What You Didn’t Hear About Black Friday Could Cost You Big Profits

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Thanksgiving in the Barton house is all about gratitude. We’re thankful for such a wide range of blessings – time with family and friends, delicious food, and yes, even a little football.

But once Thanksgiving is over, aside from a glance or two at a smartphone or laptop, no one even considers venturing out into Black Friday. As one of only two states east of the Mississippi that doesn’t have sales tax (New Hampshire is the other), Delaware malls and stores in general get overrun on big shopping days. The Bartons avoid that fray – but thousands of others jump right in…

As do millions more all around the country. Americans spent $4.2 billion at online sales alone on Thanksgiving Day, and another $7.4 billion on Black Friday. That second number alone is up 19.6% from last year’s Black Friday.

I certainly can’t fault the retailers for putting on those sales. For them, Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and the weekend after can make or break their whole year.

The five days from Thanksgiving Day through Cyber Monday are the highpoint of the holiday shopping months of November and December. And just those two months make up between 20% and 30% of annual sales for American retailers.

So with Cyber Monday now behind us, you’d think the news would tell you which retailers did well, which didn’t, and most importantly, what you should do about it.

But the frontpages have nothing to help you with your finances. For them it’s page five news. You’d have to dig through page after page to even get a whiff of that.

This year, that’s even more unfortunate, because this Black Friday was like nothing we’d seen before.

There’s been lots of talk lately about the potential for a weakening U.S. economy. It seems someone forgot to tell American consumers, because sales this past weekend broke records once again.

On Cyber Monday, Americans spent another $9.2 billion online, up 16.9% from 2018.

In other words, online retailers had a great holiday.

Or rather, some of them did. But the winners and losers this year were quite surprising.

I’ve analyzed the early reports and crunched the numbers to bring you what the media doesn’t seem too interested in…

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How Hong Kong Voters Just Helped U.S. Trade Negotiations…

This past Sunday, November 24th, 2019 was truly a momentous day. Millions of people braved streets that had only days before been filled with chaos and violence, to vote in record numbers and make their voices heard against an authoritarian regime.

Not that you could tell by looking at the news. The leading stories on all the major news outlets were once again all about impeachment.

But what the people of Hong Kong did on Sunday was historical.

It’s already having an impact on the markets, and it’s going to get bigger…

China Made their Bed, Now They Have to Lie in It

I’ve written about the Hong Kong protests before, but the short version of it is this:

Earlier this year, the Hong Kong government, in effect appointed by mainland China’s communist government, proposed a law that would allow extradition of criminal suspects to China.

Now, Hong Kong’s laws are very different from the rest of China’s. As a legacy of long British rule, and by contractual agreement of the transition from British rule to Chinese rule, the city has a separate constitution that guarantees freedoms of speech, assembly, and so on – liberties that do not exist, or are in very short supply in mainland China.

The extradition bill threatened to end the separate freedoms because it would allow China to extradite Hong Kongers that speak out against China, or breaking mainland Chinese law in other ways. So the people of Hong Kong began protesting.

After a harsh response from the police, combined with the government being dismissive of concerns about police brutality, the protests escalated. For months now, the city has been paralyzed by running battles between protesters and police, some have died and many more have been hurt, and the protesters feel ever more voiceless as the government pushes harder and harder.

The extradition bill itself has been abandoned (after many power struggles), but now the protesters’ demands have changed. They now want a more responsive government, investigations into the police’s handling of the protests, and other reforms.

The impact of the protests and the responses on Hong Kong have been severe, with the city entering a recession for the first time since the financial crisis.

But what happened on Sunday could change all that

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