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November 2009



Metrics and the rational investor

November 19, 2009 – Comments (1)

Here is an fascinating interview with Jason Zweig, author of Your Money and Your Brain where he discusses how irrational most investors are, both professional and amateur alike.  His experiments underscore the importance of having broad metrics on your perfomance to learn and keep yourself honest!  FYI - the best tidbits are on page 2.  [more]



Comparing job loss across recessions

November 06, 2009 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: VCR , XRT

Here's a very interesting chart from the NY Times that compares the decline in employment across recent recessions.  The relative severity of the current recession is astounding.  It is interesting to note that the biggest impact on jobs has been in the blue collar sector (e.g. manufacturing and construction) and I fear that many of these jobs will not come back for many years.  This unemployment/underemployment could drag on retail sales for a long time.   [more]

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