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Answers I Really Wanna Know: Will the Fed's Cut Work?

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While it promises to be a long, hard road, doesn't every journey have uphill climbs?

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  • As 75 bips was "priced in" to the Fed Fund Futures, the SINGLE biggest question out there is: will it work?

  • Can we all agree that those scissors are simply one of many policy tools?

  • If YOU were the Treasury Secretary and had a "Buy it Now!" button, wouldn't you incessantly press it today to protect your BFF on the Beltway?

  • We live in interesting times, eh?

  • Is that bullet in their back pocket?

  • Through the lens of denial, migration and panic, are we finally entering the final trimester on a trading basis?

  • Particularly with bellwethers such as Citigroup (C), Merrill (MER), Fannie Mae (FNM) and General Motors (GM) down upwards of 50% from recent highs?

  • But isn't the stock market a different conversation than the economy given Big Ben's chipper chime last week that he didn't foresee a recession?

  • What if it isn't a recession-what if it's something entirely more depressing than that?

  • Even so, wouldn't that take time and price to creep into the collective consciousness?

  • Are the Giants a better team without Jeremy Shockey in the line-up?

  • While it promises to be a long, hard road, doesn't every journey have uphill climbs?

  • Will you remember to "conserve energy" once we've raced up that road?

  • While Bank of America's (BAC) subprime hit is being fingered as a downside catalyst, isn't psychology just as likely a culprit?

  • Do you see the technical importance of S&P 1240 and NDX 1700?

  • Anytime you privatize gains and socialize losses, don't you open the door to moral hazard?

  • Aren't all this stimulus packages segues rather than solutions?

  • Anyone wanna bet a buck that Goldman (GS) has a write-down in its upcoming report?

  • Is there anyone out there who isn't gonna buy the first dip?

  • After the second, deeper, gut-check dip, will you be watching the DNA of the rally in terms of volume, leadership, levels and tenor?

  • After the inevitable Snapper (which may begin from lower levels), will you remember that "selling dips" trumps "buying dips" as a stylistic approach?

  • Are we gonna see a lot more Nationalization as a function of need?

  • Was I early on my 2007 themes?

  • Will I be equally early on my 2008 vibage?

  • JP Morgan (JPM) has a bigger market capitalization than Citigroup?

  • That's gotta make Jamie Dimon happy, eh?

  • Is it me or are there a LOT more homeless people mulling around?

  • Will you remember that gold is an attractive asset class when it's trading around $700?

  • Isn't debt more pervasive than dot.com and real estate?

  • Jeezums, why are people so dead set against a recession?

  • Isn't it part of the natural business cycle?

  • Will those ratchet protection provisions come back to haunt the big banks?

  • Corporatocracy what?

  • Can China hold it together into the Olympics?

  • What the heck happened to the January effect?

  • Do you have your laundry list out with risk appetites and time horizon defined?

  • Will you remember that emotions are best left for weddings and funerals?


R.P.


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