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Private Briefing Discover exciting wealth-building opportunities you just can't find anywhere else - & get them before the whole world finds out. William (Bill) Patalon III is the Executive Editor and Senior Research Analyst for Money Morning.

Before he moved into the investment-research business in December 2005, Bill spent 22 years as a journalist, most of it covering financial news as a reporter, columnist, and editor that included stints with Gannett Co. Inc., and The Baltimore Sun. Bill has covered finance and investing, economics, manufacturing, the defense sector, biotechnology, and telecommunications. The companies he's covered

Before he moved into the investment-research business in December 2005, Bill spent 22 years as a journalist, most of it covering financial news as a reporter, columnist, and editor that included stints with Gannett Co. Inc., and The Baltimore Sun. Bill has covered finance and investing, economics, manufacturing, the defense sector, biotechnology, and telecommunications. The companies he's covered

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12/31/2021

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12/31/2021

MY FAREWELL TO YOU ALL — AND A NEW YEAR’S WISH ….

“Pain heals … chicks dig scars … glory lasts forever.”

— QB Shane Falco (Keanu Reeves), “The Replacements” (2000 film)


During a career that has spanned nearly 40 years (and counting), I’ve been blessed to have some very special experiences.

I spent more than half of it as a journalist – and my first job was at my hometown newspaper, an experience that made me a kind of “celebrity” in the county I grew up in. There was a kind of “glory” in that – albeit of the small-town variety – for, even today, 35 years after the fact, local folks still remember the events I covered and the stories I broke.

From there I went on to bigger and bigger jobs – stints that allowed me to interview such stalwarts as Amazon.com Inc. founder Jeff Bezos, General Electric CEO John F. “Neutron Jack” Welch, helicopter-industry pioneer Stanley Hiller Jr., and former U.S. President Richard Nixon.

My journalistic sojourn took me to Washington, D.C., Silicon Valley, Hollywood, Japan and even China. And I got to cover some national business stories, like the demise of Eastman Kodak Co. There was a bit of “glory” there, too – for I my coverage of Kodak helped bring my newspaper the country’s top business-journalism award.

Each of those experiences opened other doors – to an MBA in finance from the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), and to a Prentice Hall-published book called Contrarian Investing, with a foreword penned by investing icon and best-selling author Jim Rogers.

Those were “door openers,” too.

I quarterbacked the launch of a successful weekly newspaper, and a monthly business journal – experiences that helped bring me here, to Money Map Press, where I was the founding publisher’s first hire, and served as MMP’s founding editor. And that, of course, brought me to Private Briefing – and to you.

This past Aug. 11, Private Briefing celebrated its 10th birthday, a milestone not many investment advisories can boast of. There’s a kind of “glory” in that, too, I guess – especially given the 2,500-plus columns/missives/alerts that I got to send your way.

I let you into my world – my son, Joey essentially grew up as you watched (and as all you parents will agree, there’s certainly “glory” in seeing your kids grow up).

In return, you let me into your world. And that’s where the true-and-lasting “glory” is for me.

We explored the stock market, the world economy, the lessons of winning investing, and the top stories like globalization, the “New Cold War,” pandemic and the “Infection Correction,” the rebound from the Great Recession – and much, much more. We found – and capitalized on – big, big winners. And many of you told me that those windfalls – and the lessons that accompanied them – truly made a difference in your lives.

And, as the movie line says, that’s the kind of “glory [that] lasts forever.”

I’ll always treasure that.

And I hope you will, too.

Starting with the New Year, I’ll be moving on to new opportunities. And that means this will be my last Private Briefing missive to you.

I thank you. And I hope the “glory” we discovered here together will resonate – and that the wisdom we talked about will power you on to greater heights.

Indeed, that was part of my goal here – to bring you winners, to show you how that worked, and to empower you to continue on your own.

You folks know my fondness for investing maxims. So I’ll leave you with one more – one that underscores that empowerment approach.

“Give someone a fish, and you’ll feed them for a day … teach them how to fish, and you feed them for a lifetime.”

That’s “glory” that lasts forever.

Thank you for allowing me to serve you.

Happy New Year, folks …

In 1942, the RMS Queen Mary was transporting 15,000 American troops to Europe when it was hit by a 23-meter wave and nea...
12/30/2021
Monster Rogue Waves

In 1942, the RMS Queen Mary was transporting 15,000 American troops to Europe when it was hit by a 23-meter wave and nearly capsized. The giant vessel listed by about 52 degrees due to the impact, after which it slowly righted itself.

Can you imagine?

For centuries sailors have been telling stories of encountering monstrous ocean waves which tower over one hundred feet in the air and toss ships about

12/28/2021

“How circumstances do change, who would have believed a few short months ago that I should spend this Christmas day in Fort McHenry. Truly man cannot tell what he is or what he is to become. I have been absent already from my home and family longer than I have ever been before since my marriage…”

Benjamin T. Gunter, a prisoner held at Fort McHenry, “A Journal of My Captivity”
Wednesday, Dec 25th 1861

Read more about prisoners held at Fort McHenry during the Civil War on our park website: https://www.nps.gov/fomc/learn/historyculture/political-prisoners.htm

Image: Living historian portraying a prisoner held at Fort McHenry. NPS/Tim Ervin

The Boss, “Born in the USA” Tour …
12/25/2021

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Merry Christmas, folks!Thanks to all my followers — and to my newsletter subscribers, who’ve followed my work for 10.5 y...
12/25/2021

Merry Christmas, folks!

Thanks to all my followers — and to my newsletter subscribers, who’ve followed my work for 10.5 years. I’m truly #grateful to you all …

A holiday postcard from 1910 (sent from #PointMarion, #Pennsylvania, to Riversville, West Virginia).

12/22/2021

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You seem to be very bullish on KTOS. I have held this for about 6 years and not complaining but is this going to ever move. It is trading now at the high of about August 2019. Seems they are making great strives especially here in the last year. But the SP does not move. It also seems every time it wants to make a move there is relentless selling by all the insiders. Thoughts???
Hi Bill, I've been reading the news lately about Chinas crackdown on the tech industry. This seems to be affecting Alibaba and Tencent Holdings negatively. I am wondering what you see in the future of the "Single Stock Wealth Building Machine".
Bill...I'm one of your subscribers. Am I dense because I can't figure out who is the "zombie company" you dumped? Please enlighten me... Thanks!
just saw your video for the 1st time....enjoyed it very much...you are a beautiful happy family and I see all that love....it affects me also and makes me smile....and once again I thank you, for the help you give people.....
Dear Sir: I wish you and your lovely family, Robin and Joey, a happy, wonderful Christmas...have enjoyed reading about the different things you and your family do.....also about your dad....thank you...have purchased Roku, Alibaba and Kratos....I kinda entered the market rather late but appreciate you also caring about the small investor.....I always look forward to reading your articles as they're so interesting, whether I invest or not......so again, thank you..
Nice piece on Kodak. Janelle
Hello, I did buy Roku and I thank you for your advice...also, will accumulate a couple monthly....saw Inherit the Wind years ago but you have now piqued my curiosity and will see it again...our library has re-opened but we must call and make an appointment....Covid in this region is increasing daily again so am staying home...really enjoy reading your articles....thank you for them and thank you for your insightful advice.....🙂
I so enjoy reading about your family and just now about Robin's birthday...you used to write oftener about Joey, and each time it just made me feel good......as a widowed pensioner, I don't usually invest with you but did invest in Alibaba and Roku....I joined NICI, that's more my speed.....anyway, I just want to tell you how much I like your articles.....
My pal Private Briefing interviews me about #Apple - everything from how the stock will fare in the coronavirus crisis to my thoughts on the new #iPhoneSE. https://moneymorning.com/?p=1139253 via @moneymorning #stocks
Bill...what are your thoughts on LK after today's massacre?
I read your article on LK yesterday and was shocked when I saw what happened to the stock price today. What do you think about what is happening with the COO right now?
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