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  • Risk Aversion Reigns Supreme!

    * Currencies under dollar pressure * How strong can yen get? * TARP... * ECB rate questions... ** Risk Aversion Reigns Supreme! Good day... And a Terrific Tuesday to you! I'm draggin' the line this morning, but will get through this with my usual you know what and vinegar! The euro is trading at a one month low this morning, and the high yielders are getting stepped on again after enjoying a month a risk taking in the sun. That about explains everything, so I'll go the Big Finish now... Gotcha! Let's see what else is up on this cold and blustery Terrific Tuesday... So... It looks as though Risk Aversion is reigning supreme once again. I just don't buy into the dollar being the "safe haven" with all that's going on here. But, that's the way it is, and I can't change it. On a side bar, I used to have a customer that was convinced that I could move the markets with the Pfennig... I always thanked him for his complimentary remarks, but would hang up and have a chuckle, as IF I could change the way things are with my simple, humble little newsletter!...
  • Time to Start Averaging Back in

    Economics This Week’s Data The November trade deficit declined to $40.4 billion from October’s $56.7 billion; expectations were for a $52 billion number. Reason for such a positive performance? Oil prices. http://www.calculatedriskblog.com...
  • Market Vertigo

    I get a lot of newsletters from money managers around the country, which I try and read as they are written by people who are “in the trenches,” actually making decisions on behalf of their clients. It broadens my perspective. Frankly, most are not all that well written and unimaginative, but who ever said writing was easy? But some really strike a chord with me. Today’s Outside the Box I have read twice, which is unusual for me. Cliff Draughn is a wealth manager in Savannah, Georgia (Draughn Partners) and a good friend. His letter is a wide ranging tome on a variety of topics, but is full of common sense and one that I think will resonate with readers. I trust you will enjoy this....
  • A Jobs Disaster!

    * Retail Jobs are cut in December! * Dollar rallies on renewed Trading Theme... * Looking for the Obama bounce... * High yielders get sold... ** A Jobs Disaster! Good day... And a Marvelous Monday to you! A grand weekend for yours truly with time spent resting, watching football, Alex play basketball, dinner with friends, and finally a wonderful dinner with my kids as we celebrated my oldest son, Andrew's, birthday. Whew! I'm at work about an hour earlier than usual this morning, as I couldn't sleep, and just decided to get up and come in... UGH! OK... Well, the big news this morning, is that the Jobs Jamboree was just awful, but "not as bad as some forecast" and therefore the dollar rallied. OK, I'm shaking my head in disgust too, but that's what the headlines reported later in the day on Friday, as the reason for the dollar rally. But let's get to the meat of the Jobs report... First of all, jobs lost in December were -525K, which was bang on the forecasts. But here's the two things I found to be very scary in the report... First of all, November's awful print of -533K was revised downward to -584K (recall, I questioned a month ago if it would reach -600K on the revision)... And here's the really scary number... -67K Retail jobs were cut in December... That's right, December! The month when retailers are supposed to be on fire!...
  • The Morning Call-1/12/08

    Economics This Week’s Data Other Consumer deleveraging, has it only started? http://www.ritholtz.com/blog/2009/01/consumer-deleveraging-only-just-begun/ Investment in commercial office space: http://www.calculatedriskblog.com/2009/01/office-investment...
  • Reality Will Intrude on Obama’s Energy Plan

    This week, President-elect Barack Obama is being measured for his inaugural tuxedo, even as oil investors wonder what an Obama administration will mean for the oil and gas markets. Make no mistake, Obama is no friend of big oil – heck, he made opposition...
  • The Closing Bell-1/10/09

    Statistical Summary Current Economic Forecast 2008 Real Growth in Gross Domestic Product (GDP): -1.0 - +1.0% Inflation: 2-3% Growth in Corporate Profits: 0-5% 2009 Real Growth in Gross Domestic Product: -1.0 - -2.0% Inflation: 1-2 % Growth in Corporate...
    Posted to Steve Cook on Disciplined Investing by Steve Cook on 01-10-2009
  • Forecast 2009: Deflation and Recession

    Where are we headed in 2009? We will explore that in detail over the next few issues of Thoughts from the Frontline, but today we will start with some of the larger forces which will have a major impact on the economies of the world, and I will end with my usual attempt to forecast the various markets. We will look at deflation, deleveraging, the fallout from the stimulus plans (note plural), housing, consumer spending, unemployment, and a lot more. There is a lot to cover. But first two quick announcements....
  • 2009 a Key Year for Roth IRA Conversions

    Converting a traditional IRA to a Roth IRA has been a valuable tool to consider since the Roth was created in 1997. There are two reasons why a conversion is worth far more consideration now than in the past . First, a brief review of the basics. A Roth...
  • Valuations and Trading

    I’ve been posting here at Investor’s Insight since July under the name of my small-cap advisory newsletter, Growth Report . But that’s changing. I started writing a daily e-letter in October called Daily Profit . I’ll be sharing...
    Posted to Daily Profit by Ian Wyatt on 01-09-2009
  • A New Year’s Jobs Jamboree Friday...

    * Will the ADP report be a good indicator? * China to slow treasury purchases? * Gold as a store of wealth... * Dealing with the devil... ** A Jobs Jamboree Friday... Good day... And a Happy Friday to one and all! A Fantastico Friday, as it is forecast to get to 50 degrees today here in St. Louis. Never mind that tomorrow's high will be 29! It doesn't take away from today! What a trading day in the currencies yesterday... Whew! It's a Jobs Jamboree Friday, so let's not beat around the bush... It's time to Jamboree! Today is the day the Gov't prints the December Jobs Jamboree, and if Wednesday's ADP report did what they said it was going to, and that is change their methodology to mirror the BLS (Bureau of Labor Statistics) then this morning's Jobs Jamboree will be a nightmare. Of course not the kind of nightmare that the over 2.5 million people that lost jobs in 2008 had! I was once in those numbers, as our old Bank, Mark Twain Bank, was bought by a bigger bank, Mercantile Bank, and Mercantile decided after a few months to perform ethnic cleansing of Mark Twain employees... I called it "my retirement" but with a 3 year old at home and on my lap most of the day, "retirement" couldn't last too long! My point is that you don't know the emptiness and failure you feel when they show you the door... So my thoughts are always with those that lose their jobs......
  • Test investor reaction to NFP number, then maybe lighten up.

    \ Economics This Week’s Data December non farm payroll fell 524,000 versus expectations of a 500,000 decline; unemployment rose to 7.2% versus estimates of 7.9% and 6.7% recorded in November. While worse than officially anticipated, the universe...
  • Association for Investor Awareness - Week of 01/08/2009

    In This Issue:

    It's Time To Start Looking Beyond Current Woes
    A Big Cash Horde Is Always Bullish
    When It Comes To Rebounds, Too Early Beats Too Late
    Eight Blue Chips Many Pros Are Buying
    The Bottom Line This Week

    There's nothing like the start of a new year to shake investors out of a funk. It happened again a few days ago when the market rallied as the first of January approached. The week the calendar turned over, the Dow and the Nasdaq went up an impressive 6.1% and 6.7% respectively. It was an encouraging end to a dismal year that saw the two indices plunge 33.8% and 40.5% - the third worst performance in recent memory.

    Alas, it is far too early to declare an end to the bear market. With manufacturing and home sales dropping to very low levels, it is clear that the economy is still sinking. But as we will discuss later, that doesn't mean that a recovery is off the table for late 2009.

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  • Iran: Using Oil as a Weapon, But Only Rhetorically

    The hottest media topic of the New Year is the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in Gaza. And as I was reading the New York Times on Tuesday, I came across this sentence in one of the articles that was staggeringly truthful and more than a little unsettling in its implications for me as an investor. 'There are other ways to construe the context of this conflict of course. But no matter what, Israel's diplomats know that if journalists are given a choice between covering death and covering context, death wins.' Now, I'm NOT trying to get into a debate about the rights and wrongs of either side, but if you're an investor, and you're trying to make decisions about where this conflict might drive oil prices, for example, then context is everything. And according to the New York Times, if you're relying on journalists for context, forget it. But you do have an alternative....
  • Trillion Dollar Deficits For Years To Come...

    * CBO forecasts $1.2 Trillion Budget deficit! * And we can expect more! * ADP shows job losses mounting big time! * Brazil's real reverses course... ** Trillion Dollar Deficits For Years To Come... Good day... And a Tub Thumpin' Thursday to you! I had not realized it was Thursday until I began writing this morning! I had been buying breakfast sandwiches for the trading desk on Thursdays, and I'm sure a few people will be wondering what happened when there are no sandwiches this morning... I simply lost track of the days! UGH! Well... There are two major things on the docket for the front and center piece today, both tell us a lot, but I think I'm going to go with the announcement of the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) yesterday afternoon as the lead story, and the ADP jobs report as the second story... So, let's go to the tape!...