Rick Ackerman: True Bottom Lies Far, Far Below……Ditto On That One

| August 31, 2009

By: Rick Ackerman Rick’s Picks Monday, August 31, 2009 “Phenomenally accurate forecasts”   Because we never shared investors’ wild enthusiasm for Cerberus, its near-collapse in recent days hardly came as a shock. The once-huge private-equity firm specialized in distressed assets at a time when even the bluest of blue-chip companies – the name Lehman Brothers springs […]

Banks Still Hurting In A Big Way……..

| August 31, 2009

“Friday’s edition of The Wall Street Journal picks up on the theme of the long road of pain ahead for bank shareholders in the US,” colleague Dan Amoss tells us. “In ‘Banks on Sick List Top 400,’ the WSJ details several ugly highlights from the latest FDIC Quarterly Banking Profile, published last Thursday. “Here are […]

Quote of the Day………

| August 30, 2009

 “These capitalists generally act harmoniously and in concert, to fleece the people”                Abraham Lincoln                           Old Abe must have been talking about our banks…………

Wall Street Beware……This Bear Still Looks Hungary

| August 30, 2009

Swine Flu Spreading at ‘Unbelievable’ Rate: WHO…..This Could Take The Economies Of The World Down Faster Then Derivitives Did

| August 30, 2009

Swine Flu Spreading at ‘Unbelievable’ Rate: WHO PARIS — Swine flu spreads four times faster than other viruses and 40 percent of the fatalities are young adults in good health, the world’s top health official warned in an interview appearing Saturday. “This virus travels at an unbelievable, almost unheard of speed,” World Health Organisation Director […]

We’ve Visited This Before, But It’s Very Important To Economic Growth………

| August 29, 2009

Let’s Revisit The Debt-GDP Ratio………….

| August 29, 2009

The Road To Recovery Or Disaster?

| August 29, 2009

Chart from www.ingerletter.com

Looks More And More Like A Depression Stock Market Rally……..

| August 28, 2009

Fed Urges Secrecy on Banks in Bailout……….

| August 27, 2009

Fed Urges Secrecy on Banks in Bailout     Thursday     Aug 27, 2009 12:27pm EDT * Fed urges judge not to enforce order pending appeal * Banks say disclosure could cause loss of confidence By Jonathan Stempel NEW YORK, Aug 27 (Reuters) – The U.S. Federal Reserve asked a federal judge not to enforce her […]

It’s All About Oil and The Economy……….

| August 26, 2009

According to the US Department of Energy, liquid fuel demand in the developed nations peaked in August 2005 at 41.89 million barrels per day. Since then, it has plunged by 3.6 million barrels per day to 38.27 million barrels per day. However, you may want to note that despite these tough economic conditions, consumption has […]

Next Storm Up From Nowhere In The Atlantic………….

| August 24, 2009

From www.ingerletter.com

Social Security Cost Of Living Adjustments…….

| August 24, 2009

From   www.ingerletter.com

New Miracle Bacteria Killer Called Silver Dihydrogen Citrate From Pure Bioscience

| August 24, 2009

How to Kill Germs, and Consumer Resistance Sandy Huffaker for The New York Times Consumers can be skeptical of new disinfectants, so Michael Krall is eager to demonstrate his faith in his company’s ingredient, silver dihydrogen citrate, that is contained in a new consumer product called PureGreen 24. By NATASHA SINGER Published: August 22, 2009 […]

The U.S. Government’s Long-term Budget Outlook Worse Than Expected……..

| August 21, 2009

White House Sees $9 Trillion in Deficits Over Decade By Brian Faler Aug. 21 (Bloomberg) — The U.S. government’s long-term budget outlook is darker than expected, with projected deficits over the next 10 years totaling $2 trillion more than had been forecast, according to an Obama administration official. A White House budget review set for […]

Meredith Whitney Predicts More Than 300 Bank Failures

| August 21, 2009

Meredith Whitney Predicts More Than 300 Bank Failures By Lynn Thomasson and Margaret Brennan Aug. 21 (Bloomberg) — Meredith Whitney, the analyst who predicted that Citigroup Inc. would cut its dividend last year, said the number of U.S. bank failures will quadruple as lenders struggle with bad loans. “There will be over 300 bank closures,” […]

Water…………….

| August 20, 2009

White House Budget Projections……..

| August 20, 2009

Yikes, Foreclosures Are At 13%…… All Time High’s

| August 20, 2009

Mortgage defaults rise to record 13%   In the second quarter, the number of homeowners behind on payments or in foreclosure rose along with the jobless rate, with California among states leading the way.   The mortgage meltdown continued to worsen in the second quarter as the number of homeowners who are either behind on […]

Game Over For “Cash For Clunkers” Program…………

| August 20, 2009

‘Cash for Clunkers’ Program to Close on Aug. 24, U.S. Says By Angela Greiling Keane Aug. 20 (Bloomberg) — The U.S. “cash for clunkers’’ vehicle trade-in program will close on Aug. 24, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said. LaHood commented in an e-mailed press release today.     More……. http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601087&sid=aJ2___hEnt6E

The War Cry, Where Has All The Money Gone?

| August 20, 2009

Pension Plans’ Private-Equity Cash Depleted as Profits Shrink By Jason Kelly and Jonathan Keehner Aug. 20 (Bloomberg) — U.S. pension funds contributed to the record $1.2 trillion that private-equity firms raised this decade. Three of the biggest investors, state pensions in California, Oregon and Washington, plunked down at least $53.8 billion. So far, they only […]

World Population……Reshuffling The Deck

| August 19, 2009

More From Rick Ackerman On Inflation…………..

| August 19, 2009

Hyperinflation Won’t Be Like Germany’s By: Rick Ackerman   Rick’s Picks Wednesday, August 19, 2009 “Phenomenally accurate forecasts”   I thought I’d overdosed on the inflation vs. deflation debate, but that was before I started reading Adam Fergusson’s When Money Dies: The Nightmare of the Weimar Collapse. Fascinating stuff. Anyone who thinks it couldn’t happen here […]

Personal Consumption Expenditures……………

| August 19, 2009

Warren Buffett On The Economy And Federal Debt……

| August 19, 2009

Buffett Says Federal Debt Poses Risks to Economy By Shamim Adam Aug. 19 (Bloomberg) — The U.S. must address the massive amounts of “monetary medicine” that have been pumped into the financial system and now pose threats to the world’s largest economy and its currency, billionaire Warren Buffett said. The “gusher of federal money” has […]

Cumberland Advisors………………….

| August 18, 2009

 Cumberland Advisors   614 Landis Avenue Vineland NJ 08360-8007 1-800-257-7013  http://www.cumber.com   September!!!!  Also, Closing the Lehman Gap August 18, 2009   From the Wall Street Journal of August 11:   “For investors, the period between Labor Day and Halloween is proving an annual fright show. And no one knows why.  It was, of course, in […]

CalPERS Admits California “Pension Costs Unsustainable”………..

| August 18, 2009

CalPERS Admits California “Pension Costs Unsustainable” – So What To Do About It? In an unusual display of honesty CalPERS Actuary Says “Pension Costs Unsustainable” The CalPERS chief actuary says pension costs are “unsustainable,” and the giant public employee pension system plans to meet with stakeholders to discuss the issue. “I don’t want to sugarcoat […]

U.S. Banks Tightened Standards On All Types Of Loans In The Second Quarter………

| August 17, 2009

Fed Says Banks Tightened Lending in Second Quarter  By Craig Torres Aug. 17 (Bloomberg) — U.S. banks tightened standards on all types of loans in the second quarter and said they expect to maintain strict criteria on lending until at least the second half of 2010, a Federal Reserve report showed today. Most banks cited […]

President Obama On Why We Need Health Care Reforms – Four Good Reasons………….Agreed

| August 16, 2009

Op-Ed Contributor      New York Times Why We Need Health Care Reform By BARACK OBAMA Published: August 15, 2009 OUR nation is now engaged in a great debate about the future of health care in America. And over the past few weeks, much of the media attention has been focused on the loudest voices. What we […]

Mortgaged Properties Negative Equity Levels By State………..

| August 15, 2009

Remember This Article If One Of These Birds Goes Down Early On……Boeing Stops Work on 787 Sections Due to ‘Wrinkles’……..

| August 14, 2009

Boeing Halted Work on 787 Sections Due to ‘Wrinkles’  By Susanna Ray Aug. 14 (Bloomberg) — Boeing Co. said it stopped work more than a month ago on two sections for the 787 Dreamliner after tiny wrinkles were discovered in the composite-material fuselages supplied by Italian vendor Alenia Aeronautica. The flaws were found on 23 […]

Banks That You Can Stick A Fork Into……They’re Done

| August 14, 2009

Toxic Loans Topping 5% May Push 150 Banks to Point of  No Return By Ari Levy Aug. 14 (Bloomberg) — More than 150 publicly traded U.S. lenders own nonperforming loans that equal 5 percent or more of their holdings, a level that former regulators say can wipe out a bank’s equity and threaten its survival. […]

Looks Like Slashed Expectations Are Finally Being Reflected In To The Real Estate Market……

| August 14, 2009

U.S. Homeowners Cut Asking Prices $27.8 Billion, Led by Nevada By Dan Levy Aug. 14, 2009  (Bloomberg) — U.S. homeowners cut their asking prices by $27.8 billion with some of the biggest reductions in Nevada and Florida, states hardest hit by the property slump, Trulia Inc. said. Owners slashed prices by 15 percent in Nevada […]

U.S. Trade Deficit…………..

| August 13, 2009

Cash For Clunkers Rules………….

| August 13, 2009

The Rules: Which Vehicles Qualify….. Not all cars are eligible for the “cash for clunkers” program. Full information is available at www.cars.gov. Trade-ins must: * Be no older than 25 years, based on manufacture date. * Have had a combined fuel economy of 18 mpg or less when new. * Have been registered by the […]

Quote of the Day………..

| August 10, 2009

You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich.                                                       ……Abraham Lincoln

Quote Of the Day…..

| August 5, 2009

The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people’s money.                       –Margaret Thatcher

Just When You Thought You Were Safe In A Bunker…..

| August 3, 2009

Report: Mega Bunker Buster bomb ahead. According to Stratfor.com: “The United States will speed the deployment of a new bunker-buster bomb, ten-times more powerful than the largest existing model, as soon as July 2010, the Air Force said Aug. 2, Reuters reported. The non-nuclear, 30,000-pound bomb is 20-feet-long and is designed to penetrate up to […]

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