Month: May 2009

Market Update: Why I Closed My March Longs

Just time for a quick market update (here’s my prior update) and explanation of my May 6th tweet (the time stamp says 9:46 PM because I’m in Sweden, six hours ahead of USA ET, where it was 3:46 PM):

Just closed out all stock positions (long) I put on in the beginning of March: http://bit.ly/3299rF. Biggest gain: RIMM 89%; loss INTU -8%.

Comments on the chart below:

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Article: The Quiet Coup

A long, but interesting and important article.

The Quiet Coup
By Simon Johnson
2009-05
The Atlantic

The crash has laid bare many unpleasant truths about the United States. One of the most alarming, says a former chief economist of the International Monetary Fund, is that the finance industry has effectively captured our government—a state of affairs that more typically describes emerging markets, and is at the center of many emerging-market crises. If the IMF’s staff could speak freely about the U.S., it would tell us what it tells all countries in this situation: recovery will fail unless we break the financial oligarchy that is blocking essential reform. And if we are to prevent a true depression, we’re running out of time.

One thing you learn rather quickly when working at the International Monetary Fund is that…

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