History of the Dow

How’s this for some chart-porn?

Just beautiful . . .

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Acck! Would whoever sent me this gorgeous chart please reveal themselves? I cannot seem to find you name

Category: Markets, Technical Analysis

New Home Sales Cut in Half

Category: Corporate Management, Data Analysis, Real Estate

Rally Continues on Bernanke Comments

Category: Credit, Economy, Federal Reserve, Inflation, Psychology

New Home Sales Rebound! (Sales drop 23.5%; Prices fell 13%)

Category: Data Analysis, Economy, Real Estate

iPod, Sansa, Zune

Category: Digital Media, Technology, Web/Tech

Hollywood Studio Exec Explains The Writers’ Strike

Category: Digital Media, Film, Television

Combined Value of Leading Credit Sources

Category: Credit, Derivatives, Finance, Financial Press, Technical Analysis

No Conspiracy Theory — Just Data

Category: Data Analysis, Psychology, Taxes and Policy

GDP=4.9% (also, I have a bridge for sale in Brooklyn)

Category: Consumer Spending, Data Analysis, Economy, Inflation, Psychology

Inflation? What Inflation?

A tale of two headlines:

Inflation Fears Hit Eurozone

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Goldman Sees Funds Rate Cut to 3%

Won’t someone please explain this to me?

How is it possible that the regions of the world with strong currencies — like Europe, U.K., Australia, and Canada — are having inflation problems. And yet at the same time, the nation having a record low currency — i.e., the United States and our Dollar — doesn’t seem to either inflationary pressures (At least according to official CPI data). And we seem to have little concern about further currency induced price increases.

Am I the only person who finds this incongruent?

If Goldman Sachs is correct, and the Fed does eventually cut rates to 3% — what might that mean for various dollar priced commodities like Oil & Gold?

Probably very little — if (and this is a big IF) we are in the throes of a recession. But what if the Bulls are right, and this is merely a mild mid cycle correction?

A 3% Fed rate could mean Oil at $150 and Gold at $1200.

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Excerpts after the jump . . .


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Sources:

Inflation fears hit eurozone

By Ralph Atkins in Frankfurt and Krishna Guha in Washington
FT, November 27 2007 18:02

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/55ff8ca6-9d10-11dc-af03-0000779fd2ac.html

Goldman Sees Funds Rate Cut to 3%
Greg Ip
WSJ, November 27, 2007, 9:26 am
http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2007/11/27/goldman-sees-funds-rate-cut-to-3/

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Category: Commodities, Credit, Derivatives, Economy, Energy, Inflation