Currently, coronavirus has been the main topic of discussions and news around the globe. Coronavirus is a global pandemic that originated in Wuhan, China. Many countries around the world closed their borders, implemented quarantines and limited movement. According to John Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center there are 367,457 reported cases of the virus around the world and over 16,000 deaths. In the US alone the number of infected people has exceeded 40,000.
Russian scientists from the Russian Academy of Sciences, in collaboration with other Russian institutions, completed research of the properties of a copolymer based on polyaryleneetherketones to assess the prospects of its application in space technology. The purpose of this study is to protect the electronics on a spacecraft, which is effected by the surrounding plasma. There are only three centers across the globe that have the necessary equipment and experts to successfully analyze the effects of electrification of materials for spacecraft in conditions close to its original state.
In order to complete Nord Stream 2, Russia decided to have the Gazprom vessels accompanied by Russian warships. The route is from the Indian ocean to the Mediterranean Sea. Nord stream 2 is a new export gas pipeline from Russia to Europe via the Baltic Sea. The combined capacity of each of the two Nord streams lines is expected to be 55 billion cubic meters of gas per year. Thus, the total design capacity of Nord stream and Nord stream-2 is 110 billion cubic meters of gas per year.
New technology allows a person to gain muscle using 3D printer technologies. The new technology has been created by US and German scientists. The skeletal muscles are one of the hardest to restore after any illness, accident or surgery. This is a great opportunity in the field of reconstructive surgery. The 3D printing technology provides a myriad of opportunities.
St. Petersburg Research Institute of Vaccines and Sera FMBA of Russia is working on creating a vaccine for coronavirus. The vaccine is planned for the fall of 2020. Additionally, the clinical trials will begin in the winter months including preclinical tests on mice. It will take several more months. Thus far, the vaccine is supposed to be readily available in the Summer 2021.
In Chapter 2, we explained how to draw up a plan for a project. One of the things that we did was to allocate an estimated duration to each of the activities to be carried out. This allowed us to calculate the overall duration of the project and to identify when we would need to call upon the services of individuals to carry out their tasks. In this chapter, we will explore further the ways in which these estimates can be produced.
Russian special forces will start training in a virtual reality setting. The new developed simulation training is specifically geared towards paratroopers. The vertical reality simulator was designed by the Man & Technologies Lab. According to the company’s website Man & Technologies lab is a full cycle engineering design bureau. The company specializes in the technology. However, interestingly there is no mention of any defense speciality.
Coronavirus has become a global scare. The World Health Organization considers coronavirus “High Risk.” The emergence of an economic storm could be inevitable. Kondratiev cycles predicted economic slowdown. Kondratiev explained the existence of large economic cycles by the fact that the duration of functioning of various created economic goods fluctuates. Similarly, they require different time and different means to create them. Large cycles can be seen as disrupting and restoring the economic equilibrium of a long period. The main reason for them lies in the mechanism of accumulation, accumulation and dispersion of capital sufficient to create new elements of infrastructure.
As fears of the continued global spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) continue to drive financial markets to new lows, savvy investors should take note of the excellent opportunities that this massive global sell-off is creating.
The World Health Organization on Coronaviruses:
“Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV).
Coronaviruses are zoonotic, meaning they are transmitted between animals and people. Common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death. A novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans.”
The cost of making artificial diamonds is a very expensive process. It consumes large amounts of energy with the high costs. Now a unique new technology has been announced, which is a collaboration by American and Chinese chemists, to create much cheaper precious stones from crude waste. The project involved chemists from the Stanford University, California, University of Chicago and the Center for High Pressure Science and Technology Advanced Research in China. A full spectrum of the technology has been published in the scientific paper the Science Advances Journal.
This week there was a discussion in Russia about the possible countermeasures the US is planning against China’s One Belt One Road Initiative. Interestingly, due to the coronavirus and China, the stock markets are experiencing a turmoil.
The reason for the discussions is to develop additional strategies between Russia and China pertaining to the One Belt, One Road initiative, despite the virus outbreak. US Secretary Mike Pompeo also announced that US President Donald Trump has invited Southeast Asian leaders for a meeting in Las Vegas next month. The summit is supposed to take place March 12, 2020.
The United States imposes sanctions on 13 foreign entities and individuals in Russia, China, Iraq, and Turkey under the Iran, North Korea, and Syria Nonproliferation Act (INKSNA). The announcement was confirmed by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on @twitter.
The Iran, North Korea, and Syria Nonproliferation Act authorizes the United States to impose sanctions against foreign individuals, private entities, and governments that engage in proliferation activities.
The 2020 US election campaign is gaining momentum. Since the counting problems at the Iowa Caucuses (when the result could not be determined for more than a week), Bernie Sanders’ momentum has not slowed down. “Socialist” Bernie Sanders is accused of being a “Kremlin henchman.” Still his Democratic opponents from the right– Joe Biden and Pete Buttigieg– have been fading.
The first open image of one of the most original, modern American weapons projects-a large-caliber Strategic Long Range Cannon (SLRC). It is being developed under the US Army, and is designed to shoot high-precision missiles at a range of “more than 1000 miles” (sea). In 2019, it was reported that funding for the program should start in fiscal year 2020, and that the SLRC prototype should be ready in 2023.
The United States has conducted a military exercise that simulates a retaliatory strike using nuclear weapons after Russia’s use of low-power nuclear weapons in Europe against NATO countries. This was announced on February 21, 2020 at a briefing for journalists by a high-ranking Pentagon representative stating that “We conducted a small exercise, let’s say.” The scenario included a war in Europe being waged by Russia, and Russia decides to use limited low-power nuclear weapons against an object on the territory of NATO countries.
Previously, JSC Kalashnikov presented a semi-automatic sniper rifle Chukavin Sniper Rifle or SVCh. It is much more than just a rifle. The SVCh is a promising platform for the entire line of small arms. The Chukavin Sniper Rifle is expected to replace the Kalashnikov rifle. The semi-automatic Chukavin is also slated to replace the Dragunov sniper rifle, a semi-automatic sniper/designated marksman rifle chambered in 7.62×54mmR and developed in the Soviet Union. (VIDEO)
A monthly performance review of Durig’s high yielding Fixed Income 2 (FX2) Managed Income Portfolio which also explores the many benefits that the portfolio can provide to investors.
- Over 6% in Cash Generation Alone
- Year-to-Date Return of 6.20%
- Trailing 1 Year Return of 7.72%
- Trailing 3 Year Return of 9.03%
- Trailing 5 Year Return of 9.13%
- Annualized Return Since Inception of 8.72%
- Average Bond Maturity of 4 Years
- Alpha of 10.58 (vs. Benchmark)*
- Beta of -1.22 (vs. Benchmark)*
- Excess Return of 4.32% (vs. Benchmark)*
The results of the new survey are available pertaining to the approval of the head of state of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The poll results were posted on Twitter by the @Metropol. The survey posed a straightforward question of whether or not the public approves of the current head of state’s activities. Thus far Erdogan is at a 41.9% approval rate.
US Engineers and researchers developed a new means of ensuring privacy in the 21st century, which is saturated with technological threats, on the eve of the Chi Conference On Human Factors in Computing Systems 2020, which will take place in Hawaii on April 25-30. The ACM CHI Conference is generally considered the most prestigious in the field of human–computer interaction and is one of the top ranked conferences in computer science.
Belarus is planning on changing its coat of arms. The official announcement has not been made, however the new changes are already circulating on Vkontakte, a Russian online social media and social networking service based in Saint Petersburg. VK is available in multiple languages, but it is predominantly used by Russian-speakers.
This week China’s first Type 055 Destroyer Nanchang was commissioned by the PLA Navy, according to the CGTN news. The People’s Liberation Army Navy, also known as the PLA Navy or PLAN, is the naval warfare branch of the People’s Liberation Army, which is the armed wing of the Communist Party of China and, by default, the national armed forces of the People’s Republic of China.
This review looks at the performance of the Dogs of the Dow Portfolio which produces over 4% in dividend income alone, and also examines the benefits the portfolio can provide to income investors.
- Annualized Return Since Inception of 12.32%
- Average Dividend Yield of 4.03%
- Alpha of 1.89 (vs. Benchmark*)
- Beta of 0.77 (vs. Benchmark*)
Designed for the Long Term
The Dogs of the Dow Portfolio was designed to produce high levels of dividend income over time with less volatility than the stock market. With an average dividend yield of over 4% alone and a lifetime return of over 12%, the Dogs of the Dow’s effectiveness over the years lies in both its repeatability and scalability.
Though the stocks in Durig’s Dogs of the Dow Portfolio more than likely will change from year to year, the underlying screens used to select them remain the same.
Durig searches for and selects a group of of the highest yielding dividend stocks from the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) which have fallen out of favor (aka the “dogs”) and holds them for one year. Over time, these “dogs” tend to have “more room to run” with respect to their share price.
Time in the market nearly always beats timing the market.
Durig’s Dogs of the Dow is a simple, yet effective strategy that was specifically designed to earn you more income by capturing the dividends of some of the highest yielding blue chip stocks of the Dow Jones. Over time, reinvested dividends can help to boost total return and potentially grow the dividend income the portfolio produces.
Why Blue Chip Dividend Stocks?
Historically, blue chip dividend stocks have shown themselves to be resilient under downward market pressure, and are thought to offer relative stability in hectic markets as compared to non-dividend paying stocks. Additionally, companies that pay dividends tend to have much stronger fundamentals, such as stable earnings and growth, effective management and stronger financials.
The dividends paid by blue chips can also help to diversify income streams, and because dividends (and earnings) tend to grow over time they typically outpace inflation, preserving the value of your hard earned dollars. These dividends can also help to lessen historical volatility, explained in a recent article:
“During the overall market downturn in 2002, when non dividend-paying stocks fell by an average of 30%, while dividend-paying stocks only declined on average by 10%. Even during the severe 2008 financial crisis that precipitated a sharp fall in stock prices, dividend stocks held up noticeably better than non dividend stocks.”
Less historical volatility equates to a smoother and more comfortable ride for investors.
Durig’s Dogs of the Dow Portfolio can be extremely efficient in a tax advantaged account (such as an IRA) since neither capital gains nor dividends are taxed, allowing your investment to grow tax-free.
Avoid the Crowd
The majority of blue chip investors find themselves in an overly crowded mutual fund structure. While it may seem nice to share gains and losses but in actuality pooled investments are far more muddled, and typically more costly due to high administrative costs, hidden fees, and can create unwanted tax inefficiencies.
Avoid the crowd with a low cost, individually managed Dogs of the Dow account that offers a much cleaner investment environment.
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The Dogs of the Dow Portfolio has continued to generate strong levels of dividend income over time with less historical volatility, and with over over 4% in dividend income, investors can sleep easier at night.
For those that wish for more income and less volatility with the potential to grow income over time, Durig’s Dogs of the Dow Portfolio is an excellent, low cost solution with professional management and support dedicated to helping you achieve your income goals.
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Russia opposes the creation of an International Tribunal to prosecute foreign terrorist fighters (FTF) operating in Syria and Iraq. The official statement was made by Vladimir Tarabrin, Director of the Department for new challenges and threats of the Russian Foreign Ministry. The timing of the statement is due to the conference that was held in Vienna, Austria this week at the OSCE headquarters titled “Foreign terrorist fighters – responding to modern challenges.”
Last week, the Kremlin held closed discussions pertaining to an agreement signed by former US Secretary of State James A. Baker III and the former Soviet Foreign Minister Eduard A. Shevardnadze on June 1, 1990. In the agreement, the Soviet Union to give the US 46.3 thousand square kilometers of its territory in the Bering Sea. It was done directly under Mikhail Gorbachev’s approval. He was a leader of the Soviet Union at the time.
Announcing Durig’s latest addition to its portfolio of income solutions, the European Dividend Aristocrats Portfolio. This one of a kind portfolio targets 20 high yielding blue-chip stocks* (the actual securities held in the portfolio are American Depository Receipts and trade just like stocks) listed on various European exchanges for investment and was designed to produce high levels of dividend income and even the potential for growth of income over time. The idea is to invest only in the stocks of companies with a current high dividend and a long history of continuous annual dividend increases. Focusing investment on companies that increase their dividends annually should position the portfolio to consistently capture to the “cream of the crop” of higher dividend companies of a variety of European exchanges.
The global unbreakable sports sunglasses market is predicted to grow at a noteworthy CAGR over the forecast period (2020-2028), due to various factors, including popularity with young and middle aged individuals, along with diverse individuals across the world finding the designs fashionable and trendy.
Russia is testing new ammunition capable of penetrating through ice. The ammunition being tested will be used on their nuclear submarines. It will be able to crack the Arctic ice with rockets; it would be missiles that destroy hummocks. They will be capable of creating a hole in the ice, allowing the nuclear submarine to strike its target. Ice swimming and, most importantly, surfacing are the most difficult elements in the combat operation of the ship. Error in the performance of such maneuvers can lead to the boat being damaged or getting stuck in the ice.
The CIA declassified documents under the law that requires the exposing of Nazi war criminals. The Central Intelligence Agency is a civilian foreign intelligence service of the federal government of the United States, tasked with gathering, processing, and analyzing national security information from around the world, primarily through the use of human intelligence.
We are thrilled to introduce the latest addition to Durig’s portfolio of investment solutions, the Dogs of Europe. Designed to capture the high quality dividends of European Blue Chips with the potential to grow income over time, this new portfolio strategy allows investors to participate in European equity trends with the help and support of a registered investment advisor in the United States.
A new study has been published claiming that Sestrins are evolutionarily conserved mediators of exercise benefits. It could be possible to enjoy the benefits of exercise without actually doing it. However, exercise is important for cardiovascular health and even from a psychological prospective.
A lot of times people get injured during exercise, or due to aging, many types of sports activities become not possible. The researchers from Michigan university believe it may be possible to achieve the benefits of exercise without doing so. Is it far fetched? No, according to the researchers, while studying sestrins. The Sestrins constitute a family of evolutionarily-conserved stress-inducible proteins that suppress oxidative stress and regulate adenosine monophosphate-dependent protein kinase (AMPK)-mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) signaling.
2020 started with mass casualties of innocent lives. Iran shot down a Boeing airplane operated by Ukrainian airlines, resulting in the loss of human lives. The attack happened after the US successfully executed (via drone strike) Iranian General Qasem Soleimani in Iraq. It is plausible to believe Iran was trying to murder the Iranian-Canadians on the plane, considering them traitors for leaving the regime.
A year-end performance review of Durig’s Portfolio Solutions, designed to help you earn income, covering some of the key benefits that each can provide. The following portfolios will be reviewed in this article:
- Fixed Income 2 (FX2) Managed Income Portfolio
- Dividend Aristocrats – High Dividends & Growth Over Time
- Income Aristocrats – Multi-Asset Income Portfolio
- Dogs of the Dow – High Blue Chip Dividends
- Dogs of the S&P 500 – Blue Chip Dividends
Fixed Income 2 (FX2) Managed Income Portfolio
Following the success of it’s Dogs of the Dow and Dogs of the S&P 500 Portfolios, we now take an in-depth look at the latest addition to our portfolio of investment solutions, the Income Aristocrats Portfolio. A remarkably well diversified portfolio, the income aristocrats effortlessly blends three different portfolio strategies (Fixed Income 2, Dogs of the S&P 500, and the Dividend Aristocrats) into an excellent vehicle for generating cash flow.
On February 5, 2021, the treaty between the US and the Russian Federation on Measures for the Further Reduction and Limitation of Strategic Offensive Arms will expire. The agreement was last updated in 2010. The formal name of the treaty is START and it is a nuclear arms reduction treaty. According to the terms of the START treaty, each side will reduce its strategic offensive arms while the total quantities do not exceed 700 units deployed.
New research “Illuminating Earth’s fault” by the University of California at Berkley proposes the use of existing underwater submarine fiber optic cables as seismographs. With the new network we will get a complete picture of the tectonic activity of our planet. A seismometer is an instrument that responds to ground motions, such as caused by earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, and explosions. Seismometers are usually combined with a timing device and a recording device to form a seismograph.
China has been actively involved in espionage against Russia after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. In the last century, China has not been known for many inventions in the space field, but instead as been a successful copycat. The route to copying patented and classified inventions leads to espionage. The facts prove themselves. Even though China has the highest numbers of STEM grads under President’s Xi politics, still China is not a leader in the field. Also, Chinese education focuses on being a great follower, but not a leader, since the communist model does not allow room for individualistic views.
Chinese internet giant Sohu published information pertaining to Japan’s nuclear capabilities. Sohu.com Inc. (NASDAQ: SOHU) is China’s premier online brand and indispensable to the daily life of millions of Chinese, providing a network of web properties. All Chinese media is controlled by the Chinese government. According to the publication, Japan has enough nuclear fuel to make over 6,000 nuclear bombs. The amount is enough to destroy a whole nation.
US and China tensions continue to escalate. President Donald Trump signed Hong Kong democracy legislation, which clearly angered China. The US never truly had any dealings with Hong Kong. Historically, Hong Kong was involved in the First Opium War in the mid 1800s. In 1841 Britain entered the island of Hong Kong and made it its military staging location. The island of Hong Kong became a British Colony.
Prime Minister of Bulgaria Boyko Borisov, after discussions with US President Donald Trump, announced Bulgaria readiness to have NATO use its Black Sea port for naval coordination efforts amid growing fears of Putin’s military appetite and Russia’s growing rift with the West. According to Borisov, the military exercises in the Black Sea are much needed and the more the merrier because they have a preventative effect.
This review explores the performance of the Dogs of the Dow Portfolio, with nearly 4% in dividend income alone, and considers the many merits of blue chip dividend stocks such as those held in the portfolio.
- Year-to-Date Return of 13.03%
- Trailing 1 Year Return of 10.31%
- Annualized Return Since Inception of 14.03%
- Average Dividend Yield of 3.98%
- Alpha of 4.47 (vs. Benchmark*)
- Beta of 0.75 (vs. Benchmark*)
Last week, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a new defense and weapons strategy will be introduced in 2020, which expected to be in force until 2033. It is expected to contain expanded military spending and a new generation of weapon systems. One of the main areas of focus is space and artificial intelligence (AI) applications.
Rostec showcased their new countermeasure complex for unmanned aerial vehicles– “Rubez-Avtomatka” prototype (translation: Frontier-Automation)– at the 2019 Dubai Airshow this week. The airshow is a biennial show held in the United Arab Emirates under the patronage of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. The airshow started in 1986. Rostec is a State Corporation for Assistance to Development, Production and Export of Advanced Technology Industrial Product. It is a Russian state-owned holding conglomerate headquartered in Moscow that specializes in consolidating strategically important companies, mainly in the defense and high-tech industries.
Russia’s spy ship Yantar disappeared from radars near North American shores, after being spotted on November 8. Yantar is a special purpose intelligence collection ship built for the Russian Navy under the pretense of research. The ship has been operated by the Russian Navy’s Main Directorate of Underwater Research since 2015 and is reportedly a spy ship. The ship has a length of 108 metres (354 ft) and a full displacement of 5,736 tons. It’s home base is Severomorsk, where it is attached to the Northern Fleet.
Rosatom declassified documents pertaining to the highly secretive Russian rocket R-5. Rosatom is a Russian state corporation headquartered in Moscow that specializes in nuclear energy. The rocket R-5 is the predecessor of the Russian Calibr. The R-5 was originally a development of OKB-1 as a single-stage missile with a detachable warhead reentry vehicle. The R-5M was a nuclear armed missile– the first nuclear missile to be deployed by the Soviet Union– with greater payload and weight but better reliability than its predecessor.
On November 14, the NASA Inspector General Office of Audits published a report entitled NASA’s Management of Crew Transportation to the International Space Station. The audit data was collected from February 2019 to November 2019 as per the audit standards. One of the main goals of the audit is to compare the piloted programs by Boeing, Space X and Soyuz.
Russia just announced near completion of its own new tokamak prototype. Russia is one of the nations involved in the ITER experiment, the world’s largest fusion experiment. Each nation involved in the project has to have its own tokamak. The tokamak is one of several types of magnetic confinement devices being developed to produce controlled thermonuclear fusion power.
Russia is planning to send 82 tonnes of monazite from the Ural region to China. The proposal was discussed on November 6. Monazite is a reddish-brown phosphate mineral containing rare-earth metals. It occurs usually in small, isolated crystals. Since the start of atomic projects in the Soviet Union in the 1930s, Siberia has been one of the regions where monazite in the river sands was extracted for its Thorium, a naturally-occurring, slightly radioactive metal discovered in 1828 by the Swedish chemist Jons Jakob Berzelius, who named it after Thor, the Norse god of thunder.
There is a global interest in space travel and the question experts are discussing is “what type of fuel should the space reactors run on?” Commercial projects, including Elon Musk’s SpaceX, desire the conquering of other planets and even creating space colonies on the moon. Last year, SpaceX announced fashion innovator and Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa will be the first private passenger to fly around the Moon in 2023.
Roskosmos and Russian space programs have been experiencing certain difficulties for some time. The Roscosmos State Corporation for Space Activities is a state corporation responsible for the wide range and types of space flights and cosmonautics programs for the Russian Federation. Russia is unfortunately known for corruption and theft.
Recently, construction of the new Vostochny Cosmodrome resulted in the theft of 11 billion roubles ($171.3 million). This was confirmed by Russian press secretary Dmitriy Peskov, a Russian diplomat, translator and Turkologist. Since 2012, Peskov has been the Press Secretary for the President of Russia, Vladimir Putin.
Japanese company HAPSMobile successfully completed the second HAWK30 Solar HAPS test flight on October 23 from a NASA facility. The first flight was in the September. HAPSMobile plans to move the HAWK30 to the Hawaiian island of Lanai and is accelerating preparations to perform stratospheric test flights there by March 31, 2020 per their press release.
HAPSMobile is a subsidiary of SoftBank Corp. (TOKYO: 9434) and minority-owned by AeroVironment, Inc. (NASDAQ: AVAV), who is also an aircraft development partner for “HAWK30,” a solar-powered unmanned aircraft designed for stratospheric telecommunications platform systems that flies approximately 20kms into the stratosphere. The wing span of the HAWK30 is 78 meters.