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No BS Weekly Update - September 19, 2011

Eyes on Europe and the Fed

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Dear  ,


For any of you who joined us this summer for our Investing in Times of Global Uncertainty presentation, you may remember us talking about this slide.


European Debt Exposure


This graph was in a lot of articles purporting to show why there wasn't much danger of the European Debt Crisis spilling over and affecting the US. At the time we shared with you why we thought that analysis was wrong.


Is It Time To Worry Now?


When I saw the headline below on Friday I had to read further. I thought to myself, what the heck are we doing bailing out Europe when we can't even afford to bail ourselves out, especially if we have so little exposure as they were claiming in the chart above?



US taxpayers could be on hook for Europe bailout 


Here is the paragraph that prompts my question: Should we worry now?


"The latest round of American financial assistance came Thursday with a promise by the Federal Reserve to swap as many dollars for euros as European bankers need. In the short run, those transactions won't have much impact because the central banks are simply swapping currencies of equal value..."


In the short run! What about the long run? What is the outlook for the Euro? Here are several stories that I have seen about the outlook for the Euro over the last several months:


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The European Disunion - will the euro survive? 


"As the currency crashes and the Continent is swept by protests, even key members such as Germany and France are starting to think the unthinkable about the euro."


Gordon Brown fears euro crisis worse than Lehman as 1930s beckon 


For those that don't recall, Gordon Brown is the former Prime Minister of Great Britain.


Does the Euro Have a Future? By George Soros 


This is from an Op Ed by George Soros who many consider to be one of the best currency traders of all time.


So here is something to think about. If we had so little exposure to this problem in Europe, why are we taking on so much more exposure? Could it be that the exposure is much greater than the government has led us to believe? After all, does it make sense to trade unlimited Dollars for Euros when there are many analysts that question whether the Euro can even survive? What will those Euros that the US government holds be worth if the Euro collapses? And most importantly, how does this strengthen the United States Economy?


Folks, as we've talked about many times, crisis creates opportunity. Would you like an idea of how to possibly benefit from the debt crisis in Europe? If so, please give us a call!


ECONOMIC CALENDAR:                                    
Monday - Housing Market Index                                              
Tuesday - Housing Starts, FOMC Meeting Announcement Wednesday - Existing Home Sales, EIA Petroleum Status Report
Thursday - Jobless Claims     



Chart 09_19_2011

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President Barack Obama said on Saturday that Americans need to be ready to "pay their fair share" to narrow the deficit, previewing his proposals to Congress that are expected to include more taxes on the rich. On Monday, the President will call for a new minimum tax rate for individuals making more than $1 million a year to ensure that they pay at least the same percentage of their earnings as middle-income taxpayers, according to administration officials.[4]
Wall Street was cordoned off for a second consecutive day Sunday as about 300 to 400 people remained near Chase Manhattan Plaza for a protest dubbed "Occupy Wall Street." A smaller group, followed by a column of police motorcycles, marched uptown on Broadway as people beat drums, strummed guitars, and held up signs reading "end corporate welfare" and "we are too big to fail."[5]

With Europe's credit and banking crisis seeming to get worse by the day, there are now several reports that Brazil - as well as Russia, India, and China - may look to buy up a portion of sovereign debt from troubled European nations. The creation of a so-called euro bond, which would act as a common debt instrument much like the euro now acts as a unified currency, has been mentioned by many economists and financial experts as a possible way to help end the crisis.[6]



Quote of the Week

"Some people will do anything for money - even work." -P.K. Shaw

Recipe of the Week

Frozen Crème Brulee


From: Vegetarian Times

These simple crèmes are made of vanilla ice cream topped with a brulee of soft caramel.



2 cups vanilla ice cream, slightly softened

2/3 cup granulated sugar

1/4 cup evaporated milk

Fresh berries or mint sprigs for garnish, if desired



1) Spread 1/2 cup ice cream into 4 oval crème brulee ramekins. Freeze until firm.

2) Meanwhile, combine sugar and 1/3 cup water in saucepan, and bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring to make sure sugar dissolves. Using pastry brush dipped in water, wipe down inner sides of saucepan to dissolve any sugar crystals that cling. Cook mixture about 10 minutes, or until it begins to caramelize (swirl pot to brown evenly). Cook 1 to 2 minutes more or until caramel is medium-brown. Remove from heat, and stir in 2 tablespoons water. Let cool 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in evaporated milk. Cool completely.

3) Spread thin layer of cooled caramel over ice cream in ramekins. Return to freezer until ready to serve. Garnish with fresh berries or mint sprig, if desired.




Golf Tip
Short Game Swing

It is better to think long, slow, and smooth for the short game. Precision is important around the green, so there isn't much margin for error. It's vital that you maintain a steady, smooth rhythm and tempo for every short shot you hit. Forcing yourself to make a short swing because you have to move the ball a short distance throws off your timing.


Instead, try counting through each short shot you hit: "One, two, three." Count "one" as you start the club away from the ball, "two" when you reach the top of the swing, and "three" as you swing through. From 40-yard pitch shots to delicate chips off the apron, maintain this same count. If you do, you'll find it much easier to make consistent contact.


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[1 ]http://money.cnn.com/2011/09/18/markets/stocks_lookahead/index.htm   

[2] http://www.marketwatch.com/story/us-stock-indexes-rise-for-fifth-day-2011-09-16?dist=markets   

[3] http://pragcap.com/operation-twist-qe3-style   

[4] http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/44563075/ns/politics-the_new_york_times/t/obama-tax-plan-demand-more-millionaires   

[5] http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-09-18/wall-street-occupied-by-a-few-hundred-people-as-protesters-ranks-dwindle.html  

[6] http://money.cnn.com/2011/09/14/markets/thebuzz/index.htm?iid=SF_E_River   


Phil Reames

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