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October 2010

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How would doing nothing have prevented this recent mail bomb?

October 31, 2010 – Comments (15)

Recently in daniels blog the issue of airport security was discussed. I was saying its the one liberty breach I really don't mind. A lot of people said that its over the top, and we should be stopping this problem before it gets to the airport  [more]

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Double down?

October 28, 2010 – Comments (1)

One of the flaws of CAPS is that the money management aspect is not involved, which is equally as important, if not more, then picking the stocks themselves.  So many times I will downthumb something that shouldnt be as high as it is (REE, OPEN, etc) because I know eventually it will go down.  However, when it continues to rocket, and one day I see a clear turn around (like today for REE), I wish there was a "double down" button for the stock because even if I call a top on them, it means nothing since I already  have a downthumb on it.  [more]

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Why do banks even need deposits?

October 25, 2010 – Comments (13)

I heard a stat that the amount of leverage is 14:1 (thought it was 10% reserve so it should be 10:1, but whatever).  So why do banks even need money in the first place?  If they can create 10x more credit than money, why do they even need that little bit of money in the first place?  Its not like its a secret that they create all of this leverage out of nothing, so they dont need to do it to disguise how they work.  So why not just make a bunch of credit out of nothing?  [more]

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Unchanged money supply vs high inflation vs stable money increases

October 25, 2010 – Comments (2)

So clearly one of the most discussed topics on this board (probably only second to gold being a bubble versus not being a bubble) is printing of money and bank credit.  The only two sides I ever see being presented are printing a boatload of money, and an unchanged money supply.  [more]

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Please help me understand this basic concept

October 25, 2010 – Comments (8)

When a natural disaster occurs and wreaks havoc on the economy, I get that.  When we owe another country a lot of money, and they collect it, and we suffer as a country, I get that.  I get why war can ruin an economy, and why scarce resources can ruin an economy.  [more]

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WHO IS STILL BUYING FREDDIE AND FANNY?

October 21, 2010 – Comments (8)

Seriously, it boggles my mind every day.  Their stock trades at huge volumes daily.  Who the hell is buying these from somebody else?  They are gonna be 10 trillion debt when this is all through

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What is the alternative to fractional reserve banking?

October 21, 2010 – Comments (34)

I dont know much about it, so its a serious question.  I hear a lot of people saying fractional reseve banking is a fraud because it expands the money supply.  But whats the alternative?  How would people make loans if they had to keep all of the money in the bank?  And then banks wouldnt pay interest, they would charge interest for the sake keeping, right?  So whatsd the alternative?

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Oh Deejy, where art thou?

October 20, 2010 – Comments (0)

Hey TMFDeej, aren't special situations your thing?  What do you make of WAMQ.PK?  Seems like they were unjustifiably overtaken.  Seems like the judge is going to favor the creditors, too.  The liquidation price of the class R preferred is 1000 dollars and are trading around 35 dollars. 

Even though they SHOULD win, doesn't mean they will.  A little insight?

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The green movement

October 20, 2010 – Comments (8)

My girlfriend is an environmental science major whos always going off about how we should be more watchful of our consumption, etc.  I say, cut back where you can, but it is our decision of whether or not we want to care about going green.  Nobody is completely green, otherwise we would be in the stone age.  [more]

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Market indicators

October 18, 2010 – Comments (7)

What are your favorite overall market indicators? My favorite is the bullish bearish sentiment one. It seems to work most of the time. My only problem is that whenever I see it, it works, but I don't know where to find it. Does anybody know? I can't find it on google. I only see it in random articles, I would like to keep an eye on a constantly moving one though. Also, does anybody know how it is calculated?  [more]

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Everybody go out and trash the place!

October 18, 2010 – Comments (8)

Everybody, I urge you to start throwing your trash all over the streets!  That way there will be more sanitation jobs!  [more]

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Can free market macroeconomics be summed up in three words?

October 18, 2010 – Comments (15)

My microeconomics, econometrics, public finance, international debt, energy and ecology, and computer based modeling economics classes all teach me stuff.  But as far as my macro textbooks, its mostly measuring inflation, unemployment, GDP, and figuring out the IS/LM curves and the demand for money, etc.  Basically, its all Keynesian stuff.  [more]

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How long do you love small caps?

October 17, 2010 – Comments (21) | RELATED TICKERS: GOOGL , MSFT , VBK

History shows that small caps are a much better investment, as a group, than mid and large caps.  What history does not show is a world controlled by franchises and growing centralized powers.  I love using history as an investment tool for the future.  And the VBK seems like a great ETF.  However, when I think of the future, sometimes I get too alstry-ish.  I always see articles coming out about big companies like goog and msft having insane AI technologies, and things like google earth show the dominance of these big brother like companies.  [more]

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what to do woith my jewelry?

October 16, 2010 – Comments (22)

So I know jewelry prices tend to be diconnected from metal prices for quite some time and cash for gold rips you off but I have:  [more]

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How low can the banks go?

October 14, 2010 – Comments (5) | RELATED TICKERS: JPM , BAC , WFC

So remember the BP spill and how it dragged down the entire sector (well, the whole market). People were saying things were really cheap, but they kept on falling. I think it was when they hit about 0.8 p/b is when they bottomed out for the most part.  [more]

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Take a little off the table

October 13, 2010 – Comments (4)

I am good with math, but I never had a good stats teacher. My math teachers always taught me how to do good on tests (got A's in all my math classes, algebra, statistics, business statistics, etc) but they never taught me the real world applications, so I still need to catch up on them one day.  [more]

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Breaking news: counterfeiting

October 12, 2010 – Comments (0)

Quick thought. I've seen a lot of comments about why gold can not be used as currency...people wouldn't be able to easily tell if it were real or not  [more]

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DJSP---look out below?

October 12, 2010 – Comments (25) | RELATED TICKERS: DJSP

I bought djsp in real life at 2.95, because last time it dipped below 3 it had an intra day reversal big time. Well, I got screwed. I called the investor relations phoneline to ask how the foreclosure hault would effect them, no answer. Couldn't find anything on the site about it either  [more]

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Holy cow

October 11, 2010 – Comments (7)

So after a bunch of commodities went limit up on friday, the dollar rallies today...and silver and gold still somehow were still up. How is this not a topic of conversation at all? That is ridiculous. The dollar and metals should not rally together, and when commodities go limit up, that's scary

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What is your favorite exposure to precious metals?

October 11, 2010 – Comments (12) | RELATED TICKERS: SLW , SLV , AGQ

What do you guys use?  I have made decent money buying options on the GLD (about 45% in the last 2 months) and UGL, AGQ, SLV, PHYS, and SLW.  [more]

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Nice calls, people

October 07, 2010 – Comments (1) | RELATED TICKERS: AGQ , OPEN , VHC

In the last two days there have been some excellent calls.  [more]

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phils are durrty

October 07, 2010 – Comments (8)

Wow. No hitter in the playoffs  [more]

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Timberrrrr!

October 06, 2010 – Comments (4) | RELATED TICKERS: OPEN , NFLX , CRM

I'm calling a top on the overhyped stocks that everybody loves to redthumb. In order of most confident to least: open, nflx, crm

Probably putting real money behind this

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What to do about vstov holdings

October 05, 2010 – Comments (4) | RELATED TICKERS: VSTOV.DL

Hmmm...what are you guys going to do?  I don't know at what point it lost that much %, I didn't see it on the charts. Once I can trade it, I think I might hold it until it gets added to an exchange, but I can't decide if I want to do that or just bail.  Any insight from anybody who knows more about the company?

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VSTNQ has stopped trading

October 04, 2010 – Comments (14) | RELATED TICKERS: VSTOV.DL

They came out with the new shares, VSTOV.PK and now the old ones are worthless.  They don't trade anymore.  And the new shares don't give any equity to existing shareholders.

So I just lost a bunch of money.  This is ridiculous.

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Printing metals

October 04, 2010 – Comments (11)

I am bullish on silver and gold.  But one of the major criticisms of fiat is that it can just be easily printed.  If we went to a gold standard or silver standard, then you could just mine money.  Not all of the silver/gold in the world is mined, so that would cause inflation too, wouldn't it?  [more]

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Excuse me while I make money

October 03, 2010 – Comments (19)

So as most of you know, I am a college student with little experience and knowledge of investing. I read a lot and try to learn as much as possible. I hope to be an expert by age 24  [more]

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