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  • A survey of wealthy investors shows almost 90% think there are ways to make money in the current market, but more than two-thirds said the risks are still too high, which means there's plenty of money still sitting on the sidelines.  [View news story]
    It's a traders market, not buy and hold.
    Jun 15, 2009. 12:27 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Unemployment won't hit Great Depression peaks of 25%, economist Robert Murphy says, because it's unlikely today's government will make the same mistake Hoover made in the 1930s of forcing businesses to maintain wages. Still, with hyperdepression (a mix of hyperinflation and a serious recession) just around the corner, he predicts the economy "will be in the toilet for a decade."  [View news story]
    Unofficial unemployment in Los Angeles is already at 20%.

    The worst is yet to come in Cali.

    Before it's over, yes, unemployment will be 25% or more.

    And there won't be inflation--just deflation.
    Jun 15, 2009. 12:26 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Megan McArdle on why the housing bubble has not yet bottomed: "They bought near the height of the bubble. Yet they think their house has appreciated by nearly 10% in the intervening four years."  [View news story]
    >The market just doesn't seem to care.

    Now would be a great time for Deutsche Luftschiff to issue some new stock offerings!

    The Hindenburg was just an "unlucky" fluke..
    Jun 12, 2009. 06:38 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Playing the One-Armed Bandit at the Gas Pump [View article]
    >Playing the One-Armed Bandit at the Gas Pump

    But unlike Vegas, the Gas Pump "pays off" every single time with....


    I wish the whiners who complain about the "high gas prices" in the US (yes, I know they are manipulated--because it's a monopoly), but you guys should really get out of town more often and check out the gas prices all around the world:

    Gas is still cheap here.

    Jun 12, 2009. 02:46 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Assuming crude prices can stabilize anywhere near current levels, major oil stocks still look very cheap.  [View news story]
    I'm done with the Energy sector.

    Energy stocks seem to crash and burn just like other equities in market downturns.
    Jun 12, 2009. 12:47 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Boeing (BA -2.7%) leads Dow decliners after it forecast weaker commercial airplane demand over the coming two decades, citing the global economic downturn, slumping air traffic and volatile fuel prices. Here's Boeing's yearly Current Market Outlook.  [View news story]
    But Boeing is America's largest exporter.

    Know what this means?

    Oh, oh...
    Jun 11, 2009. 04:22 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Venezuela President Hugo Chavez bans Coke Zero (KO) in the country, citing unspecified health dangers.  [View news story]
    It's been known for awhile that drinking more than one soft drink daily — whether it’s regular or diet — may be associated with an increase in the risk factors for heart disease

    Smart guy!
    Jun 11, 2009. 04:21 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Rising Oil Prices: Good or Bad for Stocks? [View article]
    >We are in the bottom of the ninth inning of the hydrocarbon age...


    I'm looking forward to my hydrogen-powered flying car!

    Only a half inning to wait...
    Jun 11, 2009. 02:32 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Chamber of Commerce pledges to spend $100M in an effort to stem the "rapidly growing influence of government over private-sector activity." Which prompts the SEIU to launch a counter-campaign: "It's going to take more than a $100M PR campaign to make people believe that greedy CEOs have their best interests at heart."  [View news story]
    Since the private sector has basically failed, what makes you pinheads think the Gum'mint could ever possibly be WORSE than the "geniuses" who ran America into the ground?
    Jun 11, 2009. 01:47 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Neiman Marcus: A Balancing Act at the Margins [View article]
    Back in 1980, as a college student, I paid $75 for a Ralph Lauren Polo shirt at Needless Markups.

    In 2008 dollars that would cost $193.52.

    Now, that I'm not so young and foolish, I usually pay less than $25 for my shirts at Target...
    Jun 11, 2009. 11:42 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Do CEOs matter? Harris Collingwood flip-flops on the question, but Jim Manzi chimes in with a resounding yes.  [View news story]
    >Do CEOs matter?

    Why, yes!!!!

    Who else are the business journals going to fawn over?

    The workers?

    Phoenix Business Journal honors Most Admired CEOs
    Jun 10, 2009. 08:16 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • 10% unemployment, lower home values, limited credit and shrinking retirement funds will prompt Americans to save, thwarting stimulus efforts, a Bloomberg survey of economists predicts.  [View news story]
    Only 10% unemployment?


    Was there a new shipment from Columbia to Bloomberg recently?
    Jun 10, 2009. 08:13 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Ira Glass's This American Life stages its own version of 1930's-style hearings into the causes of the financial crisis, in lieu of Congress. "Today we pound a gavel and ask: Where were the watchmen?"  [View news story]
    If the Regulators can't or won't, then the Scribblers will!
    Jun 10, 2009. 04:49 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Will Rising Oil Prices Prevent a Recovery? [View article]
    >Will Rising Oil Prices Prevent a Recovery?


    This concludes another edition of "Simple answers for simple minded questions"...
    Jun 10, 2009. 01:02 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Three Stocks Going Ex-Dividend in Late June [View article]
    "This technique generally works only in bull markets."

    Folks, you've been officially warned!

    This strategy may have been "safe" back at the market bottom in March, but is now considerable riskier...
    Jun 9, 2009. 06:49 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment