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December 31, 2017 | Hoping for Uninteresting Times

Rick Ackerman

Rick Ackerman is the editor of Rick’s Picks, an online service geared to traders of stocks, options, index futures and commodities. His detailed trading strategies have appeared since the early 1990s in Black Box Forecasts, a newsletter he founded that originally was geared to professional option traders. Barron’s once labeled him an “intrepid trader” in a headline that alluded to his key role in solving a notorious pill-tampering case. He received a $200,000 reward when a conviction resulted, and the story was retold on TV’s FBI: The Untold Story. His professional background includes 12 years as a market maker in the pits of the Pacific Coast Exchange, three as an investigator with renowned San Francisco private eye Hal Lipset, seven as a reporter and newspaper editor, three as a columnist for the Sunday San Francisco Examiner, and two decades as a contributor to publications ranging from Barron’s to The Antiquarian Bookman to Fleet Street Letter and Utne Reader.

If there’s a New Year’s wish we can all share, it is that 2018 be as uninteresting as possible. My personal benchmark would be 1959. Ike was President, I was ten, and America had tailfins on its mind. Granted, Nikita Khrushchev seemed menacing even to a kid, and cowering beneath school desks during air raid drills didn’t seem so quaintly silly at the time. But all in all it was a pretty dull year. Would that 2018 proves to be just a boring refrain! However it goes, I wish you all good health, happy tidings and even more-inflated share prices. If there are any surprises, let them be pleasant ones, and if weather stories are going to be in the headlines, let them be about Punxsutawney Phil rather than hurricanes, droughts and mudslides. May your hold times be short and the tech support people you reach speak English and know what they are doing.

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December 31st, 2017

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