With all the news about European sovereign debt and banking problems, I thought a look back at some share price histories from the recent US version of the big bank* bailout bonanza might be useful. Obviously, pre-bailout investors in the old GM, Fannie and Freddie got hammered, but some of the pre-bailout bets on the TARPed banks turned out well.
*"bank" is loosely defined to include automakers and mortgage bundlers. [more]
Over the last week, I ran across a couple of articles on bond issues I thought were interesting when taken together. [more]
When one of my holdings doubled after a little over one year holding period, I remembered it had turned up in a screen from last July. I went back to see how the other hits had done and found all ten had gone up with seven outperforming the S&P500. Hmm, 70% success rate; maybe I should try this again. [more]
Rehab from hip surgery was going well enough to spend a little time getting back to researching and writing. Seemed appropriate that a look at companies making artificial joints would be a good way to get back in the game. [more]
The Fed announced its latest quantitative easing (QE2) plan yesterday. The $600 billion plan was near the expected numbers I'd seen tossed around in the news, so it should have been largely priced in to the market. [more]
I dipped my toe into the currency trade today with a small position in CurrencyShares Australian Dollar Trust (FXA), an ETF that tracks the Australian Dollar. [more]