It's 2019 and I look forward to another year of new opportunities and hope for further success with my current ventures with all the background noise that goes with it.
Background noise? What I call the constant factors circling around investments, positive and negative. World and local news, speculation, and manipulation just a few of the indicators.
Folks who invest in the stock market and/or crypto markets watched a crash in the last part of 2018 but both also seen recovery from lows in the last couple weeks in December. For me it's constant adjustment times and here on January 1st, I look at it as the new starting point. For example: Bitcoin currently in the high $3000 USD level and hope for steady improvement or status quo knowing the risk involved.
Overall I enjoy it all and it's sort of an addiction starting the day, browsing through the news and how it effects my stuff. Like constant cellphone chat users and online gamers ... help! I can't stop. But, there's a difference ... where this is about additional and long term earnings/gains so there's also a serious side to it.
With light snow out today changing to rain later, January also kicks off two months of the more intense winter weather in Nova Scotia before the turning point in March, heading for spring. Last winter was mostly a mild one with not a lot of snow but got a feeling I'll be seeing more colder temps this year.
The wallet will get more of a hit starting off the year as I see grocery store prices climbing already where it's about an average family in Canada spending $400+ more on groceries this year while wages and fixed income folks do not see an equivalent boost in pay.
Oil is down for now, so that's one relief on the wallet at the pumps where gas has come down to 0.96 cents a liter here in Halifax.
Happy New Year!