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  • Third Quarter Corporate Earnings and Possible Additional Federal Reserve Intervention Affect See-Sawing Market - 22 October 2008
  • While acknowledging that the U.S. market is likely to remain volatile for some time, many are of the opinion that the market’s devastating downward slide may be nearing an end. However, the U.S. economy is still in a whole heap of trouble, and this was underscored by the fact that on Monday, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke called on Congress to consider an additional fiscal package to boost the economy. Historically, in tough times the stock market has picked up months before a noteworthy improvement was experienced in the economy – so this should come as no surprise to the financial world.

  • Investor Confidence Knocked By Volatile Market – and Vice Versa - 17 October 2008
  • Stock markets in the U.S. opened low on Thursday, with traders apprehensive as to what surprises another trading day may hold. Adding weight to the terms "yo-yoing", "see-sawing" and "roller-coaster ride" that have become commonplace when describing the volatility of the current market, following a morning of stomach-churning declines, the market picked up dramatically with the Dow closing at 8,979 - more than 4 percent up, while the Nasdaq rose more than 5 percent and the S&P climbed by over 4 percent. European markets did not follow suit as has been the case recently, and London’s FTSE, Paris’s CAC-40 and Frankfurt’s DAX all dropped between 4 to 6 percent.

  • Dramatic Market Rebound a Welcome Start to the Week as Bailout Strategies Are Fine-Tuned - 14 October 2008
  • No doubt driven by the news that governments around the world are taking unprecedented action to bolster the financial sector, Monday saw Wall Street record its most phenomenal bounce back since the 1930s, with major stock markets around the world enjoying similar positive results. Following one of the worst trading weeks ever, the rally was welcomed with elation by stock market players. While not wanting to put a dampener on the high spirits of investors, the question on the minds of many is likely to be: "Is this going to last?" Given the volatility of the market in recent months, the answer to that is anybody’s guess.

  • Authorities Hopeful That “Coordinated Emergency Rate Cut” Will Restrain Spreading Financial Crisis - 9 October 2008
  • Confirming speculation that the Federal Reserve may cut interest rates before their next official meeting scheduled for 28-29 October, it was announced Wednesday that rates would be cut by 50 basis points to 1.50 percent. While welcoming the news, investors remain wary about the effect this will have on U.S. stock markets and the economy. In what has been termed as a “coordinated emergency rate cut”, similar interest rate cuts were made in the U.K., China, Canada, Switzerland and Sweden, as well as by the European Central Bank.

  • Air of Pessimism Likely to Persist Despite Approval of Revised $700 Billion Bailout - 6 October 2008
  • Following almost two weeks of intense debate, the revised $700 billion financial sector bailout plan was passed by the U.S. House of Representatives, with President George W. Bush signing the bill into law on Friday. With unanswered questions regarding the implementation of the plan and many questioning its potential effectiveness, analysts are doubtful that the plan’s approval will lift the cloud of pessimism hanging over the stock markets, at least in the short term.

  • U.S. Markets Rebound on Hopes of Revised Bailout Plan Success - 1 October 2008
  • While global financial markets continued to fluctuate on Tuesday, U.S. markets rose substantially, gaining back roughly half of Monday’s enormous losses. Analysts believe that this rebound is due in part to expectations that, before the end of the week, Congress will push through a revised bailout plan. These expectations were strengthened when both Presidential candidates made it clear that they are in favor of the U.S. government’s efforts to rescue the financial sector, while President Bush confirmed that Monday’s defeat was by no means the end of the legislative process. Bargain hunters stepping in to take advantage of Monday’s dramatic decline, no doubt also contributed to Tuesday’s improved market performance.

  • Is Multi Billion Dollar Bailout Plan On A Rocky Road To Nowhere? - 26 September 2008
  • With the Bush Administration’s $700 billion financial sector bailout plan dominating news headlines, and authorities seemingly unable to reach an agreement, the stock markets continue to be tossed about on a turbulent sea of uncertainties. Thursday saw a slight market rally, with investors cautiously optimistic that the bailout plan would be approved on Thursday, and put into action in the very near future. Indeed, at one stage on Thursday it did appear that an agreement had been reached, but then, once again, the wheels fell off, squashing any hope of an early resolution.

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