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Governmental Overload


Good morning. The weekly report on “last” week is starting to sound very familiar, with no good news for the market to be found. “Last” week the S&P was down another 4.5%, down from $77.42 to $73.93, bringing the yearly drop to an astounding 18%. Reasons abound, a good example being the government revision of fourth quarter GDP numbers from a minus 3.2% annual growth to minus 6%, way more than most had envisioned.

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Who Will Guard the Guards?


Good morning. Another week, another drop in the market. This time the SPY’s were down only from $85.06 to $83.11, or 2.2%. This actually represented a decent recovery from the huge sell-off of 5.3% on Inaugural Tuesday. It does seem, from watching the market, that there still are liquidations going on and any sort of rally is met with renewed selling pressure.

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Who Do We Think We Are?


Good morning. Another week and still no rally of any sort, not even a feeble Bear market rally. Given the action in Europe today (Dr. Martin Luther King’s birthday) I do not hold out a lot of positive hope for tomorrow’s market as well, even though it is Inauguration Day. It seems Royal Bank of Scotland, and others, still have issues.

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The Curious Case of Bernie Madoff


Good morning, and Happy New Year. We are fresh off a solid three-day rally, with the SPY moving sharply up from an $86.91 on 12/29 to $92.99 on 1/2/09. The VIX has continued to slide down as well, from 43.9 on 12/29 to 39.18 on 1/2/09. Is it the start of something positive, a relief rally that the horrible investment year of 2008 is over, a celebration of the new President, or just another bear market rally?

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