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October 23, 2018 | Is That the Fat Lady in the Wings?

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.

Is the fat lady warming up her pipes?  It certainly seems that way. Setting the chaotic swirl of global drama to music would be worthy of Verdi’s talents. Silhouetted behind a sheer curtain is the caravan, a radioactive caterpillar inching its way toward the U.S. border; leftist protestors are in high dudgeon, peeing on Senators who risk walking their dogs; the Dodgers’ bullpen could be about to meet its match; a $1.6 billion jackpot has coaxed nearly every able-bodied American to visit a convenience store during the last three days; Saudi Arabia continues to spin a murder story so that there’s a unique version to fascinate each and every one of us; Democrats, Republicans and their respective coteries are both quite certain they’re going to win big on November 6; Trump gets Trumpier by the day, impressive in his arrogance and scarily inured to doubts. And then, Act V, straight out of Wagner: Yellowstone’s caldera erupts, bringing all of the mayhem to an ashen but utterly quiet end. The audience is too stunned to applaud.

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October 23rd, 2018

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