Video-o-rama: Ring out the old, ring in the new

Although this is a holiday-shortened trading week, there has certainly not been a lack of video clips hitting the airwaves. A number of these review the historically brutal year that has just drawn to a close. Others attempt to cast light on the outlook for 2009, debating whether markets will stabilize, or at least be less ugly than 2008.

Also featuring prominently is a fair bit of footage on the rapidly deteriorating situation in China. Let’s see what the Year of the Ox will bring – the Ox after all is “a sign of prosperity through fortitude and hard work”, according to Wikipedia.

A few of the more interesting clips that have attracted my attention are shared below. All the material is worth watching, but do make a special effort to watch the Jim Rogers video (even though it runs for almost 20 minutes). On a lighter note, John Paczkowski’s “2008 – the year in wisecracks” is also not to be missed.

CNBC: 2008 in review
“CNBC looks back at the top stories from the past year, with CNBC’s Bill Griffeth.”

Source: CNBC, December 30, 2008.

Business Week: 2008 – economic misery
“2008 has been a historical year for the economy and the country. We look back at the financial crisis that changed the economic landscape.”

Source: Business Week, December 30, 2008.

Digital Daily: 2008 – the year in wisecracks


Source: John Paczkowski, Digital Daily, December 24, 2008.

CNBC: 2009 – what’s ahead
“Discussing what’s ahead for the economy and markets in 2009, with Peter Morici of the University of Maryland, John Ryding of RDQ Economics and CNBC’s Erin Burnett.”

Source: CNBC, December 31, 2008.

Bloomberg: Jim Rogers – “I’m prepared for the worst”


Source: Bloomberg (via YouTube), December 29, 2008.

CNBC: Marc Faber – outlook for ’09


Source: CNBC, December 29, 2008.

CNBC: How to invest in 2009
“The next stage in this financial crisis would be the collapse in employment, says Roger Nightingale, strategist at Pointon York. In light of this, he offers advice on how to inves.”

Source: CNBC, December 28, 2008.

Financial Times: 2009 – predictions of some known unknowns
“The Financial Times team of pundits is back, once again, to risk its professional reputation on bold predictions of some known unknowns.”

Click here for the article.

Source: Financial Times, December 30, 2008.

CNBC: Credit and the economy
“Discussing the credit market and the economy with Jan Hatzius, of Goldman Sachs, and John Lonski, of Moody’s Capital Markets.”

Source: CNBC, December 29, 2008.

CNBC: Nobel thoughts on the economy
“Insight on how soon the recession will end, with Edmund Phelps, Nobel Laureate and Columbia University professor.”

Source: CNBC, December 30, 2008.

Barron’s: Seasonal patterns for the market
“Barron’s Michael Santoli discusses what market patterns to expect in the closing days of 2008 and the beginning of 2009.”

Source: Barron’s, December 29, 2008.

CNBC: Get Ready to short 30-year US Treasuries
“Bill Smith of SAM Advisors is getting ready to short the 30-year US treasuries as he believes they are wildly inflated. He reveals more of his investment strategy to CNBC’s Martin Soong.”

Source: CNBC, December 30, 2008.

CNBC: Scam of the century
“Today [Wednesday] is the deadline for Bernard Madoff to disclose his personal assets. Jacob Frenkel, a former SEC enforcement attorney, discusses the scandal with CNBC.”

Source: CNBC, December 31, 2008.

CNBC: Skeptical about China’s stimulus plan
“Fraser Howie, author of “Privatizing China, Inside China’s Stock Markets” is skeptical about the kind of effect that China’s fiscal stimulus package will have on the economy. He tells Cheng Lei & CNBC’s Martin Soong why.”

Source: CNBC, December 30, 2008.

CNBC: China’s “dual-listed” labor market
“Unemployment is rising in China. But in its “dual-listed” labor market, the pain is more pronounced among high-skilled workers, notes Luca Silipo, chief economist for Asia Pacific at Natixis.”

Source: CNBC, December 31, 2008.

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