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2010 Economic and Stock Forecasts

To make an overall forecast let’s look at the past decade and year & the mega trends So here’s the Good, the Bad, the Ugly.

The Good

  • Emerging Markets The regulated capitalist economics of emerging markets have exploded over the last decade. This is primarily due to globalization. But countries with abundant natural resources are also benefiting. From India to China, one generation worked 15 hour days in a rice paddy and the next were computer programmers. In fact many of these countries never even entered a recession in 2008 & 2009. Globalization has positively impacted billions of these people.
  • European Union -  We used to be thought of as the melting pot, but this collection of countries and cultures now has the world’s #1 GDP.  Their tax rate is higher than ours  example Denmark @ 45% vs @US 37% – ugh) but they have great social services (example health care), live longer, less infant mortality, better health, @20% the crime rate, @ 20% the murder rate, no huge upcoming Medicare, Social Security or Deficit crisis. They are not perpetually fear mongered as in the USA and do not have an 200% increase in weapons budget (as we have had in last decade) to look forward to
  • Free Markets are NOT self correcting – Perhaps this lesson has NOT been learned in the USA, but it has made an impact in the rest of the world . The bubble and bust stock/sector/country cycle of unregulated capitalism (“free markets”) has had a demonstrable and extremely negative impact when the tech, housing, & financial bubbles burst. The blind unregulated  pursuit of capitalist greed simply does NOT work. The Dow started the decade at 11,000 and ended at 10,500. Nobel Prize winner -  Joe Stiglitz lessons
  • Economic Meltdown Averted – We stood on the edge of the cliff in 2008 and, at least for now, a catastrophic economic meltdown has been averted. Yes, many of the same individuals who helped cause the crisis also helped avert it.  Yes, government, that usually was a safety net for the poor, elderly was used to help the rich shadow financial institutions. Yes, government stimulus worked, but the deficit grew.  The rich have taken money from the working poor and the average taxpayer, but we all survived an economic collapse.

Coming up tomorrow the Bad and the Ugly

New Years Resolution


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The Huffington  Post blog has come up with a great new years resolution - Why not put your money in your local community bank instead of those huge financial shadow institutions that created the economic meltdown? Your local bank is FDIC insured for $250,000 and their GREED did NOT cause the financial meltdown. Stop crying, whining and getting angry, but sitting on your butt (hopefully smaller) – Do something – invest in your community bank

KISS & Stocks (Keep It Simple Stupid)

If you don’t understand a term look in up at Investopedia.com dictionary

AS ALWAYS, DO YOUR OWN RESEARCH BEFORE INVESTING!

Index Percentage Volume
Dow -1.14% down
NASDQ -0.97% up
S&P500 -1.00% flat
Russell2000- -1.27% -

Investors411 record – 5 years of beating benchmark S&P 500 and most major US indexes

Technicals, Fundamentals & Analysis

Most Sections of blog have been revised (or are under construction for 2010) See Positions , Strategy , and Overview for changes

US markets got toasted in the last 1/2 hour of trading for the year.  Volume was again very light. McClellan Index at -1.62 = NEUTRAL

Friday’s monthly  jobs number is the major known economic event of the week. More and more analyst see a V shaped recovery.  While this, on the surface, is positive you start to worry about too many experts being bullish.

FEARLESS FORECAST FOR WEEK – A very good jobs number might actually be bad for stocks on Friday. It would set off fears that higher interest rates would happen sooner rather than later. Stocks usually do poorly when interest rates rise. Simply, potential investors see rising rates as a better investment the higher they go than stocks. Weak volume offers no clue to market direction, but the McClellan is headed lower -  so forecast – Up at start of week and decline at end. = FLAT Week

Positions

The  Positions Section (also at top of blog) has the latest buys and sells (Usually updated over weekends)

These are positions I actually own

SELLING & BUYING

Sold all of UWM for +2% gain at years end

Coming soon – Results for 2010.

Long Term Outlook = CAUTIOUSLY BULLISH

AS ALWAYS DO YOUR OWN RESEARCH BEFORE INVESTING!

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