Army diet .. He loses 5 kg in 3 days

Tell me – A new way to reduce weight has appeared on the scene recently, through the so-called “army diet.”

According to the Saudi newspaper, “Ajel”, this type of diet can lose you five kilograms of weight in just three days.

This diet relies on consuming a small amount of calories and eating chemically consistent nutrients that help their interaction to lose weight.

The details of the “Army Diet” came as follows.

First day

Breakfast: a cup of coffee or tea with caffeine, a slice of toast with two tablespoons of peanut butter and half a grapefruit, all of which contain 308 calories.

Lunch: another cup of coffee or tea, with a slice of toast, preferably whole wheat bread, and half a box of tuna, as this small meal contains only 139 calories.

Dinner: 100 grams of any type of meat, a cup of green beans, half a banana, a small apple, and a full cup of vanilla ice cream. This meal contains 619 calories.

No snacks allowed.

the second day

Breakfast: a piece of toast with an egg cooked as you wish, plus a banana. The price of this meal is not more than 223 calories.

Lunch: a boiled egg, 5 pieces of salted rusk and a cup of cottage cheese, and even if the cheese is full-fat, the calories will not exceed 340 calories.

Dinner: Half a cup of carrots, a full cup of cauliflower and 2 hot dogs, and you can also have a cup of vanilla-flavored ice cream, and this meal contains 630 calories.

the third day

Breakfast: a slice of cheddar cheese with 5 pieces of salted rusk and a small apple. This meal contains 232 calories.

Lunch: one slice of toast and an egg, and even if the egg was fried in oil, the meal would not exceed a total of 170 calories.

Dinner: half a banana, a full can of tuna and a cup of ice cream, for the meal contains 460 calories.

During the remaining four days of the week, all kinds of food can be eaten before the ball is repeated, provided that the total daily meals do not exceed 1500 calories.


How professionals position themselves on the stock exchange

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Many investors are puzzled as to where the markets will go.

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Frankfurt The uncertainty is great. The oil price and many stock prices are in the basement. The mood among many managers is bad. The corona crisis keeps the financial markets in suspense every day. Many investors are now thinking more than ever about where to invest their money in these unstable times.

Because the violent ups and downs on the markets shows that there is still no peace on the stock exchanges. This leaves many investors in doubt about their previous investments. Keep or prefer to sell? This is an important question for many investors, especially with equities.

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German companies are more positive about the future

Dusseldorf Siemens boss Joe Kaeser is confident. The CEO assumes that the Munich group will weather the corona crisis well: because the group’s products are needed and there is sufficient liquidity. Kaeser is expecting a few difficult quarters, but he is now thinking more about how to shape the upswing after the corona crisis.

For the 387,000 employees, he wants to organize a “party” all over the world, as the manager recently told the “Passauer Neue Presse” – at which one could then possibly “drink a Corona beer together”. These are easy-going words that bosses of companies that are currently badly stricken would hardly choose.

But not only with Siemens, but also in many other large companies, there is now a little more optimism that they can cope with the corona crisis. An indication of this is provided by a current survey by the auditing and consulting company PwC among CFOs of German groups from all DAX segments. According to the study, which is exclusively available to the Handelsblatt, the companies are slowly moving out of the crisis.

56 percent of respondents said that Covid-19 would bring significant burdens to the business. What is interesting, however, is the comparison to the first PwC survey of the same top managers in mid-March.

Back then, 79 percent of those surveyed feared that the virus would have a strong negative impact. More than half of the CFOs currently expect the crisis to lead to a decline in sales and profits. But this value has also decreased somewhat compared to the last survey.

Lessons from the financial crisis

State security and protection regulations, with which the federal and state governments want to contain the pandemic, are likely to have contributed to growing optimism. “In comparison to other countries, for example the USA, the UK or Japan, we acted quickly, consistently and transparently,” says Ulrich Störk, head of Germany at PwC.

This is supported by the international sentiment comparison in the PwC study: According to this, the CFOs of American companies are currently much more pessimistic. 74 percent of US CFOs expect strong negative effects, 13 percentage points more than in March. This value also corresponds to the global average in the current study.

The more relaxed mood among German companies is not only due to government regulations, but also due to their own crisis management. For example, almost all larger companies deployed crisis teams very early on, which took care of the safety of employees and production – provided the latter was maintained. Chemical companies, mechanical engineers and steel producers were able to keep their plants running without major problems thanks to detailed protection concepts.

From the perspective of business consultants, many companies are currently benefiting from the fact that they have learned lessons from the first major crisis in the new millennium – the financial crisis in 2009. These include flexible processes, emergency scenarios in the drawer and good liquidity planning.

Many companies are surprised that the work processes work largely without problems from the home office. While the abrupt changeover initially caused discomfort and skepticism, many companies have now gotten used to it. Störks believes that overnight millions of people can work from home with few restrictions: “The much criticized infrastructure in Germany is better than its reputation, even if there is room for improvement.”

New supply chains

The slightly improved mood also means that the companies are heading a little less internally towards the crisis. In 64 percent of the companies surveyed by PwC, investments are checked, postponed or even canceled if necessary. However, this does not affect future-oriented projects such as digital transformation.

A recent study by the Federal Association of German Management Consultants shows that companies are sticking to core investments, for example in digitization, if this is financially feasible for them. In difficult sectors like tourism and aviation, the scope of managers is much less.

New austerity programs with major job cuts are not yet in sight in the economy. Many troubled companies want to keep their employees and rely on government aid such as short-time work. Siemens boss Kaeser also refuses to resign. “Because of a temporary fluctuation in employment, nobody will leave Siemens at home,” he says.

But the cost pressure would increase significantly if the global economy fell into a longer period of weakness. 69 percent of the CFOs surveyed by PwC fear that this will happen.

Almost half assume that their supply chains are permanently disrupted and have to be reorganized. Very few were prepared for disturbances in a dimension such as that caused by Corona.

Complexity management

Another study that the Cologne-based purchasing consultancy Inverto carried out at the end of March with European and American participants shows how companies are now changing direction. They want to make their supply chain to Corona more crisis-proof and transparent and rely on closer and partner-like cooperation with the most important suppliers. The companies also want to increasingly look for local suppliers at their global locations.
The supply chains will remain complex even after the corona crisis. Hardly any management consultant assumes that global networking will change fundamentally.

It will be more about managing this complexity better. HR consultants like Egon Zehnder assume that the role and responsibility of supply chain managers in companies will increase significantly.

High demands are placed on them: “The leaders have to shape a culture that can deal with uncertainty and constant change,” says Egon Zehnder consultant Benjamin Lüpschen.

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Hubertus Heil does not want to become candidate for chancellor of the SPD

Hubertus Heil

The SPD politician does not want to be the top candidate of his party.

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Osnabruck Federal Minister of Labor Hubertus Heil does not want to run for the SPD for the chancellorship. Heil told the Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung (Wednesday) that he had no ambitions to apply for the office. At the same time, he praised the work of his party colleague Olaf Scholz: “Basically, Olaf Scholz does an excellent job. I experience that every day. ”The question currently is who the SPD will send to the Bundestag election next year, but“ not in the foreground, ”said Heil.

Salvation had been brought into play by former chancellor Gerhard Schröder among others as a possible candidate for chancellor for the SPD. Among other things, Schröder also mentioned Scholz as a possible candidate.

According to the “Insa opinion trend” for the “Bild” newspaper (Tuesday), the SPD is currently 15 percent. It would be in third place behind Union (38.5 percent) and Greens (16 percent). The Grand Coalition of Union and SPD as well as a black-green alliance would have a majority.

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Investors are heavily invested, increasing the risk of a setback

Dusseldorf With regard to the stock market, investors are currently asking three questions: Has the worst survived on the financial markets? Is it time to buy the stocks that sold the most? Or should the recovery be used to make the portfolio crisis-proof for the next low blow?

Sentiment expert Stephan Heibel describes the current mood as “wait and see neutral”. The owner of the analysis house Animusx evaluates the weekly Handelsblatt survey on stock market sentiment, called Dax-Sentiment, among more than 3500 investors.

As long as the facts about the future easing measures and the economic effects do not become clearer, Heibel’s view should not see any major swings in one direction or the other: “Downside potential threatens during the reporting season, because company numbers will become the extent of the economic trend in the coming days and weeks Show damage to the quarantine measures. “

However, the sentiment analysis this week does not provide a clear recommendation to investors’ questions. “Gains in prices such as the opening on today’s trading day are an opportunity to sell one or the other position in the portfolio in order to have enough cash for subsequent purchases in the event of a setback,” says Heibel.

After the panic mood in March followed the bargain hunters, who are currently taking their speculative profits with them. Now the Dax has left its sales level again. If prices continued to rise, individual stocks and sectors would again be overvalued in Heibel’s view.

Among other things, the investment quota is queried in his more extensive Animusx sentiment survey. This rate is already back at a relatively high level. Many investors are already heavily invested again, as the overbought constitution of the US stock barometer S&P 500 shows, which has risen too high too quickly. “This means that the possibility of a continuation of the recovery rally is limited in the short term, the risk of a setback is greater,” explains Heibel. Because if many investors are already heavily invested, few potential buyers remain.

Results of the current survey

Overall, the mood among investors is divided: relief on the one hand that Chancellor Angela Merkel took the direction of “easing” on Wednesday. Disappointment on the other hand about the moderate steps.

This can also be seen from the current results of the Handelsblatt survey Dax-Sentiment. The panicky mood of the previous weeks has evaporated, but nobody can really be happy about the low stock market level. The short-term sentiment is neutral.

Accordingly, complacency is not yet back. Uncertainty remains a dominant feeling among investors, because politicians have only announced action “on sight”. How long will this exceptional situation last? Uncertainty about the answer to this question continues to cause great uncertainty among shareholders.

Investor expectations are also slipping further in the Handelsblatt survey. With a minus of 0.3 the bears dominate over the bulls for the first time since February. Because the hope for a quick end to the measures has been destroyed. Everyone will have to live with the special situation longer than we previously imagined.

Before that, investors hoped for a short shutdown followed by a violent restart including a backlog that should more than compensate for the losses in the second half of the year.

Since this hope has been destroyed, investors no longer want to invest. The willingness to invest has also decreased further. At the end of March, this sub-area of ​​the Dax sentiment reached a historic high of 5.8, since the start of the survey in September 2014, more investors than ever have been invested. Now this value has dropped to just 1.1.

Look at other indicators

The Stuttgart Euwax sentiment, in which private investors trade, has dropped to minus 11.4. That leads to the conclusion: They are buying more hedging products against falling prices again because they fear a second sell-off wave.

The professionals who secure themselves through the Frankfurt derivatives exchange Eurex, on the other hand, are betting on further rising prices. The put-call ratio has dropped to 0.8 and the average is 1.5. Institutionals have bought significantly more calls.

In the weeks before, the hedging positions of investment professionals in the United States were significantly larger than in Germany. But the put-call ratio of the Chicago futures exchange CBOE is currently returning to a normal level.

The investment ratio in US fund manager shares rose only marginally from 27 percent to 29 percent and remains at a historically low level. US private investors remain pessimistic, the bull-bear ratio is minus eight percent.

The “fear and greed indicator” of the US stock markets, calculated on the basis of technical market data, now shows a neutral state of the markets again with 44 percent. Other short-term indicators indicate that a correction in the US equity markets is imminent.

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Union at 39 percent – SPD and Greens lose


The grand coalition comes to 55 percent in polls.

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Berlin According to a survey, the Union continues to gain popularity in the wake of the corona crisis. In the RTL / n-tv “Trend Barometer” of the Forsa Institute, the CDU / CSU increased by two percentage points to 39 percent compared to the previous week. This is currently the highest value of all larger survey institutes and at the level of August 2017, i.e. even before the last federal election (32.9).


Union polls continue to grow

CDU and CSU politicians

If the federal election were to take place next Sunday, the Union would reach 38 percent.

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Berlin The Union continues to gain approval in the corona crisis, according to a survey. As can be seen from the ARD “Germany Trend” (Friday), the CDU and CSU would theoretically win 38 percent of the vote in a Bundestag election next Sunday.

Compared to the survey two weeks ago, this is an increase of three percentage points. It is also the best Union value in the Infratest dimap survey since August 2017, i.e. for more than two and a half years.

The government partner SPD also increased, but only by one point to 17 percent. The grand coalition would thus have a total of 55 percent of the vote.

The other parties stagnate or lose. According to the poll, the Greens would become the second largest party and would get 19 percent (minus three percentage points). The AfD would come to nine percent (minus one percentage point), the left to unchanged seven percent, and the FDP would remain at five percent.

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Study: Investors are extremely pessimistic

New York Stock Exchange

Because of the corona virus, normal operation is currently not possible on the New York Stock Exchange.

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Frankfurt According to a survey by Bank of America (Bofa) Securities, 93 percent of investors expect a recession this year. They fear that numerous companies still have to withdraw their profit expectations. At the same time, they believe that the forecasts for global growth have largely dealt with the corona crisis.

The analysts of the fund company Fidelity expect the companies they watch to drop profits on average by 44 percent if the corona pandemic continues to dominate this year. In this case, more than half fear that their companies will then have solvency problems, which means that they will face serious difficulties.

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Investors should not run after rising prices

Dax on Tuesday

Private investors do not believe in a sustainable recovery in the stock markets. The institutionalists are braver.

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Dusseldorf The rising prices on the stock markets also have an impact on the mood of investors: They see the current situation much more relaxed than in the past few weeks. This is shown by the evaluation of the current Handelsblatt survey Dax-Sentiment, in which more than 3,500 investors are interviewed every week.

Despite the price gains and the more relaxed mood, sentiment expert Stephan Heibel remains with his assessment. “With prices going up, investors should continue to sell positions that they would not keep in a sell-off wave,” he says.

Investors should not run after the higher prices either, because the current quotations would reflect a great deal of hope – in his view, too much hope. The new company figures in the coming days and weeks should make valuations more realistic.

For weeks, Heibel has been warning of another setback, a second sell-off wave. Because according to sentiment theory, panic selling behavior is necessary for a floor from which prices can rise again.

At the same time, expectations for the future must collapse and investor optimism will turn into pessimism. “This has not yet been observed, and therefore there can be another wave of sales at any time, which will lead the Dax back to the lows at the end of March,” says the managing director of the analysis company AnimusX. As a reminder: On March 16, the Dax had dropped to 8255 points.


But optimism about the future is already waning significantly, contrary to the rising prices. According to Heibel, this could enable a second scenario on the markets.

Because if prices rise faster than many investors can take new positions, the price increases are considered unsustainable. Investors then believe in a technical rally, an intermediate recovery in the intact downward trend. Their belief in rising prices continues to fall until the pessimists gain the upper hand.

In this scenario, there would also be a second sell-off wave. “But it is no longer absolutely necessary for the Dax to slide back to the lows from the end of March,” explains Heibel.

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In this case, pessimists could gain the upper hand at a significantly higher course level, which would create a further prerequisite for sustainably rising courses. Why is pessimism so important? Every sustainable rally needs pessimism, because then only a few investors have bought and a lot of capital can still be used. A rally usually runs along a wall of doubt, is called a stock exchange wisdom, which is also an important part of sentiment analysis.

The DAX plus of eleven percent in the past trading week brightened the mood among investors by leaps and bounds. This shows the current evaluation. After the doomsday mood of the past few weeks, the sentiment currently only reaches a value of minus 0.5, which is almost neutral.

The leading German index has lost around 20 percent of its value since the beginning of the year. But that’s no longer the yardstick. Investors are looking to the gradual lifting of quarantine measures.

Have your expectations for the Dax been met in the past week?

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But the survey participants remain unsettled. The value of minus 2.8 when asked whether the expectations for the past trading week have been met remained unchanged despite significant DAX gains. This value usually increases – and with it the complacency of the investors – in parallel with higher share prices.

“Investors apparently missed the recovery in the Dax,” concludes the AnimusX managing director. Even those who got out early didn’t get back in and now have to watch the higher courses.

Future expectations are at 1.0, the lowest level since the outbreak of the corona crisis. The optimism of the past few weeks, when investors still viewed the crash as a cheap buying opportunity, is fading. There are concerns about whether a restart of our economy can really succeed so smoothly.

And these concerns also prevent investors from wanting to take new positions in the next two weeks. Willingness to invest has dropped to 1.7, which is also the lowest level since the outbreak of the corona crisis.

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Institutional investors and private investors show an opposite picture. The investor professionals who trade on the Frankfurt derivatives exchange Eurex are comparatively brave. They sold their hedges against falling prices in the rally last week and are more likely to speculate on further increases in prices.

Private investors, on the other hand, do not believe in a sustainable recovery on the stock markets and use put notes to hedge against a renewed sell-off wave.

In the United States, the hedging positions were also partially released, but there is still a long way to go in the long term on the net. The investment rate among US fund managers remains at a comparatively lower 24 percent.

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US private investors expect prices to fall: the bull / bear ratio stands at minus 15 and indicates a clearly “bearish” mood.

The “fear and greed indicator” of the US stock markets, calculated on the basis of technical market data, only signals moderate fear with a value of 33 percent. After the extreme fluctuations in the past few weeks, in which the value was only slightly above zero, the current situation can almost be described as neutral. Short-term technical indicators suggest an impending price correction for the US stock market.

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