Will China stop loaning us money?

I mentioned this just yesterday, and it looks like it’s quickly becoming a major issue.  According to a story from Reuters today, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao said “Whether we will buy more U.S. Treasury bonds, and if so by how much — we should take that decision in accordance with China’s own need and also […]

What if no one wants our debt?

Just read an interesting post on the Yahoo Tech Ticker site titled “Sum of All Fears: Stocks Slump But Bond Woes Are the Real Concern” and it mentions something that I haven’t talked about in quite awhile.  Bond prices. You see, when we (the US Government) borrow billions and trillions to bail out bad companies, […]

Here comes stagflation

This is something I’ve said would happen eventually.  Well, I haven’t said it here, but I’ve said it on a family email list where we discuss lots of weird subjects.  🙂  From todays’ Daily Reckoning Australia newsletter: “Treasuries tumbled after the government’s $9 billion auction of 30-year bonds at the lowest yields ever chased away investors,” reports Sandra Hernandez […]

Market Direction and Bond Insurers

I have a “My Yahoo!” page setup with a couple of portfolio’s, one to view the funds I have available in my 401k.  The other has a few stocks that I own in various accounts, such as the kids college funds, a Roth IRA, and a small “play” account.  The second portfolio also has a few stocks […]

“Fraidy Cat” Investor

“Fraidy Cat”?  C’mon, Walter, can’t you do better than calling people names and making fun of them when they get nervous? http://money.cnn.com/2007/11/29/pf/expert/expert.moneymag/index.htm?postversion=2007112910 Since this article was posted by Walter Updegrave on November 29th, the market (as measured by the S&P 500) is down more than 7%.  That’s more that it gained during all of 2007.  But Walter says […]

Buffett moves into bond insurance

It’s never wise to bet against the Oracle of Omaha, Warren Buffett.  It looks like he’s using the substantial resources of Berkshire Hathaway to move into the bond insurance arena.  Bond insurer’s are the ones left holding the bag IF the entity which issued the bonds (business or government) defaults on the bonds they’ve sold and […]