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October 2008

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Oct 31 Halloween/ All-Saints-Day-Hallow...

October 30, 2008 – Comments (0)

DJIA and VIX behaved the whole trading day, even during the last 10 minutes of trading. Perhaps the hedge fund managers are done dumping stocks at the end of the day in their de-leveraging attempts. 2 out of 3 trading days, no end=of=day anomolies.

Tomorrow: DJIA up.

 

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Graveyard Market: Dead Cat Bounce?

October 28, 2008 – Comments (1)

I was on Investopedia the other day (I really recommend it to those who do not already know about it). Wanted to know the difference between "Zombie" and "Zombie debt" (FTR, the former is a company in bankruptcy about to die, but still operating; the latter has to do with consumer debt that is beyond the statute of limitations). While there, I discovered the above 2 terms. GM describes the current market perfectly. DCB is what I know as 'sucker rally' or 'bear market rally'. I have seen people on TMF boards use this term, but I was unaware that it is official lingo. Question: today's 700 pt skyrocket: real or DCB? Not sure (what a copout, eh?), but leaning to DCB.   [more]

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Where Do We Go From Here? Darling...(something, something, something...)

October 27, 2008 – Comments (0)

[faint memory from a song that was a favorite of an ex-GF]:  [more]

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The Silver Lining

October 24, 2008 – Comments (2)

The current financial crisis is having many good side effects.  [more]

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Yippeee! Vanguard Explorer and Windsor are open again!

October 22, 2008 – Comments (0)

VEXPX, I think, was the original high risk, high return, high beta mammoth that made mutual funds respectable. For most of my investing life, it had gotten too big and was closed to new accounts. Now, since everyone is dumping their shares, they opened it up again. Sadly, I cannot add it to my Fool portfolio; darn.   [more]

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VIX – haudoodeydudat?

October 21, 2008 – Comments (1)

Up until a few days ago, I had never heard of the Volatility Index, until it hit the headlines. It trades under the symbol VIX on the CBOE. This was one of those things I wish I had never asked about, but now I am fascinated by the answer.   [more]

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Whadyamean It Won't Work?

October 18, 2008 – Comments (2)

I was struck by a newswire story that the current effort to buy an equity stake in banks and injecting cold, hard cash, in the words of a bank CEO, will not un-lock the credit markets. My initial reaction was: GUH??  [more]

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WEEE!!! Roller Coaster Ride!

October 16, 2008 – Comments (2)

Awww, c'mon folks, you have to admit that this is at least a little bit fun (I was going to a humorous post about seasickness, motion sickness, and dramamine, but someone beat me to it). I was totally tapped out when DJI hit 10K. I can only kick myself for not being just a little bit more patient: I could have 2x the number of stocks of X, and 3x the number of F shares. Oh well: who's counting.  [more]

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Derivatives

October 15, 2008 – Comments (0)

I just did a little web research to find info about this hi-finance sort of stuff because I want to understand it, and finally settled on Wikipedia as a resource. FWIW, this is what I found:  [more]

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Dow at 11,000 by Christmas 2008

October 13, 2008 – Comments (1)

Just my hope, not a prediction. If not true, I would be happy to field a flood of nasty comments, so bookmark this prediction! If true, expect several of you to send me champagne. Cheers.

 

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How We Got Into This Mortgage/Derivative Mess

October 13, 2008 – Comments (1)

On Sunday on a nationally syndicated financial talk show, Daniel R. Lee, author of HouseTrap   [more]

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Finally: Capitulation (whew!!)

October 10, 2008 – Comments (3)

I note, for the record, that someone else blogged about this yesterday. Today, however, even I see it.   [more]

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Tales To Tell Your Grandchildren

October 09, 2008 – Comments (0)

(the year is 2038)  [more]

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Star Waxs IX: Revenge of the Value Investors

October 08, 2008 – Comments (0)

(voice of Frank Uz as "Yida")

"Contemporary fluctuations ignore you."

"1500 DIA concentrate you must."

"Mmmmmmm. Big Mac and Fries: is this heaven or what?"

 

 

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Oh, The Carnage; The Carnage

October 07, 2008 – Comments (4)

Wait: get that mouse pointer away from the "sell" button. Now, PUT THE MOUSE DOWN. OK? Good. Yeah, Yeah, I know; many of my stocks are down 40-60% as well. Relax. What goes down must come up.

I have a suggestion: have your spouse or significant other gag you, tie you up to a chair, put you into a closet, and stick a sign on the door that reads "do not open till Xmas".

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Berkshire-Hathaway - The Next Stock Ready to POP?

October 03, 2008 – Comments (5) | RELATED TICKERS: BRK-B

OK, I am kidding, but only just barely. I put BRK into my Fool portfolio a couple of weeks ago, mainly out of curiosity and to give me an opputunity to watch and study it. At the same time, I added several other stocks. Then, I noticed something amazing: the other picks were down 10 or 20% after a week or so, but darn if BRK was UP by the SAME %. Holy cow: I immediately thought that I must add it to my real portfolio. Then, I noticed something interesting: BRK has 2 classes of shares. The ones usually quoted by the media were the A's, which is $100k per. I was not aware that there was a class B, which is 'only' $4K, which puts it in the reach of us ordinary mortals.   [more]

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