Posts filed under “Financial Press”

Fears of Recession?

Today’s WTF headline comes to us via the WSJ: Investors Succumb to Fears of Recession.

Other than really dumb mofos, does anybody really think the fear of recession is just now impacting the markets?

WSJ Excerpt:

"Despite the historic proportions of a credit crisis that is reshaping the foundations of Wall Street, many stock investors until recently continued to hope that any recession, if it even came to that, might be shallow or brief. Now, investors are starting to worry that the stock market has simply been slow to react to problems that have been screaming at investors in the credit markets for months.

"I thought we might actually be able to skirt by without a recession," said Ernest Ankrim of Russell Investments in Tacoma, Wash. "Now I think we are in a recession right now and probably will be in a recession for two quarters and maybe three, maybe even four."

The spreading trouble in Europe undermines the hope that resilient foreign economies could help buoy the U.S.

Investors were startled at the financial crisis’s sudden expansion within Europe, as governments there staged emergency interventions to help rescue banks in Germany and the Netherlands. Major stock indexes fell 7.9% in London and 9% in Paris, the largest percentage declines since 1987. Germany was down 7.1%.

Some small investors who had been hoping to ride out the storm have begun selling. That could mark the beginning of a process known as "capitulation," market lingo for the moment when a critical mass of investors give up on hopes of recouping losses, and instead sell. It is during capitulation that a selloff starts to run its course, and prices begin to feel for the bottom."

What? A recession is possible/probable?

What world do these people live in?


UPDATE: October 7, 2008 9:21am

NYTimes has the same front page silliness:

Global Fears of a Recession Grow Stronger


Investors Succumb to Fears of Recession
WSJ, OCTOBER 7, 2008

Global Fears of a Recession Grow Stronger
NYT, October 6, 2008

Category: Credit, Economy, Financial Press

Contrary Cramer Buy Call ?

Category: Contrary Indicators, Financial Press, Markets, Psychology, Trading

Graphic Depiction of Finance Crisis

Nice collection of charts and graphics over at the BBC.  These two are my favorite: > ~~~   > > Source: Finance crisis: in graphics BBC, Friday, 3 October 2008

Category: Bailouts, Financial Press

Best of “Bloomberg on the Economy”

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Excellent series of podcasts by Tom Keene of Bloomberg on the Economy. Highlights include conversations with Nobel Laureates, professors and top economists.

Great stuff.

If you don’t use iTunes, there is a listing of podcasts at after the jump . . .

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Category: Digital Media, Financial Press, Podcast

Front Page Crash Coverage

Interesting front page coverage of yesterday’s market action: >            

Category: Financial Press, Markets

Wall Street Says Thanks…

Category: Bailouts, Financial Press, Taxes and Policy, Weblogs

Have the Media Been Too Easy on the Financials?

Is the media coddling Banks and Brokers in their coverage? Gawker observes:

In July, when Richard Fuld was blaming rumormongers and short-sellers for troubles as Lehman Brothers, the Times ran a column by finance writer Andrew Ross Sorkin echoing his complaints and calling one of the rumors, that Barclays would acquire Lehman, "absurd." Today, with Barclays buying Lehman’s U.S. operations, the Times is still siding with investment banks over investors, depositors and others who benefit from the free flow of information. Here’s some data the paper won’t be providing about the mess on Wall Street, according to an article it published today:

"…said Lawrence Ingrassia, business editor of The Times. “We aren’t going to say, ‘Here are three or five institutions that might fail next week.’ It’s one thing to say an industrial company is having trouble paying its debts, and another thing to say it about a financial institution.”

The Wall Street Journal is also censoring itself on behalf of large banks. Its spokesman said the newspaper would "stay away from" the words "crash," "panic," "pandemonium" and "apocalypse."

Both interesting and amazing . . .


Hat tip Scott

Press Coddles Banks With Pulled Punches
Ryan Tate
Gawker, 8:41 AM on Mon Sep 22 2008

Gasparino vs Einhorn, Kohn & Ritholtz 
TBP, June 05, 2008 | 01:52 PM

Amid Market Turmoil, Some Journalists Try to Tone Down Emotion
NYT, September 21, 2008

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Category: Financial Press

October 18, 1930: NYT on Short Selling

Category: Financial Press, Markets, Short Selling

“The Week That Changed American Capitalism”

WSJ: NYT: > Sources: Markets Soar, but New Rules Upset Traders VIKAS BAJAJ, ANDREW ROSS SORKIN and MICHAEL J. de la MERCED NYT,  September 18, 2008 U.S. Bailout Plan Calms Markets, But Struggle Looms Over Details DEBORAH SOLOMON and DAMIAN PALETTA WSJ, SEPTEMBER 20, 2008

Category: Bailouts, Financial Press

New Community, Comments, Color

I have yet to really play with the new, but it looks slicker than the old version. The most significant change — besides the colors and layout — is the community side of it. You can now post comments on every single WSJ published story. I am not sure how that will ramp up….Read More

Category: Financial Press, Web/Tech, Weblogs