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  • Curiously Weak Consumer Confidence [View article]
    Maybe some, but I feel there are a lot who went from a foreclosed home to the in-laws or the street.
    Dec 29, 2010. 12:48 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Curiously Weak Consumer Confidence [View article]
    Mmmmmm. Sounds too much like 1937 here.
    Dec 29, 2010. 12:02 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • There was much excitement about the revival in consumer spending this holiday season, but the celebration may have been premature. Many consumers simply plan to cut back in January to make up for their splurges in December.  [View news story]
    I don't know how the hell they know what anyone is going to do. What did they do, talk to their friends?
    Dec 28, 2010. 09:23 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Stocks Are Overdue for a Correction [View article]
    MG1948 - I can only parrot your comment. Those of us lucky enough to get year end bonus' are wishing for a buying opportunity.
    Dec 28, 2010. 07:11 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Valuing Market Worries: The Year in Review (And Why We've Still Not Reached a Market Top) [View article]
    Which means they believe that no one knows where the market is going.
    Dec 26, 2010. 05:22 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Valuing Market Worries: The Year in Review (And Why We've Still Not Reached a Market Top) [View article]
    And all of those are on the SA site.
    Dec 25, 2010. 07:04 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Valuing Market Worries: The Year in Review (And Why We've Still Not Reached a Market Top) [View article]
    Sorry, trying to get out of here.("work") One of the magical properties of the DJ is wealth built out of vapor. Maybe more a comment than a question.
    Dec 23, 2010. 02:39 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Valuing Market Worries: The Year in Review (And Why We've Still Not Reached a Market Top) [View article]
    Like wealth built out of vapor?
    Dec 23, 2010. 02:14 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Initial Jobless Claims: -3K to 420K vs. 418K consensus. Continuing claims -103K to 4,064,000.  [View news story]
    I'm sure you wouldn't mind having one of your kids parking their "mobile home" outside your house for a few months, with a water hose and extension cord snaking through your front lawn.
    Dec 23, 2010. 01:47 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • With the VIX recently dropping to a three-year low of 15.45, Bill Luby warns investors not to get too excited about the recent lack of volatility - at least not for this time of year. Case in point: In five of the last eight years, the annual low fell during the week before Christmas.  [View news story]
    Yeah, really, so what.
    Dec 23, 2010. 01:39 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Valuing Market Worries: The Year in Review (And Why We've Still Not Reached a Market Top) [View article]
    I'm referring to the time before the dot-com bubble, yet another time my portfolio took a bad spanking.
    Dec 23, 2010. 12:02 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Initial Jobless Claims: -3K to 420K vs. 418K consensus. Continuing claims -103K to 4,064,000.  [View news story]
    Yet, why does everyone want to live there?
    Dec 23, 2010. 08:53 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • A strange note today from the SF Fed says mortgage lenders weren't irrational during the years leading up to the housing market implosion. "The bad news," ahem, "is that rational pricing is predicated on assumptions about underlying house prices that may have seemed reasonable at the time the loans were made, but proved to be disastrously inaccurate after the fact."  [View news story]
    In the '80's, when refinancing, an appraiser asked ME what I wanted the appraised price of my house. Just in case I wanted a Mercedes (heck, I couldn't afford any new car). This crap has been going on for years.
    Dec 21, 2010. 09:19 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • A strange note today from the SF Fed says mortgage lenders weren't irrational during the years leading up to the housing market implosion. "The bad news," ahem, "is that rational pricing is predicated on assumptions about underlying house prices that may have seemed reasonable at the time the loans were made, but proved to be disastrously inaccurate after the fact."  [View news story]
    So, do nothing then? Or have Congress take the reins?
    Dec 21, 2010. 09:15 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Illinois Tool Works (ITW) is a winner, says Barron's, calling the company a 'powerhouse of invention' and pointing to its global expansion and post-crisis rebound in revenue and earnings. Shares are underpriced, and could rise 20% or more. (See other recent Barron's picks.)  [View news story]
    It is a bit amazing how many "mom and pop" machine shops there are. We have some older equipment in our facility and need to have some parts fabricated. Handy to have a shop around that can do the work. They do get pretty hurt by recessions, though, when capitol spending stops they have no outlet for their goods.
    Dec 20, 2010. 11:49 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
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