Words from the (investment) wise for the week that was (May 25 – 31, 2009)

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Government bonds dominated action on financial markets during the past holiday-shortened week, as angst about inflation and massive issuance propelled yields to six-month highs. Bonds and other safe-haven assets such as the US dollar were out of favor as signs of a bottoming of global economies, albeit tentative, emboldened investors to buy reflation trades like equities, commodities and gold. Read all about this and the implications for financial markets in the weekly “Words from the Wise” review. […]






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Prieur’s readings

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This post provides links to some thought-provoking articles I have read over the past few days that you may also find of interest. […]






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Obama – a stretched agenda

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Cartoonist Walt Handelman spares a though for President Obama’s stretched agenda. […]






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Video-o-rama: Higher bond yields raise caution

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While investors’ attention was focused on global government bond yields marching higher, the holiday-shortened week produced a surprisingly small number of video clips. Some quality footage was nevertheless produced, featuring the likes of David Rosenberg, Mohamed El-Erian, Barry Ritholtz, Puru Saxena and Mario Gabelli, and is shared in this post. […]






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Credit Crisis Watch: Update – Improvement in Financial Stress Index

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This post reports on the so-called Financial Stress Indicator that is now at its lowest level on a cyclically-adjusted basis since the beginning of the credit crisis in August 2007. […]






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Rebecca Wilder: Global surveys – confidence is improving

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“Taken separately, one can find many reasons not to rely on survey results, especially those from consumers. But put them together, and global survey results indicate that economic stabilization is afoot,” said guest contributor Rebecca Wilder in this topical post. […]






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