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Especially if one is short.
This market is certainly acting as though all of our global economic problems are melting away. I've noticed that several junk bonds that I follow have been steadily moving higher in recent weeks and today a high yield REIT that I own (IVR) was up more than 5%. That suggests to me that the intermediate term may continue higher for awhile and that the downside may be very limited.
But I can't help
Stocks were up big on Friday, an unusual performance for an options expiration day in October. The Dow gained 267-points on the day - a surprise move considering what the markets are up against this week in Europe.
For the TSP, the C-fund was up 1.88% on Friday, the S-fund gained 2.24%, the I-fund made 2.02%, and the F-fund (bonds) slipped 0.04%.
No major changes to the allocations from last week, but then cash levels were high then and remain high now.
Here's the charts:
The Top 50 reined in their stock exposure for the second week in a row. Last week their stock allocation was sitting at 21.54%, which is pretty conservative.
Now it's lower.
For the up coming week, the Top 50 lowered their overall
Breakout is a good sign,but short-term question marks
Stocks rallied strongly on Friday turning what looked like was going to be a negative week into another positive one. The action comes as we head into an important weekend for the Eurozone as they continue to put together a plan to try to tame the debt crisis in Greece.
For the TSP, the C-fund gained 1.14%, the S-fund added 0.44%, the I-fund slipped 0.44%, while the F-fund (bonds) was up
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