Shoe Repairs And Several Other Things When I Was 7

Shoe Repairs And Several Other Things When I Was 7
My Dad repaired most of our shoes believe it or not, I can hardly believe it myself now. With 7 pairs of shoes always needing repairs I think he was quite clever to learn how to “Keep us in shoe Leather” to coin a phrase!

He bought several different sizes of cast iron cobbler’s “lasts”. Last, the old English “Laest” meaning footprint. Lasts were holding devices shaped like a human foot. I have no idea where he would have bought the shoe leather. Only that it was a beautiful creamy, shiny colour and the smell was lovely.

But I do remember our shoes turned upside down on and fitted into these lasts, my Dad cutting the leather around the shape of the shoe, and then hammering nails, into the leather shape. Sometimes we’d feel one or 2 of those nails poking through the insides of our shoes, but our dad always fixed it.

Hiking and Swimming Galas
Dad was a very outdoorsy type, unlike my mother, who was probably too busy indoors. She also enjoyed the peace and quiet when he took us off for the day!

Anyway, he often took us hiking in the mountains where we’d have a picnic of sandwiches and flasks of tea. And more often than not we went by steam train.

We loved poking our heads out of the window until our eyes hurt like mad from a blast of soot blowing back from the engine. But sore, bloodshot eyes never dampened our enthusiasm.

Dad was an avid swimmer and water polo player, and he used to take us to swimming galas, as they were called back then. He often took part in these galas. And again we always travelled by steam train.

Rowing Over To Ireland’s Eye
That’s what we did back then, we had to go by rowboat, the only way to get to Ireland’s eye, which is 15 minutes from mainland Howth. From there we could see Malahide, Lambay Island and Howth Head of course. These days you can take a Round Trip Cruise on a small cruise ship!

But we thoroughly enjoyed rowing and once there we couldn’t wait to climb the rocks, and have a swim. We picnicked and watched the friendly seals doing their thing and showing off.

Not to mention all kinds of birdlife including the Puffin.The Martello Tower was also interesting but a bit dangerous to attempt entering. I’m getting lost in the past as I write, and have to drag myself back to the present.

Fun Outings with The camera Club
Dad was also a very keen amateur photographer, and was a member of a camera Club. There were many Sunday photography outings and along with us came other kids of the members of the club.

And we always had great fun while the adults busied themselves taking photos of everything and anything, it seemed to us. Dad was so serious about his photography that he set up a dark room where he developed and printed his photographs.

All black and white at the time. He and his camera club entered many of their favourites in exhibitions throughout Europe. I’m quite proud to say that many cups and medals were won by Dad. They have been shared amongst all his grandchildren which I find quite special.

He liked taking portraits of us kids too, mostly when we were in a state of untidiness, usually during play. Dad always preferred the natural look of messy hair and clothes in the photos of his children.

SPDN: An Inexpensive Way To Profit When The S&P 500 Falls

Summary
SPDN is not the largest or oldest way to short the S&P 500, but it’s a solid choice.
This ETF uses a variety of financial instruments to target a return opposite that of the S&P 500 Index.
SPDN’s 0.49% Expense Ratio is nearly half that of the larger, longer-tenured -1x Inverse S&P 500 ETF.
Details aside, the potential continuation of the equity bear market makes single-inverse ETFs an investment segment investor should be familiar with.
We rate SPDN a Strong Buy because we believe the risks of a continued bear market greatly outweigh the possibility of a quick return to a bull market.
Put a gear stick into R position, (Reverse).
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By Rob Isbitts

Summary
The S&P 500 is in a bear market, and we don’t see a quick-fix. Many investors assume the only way to navigate a potentially long-term bear market is to hide in cash, day-trade or “just hang in there” while the bear takes their retirement nest egg.

The Direxion Daily S&P 500® Bear 1X ETF (NYSEARCA:SPDN) is one of a class of single-inverse ETFs that allow investors to profit from down moves in the stock market.

SPDN is an unleveraged, liquid, low-cost way to either try to hedge an equity portfolio, profit from a decline in the S&P 500, or both. We rate it a Strong Buy, given our concern about the intermediate-term outlook for the global equity market.

Strategy
SPDN keeps it simple. If the S&P 500 goes up by X%, it should go down by X%. The opposite is also expected.

Proprietary ETF Grades
Offense/Defense: Defense

Segment: Inverse Equity

Sub-Segment: Inverse S&P 500

Correlation (vs. S&P 500): Very High (inverse)

Expected Volatility (vs. S&P 500): Similar (but opposite)

Holding Analysis
SPDN does not rely on shorting individual stocks in the S&P 500. Instead, the managers typically use a combination of futures, swaps and other derivative instruments to create a portfolio that consistently aims to deliver the opposite of what the S&P 500 does.

Strengths
SPDN is a fairly “no-frills” way to do what many investors probably wished they could do during the first 9 months of 2022 and in past bear markets: find something that goes up when the “market” goes down. After all, bonds are not the answer they used to be, commodities like gold have, shall we say, lost their luster. And moving to cash creates the issue of making two correct timing decisions, when to get in and when to get out. SPDN and its single-inverse ETF brethren offer a liquid tool to use in a variety of ways, depending on what a particular investor wants to achieve.

Weaknesses
The weakness of any inverse ETF is that it does the opposite of what the market does, when the market goes up. So, even in bear markets when the broader market trend is down, sharp bear market rallies (or any rallies for that matter) in the S&P 500 will cause SPDN to drop as much as the market goes up.

Opportunities
While inverse ETFs have a reputation in some circles as nothing more than day-trading vehicles, our own experience with them is, pardon the pun, exactly the opposite! We encourage investors to try to better-understand single inverse ETFs like SPDN. While traders tend to gravitate to leveraged inverse ETFs (which actually are day-trading tools), we believe that in an extended bear market, SPDN and its ilk could be a game-saver for many portfolios.

Threats
SPDN and most other single inverse ETFs are vulnerable to a sustained rise in the price of the index it aims to deliver the inverse of. But that threat of loss in a rising market means that when an investor considers SPDN, they should also have a game plan for how and when they will deploy this unique portfolio weapon.

Proprietary Technical Ratings
Short-Term Rating (next 3 months): Strong Buy

Long-Term Rating (next 12 months): Buy

Conclusions
ETF Quality Opinion
SPDN does what it aims to do, and has done so for over 6 years now. For a while, it was largely-ignored, given the existence of a similar ETF that has been around much longer. But the more tenured SPDN has become, the more attractive it looks as an alternative.

ETF Investment Opinion

SPDN is rated Strong Buy because the S&P 500 continues to look as vulnerable to further decline. And, while the market bottomed in mid-June, rallied, then waffled since that time, our proprietary macro market indicators all point to much greater risk of a major decline from this level than a fast return to bull market glory. Thus, SPDN is at best a way to exploit and attack the bear, and at worst a hedge on an otherwise equity-laden portfolio.

Why Did You Choose Digital Marketing As a Career Option?

There is no way to avoid the fact that almost all companies, sooner or later, must include in their digital marketing activities. And with the demand for digital vendors exceeding supply, there are many opportunities for those looking to enter the field. So, what is all this fuss about? Read on to learn more about this fascinating and versatile field. What is the digital marketing? Somehow, digital marketing is not that different from traditional marketing: you have a product that you need to sell, and you’re looking for ways to interact with customers to build brand awareness and, ultimately, “close” a sale. Digital marketing implies, even more, roles and skills than marketing, and it is this flexible nature of the business that makes it so interesting. These are some general areas that a digital marketing professional will likely touch during their training or career:
Digital Marketing Basics
SEO (Search Engine Optimization)
SMM (Social Media Marketing)
SEM (Search Engine Marketing)
Email Marketing
AdSense
Video Marketing using YouTube
Google Analytics
Mobile Marketing
Affiliate Marketing
Content Marketing
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It is a good idea to think about getting training in at least one or two specialty areas, unless you are in administration, in which case you probably need to know a little about all of them. What skills are in demand? The digital economy is debated in every corner of our lives, and it certainly does not go anywhere. There is a strong consideration in digital marketing compared to traditional marketing. Ninety-three of the online activity starts with a search engine and ensures the continued effectiveness of SEO as a superior marketing strategy, while around the eightieth of the citizens Americans, create a purchase on the Internet at least once a month. Anyone thinking of starting or leading a business needs to have a basic knowledge of digital marketing in order to convert clients. There is a lot of space for people looking to enter the world of digital marketing and related careers. According to Smart Insights, some of the most requested skills for 2017 were digital advertising, content creation, content strategy and social networks, which is great news for those who are oriented towards the creative, social and commercial end of the Spectrum. For those who have a more technical mind, there is still a lot of demand and a high-income potential for those who specialize in technology such as SEO and SEM, since this is what can be the basis of what generates profits in any business. Content marketing is based on traffic and anyone with technical knowledge to investigate these patterns is a valuable quality, especially because this type of work is much more advanced with the advent of artificial intelligence. Why choose a career in digital marketing? Digital marketing is a career that has a lot of space for technicians, creatives and business people. There are so many avenues that you can follow; It is best to focus on one or two things that you do better, so you can always learn more from there. If you have a business or communications background, you may want to consider entering the administration. This is a field that changes constantly and is attractive; there is always something new to learn. And if you work in an agency, you will always work with different clients, which means that you will probably never get bored. Beyond this, here are some more reasons to consider this career. There is a gap in digital skills: There is a growing demand for people with digital skills, particularly for those in the middle-income group, specifically soft skills, and according to this study, it is more pronounced in the United States. Therefore, continuing training in this area, even if you are not a technology expert, is a good idea to hold on to the foreseeable future. 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Take online courses, build a blog or website, work on your own social networks, obtain volunteer or independent work, and be on track to create a solid portfolio from the comfort of your own home. For most specialties, there is no need to spend thousands of hours and dollars in the classroom; you can really develop your skills and get training in a way that suits your lifestyle. Work with different people every day: you will always find something new to do in this field and you will have someone new to talk to. Whether it is a new client, a colleague with a notable specialty, or finding fun ways to involve and expand your audience, anyone interested in working with people can reach the social and commercial field of this career. And if it undergoes an additional self-examination, it will stay behind the scenes writing or running on the network. What types of people stand out in this field? All kinds of people can follow a career that touches marketing; It depends on your interests In general, it is not necessary to have a very technical training, although if you know something about web design or coding, it is likely to be ahead of the competition. Because this is such a dynamic field that requires continuous learning, it is necessary to be an entrepreneur, that is, be willing to continually learn new skills and techniques. For this purpose, you must be a creative problem solver. If you are curious, innovative, proactive, a natural, adaptable and creative leader with a good commercial sense; you probably do well in most areas in this field. How do you train as a digital marketing professional? If you already have experience in marketing management, advertising copywriting, Internet development or maybe style, you already have several transferable skills to participate in digital sales. You almost certainly have to start your own personal everything and make a portfolio to make your own distinctive digital presence. It is difficult to be aware of all the latest trends, but getting a solid knowledge of the basic principles of emerging trends such as AI and virtual reality in the context of how they are used for marketing is an excellent place to focus as well..You should definitely make sure your social media streams are consistent with your skills and abilities; In other words, talk about what interests you and learn publicly and as often as you can. Start a blog on Medium and join some Facebook groups in your field of interest. You will also want to look for a complete and reputable training program to obtain official certification in one or more central areas. Once you are officially certified, you will have an advantage among your peers when it comes to looking for satisfying opportunities. If you already have experience in marketing management, advertising copywriting, Internet development or maybe style, you already have several transferable skills to participate in digital sales. You almost certainly have to start your own personal everything and make a portfolio to make your own distinctive digital presence.