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  • Freaked-Out Friday: Has CNBC Gone Too Far? [View article]
    The government funds a very tiney percentage of operating costs. NPR is mostly funded by the listeners (and commercials, yes, I call them commercials).
    May 24, 2010. 08:52 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Freaked-Out Friday: Has CNBC Gone Too Far? [View article]
    Listen to NPR a lot. Planet Money has had excellent commentary explaining this whole mess. Some think the news is all left wing, but far from it. Only station where you can hear interviews with captains and colonels on the battlefield. Heck, they even invite Fox commentators to discuss the week's news on Fridays. And no screaming allowed.
    May 21, 2010. 02:24 PM | 12 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Freaked-Out Friday: Has CNBC Gone Too Far? [View article]
    I live right above the Kentucky border in Ohio. Can't wait for the editorials in tomorrow's papaers.
    May 21, 2010. 02:15 PM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Three Men and a Quandary [View article]
    I used to lose sleep over markets like this, no longer. Like you, been through this too many times.
    May 21, 2010. 01:58 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Three Men and a Quandary [View article]
    Cynical, but true. Except for dividends and interest, any dollar made investing comes out of someone else's pocket.
    May 21, 2010. 01:55 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Thoughts on the Markets, Sovereign Debt, The EU and the Right Time to Invest [View article]
    I'll apply for Sec. of Treasury. Maybe there will be an opening.
    May 21, 2010. 11:04 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Thoughts on the Markets, Sovereign Debt, The EU and the Right Time to Invest [View article]
    I have a hard time believing that if we had let bankrupt banks fail, there would not have been a domino effect causing more institutions to fail. The failure of Lehman is an example. Banks were allowed to fail the first four years of the Great Depression, with disastrous results.
    I would be on your side with this if the government had a plan in place to take-over failed institutions and then liquidate them in an orderly fashion. Even after the fact there is a political backlash against government interference. I suppose firms could be liquidated the same way the FDIC takes over and than sells failed banks, minus any insurance payouts to equity holders.
    I certainly could not disagree with you that equity holders and creditors should have been the biggest losers, and not the American taxpayer, who could.
    May 21, 2010. 10:06 AM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Abbott Laboratories (ABT) agrees to buy the Healthcare Solutions unit of India's Piramal Healthcare for a total of $3.72B, with $2.1B upfront, turning Abbott into the largest drug company in India. Piramal -11.8% in Indian trading. (PR)  [View news story]
    Caught my eye too. I own Abbott, wonder what will do to their price.
    May 21, 2010. 07:45 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Treasury will auction $113B in nearer-term notes next week - $42 in two-year notes on Tuesday, $40B in five-year notes on Wednesday and $31B in seven-year notes on Thursday. Treasury futures sharply higher with today's stock slump: 30-year Tsy +1.16%; 10-year +0.76%.  [View news story]
    Selling treasuries now because there is a demand.
    May 20, 2010. 11:40 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Eurozone governments are doing everything they can to ensure the region slides into "depression," Charles Dumas at Lombard Street Research says. But the euro's fall is actually "very good news" because European exporters would benefit from the expansion in the rest of the world, counters economist Charles Wyplosz.  [View news story]
    And if anyone has money left to buy their goods, no matter how cheap they become.
    May 20, 2010. 11:08 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • The bulls' camp is a person shorter today, as Dan Sullivan of the Chartist mails clients to say he's going from 100% in equities to 100% in cash.  [View news story]
    All we need is more bulls to turn into bears, then it will be time to buy!!
    May 19, 2010. 02:27 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Some economists are terming the consumer price reports (I, II) as "benign," but how can that be when everything from deleveraging to trans-Atlantic regulating is pointing toward the return of the deflation meme?  [View news story]
    Right. As usual, on this site comments have been made that inflation is much higher than today's numbers tell.
    May 19, 2010. 01:51 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Anchoring, Negativity, Popularity and Dow 5000 [View article]
    Exactly. I am repeating myself on this site, but living by a stiff ideology won't let uou bend with the economic winds.
    May 18, 2010. 12:54 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • NAHB Housing Market Index: +3 to 22, highest since August 2007. All three components up: Current sales conditions +3 to 23, prospective buyer traffic +2 to 16, and six-month sales expectations +3 to 28. All regions posted gains; northeast +14 to 35.  [View news story]
    Inflow of scared Europeans money coming into US keeping rates down.
    May 18, 2010. 07:56 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • NAHB Housing Market Index: +3 to 22, highest since August 2007. All three components up: Current sales conditions +3 to 23, prospective buyer traffic +2 to 16, and six-month sales expectations +3 to 28. All regions posted gains; northeast +14 to 35.  [View news story]
    I'm from the northeast. Amazing how many people buy houses in FL just to live in a few months a year for the warmer weather. A lot of those same people eventually move back when living away from family (caretakers) becomes to much.
    May 17, 2010. 02:32 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
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