WP: Man the lifeboats: This is not a drill!

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I threw a few words down discussing this week’s wild ride in a column for the Washington Post. The online version has the modest headline Why the wild stock ride?   Why the wild stock ride? but I like the print headline Man the lifeboats: This is not a drill!.

Here is an excerpt:

“Last week’s havoc should be looked at as a warning shot across investors’ bows. The disruptions signal a major change in risk appetites — the willingness of large institutional buyers of stocks to continue accumulating equities.

The changing economic data make a recession less of a long shot and more of a real possibility. The standard cyclical recession causes a market correction of about eight months and a market drop of about 20 percent.”

Feel free to leave comments here or at WaPo . . .

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Source:
Man the lifeboats: This is not a drill!
Barry Ritholtz
Washington Post August 04,6:58 PM
http://www.washingtonpost.com/why-the-wild-stock-ride/2011/08/04/gIQARdp0yI_story.html

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