The market jumped higher Monday in anticipation of the Fed rate decision tomorrow. Stock prices now reflect the belief that the Fed cut rates again. The Sept. 18 rate cut helped send stocks flying off their late-summer lows and eased concerns over a credit and liquidity crisis.With the financial sector dealing with turmoil, and oil and tech stocks trading at or near all-time highs, I would like to focus on a different sector altogether in looking at International Paper ( IP) today. I
Finding a costume is often a difficult task. You want to be original but at the same time eye-catching. No repeats from previous years. The wig, the jewelry, the enlarged sun glasses all add up. Before you know it, you've spent over $100 on an outfit you'll wear once. But after all, it is Halloween! With the spirited holiday inching closer and closer, it seems fitting for a group called Superheroes Anonymous to make its debut. On Sunday, the group descended on Times Square in super-hero costumes, ready to tackle the problems of New York City. They took to the streets gathering litter and handing out fliers informing passers-by about crime prevention. Chaim Lazaros, a Columbia University student, discovered the group on MySpace and organized it for a documentary he plans to complete on the city. The superheroes refused to give up their anonymity, but maintain that they are active fighters of crime in their communities. "Street Hero," a former prostitute trained in martial arts, says she hits the streets at night trying to protect the young girls who remind her of herself years before. Other superheroes have less-severe duties, such as Street Hero, who acts as the handyman, fixing whatever needs fixing in the houses of community residents. The group is fighting crime in a completely legal way, and how better to do than in costume!
More admirable than their efforts, however, is their desire to remain anonymous. They sacrifice the individual acclaims they would receive for the integrity of being a real superhero. If only we all strived to be as humble and generous. The Players Club realizes the rarity of such modest and giving people in our world. Even those who may have the power to make changes in a community, as these super heroes do, often relent from doing so. By guaranteeing recurring cash flow to professional athletes through our strategic partner, thus ensuring financial security, The Players Club endeavors to give those capable of making a difference the motivation and freedom to act. As you dress up in police suits and pull on Superman's cape, consider taking the actions to do something as important and admirable as those characters whom you are emulating in costume. Always remember: Life is a journey; enjoy the ride!