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Random Thoughts: Where's Alan Greenspan?

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Does former Fed Head feel any guilt for what's happened?

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Editor's Note: The following was posted in real time on our premium Buzz & Banter. It's being shared here for the benefit of the Minyanville community. See also Sock & Awe! and Mercury Rising.


The Sniff and Scratch! - 10:51 am

  • Warren Buffett--who, by the way, signed the MV all-star guitar--is proof positive of what we've been saying. Those who have dry powder will be in a position to prosper when the time is right. It's too early to know how his Goldman (GS) bet or Constellation Energy (CEG) acquisition will play out but the point is that he deemed them of value and pounced in kind.

  • You know what jumped out and bit my ankle this morning? Citigroup (C), which is a red pimple in an otherwise green financial complexion. Well, that and American Express (AXP). And AIG (AIG). Hey, this is real-time...

  • While the exchanges (CME, NYX) will prolly have a monster quarter (due to the volume these last few weeks), I gotta wonder if their long-term prospects have substantially shifted as a function of the inevitable hedge fund shake out and brokerage deflation.

  • Jeezums.

  • Has the ETF bubble popped? I personally think they're awesome instruments to trade aggregate themes but it's an interesting question given the structural shift in the free market system.

  • You know what woulda been awesome? If Ben Bernanke shaved his beard for today's second testimony. It could have been a "sign" of changing times and a boon to the collective psychology. Then again, nobody woulda recognized him and he would likely have been denied access to the hearings.

  • Do you think Alan Greenspan feels any culpability? Anything at all? For the policies that were the genesis of these cumulative imbalances? For the twisting of the ARMS, stretching an already tapped consumer and extending the elasticity of the housing bubble? Anything at all? Even a little? No?



Answers I Really Wanna Know... - 11:39 am


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