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  1. Lessons From 2008's Market

    Lessons learned from a rough 2008.

    1.Keep adequate cash on hand at all times.

    • Were it not for us contributing to our FSA’s and maintaining a positive balance in our savings account, those trips to the hospital in 2008 would have hit us pretty hard.

    2.Bubbles can go longer than fundamentally possible.

    • Markets react in extremes in both directions and the very good news/very bad news tends to come out at the top/bottom. Just think of where oil
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  2. In What Way Will This Be Different?

    After Bear Sterns revealed that one of their hedge funds was in trouble and would be forced to close is probably the most significant point we can all relate in which the markets began to show signs of strain. I also remember hearing the experts and analysts, aka the ones who currently do or once did analyze the financial markets for a living, claim that the financials have always led us out of any bear market/recession so watching the banking indexes for signs of strength would be the surefire ...
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  3. When Will the Next Cyclical Bull Commence?

    If the bears could have taken it down past 740, then why didn't it happen yesterday or today?

    There are so many people who are still fighting the last war here. My cousin is buying a house here soon and he's going to get a $7500 tax rebate. Guys, this is like buying a house and not having to pay for closing costs. He's going to use that 'rebate' money to put a on a new roof, water heater and windows in the house (windows and water heaters also bring a tax rebate).

    The ...

    Updated 02-19-2009 at 05:48 PM by Bullitt

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  4. The Unwinding

    It's probably safe to say that we're going to continue witnessing the unwinding of a multitude of excesses for years to come . We all have access the thousands of blogs, market gurus, stock charts and newspaper articles, but it's very difficult to cut to the chase and really understand what's going on here.

    Long story short. The largest generation in history is soon to 'retire' (I use that in quotes for a reason, more on it shortly) and is just realizing that more often than not, ...
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  5. Of Bottoms, Tops, Buys and Sells

    So the market has quickly rallied some 30% from it's low of 666 & change, and the mood is brighter than it was six months ago, but are things really any better? The 30% rally only means something if you actually bought somewhere below 700 and are either still holding on or cut out with a 20% or so gain. Even if you did manage to pull it off, your portfolio is still probably down some 40% from last year, right?

    Things are actually probably worse in many ways compared to 6 months ago ...
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