Archive for April 2009

The Fed’s All-Clear, Wall Street Rejoicing, Dollar-Swine Flu Link, Obama’s First 100 Days, and More!

by Addison Wiggin & Ian Mathias Fed sounds a tentative all-clear… Wall Street’s Pavlovian response But wait, what’s this? Poor unemployment, consumer spending figures… bahhh! Dollar retains its strength… Bill Jenkins on a possible swine flu explanation Assessing Obama’s first… Read More

“Less Awful” GDP, Watching the Fed, Dividend Strategies, China “Monetizing” Gold, and More!

by Addison Wiggin & Ian Mathias The granddaddy of "less awful" numbers… Unpacking first-quarter GDP Guessing the Fed’s next move… Marc Faber on what’s coming no matter what An awful year for income investors… Jim Nelson on avoiding the minefields… Read More

Housing “Stabilizing,” Rate Cut Substitutes, “Pathological Hatred,” a No-Brainer Trade, and More!

by Addison Wiggin & Ian Mathias Cause for celebration? The home price number that’s "less awful" Fed and Treasury plot Wednesday moves… Amoss on what to expect in lieu of rate cuts Insights from Byron King’s power lunch… "Pathological hatred"… Read More

Swine Flu Money Moves, Fed’s Wishful Thinking, Gold’s Next Milestone, Housing Happy Talk, and More!

by Addison Wiggin & Ian Mathias Health crisis yields financial opportunity? Mayer looks behind swine flu headlines The Fed’s unicorn strategy: If you can’t be paid to borrow money, what’s the next best thing Gold holds above $900… Alan Knuckman’s… Read More

China’s Gold Rush, Treasury Trepidation, Lewis vs. Paulson, Brushing Off Bad News, and More!

by Addison Wiggin & Ian Mathias Another sign China’s ditching the dollar? Gold holdings overtake the Swiss Chuck Butler on the Treasury auction that might "break the proverbial camel’s back" Market celebrates awful numbers because they’re better than expected Somebody’s… Read More

Analysts Clash, American’s Aren’t Moving, Stock Outlook, New Sector to Watch, and More!

by Addison Wiggin & Ian Mathias A.F. analysts clash… can the niche retailer survive the credit crunch? Crisis begets steadfast citizens… Americans move about the country at lowest rate in 47 years A long-term outlook on the American stock market… Read More

Total Financial Losses, Tuition Costs, EPA Decree, Coming Oil Shortage and More!

by Addison Wiggin & Ian Mathias Global banks alone lose over $4 trillion… on track to eclipse total tech bubble losses Another nasty credit crunch byproduct… public schools set to jack up tuition fees How Tim Geithner sparked a market… Read More

Obama’s Budget “Cuts,” The Copper Standard, German Confidence, Piracy Trends and More!

by Addison Wiggin & Ian Mathias Obama’s “drop in a bucket”… our first (baby) step toward fiscal responsibility Rob Parenteau on a “built-in contradiction” in the Fed’s credit crisis strategy Forget gold — is China planning to adopt a “copper… Read More

Volcker’s Forecast, End of The Sucker Rally, Investing in Cuba and More!

by Addison Wiggin & Ian Mathias Warnings from a man who knows… Paul Volcker on the current crisis Amoss and Denning on the end of the financial rally… and what sector will suffer next Chris Mayer on Cuba… investments worth… Read More

The Second Wave, A Gold Play, Your VIX Fix, A Favored Sector and More!

by Addison Wiggin & Ian Mathias First major commercial real estate player bites the dust… the second wave cometh But market cheers, again… stocks rally, VIX down to significant level Greg Guenthner on portfolio strategy in a choppy market Byron… Read More