Ounce of Prevention

We’re not dispensing medical advice, but with 75,282 confirmed cases of the COVID-19 virus and 2,012 deaths — according to a Johns Hopkins daily tracker — the following contributor makes a case for “an ounce of prevention”:

“Preventing viral infections can be as simple as loading up on vitamin D supplements.

“Why do colds (from viruses) typically wreak havoc in the winter? Lack of sunshine. During the summer months, when we are outdoors more and taking in more sunshine, vitamin D is produced naturally in the body.

“Load up on vitamin D in the wintertime. What’s the downside to Vitamin D supplements? The drug companies can’t make billions off of scaring us!”

Our reader isn’t peddling snake oil here. The National Institutes of Health says: “Deficiency in vitamin D is associated with increased autoimmunity as well as an increased susceptibility to infection.” (emphasis added)

So, in a nutshell, vitamin D does play an important role in the immune system, and — according to a 2012 study — 42% of American adults are vitamin-D deficient.

Certainly something to talk to your doctor about.

Your Rundown for Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020

A Retail Stock… to Pass Down to the Grandkids

We’re aware investors are rightfully on-edge when it comes to retail stocks. The headlines — “Death of Retail” and “Retailpocalypse” — are run daily at financial news sites.

But The Rundown’s long fanboyed Dollar General (DG) for the company’s almost 30-year track record of uninterrupted growth.

And DG shares have experienced outsized gains, too. In one year, DG stock’s surged ahead — with just a few pullbacks — over 26%.

Things to like about Dollar General’s business model? Especially its longevity amidst the Amazonization of retail?

“The beauty of the Dollar General model… is that it should be reasonably immune to many of those pressures,” says an article at InvestorPlace.

“Low price points limit the e-commerce threat” and “the generally essential nature of many of its products makes it less dependent on economic cycles.”

Add to that, Dollar General serves customers other retailers avoid — to their own peril — by “target[ing] rural communities left behind by so many other stores.”

According to Forbes: “By serving the bottom of the nation’s economic pyramid, Dollar General has generated one of the top performance records in retail.”

InvestorPlace concludes: “Retail is a difficult stock to invest in — but Dollar General looks like a gem.”

Market Rundown for Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020

S&P 500 futures are up 10 points to 3,379.

Oil’s added 1.4% to $52.80 for a barrel of WTI.

Gold’s up $7.00 per ounce to $1,610.60.

Bitcoin is down $14.07 to $10,136.20.

We’ll check back Friday; in the interim, have a great day.

For the Rundown,

Aaron Gentzler

Aaron Gentzler

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Aaron Gentzler is the publisher of Seven Figure Publishing. He is also the editor of The Rundown and has been with Agora Financial / Seven Figure Publishing since 2005. He's been covering technology and markets for over a decade.

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