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February 2009

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Greenspan Finally Gets it Right on Banks

February 18, 2009 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: C , JPM , WFC

Investors have been disappointed by the Obama administration's lack of specifics regarding its "bad bank" plan to remove soured assets from bank balance sheets. This week, Federal Reserve ex-Chairman Alan Greenspan added his voice to the debate, when he recommended that the government consider wholesale bank nationalization, Greespan calls it "the least bad solution." ... [more]  [more]

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More Crow, Mr. CEO?

February 13, 2009 – Comments (2) | RELATED TICKERS: GE , BAC , BRK-B

Two months ago, Dow Chemical CEO Andrew Liveris adamantly vowed that he would not preside over the first dividend cut in the company's 97-year history, declaring: "We will not break that streak. Not Dow. Not on my watch." Perhaps he had his fingers crossed when he said it: ... [more]

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The Government's "Bad Bank" Plan Will Fail

February 12, 2009 – Comments (2) | RELATED TICKERS: BAC , C , GS

If the rules of the game aren’t stable, private capital won’t sit down to the table.

This week, to much anticipation (and with few specifics), Treasury Secretary Geithner announced his new plan to redress the banking sector through a “bad/ aggregator bank” that would remove soured credit assets from bank balance sheets. ... [more]

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Credit Rises From The Dead

February 10, 2009 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: GE , CSCO , MO

If you're a high-grade credit, the bond markets are open for business. On Monday, Cisco Systems (Nasdaq: CSCO) completed a $4 billion bond offering. It's hardly an act of desperation -- ... [more]

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Are We Already in a Depression?

February 09, 2009 – Comments (2) | RELATED TICKERS: PFE , GM , CAT

The head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) recently told reporters that the world’s advanced economies -- the U.S., Western Europe, and Japan -- are “already in depression,” saying: “The worst cannot be ruled out.”

Is he right? Has the ultimate disaster scenario occurred? I think not. ... [more]

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Buffett's Reputation Is For Sale

February 09, 2009 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: BRK-B , GE , GS

And his sterling reputation doesn't come cheap.  [more]

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Did GE CEO Jeff Immelt Paint Himself Into a Corner?

February 06, 2009 – Comments (5) | RELATED TICKERS: GE , JNJ , XOM

General Electric (NYSE: GE) CEO Jeff Immelt now says that he's "prepared to run the company as a double-A". That looks like he's climbing down from his comments last month that the company remains committed to maintaining its triple-A rating. Of course, it's not entirely in his hands; ... [more]   [more]

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7 Stocks Selling Below Their Replacement Value

February 05, 2009 – Comments (1) | RELATED TICKERS: GM , CAT , COP

Last week, Marc Mogull, a former director in the European property group at Goldman Sachs, dropped a bombshell: He had raised $2.6 billion to invest in European property. So far, so good -- but so what?  [more]

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Will Obama Succeed Where Shareholders Have Failed?

February 04, 2009 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: BRK-A , BRK-B , JPM

Bankers should have seen it coming. Last week, President Obama referred to 2008 Wall Street bonus payouts as “shameful.” Today, he and Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner announced a raft of new measures pertaining to the financial institutions, including a cap on banking executives’ annual compensation at $500,000.  [more]

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Will These Large Caps Go Bankrupt?

February 03, 2009 – Comments (2) | RELATED TICKERS: JDSU , F , AMD

The bigger they are, the harder they fall. Well, the credit bubble that burst in 2007 was of gargantuan proportions, and we’re still falling. Standard & Poor's is now predicting that nearly 200 U.S. high-yield issuers are at risk of defaulting on their debt this year. The amounts involved are significant: almost $350 billion in debt.   [more]

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Bad Bank? Big Question Marks!

February 02, 2009 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: BAC , C , JPM

Creating a "bad"/aggregator bank organized by the government to hoover up the bad assets from bank balance sheets sounds like it could be an excellent step toward restoring confidence in the financial system and freeing up credit. Unfortunately, where the rubber meets the road, ... [more]  [more]

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