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Answers I Really Wanna Know...


If the market is a leading indicator, how can so many analysts lean against "great fundamentals?"

  • Was the massive worldwide liquidity spigot opened in front of the perceived hedge fund redemptions this week?

  • Seriously, who walks into your office at 7:00 AM and says "Wow man, you really look tired today?"

  • Is the proper response, "I'll take a nap Kevin. And hey, do they sell men's clothing where you bought that shirt?"

  • Did you see me roll my Todd-lot put position "up and out" to October after yesterday's early morning fade trade?

  • I mean, is there anything worse than front-month gun-to-the-head option decay?

  • If you're not mandated to trade every single day, why would you?

  • Hey Buttercup, who doesn't like The Princess Bride?

  • UBS, Europe's largest bank, is trading at the '07 low and saying that "turbulent" markets may cut into profits for the rest of the year?

  • Wal-Mart, the world's largest retailer, missed earnings and cut its '07 forecast?

  • Europe's economy grew at the slowest pace in more than two years, hurt by weakness in manufacturing and construction?

  • Santander, the large Spanish bank, has $3 billion of exposure to high-risk loans in the U.S.?

  • The Sallie Mae buyers may walk away from the $25.3 billion takeover?

  • Australian mortgage lender Rams Loans Group, citing "unprecedented disruptions in credit markets," took a 20% overnight haircut?

  • Citigroup, the biggest US bank by assets, could lose as much as $3 billion in the third quarter due to the credit crisis?

  • And the stateside pre-market futures are still trading flat to higher?

  • Isn't the reaction to news is more important than the news itself?

  • Or is the traction a function of the ECB injecting more liquidity into the marketplace despite the fact that they're no longer communicating the amount?

  • Isn't communication the only difference between intervention and manipulation?

  • The Bank of Japan drained $13.6 billion from the banking system to suck out excess liquidity?

  • Was the pop & drop in Goldman Sachs yesterday a microcosm of what will happen if and when the FOMC cuts interest rates?

  • Is Goldman the single whitest, er, best tell or what?

  • Between that, the Yen and the VXO, shouldn't we have a good handle on the multi-linear dynamics?

  • Did cronyism lose another leg yesterday?

  • Isn't it a little early to be giving snaps to Ben Bernanke?

  • Why can't I get this tune out of my head today?

  • Did you see that during the three weeks ending Friday, 55 Russell 1000 companies announced new stock buybacks totaling $80.2 billion (double the prior 12-month daily rate)?

  • Has anyone ever seen Christian Bale and Scott Reamer in the same room at the same time?

  • How can there be capitulation with the DJIA up six percent for the year?

  • Aren't rallies on extremely light volume supposedly suspect?

  • How will you be remembered?

  • What happens to liquidity when head traders hit the beach on the back half of August?

  • If the market is a leading indicator, how can so many analysts lean against "great fundamentals?"

  • Isn't the news always best at the top and worst at the bottom?

  • I mean, come on now, if your accountant told you that you were on a crash course with an explosion of debt, would you pay attention?

  • Will you remember those words if and when we again rally?

  • Or will it be "Game on!", Wayne and Garth style, as there are so many agendas currently in play?

  • Where are we in the "denial-migration-panic" tri-fecta?

  • Are the Yanks peaking too early?

  • Are you telling your friends about the 'Ville?

  • Wanna earn a free month for each new Minyan you light up?

  • And finally, is anyone interested in test driving Professor Jeff Cooper's new trading service?

  • Are you ready for some football?

  • Do you think Vince is jealous that Eric is seemingly leaving the nest?


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Todd Harrison is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Minyanville. Prior to his current role, Mr. Harrison was President and head trader at a $400 million dollar New York-based hedge fund. Todd welcomes your comments and/or feedback at

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