Stock market internals – further headway in 2009?

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Ushering in the new year, investors will not only be hung over from 2008’s financial rout, but also still be grappling with the vital question: What is the most likely direction of the stock market? Breadth indicators are useful tools to assess how the bulls and the bears are exerting themselves, and are analyzed in this post. […]






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History repeats itself in different hues – Japan vs US

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Several questions pertaining to the Japanese economic crisis and quantitative easing have been trickling in as unprecedented economic and financial events unfold in the US. This Q&A, courtesy of Asha Bangalore (Northern Trust), is a bird’s eye view of the trying period of Japan’s economic history and recent developments in the US economy. […]






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Words from the (investment) wise for the week that was (Dec 22 – 28, 2008)

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Investors spent the holiday-shortened Christmas week in an un-merry mood, digesting more gloomy economic data and taking stock of a tumultuous 2008. Most markets were down during the past week, but not all the Christmas stockings were left empty … Read all about this and the implications for financial markets in my weekly review. […]






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A Far-East Fiasco?

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“China is unlikely to escape the fate of developed countries, it faces rising unemployment. This raises a question – will it lead to political unrest?,” asks quest contributor Vitaliy Katsenelson. But if the Chinese economy continues to deteriorate, the Chinese government will stop buying US Treasuries and, even worse, will start digging into its US reserves. He concludes: “Long-term US government bonds are likely the most overpriced asset in the world, period!” […]






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Video-o-rama: Will markets bail you out in ’09?

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Moving from ’08 to ’09 will not dim the lights on the nature of the investment debate. Come Thursday next week, investors will not only be hung over from the market rout of 2008, but also still be grappling with the ramifications of the credit crisis for the global economy and financial markets, and in particular with the question of where to invest during 2009. And this seems to be the theme of the video clips that have attracted my attention during the past few days, making up this “Video-o-rama” compilation. […]






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Season’s Greetings

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With only a few trading days remaining, the curtain will soon be drawn on what has been a tumultuous year in every sense of the word. Here’s wishing you a great festive season full of fun, laughter and joy, and may you have a wonderful 2009. (For a good laugh, click on the elf image in the post!) […]






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