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Posts Tagged ‘Investments’

Reinstate the Uptick Rule!!!

Thursday, September 25th, 2008

The uptick rule made sense when it was instituted back in 1938 and 70 years later it still makes sense. Simply stated, the rule required that a short sale be executed only if the latest transaction in the stock was at a price higher than the previous trade, i.e. had been an uptick. The various arguments made for its elimination do not hold water relative to the rationale for its existence – as a check and balance against ‘bear raids’ on stocks. Its elimination was a mistake and the recent rampant and destructive bear raids on more than a handful of financial stocks is evidence of that mistake.


Wall Street Turmoil – Plenty of blame INCLUDING the Federal Government

Wednesday, September 17th, 2008

In the beginning – there were bad lending practices. And they are at the core of this extraordinary mess.

What was at the heart of the bad lending practices? The Federal Government!! Under both the Clinton and Bush administrations, it was government policy to encourage the private sector to ease underwriting standards in order to expand housing ownership in the U.S. The Federal Reserve under Alan Greenspan was an enabler in that development, by employing a monetary policy that kept interest rates exceedingly low, to the benefit of mortgage seekers. So lay blame on the US Government for bad policy.