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July 28, 2010 – Raising the Red Flags on Commodity ETF’s

Featured Trades: (UNG), (USO), (CORN), (WEAT), (SOYB) United States Natural Gas Fund ETF United States Oil Fund ETF 2) Raising the Red Flags on Commodity ETF’s. The July 26-August 1, 2010 print edition of  Business Week magazine put out a brilliant piece entitled ‘Amber Waves of Pain’  detailing how retail investors are getting fleeced when […]

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July 28, 2010 – Is it Time to Buy Google on the Cheap?

Featured Trades: (GOOGLE), (IBM), (MSFT), (YHOO), (BIDU) 3) Is it Time to Buy Google on the Cheap? As much as I adore Google products and use their search engine all day long, the stock definitely left something to be desired when it was trading in the $600′S. That’s why I steered readers away with my […]

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July 28, 2010 – Watch International Savings Rates for Market Cues

Featured Trades: (INTERNATIONAL SAVINGS RATES) 4) Watch International Savings Rates for Market Cues. Often while searching for a piece of data through Google (see above), I stumble across something else, which is far more interesting. That is how I found the table below of international savings rates. Why should you care? Because countries with high […]

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July 28, 2010 – Quote of the Day

'You've lived long enough on Wall Street to know that we shoot out wounded and eat our young,' said Brad Hintz, an analyst with Sandford Bernstein.

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July 27, 2010 – The Residential Housing Market is Still Burning Down

Featured Trades: (RESIDENTIAL REAL ESTATE) 1) The Residential Housing Market is Still Burning Down. Today, the Commerce Department reported that June new home sales, at 330,000, were up a blistering 24%. So is the crash in residential real estate over? It's off to the races, right? Wrong! Much of the gains were cancelled out by […]

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July 27, 2010 – Will Gold Coins Suffer the Fate of the $10,000 Bill?

Featured Trades: (NEW GOLD REPORTING), (GLD) SPDR Gold Shares Trust ETF 2) Will Gold Coins Suffer the Fate of the $10,000 Bill? The conspiracy theorists will love this one. Buried deep in the bowels of the 2,000 page health care bill is a new requirement for gold dealers to file Form 1099's for all retail […]

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July 27, 2010 – It’s Harder Than it Looks

Featured Trades: (THE HARSH REALITIES OF TRADING) 3) It’s Harder Than it Looks. A recent piece at the underground website, Zero Hedge, by one ‘pivotfarm’ resonated with me in explaining how hard it actually is making money in the market (click here for the link). It looks deceptively easy from the outside. You buy a […]

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July 27, 2010 – Is Emerging Market Debt the New Prime Credit?

Featured Trades: (EMERGING MARKET DEBT), (PCY) Invesco PowerShares Emerging Market Sovereign Debt ETF 4) Is Emerging Market Debt the New Prime Credit? Last year, I suggested emerging market sovereign debt ETF’s as safe, high yielding investments in which to hide out in case the equity markets swoon again. The stock market has looked pretty grizzly […]

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July 27, 2010 – Quote of the Day

In Despicable Me, the latest animated children's' film from 20th Century Fox, the Bank of Evil, used to finance the nefarious deeds of villians, has listed under its name 'formerly known as Lehman Brothers.'

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July 26, 2010 – Give All the European Banks “A’s”

Featured Trades: (EUROPEAN BANK STRESS TESTS), (EURO), (FXE) Currency Shares Euro Trust ETF 1) Give All the European Banks 'A's'. A favorite ploy of poorly managed school districts in California is for the teachers to simply give all their students 'A's'. That way the state and federal money keeps rolling in, and demanding parents can […]

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July 26, 2010 – Guess Who’s Bailing Out the 2012 Olympics?

Featured Trades: (2012 LONDON OLYMPICS) 2) Guess Who’s Bailing Out the 2012 Olympics? Where is the 2012 London Olympics turning to meet gargantuan cost overruns? None other than BP, which is going the extra mile to burnish its tarnished image. With the British economy mired in a vicious financial crisis, many are wondering if hosting […]

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July 26, 2010 – Where The Economist “Big Mac” Index Finds Currency Value

Featured Trades: (THE ECONOMIST ‘BIG MAC’ INDEX) 3) Where The Economist ‘Big Mac’ Index Finds Currency Value. My former employer, The Economist, once the ever tolerant editor of my flabby, disjointed, and juvenile prose (Thanks Peter and Marjorie), has just released its ‘Big Mac’ index of international currency valuations (click here for the link). Although […]

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July 26, 2010 – Quote of the Day

'You ever wonder why fund managers can't beat the S&P 500? It's because they're sheep,' said Gordon Gecko in the classic film, Wall Street.

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July 22, 2010 – The New Deflation Definition

Featured Trades: (THE NEW DEFLATION) 2) The New Deflation Definition. It seems that all you hear about these days is deflation. That is certainly what the bond market is telling us, with my screen blaring at me a miserable 2.93% yield for the ten year Treasury bond. But there is a new definition for this […]

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July 23, 2010 – Turkey Is On The Menu

Featured Trades: (TURKEY), (TUR), (TKC), (TURKISH LIRA) iShares MSCI Turkey Investable Market Index Fund ETF   1) Turkey Is On The Menu. The boarding of a Turkish ship by Israeli commandos and the international brouhaha that it sparked has thrown a searing spotlight on that emerging nation. Several hedge fund friends and now a few […]

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