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Pre-Market Report

The market has taken a sharp tumble in the past few days.  The S&P has closed at its lowest point since April 14, 1997. This brings the average Large Cap Growth manager and Multicap Growth manager down about 50% on the year.  (We are beating the markets)

The economic news is grim and the Fed believes the recession, which they now recognize, will last into the first half of next year.  Others think the recession will last longer.  Historically the market has turned up about six months in advance of the end of the recession.

Markets are also suffering a lack of confidence.  We have one president with his bags packed and another yet to assert himself.  Obama should act now, or face much tougher problems when he takes office. Treasury Secretary Paulson seems to have a new game plan each day, so it is no wonder that investors are confused.

Is this the end of the world as we know it?  Not likely.  Government regulation, and involvement in business will grow, but the economy will recover.  So far the government has thrown (literally) about 2 Trillion dollars at this problem.  We have seen some results-credit markets are starting to work again-but not all of the results. […]

November 21st, 2008|Categories: Comments from Bill|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Pre-Market Report

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Four at Four: Please Resume Your Normal Worrying

by David Gaffen

With the photo-ops, the handshakes, the forced smiles from leaders of opposition parties ready, Wall Street can go back to doing what it does best: Worrying about some other unknown problem somewhere out on the horizon. Thursday’s rally — sort of a “buy the rumor, buy the news” approach to the $700 billion bailout (a figure that was basically plucked out of a hat, as reported), and gives Wall Street enough cover to move ahead from here. That has already translated to a loosening in the Treasury market, where short-term debt yields shot up after days of pressure — the three-month note yield was lately at 0.75%, up from earlier in the day. “The alternatives seem pretty obvious and pretty bad — and there’s some comfort in that some progress is being made and it appeared to take some of the risk out of financials,” says William Rutherford, president of Rutherford Investment Management in Portland, Ore. There are, of course, massive logistical hurdles to implementing the U.S. Treasury Garbage Barge Trust, the least of which includes the value of the securities and which institutions will participate, and some are concerned that it may be all too much for the markets right now while still falling short of taking care of the issues. “There should be no illusion that the $700 billion estimate proposed by the Administration will be enough to end the debt crisis,” write analysts at Weiss Research. “There should also be no illusion that the market for U.S. government securities can absorb the additional […]

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Stocks rally on housing rescue

Dow surges 290 points as investors consider what the Fannie and Freddie bailout means for the broader economy.

by Alexandra Twin, senior writer

NEW YORK ( — Stocks surged Monday, with the Dow gaining 290 points and the broader market also gaining as investors breathed a sigh of relief that the government has swooped in to bail out Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

The Dow Jones industrial average (INDU) added 290 points or 2.6%. The broader Standard & Poor’s 500 (SPX) index added 1.8%, paring its morning gains. The Nasdaq composite (COMP) added 0.6%, after climbing in the morning and then falling in the afternoon. […]

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