Just the facts, m’am

Posted on Mar 07, 2008 by .

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There are ways to talk about the market, and about the economy, and about politics (gag) that are productive and then there are ways that are unproductive. The Media (TV, newspapers, internet) are the tools of mass hysteria and are mouthpieces of the herd. Often they are even used by “them” to spread disinformation.

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Some down, some up. Some market.

Posted on Feb 29, 2008 by .

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Today’s action looks like a further sell signal in the Dow. Two basic reasons. The false breakout to the upside and the follow up (or follow down) on Friday.

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Bulls? What bulls?

Posted on Feb 25, 2008 by .

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Mark Hulbert at marketwatch.com (one of our favorite columnists) remarks that newsletter advisors who have performed well in the past are largely bullish. These days when asked if we are bullish or bearish we reply that we stand firmly on the chart and the paper it is not written on. Our position, as we have noted is sideways. That said, how does the chart analyze? This might be a little triangle setting up in the Dow — marked below on the DIA.

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Dow sends unhappy Valentine. Read ’em and weep.

Posted on Feb 15, 2008 by .

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The big question of the moment amongst technicians is whether the low of January will be tested. Some say no, some say yes. We say that crystal ball gazing has never been anything but a way to get broken glass in your eye. We also say that from the December high a downwave pattern is developing, increasing the likelihood that the January low will be not only tested, but taken out. If the February high is taken out prices will return to the sideways pattern. Doesn’t look likely.

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Recession, reschmession, who’s got the depression?

Posted on Feb 08, 2008 by .

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As Leona Helmsley said it’s just the little people who pay taxes — and suffer in a “recession”. You will remember Keynes’ definition of a recession. It’s when your neighbor has lost his job. It’s a depression when you lose yours. (It wasn’t really Keynes. Just couldn’t remember who said it — actually it was Jeb Bush.)

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