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I Do NOT Believe the Government

OK. I know this makes me sound like some kind of conspiracy nut job, but here it goes anyways...


Rarely do the ADP and Government employment reports differ so much for two months in a row. Yet on Friday that is exactly what happened. ADP clearly shows solid gains in employment while the Government shows a scary slowing in this vital area.

Please also note that many other monthly economic indicators monitor employment activity as well. None of them are signaling a problem that corresponds with the Government's findings.

Add it all up and I refuse to take this new information into my investment equation. Just a shame that I am now in the process of doing my annual income tax filing, which makes me realize how much money I am wasting for this level of incompetence.

Gladly it didn't stop US stocks from getting back towards 1800 on Friday. We will probably consolidate here a little while. If the coast is clear, meaning no more global or domestic economic concerns, then stocks should break above soon on the way towards the previous highs at 1850.

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