April 7, 2015
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Republican presidential hopefuls are gaining ground on Hillary Clinton in key swing states, according to a new poll.
In a Quinnipiac University poll released Thursday, Clinton’s lead over Republicans like former Gov. Jeb Bush and Sen. Rand Paul has evaporated since February in Colorado and Iowa, while she still leads in Virginia.
In Iowa, Clinton is almost tied with every Republican presidential hopeful, and her favorability rating is down in the state from a 49 percent in February to 45 percent in this latest poll.
Virginia seems to be a silver lining for Clinton, who is holding her lead against Bush 47 to 40 percent. In February, the two were tied at 42 percent. Clinton leads Paul in Virginia 47 percent to 43 percent.
“Ominous for Hillary Clinton is the broad scope of the movement today compared to her showing in Quinnipiac University’s mid-February survey. It isn’t just one or two Republicans who are stepping up; it’s virtually the entire GOP field that is running better against her,” Quinnipiac University Poll Assistant Director Peter Brown said in a press release.
“That’s why it is difficult to see Secretary Clinton’s slippage as anything other than a further toll on her image from the furor over her e-mail.”
The stock market hates high interest rates.
And after the bad employment report last Friday, investors now feel that the Fed will delay raising rates. Everyone has been anticipating a rate HIKE this year but it appears we are in for a wait.
With a possible delay in increasing rates, the market is up. Today people are openly talking about the possibility of yet another round of QE Quantitative Easing.
Investors always have to watch Both interest rates And the dollar. The dollar was down Monday which was driving up our oil/gas pipeline and infrastructure positions. We have been getting into this narrow segment of the energy patch while things were on sale, and boy I’m glad we did. I hope readers have been following the suggestions.
We purchased a small position in MLPL ETRACS 2xMonthly Leveraged Long Alerian MLP Infrastructure Index ETN….in the IRA. According to my Fidelity screen this thing is paying almost 12%. We are watching MLPL closely and will almost certainly buy a lot more. But the technicals are still stabilizing and we are now waiting.
But I think MLPL is one of the best investments you can make in 2015. If you have NOT purchased buy a little now.
As far as adding additional positions in the Core Portfolio we are looking at a debt issue that goes ex-dividend this week and if we see a nice pullback I really want to buy some.
We continue holding all positions in the Core Portfolio.
MOVIES: Furious 7. Non-stop slam-bam bang-em-up action. Wow don’t miss this one. Furious is as good as the reviews say it is. Full of car chases, shooting, car wrecks, it never ends. The only thing missing is aliens. lol. Go see it.
This is a fun read on the Clintons:
Here is a link to a great article discussing our gambling holding Amaya: