Random Thoughts for October

Over the course of each month, I end up with quite a few random thoughts. They are the interesting tidbits that are not quite meaty enough to be worthy of a full column. But they often are interesting enough to stimulate thinking and provoke discussion.

Rather than toss them out, I save them up over the course of each month. Here is what October’s random thoughts look like:

• Americans spend more than $2 billion on Halloween candy each year; we spend even more than that on costumes.

• The Bank of Japan surprised everyone by upping its stimulus to 80 trillion yen ($717 billion). Previously, it was more than 60 trillion yen.

• Tomorrow begins the best six months of the year for stock markets. Since 1950, almost all of the market’s gains have come between Nov. 1 and April 30, according to the “Stock Trader’s Almanac.”

• No, Tim Cook didn’t come out of the closet yesterday as gay. He was already “out” in 2011 when he took over as chief executive officer of Apple. He just didn’t talk about it.

• Although gold tumbled today, it is down less than 4 percent so far this year.


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