Month

October 2011
In a weekend Wall Street Journal article entitled, When Funds Lend Stock, Who Gains? author Jason Zweig explains how a new study uncovered that many mutual fund managers skim proceeds from stock lending programs (mostly used in transactions for short sales.) In other words, mutual funds are lending stocks that investors own – but keep the majority of...
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These are the kinds of days that the stock market can make you scratch your head.  The news is overwhelmingly negative.  Yet the DJIA headed higher by 104 points. There is so much to say about today’s news.  I’d love to hit it all but don’t want to get lost.  Today, I start and stay...
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Many have already opined on the problem with the Wall Street “occupation” movement. Some say its lack of leadership, others insist it’s the lack of a coherent message, or unifying theme, like the Tea Party had when they began some years ago. Sure many Tea Partiers had ancillary issues that were important to their individual selves, but...
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The Dow Jones Industrial Average followed yesterday’s 247 point drop with a 180 point gain. The news looks the same, as seen with these Wall Street Journal headlines: Markdowns Put Goldman in the Red             BofA Swings to Profit in Muddled Quarter             France’s Credit Rating Under Pressure But today the market’s real nemesis fired another...
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European Woes Knock Stocks Back Down If you’ve been reading my blogs you know all about the global currency crisis – and that Europe is in real trouble. Yes. No question. But take a look at these other WSJ headlines from today’s cycle:             Wells Fargo Profit Rises, Revenue Slips             Accounting Gain Boosts Citigroup Profit...
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  YEAR-TO-DATE *                    THRU 10/14/2011 DJIA              +0. 6% 15-51I           +13.7%   You know, the secret to investment success is not: Buy Low and Sell High – it’s less is best. That’s what I demonstrate in LOSE YOUR BROKER NOT YOUR MONEY. Bigger is better in business – not investment. With investment, less is best. Superior 15-51 construction outperforms market construction every time – always, consistently, over...
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The fastest way to correct the course of the U.S. economy and add jobs is as follows: 1.     Cut Market Taxes (1): a.      Consumer/Individual: 25% Highest Rate, 5% Lowest Rate(2) b.      Business/Corporate: 15% Highest Rate, with deductions allowing rates as low as 5% c.   Investor/Long Term Capital Gains & Dividend Income: 15%, with deductions allowing rates as low as 5%(2) 2.      Raise Interest Rates...
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Two stories hit today that sent the Dow Jones Industrial Average soaring, ending up 339 points and almost 3%. A deal to restructure Greece’s debt was struck in Europe, and the US Bureau of Economic Analysis issued that Real GDP increased 2.5% – that’s growth from last quarter, not for the year. Here’s quarterly GDP growth...
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Right now Wall Street and talking heads are speculating about the possibility of a “double-dip recession.” This is semantics. The U.S. economy has been in recession for years now and has never truly recovered. A double-dip, therefore, is an impossibility. To plug the gap in GDP caused by the “financial crisis” of 2008 the US government has gone on an...
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When you know how “the market” works it’s much easier to predict than the weather.  That makes stormy days like today easy to see coming, which in turn makes them easier to handle and manage. Nothing has changed.  Recession isn’t a real possibility — it’s a reality.  A global currency crisis still exists, and unlike the “financial...
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