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This episode of W.I.T. from John has me thinking about how this year’s terrible first half for US stocks isn’t quite as ugly when viewed from a wider lens.

Despite a dismal first six months of 2022 for the stock market, a look at the bigger picture shows that things are not as bad as they might seem. That's what I'm thinking this week.
Three Things Worth Sharing

According to this joint article by a former EPA regional chief and a chemical engineer, “Plastic recycling does not work and will never work.”  This is an interesting take, as is their comment that the plastic industry is acting like the tobacco industry did when they said that filtered cigarettes are a healthier option.

We’re all using Q-tips incorrectly – This quirky article about Q-tips has some interesting information about how the Q-tip was invented and how it has evolved over the years.  And apparently 80% of consumers today use Q-tips for non-personal care uses!

Just for Fun: Check out this terrific picture of the compression of a baseball as it gets crushed for a home run in the recent MLB all-star game.  I knew intellectually that a baseball compresses in order to rocket off of a bat, but never really internalized how one side can literally flatten out at impact.  Impressive in both the batting and the photography.
About the 'What I'm Thinking' Series
I do a lot of reading and thinking about personal finance so that our clients don’t have to and I periodically share my thoughts through this series of short recordings & emails - which I’ve creatively titled ‘What I’m Thinking’!
Over time there will be some topics that appeal to everyone, some that will be mildly interesting and some that only folks who are really into personal finance will find useful - which is just perfect.  Take whatever is useful to you from these and ignore the rest - in fact I give you permission to just hit the delete button if it sounds Iike more work than fun to listen!

Mark Twain once said ‘I was going to write you a short letter but I didn’t have time, so I’m writing you a long one.’  That concept really resonates with me, so I work really hard to keep these episodes short and digestible.  I hope you find them interesting - please share it with others that might enjoy it as well! 
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