“When patients ask for white and only white teeth, most of the time we think they want that old bathroom ceramic white, and we wonder why, for crying out loud, would they want something like that in their mouths? They probably don’t. They don’t know the terminology. So they probably will not tell their dentists, “I want translucency with light mammelons and gentle halo, and a vital, luminescent restoration.” Sometimes we even blame patients for wearing those dead-white crowns or veneers. We say, “It looks so fake, how can she think that looks good? She paid for that?”…and so on.” Read more via Keep it Bright! The Difference Between Bright and White | Dentistry Today
“Since President Donald Trump vowed last week to announce a tax reform in the coming weeks, Wall Street has hit record intraday and closing highs in successive days in a rally led by financials.
The S&P 500 financial index outperformed others with a gain of about 3.2 percent in the past week, while the KBW Bank index was up 3.8 percent. The S&P 500 gained 1.7 percent.
Those gains were cut sharply on Friday, with the broader financials down 0.65 percent and the banks down nearly 1 percent.”
“FRANKFURT — Germans who never really warmed up to the euro may be able to sleep a little easier.
After decades of being safeguarded overseas, the nation’s gold reserves — a large part of them, at least — are once again safe in Frankfurt.
Not that the gold was ever in danger of being stolen, according to the Bundesbank, the German central bank, which is in charge of the reserves. But the Bundesbank said on Thursday that it had completed a planned transfer of some $13 billion in gold bars that for historical reasons had been stored in vaults deep below Lower Manhattan.
Whether gold matters anymore is questionable in an age of Bitcoin and digital payments. Even paper money is losing importance.
But at least for some Germans, many of them nostalgic for the deutsche mark, gold provides reassurance that the embattled euro is underpinned by something tangible.” Continue reading the full article via Germans Sent Gold Away to Keep It From the Soviets. Now Much of It Is Back. – The New York Times
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Mr. Seth A. Klarman has been one of the most successful value investors over the last thirty years. His opinion is highly sought after. Recently he wrote a letter to his investors cautioning them about a Trump Presidency and what that may mean for the market.
“While Mr. Klarman clearly is hoping for the best, he warned, “If things go wrong, we could find ourselves at the beginning of a lengthy decline in dollar hegemony, a rapid rise in interest rates and inflation, and global angst.”
While gold investment is not explicitly mentioned in this article, it’s interesting that another article has emerged today in The Wall Street Journal about investors seeking refuge in gold. Read the whole article here at the NYT.
“The researchers note that nicotine is a known contributor to gum disease, but e-cigarette flavoring appeared to exacerbate the cell damage caused by e-cigarette vapor, with menthol-flavored vapor posing the most harm.
While further research is needed to investigate the long-term effects of e-cigarette use, Rahman and team believe their findings indicate that the devices may have negative implications for oral health.”