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We shall show you unbelievable instances in the original King James Bible where Masonic Handshakes are liberally sprinkled throughout the first section, in the Genealogies.

Listen to the purpose of a Masonic Handshake to the Masons who use them so often.

“The secret hand signs of the Illuminati are thought to work magic, to evoke supernatural beings, and of course, to communicate messages … The handshake, or grip, is a sign of unity, oneness of purpose and allegiance or devotion to a joint cause. It is considered a bond or seal of acknowledgment between Illuminist brethren. The Masonic authorities speak of a ‘mystic tie’ or spiritual union. Certainly, demon powers do congregate together and enjoy one another’s foul company.” (Texe Marrs, Codex Magica, p. 145)

Did you catch the pertinent information in this definition? Masonic handshakes accomplish the following:

* “evoke supernatural beings”

* ” work magic”

* “sign…

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Snapchat has filed for an IPO that could value the company at $25 billion

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Snapchat parent company Snap Inc. has quietly filed paperwork for an IPO, setting the wheels in motion for what’s expected to be the largest tech debut in years, a source familiar with the matter told Business Insider.

Snap’s IPO could come as early as March, but could also occur in the second quarter of 2017, the person said. The company is seeking a valuation of $20 billion to $25 billion.

Some people expect the offering could be even larger. Bloomberg has reported that Snap’s IPO valuation could swell as high as $40 billion.

Snap, which is based in Venice Beach, California, confidentially filed its paperwork with the US Securities and Exchange Commission before the presidential election, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs will lead the deal, while JPMorgan, Deutsche Bank, Allen & Co., Barclays, and Credit Suisse will be joint bookrunners.


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4 Ways that the Presidential Election Will Affect Your Portfolio

4 Ways that the Presidential Election Will Affect Your Portfolio
By Anthony Jerdine| November  8, 2016 — 06:41 AM EST

The 2016 U.S. presidential election will impact your portfolio in at least four ways. Review these catalysts and take action now to reduce or avoid losses that can be predicted through current campaign rhetoric. It’s also a good time to add exposure to securities and sectors that may benefit from policy changes that occur after this quadrennial event.

The election will impact markets before and after the November vote, with the campaign trail exposing individual sectors to buying or selling pressure while the final result produces a longer lasting effect on a smaller group of securities. Price action in both groups should track poll numbers, allowing observant investors to make on-the-fly adjustments to portfolios.
Ironically, Wall Street is unlikely to become a major campaign issue, despite its participation in the 2008 economic collapse. A 7-year bull market and huge fines have impacted the political landscape, with neither party willing to challenge major investment banks, beyond an occasional reference or a slap on the wrist. Expect a cynical response to any rhetoric that promises stringent financial regulations in a new administration.

Health Care
The U.S. presidential election will impact health care stocks, with Republican front runners looking to repeal or limit the Affordable Care Act a.k.a. Obamacare. Democratic candidates may add to the negative impact, as we saw in 2015 when frontrunner, Hillary Clinton criticized the high cost of prescriptions, setting off a biotech and pharmaceutical decline that’s continued into 2016.

The U.S. healthcare industry has undergone a dramatic consolidation in recent years, highlighted by the recently approved merger between Anthem (ANTM) and Cigna (CI). Meanwhile, Aetna (AET) has announced it will buy Humana (HUM), in a transaction that’s still awaiting regulatory approval. These mergers will improve profitability, regardless of political activities in coming years, suggesting that selloffs generated by tough talk on Obamacare should be viewed as buying opportunities.

Energy Industry
Barrack Obama’s election underpinned alternative energy sources while placing a target on the backs of the coal and other fossil fuel industries. Republicans will seek to ease the Clean Air Act and other environmental restrictions, breathing life back into these groups. Solar may have sidestepped campaign partisanship with a late 2015 agreement to continue subsidies past a 2017 expiration date but expect the group to get sold if Republicans take back the White House.

Collapsing crude oil prices will have an indirect impact on the campaign trail because both candidates understand that lower pump prices put money back into the hands of consumers. However, energy companies traditionally back Republican candidates, seeking to reduce regulations that limit profitability, and it’s expected they’ll be active contributors in the 2016 race.

The industry has been badly hurt by falling prices and will seek accommodation to underpin energy markets. The lifting of the crude oil export ban completed a major agenda item, but its political and economic importance has dropped significantly because WTI crude on this side of the Atlantic is now priced identically to Brent crude on the other side, making exports unlikely, especially during a record supply glut.

Defense Stocks
The November 2015 Paris attacks highlight the global impact of terrorist organizations and current geopolitical concerns. “Boots on the ground” has become a notable theme heading into the 2016 campaign season, raising odds the USA will intervene to a greater degree in Middle East military operations in coming years.

Defense stocks took off in strong rallies after Paris and continued to lead the market in early 2016. Polls that favor Republican candidates should underpin this rally, but it’s likely that Democrats will also talk tough on war and defense, given the threat of ISIS, China’s South China Sea ambitions and the always unpredictable North Korea.

Market Cycles
In addition to broad themes in line with Democratic and Republican policy formation, economic cycles also tend to peak heading into or during an election year, often posting significant tops or bottoms that set the stage for new bull or bear markets. We saw that happen in 2000 and 2008, with both tops giving way to significant declines.

Historical data also reveals significant market performance variations, depending on which party takes the White House. The DJ Industrial Average performed significantly better between 1900 and 2012 and better under Democratic administrations than Republican administrations. The average monthly return under Democrats during this period was 0.73% versus 0.38% for Republicans. Also, Democrats posted an average yearly return of 15.31% vs. 5.47% for the GOP.

The Bottom Line
Review portfolios in early 2016, looking to mitigate losses due to the presidential election. Also, take the time to add new exposures that could benefit, depending on the outcome. Healthcare, pharmaceutical, energy and defense stocks could be impacted during the year, as campaign statements translate into buying and selling pressure. Health care and defense should exit the presidential election year as winners, regardless of which side takes the White House.


Top 5 Forex Questions Answered

1, What’s different about the forex market?

Currency trading does not take place on a regulated exchange, nor does a governing body control it. Instead, members trade based on credit agreements, essentially relying on nothing more than a metaphorical handshake. And because FX participants must compete and cooperate with each other, self-regulation provides effective control.

2, What is a pip?

Pip stands for Percentage In Point. FX prices are quoted to the fourth decimal point. For example, if a bar of soap cost $1.20, it would be quoted in the FX market at 1.2000. One pip change would be 1.2001. A pip is the smallest increment in FX trading.

3, What are you really selling or buying in the currency market?

Nothing. The FX market is purely speculative, meaning all trades exist as computer entries. Profits and losses are calculated in dollars and recorded on the trader’s account.

4, Which currencies are traded in the forex markets?

The four major currency pairs are the euro/U.S dollar, the dollar/Japanese yen, the British pound/dollar, and the dollar/Swiss franc. The three major commodity pairs are the Australian dollar/U.S. dollar, the U.S. dollar/Canadian dollar, and New Zealand dollar/U.S. dollar.

5, What is a currency carry trade?

A trader buys one currency that has a high interest rate with another currency that has a lower interest rate. It’s the most popular trade on the currency market, but its declines can be rapid and severe when a majority of speculators decide a carry trade has poor potential and they try all at once to exit their positions.


The Six Best Hours to Trade the Euro

The euro (EUR) ranks second behind the U.S. dollar (USD) in terms of global liquidity, trailed by the Japanese yen (JPY) and British pound (GBP). Forex traders speculate on EUR strength and weakness through currency pairs that establish comparative value in real-time. Although brokers offer dozens of related crosses, most clients focus their attention on the six most popular pairs:

U.S. dollar (USD) – EUR/USD
Swiss franc (CHF) – EUR/CHF
Japanese yen (JPY) – EUR//JPY
British pound (GBP) – EUR/GBP
Australian dollar (AUD) – EUR/AUD
Canadian dollar (CAD) – EUR/CAD
EUR trades continuously from Sunday evening to Friday afternoon in the United States, offering significant opportunities for profit. However, volume and volatility can fluctuate greatly in each 24-hour cycle, with bid/ask spreads in the less popular pairs widening during quiet periods and narrowing during active periods. While the ability to open and close positions at any time marks a key benefit of forex, the majority of trading strategies unfold during active periods.
Many forex traders focus their full attention on the EUR/USD cross, the most popular and liquid currency market in the world. The cross maintains a tight spread throughout the 24-hour cycle, while multiple intraday catalysts ensure that price actions will set up tradable trends in both directions and along all time frames. Long- and short-term swings also work extremely well with classic range-bound strategies, including swing trading and trading channels.

Euro Price Catalysts
The best time to trade the euro coincides with the release of economic data, as well as the open hours at equity, options and futures exchanges. Planning ahead for these data releases requires two-sided research because local (eurozone) catalysts can move popular pairs with the same intensity as catalysts in each of the cross venues. Moreover, U.S. economic data can have the greatest impact on all currencies, due to the overriding importance of the EUR/USD pair.

In addition, EUR crosses are vulnerable to economic and political macro events that trigger highly correlated price actions across equities, currencies and bond markets around the world. China’s devaluation of the yuan in August 2015 offers a perfect illustration. Even natural disasters have the power to generate this type of coordinated response, as evidenced by the 2011 Japanese tsunami.

Economic Releases
Eurozone monthly economic data is generally released at 2 a.m. Eastern Time (ET) in the United States. The time segment from 30 to 60 minutes prior to these releases and one to three hours afterwards highlights an enormously popular period to trade EUR pairs because the news will impact at least three of the five most popular crosses. It also overlaps the run-up into the U.S. trading day, drawing in significant volume from both sides of the Atlantic.

U.S. economic releases tend to be released between 8:30 a.m. and 10 a.m. ET and generate extraordinary EUR trading volume as well, with high odds for strongly trending price movement in the most popular pairs. Japanese data releases get less attention because they tend to come out at 4:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. ET, when the eurozone is in the middle of their sleep cycle. Even so, trading volume with the EUR/JPY and EUR/USD pairs can spike sharply around these time zones.

Euro and Equity Exchange Hours
The schedules for many EUR traders roughly follow exchange hours, centering their activity when the Frankfurt and New York equity markets and Chicago futures and options markets are open for business. This localization generates an increase in trading volume around midnight on the U.S. East Coast, continuing through the night and into the American lunch hour, when forex trading activity can drop sharply.

However, central bank agendas shift this activity cycle, with forex traders around the world staying at their desks when the Federal Reserve (FOMC) is scheduled to release a 2 p.m. ET interest rate decision or the minutes of the prior meeting. The Bank of England (BOE) issues its rate decisions at 7 a.m. ET, while the European Central Bank (ECB) follows at 7:45 a.m. ET, with both releases taking place in the center of high volume EUR activity.

The Bottom Line
Six popular currency pairs offer euro traders a wide variety of short- and long-term opportunities. The best times to trade these instruments coincide with key economic releases at 1:30 a.m., 2 a.m., 8:30 a.m. and 10 a.m. U.S. Eastern Time, as well as between midnight and noon, when European and American exchanges keep all cross markets active and liquid.


High Income No Taxes (HINTs)

DEFINITION of ‘High Income No Taxes (HINTs)’
“HINT” is an acronym that stands for for “high income no taxes.” It is applied to high-earners who avoid paying federal income tax through legal means.

HINTs have become more numerous in recent years, generating resentment that has found a focal point in Donald Trump. The New York Times reported in October 2016 that Trump may have avoided paying federal income tax for up to 18 years by booking a $916 million net operating loss in 1995. The Republican presidential candidate appeared to confirm that he had carried that loss forward in a debate later that month.

BREAKING DOWN ‘High Income No Taxes (HINTs)’
According to the investigative reporter David Cay Johnston, 10,900 households making over $200,000, or around 0.2% of the 6.2 million households that comprise this group, paid no federal income tax in 2014. That is nearly double the level in 2002, when 5,650 “high-income taxpayers” – the IRS’ term for those earning over $200,000 – avoided federal income tax. Johnston notes that, since this earnings threshold is not adjusted for inflation, the comparison is not perfect (according to the BLS’ CPI inflation calculator, $200,000 in 2002 equals the purchasing power of $151,984 in 2014).

Avoiding federal income tax is slightly less common higher up on the income ladder, but still occurs among households earning over $1 million per year. Of 410,300 such households in 2014 – whose average income was over $3.3 million – Johnston calculates that 444, or 0.01%, paid no income tax.