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July 2009

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Cash-for-Clunkers already exhausted!

July 30, 2009 – Comments (5)

Just for days ago I reported that Cash-for-Clunkers was resulting in a HUGE response across the country.  [more]

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Rambly post on current economic indicators 7-28-09

July 29, 2009 – Comments (3) | RELATED TICKERS: MTW

I wrote this as a comment in response to another blog, and felt like I would post it as my blog for the day (with some edits), expanding on what the earnings call from the MTW indicate (so-so).  [more]

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Cash for Clunkers resulting in huge demand.

July 25, 2009 – Comments (12) | RELATED TICKERS: GM , F , SIRI

From www.wzzm13.com -  I have highlighted some notes of interest.  [more]

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Book review: Your Money or Your Life

July 24, 2009 – Comments (5)

I don't usually buy books that often anymore.  Not because I read infrequently or don't like books.  I'm actually a big library patron and usually between myself and my significant other, we have 20-30 books checked out at any time.  Sometimes, this results in big library fines, but thats ok- I figure its like donating to the library to pay staff and get more books.  I've found that I actually like to browse a library far more than a bookstore, because with the library, I can try out books and check out as many as I want without having to think - am I really going to like this book?  [more]

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Results of CAPS blogger sentiment poll? CAPS is still very bearish.

July 23, 2009 – Comments (11) | RELATED TICKERS: POL

On July 21st, I posted a poll on where CAPS members think the economy will be headed, and correspondingly where the markets will be at.   [more]

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CAPS Poll on current blogger sentiment - Please participate if you have time.

July 21, 2009 – Comments (14) | RELATED TICKERS: POL

 In the previous blog, I posted my estimation of the current blogger sentiment on where the markets and economy are at.  Mostly this is about the underlying state of the economy - and how you think the markets should reflect that.  I made the following estimation in the comments section:  [more]

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Is it contrarian to be bullish in CAPS?

July 20, 2009 – Comments (15) | RELATED TICKERS: CAT , MTW

Or is it going with the mainstream flow?   I don't know, and honestly I don't really care.  Today, Bank of America upgraded Caterpillar to a buy - see the WSJ:  [more]

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Don't short a trend. Beware of Market to Crash Day XX Volume XX posts.

July 17, 2009 – Comments (8)

If the market has an overall trend (believing it is advancing ahead of the economic recovery), and you bet against that trend, you may be terribly burned (like GMX was).  [more]

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Not looking at finance.google.com anymore!

July 16, 2009 – Comments (3)

Over the last year, I got a bad habit going.  I have trouble not checking daily on the curves of stock prices.  I usually first check early in the morning at 8:30am when the market opens.  Then I'll check again at 12:00 lunch break, and 3:30pm at the end of the day.  I'm not sure when this habit started.  Somehow, the excitement of whether today was going to be an up day or a down day took over.     [more]

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Getting harder to treat consumers like dirt in an age of the internet.

July 10, 2009 – Comments (1)

When Dave Carroll's band's guitars were mistreated by the United Airlines, he didn't take the abuse silently.  After refusing to pay his claim for the destruction of his $3500 guitar, he vowed to make a set of music videos about United Airlines crappy service.  Here is one of them.  [more]

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One aspect of Obama Stimulus plan working well. Food Stamps.

July 06, 2009 – Comments (8)

 Early in my January 2009 post I wrote on why the I thought the Stimulus plan contained some good aspects that would do more for improving the economy than equivalent spending through tax cutting.  One of the large portions of the Obama Stimulus was aid through food stamps.  Food stamp benefits, as shown by the Moody's table of dollar growth in GDP / dollar government spending - had the highest benefit/cost ratio of 1.73.  This was higher than the benefit from infrastructure spending per dollar, and way higher than tax cuts.  Permanent tax cuts had a lower than 1 benefit to cost ratio, showing that these would have been wasted spending.  [more]

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A geographical case against dollar hyperinflation.

July 04, 2009 – Comments (5)

Here is a thought experiment for the US and dollar:  How long does it a product at a bookstore, grocery store, or walmart to be completely sold off and replaced with new inventory from a company [Across the whole of the country].  That is the fastest time cycle for an individual business being able to raise the price of their product.  Just watching potato chip price changes - after corn became very expensive last summer it took over a month or two before the potato chip price would reflect the increased cost.  Then it took almost 6 months before potato chip prices have fallen to what they were before the price increase in corn.  [more]

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Does YOUR company launch rockets into space? Didn't think so.

July 01, 2009 – Comments (3) | RELATED TICKERS: SIRI

SiriusXM launched their fifth satellite today, just thought the pictures were pretty cool.  I don't know if it is the best business model - it always sounded like some crazy scheme to me.  "Hey man, what if we like, launched rockets into space to broadcast music to the earth- whoa..."  [more]

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