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Vivian Lewis is editor and founder of Global-Investing.com, the daily blog newsletter for Americans and others seeking to internationalize their portfolios. She brings unique experience and competence to the business of picking foreign stocks.

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Finns

Date: Thursday, October 24, 2019 2:33 PM EST

We will be going to England over the year-end again because my Balliol-man British husband wants to vote Dec. 12 in the new General Election being called by another one, Boris Johnson. In case you were wondering, he is a remainer and pro-Europe. Britain doesn't allow absentee ballots. We will spend time with our family there including my new grandniece and her parents. Before that we will go to Boston for Thanksgiving.

Finnish shares are the most disappointing in the world, perhaps because the country's very name breathes negativism, "finish". That was true of both our shares from Helsinki today. It is a reporting Thursday and I am not commenting on life in general today. Our two Finnish stocks are from totally different sectors and the link between them is mainly that they are both global but very weighty in their homeland bourse.

Finland is in Europe and the euro. The regional goods purchasing manager index today rose to 46.2, up slightly, but anything under 50 means it is declining. Services did better, but barely so the combined total was only just in the black at 50.2, vs 50.1 last month. Moreover jobs growth fell to a 5 year low in the Eurozone.

*Today two of my basic sources of news headlines, discussed below, gave out wrong information. I am telling my readers about this but not spreading it all over the world. The fact is that with zero commissions, brokerages are not getting good data for pink sheet stocks. And even for listed shares there is a plethora of misinformation on the web.

*I was locked out of my email account today for no known reason. I got back in by changing browsers. As a shareholder in Microsoft (MSFT), I am normally content to collect my gains, but I do want to use whatever browser I like. Readers also report difficulties sometimes. To overcome them, use the full secure code https:// before the easy part.

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