Reader Mail

It’s been too long since I printed your comments and answered your questions in Daily Profit. After I finished cutting and pasting the most relevant, I came out with 5 pages of reader mail.

The Next Arrow

Bernanke has said it’s time to consider using the second arrow in the Fed’s quiver. That’s the "provision of liquidity" arrow. Maybe the Fed will buy Treasuries. Or maybe the Fed will start doing direct loans to businesses and even consumers. What could go wrong?

Who Can You Trust?

When the financial industry breaks down, there’s no recourse for lost money. It’s just gone. That’s why I continue to stress education and diligence to individual investors. Learn about all the investment possibilities and risks are, and stay vigilant with how you balance risk and reward.

The Blame Game

Stocks were unable to build on Thursday’s momentum. Friday’s late sell off seemed like a pretty obvious vote of no-confidence for Paulson. It also suggested the market had low expectations that the G-20 meeting that took place over the weekend would lead to any concrete action.  And the market was right.

A Loss of Confidence

So much for the silver lining talk. The Dow Industrials seem intent on testing recent lows. The low close came on October 27 at 8,175. The intra-day low came on October 10 at 7,773. I can’t say it’s a surprise. But it is disappointing.

Fear and Greed

The fact that it wouldn’t be good for my blood pressure aside, do we really think that stocks can simply move back to their prices of a few weeks ago and everything’s suddenly hunky-dory? No, trepidation and caution are always good traits for investors, especially these days. Profit-taking when you have the opportunity is a good thing, too.