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On Ending Abusive Relationships

See the Bill Maher Video on ending an abusive relationship and having "hot sweaty monkey banking sex"

You may ask – Whose Bill Maher to give relationship advise?

Yesterday we went down to our local community bank.  We took some of the money of our non profit  (I’m the treasurer) and invested it in a community bank. Boy did it feel good and we even talked to an old flame who had helped us create our non profit a dozen years ago. Pst. Don’t mention the SEX part to my wife.

Today Those big barons of  shadow bankers are going in front of a congressional committee.  Don’t hold your breath. They will get a stern lecture, but as for legislative reform  - Nothing   Fortunately YOU can act.

Over The Top?

Yesterday’s Investors 411 paraphrased a question stated by Daniel Ellsberg who released sensitive government documents decades ago questioning why the US went to war in Vietnam – Did the US military launch a quit coup in the USA (under Bush) and is Obama part of it?

In a broad sense – Lets look at the evidence .

  • President Dwight Eisenhower warned about the growth of the Military Industrial Complex back in 1961
  • The Pentagon budget under Bush grew from $296 billion to $530 Billion and this figure did not include over a trillion for foreign wars.
  • Obama has not removed troops from Iraq and added a third surge in Afghanistan bringing total to a projected  $630 billion this year
  • Obama now asked for $33 billion more for weapons bringing total budget to a staggering $708 billion
  • Our children are glued to video games of violence, death and destruction
  • Our TV is filled with commercial and news shows that fear monger and glorify violence. Violence is often the only solution.
  • We used to seek solutions within the framework of the UN – Korea & 1st Gulf war and now work outside it – Iraq & yes Afghanistan
  • Our murder and per capita rate of violence is by far the highest among industrialized democracies.

You may want to call this "a quiet coup" or you may want to simply recognize the HUGE unilateral growth in fear mongering, weapons systems and glorification of violence as the only solution to problems.

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 -0.34% up
NASDQ -1.30% up
S&P500 -0.90% up
Russell2000- -1.32% -

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

Technicals, Fundamentals & Analysis

See Positions , Strategy , and Overview for changes made over weekend.

Again a last 1/2 hour rally moved stocks higher so there was NOT significant losses for all major indexes. Volume did increase.

  • McClellan Index at +o.07 = Neutral.    @+60 or overbought territory & @-60 or oversold. This Oscillator as formed support @ zero (see chart). So if we break though you might see it fall all the way toward oversold territory of -60.
  • One other Index that analysts use is the put/call ratio . Right now "After a 72% move higher in the S&P 500, [from last years low] a lot of bears are saying that the market has gone far enough and that we are due for a new crash. " LINK This is a prediction of a 10% or bigger pullback.

Earnings season has begun and Intel is the start and perhaps biggest report for techs. I believe they report on Thursday.

The long term bull is trend is firmly in place – Short term markets are neither overbought or oversold, but trending lower

What’s holding markets up? – There are several factors, but perhaps #1 is the expression "Don’t fight the fed." – The fed is flooding the markets with trillions of dollars of extreeeeeeeemly low interest loans . Stocks are the place investors/traders are going to get any sort of return.

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

See POSITIONS (scroll down) for details on this and what’s under consideration for 2010.

Long Term Outlook = CAUTIOUSLY BULLISH

AS ALWAYS DO YOUR OWN RESEARCH BEFORE INVESTING!

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