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Sell in May and Go Away

“Sell in May and Go Away” is an old stock market adage. Historically, the Stock Market tends to perform better from Halloween to May Day than the other six summer months. It is hence called Halloween Indicator as well.

Tomorrow is Halloween 2020. Should I start buying? Let’s look at the Dow Jones Industrial Average.

We had the COVID crash this year but looks like the DJIA index is slowly recovering…but with COVID second wave and the US Presidential Election, I think I’ll just use the very useful meaningless phrases like “I’m cautiously optimistic” or “Take a Wait and See Approach”. Don’t I sound smart without really saying anything? I think by just copying and pasting the chart above (from google), I misled you. Happy Halloween!

For more meaningless but useful phrases, check out Business Insider’s article: 14 Meaningless Phrases That Will Make You Sound Like A Stock-Market Wizard.

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Psychological Pricing

Have you noticed each price of Apple’s products end with a 9? That is not a coincidence. It’s a type of psychological pricing, often called ‘charm pricing’. The last digit of the price ends in 9, 99, or 95. For example, $5 and $4.99 are almost identical prices, but your brain processes them differently. To your brain, $4.99 is much cheaper than $5 – it is processed as $4 instead of $5.

In fact, the effect is even more increased when the 0.99 part is displayed n smaller font.

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The effect of charm pricing is even more increased when the .99 part is in a smaller size.

There are other psychological ways to influence your customers. A good read is Robert Cialdini’s book, Influence.

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Top Causes of Constipation

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Constipated? Here are some top causes and remedies for each one.

Travelling/Out of Your Routine

You are on the go. You don’t have the luxury to wait until your bowel movement.

Remedy: Make a “break day”. For a day (perhaps mid vacation) make sure you schedule a relaxing morning (prime time for bowel movement) to push it out.

Not enough/Too much fiber

Fiber is essential to have regular bowel movements, but too much of the wrong type of fiber may make your constipation worse. There are two types of fiber, soluble and insoluble. Soluble makes your stool softer, and insoluble makes your stool bulkier.

Remedy: Depending on what kind of constipation you have, choose your fibre intake wisely. Balance is key, and if you eat too much fiber, it plugs you even more. Which leads to the next cause:

Not Enough Water

If you don’t drink much water, it hardens your stool. Without enough water, there’s bowel movement doesn’t start.

Remedy: Drink 2L of water a day. Start your day with 2 glasses of cold water. This will start your bowel movement.

Eating too much

If you are eating enough fiber but still feel plugged and can’t feel any bowel movement, you might be eating too much. If you eat too much, your body is too busy digesting your food and the already digested plugged food do not get too much attention. This may also be the reason why you get constipation while travelling; you are surrounded by exotic food that you eat way too much.

Remedy: Skip breakfast. Start the day with cleansing water such as Water mixed with a tablespoon of salt and lemon juice from one whole lemon. This may help you with your bowel movement.

Hormones

Sometimes, depending on your condition, you are more likely to become constipation. Pregnancy is one of them. A hormone called progesterone which is abundant in pregnancy causes constipation.

Remedy: Follow the remedies listed above.

When all else fails…

Over the Counter medications provide temporary relief. However becoming dependent on them will make you get used to the medication and will not help in the long run. Ensure you adapt a healthy lifestyle so you don’t have to take OTC medications that often.

Speak to your pharmacist for the right OTC medication. This is extremely important for pregnant women. During my pregnancy my doctor and pharmacist suggested taking non-cramping medications such as magnesium or lax-a-day

*** Please note that I am not a medical or nutritional professional. I am simply recounting and sharing my own experiences on this blog. Nothing I express here should be taken as medical advice and you should consult with your doctor before starting any diet or exercise program.

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