Jedi Master Wisdom and Fear Featuring Jim Woods

Named must your fear be before banish it you can quote by yoda from Way of the Renaissance Man Jim Woods with renaissance man logo and quote Named must your fear be before banish it you can.

–Yoda, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back

Are you spooked about putting money to work after the disaster that was the end of 2018? I don’t blame you if you are, but there is no reason to be. The first step in getting over your fear is to name it. By first identifying why you are afraid to invest — e.g., lack of market understanding, fear of taking losses, fear of being wrong — you can banish it from your being and begin the path toward, as Jedi Master Yoda might say, the light side of the Force.
Wisdom about money, investing and life can be found anywhere. If you have a good quote you’d like me to share with your fellow Renaissance Man readers, send it to me, along with any comments, questions and suggestions you have about my website, newsletters, podcast or anything else.   In The Name Of The Best Within Us, Jim Woods Renaissance Man    

Jim Woods Season 3 Guest Appearance on Unlock Your Wealth Today

Today I was the special guest on one of my favorite financial TV shows, Unlock Your Wealth Today, with host Heather Wagenhals. If you’d like to see me interviewed about what happened in markets in Q4, how politics and algorithms influence the financial markets, and the focus of my various newsletters and websites, then this show is must-see TV. . Here's the special offer link I gave to Unlock Your Wealth fans for my new advisory service Bullseye Stock Trader for a Free special report and no-risk trial click here. jim woods investing bullseye stock trader  

Renaissance Man 2019: An Antidote to Chaos

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One of the biggest breakout best-sellers of 2018 was the intellectual self-help work, “12 Rules for Life” by Dr. Jordan Peterson. The subtitle of this excellent and highly recommended book is “An Antidote to Chaos.” As Peterson explains throughout the work, life by its very nature is fraught with chaos that must constantly be put into order. This order is hierarchical, philosophical, political, social, and most importantly, personal. I agree with much of what Peterson writes in “12 Rules for Life,” although I disagree with a lot of his overall work. I’ll save our points of disagreement for another time, as I want to focus on the key takeaway here, which for me is that the chaos of life—as well as the chaos in financial markets that we all painfully lived through in the fourth quarter of 2018—does demand an antidote. For subscribers to my newsletter advisory services, we take on this chaos by employing sound investing principles, proven tactics and strategies, focused fundamental and technical analysis, a psychological understanding of market behavior and an awareness of the current zeitgeist in markets (something I call “NewsQ”) to help us navigate accurately.
Well, in life, we also need tools to help us navigate accurately.
And, in the year ahead, perhaps more than ever, it’s important to put as many tools in our kit to deal with what appears to be some truly overwhelming societal, political, financial and even personal chaos. Last year, my team and I launched a tool to help with that personal chaos, and it is the Way of the Renaissance Man website and podcast. From fighter pilots to West Point grads; from Samurais to psychologists, from anarchists to anti-tax warriors, and from radio hosts to FBI agents to war heroes, the inaugural season of the Way of the Renaissance Man podcast had a little something for every curiosity seeker. We kicked off the season with Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform. Grover is a man on a mission to help you keep more of your money. More importantly, we discussed what it really takes to be truly committed to an idea. In my discussion with Rich Checkan, West Point graduate and businessman, we talked about the military ethos and how it can help define one’s focus and help integrate concepts and ideas into real-world action. Rich Checkan wearing a Way of the Renaissance Man T-shirt from Jim Woods West Point grad, former U.S. Army officer and businessman Rich Checkan of Asset Strategies International dons his very own Way of the Renaissance Man t-shirt. I found a similarly invigorating discussion with former Marine Corps fighter pilot Ed Rush, who shared some success-enabling habits he learned during his military service. Ed also let me in on some of his fascinating “21-day adventures” in self-improvement. With psychologist Dr. Joel Wade, author of the fantastic book, “The Virtue of Happiness,” we discussed the nature of happiness, what it is to actually be happy and what the “success of being human” really means. Life is never dull when you’re speaking with the always-entertaining creator of the Financial Survival Network, Kerry Lutz. Here we riffed on Facebook, the value of skepticism, and even Yossarian, the unforgettable protagonist from Joseph Heller’s masterpiece, “Catch-22”. In season one I also spoke with the eminently interesting anarchist and “dollar vigilante,” Jeff Berwick, an extremely passionate man who takes life seriously, and who also has a lot of fun doing so. The inaugural season also brought us two major figures in the war on terror, retired FBI Special Agent and counterterrorism expert John Iannarelli, and Afghanistan subject matter expert and interpreter for the Coalition Forces during the war against the Taliban, Saber Rock. Both John and Saber are fighting the same battle, namely the forces of theocratic tyranny. And, both of these men helped us understand how to be your best self in the face of incredible adversity. Finally, I got a chance to connect again with my long-time friend, fellow market analyst, motorcycle enthusiast and real-life Samurai Keith Fitz-Gerald. If you want wisdom from one of the smartest men on planet earth, this episode is a must listen. Now, in addition to the amazing guests I had the privilege of spending time with, I also was able to share some interesting views via my articles, speeches, media appearances, and quotes in the areas of ideas, high-intensity pursuits, human relationships, health and fitness, and finance and money. We also featured some great guest contributions this year.

Some of my favorite articles include:

How You Park Your Car is How You Approach Life 3 Renaissance Man Rules of Wealth Building 5 Favorite Renaissance Man Quotes to Live By 8 Keys to Cultivating a Renaissance Man Mindset In the spirit of the aforementioned antidote to chaos, I started this project as a free adjunct to my work here at The Deep Woods, and as a supplement to my newsletter advisory services Successful InvestingIntelligence ReportBullseye Stock Trader and Fast Money Alert, which all can be accessed simply by going to JimWoodsInvesting.com. I did so, because in an era of chaos characterized by a frequent lack of intellectual curiosity, mental laziness, destructive “conventional wisdom” that is anything but wise, and even the willful evasion by good people in the face of evil, it’s important to put as much ammunition in your arsenal as you can in order to win the battle for your values.
The Way of the Renaissance Man website and podcast is there to help us all focus on what matters, and to integrate that knowledge and meaning into our lives so that we can rationally celebrate our victories and continue battling our dragons. Anything short of that is just letting yourself down in the most important pursuit you’ll ever engage in… the pursuit of your own values.
In 2019, the Way of the Renaissance Man will continue this pursuit with a vengeance, and together, we help each other discover the tools needed to better focus our minds, integrate our thoughts with actions, and live the lives we really want. May the new year bring you continued focus, integration, celebration… and a true antidote to chaos of all stripes.  

The Deep Woods ‘Best of’ Issue From Jim Woods Investing

An exciting look at the past year of the Deep Woods publication from Jim Woods Investing

By Jim Woods
When historians look back at the year that was 2018, it’s probably going to be remembered for the bearish turn of events that began in early October. The sharp selling started then, and it continued through the night before Christmas. Today, stocks are up sharply, and the bulls are hoping Santa will keep bringing the holiday cheer for the remainder of the year. So, while the markets enjoy this long-overdue, oversold bounce, I’ll take this opportunity to look back on the year and present to you what I call the “Best of” issue, i.e. The Deep Woods articles I thought were the most important of the year. And this was a very important year for this publication, as it was only in July that we changed our name from the Weekly ETF Report to The Deep Woods. We did this to better reflect the broader scope of this publication, and to more accurately define the in-depth focus on the principled issue affecting markets, the economy, society and culture.
As one reader put it, “I like that you peel the onion skin back to show us what’s going on beneath the surface of things.”
There was perhaps no better example of an issue that required peeling the onion skin back this year than the trade war. Throughout the year, the market has been plagued by what I consider an unnecessary, dangerous and destructive trade war between the United States and China that is anti-individualist, anti-free trade and even borders on being anti-American. I say that because America is not about the government erecting barriers to your freedom to trade with others. America is about erecting barriers that protect the individual from government. The tariffs imposed by the Trump administration as a “negotiating ploy” are one of the biggest causes for the market selling, because it’s causing uncertainty and fear that corporate bottom lines will come in a lot softer in the fourth quarter and for the full year. In “Whiskey, Tailpipes and Tribalism: Singing the ‘Trade War Blues’,” I wrote about the damage of the trade war and its casualties, including companies such as Brown-Forman Corp. (NYSE: BF-B) and Harley-Davidson (NYSE: HOG). In August, I addressed the trade war’s detractors, the libertarian-leaning Koch brothers, and their fight with President Trump. In what was one of the most widely read columns of the year, “Forget Pepsi Vs. Coke, Now It’s Trump Vs. Koch,” I asked you to tell me which party you thought was on the correct side of the tariff debate. The results were almost evenly split, with a slight edge going to the president. Other columns related to freedom, free markets and free trade that made my Best of 2018 list include “Reflections on the Best FreedomFest Ever,” “Dear Uncle Sam, Please Stay out of My Mouth,” and my takedown of Columbia University law professor and antitrust champion Tim Wu in “In Defense of Economic ‘Bigness’.” Yet this year wasn’t just about advocating for freedom. This year also was about celebrating our good fortune and remembering the importance of sharing that good fortune with others. In “The Best of Times Is Right Now,” I wrote about attending a lecture by Harvard University psychologist Steven Pinker on the topic of his great book, “Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress.” This lecture not only inspired me, but it allowed me to keep in perspective just how great we have it in 21st-century America, and what that greatness is built upon, i.e. reason, science and enlightenment values. In “The One Frequency to Tune in This Holiday Season,” I wrote about how fortunate I feel to be in a position to help support my favorite charity, Texas-based Upbring, a nonprofit organization working to break the cycle of child abuse by empowering children, families and communities. There’s still time to make a difference in 2018, and I encourage you to do so via a donation to Upbring. This year, I also reflected on the deaths of two high-profile political figures, President George H.W. Bush and Arizona Sen. John McCain. The respective passing of these two men of character reminded the nation that character still matters, and that class, respect and love for America isn’t just about slogans and bluster. In 2018, I also was proud to announce the launching of two new projects in The Deep Woods. The first was my new podcast and website, Way of the Renaissance Man, a show about ideas, personal empowerment and celebrating the rational life.
The goal of this project is to help us all discover the tools needed to better focus our minds, integrate our thoughts with actions and live the lives we really want.
Later in the year, I also told you about my new advisory service, Bullseye Stock Trader, a stock and options trading publication designed to identify the best-of-breed stocks displaying the fundamental and technical attributes that allow them to continue leading the market higher. Finally, although I was proud of all The Deep Woods issues in 2018, perhaps my very favorite came the day before Thanksgiving, when I told you “This Year, Also Be Thankful for Dragons.” I’m not alone here, as I had several readers tell me this also was their favorite. I even had one reader tell me they thought it was directly about them, as the message of struggling mightily to achieve one’s values, even in the simple tasks of life, can be supremely liberating and supremely personal. The reason why is because when you prevail in such a fight, you are both better and more gratified than you were before the engagement. It is this embrace of these battles, both big and small, that I will take into 2019 and beyond. Because in The Deep Woods, we love to slay dragons of all varieties, both the mighty, exogenous kind, and the smaller, more personal kind. Thank you for a fantastic 2018, and here’s to a tremendous 2019.
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Jim Woods Media Appearance With The Wall Street Reporter

Jim Woods media appearance with wall street reporter with way of the renaissance man logo nad wall street reporter logo In this reprise interview, Jim shares a few of his coveted secrets for profiting in the markets that he saves for his newsletter subscribers with the host of the Wall Street Reporter which first aired on the WallStreetReporter.com as well as his views on 2019. Welcome to the Way the Renaissance Man podcast. This is a show about ideas, personal empowerment, and celebrating the rational life. Our goal is to help each other discover the tools needed to better focus our minds, integrate our thoughts with actions, and live the lives we really want with your host Jim Woods. Copyright Wall Street Reporter To learn more about Jim's publications, check out these links:
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Decisions, Motorcycle Adventures, and the Way of the Bushido featuring Keith Fitz-Gerald

Some men exude robust confidence.

 Others radiate intelligence and intellectual prowess. Still others project a quiet physical strength that tells the world, “I got this.”
But all of these qualities are rare to find in one man, and Keith Fitz-Gerald is just such a man.

Welcome to the Way the Renaissance Man podcast. This is a show about ideas, personal empowerment, and celebrating the rational life. Our goal is to help each other discover the tools needed to better focus our minds, integrate our thoughts with actions, and live the lives we really want with your host Jim Woods.

On this episode of the Way the Renaissance Man podcast, I converse with investment expert, husband, father, Samurai, and most importantly, my friend, Keith Fitz-Gerald. Keith is a seasoned analyst, trader and consultant with 35 years in global markets and extensive international media experience. And as Chief Investment Strategist for a leading financial research publisher for the last 10 years, he is one of the most widely read market experts on the planet. He is a sought-after speaker, motorcycle enthusiast, and world adventurer.  

What's Discussed:

  • Keith's FreedomFest debate that Jim moderates about Tesla and why Elon is a Renaissance Man
  • Find out what qualities Keith has that make him an ideal Renaissance Man
  • What “kaizen” means, and why it’s such an important concept to live by
  • Gleaning lessons from Keith's WWI fighter pilot great-grandfather
    Keith's amazing immersion in martial arts as a Samurai and Japanese culture, and how he integrates that into everything he does
  • How Keith's grandmother inspired his passion for life and influenced his career choice
     

And much more… Plus, the most incredible sound you never want to hear.

 

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The Wisdom of Pangur Ban

I and Pangur Ban my cat, ’Tis a like task we are at: Hunting mice is his delight, Hunting words I sit all night. — Robin Fowler, “The Scholar and His Cat, Pangur Ban” There’s an old Irish adage that says, “Never trust a man who doesn’t like cats.” Well, I like cats. I like them because a cat is an independent spirit that adds warmth and beauty to one’s life. We also can learn a lot from cats.
The Wisdom of Pangur Ban with Jim Woods and his cat Danica
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Cats go about their business hunting mice, sleeping, playing and interacting with humans. We humans go about the business of productive achievement, nurturing relationships with family and friends, engaging in pleasurable pursuits and training our minds and bodies to battle life’s dragons. And like cats, we are capable of doing it all with graceful aplomb — if we allow ourselves to do so. Wisdom about money, investing and life can be found anywhere. If you have a good quote that you’d like me to share with your fellow readers, send it to me, along with any comments, questions and suggestions you have about my newsletters, seminars or anything else. Now, we want to hear from you! Would like to share your opinion or make a comment on the Way of the Renaissance Man podcast? If so, then please leave your comment or questions in the space provided below and share this article with your friends and family on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Your comments or question could be chosen as our featured Ask the Renaissance Man Anything on a future episode.

Saber Rock: An Indomitable Spirit Under the Most Horrific Conditions

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What can we learn from a man fighting desperately to conquer theocratic control over his country—all with a huge smile and an infectiously positive disposition?

Plenty, and that’s exactly what you’ll learn in this episode of the Way of the Renaissance Man podcast, featuring the indomitable spirit known as “Saber Rock.” Saber Rock is an Afghanistan subject matter expert, English language Institute president, and an interpreter for the U.S. Marine Corps and Coalition Forces during the war against the Taliban in Afghanistan. In this interview from the FreedomFest conference, you’ll hear his heart-wrenching personal story of valor, comradery, humor, pain, loss, action, adventure—and his fight back from death’s door to become a real-life hero. Saber Rock’s values and virtues, along with incredible story of his efforts to free the Afghan people from Taliban control, is the subject of the award-winning documentary film “Saber Rock,” which was directed and produced by my friends the Locastro brothers. If you haven’t seen this short documentary, see it now. I guarantee it will be some of the best 30 minutes you’ll ever spend. I am honored to be able to share Saber Rock’s story with you, and I’m even more honored to call him my friend.

What's Discussed:

How Saber Rock helped United States Marine Corps and Coalition Forces sway the hearts and minds of the Afghan people. What gruesome measures the Taliban took to stop Saber Rock and his efforts for a Taliban-Free peace in the region. What America doesn't understand about the different tribes of Afghanistan and who the enemy really is over there. What it was like to be killed and brought back to life. How the United States government wants to send him back to the front lines. And much more…

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And the Winner is… America From the Deep Woods

And the Winner is… America

Reprinted from JimWoodsInvesting.com
By Jim Woods
In the fantastically entertaining, although mostly unrealistic, modern film classic, “Wall Street,” the unforgettably unctuous villain Gordon Gekko famously made a speech where he proclaims, “Greed is good.”
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Today, I’ve decided to channel my inner Gekko and make a similar proclamation regarding midterm election results, and it is… “Gridlock is good.” Yes, gridlock in Washington is back, and that means that the real winner this morning is America. I say that because through my libertarian-tinted glasses, the less that “gets done” in Washington, the better. Stated differently, the fewer new laws that rob Americans of their liberty and their property, the better off everyone will be. With the Democrats soon to be in control of the House of Representatives, and the Republicans still firmly in control of the Senate and the White House, we have a potent prescription for gridlock of the sort that freedom-loving Americans should embrace.
What gridlock means in today’s context is no threat to the Trump tax cuts.
Unfortunately, it means no further tax cuts are likely, but further tax reform isn’t what most experts thought was on the agenda anyway. Gridlock also likely means no big spending legislation over the next two years. The one caveat here comes if Democrat and Republican leaders get together with President Trump to pass some big-government infrastructure spending bill. A huge infrastructure spending bill means a lot of debt, and likely a lot of inefficient use of our tax dollars. For Wall Street, at least historically, gridlock has been a very good thing. An article today at MarketWatch cited some eye-opening statistics from Bank of America showing that since 1928, stocks in the S&P 500 have produced an annual average return of 12% in years when a Republican president held office and Congress was split. That research also showed that in the year following a midterm election that resulted in a Republican president and a split Congress, returns for the S&P 500 have averaged more than 20%. The data here shows the historical validity of my “Gridlock is good” thesis, but the reason why I think markets are in a good position going forward this year is because now markets can get back to focusing on what really matters — i.e. fundamental drivers of equity prices such as corporate earnings growth, economic growth and monetary policy.
So far, corporate earnings growth continues to be strong, and that’s despite the relatively high number of high-profile earnings and outlook disappointments we saw in Q3.
Moreover, broad macroeconomic data continues to be strong (GDP growth, employment data, sentiment surveys) despite a few points of weakness (housing, building permits). As for monetary policy, the Federal Reserve’s Open Market Committee (FOMC) just happened to begin its two-day policy meeting today. And while no change in interest rates is expected this month, what the markets want to see is if there will be any alteration to the “hawkish” rhetoric we’ve been hearing for the past couple of months. Recall that one of the reasons for the equity market volatility in October was the hawkish comments from Fed Chair Powell, when he said that rates were likely a “long way” from neutral, implying a lot more rate hikes to come. If the Fed fails to mention the recent volatility in stocks in tomorrow’s FOMC statement, markets will perceive that failure as the Fed remaining very hawkish. Finally, there is one more seasonal trend that deserves mention here that isn’t even correlated to the “Gridlock is good” thesis, but that nevertheless happens to be true an amazing 100% of the time. This indicator was brought to my attention by Tom Essaye of the Sevens Report, who cited research showing that since 1946, there have been 18 midterm elections. And, in the 12 months following each of those elections, the stock market has rallied sharply. In fact, Tom shows that fully 100% of the time, stocks have been higher 12 months after a midterm election by an average of 17%. Additionally, the average gain from the lows of the year during the midterm (so today that means about 2,530 in the S&P 500) was 32%. And as Tom points out, “Those two numbers equal 3,223 in the S&P 500 (a 17% gain from Tuesday’s close) and 3,340 (a 32% move from the 2,530 2018 low). So, not only is gridlock good — but for markets, the 12 months after the midterm also happen to be very good, 100% of the time! I don’t know about you, but to me, that sounds like America is the real winner today.

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FBI Counterterrorism Expert John Iannerelli Shoots the Breeze with the Renaissance Man

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Personal preparedness is a Renaissance Man's obligation to himself and those he loves to protect and keep them safe.

John Iannarelli, Retired FBI Special Agent Executive engages Jim with thought-provoking conversation at FreedomFest about the importance of being prepared, the value of achievement, and how to spot a terrorist. Welcome to the Way the Renaissance Man podcast. This is a show about ideas, personal empowerment, and celebrating the rational life. Our goal is to help each other discover the tools needed to better focus our minds, integrate our thoughts with actions, and live the lives we really want with your host Jim Woods.

Who's On:

Today's Guest from our FreedomFest interviews is an FBI Special Agent Executive (Ret.), author of the book “How To Spot A Terrorist: Before It's Too Late” and FOX News contributor John Iannarelli. John retired from the FBI after more than 20 years of service, during which time he was a member of the FBI SWAT Team and participated in the investigations of the Oklahoma City Bombing, the 9/11 attack, and Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords’ shooting. Among his many FBI assignments, John previously served in Washington, D.C. as the FBI National Spokesperson and later on the Executive Staff of the FBI’s Cyber Division. He was a Squad Supervisor before becoming the Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Phoenix Division, the number two position overseeing all Criminal, Cyber and Counter Intelligence investigations throughout Arizona. During his FBI tenure, John was also the recipient of the FBI Director’s Distinguished Service Award, for which he was selected from the ranks of the Bureau’s 35,000 employees.

What's Discussed:

What preparedness for unlikely scenarios and insurance have in common What the FBI looks for as suspicious activity before a catastrophic event like terrorism What it was like at Ground Zero during the Las Vegas shooting rampage What steps John took to fulfill his childhood dream What John means when he says, “I've never learned anything by doing it right.” And much more…

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