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What Happened Last Week and What It Means to You: December 1st, 2022

Week Ending November 25th, 2022

The silence is deafening!!!

Biden approves Chevron to drill for oil in Venezuela…What about the USA?

What does it mean – You just can’t make this stuff up. President Biden will allow Chevron to “Build Back Better” in Venezuela, while American citizens get stuck with higher energy and oil prices here in the USA because of his executive orders to shut down oil leases, close refineries, and severely limiting our oil production here in the USA. You just can’t make this stuff up and where is the media?


World Economic Forum declares China a roll model…World Economic Forum founder and Chair Klaus Schwab recently sat down for an interview with a Chinese state media outlet and proclaimed that China was a “role model” for other nations. 

What does it mean – The media must love censorship, destruction of free speech and the believes that capitalism is evil, yet we have nearly 6,000 years that proves that communism and socialism destroys wealth creation and does not work. This has nothing to do with COVID.

Globalists like Klaus Schwab cheer on China. Trudeau and our President are silent while China locks down nearly 180 cities and roughly 60% of its GDP to fight Covid protests with tanks in the streets. We know lock downs do not prevent the spread of the Chinese Virus or protect the economy. Lock downs simply do not work. Yet, the Media says nothing about this and are complicit in supporting this policy until the corporate media gets roughed up.

Corporate Media gets roughed up. China arrests BBC journalist Ed Lawrence and beats him…Just days after World Economic Forum founder Klaus Schwab praises China as a role model. Chinese Communist thugs beat BBC journalist and American Media is almost completely silent.

What does it mean – Corporate Media has sold its sole to China and Big Government. Profits over morals. A sure recipe for disaster. Ask Russia, Cuba, Disney, CNN, MSNBC and the NY Times to name a few.


Apple sides with China…Per request from China, Apple rigs AirDrop to block free speech, a crucial tool of dissent in China just weeks prior to widespread protests.

What does it mean – Several American companies have caved to pressures from the Chinese Communist Party in order to make a buck in the totalitarian dystopia at the expense of implicitly endorsing the despotic government’s human rights abuses. Apple is the latest to rush to the CCP’s aid.

On Nov. 9, when Apple released a new version of its mobile operating system, iOS 16.1.1 (I unfortunately fell for the upgrade) to customers worldwide. Rather than listing new features, as it often does, the company simply said, “This update includes bug fixes and security updates and is recommended for all users.”

Hidden in the update was a change that only applies to iPhones sold in mainland China: AirDrop can only be set to receive messages from everyone for 10 minutes, before switching off. There’s no longer a way to keep the “everyone” setting on permanently on Chinese iPhones. The change, first noticed by Chinese readers of 9to5Mac, doesn’t apply anywhere else.

At least not yet. Wait until our government convinces Apple or “big Tech” to use this tool or others to block “disinformation” or tell you what is real and what is not. It seemed like yesterday (ok it is still happening) the government used big tech to validate or promote its disinformation policies regarding COVID related issues or concerns from everyday Americans. Again, silence from most of the media and our President.

I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving.


Let’s roll America!!

Doug De Groote, CFP®, MBA, CTC
Managing Director

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Previously, Andrew served as CIO with Kelly Financial in Boston Massachusetts since 2013. He is a licensed investment advisor representative and insurance producer. He graduated from Saint Francis University with a bachelor’s degree in both finance and accounting. He is a candidate for CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ designation. Andrew holds life insurance licenses in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Connecticut.

Andrew is passionate about serving his clients and investment management and how to apply news and current events to investment decisions. He played Division 1 golf in college, and still enjoys playing and watching the sport in his free time.

David Darst

Co-Chief Information Officer

David Martin Darst, CFA is an Investment Advisor to DeGroote Financial Group, specializing in asset allocation and product selection. Previously, David served for 17 years as a Managing Director and Chief Investment Strategist at Morgan Stanley Wealth Management, with the responsibility for Asset Allocation and Investment Strategy. He joined Morgan Stanley in 1996 from Goldman Sachs, where he held Senior Management Posts within the Equities Division and earlier, for six years as Resident Manager of their Private Bank in Zurich.

David is the author of 13 books, including bestsellers The Art of Asset Allocation, 2nd Edition (McGraw-Hill), and The Little Book that Still Saves Your Assets (John Wiley & Sons). He also appears as a frequent guest on CNBC, Bloomberg, FOX, PBS, and others, and has contributed articles across a variety of publications.

David graduated with a BA in Economics from Yale University, and earned his MBA from Harvard Business School. He has lectured extensively at Wharton, Columbia, INSEAD, and New York University Business Schools, and for nine years, David served as a visiting member at Yale College, Yale School of Management, and Harvard Business School. He is a CFA Charterholder and a member of the New York Society of Security Analysts and the CFA Institute. 

Doug De Groote

Managing Director

Doug is a Certified Financial Planner™ (CFP®) with an MBA in Financial Planning, and is an active member of the Financial Planning Association (FPA). Before establishing De Groote Financial Group, Doug founded the United Wealth Management division of United Capital. Prior to that, Doug was a partner at Crowell, Weedon and Co. He regularly contributes to a variety of financial and general media.

Doug’s passion, and what he believes, is that everyone deserves the opportunity; they deserve to have the freedom and responsibility to be pro-active in achieving independence and financial success.

Doug’s life is focused around his family, wife and three children, and making sure they get the foundation that is necessary for them to have the awareness of the opportunities that abound in our great country.

Doug helps increase his client’s awareness and success, to identify and take advantage of opportunities that present themselves and help protect them from some of the pitfalls or obstacles that are thrown in our paths. With regards to their financial circumstances, Doug helps his clients identify their goals, plan for various outcomes and manage their assets to help them make their vision a reality.