Somebody has to win the election. 16sucks.com hopes it will be them, by selling "Everybody sucks" 2016 campaign signs to America's feeling about the two presumed main contestants for the presidency in November.
Presumed Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton's net "strongly unfavorable" rating is hovering at about 37% these days (around 5% higher than the previous high for candidates getting close to the general election), according to FiveThirtyEight.
Meanwhile, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump makes Clinton look beloved. His "strongly unfavorable" rating is sitting at about 53%, which is off-the-charts awful for a candidate who is supposed to compete for the White House.
Here are some of the posts that caught my eye. Hope you find something interesting.
As you might know, he has been working as a Presidential Innovation Fellow with the White House. So, this letter may not be a big surprise (or even signed by human) … Nonetheless, I thought it was kind of cool.
On Groundhog Day, Bespoke put out these charts and comments (with minor edits).
When Punxsutawney Phil Speaks, People Listen
Forget about EF Hutton, or for that matter Warren Buffett. If you really want to know where stock prices are going and can’t wait until the Super Bowl, look no further than the Oracle of Punxsutawney, Phil the groundhog! Given his ‘perfect’ record at predicting the weather, we wanted to check up on the groundhog’s ability to predict the direction of the stock market.
Going back to 1944, when Groundhog Day resumed following a brief pause during World War II, Punxsutawney Phil has seen his shadow on the morning of February 2nd 59 times and seen no shadow just 13 times. The table and chart below summarize the performance of the S&P 500 from Groundhog Day through the first day of Spring in each year based on whether or not Phil sees his shadow or not. (Disclaimer: If you are reading and still think this post is meant in any way to be taken seriously, it is not.)
On years when Phil sees his shadow, it not only means we are in for a longer winter but also sub-par stock returns. In the 59 years where Phil has seen his shadow, indicating a long winter is in store, the S&P 500’s median return from that day up until the first day of spring has been a gain of 0.54% with gains 54% of the time. Those returns don’t sound so bad, but they are actually below average. That’s because in the thirteen years where Phil did not see his shadow the S&P 500 saw a median gain of 3.01% with positive returns more than three-quarters of the time.
As shown in the lower chart, there are only three years (1997, 2007, and 2011) since 1944 than Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow and the S&P 500 declined from Groundhog Day through the first day of spring. Of those three years, the worst decline was 2.17%. With the S&P 500 already down 1.6% today, the S&P 500 has some digging out to do if it is going to continue its trend of winning ways following those days when the groundhog doesn’t see his shadow. It’s so easy a groundhog can do it!
Right ... so, you know that was poo poo de moo moo. Punxsutawney Phill doesn't predict markets.
This year started with an 11 % drop. While that is the steepest drop to start a year, I'm pretty sure that doesn't mean much either. With similar numbers, the market ultimately went down 32 % in 2008 -- and up 33 % in 2009.
Markets go up - and markets go down. It's not what happens, it's what you do that matters.
He built a real estate empire and wrote 12 books -- but, there is something he hasn't done.
Appearing on Jimmy Kimmel Live! recently, Trump admitted he wanted to give authoring a kids' book a try, but hadn't yet. Fortunately, host Jimmy Kimmel revealed he ghostwrote one for the presidential hopeful.
Authored and illustrated in the style of a Dr. Seuss book, Winners Aren't Losers tells the story of an inspiring Trump trying to direct children and animals to be winners instead of—you guessed it—losers.
"Winners aren't losers. They're winners—like me! A loser's a loser. Which one will you be?" Kimmel read from the book. "Winners do deals and winners get rich, while sad little losers just sit there and bitch."