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Catching falling knives is dumb. So is buying energy stocks and most retailers. But Apple? It shines.

AMLP might not be a brilliant idea, so far

It has a huge 9.8% yield. It owns a bunch of MLPs who schlepp energy around.

I thought it was done falling. But it’s bad to catch falling knives, especially in energy.

So far, I’m down 2.2% on a very tiny investment. I’ll watch it a bit longer.

Our major high yielder, LADR, is up nicely this morning. It declared a new dividend. Dividend ex date is December 9.

I’ve refrained from pinching myself as to our good fortune this week. We’re up five days in a row. The negative-thinkers are coming out with all sorts of reasons why we’re in trouble. Ignore it all. There’s nothing you can  — or should — do.

Business class flights to Paris on sale

Go on my favorite business class airline, La Compagnie, which is having a big sale — $1,000 round-trip business class New York to Paris. Click here.

The iPhone camera is talented

Shoot in portrait and you blur the background, like they do in real pictures with real cameras.

Download the app ProCam and you now have the controls of a sophisticated SLR on your iPhone. For instructions, click here.

I continue to be blown away with my new iPhone 11 Pro Max and its incredible triple camera, and its speed. The word is getting out. Apple’s stock is skyrocketing. I read Apple has sold out of AirPod Pros.

They make a great present for your loved one. They’re really good. The noise cancelling works remarkably well for something so small.

Could a fitness tracker, like the Apple Watch, save your life?

BottomLine Health newsletter writes:

If you are among the millions of Americans who wear a wrist device that counts your steps, you probably already know that many of these fitness trackers also can monitor your sleep patterns, nudge you to get up and move when you sit too much and estimate how many calories you burn in a day.

But did you know that some of the newer devices are being credited with saving lives?

Consider these recent press reports…

• A 73-year-old Connecticut woman with unexplained shortness of breath noticed that her device showed a higher-­than-usual heart rate—and it kept getting higher over a period of a few days. She went to a hospital, and it turned out she had life-threatening blood clots in her lungs.

• A 34-year-old Utah man noticed his device was showing a much lower-than-normal heart rate. At his wife’s insistence, he went to a hospital, where he learned he had dangerous blockages in two coronary arteries.

• A 42-year-old man who had a seizure was taken to a New Jersey emergency room, where he was found to have a rapid, irregular heartbeat known as atrial fibrillation (A-fib). The condition can lead to stroke or heart failure. Because he was wearing a fitness device, doctors asked to see his heart rate recordings, which allowed them to time the onset of his abnormal heartbeats and choose the best treatment.

The people in all of these examples happened to be using Fitbit devices, but the data that alerted them and their doctors to their health risks are available on many devices.

The key feature in most of the ­devices:­ A sensor, called a photoplethysmogram (PPG), that sits against the wrist and uses light-emitting diodes (LEDs) to continuously detect blood volume changes that can be translated into a heart rate—the number of times your heart beats in a minute.

For a healthy adult who is sitting quietly and not under any unusual stress, the normal “resting” rate is 60 to 100 beats per minute. In general, younger, fitter people have lower resting heart rates.

While consumer fitness devices are not perfect heart rate monitors, they can give you a good estimate of your resting rate and your rate during exercise. When you work out, you want your heart rate to rise. How much your heart rate should increase depends on your age, fitness level and goals. A rule of thumb is that moderate-to-intense exercise should get you to 50% to 85% of your maximum heart rate, which you can calculate by subtracting your age from 220.

These people wore Fitbit. But my Apple Watch along with the app #Heart

does a perfectly fine job of keeping track of my heart. Friends say I’m obsessive. But, then several of them have recently had heart attacks. So, to heck with them.

Read the Bottomline Health piece here.

How to keep a six-year old amused

I don’t know how long this will work before I have to buy every episode, every season … and the company? …Oops I just bought another episode. This is getting expensive. I can measure how long it takes to write this blog in Paw Patrol episodes. I’m onto four this morning. Amazon is getting rich off me.

So far, it was a great idea bringing along two Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon laptops — one for Paw Patrol and one for this column. I love those machines. Laptop Magazine just extolled them. And this Black Friday era, they’re on big sale.

I bet I could make a few pennies today selling BA short again

But who wants he aggravation? I’d rather play tennis.

Thanksgiving “Humor” for the kids in all of us

+ I’m excited about Thanksgiving because I love unwelcome parenting advice from relatives I see twice a year.

+ Thanksgiving is an emotional holiday. People travel thousands of miles to be with people they only see once a year. And then discover once a year is way too often.

+ If April showers bring May flowers, what do May flowers bring? Pilgrims.

+ Why can’t you take a turkey to church? They use FOWL language.

+ If the Pilgrims were alive today, what would they be most famous for? Their AGE!

+ Why do the pants of pilgrims keep falling down? Because their belt buckles are on their hats!

+ My cooking is so bad my kids thought Thanksgiving was to commemorate Pearl Harbor.

Have a great Thanksgiving. I’ll see you Friday. Make sure you keep our economy going by buying lots of things you absolutely don’t need. — Harry Newton.

 

 

  • Edward Saylor

    Harry, you are a great guy and I hope for your continued success. You need to meet up with me some time next year at my River House on the Chesapeake Bay.

    • Mike Nash

      Yeh, sure, you probably live in an old duplex in the bad part of Harlem.

    • Mike Nash

      It’s more like a shack isn’t it? I’ve seen some of those “river houses” on Chesapeake Bay and the starter homes are basically tenements.