What does September hold for the Dow?

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The chart below, courtesy of Chart of the Day, illustrates the Dow Jones Industrial Index’s average performance for each calendar month since 1950 (blue bars) and 1980 (gray bars) respectively. While the strongest upward movement in stocks has historically occurred during the November to January period, September has proven to be the most difficult month for stocks. […]

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Will a Fed rate-cutting program bail out Wall Street?

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In my posting of August 17 I gave reasons why the Fed’s cut of the discount window rate on that day did not come as a surprise. Given the severity of the credit squeeze and the ramifications for the US economy at large, I also commented that a number of rate cuts […]

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Temporary stock market bounce or sustainable rally?

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Sarah Connor’s lyrics “Get up and move, Don’t make me act a fool, Just bounce” come to mind when reviewing the performance of financial markets since the Fed’s emergency discount rate cut on August 17.

The invariable question is to what extent the actions of the Fed and other central […]

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Words from the wise for the week that was (August 18 to 24, 2007)

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I spend a very large amount of time reading investment-related material. In order to share some of the more interesting snippets with readers, I have decided to add a new section to the blog – Words from the Wise – where I will regularly publish a number of quotations from market commentators. […]

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Why the Fed’s rate cut did not come as a surprise

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Since hitting a peak on July 16, the meltdown in global stock markets has taken place with lightning speed. Given the fact that more than 10% (using the Dow Jones World Index as a proxy for global stocks) has already been wiped off investors’ scoreboards, the question invariably is how low can […]

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Crashing stock markets – Hoofy & Boo causing a laugh

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The video clip of Jim Cramer ranting and raving about the credit squeeze stirred up huge interest in the financial world. And, true to the fast-moving pace of events, Hoofy the Bull and Boo the Bear did not waste any time hooking up to the action and giving meaning to the term “market meltdown”. […]

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