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The dollar index closed on Wednesday afternoon in New York at 82.95. Once it opened in Far East trading on their Thursday, it sank to its low of the day…82.77 shortly before 2:00 p.m. Hong Kong time. The rally that followed ran out of gas at the 83.16 mark just minutes before 11:00 a.m in New York. From there it fell down to 82.89 by 12:30 p.m….and the subsequent rally didn’t get far. The index closed at 82.95…unchanged from Wednesday.As you can tell from the chart below, the big drop in the precious metal prices around the Comex close was not related to anything going on in the currency markets.Despite the fact that the gold price didn’t make it into positive territory…and then got hit for $29 just before the Comex close, the gold stocks managed to stay in positive territory all day long. It was obvious that someone was bottom fishing. The HUI finished up 2.25%.The silver stocks put in a pretty decent performance themselves as well…and Nick Laird’s Intraday Silver Sentiment Index closed up 5.24%.(Click on image to enlarge)The CME’s Daily Delivery Report for the final day of the June delivery month showed that 4 gold contracts were posted for delivery within the Comex-approved depositories sometime today.First Day Notice for the July delivery month showed that 23 gold and 479 silver contracts were posted for delivery on Monday. The two big short/issuers were Canada’s Bank of Nova Scotia with 238 contracts…and Jefferies with 200 contracts. JPMorgan was the big stopper with 337 contracts in its proprietary trading account…and 38 in its client account. The link to yesterday’s Issuers and Stoppers Report is worth a peek…and the link is here.Once again I was surprised by what I discovered in both GLD and SLV yesterday. Not only wasn’t there any change in GLD for the second day in a row…an authorized participant added a further 482,493 troy ounces of silver to SLV…the second day in a row that silver has been deposited. Both Ted and I are waiting for the big withdrawals that we feel are coming…but they haven’t put in an appearance as of yet. Maybe today…for maximum psychological effect.For the second day in a row, there was no sales report from the U.S. Mint.In silver, the Comex-approved depositories didn’t receive any on Wednesday…but shipped 401,855 troy ounces out the door. The link to that activity is here.In gold, these same depositories reported shipping out 34,146 troy ounces of the stuff on Wednesday…and didn’t receive any. The link to that action is here.It was another busy day at the bullion store yesterday, but not quite as busy as Tuesday or Wednesday. Today is Friday, I expect today will be very busy.Here’s a gold and silver chart courtesy of Nick Laird…and this is what he had to say about them…”Gold and silver have now both put in their fifth wave down. If this is to be the last wave down then I would consider that this wave down will be of a lesser degree than the prior wave down…which would imply that we are almost at a bottom.”(Click on image to enlarge)I’m happy to report that I have considerably fewer stories for you today than I did on Thursday…and I hope you can find time to wade through them all.Being around the markets for as long as I have, I have resisted the temptation to flat-out state that silver prices can’t possibly go lower than any certain level; although it is just as true that I have thought the bottom has been put in on many recent occasions. Right now we are caught between unreasonably low prices that must adjust to the upside at some point…and an historic deliberate manipulation to the downside of unprecedented proportion that must end. Accordingly, I feel it is way too late to even think about selling…and the only reasonable thoughts should be of where to buy at the lowest possible price. – Silver analyst Ted Butler…26 June 2013These guys just don’t quit, do they? Just when you think the end might be in sight, the market gets bombed going into the Comex close…and then again in early Far East trading on their Friday morning.But at some point there are few, if any, technical fund longs holders left…or that are prepared to sell…and nobody left willing to go short at the current price level. When that point is reached, the bottom is in. You have to ask yourself the question…was the bottom in when we set new lows in Far East trading earlier this morning?That can’t be answered for sure until JPMorgan et al in New York have had once more kick at the can during the Comex trading session today.Today is the last day of the week, the month…and the quarter. As I said in my Tuesday missive, the rest of the trading week could be interesting…and that has certainly proved to be the case. One would like to think that when today’s trading is done, we’ll have seen the last of the engineered price declines in all four precious metals.Today we get the Commitment of Traders Report for positions held at the close of Comex trading on Tuesday, June 25th…and the first thing I’ll be looking for is if all of last Wednesday’s and Thursday’s action is included in these numbers. They should be, but I’ll wouldn’t put anything past these crooks.Of course the data from the engineered price decline that we experienced on Wednesday and Thursday of the current week, won’t be in included. Whatever happened on those two days won’t be known with any certainty until the COT Report on July 5th.As I pointed out in the first paragraph of The Wrap, all four precious metals got hit to varying degrees starting at 8:30 a.m. Hong Kong time on their Friday morning…and all of them had recovered those loses by the 8:00 a.m. BST London open. Gold volume is already monstrous…69,000 contracts as of 3:30 a.m. EDT…and virtually all of the HFT variety. Silver’s net volume is heavy as well…around 13,000 contracts. The dollar index is hovering just under the 83.00 mark.I wouldn’t want to hazard a guess as to what today’s price action will look like during the New York session today…but I’ll be mentally prepared for any eventuality when I switch my computer on later this morning.Enjoy your weekend…a long weekend for us Canadians…or what’s left of it, if you live west of the International Date Line…and I’ll see you here tomorrow. These guys just don’t quit, do they?[The only reason that today’s column is here at all is thanks to super computer genius Gary at b-com.ca here in Edmonton, who dropped everything to help me out when I walked in their store the moment it opened this morning. Now THAT’s service! – Ed]The gold price rallied during early Far East trading on their Thursday morning, but ran into a not-for-profit seller around 11:00 a.m. Hong Kong time. Then, starting around 1:30 p.m. local time, the gold price gradually declined until shortly before the 1:30 p.m. Comex close in New York.From that point, the gold price got sold down almost thirty bucks, hitting its low of the day…$1,196.10 spot…just minutes after 2:00 p.m. in electronic trading. The price basically traded sideways from there.Gold closed at $1,200.80 spot…down by $24.40 from Wednesday. Volume, although not as monstrous, was still very chunky at 261,000 contracts.Silver’s Far East rally on their Thursday morning also wasn’t allowed to get far…and after that, the price wandered around in a 2 percent price range until it, too, got sold down going into the Comex close. The subsequent rally, if you wish to dignify it with that name, didn’t get far either.The low tick, just like gold’s, came minutes after 2:00 p.m. in New York…and Kitco recorded that as $18.31 spot.Silver finished the Thursday session down a penny from Wednesday…closing at $18.51 spot. Net volume was huge…66,000 contracts. Maybe some of it was carry-over from Wednesday?Here are the charts for platinum and palladium yesterday.
Sponsor Advertisement But until we hear the FOMC news, I suggest one blue pill a day might be necessary.As I mentioned in The Wrap yesterday, the smallish rally in gold in early Far East trading ran into a not-for-profit seller about 30 minutes before the London open, and it was more by good luck than by good management that I managed to file Friday’s column at the precise low of the day, which came at 10:15 a.m. BST, which was 5:15 a.m. EDT. With the benefit of 20/20 hindsight, this might have been an early a.m. London gold fix.After that, the gold price recovered into the Comex open, but once the London p.m. gold fix was in, gold got sold down again, hitting its New York low of $1,306.60 at 2 p.m. EDT in electronic trading. The subsequent rally ended on its high of the day at the 5:15 p.m. close, which is a chart pattern I don’t ever recall seeing on a Friday.Gold finished the day at $1,327.90 spot, up $6.90 from Thursday’s close. Net volume was around 175,000 contracts.It was virtually the same chart pattern in silver, with the only difference being the timing of the New York low price tick. That came just minutes before the 1:30 p.m. EDT Comex close. Then, like gold, it was up, up and way into the 5:15 p.m. electronic close.Silver finished the Friday session on its high tick as well, at $22.265 spot, up 53 cents on the day. Net volume was way up there at around 51,000 contracts.The price patterns for platinum and palladium were very similar to gold and silver. Their respective low ticks were at 10:15 a.m. in London, with their subsequent rallies also lasting until around 9 a.m. in New York, where they got capped until Zurich closed for the day. The rallies after that lasted right into the New York electronic close as well. Here are the charts. But does all this really mean anything in the grand scheme of things? I’m sure that by this time next week, there will be some clarity, but at the moment, everything is just one big question mark.But until we hear the FOMC news, I suggest one blue pill a day might be necessary. But after the “news” the red pill may be just what the doctor ordered.That’s it for the day, and the week.Enjoy what’s left of your weekend, and I’ll see you here on Tuesday. The dollar index closed in New York on Thursday afternoon at 81.52. It’s high at around 1:30 p.m. Hong Kong time was 81.73. After that it traded in a broad 40 basis point range, closing on Friday at 81.50, basically unchanged from where it started the day. The dollar index also closed unchanged on Thursday as well.The gold stocks opened unchanged, rallied a bit into the London p.m. gold fix, and then got sold down into negative territory at the New York low tick. But as soon as gold began to rally at 2 p.m. EDT in electronic trading, the shares followed suit. The HUI finished up 1.37% on the day.The silver stocks mirrored their golden brethren almost exactly, but the Nick Laird’s Intraday Silver Sentiment Index closed up only 0.66%.Undoubtedly the shares would have done better on the day, but the equity market closed well before trading ended in the precious metals market in New York.The CME’s Daily Delivery Report showed that six gold and 17 silver contracts were posted for delivery within the Comex-approved depositories on Tuesday. The link to the Issuers and Stoppers Report is here.There were big withdrawals from both GLD and SLV yesterday, most likely a direct response from the hammering that the two precious metals took on Thursday. An authorized participant withdrew 193,116 troy ounces from GLD, and an AP withdrew 2,210,826 troy ounces of silver out of SLV.The U.S. Mint had a tiny sales report. They sold 32,000 silver eagles, and that was it.There wasn’t much activity in gold over at the Comex-approved depositories on Thursday. They didn’t report receiving any, and only shipped out 6,318 troy ounces of the stuff. The link to that activity is here.It was a bit busier in silver, as nothing was reported received, and 636,040 troy ounces were shipped out the door. The link to that action is here.I was certainly happy with the Commitment of Traders Report that came out yesterday, as there was real decent improvement in the commercial net short position in silver, and the commercial net short position in gold decreased by as well.In silver, the commercial net short position declined by 19.3 million ounces and currently sits at 117.5 million ounces. According to Ted Butler, the Big 4 traders improved their position by 13.0 million ounces out of the total 19.3 million ounces. Ted pegs JPMorgan’s short position around 75 million ounces, which is a hair under 16% of the entire Comex futures market in silver on a net basis.In gold, the commercial net short position improved by a bit over 12,200 contracts, or 1.22 million ounces, and is now down to 8.02 million ounces. Of that improvement, Ted said that JPMorgan appears to have added 2,000 contracts to their long-side corner, which now sits at just under 19% of the entire Comex futures market in gold on a net basis.The amazing thing about yesterday’s report was the fact that of all the selling done by the technical funds and small traders in both gold and silver, only 1,041 silver contracts of the total amount [5.2 million ounces] was added by the way of fresh shorting by the technical funds, and none in gold at all. As silver analyst Ted Butler said in his quote in Friday’s column:If the commercials succeed in causing technical traders and other momentum type traders to sell, then the commercials will likely continue to rig prices lower so that they (the commercials) can continue to buy. In retrospect, this was why we fell so steeply in the first half, namely, the technical funds not only sold and liquidated long positions, they established record or near record new short positions as well on the dramatic decline in price. Throw in the massive liquidation in GLD and that’s why we dropped so much in gold (and silver). Since the technical funds kept selling, the commercials kept lowering the price and kept buying. This is how JPMorgan came to hold a long market corner in COMEX gold futures.The reason I’m narrowing it down to a question of new short selling by technical funds is because data from the Commitments of Traders Report indicates that there has been virtually no build up of technical fund or other speculative new long positions on the rally in gold and silver prices to over $1,400 in gold and $24 in silver. There can be no selling of new long positions that don’t exist. Of course, there could be some selling from old long positions, but logic would hold not massive amounts.As for the price action since the Tuesday cut off, it’s impossible to tell how much of the price decline in both gold and silver was caused by long liquidation versus new short selling by the technical funds and small traders. The one thing that we do know with absolute certainty is that the commercial traders continued doing what they did during the last reporting week; gobbling up every long that was being sold, and also taking the long side of every short sale that was being transacted. Unfortunately, none of this will be known to us until next Friday’s Commitment of Traders Report.As I’ve said a few times in the past, it always seems like I’m waiting for the next COT Report.I have quite a number of stories for a Saturday column, and some of them I’ve been saving for today for content reasons. I hope you can find the time over what’s left of the weekend to read the ones that interest you the most.But can this manipulation ever be obvious enough for the mainstream financial news media, gold and silver mining companies themselves, and the World Gold Council to notice it and say something about it? Those are the parties that could stop it. – GATA’s Chris Powell commenting on Lawrence Williams’ article from Friday headlined “Gold Knocked Down Again, and Again”.Today’s pop “blast from the past” certainly needs no introduction, and neither does the artist. It was his first big hit back in 1970, and I remember spinning the 45 RPM single on 50-watt FM radio station CHAR in Alert, N.W.T. [now Nunavut] in Canada’s [very] high arctic back in the early 1970s when I was stationed there over forty years ago. Where the hell has all that time gone? The link is here. Enjoy.Mozart’s unfinished opera Zaide, K. 344, was started in 1779 and then abandoned. The tender soprano air, “Ruhe sanft, mein holdes Leben” is the only number that might be called moderately familiar, and you’d have to be an opera junkie to know it. But, having said that, what an aria it is! It was resurrected in its most well-known form today from the Miloš Forman film, Amadeus, and if you haven’t seen this movie, you owe it to you to do so. Here’s the recording from the original soundtrack, and it’s a piece I listen to frequently. It’s with the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields with Sir Neville Mariner conducting. The soprano soloist is Dame Felicity Lott, and she is incredible. The link is here.So, are we done to the downside yet? Beats me.I was somewhat surprised that JPMorgan Chase et al didn’t press their advantage during the Comex trading session in New York yesterday, as they had it all set up to do exactly that after the pounding gold and silver took in advance of, and during, the early London trading session. The sell-off appeared to hit a down-side crescendo just before, or at, the London a.m. gold fix at 10:30 a.m. BST.Comments made by Eric Sprott in his latest interview over at King World News yesterday may be very apropos at this point. Eric raised the possibility that gold had been knocked down in preparation for the Federal Reserve’s cancellation of its plans to “taper” its bond buying, so that the resulting increase in gold will come from a lower base.That wouldn’t surprise me in the slightest, as we’ve all noticed the fact that the gold price is smacked in advance of any negative news that is about to be released, with the monthly jobs report coming to mind as a “for instance”.Of course we won’t know until they draw back the curtain after the FOMC meeting this coming week. Whatever the news, it will be interesting to see how gold “reacts” to it, or is allowed to “react”. Time will tell.Here are the six-month gold and silver charts updated with yesterday’s price action. As you can see, the gold price punctured its 50-day moving average, but only briefly; and the silver price just touched its 50-day moving average. Lawyers canceled Casey Research’s trip to what may be the world’s next monster oil field. Here’s why…Concerned it would give our readers an unfair advantage, lawyers cancelled Casey Research’s trip to a secret location where the drills are turning on what appears to be the world’s next monster oil field. But they can’t stop us from revealing the name of the small company that controls 2 million acres on what appears to be the ‘next Bakken’. And on Monday September 16, we’ll do just that. Full details here.
Not surprisingly, the gold stocks opened down a bit, and then didn’t do much until noon EST. Then a seller showed up for the rest of the day in what appeared to be a deliberate event, as the selling was relentless for the rest of the day, with the gold stocks closing right on their lows. The HUI finished down a whopping 3.81%–giving back almost all of Tuesday’s big gain. The dollar index closed late on Tuesday afternoon in New York at 79.98–and then chopped a hair lower during the Wednesday trading session, finishing the day at 79.87–which was down 11 basis points on the day. Nothing to see here. Platinum and palladium didn’t do much, either. Here are the charts. Except for the fact that silver’s high tick came shortly before the equity markets opened in New York yesterday, the silver price chart was a carbon copy of the gold price chart. The silver price traded in a 25 cent price range for the entire day. The low and high, such as they were, were reported by the CME as $20.245 and $20.44 in the March contract. Silver closed at $20.30 spot, down 13 cents from Tuesday’s close. Net volume was fairly decent at 34,000 contracts. It was virtually the same in the silver equities. Even though silver was only down about half a percent, the stocks got bludgeoned in the same manner as the gold shares. Nick Laird’s Intraday Silver Sentiment Index closed down 3.28%. Sponsor Advertisement What this portends for price action in New York today is not known, but nothing will surprise me when I check in after I roll out of bed later this morning. However, it’s obvious that JPMorgan et al are still at it. See you tomorrow. Far East trading was comatose from a price perspective on their Thursday, and volumes were extremely light in both metals. And not much is happening now that London has been open about 15 minutes as I write this paragraph. The dollar index is chopping sideways just under 80.00 mark. And as I prepare to send today’s efforts down to Stowe, Vermont—I note that a not-for-profit seller put in an appearance just before 9:30 a.m. GMT in London. Both platinum and palladium are down a hair, but the real selling pressure, as usual, is in both silver and gold. Gold is down about fifteen bucks from its high at the London open, and silver is down almost 45 cents. Needless to say, volumes have really blown out, as they are well over double what they were before this bout of selling began. The dollar index is up a handful of basis points, but not over the 80 cent mark as of 5:15 a.m. EST. Here’s the Kitco silver chart as of 5:17 a.m. EST. This is the second time in the last two weeks that a big 1-day gain in precious metal stocks had almost vanished by the end of the following trading day. Note the “Latest Month” insert on Nick’s chart just above. None of this activity looked like natural market forces to me–but what is these days. The CME’s Daily Delivery Report showed that 44 gold and 23 silver contracts were posted for delivery within the Comex-approved depositories on Friday. Of the 44 gold contracts issued, JPMorgan stopped 43 of them, all in their in-house [proprietary] trading account. In silver they stopped 16 contracts in their proprietary trading account. The beat goes on despite the new Volcker rule, and the link to yesterday’s Issuers and Stoppers Report is here. There was another withdrawal from GLD yesterday. This time an authorized participant took out 67,524 troy ounces. And as of 10:27 p.m. yesterday evening, there were no reported changes in SLV. Over at Switzerland’s Zürcher Kantonalbank for the week ending on Friday, December 6–they reported a decline of 39,612 troy ounces in their gold ETF, but a tiny increase of 5,691 troy ounces in their silver ETF. There was no sales report from the U.S. Mint. Over at the Comex-approved depositories on Tuesday, they reported receiving 64,300 troy ounces of gold—precisely two metric tonnes to the ounce, so it was probably all in kilobar form once again. That gold went into JPMorgan’s vault. There were 22,745 troy ounces shipped out, and all of that came from Scotia Mocatta. The link to that activity is here. There was more volume activity in silver, of course. These same depositories reported receiving 479,614 troy ounces, and shipped out 202,762 troy ounces. The link to that action is here. I have the usual number of stories for a mid-week column, and I hope you find a few in here that you find worthy of your attention. This is a very unusual set up, bullish almost beyond description and not one that I can recall seeing previously. There are many tens of thousands of technical fund short positions open in Comex silver and gold that are close to turning into a very large loss. Importantly, the 50-day and 200-day moving averages are only slightly higher than the loss demarcation point. My strong sense is that the technical fund shorts are trapped–and in a short time that will become obvious in the price. It’s also important to remember that the technical funds have chosen to establish record short positions with gold and silver prices close to or below the marginal cost of production. This highlights the precarious nature of the tech fund short positions. – Silver analyst Ted Butler: 11 December 2013 I must admit that I was expecting somewhat more price action than we got during the Wednesday trading session, and I’m at a bit of a loss to explain the big sell-off in the precious metal equities, because they were out of all proportion to the price declines in both gold and silver. There isn’t much I can add to what I said at the top of th is column. We’re still all set up to blast off, if that is the will of JPMorgan et al—plus we get the Commitment of Traders Report tomorrow afternoon. But since Ted mentioned the 50 and 200-day moving averages in both gold and silver in the quote above, I thought maybe I should post the six-month charts on both metals so you can see them for yourself—and here they are. We’re still all set up to blast off, if that is the will of JPMorgan et al The gold price did very little on Wednesday, trading in a tight ten dollar price range for the entire day, and the highs and lows aren’t worth mentioning. The high, such as it was, came at the London p.m. gold fix, and from there sold off gently into the close. Gold closed the Wednesday session in New York at $1,252.30 spot, which was down $9.70 on the day. Net volume was on the lighter side at 126,000 contracts. Doug Casey’s New Book: Right on the Money Just released, Doug Casey’s new book, Right on the Money is about profiting in an upside-down economy. This follow-up to Totally Incorrect (the second in a series of “Conversations With Casey” books) includes several conversations between Doug Casey and Louis James that weren’t distributed in our former column by that name. In the book, Doug and Louis delve into the specifics of how to apply his contrarian philosophy to making money. To read quotes from the book and learn more, click here.
Yesterday, I talked about the purpose of art. If you missed it, you can catch up here.Now, we’ll talk about how to buy it without losing your shirt.Art is one of life’s most subjective pleasures. “Good” art is something you enjoy looking at. “Great” art is something you’d like to hang on your own wall and see every day.On top of being expensive, the art world is confusing. Take, for instance, the $450 million paid for Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi in 2017.A New York art dealer paid $10,000 for the painting in 2005 at an estate sale. He had it repaired and authenticated, and then he sold it for around $75 million in a Sotheby’s private sale in 2013. The buyer flipped it to a Russian billionaire for $127.5 million six months later. Rumor has it the $450 million buyer acted on behalf of Saudi crown prince Mohammad bin Salman.There is no quantifiable reason Salvator Mundi sold for $450 million. That’s just what the buyer decided he’d pay. Therefore, that’s the price. Rumors now swirling allege da Vinci didn’t actually complete the picture himself. If true, it could be worth very little.Then there’s the dream of buying a nice painting from a starving artist who later becomes the next Andy Warhol.Warhol himself was once a starving artist. I know because a grandfather of a close friend of mine gave Andy kitchen appliances in exchange for a bunch of his paintings. He held on to those paintings and others because he liked them. When he died, he left his hoard to a fine art museum along with a large donation sufficient to construct a wing now housing them.The odds of finding the next Warhol are close to zero. They’re worse than picking the next junior gold stock that will make a blockbuster discovery. Essentially, forget about it.How I Bought Art ProfitablyTake a look at the piece below. It’s called Triangular Yellows by Richard Anuszkiewicz. I picked it up from the framing shop recently. Richard Anuszkiewicz, Triangular YellowsI like this piece because it’s mathematical. When you look at the arms and base of the triangle closely, they appear curved, almost tubular. If you zoom in, you’ll have to excuse the glare from the gallery lights reflecting off the glass.Anuszkiewicz made the two-dimensional piece appear three-dimensional by narrowing the distance between the soft blue lines running down the triangle’s arms and base. This piece is not a painting. It’s six colored lithographic prints carefully assembled on top of each other.I almost bought this last year, but I hesitated. When I saw it this year, the price was 12.5% higher. I bought it anyway because I like looking at it.Anuszkiewicz produced 40 prints of the piece I bought. He personally signed and numbered each of them. There’s also a small watermark imprint from the studio where I bought it. If I want to sell it, they’d prefer I let them do it. I have four pieces from this studio, and I could sell any of them fairly quickly if I needed to.I Got Some Advice Along the WayA few years ago, a friend introduced me to an older couple in town. She told the couple I was interested in art and thought we should meet. They’re in their 80s. Out of respect, it’s better I not mention them by name.They invited me to their home one afternoon. It’s a winding ranch-style house with a 180-degree westward view of the bay. They see the sun set on the water 365 days a year.Every room in the house had beautiful art covering the walls, even the bathrooms. Some pieces I recognized. Many I didn’t. They even had a storage closet filled with unframed pieces. I quickly realized this was a hobby, a passion, and an investment.My host began to tell me that his wife found art when their four kids moved out. Like many housewives, she struggled with the abrupt change that comes after two decades of purpose vanishes overnight. He encouraged her to find a hobby. She found art.She stumbled on a burgeoning program at the local college. It built an over-equipped art studio on campus. It then lured up-and-coming professional artists into spending one month of residency on-site creating anything they wanted to. The only catch was they’d have to leave behind a signed, numbered series of their best piece.The college’s studio director then went to the local community looking for donations. He promised key donors they’d get the right to buy signed, numbered, limited edition prints several times per year in exchange for supporting his radical workshop. He called it Graphicstudio.That was in the 1960s. Over the ensuing years, artists like Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Mapplethorpe, Alex Katz, Jim Dine, and dozens of others spent time at the studio. They all left behind a signed, numbered series of prints for donors and the college.The studio is full of incredible art produced by notable artists. Some, like pop artist Christian Marclay, are up-and-coming now. One of his pieces is for sale right now for $72,000. Just a few years ago, it was $5,000. Between then and now, Marclay’s work ended up in notable museums around the world, boosting demand for his work.The college sells pieces slowly, which to some degree controls the price. It’s rare to see more than one of a series available for sale.Take this piece, for example. It’s by Alex Katz. The material used in this print is cyanotype, also used in blueprints.In blueprints, the background is cyanotype and the structure is white. In this case, Katz did the opposite, using cyanotype as the medium.I bought this piece last year. In May, another donor had his for sale. The asking price was 11% higher than what I paid. Alex Katz, White Hat and SunglassesThere are 25 of these prints in total. I found one other for sale in Europe for €10,000. Alex Katz is a notable artist. He’s also 91 years old. I’m optimistic this piece will appreciate in value over time.Price appreciation is good. Having a way to unload the art if needed is even more important. I doubt the crown prince could find a buyer willing to pay $500 million or $1 billion for his Salvator Mundi. That’s of course assuming it’s a real da Vinci.On the other hand, I feel fairly certain I could sell my Katz, though I can’t imagine wanting to. The piece is a pleasure to look at every day.If you want to build your own collection of art, the first step is the most fun. Get out and see as much art as you can. Find interesting pieces, artists, and venues, and visit them. Sit on a bench and look at the pictures that speak to you. When you find something you want to look at every day, buy it. Buy it because you like it, not because you think you’ll make a quick buck selling it.Remember, art is one of life’s most selfish pleasures. All you have to do is enjoy it. Best of all, it’s completely subjective. Only you get to decide the difference between good and great art.Regards, By E.B. Tucker, editor, Strategic Investor E.B. Tucker Editor, Strategic InvestorP.S. One more thing before you go… I want to personally invite you to our second annual Legacy Investment Summit this September in Southern California.Last year’s event was a huge success… but this year’s promises to be even bigger. And I hope you can make it. You’ll have the chance to meet me and all of our other Casey Research gurus including Doug Casey, Nick Giambruno, Dave Forest, and Marco Wutzer. Click here to reserve your spot today.
Disability charities are facing questions over why they helped the government disguise the reason it had to change “discriminatory” guidance that was preventing thousands of disabled people with invisible impairments from securing blue parking badges.The Department for Transport (DfT) announced this week that it was proposing alterations to guidance that would “herald the most significant changes since the blue badge was introduced in 1970” and would “remove barriers to travel for people with conditions such as dementia and autism” in England.Junior transport minister Jesse Norman claimed this “accords with the government’s manifesto commitment to give parity of esteem to mental and physical health conditions”.The changes were welcomed enthusiastically by non-user-led disability charities such as Scope and the National Autistic Society (NAS), with NAS even quoted in DfT’s own press release, and they were widely supported by the mainstream media, including the Guardian, the Mirror and the BBC.But what they and Norman failed to mention was that the changes had been forced on the government by a legal action taken on behalf of an autistic man with learning difficulties.David* had had a blue badge for 30 years but was told by his local council that he no longer qualified because of new DfT rules**.His family took legal action against DfT and his local council because of new guidance issued by DfT in October 2014, following the introduction of the government’s new personal independence payment (PIP) the previous year.DfT was forced to settle the judicial review claim 15 months ago, by agreeing to review the new blue badge guidance.It was that review that led to the government’s announcement this week that it was consulting on changes to the blue badge scheme.Louise Whitfield, a solicitor with civil rights and judicial review experts Deighton Pierce Glynn, said she was “extremely surprised at the way in which the government is presenting the consultation”.She said: “The main reason that people with those conditions have been excluded from blue badge eligibility is because of the changes that the government deliberately made to the blue badge criteria when they introduced PIP to replace disability living allowance (DLA).“This meant that people who automatically had a blue badge before because of the DLA they received (higher rate mobility component), were no longer automatically eligible because they did not get enough points under the ‘moving around’ PIP criteria.“This problem was compounded by the inadequate DfT guidance, leading many local authorities to decide that people with non-physical disabilities were not entitled to a blue badge, and would never be entitled, because they did not have the right kind of disability to meet the criteria.“We have successfully challenged a number of these decisions, but there must be thousands of people who should have had blue badges but didn’t because of the change in the criteria coupled with the unclear guidance.”She highlighted the government’s failure to carry out an equality impact assessment of the blue badge eligibility changes and the new guidance before they were introduced in 2014.Such an assessment would have shown that thousands of people with invisible impairments were set to lose their right to a blue badge, with London Councils estimating that 3,500 people fell into this category in the capital.Whitfield said: “It is also somewhat disingenuous of the government to present the consultation on the new proposals as if this had been all of their own making, when in fact many organisations, individuals and legal representatives on their behalf have been trying to get the government to undertake a review since the change in the blue badge criteria several years ago.”She added: “We have repeatedly chased the government and their solicitors for updates on the review and have been told very little over the last 15 months.“Nor have they had the courtesy to inform me or my client that the consultation is now underway. The last time we chased them they didn’t even respond. “Sadly, my client who brought the judicial review has now passed away, but I will be encouraging all my other clients to respond to the consultation making clear how devastating it has been for them to lose their existing badge and then have to battle for months, if not years, to get it reinstated just so that they can leave their home.”The Department for Transport (DfT) accepted that it had faced a legal challenge over the regulations when they were changed, but failed to answer a series of questions, including whether it had failed to carry out an equality impact assessment on the 2014 changes; why it failed to tell Deighton Pierce Glynn about the new consultation; and why it failed to mention the legal challenge in its press release and consultation document.In a statement, a DfT spokesman said: “Blue badges give people with disabilities the freedom to get jobs, see friends or go to the shops with as much ease as possible.“We want to try to extend this to people with invisible disabilities, so they can enjoy the freedom to get out and about, where and when they want.”An NAS spokeswoman admitted that it had “focused on the good news” in its statement on the government announcement.She claimed NAS had opposed the government’s decision to link blue badge entitlement in England to only the “moving around” part of PIP mobility and had “raised this issue at the time and have continued to raise this issue since”.She said its concern had always been “broader than the link with PIP” and that its “underlying aim has been to change the blue badge rules because it has always been a real struggle for those with a hidden disability to get one” and that “not very many autistic people ever qualified for higher rate mobility of DLA to get that automatic entitlement”.She said NAS had not been “directly involved” with the legal case.She added: “The government’s proposals go beyond that change and so are likely to ensure that more autistic children and adults who need a blue badge can get one and won’t first need to access DLA or PIP.”*Not his real name**The guidance currently states that it is only those who qualify for the standard or enhanced mobility rates of PIP under the “moving around” criteria – those with physical impairments that mean they cannot walk very far – who should automatically qualify for a blue badge.Those who qualify for the PIP enhanced mobility rate because they have problems planning and following journeys are no longer automatically entitled to a blue badge, as they were if they claimed the upper mobility rate of DLA for the same reasons.The updated blue badge application form included in the guidance document has no sections in which disabled people with problems planning and following journeys can provide evidence to show why they need a blue badge.Authorities in Scotland and Wales have already made changes aimed at addressing the problems with DfT’s guidance.
The UEFA Super Cup is again an all-Spanish affair as Real Madrid take on Atletico Madrid in the 8pm kick off in Tallinn, Estonia.Spanish teams have dominated the competition in recent years with eight of the last nine finals featuring at least one Spanish side.Both head to head fixtures finished as a draw in La Liga last season and whilst the match will prove an early barometer to their respective form, it would be unwise to rely on this game any more than the Community Shield as a formguide.Gareth Bale’s future at Real Madrid has been the subject of much debate ever since his spectacular two goal contribution to the Champions League Final in which Real triumphed over Liverpool.Ironically, he’s not only staying but staying with a higher profile since the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus.Real Madrid coach Julen Lopetegui said: “We love that he is with us. He is so motivated with a lot of hope and he’s been working well since the beginning of the season.“We are delighted with his attitude and his desire, he’s an ultra professional who is training with the desire of a youth teamer. We are convinced he will have a great season.”Atletico have made a number of high profile signings and retained the services of Antoine Griezmann despite interest from Barcelona.Real Madrid v Atletico MadridUEFA Super Cup20:00 BT Sport 2 / BT Sport 4K UHDHEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Maximum 10 matches)Apr 2018 LA LIGA Real Madrid 1-1 Atl MadridNov 2017 LA LIGA Atl Madrid 0-0 Real MadridMay 2017 CHAMPIONS LEAGUE Atl Madrid 2-1 Real MadridMay 2017 CHAMPIONS LEAGUE Real Madrid 3-0 Atl MadridApr 2017 LA LIGA Real Madrid 1-1 Atl MadridNov 2016 LA LIGA Atl Madrid 0-3 Real MadridMay 2016 CHAMPIONS LEAGUE Real Madrid 1-1 Atl MadridFeb 2016 LA LIGA Real Madrid 0-1 Atl MadridOct 2015 LA LIGA Atl Madrid 1-1 Real MadridApr 2015 CHAMPIONS LEAGUE Real Madrid 1-0 Atl Madrid Another DRAW between the pair looks the call with starsports.bet which can be backed at around 12/5.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-100 points)BACK DRAW 5 points win at 12/5 with starsports.betCLICK HERE FOR STARSPORTS.BET MARKET PROFIT/LOSS SINCE JAN 1 2017: PROFIT 119.23 points(not including Test series recommendations and Premier League ante-post)
Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Green Entrepreneur App Ryan G. Smith Looking at any cannabis industry blog or publication, you might think that the California cannabis industry is currently in shambles.New regulations went into law on July 1, forcing retailers to purge non-compliant product from their shelves. This included concentrates, topicals, vaporizer cartridges and edible products that did not meet the new packaging or labeling standards.Related: Beware the ‘Weed Apocalypse’Consumers were delighted to take part in the “Green Saturday” sales but the industry was in a state of panic. Many retailers were forced to close for days, or even weeks, while waiting for new, compliant inventory to arrive. Manufacturers faced delays in receiving their new packaging or passing laboratory testing standards. Some claimed the industry would never recover from these new standards — significantly more stringent than regulations placed on agriculture and food products.Was the Hysteria Warranted? But what really happened when a lawless environment was finally graced with regulation? As the data is beginning to show, sales are not only climbing but California’s journey is just beginning as it steps into its role as the cannabis capital of the world.Even while brands and retailers are still scrambling to navigate these new rules, the sales statistics signal the maturation and eagerness of the legal market to adapt to these new regulations.Our wholesale platform captured some telling data points from the first few weeks of post-compliance sales in California.Wholesale Cannabis Orders Are SpikingThose concerned about the future of California cannabis can put their worries aside, as dispensaries are already spending more than ever — yes, even with dozens of infused-product brands out of stock indefinitely.During the second full week of July 2018, retailers spent 59 percent more on products from the prior week and a whopping 196 percent increase from what was spent the week leading up to the July 1 regulations. Based on orders so far in July, retailers are expected to spend triple the amount they spent in June.The volume of orders is also quickly increasing to meet retailers’ high customer demands. Cart size, or the average amount ordered per retailer, increased 22 percent from the week of June 18 to the week of July 9.Related: These Stats on Cannabis Sales Will Shock YouCompliance Is Converting to SalesUnbeknownst to many, California is still home to a thriving underground cannabis market — a natural consequence of dozens of city- and county-wide bans throughout the state. Still, it’s never been more vital for cannabis operators to know exactly who they are dealing with when it comes to high-value wholesale transactions.Companies that updated their product images with a “Compliant” badge on the LeafLink platform grew their business 201 percent in July, compared to 46 percent for brands without the badge. It just goes to show that the typical modern cannabis business owner is alert, informed and cautious when it comes to getting in step with tight regulations.It’s worth adding that complying with these new regulations is not just a matter of ethics, consumer health, and safety; it is a legal requirement that comes with heavy fines and penalties for operators if they fall out of line.Though the process is costly and time-consuming, compliance will continue to be an inevitable part of doing business — and making profits — in cannabis.Related: His Software Solution Aims to Ease the Pain of Running a Dispensary Keep up with the latest trends and news in the cannabis industry with our free articles and videos, plus subscribe to the digital edition of Green Entrepreneur magazine. Add to Queue Download Our Free Android App Image credit: Justin Sullivan | Getty Images Co-Founder and CEO LeafLink Next Article –shares August 1, 2018 News and Trends Post Apocolypse Aftermath: How Is California Adapting to New Cannabis Regulations? 3 min read Guest Writer They called it the ‘Weed Apocolypse.’ The day when the Golden State cannabis market would implode. Were they right?
Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Sales Next Article –shares July 23, 2014 The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. 4 min read Salespeople have had a bad reputation in Silicon Valley. Young, lean startups looked at the “consumerization of IT,” and decided that if their software was good, the product would sell itself.To this new breed of entrepreneurs, sales teams looked inefficient and old — a holdover from a less advanced age of business. Salespeople were the sleazy used car dealer, or the slick-haired Wall Street type, trying to convince customers to buy things they didn’t really need. But the Valley has learned to love salespeople again.Related: How to Shift the Culture of Your Sales ProcessDropbox, which got wide notice in 2011 for claims that it didn’t need salespeople, has announced it will open an office in New York to beef up its sales team. (In fact, Dropbox was already building a high-powered sales team by late 2012). Meanwhile, tech giants young and old, including Oracle and Salesforce.com (which probably knows a thing or two about selling), have steadily expanded their sales teams to drive growing enterprise customer bases. The sales team is back in a big way.The unsung heroes of Silicon Valley. Why are tech companies only now relearning the value of salespeople? Despite all the headlines about brilliant hackers and coding entrepreneurs, Silicon Valley owes a lot of its success to great salespeople. One of the Valley’s most iconic figures, Steve Jobs, was not an engineer but a creative visionary and master salesman, revolutionizing the way companies communicate with their customers.While other sales leaders may play a more behind-the-scenes role, there’s no questioning the importance of sales teams as a key driver of tech companies’ growth. Today, an average of 17 percent of the workforce at top growing companies are salespeople. This includes 14.5 percent of Twitter employees, 15.7 percent of LinkedIn employees, 32 percent of Salesforce.com employees and 26 percent of Box employees, according to estimates of the companies’ LinkedIn profiles.Without the relentless work of today’s salespeople, the energies and resources that go into the creation of innovative products and services would be wasted. Cutting-edge companies recognize that salespeople are a crucial part of the digital revolution.Sales goes back to basics. Part of the reason that sales has regained its strong reputation is that salespeople have adapted in response to business innovations. The Internet has brought on a data deluge, where customers have access to more information about products than they could ever possibly digest.Related: How to Recruit Salespeople Who Will Deliver Dramatic ReturnsWhile companies can increasingly leverage Facebook and other social-media platforms to connect with customers, at the end of the day, people still want to talk with a real human being. That need has been there since the beginning of time and is just as strong today.Among the Google search results, the flood of white papers and the automated nurture campaigns, the salesperson has evolved to stand out as the most valuable resource for customers. Companies have come to realize that salespeople play a crucial role in today’s information-overloaded society. Salespeople have evolved to become thought leaders and consultants and seriously smart people who can give customers the answers they can’t find with a search engine or on a company website.The return of sales. Companies are aggressively hiring to fill inside sales roles in New York, San Francisco, Boston and even Austin to power their growth engine, which scales not with bits and bytes but with actual smart human beings who provide value and generate revenue.With this newfound demand for salespeople, companies are taking two approaches. First, they’re going to unconventional places to find talented employees who can be developed into fantastic salespeople. This can be a long road, but for companies that commit to it, these sales recruits can drive tremendous value.Additionally, companies are spending billions of dollars ($12.8 billion in North America alone, to be precise) on tools and software that help accelerate the overall sales process for each salesperson. Such tools include software the helps salespeople say the right thing at the right time, or tools that help salespeople track engagement, and even tools that can predict who is more likely to buy.They help salespeople spend more time having meaningful conversations, so they can focus on becoming the teachers, consultants and thought leaders that companies need them to be.Related: It’s Time to ‘Untrain’ Your Sales Force Apply Now » Founder and CEO of ToutApp Tawheed Kader Add to Queue Sales Teams Are Making a Big Comeback at Tech Firms Guest Writer 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List
September 16, 2016 Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. It’s Friday, we’re a little punchy, so sure, we’re going to say yes. As reported in The Scotsman, this photograph was taken by Ian Bremner, 58, who was driving around the Highlands when he saw something bizarre doing the backstroke in Loch Ness.Bremner, who works at a whiskey distillery, told The Scotsman that he was out trying to capture images of red deer, but found a much more sought-after prize in his viewfinder instead. (Note to Bremner: you’ll probably have better luck finding deer if you’re not pointing your camera into a large body of water.) “When I saw it on my screen I said ‘what the hell is that?’” Bremner said.Related: Brain Break: Forget About Unicorns. Check Out This Blue LobsterThe Loch Ness Monster, as you may know, is a long-necked, one or more humped beast that folks have been searching for since the 1930s. “I’m normally a bit of a skeptic when it comes to Nessie and I think it’s just something for the tourists,” Bremner said, “but I’m starting to think there is something out there.”Is it really the fabled monster or a close-up of a garter snake in someone’s swimming pool? We’ll take the whiskey-loving photographer’s word that it’s the real deal. Happy weekend everyone! –shares Brain Break Next Article Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Does This Photo Prove the Loch Ness Monster Is Real? Image credit: Ian Bremner 2 min read Enroll Now for $5 Entrepreneur Staff Add to Queue Entrepreneur Staff
Bpm’online, a global business software company leading in the space of low-code, process automation and CRM, announced the release of the latest version of its intelligent platform. Bpm’online 7.14 is tailored to make enterprises more efficient in building, optimizing, and maintaining business transformation processes.Key features in this update include more robust customization options, improved data processing and management, optimizations to further improve the user interaction with the software, and much more.“At bpm’online we believe you can’t build lasting customer relationships without powerful business processes and coherent strategy in place. Striving to deliver immense value to our customers, we launched the update that remarkably enriches their experience with our software,” stated Katherine Kostereva, CEO and Managing Partner of bpm’online. “We’ve been listening to our clients’ feedback to make enhancements that perfectly match the customers’ needs.”Highlights of the core new features of bpm’online version 7.14 include:New architecture capabilities of bpm’online Self-service PortalBpm’online portal architecture has been revamped and is now available for all bpm’online products – studio, marketing, sales and service – in three editions:Self-service portal for companies that want to automate the processing of cases from internal and/or external users, while maintaining limited access to data.Customer portal for companies that need an affordable tool for the automation of complex processes.Partner portal for companies that need to organize the processes of servicing external users involved in all stages of the sales process.Marketing Technology News: Factual Launches Measurement Intelligence to Track Real-World Conversions and Optimize Campaigns Across New and Emerging Digital ChannelsEnhanced CRM functionalityLatest CRM improvements include enhanced functionality to accelerate marketing, sales and service:Extended Dynamic Content capabilities to send even more personalized emails to each segment of bulk email recipients.Advanced functionality for email template configuration.The ‘File preview for bpm’online’ add-on to preview documents and images attached to any section record without downloading it.Robust low-code capabilities, administration and development tools Updated low-code tools allow users to accelerate day-to-day operations, improve development speed and boost productivity:Enhanced tools for system customization.Revamped access rights management interface.Smooth processing of “Decimal” type constant parameters..Net Framework version support.Marketing Technology News: RCN Chooses TiVo’s Next-Gen Platform to Give Subscribers a Superior User ExperiencePowerful data management toolsThis set of features enables users to keep customer data clean and get rid of unnecessary information in the system. Updated features include:Ability to schedule automatic duplicate search in any bpm’online section.Tools to merge any records in any system section or lookup.Updated mobile app to drive better cross-platform UXEnhanced mobile app allows users to boost their efficiency on the go. Key improvements include:Ability to work with dynamic, static and favorite folders configured in the main application.Enhanced performance and page load time.Marketing Technology News: Mobile Is Key to Boosting Guest Experiences Say Hoteliers bpm’online version 7.14BPMonlinecrmdata processing and managementKatherine KosterevaMarketing TechnologyNews Previous ArticleMovable Ink Integrates with SmarterHQ to Enhance Real-time Email Personalization with Unified, Cross-Channel Customer DataNext ArticleCMC Honors AARP with the 2019 Marketer of the Year Award Bpm’online Introduces Major Update to its Intelligent Low-Code Platform for Process Automation and CRM PRNewswireApril 29, 2019, 7:50 pmApril 29, 2019
For SUNSTAR, it is crucial to support projects that promote prevention and give the dental professionals a central and relevant role in the detection of several diseases. Dental check-ups can be the perfect setting for early detection since mouth and body are related, and our oral health has much to say about our overall well-being. Therefore, it is important to provide them with the right tools and support them along the way.”Dr Marzia Massignani, Sr Manager of Scientific Affairs and Corporate Communications at SUNSTAR On the World Cancer Day, it is relevant to remind that smoking and alcohol consumption are the main risk factors for oral cancer.Related StoriesStudy: Nearly a quarter of low-risk thyroid cancer patients receive more treatment than necessaryAdding immunotherapy after initial treatment improves survival in metastatic NSCLC patientsBacteria in the birth canal linked to lower risk of ovarian cancerIn fact, tobacco (smoking and smokeless such as chewing tobacco) causes 90% of oral cancers. On top of that, individuals who smoke and drink have a 35-fold increase in developing this condition.”About 500,000 new cases of oral and oropharyngeal cancers are diagnosed annually, three-quarters of which occur in the developing world,” said Dr Ihsane Ben Yahya, FDI Council member and oral cancer expert.Consequently, encouraging the dental professionals to conduct oral screenings for early detection of this disease as well as helping them to work together for better management are the main priorities of the chairside guide launched by the FDI and SUNSTAR.‘Oral cancer: Prevention and patient management.’This toolkit for professionals focuses on the prevention and management of oral cancer patients, paying particular attention to the screening process.The chairside guide provides oral health professionals with concise, yet comprehensive, information about oral cancer prevention, risk factors and management, and also helps them navigate the clinical examination and diagnosis through a decision tree. Feb 4 2019Oral cancer is one of the most common cancers worldwide, it is more frequent in men than women, and it usually appears at the age of 60.Early detection is essential to manage this disease, and it is possible since the most common sites for oral cancer are very visible areas such as the tongue, the inside of the cheeks, and the floor of the mouth.Therefore, to guide dental professionals and improve the prevention of this disease, the FDI World Dental Federation and SUNSTAR, a holistic healthcare company, have developed a chairside guide to prevent and treat Oral Cancer. Source:https://www.sunstar.com/ The holistic healthcare company has been contributing to research and raising awareness about the two-way relationship between oral health and general health for many years now.Under #ThePerioLink project, SUNSTAR gives visibility to the many impacts of poor oral health, spanning from diabetes to sports performance, and encourages the population to take care of themselves holistically.
Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Apr 11 2019A new study published in the current issue of Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics sheds new light on long-term studies with antidepressant drugs. The higher occurrence of relapse in the groups assigned to placebo instead of drug continuation may be due to the studies not considering the potential occurrence of withdrawal syndromes.In this first systematic review of psychotropic drug discontinuation in randomized-controlled trials (RCTs), about 30% of RCTs each investigated the discontinuation of antipsychotics, antidepressants, benzodiazepines, and about 10% investigated that of stimulants. RCTs of stimulants, antidepressants, and antipsychotics mostly aimed to reach conclusions about relapse prevention by testing abrupt or rapid discontinuations. RCTs of benzodiazepines mostly aimed to reduce drug use by testing longer-lasting, supportive discontinuations. Although the 30% rate of full industry funding of RCTs is half that of an earlier finding, 70% of RCTs in this review reported significant industry participation.A first result showed that industry participation was paired with “discontinuation” in antidepressants and antipsychotics trials, but with “withdrawal” in stimulant trials. Benzodiazepines trials, with little industry funding, largely used “withdrawal.” The preferential use of “withdrawal” in benzodiazepines and stimulant RCTs may indicate a persistent recognition of withdrawal symptoms that has resisted industry influence on terminology. Overall, in 67% of RCTs, no justification was given for the specific discontinuation strategy, which lasted under 2 weeks in 60% of RCTs. Possible withdrawal confounding of trial outcomes was addressed in 14% of eligible RCTs. Relapse prevention RCTs employed discontinuation to reach conclusions about “maintenance of treatment effect,” yet, except in stimulant RCTs funded by industry, rarely explained the logic.Related StoriesArtificial DNA can help release active ingredients from drugs in sequenceScientists develop universal FACS-based approach to heterogenous cell sorting, propelling organoid researchAXT enhances cellular research product portfolio with solutions from StemBioSysThe study is commented by a leading Harvard psychopharmacologist, Ross J. Baldessarini, who calls for new, appropriately designed studies. Dr. Baldessarini points out that the effects of discontinuing treatment with psychotropic drugs, encountered in both clinically and therapeutic trials, raise important clinical and possible ethical concerns. Available research designed to test for the impact of various rates of discontinuing psychotropic treatments is rare, inconsistent, and inconclusive with respect to early withdrawal reactions commonly encountered with short half-life SSRIs and venlafaxine. Not investigating these issues, could compromise the scientific soundness of research, especially in trials that involve discontinuing a previous or current active treatment to a placebo. Indeed, trials involving discontinuation of an effective treatment are especially likely to produce exaggerated differences in morbidity between continuing treatment versus discontinuing it to an inactive placebo.According to Dr. Baldessarini, these findings highlight the need to recommend discontinuing psychotropic medicines as slowly as possible as we await adequate investigations aimed at testing for ways of conducting drug discontinuations.Source: http://www.au.dk/
COMMENTS SHARE SHARE EMAIL political development political candidates parties and movements Published on Aam Aadmi Party leader, Ashish Khetan, has quit the party, AAP sources said today, a week after another leader, Ashutosh, announced his resignation. Khetan, who did not deny the resignation, said he was not involved in “active politics at the moment” and was not interested in rumours. According to sources in the party, Khetan had sent his resignation to AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal on August 15. It was the day Ashutosh had announced his resignation from the party. Both resignations are yet to be accepted by Kejriwal, party insiders said. “I had resigned from DDC in April, to join the legal profession. That is all. Not interested in rumours,” Khaitan tweeted, referring to the Delhi Dialogue and Development Commission, an advisory body of the Delhi government. “I am completely focussed on my legal practice and not involved in active politics at the moment. Rest is all extrapolation,” he said in another tweet. Khetan had resigned as DDC vice-chairman citing “frustration” due to the tussle between the Centre and the AAP-led government. AAP sources claimed Khetan wanted to contest the 2019 Lok Sabha elections from the New Delhi parliamentary seat that he had lost to BJP’s Meenakshi Lekhi in 2014. But his demand was not being accepted by the leadership and he had been upset for a while. COMMENT SHARE August 22, 2018