Boltwood Capital Management | Weekly Reads: 04/08/2019
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Weekly Reads: 04/08/2019

Commodities: A Million Tons of Copper Are On The Way, Will It Be Enough? – click here
Copper has become one of the world’s most precious commodities as more and more devices use the product. This article by Bloomberg looks at the massive production spike in the metal and whether or not even that will be enough to feed demand.

Business: A Whopper of a Turnaround – click here
One of Warren Buffet’s closest business partners is a company called 3G which invests in a manner totally different than Mr. Buffet. They elect to cut cost and redo operations. While sometimes controversial their success at Burger King cannot be ignored.

Space: Space Plane That Goes 25 Times Faster Than Speed of Sound Pasts Critical Test – click here
A plane that travels 25 faster than the speed of sound might be a reality. This article looks at the phenomenal science behind this initial test and what it may mean for travel.

Technology: 5G and the Health Effects of Cell Phones – click here
Concerns about the safety of the waves produced by cell phones have been concerns for many for some time. Now with the unveiling of 5G on the horizon, the subject is coming up again.

Technology: Facebook Rolls Out Features for Dead People – click here
As Facebook has aged issues that the founders could never have dreamed of have become issues. One such issue is what to do with the Facebook (and for that matter other electronic accounts) of those individuals who pass away. This article looks at some of the steps Facebook has taken around the issue.

Food: Beyond the Lab-Grown Burger: ‘Cellular Agriculture’ Is Taking Over the Food Industry – click here
Genetically modified foods have become a part of our society. However, the “creation” of food is becoming even more advanced via the use of “cellular agriculture.”

Real Estate: House Flipping Is Back – click here
The WSJ looks at new data that shows the popularity of house flipping is back to pre-crisis levels. While this might make some nervous it further details that for the most part it is being done by corporations now as opposed to the ill-prepared.

Technology: Nine Companies Shaping the Future of AI – click here
Artificial Intelligence, or AI, is becoming more and more of a “thing” as computing power is increasing. Forbes examines 9 companies leading the way forward in this innovative field.

Economy: Shrinking Middle Class Threatens Global Growth – click here
With the recent focus on income inequality, it should come as little surprise that the middle class is indeed shrinking. Rather than refocus on issues that have been discussed this article by the WSJ attempts to look at the ways this may impact economic growth / stability.