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Will Spain Pop the Question This Thursday?

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Before we get to October, we could use some help from our friends in Spain, who could use some help from the ECB.

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HIGH FREQUENCY TRADING:
Lloyd: What's your favorite app?
HAL: It's a link to a video of people standing in a long line, waiting for their turn.
Lloyd: Sounds ridiculous.
HAL: Hey, you're finally coming around.

CHINA: Good news -- after a couple of disorienting weeks, they found their future paramount leader. The world economy may now return to its regularly scheduled confusion.

STOCK MARKET TECHNICALS: Sometimes one market pattern morphs into another market pattern. Coincidentally, this often happens when no one is quite sure exactly what's going on.

GLOBAL ECONOMY: Now, not so good. But in six months... it better be picking up.

CONSUMER CONFIDENCE: "It's beginning to look a lot like (there's going to be a) Christmas…"

US PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION: Only about $2 billion in political advertisements left to go before the big day.

THE MIDDLE EAST: Too depressing to comment on; too serious not to comment on.

THE CLIFF: Positive Fed Chair comment? Go back and check minute 55-56 of Fed Chair Bernanke's Q&A session during his September 13 FOMC press conference. I think I heard him say, "If the fiscal cliff does occur, I suspect it won't and I hope it won't...."

GREECE: My ring fence idea here: Greece and Portugal steal away westward for a quickie Vegas wedding. Consolidate their debt; keep it from messing up any other economy.

JAPAN: Scuffling over a few islands with China. Not for nothing but the history of this kinda thing is not good.

DRAGHI: Interest-rate cut coming? Many in the eurozone say it isn't needed. Which prompts the question: What does "need" have to do with anything?

ITALY: Who's your daddy? Does the eurozone own Italy or is it really the other way around?


What Is Lloyd's Wall of Worry?
by Lloyd Khaner

Welcome to my at-a-glance guide to the issues facing investors this week -- a unique tool for traders and money managers.

Typically the term "wall of worry" refers to the entire body of concerns influencing stock market action. When the wall is high, meaning the market is nervous, stocks tend to get cheaper.

This wall of worry is even more specific. Every week I list the exact concerns in the marketplace and use the list to help me make buying and selling decisions. As I like to say, "Buy fear, sell cheer."

In other words, once the the wall rises above 15 blocks, start looking for deals. If the worry count sinks below 10, consider selling; prices have likely peaked.
Position in SPY, QQQ, GLD
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