mick (Sunday 15th March 2020, 22:45 GMT)

Interest Rate : Emergency Cut (11th March 2020)

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Mar 112020
 

Bank of England Cuts Interest Rate by 0.5%

At 7am this morning, in a response to the economic impacts of the Coronavirus, the Bank of England Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) has cut interest the BoE interest rate by 0.5% (from 0.75 to 0.25%) matching the record low level that was set in August 2016 (and lasted until November 2017). Mark Carney, the outgoing BoE Governor sets out the MPC’s reasons in the BBC presentation (below)…

Mick’s Thoughts

Even before the Coronavirus came along, there were stress signs beginning to emerge in the economy and the stock market had been on a record bull run. Covid-19 has provided the ‘supply shock’ that has pricked the economic bubble – that has been continually pumped up by the endless printing of new money. IMHO, there could be a lot of shrinking to do. Using this interest rate ‘weapon’ now and no doubt, with the spending spree shortly to be announced in the budget… inflation will likely become an increasing threat. If the virus does have anything more than a short-term affect on output, contributing to loss of confidence and ultimately a (possible global) recession and an increase in unemployment, could we end up with a bad dose of ‘Stagflation’?

As ever, please do your own research (DYOR) and make up your own minds accordingly.

If you have any comments or observations, regarding the above, then please use the contact us form Here.

Mick (11th March 2020)

Will this be a ‘Black Monday’? [9th March 2020]

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Mar 092020
 

Sharp Market Falls Today (USA follows UK & Europe Down!)

With the 6-7% fall evident in the markets this morning, following the double whammy of the CoronaVirus and the possibility of an Oil Price War, you can be excused for feeling a bit like the proverbial “rabbit in the headlights”, as you freeze and then panic!

This feeling could be amplified, as Wall Street has indeed followed with a big drop (over 7%), after it opened a few minutes ago. Fear could well be amplified further, if the Americans decide to cease trading on the markets (as they did after 9/11 and more distantly back in The Great Crash 1929).

So what does all of this mean and what should we, as DIY-Investors, do?

Well, firstly… Breathe! Take time to get to grips with the reality of the situation and don’t panic, as I’ve said on more than one occasion recently.

I’ll be adding more to the DIY-Investors.com website later today but in the meantime, the inner circle members might like to take a look at the webinar recordings from last Wednesday… especially Part 2 (lessons from History).

Also, if you didn’t see the post last week, take a look at ‘Ominous Signs’ Here!

If you’d like to join our community of like-minded DIY-Investors and benefit from the accumulated knowledge of those who are actively managing their own stock market investments… join us HERE! to benefit from a 25% discount on the monthly cost of Inner Circle membership (£360 for 12 month subscription, compared to £480 if paid monthly).

As ever, please do your own research (DYOR) and make up your own minds accordingly.

If you have any comments or observations, regarding the above, then please use the contact us form Here.

Mick (14.10GMT, Monday 9th March 2020)

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