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  1. The pullback


    Stocks pulled back sharply yesterday on some negative news out of Greece, the news of a major hedge fund filing for bankruptcy, and some old fashioned profit taking on the last day of a huge month for stocks. The Dow lost 276-points.

    For the TSP, the C-fund lost 2.47% yesterday, the S-fund fell 2.42%, the I-fund plummeted 4.92%, and the F-fund (bonds)
  2. October Ends on Down Note

    The market gave up some of its impressive gains today, but October was still a huge month for the bulls, with the S&P 500 finishing the month with a gain of almost 11%.

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    The sell-off began overseas as the elation over the agreements reached last week at the EU Summit wore off. Some of the bourses saw losses of more than 3% on the day.

    And the dollar soared in response as the I fund realized a loss of 5.19% by the close. ...
  3. Can stocks move up again this week?


    Stocks were mixed on Friday after the 500-point rally on Wednesday and Thursday. The Dow gained 23-points and the S&P was up fractionally, but the Nasdaq, Transportation Index, and small caps all closed lower.

    For the TSP, the C-fund was up 0.04% on Friday, the S-fund lost 0.22%, the I-fund fell 0.68%, and the F-fund (bonds) gained 0.44%.

  4. Movement at the Top

    It's been several weeks since the Top 50 had a shift in stock allocation exceeding 10%, but this week there's movement at the top. Here's the charts:

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    s fund-2011-cash-stock-exp-~-top-50-chart-1-jpg

    The Top 50 increased their collective stock exposure by a healthy 17.82% going into the new trading week. Total stock allocation now sits at 34.06%. That's still not exactly bullish, but not nearly as bearish as it was last week. What I find interesting ...
  5. My boss is a surly bastard. Can I get a transfer?

    By's Bureaupat

    Dear Bureaupat,

    My supervisor is a surly bastard. The past two years have been the worst two years in my working life.Recently, I've sought professional services. I'm a mess and my boss is making my life a living hell. Can I ask for a transfer? Is there such a thing?

    Dear On the Edge,

    The trick is to keep yourself outside of a room ...
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