Beat Boxing to a Whole New Level

April 30, 2009

It took me the entire lenth of this, and a lot more Googling to believe it was even real.  Stop what you are doing, grab a cup of something, sit back and enjoy.  If you are at work, put on headphones, listening to it quitely wont do it justice.

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Swine Flu Links & Resources

April 27, 2009
World Health Organization Pandemic Influenza Phases

World Health Organization Pandemic Influenza Phases

Looks like the WHO has raised the level to Phase 4, a first I believe.  In any event some other dynamic resources (dynamic resources are updated frequently and are linked directly to below).

World Health Organization (WHO) – Disease Outbreak News

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (US CDC) – Swine Influenze (Flu)

European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control – Home Page

New York Times – Tracking Swine Flu

Wall Street Journal – Swine Flu Coverage

CDC Twitter Feed – CDC Emergency

Wall Street Journal – Interactive Swine Flu Map

USA Today – Interactive Chart of Swine Flu Cases and Precautions Around the World

CNN – Swine Flu Coverage

NPR – Interactive Map Confirmed Cases Of Swine Flu Across The Globe

U.S. Infections as tracked by the CDC as of April 27, 2009

U.S. Human Cases of Swine Flu Infection (As of April 27, 2009 1:00 PM ET) (CDC)

U.S. Human Cases of Swine Flu Infection (As of April 27, 2009 1:00 PM ET) (CDC)


Paul Kedrosky: Insight into the Recent Financials Rally

April 21, 2009

Insightful point offered yesterday by Paul at Infectious Greed.  I am reposting, I hope honorably, below.

“No-no , nothing suspicious or worrisome or unusual about this: The financial subsector of the S&P just had its first quarter of leading performance since 1993. Check the chart:

S&P Financials Eye First Top Finish Since 1993

S&P Financials Eye First Top Finish Since 1993

[via Bloomberg]”

Source:
S&P Financial Ahead for First Time Since 1993
Paul Kedrosky, Infectious Greed, April 19, 2009
http://paul.kedrosky.com/archives/2009/04/sp_financial_ah.html


Overbought?

April 20, 2009

Another sign of a pending pullback as charted by the good folks at Bespoke Investment Group.

Bespoke: S&P 500 Percentage of Stocks Above Their 50-Day Moving Average

Bespoke: S&P 500 Percentage of Stocks Above Their 50-Day Moving Average

Bespoke: S&P 500 Percentage of Stocks Above Their 50-Day Moving Average

Bespoke: Percentage of Stocks Above Their 50-Day Moving Average (Financials & Industrials)

There is definitely debate on whether or not we are in the beginning of a new uptrend, or at the end of a bear market rally.  Either way, I don’t know about you, but I’d rather at least wait until these charts hit bottom again before buying anything new.

Source:
Percentage of Stocks Above 50-Day Moving Averages

http://bespokeinvest.typepad.com/bespoke/2009/04/percentage-of-stocks-above-50day-moving-averages-2.html


Mortgage Equity Withdrawals as a Percentage of Disposable Income

April 20, 2009

Great chart from Calculated Risk titled: Equity Extraction Data from March.  Data through Q4 2008.

MEW Quarterly in Billions Courtesy CalculatedRisk.com

MEW Quarterly in Billions Courtesy CalculatedRisk.com

American’s are waking up to the reality that their homes are no longer ATM’s.  This will have long-term repercussions on aggregate U.S. demand, and will certainly put a large dent in our consumption driven economy.  Many Americans might be willing to replace home equity loans (mortgage equity withdrawals or MEWs) with an added job or two if there were any.  In time they likely will, but don’t expect the levered consumer to return for at least 60-80 years, that’s about how long it took us to forget the last deflationary period.

Source:
Equity Extraction Data

CalculatedRisk, March 24, 2009
http://www.calculatedriskblog.com/2009/03/equity-extraction-data.html


Win Ben Stein’s Money

April 18, 2009

What’s left of it anyway.  Stumbled on this, and it made me laugh, thought I’d share.  Peter Schiff vs. Ben Stein.  I always felt like Ben was a jackass, just could never place why.  Another Harvard alum devaluing the diploma, what else is new.

Note this is August 2007.  For some persepctive, consider selected stock prices then and now.

Bank Stock Prices August 2007 and April 2009

Bank Stock Prices August 2007 and April 2009

Source:
8/18/2007-Part 1 Peter Schiff On Cavuto On Business
YouTube, Accessed April 17, 2009
http://tr.youtube.com/watch?v=PDcIYchtFRY


David Tice, All that Glitters is Short & Gold

April 16, 2009

David is about as big as a grizzly when it comes to bears, but he called the bailout a year early.  Now he thinks markets can go down by more than half, penance for running up so far so fast.  One thing is for sure, its really a traders market.

According to David: Buy gold, sell everything else you own, and buy gold.  

David Tice, chief portfolio strategist for bear markets at Federated Investors Inc., and Christian Thwaites, chief executive officer of Sentinel Investments, talk with Bloomberg’s Pimm Fox about the outlook for U.S. stocks.

Tice says the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index is overvalued and may plunge 62 percent before hitting its bear-market bottom. (Source: Bloomberg)

Source:
4/8/09 David Tice: Don’t Believe the Rally

YouTube, Accessed April 16, 2009

Federated’s Tice Says S&P 500 Is Poised to Plunge 62%
Bloomberg, April 16, 2008
http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=newsarchive&sid=aQJBg1GcoPyA