Talking Points: March 16, 2020

March 16, 2020

“There are decades where nothing happens; and there are weeks when decades happen.” Vladimir Lenin

The “Spanish” flu, as the 1918 pandemic is still widely known, did not originate in Spain. Rather, because the country was neutral in World War I, its uncensored press was the first to report on the disease. As a result, many around the world blamed the Spanish for the epidemic, and the nickname persists to this day. The Wall Street Journal, March 6, 2020

In 2018, coins appreciated by 5%, stamps by 0% and jewelry was down 5%. Collectible wines appreciated by 9% and topping the list was rare whiskey, appreciating 40%. CNBC, June 23, 2019

A recent survey found that 59% of Americans say it is hard to identify false information on social media. PBS, Jan 21, 2020

“Only when the tide goes out do you see who has been swimming naked.” Warren Buffett

“I just turned 60 which is really an awkward age- 30 years too old to be a wunderkind, and 20 years too young to be running for president.” Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel

“Noah was the world’s first financier- he was able to float a company when the rest of the world was in liquidation!” Mark Zinder

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