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August 2011



Gold Plummets 5% - Why? Margins!

August 24, 2011 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: GLD , IAU

It was amusing, but not in the good way, to read the usual suspects engaging in market dynamics punditry trying to explain the sharp drop in gold today. Then, I read the WSJ article (dang, should have gone there first). All of a sudden, the light bulb went on, and even then, the real cause was buried at the end of said article.   [more]



Fun With DJIA Calculations

August 18, 2011 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: DIA

With the DIA being up and down 500 points the past couple of weeks, I got curious how much the individual components in the DJIA influences the movement of the index itself. I had forgotten. Yes, I know: SPY or QQQQQQ (wait, how many Q’s are there?) is a more accurate indicator of general stock market movement. Yes, I understand that DJIA is calculated kinda wacky, but in my defense I read some CFA stuff (certified financial analysis) that said in any event they do track each other fairly closely. Besides: I have been following DJIA for at least 3 decades, and have a reasonably good feel for its dynamics.   [more]



The Market Is Nutz

August 17, 2011 – Comments (0)

I did a blog a couple of years ago in the midst of the financial meltdown of 2009 with the same title. Well, it’s deja vu all over again.  [more]



Weeee…the Roller Coaster is Back!

August 10, 2011 – Comments (1)

Remember those exciting (or nauseating) days in the Fall of 2009: up 500 pts, down 500 pts in DIA, make up your bloody mind. It was unwise to look up your portfolio or IRA or 401K on your computer w/o an airsickness bag next to your keyboard. Well, those happy days are here again.   [more]



The Sky Is Falling…What Again?

August 08, 2011 – Comments (1) | RELATED TICKERS: SPY , BAC , DIA




The Sky Is Falling - Testing Your Mettle As An Investor

August 05, 2011 – Comments (2) | RELATED TICKERS: FXE

OK, the bottom fell out of the stock market today. How did you react? Yes, you often read, right here on TMF, ‘when others get greedy become fearful’ and vice versa; how about ‘buy low, sell high’?  [more]

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