American Purgatory

December 15, 2009

By G$ Simmons

Are financial markets a direct reflection of the overall health of a nation? I wish they were not, but I fear they are.

I wonder at times if our nation has entered a state of purgatory – all of us mulling around in the waiting room to Hell, anxiously counting the minutes until the grim reaper saunters through the door sickle in hand his mission to send us off to eternal damnation. Unfortunately, there is little time to close this door so that we may stave off this potential fate that looms so near. What we need to alter this course is a procession of men and women who possess moral fortitude and common sense, people of rationality and reason. People of action who will set in motion the dismantling of institutions that bleed this nation dry. [click to continue…]

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picture of stormI am writing this article for those of you who suffered losses due to the market meltdown of 2008. So I guess I’m writing this for pretty much – nearly everyone. It’s my sincere hope that you’ve been able to recoup some of your losses considering we’ve just had the greatest bear market rally in history. My aim is to get anyone who will listen to take advantage of the breathing-room this rally has bought us and ask yourself a series of questions.

The two most important questions anyone with any money at risk in the US financial markets should ask themselves at this critical point in economic history are exceedingly simple. One, are you prepared for another market meltdown? And two, what is your new exit strategy when things do go wrong? [click to continue…]

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Kiss Your ASS-et Classes Goodbye

Kiss Your ASS-et Classes Goodbye

 

In 1987 when I started as a “retail stock broker” there were hundreds of high quality “investment ideas” to show customers on a daily basis – literally hundreds. There were dozens of AAA rated fixed income products, many quality high yielding stocks, and pages of conservative, safe, AAA rated insured municipal bonds. Oh how things have changed. [click to continue…]

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greatdepressionmotherAt a time when our government should be punishing abusers of the public trust they instead covet them, taking them under their wing rewarding them for bad behavior and telling the voting public that such ill-gotten rewards, bailouts as we now know them, are in the best interest of the people. Well the people aren’t buying it. No publicly owned company that lost all its investor’s money deserves one dime in the way of bonuses – especially when that bonus is had by stealing it from the very people whose money was lost.

So what have we learned from the Great Crisis so far? [click to continue…]

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A Manmade Global Cataclysm

August 17, 2009

nuclear-explosion-badger-tests(By G. Simmons)

The Federal Reserve desperately needs your help. They need your undying belief that the “dollars” in your pocket are “money” you best think again. Those are Federal Reserve Notes my friend. And that means they’re not yours. They are the property of the Federal Reserve to do with as they see fit. The Fed can render your dollars worthless. They can and do confiscate your dollars via the IRS. The Fed and U.S. Government can print unlimited dollars to pay for anything they want. And for each new dollar they print your share in the good old USA gets diluted a bit more. That’s the funny thing about money. Most Americans have no idea that holding a dollar is like holding a share of stock in America where the Fed is the CEO. And as the Fed issues more stock to pay for their every want and desire your share-value diminishes bit-by-bit until there is nothing left but the misplaced belief we had in the religion known as fiat money. [click to continue…]

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As I mentioned in the first email this “system” ( the “daily ” on the S&P500 ) has had a long string on MAJOR winning trades = around 200 S&P points or call it 2000 Dow points. I thought I would share the picture and mention that there has NEVER been really been any significant moves – - I am talking REAL moves – - that this “trending system” stays on wrong side of for long. [click to continue…]

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Investing Doesn’t Work

August 12, 2009

Picture of roulette wheelHave you ever looked up the definition of investing? I did. And I couldn’t believe my eyes when I read it. Here it is straight out of Wikipedia.

IN⋅VEST⋅MENT [in-vest-muhnt] – noun;
An investment is the choice by the individual to risk his savings with the hope of gain. An asset is usually purchased, or equivalently a deposit is made in a bank, in “hopes” of getting a future return or interest from it. The word originates in the Latin “vestis”, meaning garment, and refers to the act of putting things (money or other claims to resources) into others’ pockets. It is an asset that is expected to give returns without any work on the asset per se.

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