Traffic Update (Bailout Edition)

Several of you have written asking exactly how much traffic has spiked this week, and what it might mean in terms of a rally.

Its a little complicated, but here are the details:

As noted last week, September 15th was our first 100k+ day. The rest of the week was even busier: Traffic was nearly triple its usual, culminating with a 157,899 page view day on Friday. Traffic for the week — Sun. Sept. 14-Sat. Sept. 20 — was 789,935 page views, also a first. At this rate, we are likely to see 2 million page views for the month (another record).

In terms of psychology, its a mixed bag. Monday and Tuesday were clearly fear driven. Whenever the market really gets whacked, people seek information about what is going on here.

Later in the week, it was some fortunate linkage. David Leonhardt’s NYT column had some nice things to say about the upcoming book on Bailouts, and the NYT drove a ton of traffic Wednesday. On Thursday, the post on SEC waiver of leverage rules got picked up by boingboing, fark and a few other major traffic drivers.

In terms of the technical set up and market sentiment, there were 2 posts where we suggested a reversal was imminent:

50% Retracement of 2002-2007 Rally (9/16/08) 

Fear Returns to the Markets (9/18/08)

Combine the technical and sentiment factors with the government bailout, and you have the makings of a powerful — but likely temporary — rally.

Daily Statistics 9.19.08


Visitors and Pageviews, Monthly, as of 9.20.08





A few caveats, however, are in order.

First, the biggest 2 day rally in the Dow since 1929 should lead to more upside — but its likely to be temporary.

And, as the Pakastani government recently learned, you cannot mandate the markets to go higher

Category: Contrary Indicators, Psychology, Technical Analysis, Trading, Weblogs

October 18, 1930: NYT on Short Selling

Category: Financial Press, Markets, Short Selling

Bill Moyers & Kevin Phillips on Bad Money

Bill Moyers sits down with former Nixon White House strategist and political and economic critic Kevin Phillips, whose latest book BAD MONEY: RECKLESS FINANCE, FAILED POLITICS, AND THE GLOBAL CRISIS OF AMERICAN CAPITALISM explores the role that the crumbling financial sector played in the now-fragile American economy.

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September 19, 2008


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Category: Bailouts, Currency, Economy, Video

Intrade Election Update, 9/20/08

Category: Options, Politics

Government Isn’t the Solution . . .

Tom Toles via the Washington Post

Category: Psychology, Taxes and Policy

The Underlying Basis of Finance & Credit

Category: Credit, Psychology

“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

Krugman: “We Are Socializing American Finance”

Paul Krugman, an economics professor at Princeton University, talks about the U.S. government’s move to cleanse banks of troubled assets and halt an exodus of investors from money markets and the outlook for the U.S. financial-services industry and economy

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00:00 "Socialization" of U.S. financial system
01:51 Bailout’s justification; "inevitable" rescue
04:13 The outlook for U.S. banks is "not clear."
05:02 "Weakening" economy into next year
Running time 05:57

Krugman Sees `Socialization’ of U.S. Financial System: Video
Bloomberg, September 19, 2008 17:53 EDT

Category: Bailouts, Taxes and Policy, Video

What Did You Miss If You Took This Week Off?

Category: Markets, Trading

NPR: SEC Bans Short-Selling Stocks



I did a nice interview with NPR on short selling earlier today, which should be live at 3pm.


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Category: Media, Short Selling