Video-o-rama: Dow back above 9,000

Video-o-rama: Dow back above 9,000

The Dow Jones Industrial Index on Thursday breached 9,000 for the first time since January and the Nasdaq Composite Index notched up a 12th consecutive advancing day (the first time sine 1992) as favorable reactions to earnings and economics reports propelled stocks and other risky assets higher. Meanwhile, the usual debate on the outlook for the economy and shenanigans of financial institutions again dominated the video channels over the past few days.

Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke’s bi-annual testimony on Capitol Hill (and an expected grilling by Alan Grayson) and other highlights of the week’s trials and tribulations were captured on video and are included in this video-o-rama compilation. Strutting their stuff were a star-studded cast including the likes of Martin Feldstein, Stephen Roach, Bill King, Nouriel Roubini, Sheila Bair, Mario Gabelli and George Friedman.

The compilation starts off with an interview with Harvard’s Martin Feldstein about his “double-dip” economic outlook, and concludes with a Charlie Rose conversation about the 40th anniversary of the moon landing.

Bloomberg: Harvard’s Feldstein sees risk of “double-dip” recession in US

“Martin Feldstein, an economics professor at Harvard University, talks with Bloomberg’s Betty Liu about the outlook for the US economy. Feldstein, speaking in New York, also discusses Federal Reserve monetary policy, the performance and future of Chairman Ben Bernanke.”


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Source: Bloomberg, July 21, 2009.

CNBC: Pascal Lamy – global trade to post “huge drop”

“The worst may not yet be over for the global economic crisis as world trade could continue to contract by another 10% in volume terms this year, Pascal Lamy, director general of the World Trade Organisation, told CNBC.”

Source: CNBC, July 22, 2009.

CNBC: Stephen Roach – the financial crisis isn’t over

“The CIT Group woes show that the financial crisis is not over and more writeoffs are on the way, Stephen Roach, chairman at Morgan Stanley Asia, told CNBC Thursday.”

Source: CNBC, July 16, 2009.

Bloomberg: Bill King on Unemployment Claims

“Interview and discussion with Bill King of The King Report. He talks about the growing unemployment number.”

Source: Bloomberg, (via YouTube) July 23, 2009.

Yahoo Finance, Tech Ticker: How a “very pessimistic” Ron Paul would fix the economy

“Congressman Ron Paul is ‘very pessimistic’ about the state of the economy, largely because – from his view – the Obama Administration ‘continues to do the things that created the problem in the first place’.

“Long a proponent of small government and a staunch opponent of the Federal Reserve system, Paul’s main point is that increased spending and higher deficits are not the solution to our problems, but their cause.

“‘You can take care of people, but never with a deficit, never by expanding the spending,’ the Texas Republican says in this exclusive video interview, taped in the Capitol Hill Rotunda in Washington D.C. ‘The more we do to interfere with the correction – the longer it lasts.’

“Had he been elected, Paul said he would be doing ‘a lot less’ than President Obama and blames Keynesian economics – which advocates increased government borrowing and spending during times of duress – for our nation’s current ills.”

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Source: Yahoo Finance, Tech Ticker, July 16, 2009.

CNBC: Should Fed begin exit strategy?

“Dan Greenhaus, of Miller Tabak, and CNBC’s Rick Santelli debate whether the Fed should begin its exit strategy in lending out money to companies.”

Source: CNBC, July 20, 2009.

CNBC: Roubini on fueling the recovery

“A cautiously optimistic view on the markets and economy, with Nouriel Roubini, RGE Monitor; Ariel Cohen, Heritage Foundation; and CNBC’s Maria Bartiromo.”

Source: CNBC, July 20, 2009.

YouTube: Alan Grayson – “Which foreigners got the Fed’s $500 billion?

“This is Congressman Alan Grayson questioning Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke on $550 billion of loans to foreigners (or ‘central liquidity swaps’ in ‘Federal Reserve-ese’).

“Which financial institutions received this money? Bernanke’s answer: “I don’t know.” As the Fed was lending this money, the dollar increased by 30% in value. Grayson asks, “Was this a coincidence?” Bernanke’s answer: “Yes.”

Source: YouTube, July 21, 2009.

The Wall Street Journal: The early verdict on Ben Bernanke

“In his new book, ‘In Fed We Trust’, WSJ Economics Editor David Wessel examines how Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke has steered the US economy through the ‘Great Panic’.”

Source: The Wall Street Journal, July 17, 2009.

Bloomberg: Bair – contain systemic risk

“Shiela Bair says the government should impose assessments on large or complex institutions that recognize their potential risk.”

Source: Bloomberg (via YouTube), July 23, 2009.

Charlie Rose: A conversation with Peter Orszag, Director – Office of Management & Budget

Source: Charlie Rose, July 22, 2009.

PBS – Nightly Business Report: Roubini on health care reform costs

Nouriel Roubini, economics professor at NYU’s Stern School of Business, joins Suzanne Pratt with his thoughts on health care and the economy.


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Source: PBS – Nightly Business Report, July 22, 2009.

Yahoo Finance, Tech Ticker: Another plan to fix the housing market – a rent-to-own

“A few days ago, Reuters reported that the Obama administration is considering another plan to stave off foreclosures: Rent-to-own. (The administration’s original plan – mortgage modifications – has so far been a disappointment).

“The goal of the program would be to reduce foreclosures and keep people in their houses – by reducing their monthly payments and eliminating the crushing burden of debt on homeowners that are underwater.

“Our guest Dan Alpert of Westwood, has proposed a version of rent-to-own as explained in the video clip.”

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Source: Yahoo Finance, Tech Ticker, July 17, 2009.

Bloomberg: Goldman Sachs vs Morgan Stanley – house of titans

“Interview and discussion with Brad Hintz of Sanford Bernstein. He says Morgan Stanley changes its business model to lower risk.”

Source: Bloomberg (via YouTube), July 22, 2009.

Financial Times: US bank earnings – commercial property woes

“Results from Wells Fargo and Morgan Stanley threw into sharp relief the mounting woes of the US commercial property market, says Greg Farrell.”


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Source: Financial Times, July 22, 2009.

CNBC: Digging Deeper: Earnings vs revenues

“David Goerz, of Highmark Capital, and Ken Shreve, of Investor’s Business Daily, go behind the earnings numbers.”

Source: CNBC, July 21, 2009.

Bloomberg: Mario on the markets

“Interview and discussion with the Chairman and CEO of GAMCO Investors, Mario Gabelli. He talks about health care, the auto market and retail gains.”

Source: Bloomberg (via You Tube), July 23, 2009.

The Wall Street Journal: The new, new thing is old, old people

“Columnist and portfolio manager James Altucher explains to Dow Jones Newswires reporter Shelly Banjo why the one thing people can count on is people getting old. Investors betting on pharmaceutical companies like Eli Lilly and Wyeth are bound to benefit when these companies introduce their new Alzheimer’s drugs to the market.”

Source: The Wall Street Journal, July 22, 2009.

Bloomberg: Dollar weakness on the horizon

“Interview and discussion with Steven Englander of the Barclays Capital. He gives his outlook about the dollar and his insights into currencies.”

Source: Bloomberg (via You Tube), July 22, 2009.

John Authers (Financial Times): China’s appetite for commodities

“John Auters says the Chinese appetite for metals has fuelled this year’s equity rally, but whether it will continue is hard to know.”


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Source: John Authers, Financial Times, July 22, 2009.

Barron’s: Gold still glitters

“Managers of gold-oriented mutual funds are describing a 9% pullback in gold this summer as largely a seasonal move – one that may well end up being a golden buying opportunity.”

Source: Barron’s, July 21, 2009.

The Wall Street Journal: Chinese-style of monetary policy is dangerous

“The debate is open about whether quantitative easing works. What does work is China’s policy of forcing banks to lend, never mind the consequences. But those consequences are severe: massive amounts of defaults, not to mention asset price bubbles.”

Source: The Wall Street Journal, July 21, 2009.

Financial Times: BoE voted unanimously to hold QE

“Has time run out for quantitative easing? Norma Cohen discusses the Bank of England monetary policy committee’s latest meeting.”


Source: Financial Times, July 22, 2009.

You Tube: George Frieman – rethinking Iran

“George Friedman, CEO of Stratfor, discusses recent events in Tehran, Israeli naval movements and the possibility of a new US policy emerging for Iran.”

Source: YouTube, July 20, 2009.

Charlie Rose: A conversation about the 40th anniversary of moon landing

Source: Charlie Rose, July 20, 2009.

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