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  • Why Bubbles Can't Be Stopped [View article]
    i am on board with alajac. i don't know if 1/2 percent is a good number, but some reward or penalty has to implemented to promote long term investment which is healthy for economic growth.
    Aug 29, 2008. 11:21 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Reason to Ignore Most Economists [View article]
    between the fed and the president's market intervention task force, i do not see much downward movement from here in the market. the real problem is there is no upside. because we will have no bloodletting, we cannot have a strong market recovery. the fundamentals which caused this mess need repairing. the economy will limp like a three legged deer from now until hell freezes over.
    Aug 29, 2008. 04:40 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Do the Olympics Matter to Markets? [View article]
    lighten up. the news is mostly negative and a little creativity with meaningless facts breaks up an otherwise bad day.
    Aug 27, 2008. 12:27 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Pelosi Factor - Cramer's Mad Money (8/25/08) [View article]
    let me explain the markets.......
    1) little thought given to underlying fundamentals;
    2) too much pressure on boosting stock prices;
    3) mathematical theory is king.

    the markets will take off again too early and fall like a rock.
    Aug 27, 2008. 12:22 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Don't Confuse the Stock with the Company, or the Market with the Economy [View article]
    i also want to commend your article. i know that you must buy the stock and not the company. but coming from the operations side in a company, this has always seemed wrong to me. should we ponder how healthy this approach is to a companies long term competitiveness?
    Aug 26, 2008. 11:57 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Using Historical Averages Can Make Money in Stocks [View article]
    in summary, the market is down. the market is within historical averages. the market will go up again. the experts will help us understand when again is. the market is volatile and individual stocks go up and down. so we should by an index stock. the end.

    Aug 26, 2008. 11:39 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Dollar and Trade Deficit: How Does Productivity Fit In? [View article]
    i can tell you that the chinese labor cost per work unit is literally zero. the chinese are most cost competitive when labor is a large component of a price. i personally do not believe productivity growth is overstated.
    Aug 26, 2008. 11:30 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Is the Market Going Up From Here? [View article]
    where is the growth potential for this market?? for what fundamental reason should it go up except because we want it to. you can draw curves of past performance and try to extrapolate but there a growth inhibitors present today - and a lot of uncertainty.
    Aug 26, 2008. 10:59 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Reign of Uncertainty in Financial Markets [View article]
    "..... either of the two candidates has given us a clear idea of what we can expect from them in the economics or financial arena if they are elected President"

    the president has little influence over the economy except in regulation. he cannot revise the tax rate. we are listening to bs from the candidates. the only thing a president seems to be able to do is make war.
    Aug 26, 2008. 10:51 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Macro Trends Spell Doom for Banks and Their Profits [View article]
    the strengthening of the dollar is not good news for exports. worldwide gdp growth may be limited to india and china. watch usa exports falter. there appears to be 10 big negatives on the horizon and no positives - this may explain why the news is so negative.
    Aug 26, 2008. 10:36 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Picture of a Market Scared of Its Own Shadow [View article]
    it is not fear driving the market - it is lack of positive fundamentals. if you believe GDP growth is basically zero, what stock deserves a higher price. the perma-bulls keep trying for a rally that has no foundation. relax, this might be a very long fall and winter.
    Aug 26, 2008. 10:26 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Looming Financial Catastrophe: A Real Inconvenient Truth [View article]
    this is a great article. the recommended actions are wrong.

    to dream we can change things requiring a constitutional amendment will not happen. to think any particular philosophy will change the course of the USA is a dream.

    there is only one solution which will work. vote everyone out of office (even if you agree with them). when the next election comes up and things have not improved - vote everyone out of office. the situation today is complex and simple solutions using campaign slogans are bull sh*t. we need leaders who will work together and solve problems. the president and congress should be looked at as if it was one party or one person. do good = re-elect. do bad = bye-bye.
    Aug 25, 2008. 12:03 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • A Quick Review of I.O.U.S.A. [View article]
    I think it is against Mr. Buffett's interests to alarm. I was baffled by the market going up on Friday after the CNBC meeting with him.

    I also believe that the economic train wreck analogy caused by the debt is too severe. To me, the economic results of the increasing debt will closely parallel the speed of a train as the grade it needs to climb continues to increase.
    Aug 24, 2008. 11:21 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Markets Will Reward the Patient [View article]
    Kunal, i don't see where the market will be getting its legs from. the consumer does not seem capable of stimulating the market. now the talking heads are saying the foreign markets as still linked to the US market. the problem here is the perma-bulls trying to push the market up before the fundamentals are in place for a long term bull market to run. before talking the market up, let it heal for another six months and see how things are then.
    Aug 24, 2008. 12:41 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The New CPI Is Better, More Precise Than the Old CPI [View article]
    i am going to repeat a previous post i have made - the cpi is very inaccurate on the short haul, but seems okay when you compare say a 10 year period.

    Dr. Perry, there is nothing wrong (and to me very educational) with what you have presented. but the average american is spending 10% or more today than they did a year ago - or they have cut their household expenditures by 10% to make ends meet. it is obvious to the average wage earner inflation is in double digits.

    a short term index centered on food, clothing, and energy should be issued. the cost of shelter is fixed in the short haul for 99% of the people. the rest of the index is unnecessary as it can be classified as discretionary purchases.
    Aug 22, 2008. 08:36 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment