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Illusion of Prosperity?

Courtesy of Leo Kolivakis


Submitted by Leo Kolivakis, publisher of Pension Pulse.

Peter Boockvar, equity strategist at Miller Tabak. recently appeared on Tech Ticker claiming “it’s dangerous to short this market”:

Despite a penchant for bearishness, Boockvar says the rally can continue as long as the Fed keeps rates at zero.

 

“When you cut rates to nothing you’re encouraging people to take risk,” Boockvar says. “As long as asset inflation is [the Fed's] goal, the market could go higher but there are obvious consequences,” including inflation, as discussed here.

 

The Fed is trying to create “the illusion of prosperity” by fueling asset price appreciation, Boockvar says, staying true to his reputation as a deficit hawk. Even if the U.S. stock market keeps rallying, “non-dollar assets” like commodities and emerging markets will continue to outperform, he says.

 

Unlike the U.S., emerging markets are “not weighed down by enormous debt levels” and local consumers are “much better off” than their American counterparts, the strategist says, expressing a strong preference for China.

 

“If you want exposure to global growth, it’s going to be outside of the U.S.,” he says, recommending the following:

  • Follow the Money: Buy China-specific and Asian ETFs or mutual funds.
  • Go for Gold: A longtime gold bull, Boockvar says a correction could be coming because “the trade has gotten crowded” and Ben Bernnake’s recent comments about the dollar could spur a reversal. But “buy on any sharp pullback,” he recommends, suggesting gold is very likely to revisit its inflation-adjust high of $2300 “in the next few years.”
  • Reject Domesticity: Avoid U.S. retailers, REITs and consumer-focused financials, Boockvar says, suggesting the U.S. economy and consumers will be under pressure for the foreseeable future. “If you want to invest in US, invest in companies with big exposures overseas,” he says. “The growth is not going to be there in the U.S. “

As it turns out, last Tuesday I was in Toronto for a Global Insights conference where I got to listen to a senior economist for the IMF. She was excellent and she highlighted a few themes that that I outline below:

  • The IMF is acutely aware that excess liquidity is bidding up risk assets globally. They are particularly watching developments in China where a


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New York State's Toxic Spiral: Preparing For The Moody's Axe, As Cash Flow "Crunch" Accelerates

Courtesy of Leo Kolivakis


Submitted by Leo Kolivakis, publisher of Pension Pulse.

Peter Boockvar, equity strategist at Miller Tabak. recently appeared on Tech Ticker claiming “it’s dangerous to short this market”:

Despite a penchant for bearishness, Boockvar says the rally can continue as long as the Fed keeps rates at zero.

 

“When you cut rates to nothing you’re encouraging people to take risk,” Boockvar says. “As long as asset inflation is [the Fed's] goal, the market could go higher but there are obvious consequences,” including inflation, as discussed here.

 

The Fed is trying to create “the illusion of prosperity” by fueling asset price appreciation, Boockvar says, staying true to his reputation as a deficit hawk. Even if the U.S. stock market keeps rallying, “non-dollar assets” like commodities and emerging markets will continue to outperform, he says.

 

Unlike the U.S., emerging markets are “not weighed down by enormous debt levels” and local consumers are “much better off” than their American counterparts, the strategist says, expressing a strong preference for China.

 

“If you want exposure to global growth, it’s going to be outside of the U.S.,” he says, recommending the following:

  • Follow the Money: Buy China-specific and Asian ETFs or mutual funds.
  • Go for Gold: A longtime gold bull, Boockvar says a correction could be coming because “the trade has gotten crowded” and Ben Bernnake’s recent comments about the dollar could spur a reversal. But “buy on any sharp pullback,” he recommends, suggesting gold is very likely to revisit its inflation-adjust high of $2300 “in the next few years.”
  • Reject Domesticity: Avoid U.S. retailers, REITs and consumer-focused financials, Boockvar says, suggesting the U.S. economy and consumers will be under pressure for the foreseeable future. “If you want to invest in US, invest in companies with big exposures overseas,” he says. “The growth is not going to be there in the U.S. “

As it turns out, last Tuesday i was in Toronto for a Global Insights conference where I got to listen to a senior economist fo the IMF. She was excellent and she highlighted a few themes that that I outline below:

  • The IMF is acutely aware that excess liquidity is bidding up risk assets globally. They are particularly watching developments in China where a


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New York State’s Toxic Spiral: Preparing For The Moody’s Axe, As Cash Flow “Crunch” Accelerates

Courtesy of Tyler Durden

And somehow declaring that a bankrupt state is, gasp, bankrupt is expected to be surprising? At least that is the read of Bloomberg’s piece highlighting that the idiots over at Moody’s may cut New York’s Aa3 rating. What next: a $10 trillion deficit financed exclusively with new debt may force an upgrade of America’s AAA rating? Quote Moody’s: “The next three months will be critical to the state’s credit rating. The rating and outlook reflect the state’s current-year projected gap of approximately $3 billion and the deteriorating liquidity in the state’s General Fund, and also reflects our expectation that legislature will enact solutions to the budget gap and that revenue collections based on bonus payouts will exceed the state’s conservative projections. If there is no action taken by the state to close the gap, or if action is taken but is largely-one-time in nature (therefore increasing the structural imbalance in the outyears), and revenue collections in January are close to or below state projections, the state’s situation at that time would likely not be consistent with a Aa3 rating and stable outlook.” Which is why NY State comptroller’s earlier released report “New York State’s Cash Flow Crunch” will likely do little to improve Moody’s skepticism that New York can escape the fiscal abyss so well shown by Arnold to be inescapable. “[B]borrowing to address the State’s deficit would be irresponsible, incurring additional costs and adding to the State’s already high debt burden. As more time goes by without meaningful effort to address the State’s budget problem, the cost of inaction will grow and the consequences will be significantly more severe.” So sooner or later New York will also likely end up bankrupt, but at least Goldman et al. have massive NOL carryforwards that will prevent them from paying any state taxes for a considerable amount of time. That and one-way private jet tickets to any non-extradition venue of their choosing.

Full Moody’s report:

 

And an even more dire warning from the comptroller of the state:

 





Ukraine Flu Death Toll Hits 400

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Ukraine Flu Death Toll Hits 400

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The flu outbreak in the Ukraine, which is possibly the result of some virulent H1N1 mutation, continues to grow more alarming.

The Guardian: A flu pandemic in Ukraine that has triggered a nationwide panic is worsening this weekend with up to 400 deaths already reported.

The arrival of the virus, suspected by the World Health Organisation to be swine flu but possibly a combination of the H1N1 strain and a respiratory illness, has paralysed the country’s fragile health system and could even lead to the postponement of the general election which is scheduled for 17 January.

Seven people died and 35,000 new cases were reported on Friday, said the health minister, bringing the total number of people infected to 1.6 million out of a population of 46 million.

Meanwhile, the issue of H1N1 mutations is not just confined to The Ukraine. A new cluster of Tamiflu-resistant cases showed up at the Duke University Medical Center in North Carolina.

Also another virulent strain is showing up in Norway.

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Source: additional excerpt, with my yellow highlighting – Ilene  

Panic over hundreds of flu deaths exploited by Ukraine’s politicians
The Guardian

The onslaught of the virus has seen all the major political figures eagerly exploiting the outbreak. Prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko announced the arrival of an epidemic on 30 October, when only one case had been reported, and has closed all schools and banned public gatherings – including campaigning political rallies – for the past three weeks…

"This is very dangerous,’ said Igor Shkrobanets, chief of the health ministry in the western district of Chernivtsi. "One or another politician will gain from this situation, but the doctors and their patients certainly will not."

He said the level of fear was such that people were calling out ambulances when they felt the first touch of a fever and hospitals were "overloaded".

In such uneasy times, bloggers and conspiracy theorists have whipped up fears by suggesting that bubonic plague, or a new, more lethal strain of the flu, was sweeping Ukraine and that there was a massive cover-up of the numbers of deaths.

"We are seeing reports of bodies lying in the streets," said one. Others claim


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Is Gold Set To Hit $1,200 Within 24 Hours?

Courtesy of Tyler Durden

Early spot gold action indicates something is afoot in the gold market. Hitting an absolute record of $1,164 mere minutes ago, the momentum chasing algo funds are now in the picture, set to do to gold what they have been doing to the S&P futures and the SPY day after day for months now: if little volume will cause a move, look for the momentum chasers to crawl out of the woodwork. Yet the key factor determining today’s gold price: Comex gold option expiration later today. Over the past several weeks, speculators have accumulated a 3 million ounce option position with a $1,200 strike. With gold flying on the tiniest gust of speculative mania, the possibility that we may see a 1,200 handle on gold seems less and less improbable.





Swing trading virtual portfolio – Week of November 23rd 2009

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Investor Sentiment: Happy Thanksgiving!

Courtesy of thetechnicaltake

In this holiday shortened week, there won’t be much to gleam from market action.

Over the past couple of months, Mondays have been kind to the bulls. Wednesday will be light as traders ready for Turkey Day on Thursday. Friday is another snooze fest that seems to go to the bulls --why spoil a great American holiday?

Will this week be another repeat of the last two where the best gains are on Monday and then the market struggled all week long? It seems plausible. Stock sponsorship (i.e., volume) has been pathetic, and I can’t see that improving this week either.

Over the longer term or beyond next week we say what we said last week:

“The major equity indices are in a topping process. This implies a trading range at best. There is risk of a down draft as markets “fueled” by the proverbial “liquidity” are prone to quick sell offs. The outlier trade is a market blow off or a spike in prices, and I do not rule this possibility out because of the ongoing downtrend in the Dollar Index. It is possible but it is not the high odds play. This is not the market environment that will take you from here to there.”

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!!

The “Dumb Money” indicator, which is shown in figure 1, looks for extremes in the data from 4 different groups of investors who historically have been wrong on the market: 1) Investor Intelligence; 2) Market Vane; 3) American Association of Individual Investors; and 4) the put call ratio. The “Dumb Money” indicator shows that investors are extremely bullish.

Figure 1. “Dumb Money” Indicator/ weekly
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The “Smart Money” indicator is shown in figure 2. The “smart money” indicator is a composite of the following data: 1) public to specialist short ratio; 2) specialist short to total short ratio; 3) SP100 option traders. The Smart Money indicator is neutral.

Figure 2. “Smart Money” Indicator/ weekly
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Figure 3 is a weekly chart of the S&P500 with the InsiderScore ”entire market” value in the lower panel. From the InsiderScore weekly report we get the following three insights: 1) after stripping out the buying in the financial sector from Regional Bank insiders, the “entire market” score was the second worst weekly


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The Most Recent Recipient Of Obama's Middle Class-Funded Generosity: Key Largo's Ocean Reef Club For The Mega Wealthy

Courtesy of thetechnicaltake

In this holiday shortened week, there won’t be much to gleam from market action.

Over the past couple of months, Mondays have been kind to the bulls. Wednesday will be light as traders ready for Turkey Day on Thursday. Friday is another snooze fest that seems to go to the bulls --why spoil a great American holiday?

Will this week be another repeat of the last two where the best gains are on Monday and then the market struggled all week long? It seems plausible. Stock sponsorship (i.e., volume) has been pathetic, and I can’t see that improving this week either.

Over the longer term or beyond next week we say what we said last week:

“The major equity indices are in a topping process. This implies a trading range at best. There is risk of a down draft as markets “fueled” by the proverbial “liquidity” are prone to quick sell offs. The outlier trade is a market blow off or a spike in prices, and I do not rule this possibility out because of the ongoing downtrend in the Dollar Index. It is possible but it is not the high odds play. This is not the market environment that will take you from here to there.”

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!!

The “Dumb Money” indicator, which is shown in figure 1, looks for extremes in the data from 4 different groups of investors who historically have been wrong on the market: 1) Investor Intelligence; 2) Market Vane; 3) American Association of Individual Investors; and 4) the put call ratio. The “Dumb Money” indicator shows that investors are extremely bullish.

Figure 1. “Dumb Money” Indicator/ weekly
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The “Smart Money” indicator is shown in figure 2. The “smart money” indicator is a composite of the following data: 1) public to specialist short ratio; 2) specialist short to total short ratio; 3) SP100 option traders. The Smart Money indicator is neutral.

Figure 2. “Smart Money” Indicator/ weekly
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Figure 3 is a weekly chart of the S&P500 with the InsiderScore ”entire market” value in the lower panel. From the InsiderScore weekly report we get the following three insights: 1) after stripping out the buying in the financial sector from Regional Bank insiders, the “entire market” score was the second worst weekly


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The Most Recent Recipient Of Obama’s Middle Class-Funded Generosity: Key Largo’s Ocean Reef Club For The Mega Wealthy

Courtesy of Tyler Durden

A reader submits the following disclosure released by Ocean Reef Club, a country club, which very much unlike America’s 35 million food-stamp recipients, has roughly a $35 million net worth cutoff for members, who enjoy such amenities as 100 foot yachts, a private airport, and two golf courses. It is precisely in connection with golf that we see these very needy multi-millionaires follow in Wall Street’s footsteps and proceed to redistribute wealth away from those who actually work for their money, to those who merely use the dollar as a temporary (or otherwise) replacement for one-ply Cottonelle.

As a reminder, here is how one gets to become a member of ORC: in short, one doesn’t. Just like the Centurion, one is either invited, or not.

On the northern tip of the Florida Keys, sophistication and simplicity live in perfect harmony at Ocean Reef Club. Our members treasure a balance of luxurious lifestyle and uncomplicated pleasures. They enjoy The Reef’s exceptional recreation choices, its abundant natural beauty and the opportunities to relax in privacy with family and friends. In equal measure they value what they don’t find. Undisturbed by crowds and clamor, this is a peaceful place.

Above all, our members cherish their sense of connection to The Reef. More than a club, this is a community of individuals who share an affinity for the rewarding lifestyle here. Over the decades, Ocean Reef Club has quietly acquired international acclaim for its privacy and pristine nature. The prestigious Robb Report has described it as “one of America’s most exclusive club communities.”

To preserve the special nature of The Reef, membership is by invitation only. Invitations are extended to individuals who value a community that rewards their success and satisfies their quest for a rich and meaningful lifestyle.

For further information about Ocean Reef membership, please contact Executive Director of Membership, Michelle Simpson, at msimpson@oceanreef.com or 305.367.5921.

Yet it appears those who value a community that rewards their success and demand a rich and meaningful lifestyle, are just as interested in a lifestyle that is subsidized as much as possible by the US taxpayer. And lest these multi-millionaires actually have to pay to avoid walking on the club’s numerous golf clubs, here…
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Top 100 Most Active Cash Bonds

Courtesy of Tyler Durden

With volume in equities on collision course with singularity, courtesy of HFT’s vol lim->0 series, Zero Hedge is launching a new daily segment which will indicate the volume and number of trades per any given issue according to TRACE. As we believe the vast majority of human traders have largely shunned equities, the impact of credit treding will only get larger and larger. And while CDS has yet to get the "TRACE" treatment, the availability of this data in cash bonds is the main reason why we will bring it to public scrutiny. Furthermore, we will commence correlating this data with which desk has the most active axes in any given name, and implicitly determining whose Fixed Income division is making the most money on the bid/ask spreads and on traded cash volumes.

Our first report demonstrates the top 5 bonds traded, with volume and trade count data courtesy of TRACE:

  1. NRG: 51.1 million, 24 trades
  2. BONT: 40.3 million, 29 trades
  3. LVLT: 39.8 million, 15 trades
  4. AES: 38.7 million, 9 trades
  5. AMD: 36.5 million, 42 trades

Full list below.

TRACE 11.20.09 top 100

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Zero Hedge

The Superpower Conundrum - The Rise and Fall of Just About Everything

Courtesy of ZeroHedge. View original post here.

Submitted by Tyler Durden.

Submitted by Tom Engelhardt via TomDispatch.com,

The rise and fall of great powers and their imperial domains has been a central fact of history for centuries.  It’s been a sensible, repeatedly validated framework for thinking about the fate of the planet.  So it’s hardly surprising, when faced with a country once regularly labeled the “sole superpower,” “the last superpower,” or even the global “hyperpower” and now, curiously, called nothing whatsoever, that the “decline” q...



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30% Bail-In Haircuts on Greek Deposits Over €8,000 Coming Up; Banks to Raid Deposits to Avert Collapse

Courtesy of Mish.

30% Bail-In Haircuts Coming Up

I warned countless times over the last six months that Greek citizens need to pull their deposits before it was too late.

Today I report it's too late. 30% bail-in haircuts on Greek bank deposits are coming up.

Banks to Raid Deposits to Avert Collapse

The Financial Times reports Greek Banks Prepare Plan to Raid Deposits to Avert Collapse
Greek banks are preparing contingency plans for a possible “bail-in” of depositors amid fears the country is heading for financial collapse, bankers and businesspeople with knowledge of the measures said on Friday.

The plans, which call for a “haircut” of at least 30 per cent on...



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Financial Markets and Economy

Did the IMF Just Open Pandora's Box? (Zero Hedge)

By now it should be clear to all that the only reason why Germany has been so steadfast in its negotiating stance with Greece is because it knows very well that if it concedes to a public debt reduction (as opposed to haircut on debt held mostly by private entities such as hedge funds which already happened in 2012), then the rest of the PIIGS will come pouring in: first Italy, then Spain, then Portugal, then Ireland.

Baker Hughes rig count rises for the first time in 29 weeks (Business Insider)

The number of US oil rigs in use just rose for the first...



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Chart School

Neutral Day

Courtesy of Declan.

After yesterday's gains there was no more gas in the tank to squeeze any more out of the market. Worryingly, the Russell 2000 finished near Monday's lows in a relative loss to S&P and Nasdaq, suggesting bearish leadership will come from speculative Small Caps, and that further losses are likely. The S&P recovered afternoon losses, but the Spinning Top candlestick of today suggests the advance is slowing, and what may be emerging is a 'bear flag'. In the meantime, the index is caught in a no-mans land between resistance and support. ...

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All About Trends

Mid-Day Update

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Shanghai index creates historic reversal pattern like 2007

Courtesy of Chris Kimble.

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Much of the attention around the world seems to be revolving around a small country called Greece. What about the most populated country in the world (China), any key messages coming from there of late?

Well another Month, Quarter and Half a year are in the books. With this in mind I wanted to look at Monthly action of the hottest stock market in the world, the Shanghai Index. Above looks at the Shanghai index over the past 25-years. The 100%+ rally over the past year has pushed the Shanghai index up to its 23% Fibonacci ratio and a long-term resistance line, that has been in play for 25-years at (1) above.

As the Shanghai index was hitting this...



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Swing trading portfolio - week of June 29th., 2015

Reminder: OpTrader is available to chat with Members, comments are found below each post.

 

This post is for all our live virtual trade ideas and daily comments. Please click on "comments" below to follow our live discussion. All of our current  trades are listed in the spreadsheet below, with entry price (1/2 in and All in), and exit prices (1/3 out, 2/3 out, and All out).

We also indicate our stop, which is most of the time the "5 day moving average". All trades, unless indicated, are front-month ATM options. 

Please feel free to participate in the discussion and ask any questions you might have about this virtual portfolio, by clicking on the "comments" link right below.

To learn more about the swing trading virtual portfolio (strategy, performance, FAQ, etc.), please click here ...



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Digital Currencies

BitGold Now Available in US! Why BitGold?

Courtesy of Mish.

BitGold USA

Effective today, BitGold Announces Platform Launch in the United States.

BitGold, a platform for savings and payments in gold, is pleased to announce the launch of the BitGold platform for residents of the US and US territories. As of today, US residents can sign up on the BitGold platform and buy, sell, or redeem gold using BitGold’s Aurum payment and settlement technology. US residents will also have access to the BitGold mobile app and a prepaid card when these features launch over the coming weeks. Send and receive gold payment features are not initially available in the US.

About BitGold

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Sector Detector: Bulls under the gun to muster troops, while bears lie in wait

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Courtesy of Sabrient Systems and Gradient Analytics

Two weeks ago, bulls seemed ready to push stocks higher as long-standing support reliably kicked in. But with just one full week to go before the Independence Day holiday week arrives, we will see if bulls can muster some reinforcements and make another run at the May highs. Small caps and NASDAQ are already there, but it is questionable whether those segments can drag along the broader market. To be sure, there is plenty of potential fuel floating around in the form of a friendly Fed and abundant global liquidity seeking the safety and strength of US stocks and bonds. While the technical picture has glimmers of strength, summer bears lie in wait.

In this weekly ...



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Baxter's Spinoff

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Baxter Int. (BAX) is splitting off its BioSciences division into a new company called Baxalta. Shares of Baxalta will be given as a tax-free dividend, in the ratio of one to one, to BAX holders on record on June 17, 2015. That means, if you want to receive the Baxalta dividend, you need to buy the stock this week (on or before June 12).

The Baxalta Spinoff

By Ilene with Trevor of Lowenthal Capital Partners and Paul Price

In its recent filing with the SEC, Baxter provides:

“This information statement is being ...



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Mapping The Market

An update on oil proxies

Courtesy of Jean-Luc Saillard

Back in December, I wrote a post on my blog where I compared the performances of various ETFs related to the oil industry. I was looking for the best possible proxy to match the moves of oil prices if you didn't want to play with futures. At the time, I concluded that for medium term trades, USO and the leveraged ETFs UCO and SCO were the most promising. Longer term, broader ETFs like OIH and XLE might make better investment if oil prices do recover to more profitable prices since ETF linked to futures like USO, UCO and SCO do suffer from decay. It also seemed that DIG and DUG could be promising if OIH could recover as it should with the price of oil, but that they don't make a good proxy for the price of oil itself. 

Since...



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This is a non-trading topic, but I wanted to post it during trading hours so as many eyes can see it as possible.  Feel free to contact me directly at jennifersurovy@yahoo.com with any questions.

Last fall there was some discussion on the PSW board regarding setting up a YouCaring donation page for a PSW member, Shadowfax. Since then, we have been looking into ways to help get him additional medical services and to pay down his medical debts.  After following those leads, we are ready to move ahead with the YouCaring site. (Link is posted below.)  Any help you can give will be greatly appreciated; not only to help aid in his medical bill debt, but to also show what a great community this group is.

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