Cara's Commentary & Community Chat, Fri, Feb. 13, 2009

[5:25am ET] I believe that Humungous Bank and Broker (HB&B) is purposefully and systematically destroying the stock-broking, insurance-broking and mortgage-broking industries and that nothing good will come of this process. Because the principle of independent research, objective analysis and free choice is being increasingly denied us, the public is becoming a bank chattel. At some point, there will be a massive rebellion. I believe this event will occur on President Obama’s watch.

Cara's Commentary & Community Chat, Tues., Feb. 10, 2009

[7:43am ET] Interesting word, leadership. I have talked about it in the market; it’s been mentioned here a lot with respect to corporate CEO’s and politicians. Without leadership, all the work at planning, organizing, controlling and directing, go to waste. Wealth is lost. Spending serves one master, inflation.

But, insert a quality leader, and the army is able to march forward. Goals and objectives are accomplished. Wealth is built. Economic conditions stabilize.

Cara's Commentary & Community Chat, Mon., Feb. 9, 2009

[6:00am ET] Who would have taken the International Monetary Fund for being an early adopter of the ‘D’ word? Following a speech in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, IMF CEO Dominique Strauss-Kahn is reported in the Wall St. Journal as telling reporters that the US, Western Europe and Japan are “already in depression,” and that the IMF could slash its global growth forecasts further. The “worst cannot be ruled out,” he said. These comments were far more pessimistic than forecasts released by the IMF as recently Jan. 28, said the WSJ.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IMF

Cara's Commentary & Community Chat, Fri., Feb. 6, 2009

[7:27am ET] The Bernard Madoff scandal, not the current state of macro-economics, has brought America and the world to a crossroads. The question is simple: do we take the ethical high road or do we stay the present course? I ask you to read this document from beginning to end and ask yourself if we really have any option:
http://www.deepcapture.com/bernard-madoff-the-mafia-and-the-friends-of-m…

Cara's Commentary & Community Chat, Tues., Feb. 3, 2009

[8:00am ET] I have been so busy, I just picked up this blog entry from kaimu from Monday morning:

ALOHA!!

I am now freezing my ass off in Dallas, headed to San Diego then back to Hawaii about mid Feb …

Even though I was under the weather, with a bad cold, almost the whole time I was in the Bahamas I had a great time there and was able to do some business, even marketing orchids!

My thanks to Bill & Co … for an insiders look at the BAHAMAS … Very enlightening! I enjoyed the “mates” and the “piss up” at the CRICKET CLUB!! No “cricket” !!

Cara’s Commentary & Community Chat, Tues., Feb. 3, 2009

[8:00am ET] I have been so busy, I just picked up this blog entry from kaimu from Monday morning:

ALOHA!!

I am now freezing my ass off in Dallas, headed to San Diego then back to Hawaii about mid Feb …

Even though I was under the weather, with a bad cold, almost the whole time I was in the Bahamas I had a great time there and was able to do some business, even marketing orchids!

My thanks to Bill & Co … for an insiders look at the BAHAMAS … Very enlightening! I enjoyed the “mates” and the “piss up” at the CRICKET CLUB!! No “cricket” !!

Cara's Commentary & Community Chat, Mon., Feb. 2, 2009

[8:28am ET] I think maybe the guys in yellow won. I know that most of the people at the party were not watching one of the TVs, including the giant screen we were standing beside in the courtyard where I live. Most of the talk was of Liverpool and Arsenal and Man U. But, then, as I remarked to my friends, we were rather an eclectic group, from Ireland, Scotland, England, India, Germany, Spain, Holland, Colombia, somewhere in Africa, the US and of course Canada. I am sure I missed two or three countries in that small group of about a dozen of us.

Cara's Commentary & Community Chat, Mon., Jan. 26, 2009

[8:00am ET] The noise level is building from the ‘experts’ on TV. By the end of the week, I expect that most of the S&P 500 earnings will be in and probably 20% of these companies are likely to disappoint. Then there will be a new round of stories, mostly negative. But, as long as the Banks can manage their capital issues, which is likely, and we see more instances of insider buying from bank officers and directors, like JP Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon for instance, the market will also likely be net buyers, and prices should generally lift.

Cara's Commentary & Community Chat, Mon., Jan. 19, 2009

[6:30am ET] It is unfair of me to lay the blame of the global economic and financial woes at the feet of the Big Three US banks, as I did in the Week In Review. All the money center banks of the world are to blame, and the equity markets have shown them an appropriate response.

Last week, the average loss in share price of Bank of America, Citigroup and JP Morgan was -35.0%. But, UK