Anxiety recedes as long-term investors show their hands

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inancial market volatility has receded significantly over the past two weeks. The CBOE S&P 500 Volatility Index (VIX) dropped from 45.5 at the end of September to 28.2 two days ago, before again edging up a notch. The drop brought the VIX back to less than one standard deviation from its average since 1986. While still high, it signals that anxiety levels have moved away from crisis levels. But what led to the easing of volatilities? Read on … […]

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Europe getting “closer and closer to the end game,” says John Mauldin

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John Mauldin, author and analyst, is absolutely certain there will be a “banking and credit crisis” in Europe; it’s just a matter of when. “We’re getting closer and closer to the end game,” says Mauldin. “At some point, whether you have a physical Lehman, you have a Lehman Moment. That’s what all of these debt crises end in.” […]

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Bernanke stresses importance of financial stability

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In this guest post, economist Asha Bangalore comments on Chairman Bernanke’s remarks yesterday, focussing on how the Great Recession has modified “doctrine and practice” of central banking. […]

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Daily market update (October 18, 2011) – A buy or short sale?

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Adam Hewison, charting strategist of INO.TV, brings you another edition of his invaluable service of daily technical updates on the ups and downs of various markets. This short analysis is a great tool for keeping one’s finger on the pulse and timing the markets. Click through to hear Adam’s latest views on gold , silver, the US Dollar Index, the CRB Index, crude oil and the S&P 500 Index. […]

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Taleb fears protests to devolve into class warfare

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Nassim Taleb, author of “The Black Swan” and a New York University professor, discusses the “Occupy Wall Street” protest and his view of the global banking system. He also discusses the need to apply the principles of “Hammurabi’s Code” to the banking system. […]

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Argentina and Venezuela: The weakest link

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“While the prospects for Latin American growth in 2012 continue to be largely driven by risks from abroad – the state of the US economy, the sovereign crisis in Europe and the uncertainty over China’s policy response – the region does have pockets of home-grown vulnerability,” said Daniel Volberg of Morgan Stanley. “Nowhere in the region do those vulnerabilities appear to be greater than in Argentina and Venezuela.” […]

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