Trouble In Bond Insurance Paradise?

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I have touched on this topic last month, but more trouble is brewing with the potential further downgrade of leading bond insurance companies, which could cause another big wave of write-downs from banks and brokerage firms. Here’s what MarketWatch had to say: Bond insurers agree to pay principal and interest when due in a timely manner in the event of …

Sunday Musings: Are You Crazy Busy?

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Are you too busy? Are you always running behind? Is your calendar loaded with more than you can possibly accomplish? Is it driving you crazy? You’re not alone, says Dr. Edward Hallowell, author of “CrazyBusy.” Crazybusy—the modern phenomenon of brain overload—is a national epidemic. Without intending for it to happen, we plunged ourselves into a mad rush of activity, expecting …

Handling Ups And Downs

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This past week’s and year-to-date market activity was enough to cause major frustrations among investors and advisors alike. According to my Trend Tracking Indicators (TTIs), we’re now officially in bear market territory. However, markets can change and, as we’ve seen in the recent past, whipsaws can occur at anytime just about when you thought you had the trend figured out. …

No Load Fund/ETF Tracker updated through 1/17/2008

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My latest No Load Fund/ETF Tracker has been posted at:http://www.successful-investment.com/newsletter-archive.phpNeither speeches nor promises of an economic stimulus package were able to prevent the bears from relentlessly pushing the markets lower. Our Trend Tracking Index (TTI) for domestic funds/ETFs moved to -0.54% below its long-term trend line (red), and therefore into bear territory, as the chart below shows: The international index …

Trend Tracking Index (TTI) Slips Into Bear Market Territory

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First, David Gaffen of the WSJ MarketBeat had this to say about today’s market activity: Where to start? Today’s market conjures nothing more than the image of a man retching in an alleyway, and there really can’t be too many other ways to characterize the session when the strongest performer among major indexes falls by 2%. The culprits are long …

Subprime Twist: Exception Loans

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The NYT reported recently that New York prosecutors are investigating whether Wall Street banks withheld information about the risks stemming from subprime loan-linked investments:Citing people with knowledge of the matter, the newspaper said the inquiry, begun last summer by state Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, was focusing on how banks bundled billions of dollars of exception loans and other subprime debt …