Archive for the 'Markets' Category

Links – 22/05/07

Link Opportunities for SEO(artofmoney)

Here are my observations, they should give you some good ideas about how to gain some high quality incoming links, that you may never have discovered if you didn’t do your market research properly.

Sell gold?(FT)

Within a year, though, the gold bear market will have run its course, and Mr Bernanke’s other academic speciality, depression avoidance, will be called on. He and his counterparts in Europe, Japan and China will be called on to keep the global Ponzi scheme going, because the real economies cannot stand a bust in the financial economies. In anticipation of that rapid reversal, gold will take off as it hasn’t for a generation.

Renting a room(personal finance advice)

If you have extra space in your house, you may have considered renting out a room to bring in some extra cash and share the utility bill costs.

Luck OR Skill?(BBC)

But unpredictability is what makes entrepreneurship an interesting challenge – it is not an exact science to create a successful company, and life would be duller if it was.

Find a profitable Rental Property(plus6)

After multiple years of being a seller’s market the tides are turning, and buyers have the upper hand.


Links – 18/05/07

Stock Technical Analysis(stocktrading101)

In this particular chart, I used the 50 day moving average as a clear example of support.

Nationwide Downgrades Expectation(ukhousingbubble)

Does this mean that the days of double digit appreciation are over? It seems so, at least as far as the Nationwide is concerned.

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Links – 15/05/07

UK Inflation Slows(BBC)

Consumer price inflation fell to 2.8% last month, against 3.1% in March, the Office for National Statistics said.

House Price Crash Ripples(MarketWatch)

Home Depot reported a sharp drop in first-quarter net income Tuesday, citing the faltering U.S. housing market and unusual weather for much of the blame.

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Links – 12/05/07

Safe As Houses? (guradian)

Nobody disputes that for the next four to six months the pressure will be off; inflation is set to fall as the decline in energy prices works through the economy. The question is what happens in 2008 and 2009.

Is This It(Investingthemiddleway)

With yesterday’s triple digit drop in the DOW, the first since the mini-crash on Feb 27, the question on everyone’s mind seems, “Is this it? Is this the end of the rally?”

Continue reading ‘Links – 12/05/07’

Gold Price Update

In my last post on the gold price I said the action was looking quite weak, and that it could probably hit $667 or even lower before bouncing. Well, unusually, it looks if I was right! Gold hit $667 today, and bounced up a little. If it doesn’t bounce back hard, it may well drop further.


It does look quite unstable at the moment, and the MACD still hasn’t dipped into negative territory. Support below $667 is $640, so I’m not looking forward to it dropping if it does. In this eventuality keeping an eye on the long term situation is key, as the fundamentals of the gold market are still stacked to the upside, something that’s not likely to change soon.


The Dollar has been on a bit of a bounce lately, it remains to be seen if this continues. If it stalls, look for gold to benefit. If it continues to strengthen, gold will have a tough ride.

Housing Market Ripples

In a previous post on the state of the housing market, I postulated that the effects of the housing market crash would ripple though the economy. What I didn’t expect was that this would happen so quickly. Recent news stories have drawn my attention, so here’s how I think it will happen:

After the sub prime lenders, you’ll see all lenders begin to feel the burn. This will self potentiate, as the lenders will tighten lending policies as the losses become apparent. This tightening will prevent buyers obtaining the high multiples, and “liar” loans that have supported the market. People with the subprime loans will be forced to tough it out through interest rate rises from fixed and ARM rates being bumped up after fixed periods, and possible monetary tightening from the central banks.

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Links – 01/05/07

Buy To Let Fever(theukhousingbubble)

What should a mortgage lender do when a housing bubble is about to burst? Should it a) avoid lending to dubious borrowers with an uncertain credit history or b) accelerate lending to speculative borrowers engaged in activities with a high risk of capital loss? This question shouldn’t be a difficult one, yet UK banks seem to be picking option b.

World Without Oil Game(via o’reilly)

Last night at midnight, the alternate reality game (ARG for short) World Without Oil launched. In the game, the world has hit peak oil and there are news reports of crises from around the world. The goal of the game is to get real people around the world to start thinking about life without oil. To get them to answer questions like: How will they cope? What will they have to sacrifice? What can they do to help the world?

Continue reading ‘Links – 01/05/07’


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