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  • Talk of Additional Stimulus Package to Aid U.S. Economy Recovery Boosts Markets - 21 October 2008
  • U.S. stocks rallied on Monday morning as investors responded to signs that the credit market is improving. Remarks by Federal Reserve chief, Ben Bernanke, that Congress should look into passing an additional stimulus package to speed up recovery of the economy also served to lift the mood at U.S. stock exchanges. The early morning rally continued through the day with the Dow finishing at 9265 points, being 413 points, or 4.7 percent higher. Although encouraged by this result, the ongoing volatility of the market has taught stock market players not to get too excited when the market rallies as it did on Monday.

  • Disappointing Commerce Department and Federal Reserve Reports Have Negative Impact On Markets - 16 October 2008
  • Wednesday’s performance on U.S. stock markets, and global markets for that matter, is likely to have squashed any feelings of optimism that Monday’s market rally may have brought about. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 7.9 percent to close at 8,577, while the Nasdaq composite index lost 8.5 percent, and the Standard & Poor’s 500 dropped 9 percent. This tale of woe was echoed throughout the world, with London and Paris markets dropping around 7 percent, the German DAX falling 6.49 percent, and Asian and Pacific stock markets all recording losses.

  • E.U. Agrees on Financial Crisis Plan of Action – Investors Advised Not to Panic-Sell - 13 October 2008
  • While many investors and analysts agree that it is unlikely that the level of anxiety being experienced by global stock markets will decrease in the upcoming week, there are those who believe there is room for a bit of optimism, based on steps being taken by governments and central banks in the United States and across the Atlantic to assist the financial sector. Also, with many being of the opinion that the market in the U.S. will soon bottom out, bargain hunters may start buying, which would give stocks a much needed boost.

  • Markets Remain Edgy on Both Sides of the Atlantic - 8 October 2008
  • Despite assurances from the U.S. Federal Reserve that measures are to be implemented immediately to make funds available to financial institutions, the U.S. stock markets took a battering for the second day in a row on Tuesday. The general outlook seems to be that whatever measures are taken at this stage, it may be “too little, too late”. The Dow Jones industrial average dropped 508 points, or 5.1 percent, to close at its lowest point since the end of September 2003, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 index fell 5.7 percent and the Nasdaq composite dropped 5.8 percent, to their lowest points since August 2003.

  • France to Host European Financial Summit - 3 October 2008
  • President of France, Nicolas Sarkozy, is set to host a European financial summit in Paris this coming weekend in an effort to agree to a united European Union response to the financial crisis the U.S. is currently experiencing, which is impacting on global markets. The summit will be attended by financial leaders of France, Italy, Germany and Britain, as well as European Central Bank Governor Jean-Claude Trichet, European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso and Eurogroup Chairman Jean-Claude Juncker.

  • $700 Billion Plan Rejected as American Voters Voice Discontent - 30 September 2008
  • The decision by the U.S. House of Representatives to reject the proposed $700 billion bailout for the financial sector has had rapid and far reaching repercussions. Within Monday’s seven and a half hour trading day, a record $1.2 trillion disappeared from the U.S. stock market. The Dow Jones industrial average tumbled by 777.68 points, or close to 7 percent, breaking all previous one-day decline records, while the S&P 500 dropped by 8.5 percent and NASDAQ by 9.1 percent.

  • Are Investment Fees Eroding Your Investment? - 25 September 2008
  • Irrespective of who is handling your investment portfolio, it is important that you review the performance of your investments regularly. While your primary focus will be on your investment return, be sure to review the investment fees, or internal expenses, of each of your investments too. These can vary tremendously and over a period of time and could be costing you a lot of money that should rather be working for you.

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