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March 2009

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Welcome to America, the World's Scariest Emerging Market

March 31, 2009 – Comments (2)

Desmond Lachman, who spent years working with the IMF and on Wall Street studying and visiting emerging markets, wrote this eye-opening article comparing the US to various emerging markets. He shows how our policy makers have commited many of the textbook errors that have led numerous emerging markets to disaster. His analysis leads him to call the US the 'world's scariest emerging market'. This is one of those articles that you really need to read in its entirety. Here's the link (and for those to lazy to click their mouse, some excerpts - emphasis mine):  [more]

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Can Alstry Top 100 Posts This Month?

March 31, 2009 – Comments (8)

He only needs four more posts in the next 4 hours. That's only 1 post/hour...impossible for mortal humans, but well within the reach of the immortal Alstry! Go Alstry, Go Alstry, Go! Go Alstry, Go Alstry, Go!

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January & February Bank Profit? AIG/ Taxpayer Money Responsible…

March 30, 2009 – Comments (2)

Could this be the reason that banks, which had lost billions every month over the last year plus, suddenly were able to turn a profit? I'm sure borrowing money from the FED at 0% and loaning it out at 5-30%+ through all forms of credit to consumers helps as well. Anyway, this blog makes for a compelling read and these lines of thinking (whether true or not) will continue to add fuel to the fire for a public that is becoming increasingly outraged. Here's the link and excerpts:  [more]

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Fuzzy Numbers: Extent of the Deception Revealed in Barron’s

March 30, 2009 – Comments (9)

A mainstream financial publication has caught on to the shenanigans that the government has been playing with numbers lately. Chris Martenson wrote three great articles on this issue last week. Here, he takes a look at the article in Barron's and compares it with his own analysis. Link and excerpts:  [more]

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New Lucky Charms, Anyone?

March 27, 2009 – Comments (5)

I know how much we all love our lucky charms. I was thinking that it would be fun if The Fool added a couple more charms related to blogging. Many of us invest a fair amount of time into our blogs with the goal of helping other fools in investing and life. I think it would be nice to recognize that with more than just the pencil charm. Here are a couple of ideas I had...feel free to add your own if you think of other ways/better ways to do it.  [more]

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More Fuzzy Numbers - Durables

March 25, 2009 – Comments (3)

More 'happy-go-lucky' numbers from the government and SPIN by the press are exposed by Chris Martenson in his latest article. Here's the link and a couple excerpts:  [more]

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Fuzzy Numbers - More Fuzzy Reporting: New Home Sales Misrepresented

March 25, 2009 – Comments (1)

Chris Martenson continues his exploration of the bogus reporting of manipulated numbers in this article. When will people wake up and realize that most of what comes out of the mainstream financial press is SPIN?!?! Here's the link and an excerpt:  [more]

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A Must Read Article!!! - The Big Takeover

March 24, 2009 – Comments (0)

This article was posted on Rolling Stone's website last Thursday (It's from the April 2nd issue of the mag.). It is a bit long, but it is WELL WORTH THE READ! I think the fact that articles like this are being published in more and more mainstream media outlets is significant. Here's the link and a couple excerpts (emphasis mine):   [more]

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Fuzzy Reporting - Press Helps to Distort Housing Data

March 24, 2009 – Comments (3)

Chris Martenson provides a much needed reality check regarding the 'wonderful' news on the housing front. Here's a link and an excerpt. Enjoy!  [more]

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The Brokest Generation

March 22, 2009 – Comments (13)

This is perhaps the one issue that angers me more than all of the others that have sprung up over the last year. I have two boys, ages 4 and 2, and they are getting ROYALLY SCREWED right now. I often wonder what kind of future my boys will have in this country. I've even thought (though not seriously yet) about moving my family out of the country so that I don't have to wonder about their future.   [more]

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Check Out This Stunning Graph

March 21, 2009 – Comments (1)

Here's a look at World Industrial Production and Exports over the last 12 years. Talk about falling off a cliff!

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A Recent Alert - Fed Prints a Trillion

March 21, 2009 – Comments (7)

IMHO, Chris Martenson has been one of the best analysts of the crisis since I started following him back in August. I check his site nearly every day and look forward to the articles he releases every week. Here's a link to his latest take on the Fed's recent moves and a few excerpts (emphasis mine) - A Recent Alert - Fed Prints a Trillion  [more]

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Seinfeld episode serves as an analogy for the financial crisis!

March 19, 2009 – Comments (3)

TheBurningPlatform.com made this connection in a recent article The Pothole - Holy Cow!!! The whole article is well worth a read - you'll love the interplay between the Seinfeld episode and the blow-by-blow of the crisis. Here's an excerpt:  [more]

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The Maestro Has No Clothes

March 19, 2009 – Comments (0)

The Big Picture has a great article about the role that Alan Greenspan and the Fed played in creating this mess. I loved the title of the article (although the thought of a naked Alan Greenspan give me the willies)! Here's the link and an excerpt (emphasis mine):  [more]

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A Funding Nightmare for the US

March 17, 2009 – Comments (7)

Another good article by Chris Martenson. This one takes a look at how the US government funds the trade deficit, the budget deficit, and all of the bailouts. Here's a link and an excerpt (bold indicates Chris commenting on the release out of Washington):  [more]

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TMF - Get rid of the MY BUZZ BOX!!!

March 16, 2009 – Comments (3) | RELATED TICKERS: MI.DL , BZ

I'm assuming this is a brand new feature because I've never seen/noticed it before. When I click on My Caps, there's a big, annoying orange box with a pitch either for or against one of my stock picks.   [more]

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There's No Pill for This Kind of Depression

March 16, 2009 – Comments (6)

Here we go! A second major media outlet, this time the Wall Street Journal, published an article that is quite startling in its revelations. Again, this is not new information to those who have been Fools for any length of time, but for the majority of people reading an article like this will be quite alarming. Here's the link and a couple excerpts (emphasis mine):  [more]

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Surviving the Great Collapse

March 15, 2009 – Comments (11)

Finally! A mainstream media outlet reports that the current crisis could be/probably is WORSE than the Great Depression. While this will not be news to many here in fooldom, the fact that a major newspaper is now publishing these kind of stories is significant. Here's a link to the story and an excerpt (emphasis mine):  [more]

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Buy-and-hold champion sells everything

March 13, 2009 – Comments (4)

Interesting article that raises a number of interesting questions. Is buy-and-hold a legitimate strategy anymore (I'm beginning to have my doubts)? How many buy-and-holders have sold out? Does this indicate we're near the bottom (I don't think we've hit THE bottom yet)? Here's a link to the article and an excerpt:   [more]

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Grand Illusion - The Federal Reserve

March 12, 2009 – Comments (9)

This is a great article about the Federal Reserve and the role it played/is playing in the unfolding crisis.   [more]

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Famous Last Words

March 12, 2009 – Comments (0)

Here's a great slideshow done by CNBC with the 'Famous Last Words' of ten of the idiots/criminals who got us into this mess.   [more]

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Today's Takes

March 10, 2009 – Comments (1)

This is the first post in a series that I plan to do on weekdays (that's the goal any way). In this series, I will post links to a number of articles/blogs/charts/etc. that I find interesting and relevant to the current state of affairs. I hope you find these links helpful in preparing for what lies ahead.  [more]

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Link: Random Musings On The End Of The American Experiment

March 10, 2009 – Comments (3)

Here's a link to the article Random Musings On The End Of The American Experiment for those of you that didn't get a chance to read my post before it got pulled. I wasn't aware that I was violating a CAPS rule (I must admit that I didn't read the fine print before I joined CAPS). I assumed that so long as I gave credit and linked the article that it was okay to repost it here. Oops!  [more]

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Is This The Bottom?

March 05, 2009 – Comments (4)

The answer to the question we've all been asking: Is This The Bottom?

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Short Squeeze in MIDD stock

March 05, 2009 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: MIDD

After proving their mettle with their 4Q numbers after the bell yesterday, Middleby shares are currently up 19% while the bulk of the market is headed lower. MIDD is a very thinly traded stock so this could be an interesting couple of days for shareholders.

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What the Heck is VOHO.DL???

March 04, 2009 – Comments (4)

I was browsing through my closed Caps positions the other day when I stumbled across this stunning pick. Though I've never heard of VOHO.DL and sure as heck didn't make a pick on it, there it was in my closed positions.   [more]

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