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Why the Stock Market May have Collapsed Months before Barack Obama was Elected President

Background: I remember in February 2007, the Shanghai market cracked, and ours followed sharply downward the next day. However, both our markets and the Shanghai Exchange snapped back shortly thereafter as quickly as they had fallen.
 

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Would You Rather Be a Trader or an Investor?

As the U.S. stock market neared a bottom in February 2009 during the financial meltdown, the equities market were in the author's opinion trading at very cheap levels. Reizner described in this post how two styles of stock market participants: short-term traders and those who invest for the long term are diametrically opposed. John stated in 2009 that it might be better to be a long term investor and for investors to enter the market at what turned out to be very opportune levels.

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Blowing in the Wind

The Federal Reserve was set up originally as an independent body to so that it would be free of being influenced by the winds of political opinion. Robert Reich made the point recently in his blog that the Federal Reserve has committed 2.5 trillion dollars thus far to rescue our financial system from its credit seize up and from the black hole in the housing market. Most of the Fed's actions are being done behind closed doors. This is all in the name of the "monetary ease" to which Fed Chairman Bernanke referred in a speech on February 18, 2009.

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