Portfolio management: lessons learned from Lehman collapse

Reading Time: 2 minutes I have NOT added any new money to my brokrage account since Sept 15 2008 Lehman Brothers collapse, so it’s easier to calculate the performance of my portfolio (+25%, from Sept 30 2009 to today Sept 14 2009), and compare to benchmark (S&P -16.75%, from Sept 15 2008 to Sept 14 2009). We can not… Continue reading Portfolio management: lessons learned from Lehman collapse

The great bailout of 2008: bail, baby, bail

Reading Time: < 1 minute March 16: Bear Stearns, $29 billon Sept. 6: Fannie/Freddie, $200 billion Lehman Brothers: sorry baby no bail AIG: $85 billion Who is the next??? Essentially Fed/Treasury are transfering the downside risks from individual companies to the fed/treasury/greenbacks. Note the money pledged to support Fannie/Freddie/AIG could exceed the original number if the problem worsens. I can… Continue reading The great bailout of 2008: bail, baby, bail

Most severe crisis since the great depression

Reading Time: < 1 minute and here is President Bush has to say this morning (source: yahoo): “We are working to reduce disruptions and minimize the impact of these financial market developments on the broader economy,” Bush said in the Rose Garden, choosing to address the market turmoil at the top of an appearance with visiting Ghanian President John Kufuor.… Continue reading Most severe crisis since the great depression